I wasn’t able to get the Camaro in today, but I was able to pull out my dusty bike and give it a whirl. The tires still miraculously had air, but our first voyage of the season was a bit rough on both of us. The bike seat kept falling down, and my legs kept falling down, too. The ride up to campus from my apartment is mainly flat at the beginning, but it slowly progresses into a slight hill that is deceivingly malicious. Regardless, I made it to campus, and I feel nice and healthy. I’m going to try and take my bike to school a couple times a week to sneak in some exercise, and to make me feel less guilty when I eat 3 of these snickerdoodles
in one sitting. Seriously, this cookie scooper has been a blessing and curse because I can make these cookies in about 20 minutes, start to finish. Gracious, it’s bad. I had to lock up my bike in my office at the Maxwell because I didn’t have a bike lock (not giving those thieves another shot at my bike. No sir!), which allowed me to take a leisurely 45-minute walk home. I really enjoyed it! I think I’ll try walking more often, too!
Today was my first day of summer term, a.k.a. the first day of my last term in college! Hoo boy! That feels great to say! I’ve got 2 classes to take this term: Shakespeare and Technical Writing. I’m a huge Shakespeare fan, and my teacher is so energetic and talks just as fast as I do, so I think we’re going to get along just splendidly. Technical Writing, as awful as it may sound to some people, should actually be a lot of fun for me! Technical editing is hopefully going to be my niche, so this should be a perfect opportunity to learn the basics and see if I want to do it on a long-term basis.
We’ve hit the one-week mark since Aaron left. All I can say is I’m grateful for busy days, wonderful technology that allows me to gmail chat with him all day and talk to him on the phone at night, and friends keeping in contact and making plans with me throughout the week. It’s definitely not fun to be apart, but we’re doing our best to make it work and trying to excel at our different tasks.
I’ve been thinking about our future apartment, as I am prone to do when I’m bored. The kitchen in our new apartment is small, no doubt about it. Here’s a portion of a the blueprint of our apartment:
It’s pretty on par with the size of the kitchen we have now, but it has the addition of a pantry (insert girlish squeals). In this Provo apartment, we’ve been using a shelving unit in our spare bedroom. It works fine, but I’m really looking forward to having all of the food stuff in one place. The red box in the corner is Aaron’s addition to indicate where we’ll put our little Ikea countertop we made for this last apartment. Aaron made it by hinging together two Ikea lack tables, which gives me a great countertop and two shelves underneath where I keep most of my cooking appliances. It really adds some valuable space when prepping food!
My goal with this next apartment is to optimize the space we have, not overcrowding the space, but finding a place for everything so it’s not cluttered.
I had some fun the last couple weeks scrolling through the entries for Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Contest
. There are some really cool apartments in there, let me tell you. It’s also a great source for inspiration and a great confidence booster when you think you won’t have enough space for everything. These people make every inch of space work.
Here are some of my favorite ideas that I’m considering for adding functionality to a small kitchen:
I love the idea of adding high shelves reaching to the ceiling. I think high shelves would be great storage for things we don’t use as often, like the blender and food processor. I’m also loving the hanging utensil rack. I think that could be a great way to use that awkward space behind a countertop, rather than sticking all of the utensils in a jar on the counter.
Here’s my favorite idea that I’m super excited about: pegboard pot holder. More on that in a minute.
Another similar idea using a wire rack. I like its functionality, but I think I like the aesthetic of the pegboard more.
This is kind of a quirky way to store pots. I really love the teacup storage on the shelves. Another fun way to use my dishes as decorations!
Back to pegboards. And Julia Child. Can you tell that My Life in France has seeped into every aspect of my life?
Julia’s peg boards were intensely awesome, but I found this tutorial on how to make an easy, scaled-back version! I love the idea of having my pots and pans easily accessible and not stacked together where they scratch each other. This is definitely happening.