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I finally had a chance on Wednesday to go over to the Post Office and pick up my package from Soapy Hollow (btw, if you're trying to ship things to me, USPS is way better than UPS, since I can walk to the Post Office, but the UPS facility is way the heck out there and they don't seem to want to leave my packages, even when I leave the signed slip on the door).
Anyway, the minute I got the box, it smelled delicious. Not in that overpowering way that some soaps have, but in a subtle, rich, spicy way. This was likely the combination of the Chocolate Mint soap and some of the lovely spicy samples that DeAnne included (she has beautiful handwriting, btw). I've only really gotten the change to use the Gardner's Delight, but I really like it- it makes my hands feel clean and smooth and soft, and they smell clean but not soapy. My bathroom smells like chocolate from the soap hanging in the shower. I like that the scents are rich and complex, but they're not overpowering or chemical-y, which makes sense since they're organic. The coffee kitchen soap doesn't smell at all like coffee, which is great, since coffee makes me nauseous sometimes (the idea is that the coffee neutralizes any food odors from cooking that get into your hands).
After work yesterday I stopped at the grocery store and got cake mix and frosting and cheese for the party. Four kinds of cheese- Butterkaese, a yummy mild German cheese; Chevrie, a very tasty soft goat cheese; Blue Cheese and Extra Sharp Cheddar. I think that's a nice variety. I needed dish soap as well, and I discovered that my store sells Planet dish soap and laundry detergent. I didn't buy any detergent, because I didn't need any, but it's good to know for next time. The soap is basically oil, salt and baking soda, and I'm interested to see how it cleans my pretty new dishes that my parents gave me for my birthday.
Tonight, I'm going to the old apartment after work to clean out the crap that's been shoved under the bed and make sure I don't still have anything of mine there. When I get done, I'm going to Evieland and I'm going to take a nice bath using my bath salts from Soapy Hollow and exfoliate my face with my Modern Friction from Origins, and have a mini-spa night.
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Today my parents are coming and bringing me things. I have to get rid of all the cardboard from the IKEA flatpacks lying all over my floor first.
I have plants, and they're growing! I have seedlings sprouting up from the oregano I planted, and one of the other plants (I can't remember if it's my strawberry or geranium), and my bonsai seeds have sent up seedlings. I was so scared that they wouldn't.
Elizabeth and I constructed my bed/desk, and I finished putting in the screws yesterday, and built a bookshelf. The dresser is waiting. I do still need to purchase a large bookshelf, but the shipping is ridiculous. I'm going to see if I can get J to go with me to IKEA to help with the lifting and with the building.
Little by little, though, I'm falling in love with the place, as I make it my own.
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My 25th birthday is in 14 days. I know there are people out there who want to buy my things for this occassion (and keeping that in mind I've deliberately not bought everything for myself), so here's the list of what I need/want, mostly apartment-related.

First, a few notes about what I do have:
I have my major pieces of furniture- bed, desk, desk chair, bookshelf, dresser, couch/futon, floor lamp. (More about the furniture later) For the most part, it's white or black or silver, which is on purpose so that everything will match it. My desk chair is a pretty vibrant turquoise, and the furniture on my balcony (a table and two chairs) is a bright blue. This should not surprise anyone who knows me.
I am currently in the process of crocheting a throw blanket for my couch, which is turning out quite well. It has red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black and white in it. (pictures will be forthcoming)
The floor is parquet.
My bathroom tile is blue, and so are my towels (not the same shade of blue). The bathroom has an underwater theme, again, no surprise to those who know me.
The kitchen is tiny and just a general neutral color. See the pictures for more.

OK, on to what I want/need:
More sheets- I have one set, but you can't really ever have too many. I have a full-size mattress.
Towels- I don't really need more bathroom towels, but I wouldn't say no to them either, as they certainly come in handy. I do need kitchen towels, as well as a place to hang said towels (my parents have a cool magnetic one that goes on the side of the fridge, something like that would be awesome.
Pots + pans- I have a gas stove/oven and no microwave. I have nothing to cook with. There are several places where one can purchase boxes that contain pretty much all the pots/pans/utensils a person might need. These kits usually don't have a tea kettle, which is also something I need.
Dishes- Once I've cooked all this food, I have to be able to eat it. I need nice, simple, everyday dishes, as well as glasses and flatware. There's a great set from Target on my wishpot.
Mirror- I have a mirror in the bathroom, obviously, but I would really love a full-length one (how else can you tell which shoes match the outfit better?).
Magnets- This is going to sound dorky, but one of the things I've looked forward to about having my own place is being able to put up my own refridgerator magnets. I really love the ones of famous historical figures sold here and elsewhere.
Plants- I have some bamboo and a succulent, and I've planted several seeds, but I'd love some plants that are already growing.
Desk lamp- I have a floor lamp, but I need a desk lamp. I really dig the Aquabetta lamp.
Worms- I want to try vermiculture composting, but I need a box for the worms to live in, and some worms (which I can mail order).
craft supplies- I have strong creative impulses, but I can't draw or sculpt or anything. What I am good at is "coloring inside the lines"- I'm good at things like crocheting and cross-stitching, where there's a pattern I can follow (or even without a pattern, where there's a technique I can follow). So I certainly wouldn't mind having more yarn, as well as the materials to do some more cross-stitching (I have embroidery floss and needles and a hoop, but not many patterns and no fabric to make pillows or anything like that- this includes the stuffing, which also would expand my crochet repetoire).
Cordless phone- The buzzer at my building works via the phone, and I now have landline service. I have a phone, but it's corded and I'd like to have a cordless as well.
A bike- I live 2.5 miles from work, and I like the idea of having a bike so that I can ride (which would be better than being at the mercy of the Metro on weekends). I kind of want a folding bike, like the ones they sell at Bikes at Vienna, since it would just make life easier.

The links part of my LJ has a link to my Wishpot, which gives you an idea of what I like and also where to get some of it.
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I got the keys Friday after work, and took some stuff up. While I had remembered to bring clean underwear for the next day and a change of clothes for that night, I neglected to bring towels. I had sheets for my bed though.
I discovered that the main living space doesn't have an overhead light, so I spent my first night in my new apartment sleeping in the closet. The closet is, in fact, large enough to fit a full-size mattress, and it has an overhead light. I wasn't ready to go to sleep right away, hence the need for the light. I also didn't sleep very well, because I didn't have a blanket. I wasn't cold, per se, I just wasn't cozy. I very much like to feel weight on my when I sleep, which is one of the reasons I love a cold winter's night for sleeping, and one of the reasons that I actually prefer layers of blankets to a down comforter (and why I'm crocheting what I hope will be a nice big quilt for my bed). Because all I had was the top sheet, I had a hard time getting snug in the bed, and I kept waking up.
Moving in to a completely unfurnished place is something I've never actually done before, and it makes you realize just how many little details make up a home. I do have (soy) milk in the fridge, and a box of cereal, and some plastic bowls, cups and cutlery. I do not have a microwave or any cooking implements. I also have sponges and some Simple Green and baking soda (but no vinegar). And toilet paper.
J calls the new pad "Evieland", which I love as a name. (And yes, he is allowed to call me Evie, and no, you're not, unless you've already been given permission to do so.)
Right now, Evieland does not have Internet access, but it will by this coming Friday. And slowly it will have furniture, and plants, and pictures of my friends and family. Invitations to the housewarming party on 7/7/07 will be forthcoming to those of you in the DC Metro Area, I just have to finish the invite list.

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