Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Moved!

 Sunrise, there's a fire in the sky
Never been so happy
Never felt so high
And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise
~ Lyrics from Knee Deep by Zac Brown Band

Greetings!  So the move is behind me and I now live in what I consider paradise!  :)

Many have asked if the move went smoothly.  I wouldn't exactly use those words.

I could tell you a story about how the management company agent (intermediary between the owner and I) forgot that we were meeting Friday morning and was thus very late.

I could tell you a story about my not-so-great experience with the moving company that I hired.  Specifically, I could tell a long story about how we arrived downtown at 4:40, which was a huge problem as they only allow you to move in until 5 pm.  There may have been tears.  And panicked, tearful "what am I going to do" phone calls to my parents and Becky, who is a moving expert as she worked for a moving company in college.  Luckily my tears softened the building manager and they allowed me to move in past the 5 pm deadline.  Let me be clear - I did not cry to induce this softening - I truly was at a loss as to what I was going to do since the moving elevator was booked all weekend...  I'm not the 'I will cry so I get my way' type...

But you know what - I am moved in and my tenant is moved in and at the end of the day, that is all that matters.  Can I tell you how excited I was when I discovered that Chipotle was still open at 9:45 when I was heading home from meeting my tenant?  I hadn't ate for about 10+ hours so was famished.  I almost wanted to hug the Chipotle employee. 

So now for some photos! 

Out with the old!

The beginning of the day on Friday...

The end of the day.  It was a bittersweet moment to sit on the floor of my empty condo while I waited for my tenant to arrive.  I do not love this condo, but it will always be my first home, and that makes it special.

In with the new!
First things first, this is the view from my patio!!  I heart this view - especially at night! 

The kitchen!  I have way more counter space (which are granite, be still my heart) and I have a pantry!

The living/dining room area needs a lot of work - and more furniture, but at least this gives you an idea of what it looks like.  I already bought flowers - at the farmer's market that I walked to!  The other flowers are from a friend that I had over for dinner.  Yep, I have already entertained dinner guest!

The living/dining room from a different point of view.

My bedroom - which is rather large!  There is a read nook on the left (which I love!!)

Here's a better picture of the reading nook.  Besides the patio, this is my favorite area of the house.  My friend Brooke arranged it for me and she did an amazing job!  I think I will be spending a lot of time in this cozy little nook!

So there you have it!  Words can not express how in love I am with my new home.  As I said to Mandy on Saturday night - I love my neighborhood so much, I want to marry it.  Besides Paris, I have never loved an area as much as I love the Mill City District of  Minneapolis!!   In the weeks to come, I'll be sharing pictures of my new neighborhood!

Oh and get this - the new church I'll be attending is Our Lady of Lourdes, which is also referred to as the French Catholic Church of Minneapolis!   
How was your weekend?  I hope my Canadian readers had a great Canada Day & that my American readers had a great 4th of July!  I am doing a lot of 'mark all as read' as I won't have internet access until the end of the week, so reading/commenting on blogs will be tough.

24 comments:

Becky said...

I can't believe you won't have internet until the end of the week. You are a trooper.

Yay yay yay for being all moved in! I think this experience is probably similar to when women give birth. It's horrible and insane, you're not sure if it's really going to work, and at some point there are tears, but then you move in (give birth) and it's so amazing it's like you forget the whole process. (Until you have to do it again). So...stay awhile? :)

Seriously, the new place looks great! So excited for you!

J said...

Moving is so tough but now it is behind you and you are in your new place! So happy for you!

abbi said...

Your new place looks great...enjoy it and your new neighborhood!

B and B said...

Wow! Looks fantastic! Glad that the move is behind you! Minneapolis has a great downtown area.

Raquelita said...

I'm sorry you didn't have an easier moving experience, but at least it's done! You have the place looking great! I love the reading nook and that you can walk to a farmer's market!

Jess said...

So excited for you!! Even though it was a tough move (I think that's par for the course with moves!) it seems like it's all sort of fallen into place for you pretty nicely. Can't wait to hear about all your downtown adventures!

Leigh said...

The new place looks amazing especially with those views! That sucks that part of the move was negative, but at least you are safely in your new place and same with your tenant :)

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I think moving always sucks no matter what but I'm sorry Friday was such a cluster-f*** for you. It was even worse than most moving experiences! But hey you're all moved in now and your place looks amazing!!!! I can't wait to come visit in August and cook with you in your amazing kitchen :)

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

Your place is AMAZING!! I can't wait to see it and I can't wait to see you in August! Serioulsy, I thought about it all weekend! :)

Congrats on the move, I am so glad it all worked out in the end! Moving sucks so much! I'm glad you had good friends to help you out!

Marlys said...

All's well that ends well! New flat looks great! I can't wait to see it in person! Your view is wonderful, especially for a city girl! I bet it's beautiful at night!
I can't believe that you already entertained! That is awesome! Love the reading nook! Missed you at the lake! It was a perfect weekend!

Mandy said...

I am so glad that you're all moved in and mostly situated. The place looks great and I love your view. Hearing how happy you are, makes me really happy for you.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

Congrats on the move! If those "issues" were the worst you encountered, then I'd call this move successful. Seriously, it could've been so much worse. my only question is: if the patio is your favorite spot, why isn't there a photo of it??? =)

crystal said...

I love your new place, loving the neighborhood is one of the top priorities in my book and it sounds like you got that one down for sure!! I am seriously coveting your reading nook too!
Im so glad you made it through with your sanity and happiness still intact, gives me hope :)

Carolina John said...

That's pretty cool - glad it all happened. Great view!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Wow- I really could not be any more happy for you about all this (well other than the actual moving part). I'm so glad everything worked out and you are now living somewhere you really love!

I also hated my first apartment, but I was a LITTLE sad leaving it because it was my first home away from home/place lived with Eric. The feeling pasted quick though, as I'm sure it did with you!

Also I LOVE your reading nook- how perfect is that!?

pinkflipflops said...

yay! so happy for you. love the red paint in the nook!

pinkflipflops said...

oh and your kitchen looks amazing!

Stephany said...

Yay for being all moved in! The whole moving part is so stressful and can be incredibly frustrating so I'm glad you got settled.

Your view looks like something out of a magazine. Holy crap. Niiiiice. ::)

Maris(In Good Taste) said...

Your new home is gorgeous. The kitchen is spectacular and the view is breathtaking!I am so happy for you

Lisa-Marie said...

Hurrah for your new flat! Clearly the move was stressful, but so worth it for that lovely flat! I love your cosy looking red reading nook!

Abby said...

Yay!!! I love it! That kitchen looks AWESOME! I really like to true wood cupboards. Beautiful! I bet you're so excited to get settled in and cook some fabulous concoctions!

Looks like you have a lot more space in this place?

Love the reading nook in your room!

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

AH I LOVE your new place. And the reading nook is adorable. That chair looks super comfy. Manfriend just said "let's go visit" so I told him you already asked when we will. Ah! Hopefully in 2012!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Glad to hear that you are all moved in and that you consider it paradise! That is wonderful!

Looks like a really nice place!!!!

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

NICE. I am swooning over your kitchen!