Friday, May 20, 2011

It's Official!

Our New Townhouse

Dan and I are officially homeowners! Whoo hoo! It's kind of hard to believe that I have actaully taken this adult step, but it's a step that feels really good.

We cannot wait to move in tomorrow and start making that place our own.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In Living Color

After 5 (almost 6) long months of looking for a house, we are due to close on our first home this Thursday. I couldn't be more excited, or freaked out, but I am choosing to just dance with the excitement at the moment and leave the freaked out alone and isolated in the corner.

You have no place here, freaked out, so move it along now...

One of the things that I am most excited about in owning my OWN house is paint. PAINT! For years I have had to live with white, apartment walls and I couldn't be more sick of it. I have spent hours upon countless hours devouring design magazines and blogs, drooling over rooms with beautifully painted walls. Finally, I get to pick out the colors that I want to be surrounded by and I feel like a kid in a candy store.

When looking for ideas, I find that inspiration is everywhere, which can at times be overwhelming. The good news is that our new place has hardly any paint at all, so we have a blank canvas, if you will. It is very important to me that whatever we choose fell calming and comfortable. With the high-stress jobs we work, our home needs to be as soothing and relaxing as possible.

While I still don't know what we will end up choosing, here are some images that have stimulated my senses:

From the blog Lola B's

I'm obsessed with the grayish/greenish/blueish color on the walls in this picture. This image is from the home of Kasey Buick, whose blog I love. I actually emailed her and asked for the brand and name of this paint. She wrote me back; it's by Ralph Lauren and called Faded Silk. I am seriously considering this as a strong contender for at least one room.

From Remodelista


This combo of the wainscoting with the earthy taupe
paint color actually makes me feel excited. And, don't even get me started on how much I love that rusty vintage mirror and black wire basket. The contrast of old and new is something I definitely am hoping to incorporate into our new place.

From theLENNOXX.com


I am LOVING gray right now and in fact, I am pretty certain we will be painting our main living space some variation of this color. It's an interesting neutral to me and I find that other colors really compliment it in a way that I don't find with neutrals in the beige range. GO TEAM GRAY!

Found here

While I am a bit hesitant to use yellow since it is not a color I am naturally drawn to, I do think that it looks nice used in a bedroom, especially with white linens.

Oh me, oh my - so much to choose from.

I can't wait to get started!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wait...How Much Stuff Do We Have?

Dan and I spent the day today packing up our belongings. If all goes well, by this Friday we should have the keys to our new place - our first home that we own. Ohmygoodnessgracious!!

As I type this, I am in need of a shower and surrounded by a pile of poxes, bubble wrap and tape guns. It's been a productive day.

However, whenever I move, I am amazed by three things:

1) How much I own. I am only 28 yet seem to have accumulated quite a lot since moving out of my parent's homes 10 years ago.

2) How much dust is everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Especially behind the TV - icky. This is the main contributing factor as to why I am currently desperate for a shower.

3) How heavy books are. I love my books and always want to keep them, however I question this sentiment each time I am forced to pack them.

Alright, break over...and time to get back to it. I hope you're all having a lovely Saturday!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Just When I Thought I Couldn't Love It Anymore...

It is no surprise to anyone that I love Target.

l.o.v.e.

However, something was always missing; a void in my Target shopping experience.

From time to time, along with my receipt, I would be given a little slip of paper at check-out, asking me to log-on to their website and take a survey about my shopping experience. I would then be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Target gift card. Never one to pass up the chance for some free merchandise, and a lover of surveys (yes, I am one of those people), I would partake.

The last question of the survey would always ask something like, "Are there any additional products you would like to have at your local Target store?" to which I would always type 'Fresh food please."

Well folks, it looks like they listened.


This is what my last Target purchase looked like. Sigh.

Bless and thank you.

Oh and please do not judge the Pace Picante salsa on the conveyor. It is the best salsa ever. Period.

Friday, May 6, 2011

A Few Things...

1) Dan and I are getting really close to closing on our first home. YAY! I've been so hesitant to talk about it in fear of jinxing it, but it's looking like it's going to happen.

2) The movie that we are working on had it's official press release today, which is always an exciting moment for any studio. You can read about it here.

3) One of my favorite people ever in the world is coming to visit from NYC this weekend. Her name is Amy. We went to the same high school but didn't become friends until after college. She is amazing and I love her and I can't wait to see her.

4) I think I am going to try to start working-out before work. I know. Kill me now. But, I see it as literally my only option to fit in exercise these days. Don't hold me to this declaration, however...we'll see how it goes.

5) Today is Friday. The Friday of a very, very busy week. Thank you, Friday, for being here today - it means the world.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Reminder to Myself

I have so many post ideas swirling around in my head right now but in all honesty, I am too tired to write them.

Dan and I are both in the thick of production on the current film we are working on and 60 hour work weeks have become the norm. It's hard to fully convey what that means, but I can tell you that each day is full of running around, craziness and intense deadlines which you leave at the end of each day feeling like you've just completed a triathlon and taken the SAT's all at once.

This is the life I chose. I went to film school for a reason.

I need to remind myself of those reasons, from time to time:

1) To be involved in something that moves people. I love how movies make people laugh, cry, feel scared, feel goofy, feel...anything. I don't think there is another art form out there that consistently moves people as much as film.

2) To do something different in life. I easily could have a desk job that is steady, consistent and much less daily insanity, but that is not what I wanted. When I worked at what we call a "real job" it just did not feel right. I needed creativity. I needed to be on my feet. I needed to be in film.

3) To work in a field that genuinely interests me. I love movies. I love seeing them, I love talking about them and I love analyzing them. French and South American films are some of my favorites, but cinema from around the world interests me. Since I was a young girl, I found film fascinating and I suppose, it is that love which is truly why I am here.

4) To meet interesting people. There is no denying that this industry attracts a vast array of people. I currently work with people from England, Iceland, Japan, France, Germany, Canada, Russia, Italy, Ireland and all across the US. I work with artists, architects, producers, accountants, puppet makers, costume designers, editors, directors, sculptors, animators, camera men, cinematographers and engineers. People around me have won Oscars, Emmys, BAFTAs, etc. It's amazing and I know that had I not gone into this field, there is no way I would be routinely surrounded by such an eclectic group.

So - there you have it. Or, rather, there I have it. Those are the big four: my reasons for taking this on. I guess as is the case with anything you love, it's not always easy.

I think I just needed to remind myself of that today, as exhaustion and feeling overwhelmed has started to take over. There is a reason I am here. There is a reason I knew I wanted to do this since I was about seven. And, at the end of the day, I have a lot to be thankful for.

Sorry for the drivel and thanks for listening ;)
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