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currently: may 2017

Well, May was amazing. A trip to Colorado, turning thirty, moving, and a trip to California…it was all SO fun, minus moving obviously, but I am also so excited to be home for a hot minute. Time to hang some art, work on the patio, host some guests, and cook lots of meals on our gas (!!) stove. 

A flower shop in Steamboat that actually exists.

Making: Nothing for May…except a whole lotta Amazon purchases to help organize the new house.
Cooking: Busy months mean two things: very little cooking, and when I do cook, it’s staples that are easy. For May, that meant these standbys: chicken thighs with a red wine shallot sauce, turkey burgers, and chicken with tzatziki, basmati rice, and veggies.
Reading: Nada!
Wanting
: Same as last month: ALL OF THE THINGS for the new house. We’ve actually made some pretty decent headway on some of the major things we needed, but I haven’t pulled the trigger on some of the big “wants” – large rugs, curtains, etc. Someday soon I’ll put together a Whole Enchilada checklist for the Blue Door House to see what all needs to be done. 
Enjoying: That thing that happens after a heavy rain where the sunset is amazing and the plants seem like they are just radiating green. 
Listening: This cover of Walking on Sunshine is my new favorite song, and this episode of This American Life with three stories that answer the question “are we alone?” was so sweet and captivating. 
Needing: For Leif to pull through. Fingers crossed! (Instagram for reference.)
Smelling: The biggest, pinkest, fluffiest, fragrant-est peonies from Trader Joe’s. (Another Insta for reference.) I want to stick my face in them every ten minutes and deeply inhale through my nose, Mary Katherine Gallagher-style.
Wearing: This eyelet top that I like so much I bought it in two colors, including the mustard color as a test to see if I can pull off a yellow. I think the verdict is that I like it enough that I don’t really care if I can pull it off. 
Loving: Watching Finn figure out this whole yard thing. It rained a bunch this weekend and he hates water, but he recently discovered he LOVES mud. Hard to be mad at a dog that happy. (But I’m grateful that we have a dry spell coming up.)
WatchingKimmy Schmidt (and more importantly, Titus) is back to brighten our summers! This season has been fantastic so far. We laugh out loud, hard, through every episode. On a spookier note, my mom turned me on to Fortitude and I’m loving it. It’s like Twin Peaks set in a town off the Arctic meets British cop-drama meets the X-Files. 
Bookmarking: I need all of these for all of my mail for the rest of time, these posts from Young House Love and Hommemaker have me trying to embrace the beige paint on every wall in our house, and this is a yes, obviously.
Feeling: So content to have the whole month stretched in front of us with nowhere to be. Time to settle in, enjoy our new place, and soak up Austin in the summertime. 

All the pretty colors, textures, and patterns at my friends’ stupidly cute bungalow in Santa Monica.
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the blue door house intro

I’m so excited to finally introduce you guys to the The Blue Door House. We’ve been here eleven days now — we’re starting to remember where we put the measuring cups, we’re only bumping into furniture and walls a few times a day, and we’ve tried two new local taco places, so we’re on our way to feeling settled. It’s a pretty big change for us – moving from a gated apartment complex/fortress situation to a single family home in a new-to-us neighborhood. The move hasn’t been without its challenges, because duh, moving is the worst. But when we make time to throw a ball around with Finn in the yard at dusk when the fireflies are out, it definitely seems worth it.

The Blue Door House Floor Plan

So, the deets: it’s a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, ~950 square foot ranch house built in the 50s. We’ve also got a single carport and a nice-sized fenced yard with a small concrete patio. And a big storage closet off the carport that we’ve somehow already filled?? It’s kind of crazy because technically we’re only gaining about 150 square feet of interior space, but the house is so well-appointed that it feels like we’re getting a lot more house than that. I’ll always appreciate squeezing the most function out of a small home. There’s just something so darn practical about it.  Like how all the closets fit together. It’s like a little puzzle.

I snapped a few quick and dirty iPhone pictures of how the house looks today — try not to forget the part where I said we’ve been here eleven days. 😀

royal blue ranch

small white 50s kitchen

mint windsor dining chairs with white round table

original pink tile bathroom

blue door house master bedroom

blue door home office

blue door home patio

blue door home guest room

Some highlights – the original pink tile in the bathroom is in fantastic condition, the yard is yuge, our king-sized bed fits in the master, the guest bedroom exists, and there’s a good amount of storage. Not pictured but hugely significant: not having to park in a parking garage and lug our groceries ten minutes from the car to our door. I wish there was more counter space in the kitchen and the flooring isn’t my favorite, but honestly it could be a lot worse and that’s what rugs are for. Also, since I feel like I heard the sharp intake of breath when you all saw the bathroom picture — there’s a ton of built-in storage behind the door. All is not lost.

It kind of felt like the house ticked off every single box as we were looking at it, and then some. The windows are brand-new and energy efficient, as is the AC unit. There’s covered parking. The yard is so perfect for Finn. It had three bedrooms when we would have been okay with two. There’s a dishwasher — a surprisingly uncommon feature of rental houses in Austin. As much as I tried to talk myself into the no-dishwasher thing I just couldn’t. More power to those of you who can and have!

Now that the move is behind us, the fun part begins. Sooo many more words to come on The Blue Door House! Let me know if you have any questions, like where’d you get that Austin print or why did you burn my eyeballs with these ugly pictures? (Lol seriously though, I’m sorry – I really wanted to get this post up and didn’t have time to bust out the real camera.)

 

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currently: april 2017

April 2017. The last Currently post before I turn thirty. Ajkdfhgkjhjdf. 

I don’t know, though, guys. If thirty is anything like 29 years, 11 months, and 24 days (and I’m told it’s actually extremely similar), I think I’ll be okay. This month in preparation for the new decade, I faced a couple fears of mine – flying by myself and giving up sugar, grains, dairy, and alcohol on Whole30. Turns out it IS possible for me to do both of those things (although on day 11 of the Whole30 I tripped and fell into an order of Torchy’s chips and queso.) (And then I cheated a few times towards the end.) So less of a Whole30 and more of a Whole23 or something. Better than a WholeZero, right?

yellow ranunculus

Making: This little key print to say goodbye to our first apartment together! If you missed it, we found a house to rent. Can’t wait to share more! 
Cooking: My Whole30 staples were- Coffee: cold brew, water, and half a frozen banana blended together and served over ice. It was a little creamy and sweet and delicious. Breakfast: Eggs, avocado, hot sauce, and homemade turkey breakfast sausages sometimes with baked sweet potato fries. Lunch: Taco salad with ground turkey seasoned with compliant taco seasoning, avocado, fresh salsa, red onion, green onion, romaine, and this yummy compliant ranch. Dinner: Salmon topped with a little of this compliant mayo and charred broccoli . This obviously isn’t a food blog so I won’t go into more detail, but definitely reach out if you’re thinking of doing Whole30 or have any questions!
Reading: I finished In Cold Blood and it was amazing and fascinating and so well-written and researched by Truman Capote…but holy moly I need at least three very bad/light/easy beach reads to cleanse my palette. Yeesh.
Wanting
: ALL OF THE THINGS for the new house. The flooring isn’t my favorite…it’s not terrible, but I’m definitely in the market for several large area rugs. Holler at me if you see a deal. So far I’m tempted by this in 8×10 (in “Natural) for the bedroom. 
Enjoying: Insanely good (read: non-humid) spring weather today in Austin. Windows open and a good hair day. I assume this is why people move to California. 
Listening: Finished S-Town in about two days. My most vivid memory of it is when I was listening to it in the grocery store (pro-tip: this makes grocery shopping way easier to endure) and I walked down a full aisle without realizing my jaw had dropped/my mouth had been hanging open. 
Needing: A team of fairies to come pack for us one night as we sleep. Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!
Smelling: Ye olde standby candle. It’s so good for spring.
Wearing: These slides like every day, this kimono/cardigan thing for upcoming cold weather in Colorado, these too-good-to-be-true knockoffs, this possibly perfect one-piece swimsuit, these gold earrings, and this maxi dress which happens to be the perfect length if you are five feet tall.
Loving: New month, same thing: date nights at our favorite neighborhood spot made even better by patio weather + Beans. 
Watching: Matt had to travel for work for a week, and when that happens I take advantage of watching the stuff I think he probably wouldn’t be in to. This time it was Girlboss, which was cute and made me feel like I too could sell things on eBay and build a business empire. Turns out this is harder than I thought. Also, I gobbled up the first three episode of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu and can’t WAIT for more episodes. Elisabeth Moss really can do no wrong. 
Bookmarking: Little Green Notebook is my favorite for pretty/easy DIYS and this one is no different, I’ve been using Pinterest to save a lot of the things I’m eyeing for the new house, and I love this post about what you miss about “home.” 
Feeling: Very excited to for everything May holds, which is not limited to turning thirty but also includes my brother’s graduation in Colorado, our move, and a trip to LA to stay with my best friend and watch our other best friend get married. Woo!

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