life lately : the new apartmentSaturday, January 07, 2017
2017 sure started with a bang! After a few weeks of delays, we finally moved into our new apartment on January 1st. Woooo. We loaded up the moving truck with Jeff's things and brought them over to the new place only to find my landlord was still hustling to finish up some last minute things. The place was an absolute mess. I mean, it was beautiful but it was covered in tools, and there were tons of little things that still needed finished. Somehow that didn't stress me out, I just figured "Oh well, we're movin' in!" Aaand by the end of the day we did.
So our new apartment in two words? A DREAM. Seriously! I really enjoyed my last apartment. I was ready to live in a different neighborhood, get away from the people who lived next door, and of course, finally live with Jeff but I loved how I had decorated that place and was a little worried that this new place might not be quite as cute. Yeah, dead wrong on that one. This past week has been non-stop unpacking. There is still a ways to go but it's safe to say this is the cutest place either of us have ever lived. I'm OBSESSED. Any time I leave the house, no matter how short of a time I'm gone, I'm just excited to get back. It's honestly perfect. I couldn't have dreamed up a better place for us.
Not to mention the fact it's in my favorite Cleveland neighborhood. We're within a three minute walk of so many of our favorite restaurants. We went out to eat a few nights ago and I think I might have repeated "Dude, we walked here. Our apartment is riiiight there!" about fifteen times. It's a really awesome feeling to live in such a walkable area. I love Tremont.
The new apartment has three bedrooms, and a massive laundry room. I originally thought there were only two bedrooms, if you recall we had only seen this place while it was completely gutted so neither of us were sure what it actually looked like. One of the rooms is obviously our bedroom and the plan was for Jeff and I to share an office in the other bedroom. It was a really great idea in theory but we quickly realized we both have too much stuff to be sharing an office. Luckily there is a third bedroom off the living room which we decided would be my office. Pictured above.
The offices are the two rooms that are still not unpacked. They're actually a huge mess but considering we've been here less than a week its no big deal! I ordered a brand new desk and bookshelf that should be arriving shortly so that's my plan for the coming week - get my office in order! I'm very excited. I got my dream chair for Christmas so even though my new office hasn't been put together yet it's already the coolest.
There isn't a room in this house that I'm not completely in love with but I must say, the kitchen is definitely a highlight for me. There isn't a ton of counter space but it is super roomy. It's very open and it gets beautiful light during the day. The cats also really enjoy the texture of the floor for some reason? So currently Squid is rolling on the kitchen floor in the sunshine! The other thing I really love about it is that it's connected to the living room with a HUGE doorway. It's going to be an awesome space for entertaining.
Right now the whole other half of the kitchen that isn't pictured below is filled with empty boxes. The neighbors downstairs also recently moved in so both recycling bins were completely full. I cannot wait to see the kitchen when it doesn't have one thousand boxes in it. I'm sure it will seem even bigger!
This post wouldn't be complete without an update on the pets. Let's start with some backstory here; when I moved to my first apartment alone back in 2014, the cats hid in the litterbox for nearly a week. They were terrified. You could just tell they were uncomfortable. My next apartment, for a couple of days after moving they hid in the litterbox but quickly warmed up and made the place their own. So, with this move, I expected they'd hide for a few days then everything would go back to normal. I was wrong because there was no hiding and almost immediately they were out exploring their new surroundings. They are SO happy. I think the fact that this apartment is completely brand new and doesn't have any smells that belong to other animals is probably key but I would venture to guess that they also sense how happy their people are and that helps.
Also, we had a HUGE breakthrough the other night! Jeff and I were watching TV on the couch. Klaus was cuddled up on my lap snoozing when Professor hopped up on top of him and laid down. Let me repeat that for you, PROFESSOR LAID ON TOP OF KLAUS! They stayed like this for around an hour. I definitely cried a little. There was a time not too long ago when those two would barely hang out in the same room together. It's taking such a long time but they're making progress. Slowly but surely they're becoming friends. I've still got hope that one day I will walk into a room and catch them cuddling.
So, basically, I've never been happier. This apartment is THE BEST. I cannot wait to finish decorating and share more photos with y'all! Even though these photos are only a few days old, I already feel like there have been tons of little changes that make it feel more like home. Can't wait to see where we're at in another week!