I’ve neglected the blog lately due to a lot of things going on in life. Namely, we moved! There are a lot of things I want to write about – running, cooking, cleaning, design – but for now, just to break the silence, I wanted to write a quick update on a smattering of topics.
We moved from Long Beach, CA to the foothills! I’ve been both looking forward to, and dreading, this change of scenery.
We traded the ocean for mountains.
Some of the pros include: no port fumes; more room in our larger apartment; quieter neighborhood which is great for work; safer neighborhood which is great for running. Some of the cons include: fewer businesses within walking distance; less central to neighboring LA cities and friends; more expensive; hotter and hillier which is miserable for running.
Boxes everywhere a few weeks ago.
Our new apartment is a much more open floorplan than our old place. There are many windows and sliding doors to a large, sunny patio, making for a beautiful and bright place. I already feel happier here than in our old apartment, purely because of the sunlight and trees. We are on the ground level, with no neighbors above or below. We have only one shared wall, and that is with our property manager, which means little to no excess noise!
Our back patio has several large flowerbeds which I’m very excited to clean up and plant. We are leaning toward a hardier flowerbed with plants that won’t require much watering. Responsible for the environment AND less work for us? Win! We’ll likely look into cacti, roses, basil, and peppers but I’ll ask the nurseries for recommendations.
The flowerbeds need some TLC.
Part of the excitement is depleted though given the state of our flower beds. They’re full of weeds, shards of glass, and a watering system that isn’t installed properly. There is going to be a lot of work before new plants can be introduced.
With our new apartment too I’ve been making an effort to be very conscious of our cleaning schedule and decorations. I want to make an effort to keep up with cleanliness, and make the apartment look its best. We got a little lazy at times with our old place, which resulted in some serious deep cleaning when we moved out. I don’t want to have to go through that again.
I’ll definitely be making a post soon about the full schedule, what I like about it, what I don’t like about it, etc. I basically took an example cleaning schedule that included weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual cleaning tasks, manually imported it to Google Drive so it could be an editable spreadsheet, and adjusted a few of the items to fit our apartment and lifestyle better. So far, I really like the schedule. It keeps me accountable and my house clean without being overbearing or excessive. I’m excited to write about this!
I tried to go for a run the other day, but the route I chose had nearly all of the sidewalks blocked off, or no sidewalks at all along the road. I wound up turning it in after only a mile and a half.
To be honest, that run attempt was miserable, aside from the sidewalk problems. It was so hot and dry that I was wheezing more than usual after only being out for about 15-20 minutes. The run was mostly uphill, which is something I’m not used to but is unavoidable given our new surroundings. All in all, it was a wakeup call and we’ll hopefully be getting a treadmill soon so help get back into running shape while slowly acclimating to the change in environment.
In the meantime though, I’ve started Yoga with Adriene‘s 30 Days of Yoga! I’m only 3 days in but it’s really enjoyable stretching and strengthening my body in ways running can’t offer.
Whew, there are even more quick updates I can throw on here but that’s enough for now. We need to pick up some yummy dessert for Easter dinner with the boyfriend’s parents, and relax before the week starts!
I hope everyone has a lovely and yummy Easter!