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by Katerina Beth
Help!
Friday April 18, 2014

my-quarterlifecrisis:

Hi lovely followers and friends with good taste in design. I need help: I have recently upgraded from a tiny 284 sq ft studio to an 800 sq foot condo. This means I’m in the process of buying real furniture (rather than miniature furniture that I previously had). I also need to upgrade my living room area rug, which previously was 3x5 but worked with my former tiny living space.

I’m looking for a 5x7 (or slightly larger) Persian rug. It needs to be inexpensive (under $200), as I just bought a condo and a ton of furniture and paid off a student loan, so funds are extremely limited.

Does anyone know of a good place to find one? I’ve already checked RugsUSA. Suggestions?

Reblogging myself in case anyone over here doesn’t follow my other blog but may have suggestions. You can either send me suggestions in an ask or by clicking on the link to my other blog above and reply directly to that post. I need ideas!


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First ballet class in like two months. I’m going to die tomorrow, because I already can’t walk and have been icing all night.

First ballet class in like two months. I’m going to die tomorrow, because I already can’t walk and have been icing all night.


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Condo update: I have a place to sit now!
Friday April 11, 2014

Yesterday and today I used some of my vacation days to take off work and spend some more time settling into my new place. IKEA was going to deliver my new couch yesterday (originally I wanted the 9am delivery time, but they said the 5-9pm window was all they could do). I said okay because I needed to get it done. My dad and I drove up to the condo around 2pm, and he helped me set up my new TV (which they graciously bought me as a housewarming present), change my furnace filter, put together my new headboard, and some other little projects.

Fast forward to 7pm and an automated call saying they wouldn’t be there until 8-10pm. Ugh. Finally the dudes showed up at 9:50pm. My dad and I had just been hanging around waiting for them to bring the sofa since we had finished all the other little projects I had on my to-do list for the day (or at least what we could do. There’s still A LOT left).

It was a crazy late night, but I finally have a couch so yay for actually having a place to sit now, and the ability to have people over. Also a huge Thank You to my dad to help me put it together. It only took us like an hour. 

My original plan was to bring Calliecakes to the condo today (she has been with my parents while I had to show my apartment/try to sublet it, while I was moving, etc.) I wanted to wait until most of the big items were in place before I bring her there so that she can adjust a bit easier and so that I can be there with her for a few days before I have to be anywhere on Monday. But, I’m not there yet, so I think she’s going to be with my parents for another week. I miss her so much though :(

So, I think I’m going to spend the rest of my day off today recovering from the crazy late night last night and the exhaustion, de-stress, and then head back tomorrow (without my cat) and try to put away the rest of my stuff, go grocery shopping since all I have is leftover takeout, and then I can get the kitty next week.


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On Social Media, The Kids Are All Right

For those of you who may be relatively new to my blog, you may not yet know that I’m a giant nerd. After finishing grad school in June of 2013, I thought I would take at least a year off from class. Nope - I got sucked back in this term, so I’m taking classes for fun with my fancy education tuition discount (perks of working in higher education). I’m taking a class on social media and society to test the waters and decide if I want to pursue a PhD. For more random musings on my interest in that area (specifically social media and representations of identity), you can explore my digital media tag.

This particular piece from Science Friday was used in class last week on teens and social media - we only listened to the first few minutes, but I’m listening to the rest now. It’s quite interesting to hear from both the social media scholar (Danah Boyd), and the callers (mostly parents with strong opinions). Check it out if you’re interested! If you’re on my actual blog page, click the title of the post to go to the podcast.


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Moving Weekend!
Sunday April 6, 2014

The past few days have been a whirlwind. I closed on the condo Thursday afternoon, and then took Friday off to move. Friday was an insanely long day. I made an initial trip over at like 8:30am, and then my dad and brother came up to help with the big pieces. I also drove a UHaul cargo van for the first time ever, which was terrifying (but I didn’t crash it!). They left just before 5pm, and then I went up and down the stairs like 100 times at my studio trying to get all the random crap that was still over there loaded into my car long after my helpers left. And I managed to leave something above the door in the studio - oops!

I finally got the last of my studio stuff in my car and the whole placed cleaned by 9pm, at which point it was too late to make 10 more trips up and down the elevator at my new place (per the condo’s rules, no moving after 9pm), so I said screw it and went to the burbs to stay at my parents’ house for the night. I was too tired to try to deal with setting up stuff at my new place (all my bed linens were buried in the bottom of my car and it would take an hour to get them out, and I had no other furniture I could sleep on), so an hour drive out West seemed like a better option. I basically slept all day yesterday to recover while overdosing on Advil for every muscle in my body that was screaming in pain, and then headed back to my new home this morning. I got the rest of the car unloaded, and am now somewhat unpacked. Kind of. Not really. And I still need a lot of furniture.

But, here’s some initial photos from today:

1) This is my “zen corner”, which is basically the first random bag I opened that had some decorations in it.

2) I really need to go grocery shopping, because I barely have any food in my place. But, I was able to enjoy a delicious peanut butter pita and a glass of wine on my new balcony this afternoon. It’s finally warming up consistently (low-mid 50’s) and it’s lovely.

3) My kitchen is slowly getting unpacked. I started with the high priority items first: wine glasses, whiskey tumblers, and coffee mugs.

I think I’m going to like living here :)

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It’s been done. Goodbye savings, hello homeownership!

It’s been done. Goodbye savings, hello homeownership!


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this makes me want to get Calliecakes a pet bird.

this makes me want to get Calliecakes a pet bird.

(Source: molotofpt, via outcamethesun)


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{What I Wore: March 16, 2014}
I’m still playing catch up with some of my regular blog series, as life has been crazy recently. This is from the morning after the drag show extravaganza (I was too lazy to take off the leggings I wore to the show, so I slept in them and wore them the next day…oops), when I had some errands to run super early. Nothing fancy, but super comfy!
Hoodie (Old Navy) | Black long jersey cardigan under the hoodie (F21) | RHPS tank (Urban Outfitters, then I cut it up) | Leggings (Target) | Hat (F21).

{What I Wore: March 16, 2014}

I’m still playing catch up with some of my regular blog series, as life has been crazy recently. This is from the morning after the drag show extravaganza (I was too lazy to take off the leggings I wore to the show, so I slept in them and wore them the next day…oops), when I had some errands to run super early. Nothing fancy, but super comfy!

Hoodie (Old Navy) | Black long jersey cardigan under the hoodie (F21) | RHPS tank (Urban Outfitters, then I cut it up) | Leggings (Target) | Hat (F21).


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This time next week I’ll be a homeowner!
Thursday March 27, 2014

My closing was pushed back 6 days (originally it was supposed to be tomorrow, but now it’s next Thursday afternoon). It worked out well because I found a person who wants to take over my lease starting the second week of April, so I’m officially free of my apartment at that point. Yay!

This is going to be the longest 6 days ever. There is so much happening it’s ridiculous (including writing the largest check of my life next week). I also don’t have any furniture for my new place other than a bed, so I have a shopping spree in my future.


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{What I Wore: February 27, 2013}
So I’m laughably behind on these - I’ll post them to instagram the day I wear it, but then forget about it. Anyway…it’s been awhile.
When I was digging through my closet at my parents’ house the last time I was home (in a quest to find appropriate costume pieces for the Drag Show Extravaganza) I came across this necklace. Originally, someone (either an aunt or family friend - I forget which) gave this to me as a present back when I was taking belly dance classes pretty seriously. I never actually wore it. But then I realized it kind of works as a “statement necklace”, so I ran with it.
Necklace (gift) | Boots, Pants, Sweater, and Chambray shirt are all Old Navy. One of these days they should really start sponsoring me considering how much I wear their clothes.

{What I Wore: February 27, 2013}

So I’m laughably behind on these - I’ll post them to instagram the day I wear it, but then forget about it. Anyway…it’s been awhile.

When I was digging through my closet at my parents’ house the last time I was home (in a quest to find appropriate costume pieces for the Drag Show Extravaganza) I came across this necklace. Originally, someone (either an aunt or family friend - I forget which) gave this to me as a present back when I was taking belly dance classes pretty seriously. I never actually wore it. But then I realized it kind of works as a “statement necklace”, so I ran with it.

Necklace (gift) | Boots, Pants, Sweater, and Chambray shirt are all Old Navy. One of these days they should really start sponsoring me considering how much I wear their clothes.


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That Time I Judged a Drag Show
Monday March 17, 2014

So I can cross yet another item off my bucketlist (that I didn’t know was on my bucketlist in the first place): This past Saturday, I judged a drag show. I returned to my dear Alma Mater, along with one of my bff’s from high school who is a current PhD student at NU and drag queen by night, to judge the annual Rainbow Alliance Drag Show. As an undergrad, one of the student dance groups I was in performed/competed, so I thought I would bring my excellent talent as a performer/choreographer to the judging panel.

It was pretty much amazing.

Above: Can we just talk about how great my dear friend Fox E. Kim is killing it right here? Those legs are why I opted for pants. I couldn’t compete with that.

Below: With my fabulous co-judge, Fox E., before the show.

Above: Judges selfie, pre-show.

Below: We are not impressed.

And best of all, one of Fox E.’s entourage decided to turn us into a gif. Feel free to save it and reblog the crap out of it:


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The weather today was AMAZING. First real spring-like day, and so needed after all the crazy polar vortexing of the past few months. One of our deans had the brilliant idea to have an al fresco happy hour at the end of the day, and it was much appreciated. 
On a completely unrelated note, but not meriting its own post, I redid my blog layout and I’m kind of loving it. I know most people probably just read this on their dash, but you should check out my actual page from time to time :)

The weather today was AMAZING. First real spring-like day, and so needed after all the crazy polar vortexing of the past few months. One of our deans had the brilliant idea to have an al fresco happy hour at the end of the day, and it was much appreciated. 

On a completely unrelated note, but not meriting its own post, I redid my blog layout and I’m kind of loving it. I know most people probably just read this on their dash, but you should check out my actual page from time to time :)


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homebuying is such a stressful process
Wednesday March 12, 2014

especially when trying to close quickly. There is so much random crap that’s completely avoidable popping up (like the sellers trying to trade the parking space that goes with my unit with the parking space that goes with the other unit they own in the same building. It involves a legal title change and takes several weeks for the condo board to approve it and they should have done it months ago before listing the unit rather than now and holding up our closing date).

I’m trying to remain excited about it, but at the same time I’m stressing out and getting frustrated and just want it to be done. But I’ve invested so much time and money at this point that I’ll be really annoyed if something comes up and stops it from happening. Tomorrow is the appraisal, so as long as that comes back okay (e.g. that they don’t say the property isn’t worth what I’m paying for it), then at least we’re still sorta on track.

oy.


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I’ve lost my ability to be articulate
Monday March 10, 2014

Sometimes I feel like a babbling idiot, particularly when speaking to important people. I used to be so articulate, and then something happened (not sure what, but I think it was around the time I realized I was an introvert) and it all went to hell. My brain/mouth filter has been broken for quite some time now and I want it back.


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{What I Cooked - ‘I Can Make That’ Edition: February 27, 2014}Fancy Kale Salad
I’ve been slacking on trying new fun recipes in recent months. Partially it’s because it’s been so cold that my go-to is just some form of lentil veggie soup, but also because of the craziness with real estate, work, etc. A week or so ago two coworkers of mine brought in this delicious-looking salad from Trader Joe’s. It was like $5+ bucks. I looked at it and thought “I can make that”, and went to TJ’s that evening to pick up a bag of kale ($1.99/lb) and a bag of frozen shelled edamame ($1.69/lb…I think). The rest of the ingredients (feta cheese, walnuts, craisins, tomato, oil, and pomegranate vinegar) I already had on hand.
For much less than $5 a serving, I made this delicious fresh salad for lunch the next day. Very tasty. 

{What I Cooked - ‘I Can Make That’ Edition: February 27, 2014}
Fancy Kale Salad

I’ve been slacking on trying new fun recipes in recent months. Partially it’s because it’s been so cold that my go-to is just some form of lentil veggie soup, but also because of the craziness with real estate, work, etc. A week or so ago two coworkers of mine brought in this delicious-looking salad from Trader Joe’s. It was like $5+ bucks. I looked at it and thought “I can make that”, and went to TJ’s that evening to pick up a bag of kale ($1.99/lb) and a bag of frozen shelled edamame ($1.69/lb…I think). The rest of the ingredients (feta cheese, walnuts, craisins, tomato, oil, and pomegranate vinegar) I already had on hand.

For much less than $5 a serving, I made this delicious fresh salad for lunch the next day. Very tasty. 


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