It’s amazing how much stuff you can acquire when you stay in one place for a couple of years.
Just over a week ago, I packed the last of my belongings into a 17th box. Shaeda and I stacked them into a corner of my room, and spent the next day coordinating a move, and watching my movers play real-life tetris with 17 boxes, three armchairs, two beds, and a collection of bookshelves and end tables.
Three hours and one shattered mirror later, we had everything blocked into my apartment. Will came over and built all of my furniture (not kidding – all of it), and when after we turned in the U-Haul truck, I found him sleeping in an armchair, surrounded by boxes and allen wrenches. He was extraordinarily tired, because he was blasting country music in his phone… still sleeping.
Unless he does that on the reg. Well, no judgment.
The week before a move is spent packing, and my packing craze went hand-in-hand with a purging craze. I tossed, I donated, I sold things that I never thought I’d part with. But the thing is, I never ever – ever – thought that I could acquire that much stuff.
And, as I started going through the kitchen, the living room, and the closets, I realized how much of the things in that group house were actually mine. And, for the first time in my life, those things have a home of their own. Those things are no longer shared with the comings and goings of your average DC group house.
For the first time in a very long time, I have my own space. And it’s… glorious.
Tonight, I came home from work and removed the horrible (and noisy) blinds from my windows, and replaced them with curtains. I haven’t had curtains since I lived in my parents’ house.
At the moment, I’m drinking this gin cocktail on the couch. The windows are open, and the night is still. I like it. I think I’ll stay a while.
Lemon, Thyme & Gin Spritzer
Juice from 1 lemon
Juice from 1 lime
Fresh sprigs of thyme
In a chilled glass, muddle a few sprigs of thyme with a few squeezes of lime and lemon slices. Then, stir in about 2 oz. of gin (depending on how stiff you like your drinks) and club soda to taste. Add sugar (or syrup) if you prefer drinks on the sweeter side. I enjoy this one without, though.
Stir in a sprig of thyme, and serve with lots of ice.