The best part of Fall Break (besides catching up with friends, shopping the day away, finally watching Breaking Bad (I'm only 4 episodes in, but it's pretty good), watching Gravity in IMAX (still a little dizzy), going to fun helpful teaching training sessions, scoping out the local swap meet with the girls, walking around the lake, and continuing to set up my classroom) has been putting the finishing touches on our apartment and moving furniture around. I'm an oddball in that way; I would rearrange my living room everyday if I had time. I might have adult ADHD or something. Moving on... one of the worst things about transitioning from our bigger house in Texas to our smaller apartment in San Diego is the lack of windows. We had like 17 windows in San Antonio and now we have 5. Weak sauce. It goes without saying that I would rather hang my curtains than store them in boxes, so my current decorating pitfall is hanging curtains randomly on all the walls regardless of whether there's a window to frame or not. I know it looks silly, but I have to use every square inch of space in this windowless box so it is what it is :)
Case in point: The living room
Here are updates of our living room, kitchen, dining room, and patio:
One real window and two faux windows.
I wish I could hang curtains to cover those icky cabinets. Truth be told I spend zero time in the kitchen; it's Andrew's domain. I know where the sour straws and potato chips are, and that's all that matters to me.
Dining Room
I showed restraint here... but only because the sliding door is too narrow to hang a curtain rod. The old me would just grab a staple gun and hang panels from the ceiling. I still might.
Thank you, MaMa, for scoring this awesome dining set for only $30 at a garage sale.
You're the best! 
I even tried to hang curtains outside. That didn't last long. #stupid_santa_ana_winds.
My other fail-proof favorite method of home renovating = spray paint. Hello sparkly white patio set.
There are probably a million other things I should be doing than watching Netflix and scooting couches across the room, but all I can think is that I want to start decorating for Christmas and I know just the spot to put our tree. It just happens to be right where the armoire is.
Back to square one.



  1. Oh's so you. Elegant and pretty. You amaze me.

  2. Can't wait to visit you in SD Bren!!!!! Love you TONS! Mama


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