things are coming along and we are only looking at a few more weeks of work. i have to admit that i am pretty eager to move. the kitchen cabinets are in and the bathroom is nearly complete. just floor staining, painting, countertops, and finishing touches to go!
the calendar says it is spring, but the weather doesn’t agree. at least there are tulips, lilies, and pastel lace lovelies from lonely lingerie to get through these gray days.
the working is coming along on the new apartment, to the point where i can actually envision living there. tile is up in the bathroom and wood floors down in the kitchen. walls are patched and painted and just waiting for our light fixtures.
you might have noticed a lack of shopping posts over the last few months. one of my resolutions was to go three months without buying any clothes or accessories. the apartment renovations and carrying two mortgages has been $$$, so this was one way to help relieve some financial stress. i’m happy to report that i have mainly stuck to that resolution, with the exception of one $60 j.crew sweater.
before the shopping ban started on january 1, i found this gorgeous celine tote on the realreal for a fraction of the store price. i know i have another burgundy celine bag, but i just love them both so much. i also sold a few other bags so my overall number has remained the same. man, I will justify anything won’t i? 🙂
one of my new year’s resolutions was to read 25 books in 2019. i love reading, but when work gets insane, it becomes much harder to focus with a book at the end of the day. pictured below are the first five i finished. if i had to pick a favorite, it would be rules of civility.
and yes, i still can’t tear myself away from physical books.
i’m on a big asian kick with testing new recipes. they usually have a lot more ingredients than i normally cook with, but they are oh so tasty. i found this recipe here.
some more progress shots of the apartment renovations. the rough plumbing and electrical are complete, and the bathroom has been waterproofed. doesn’t look like much yet but most of the work behind the walls has been done. next up is the tiling in the bathroom.
because there were too many good ones from this trip.
we spent 5 days during the holidays in beautiful iceland. there were only about 4 hours of daylight each day, but wow, did those 4 hours count. fyi, none of these photos are filtered or edited – it really did look like this.
as soon as i saw an instagram story of someone making this recipe, i knew i had to try it. i didn’t have all the ingredients and subbed where i could, but even with the imperfections, it turned out beautifully (and delicious!).
i dished it up with spinach and brown rice, but next time, i will definitely use white rice and broccoli. also, i’m not a food blogger, but i promise i am going to try to take better food pictures this year!