Saturday, September 23, 2006

A home to call our own...

Finally. Jeff and I finally received our furniture from Leon's and Ikea so now I feel like I can have people over and show people our home.

I am going to be completely honest about the whole situation. When we first walked up to our apartment building, I was disappointed. We had seen pictures but it is amazing to me how pictures can not only add ten pounds to a persons frame, but how it can also increase the attractiveness of buildings. Strange. So we walk up the building and I think "menh". But we get to our second floor apartment and I am pleasently surprised. It is quite big for a two bedroom apt. The ceilings are high, the wood floors are nice and there appears to only be minor things wrong with it. I will go through our house room by room. Not all of them are complete, some pictures and stuff still need to be hung, but so far things are coming along.

I will start with our living room. It is nice and big, with a door leading to the balcony. We don't use the balcony for fear of death...but we could use it if we wanted to.

Jeff was scared that the living room was going to be too short to use the projector, but in reality it is too long. The picture is the size of the entire back wall. We just received the couches yesterday, so it is nice to finally have a place to sit, instead of lying on the floor. Just so that you know, the couch is so far away from the wall because the projector computer is back there.

Ah, the kitchen. It is really nice and big. We have room for a kitchen table, which is always nice, you know, for eating. The cupboards don't close. They are permanently open. Now some of you may laugh and ask why I, Rachel - the girl who can't close cupboard doors-cares about open cupboards. It is because if I am going to leave it open, I won't do it half-assed. It will be all the way open. Half open is just annoying. That fire escape door at the far end has seven locks to undo if I want to escape. It makes me feel better that people can't break in, but I am concerned that I won't be able to get out. I must also say that I am not the biggest fan of a gas ovens. I keep thinking that there is going to be a gas leak and I am going to die.

Our bedroom. It is so nice to finally have a bed to sleep in. We actually managed to buy matching furniture, but we didn't do this on purpose. We bought the dresser used. We needed a bedside table but after three weeks of looking for a decent used one, we finally just went out and bought the matching one. We then went out to buy our bed at Leon's. They promised that we would have it delivered by September 15th. On September 15th I called Leon's and they said that they weren't going to have it until October 7th. They weren't going to compensate for the lies and the lack of warning of a later delivery date, so to punish them, we went to Ikea to buy the matching bed and cancel our Leon's order. SCREW YOU LEON'S ( I am still bitter). Eventually I will have a little vanity station in a corner so that I can get ready in the mornings.

If you have been reading Jeff's blog you may have read about the giant bubble of water that formed in our bathroom. Well, the following pictures are what happened after they tried to remedy the problem. I am grumpy and I want this fixed... The bathroom is small but ok. The door never stays closed and the drain goes so slow that by the time I am done a shower I am
standing mid-calf in my own filthy water.

This is also the only room that I let Jeff tin foil the windows. You can also see our caretaker's quick fix of the bubble that was growing out of our ceiling.

Here is the office. Not much to it. There is nothing personal about this room; no pictures, no trinkets, just a lot of cords. Menh.

This is our hallway. Our place actually has a lot of storage space. There are five closets total so it is quite handy.
All in all, I like our place. We could have done a lot worse and I am trying to live with little nuisances. I hope you all come visit despite them.

"And my Heaven is a nice house in the sky, got central heating,and I'm alright" - DMB

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It looks nice Rachel. I love the colours you use as well at the doors. Your balcony is the best.
I like apartments with personality provided I'm just renting...I'm sure you will grow to love all its little quirks.
i think it rulz. enough that it needs a z to really express just how much ruling is going on.

i look forward to the mad shopping trip while we both try to find stuff that looks professional but not old. we'll finsh off the evening by cooking supper and drinking too much wine -spontaneously jeff with love mtl cause he doesn't have to put up with me all the time anymore ;)

we miss you, 3 months til christmas!
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