As I suggested in my last post, my life has been consumed with moving. Before the actual move, I was busy with packing and cleaning my apartment. After the move, little did I know it, but the fun was only about to begin. And by fun, I mean a lot of organizing, cleaning and unpacking was about to begin.
It’s been almost 3 weeks since the move. Despite the lapse of 3 weeks and our tireless unpacking, we only started to see the floor to the living room this past weekend. While that’s a huge win, there’s still a lot that needs to be done. While there is much work before us, we have made efforts to make the process smother. Below are four ways that we’ve been trying to make combining two households easier.
It’s moving week, people!
As you may remember, I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in my June review that I’m going to be removing the “long distance” from my long distance relationship. Well, this week is the week!
Between packing, saying goodbye-for-nows, cleaning and work, I’ve had and am going to have a hectic schedule as I make the move and get settled into this whole cohabitation thing. As I figure all this out, I’m going to be a little M.I.A. as I get things into order and settled in.
Fear not! I will be back with exciting new posts soon.
If you have ever moved (and chances are that you have!), you’ve known the struggles and complications that can be involved in getting your stuff from Point A to Point B. Moving in-town can be difficult in and of itself, but moving across the state, to a different state or across the country can be an even bigger undertaking.
While I’ve been in Hoboken for well over a year now, the year I spent before moving here was spent in three different locations. In one calendar year, I moved three times. And these weren’t local moves. They were big, honkin’ cross-country moves.
If you’ve ever moved cross-country, you know how expensive things can become. Coming right out of grad school (and grad school wages), I was highly motivated to find the cheapest option available to me and this meant coming up with some creative ways to get my things from here to there. For each of my moves, I decided that a moving truck wasn’t for me, so I set out on a question to find formidable alternatives to renting a moving truck. After a lot of brainstorming and Internet searching, I found the following to be decent, potentially lower cost options (depending on your situation).
This past weekend marked the release of the fourth (and much awaited) season of Arrested Development. To celebrate the release and to mark off an item on my 26 New Things list, I partook in a Netflix binge. While I didn’t watch all 15 episodes in one day, I did watch them over the course of two days. And, if it makes me sound any more badass, I only watched two episodes on the second day. So the effort was there to get it done in a day!
To help you get ready for your own Netflix binge of Arrested Development or for any other TV or movie binge, I’ve compiled some tips to make your binge a success. This wasn’t my first binge, so I’m no newbie to this Netflix bingeing thing. In fact, I’m well-known for my abilities to latch on to a show and watch it relentlessly for weeks. I mean, how else would I watch be able to watch Breaking Bad in three weeks? Not just one season in three weeks, either. All four and a half seasons. And they’re 1 hour-long episodes, too!
blood, sweat and tears comfy clothes, a good Internet connect and fun times went into the making of this list, y’all.
You all know I love goals. I love planning them each month, I love analyzing how I did (even though I sometimes have a bad record at actually meeting them), and I like achieving them.
Today is my 26th birthday, so it only seems fitting that as a birthday present to myself, I set a goal for my 26th year. Well, I don’t want to set goals for my year, per se. I already set goals for myself in 2013. I want to enhance my life by doing 26 new things while I’m 26.
Sarah from Yes and Yes gave me the idea and I liked the idea so much, I’m doing it for myself. Some things are big things, some things are tiny things, but all are new things to do (at least for me).
Running is often seen as an inexpensive alternative to having an expensive monthly gym membership. However, what many people tend to forget is that running isn’t just about buying a pair of shoes and venturing out into the great outdoors. In actuality, it’s a hobby that can vary greatly in terms of expenses.
Yesterday marked a couple of things for me. First, it was my New York/New Jersey anniversary! Whether I believe it or not, I have been in the New York area for a full year. Yes, I live in Hoboken, but I work every day in the City. The bustling and wonderful City. However, yesterday also marked another important milestone in my life. Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of Richard and me being in a long distance relationship, or LDR for short.
To celebrate this pretty significant milestone, I thought I would share some of the ways that we’ve managed to survive and thrive in our long distance relationship. Hopefully, if you ever find yourself in a long distance relationship, you can take some pages out of our book and make the best of a not-so-ideal situation.
If you live in a metro area, chances are that you spend a portion of your day commuting.
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, WNYC has determined that the average travel time to work in the United States is 25.4 minutes. Now, I’m sure you’re saying that’s not too bad. Because it’s not. However, if you’re living in a larger metropolitan area, it’s likely that your average commute time will be much longer.
A benefit of living in a metro area is that although you may have a long commute, you may not have to be driving the entire way. If you live in a city with a good public transportation system, you may have the luxury of being able to take the train to work. While the train may not be the most ideal place to get things done, it holds a lot of potential, especially when you know how to be productive while commuting.
Today is Earth Day. Although the Earth has been around for billions of years, this year marks only the 43rd Earth Day! I don’t know about your feelings on the topic, but I believe we have a lot of catching up to do in celebrating Earth Day. To start, we can each make every day a little bit more like Earth Day by making eco-friendly and eco-conscious decisions. One approach to celebrating Earth Day every day is to find creative ways to reuse things you would otherwise throw out.
To help you (and myself) be more mindful and take that extra step towards reducing waste and recycling when possible, I’ve scoured the web for creative ways to reuse things you have around the house. Bonus: not only are you doing a favor for the environment by doing these projects, you’re also doing a favor for your wallet. Most of the ideas below would undoubtedly fall into the “frugal” category, as you’ll likely already have these things around the house or apartment anyways.
Have you ever looked longingly at something in a store and wished you could have it, but it wasn’t in the budget?
Have you ever looked at two items lying around in the house and thought that you could put them together in a way that makes them more interesting?
Have you ever looked for a simple, at home solution, to things that often are time, money or effort intensive?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, Living in Flux is going to be the place for you even more than it already was!