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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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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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