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Thursday, July 4, 2013

I've Moved!

Dear Readers,

I've moved. I have loved my time here at The First Apartment Living but my life has changed and I need a space better suited to my creativity. Please feel free to follow my latest adventures at The Katy Chronicles! I hope you will enjoy these new posts as much as my old ones, I promise only to expand on what you love about TFAL and hopefully introduce you some new things too!

See you on the flip side,


Monday, May 13, 2013

Containing Myself: A Love Affair

I have such a love for The Container Store. I first found one on accident in Denver, CO. My family had time to kill at a mall, and next door was this amazing store. It’s like Ikea but for what goes in the inside! We had to practically buy a new suitcase because of all the amazing things we found inside. Plus later in B School, I learned about what an awesome company they are! (read this book if you doubt me, actually just read it)  I could not have survived undergrad dorm life without The Container Store! Namely, this thing:

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Nonetheless, I received in the mail this beauty:

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It completely tapped into my wanderlust. Though I have a totally awesome suitcase, I could totally use some things to fill it with! See yet again, The Container Store has cool stuff for the inside of things. Mainly, I want these!

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I need some travel plans ASAP! Where should I head to this summer? Last summer, I was gone nearly every other weekend or so it seemed!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Weekly Wonderings: May 8th, 2013

Somehow the weeks keep seeming to get shorter yet my to do list seems to be growing. Here is what has me stopping to smell the roses:


Finn got fixed and to stop him from licking, we put boxers on him. It seemed more humane than that big cone of shame.


Molly Girl awards for my GOTR team, they glittered!


I found these candies and had to try them. I still have no idea what they were but the shell was covered in chocolate. I will take it!


There is a Mac and Cheese cook-off this weekend, and I am itching to enter. I found this old magazine. That must be a sign, right? Know any good recipes you care to share?


My grandfather’s hydroponic grower (aka the coolest thing ever) gave off the first fruit of its labor (like my pun?).  There will be a steady stream of tomatoes now, I need to think of a few things to make with them!


I actually paced at my 5k! I am pretty sure there were only 4 people in my age group but I will take it!


What has you stopping to smell the roses lately?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Birthday Cards



I forget how this tradition started in high school but I remember vividly being in Target with friends and picking out ridiculous kid cards. The idea is that all the numbers have to add up to their age (i.e. 6th birthday card plus 10th birthday card means you are 16). As we have gotten older, the cards have gotten more ridiculous. It is so much fun getting 5 funny cards than one because everyone knows more it better (at least according to the little kids on the AT & T commercials).  This is my recent stash of cards. It’s always funny to be standing in Target for like 20 minutes trying to do simple addition as you add up the cards and trying to make the numbers work!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Weekly Wonderings: April 17th, 2013

How is it that time goes by so fast? In the past two weeks, I have run my first 10k (1:18, woot!), travelled up and down the east coast, and baked no less than 4 cakes. Needless to say I am quite busy! Tomorrow my day starts at 8 and won’t end until 10pm. To be fair, I will be spending the day doing things I love (mostly) but it will still be terribly busy. Sometimes, I just want to slow down. Sometimes, I just want to speed up. Most days, I just want to survive without doing something terribly wrong.


I am in LOVE with my mixer. Cake baking has never been so much fun! Now to decide what accessories I need. Meat grinder, pasta maker, or ice cream attachment? Frankly, I want them all.


I did it! I accepted my offer letters for grad school! Woohoo! Dual masters, cold weather and a ton of work, DC here I come!


Finn got a haircut. He is still adorable in my mind.


New shoes! Now just need a dress to wear them with and maybe a place to wear them too!


Post 10k/parade glory. And no, I did not have to flash to get those beads, but I might have grabbed a few meant for small children…


Brunch is where it is at. (Yes, I did just end a sentence with a preposition. Get over it.)

So what has been happening in your neck of the woods?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Twisty Love

I have this love/hate relationship with my hair that I am positive most girls do as well, I love having hair, I hate trying to dry it. Before I did this to my hair, it took HOURS to dry. When it takes hours to dry and you don’t have mad blow dryer skillz (i.e. lazy), you plan when to shower. Sometimes it isn’t convenient to shower because you need to be somewhere and your hair can’t be wet. Or it’s snowing and you don’t want icicle hair.

My hair still takes long to dry and my twisty hair turban doesn’t always stay on right. I needed some other way to keep my hair up and drying, while I patiently (or not so patiently) waited for it to dry. Also, washing my face is a pain, because I am constantly having loose hairs fall into my face.

Enter the Twisty.


I LOVE IT. It’s perfect when I need to keep my hair out of my face. It dries it, not as well as my twisty


The only cons are that it doesn’t dry your hair in the back and it gets quite wet but its perfect for washing my face. Often my hair turban falls off while trying to wash my face so this is a godsend.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Weekly Wonders: April 3rd, 2013

This week has been CRAZY, like working at the office until 9pm crazy. Then I spent 2 hours in Fedex Kinkos this morning, because our printer decided not to work. After printing 180 pages, believe me when I say I made very good friends with employees there. April is turning out to be a busy month and it’s only day three! Luckily, April only has 30 days.


I found these at Bed, Bath, and Beyond! My friend is obsessed with Mason Jars, can’t wait until she gets into the states so I can get her one. Too bad, it might be like another year!


I took Mimi out to sushi and she tried to use chopsticks. Fairly successfully considering it was her first time!


Finn having play dates with the German Shepherd was the highlight of my day, don’t judge.


Egg hunt. I won. Yes, I did play a 12 year old, but my brother was asking for it. 14 to 10, I went easy on him.


Finn decided he didn’t want to run today halfway through our run. He sat…. for 10 minutes.


So how’s your week going? Is April one of your busy times yet or am I alone?