Sunday, August 05, 2007

Goodbye Old Life...

Several weeks ago I finally bit the bullet and removed all of my belongings from my parents house. I thought I should take a moment to reflect on what that house has meant to me.

For 26 years of life this house has been my only permanent address. I have lived in 3 of its rooms, which means I've occupied more rooms than any other family member. My final room, pictured below, was created for me when I decided to move back home after college. It was a room we never used, it mostly gathered junk and spiders- so the thought of moving down there for more space AND my own entrance was exciting but also challenging. Together my Dad and I covered the cement foundation- yep, I lived in a basement- with drywall. We mudded, taped, painted and hired someone to lay the tile. Here's an interesting fact: we had two different people do the tiling downstairs and my room is about 2 inches higher than the rest of the basement which is not only evident at the entry points but also by the # of stubbed toes it has created. I like to think of it as my own little booby trap. Can I say "booby" on a blog?

Anyway, it was a good little room. Kind of like my own studio apartment but without the kitchen. Perfect if you ask me...who doesn't want their parents cooking for them until the ripe age of 26? Thanks Mom and Dad! It was intended to be a temporary home while I got on my feet, found a job, made friends, etc. I had thought about buying a condo but then I worked at KJR FM selling radio advertising which was 100% commission and then I quit and decided to work at Costco where I was paid hourly and couldn't afford to move out. Thus entered plan B- don't move out until I get married! Brilliant. So, in the basement I stayed from Oct. 2002 to Mar. 2007, my how time flew. And it only took me 5 months to move out after the wedding. Now if only I could get around to finishing those thank you notes...

9 comments:

Ilse said...

I think you need to add my blog to the "people I like" column :)

Rebekah said...

I love that little space Jenny and remember several fun times shared there! It also shows how amazing you are at decorating. I just loved all the little details and things and the bathroom was incredible too! Great job getting everything moved and I am so happy that you are married to your Jeffie...you are really good at attaining goals :)! xo

amyrenee said...

I liked this room, too... I think I stayed there with you three times!

Although, I think it's pretty hard to beat your new home. I brag to others about your craft room!

patrice said...

We loved having you at home; can't believe how fast time flies. We could decorate one of your previous rooms for our grandchild someday...

Love, Mom

Kristen said...

such a great post and reflection, jenny. i agree with rebekah that you do have such a gift for decorating...i can't wait to come out and see all that you've done in your new home to make it a beautiful expression of your tastes and jeff's, too. i think it took me just about as long to move all of my stuff out of my parents' house after I got married...or maybe even longer. good job on getting everything moved! love, kristen

Mandy said...

That's hilarious, Jenny! I LOVE your bed! that's beautiful! I still have some high school stuff in storage at my parent's house. Although- as soon as we move into a place with more than 1 tiny storage closet- I will finally go & get it :)

Baby Courter said...

Jenny,
You're a great blogger!! I love what you have to share with us :)

Hey! Justin & I would love to have you guys over soon! I hope to have the Nursery done stat!! and I'd love to get together to sew with you sometime or do something crafty :)

-Jaymie

simonsenfamily said...

What a cute space! I think your idea of staying at home was brilliant. Can't tell you how much money I wasted on rent.

Good to see a little inside of your life:)

Aleah said...

I love your bed!
Looks like a cozy little place to live for a few years - but being married and having your own place is much better, isn't it!

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