one side of our kitchen
other side kitchen
who needs to actually shower to WAKE UP????
my kind of ceiling
more living area (kitchen is on other side of that open window area
my work room adjacent to bedroom separated by a large space
outside view of my art work space. front door on right
view from front door. bedroom on left my work room on right
i LOVE how our lives have been since settling in! i live a two minute walk, yes a TWO MINUTE walk from the library. HEAVEN. we live 1 mile from one of the work sites of the 'bone house' that is almost completed by dan's crew. already we have permission to use some wood and make some shelves which we did yesterday. it was surreal to think that just two months ago we were in stowe and nellie sent that email with the ny times links about dan phillips and now we are here and already learning how to use a nail air gun and i got shown a better way to use a miter/chop saw.
dan has let me store some of my bigger scrap in one of this places so we dont have everything in our apartment. its really a loft, WHO KNEW that an artist type loft existed here? when we saw this our mouths dropped open. we went back to that real estate lady who already knew who we were ( i wrote about that a few posts ago and how it was like the twilight zone). i had a good feeling about her, so did tod. so on wed we went there and asked what she had available. we had decided to get this 400 sq foot one bedroom apartment above a garage that honestly if we lived there wouldn't have any space for anything and everything would go into storage. when she showed us this loft and it was near double the rent of the smaller place we went outside and wrote down exactly what it would cost to be in both. if we got the smaller one i would be paying $150 a month in climate controlled storage and it would be at the end of the city. it would be a mess too as my packing was chaotic since originally i thought we were going to oregon and i just bunched everything together however fit best. were we to get storage we would have to pray for a dry day and have dan's crew painstakingly wait as i opened things to get stuff out to repack in storage. it would suck and i wouldn't have easy access to my art should i try to sell it online or in galleries. after we did the numbers we saw it wouldn't be more than a $1000 more in six months so why not have a space that caters to the possibility of art making and art access? its in a good area and we can walk to most places. yayayayay!!!! incredibly we signed the SMALL lease as opposed to the book of a lease we were presented with earlier that week. incredibly dan's crew moved everything out of that truck in less than ONE HOUR. just like that we had a place. easiest fastest move in of my life!
we are a little close to campus, and there are college brutes in the building we are in and we hear them, as do we hear the weight lifters below who rent a space. its all concrete flooring so we REALLY hear the scooting and music and voices. i'm only bothered by the scooting but hopefully we get the rest we need and aren't there all day or too damn tired by the end of the day to care. soon as i get my computer up and wifi in the apartment i can blast my own music :)
everyone is polite, soft spoken and pretty nice. the food thing is still a challenge but i'm on a budget anyhow and maybe it will entice me to get to houston. tod and i had to return the penske truck a few days ago and it was south, we went too far an ended up at the outskirts of houston. it was pouring rain and we stopped at an inn to find out where we were. i started talking to the desk guy and he told us where to go in houston. he said he comes up to huntsville state park when he wants to get away from it all. apparently it is really nice here and in town we have some trails as well.
one of dan's crew invited me and tod for dinner on thurs. so we got a chance to eat a hot meal and chat it up. i was impressed as this guy can't be more than 25 IF and he and his girlfriend made us feel quite comfortable. he caught us up a bit about things. we were able to walk there from our loft and it felt like REAL LIFE. i guess living sequestered up on that mountain in stowe was good and honestly it was quite the experience, but we are so ready for life and people, a life i've never really had as most of my 20's and 30's was spent drinking and being a mess of a human. i'm feeling like this is how life was supposed to be. i might be 48 years old, but right now i feel like i just now left home and am starting my own life. its delicious. and we are both pleased at all git out to have a home together, a life that so far is already more involved and busy than anything we had in vermont.
look forward to showing 'after' pictures once we get things more situated. this is a work in progress as we need to procure/make furniture and things in order to get it all functional. i like having this challenge though, as does tod. the goal is not to buy anything if possible and keep it minimal (yeah right). more later!