After a pretty uneventful week, yesterday Eric and I took the bus to Home Goods. We had a gift card and were able to get a much-needed step stool for the kitchen (because we are utilizing ALL the cabinet space here), a wire basket for storing/displaying my vintage cookbooks (I searched the ENTIRE store for a basket like this and had finally given up when I found the perfect one in the checkout line), a set of pillows that I’m *pretty sure* where mis-marked but we ended up only kind of loving them so I’m glad they were only $20, and a set of new knobs for our nightstands. We got these because one of the original knobs fell off during the move. But I feel like magazines and blogs are always raving about changing out knobs as THE SECRET TO CHANGING THE ENTIRE LOOK OF YOUR HOUSE ON A BUDGET so I was actually kind of excited about swapping them. Turns out, Eric didn’t like how far the screws stick out into the drawers, so we may not even keep them…thus, I feel cheated out of the apartment hack to end all apartment hacks.
After Home Goods, we went to the good Target next door. (Seriously, it’s SO MUCH BETTER than the other Target in Brooklyn.) And I had a gift card to spend there too…so it was just really just a joyful Saturday. After we got home, I organized the bookshelf and unpacked the remaining boxes, which was a TASK, but the mess was making me crazy so I’m glad I took care of it. Today we walked to the bodega for breakfast sandwiches and then went to Ikea, which was a nice way to end the weekend. (God, I’m so glad I’ve reached the point in my relationship where a trip to Ikea ends in ice cream and not tears.) We got a shelf for the kitchen, curtains for the bedroom, some extra bowls, and pretty planters for the succulents/cacti I plan to get this week. (Well…maybe. Apparently, succulents are not sold year-round at Lowe’s, which is where we went first. So if Home Depot doesn’t have them, I’m going to assume this is just a New York/Texas difference. And I’ll be sad, because our apartment could use some hard-to-kill plant life.)
Other highlights from this week…
My new sweatshirt from H&M. I went in there last weekend with the goal of finding a pink sweatshirt and found this one for $10. Win!
Lavender Latte Milkshake, A Beautiful Mess. I loved their lavender syrup (it’s SO good in coffee) so I am all about that.
The Best Restaurant in New York Is: The Tenement Museum, Gawker. I love the running joke about the tour guide being a ghost.
McCalls Pattern Behavior. This Tumblr is SO FUNNY.
My boyfriend ‘sort-of’ raped me. But I didn’t break up with him, The Guardian. “But we should not allow the justice system alone to clearly delineate for us what makes a rapist and what makes, let’s say, a garden-variety dickhead. Particularly when the outcome of not being able to talk about sort-of rapes is that, in reality, it ends up giving the perpetrators of lesser sexual offences a free pass.”
Happy Evenings at Home: 5 Things to Do the Moment Work’s Over, Apartment Therapy. Some of these are kind of obvious but I like the idea of making some of these things an official ritual.
The One Thing You Have To Do Before Buying Any Storage Container, Apartment Therapy. This is really smart and the comments had a ton of useful tips too.
When Social-Media Companies Censor Sex Education, The Atlantic. Ugh. Get it together, Twitter.
Stop Calling Children’s Gun Deaths “Accidental”, Slate. Yep.
A child left unprotected, Arkansas Times. Really good reporting.
Some thoughts on professional etiquette because some of you really need it (part 1), love.life.eat. Co-signed.
How Not To Embarrass People Who Use Your Bathroom, Apartment Therapy. Sooooo then I went and bought a bathroom trash can.
SPARK Puts Women on the Map, SPARK Summit. So cool!
An interview with Jenna Wortham, Pi.co. So smart.
Real Cold Weather Tips for Real Cold Women, Jezebel. Hopefully we don’t need these any longer but the tips are really good…definitely saving this for next year.
How To Tell If You’re Being A Crank On The Internet, And How To Stop, Deadspin. I sent this to Eric; he was not amused.
No one could see the color blue until modern times, Business Insider. WHAT.
Black, queer, feminist, erased from history: Meet the most important legal scholar you’ve likely never heard of, Salon. I read this a couple weeks ago and it’s just really good.
Amazing Acronym Alert: Joy of Missing Out (JOMO), Apartment Therapy. This is SO REAL.
A Letter to my son Jacob on his 5th birthday, Medium. I made it to the party about the pizza party before I started to sob.
As for books, I’m still reading The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and I started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing on Friday night which is a whooooole other thing.
This Grocery Store Sheet Cake Makeover Is Borderline Genius
This Guy Proposed By Sending His Girlfriend Around The World On A Scavenger Hunt (Oh, hey, ABC News, where’d you find that story?!)
19 Reasons You Should Totally Have A Brunch Wedding
How To Dump Someone (Like An Actual Adult)
This pretty cup.
A dresser (come on, Craigslist) and some kind of bathroom storage cart.
The week ahead…
I’m mainly looking forward to getting all these empty moving boxes out of our apartment because they are taking up SO MUCH ROOM. Our landlord asked us not to put out our trash/recycling until the night before it’s to be picked up, lest they get fined, so this extremely large pile of boxes has been chilling in here for days and it’s reallllllly kind of a downer. Like, I know we’ve been unpacking, so why doesn’t it feel like it? Oh, because there’s a fucking waist-high stack of cardboard boxes in the dining room, actually.
Also, I think the time has come for me to join a gym.