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Crafts with Apartment #1
Crafts with Apartment #1

Crafts with Apartment #1

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I grew up on the gorgeous, if climatologically unpredictable shores of the Great Lakes. On those summer days when it was too chilly to swim, I’d occupy myself sifting through rocks. Fun, right? Right. I hauled myself back to the car at the end of the afternoon with my pockets full of rocks. Not just…
How to throw a bangin’ housewarming bash
How to throw a bangin’ housewarming bash

How to throw a bangin’ housewarming bash

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1) E-mail as many of your closest friends as you can fit comfortably in your digs. Ask them to let you know how many guests they will be bringing. 2) Remove all breakables from the rooms in which you’ll be hosting guests. If you live in a studio, put anything fragile in your kitchen cupboards,…
Why, oh why, oh wireless?
Why, oh why, oh wireless?

Why, oh why, oh wireless?

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Living in sunny SoCal, my monthly utility payments are satisfyingly low. The largest is by far my cable internet bill- approximately $40 a month, split with my roommate. I was reluctant, at first, to part with this extra dough for our own wireless- I have a laptop, and it’s easy enough to link to someone…
Apartment Beautiful: Wall Decoration
Apartment Beautiful: Wall Decoration

Apartment Beautiful: Wall Decoration

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A couple of months ago I realized that I’d never gotten around to putting anything on my walls. So I set to work: I went to the Rose Bowl flea market in search of wall art. Flea markets, by the way, can be a great place to find antique furniture, decorations, or more random things…
Adventures in the Shower
Adventures in the Shower

Adventures in the Shower

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There’s pretty much nothing I like less than cleaning the bathroom. There’s just too much room for nasty. So usually I do it as infrequently as possible. With two boys and I sharing one aging bathroom, though, it’s reached a severe level of gross on my homeland hygiene monitoring system. Red alert. Mental alarms sound.…
It’s a boy!
It’s a boy!

It’s a boy!

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This last weekend, I had a welcome addition to my little two bedroom apartment: my boyfriend moved in. His lease had ended and rather than sign again for another year, he decided to join me, his lady love. My apartment is also closer to his office. Our living arrangement is a little awkward, actually, because…
Taking advantage of your new kitchen
Taking advantage of your new kitchen

Taking advantage of your new kitchen

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Consider this recent report in the New York Times Business section: “A twice-a-week kung pao chicken takeout habit can easily drain you of about $10,000 over 10 years.” And that’s if you just order in twice a week! Call for pizza a couple other nights and you might as well just set your savings on…
I love my new chair. And Craigslist.
I love my new chair. And Craigslist.

I love my new chair. And Craigslist.

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Yesterday, I acquired a comfy new chair. It’s round and cushy with a straight back, shaped almost like someone got a very large barrel, cut out the front third, and upholstered it. It swivels, guaranteeing hours of revolving fun to come. It’s white leather, aged, to be sure, but nothing a little leather cleaner and…
Kate’s Apartment
Kate’s Apartment

Kate’s Apartment

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Managing your first a apartment is a constant learning experience.  I, for example, just learned what mouse poop looks like.  My boyfriend, who grew up in the country, pointed it out.  “Are you sure those aren’t just really stale Rice Krispies?” I asked, crossing my fingers. I’m not bigoted, but I hate varmints.  “Don’t worry,”…
Keeping cool?
Keeping cool?

Keeping cool?

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It’s 98 degrees in the shade. Last night, I dreamt I was Superman, and I kept trying and trying to get to my ice palace, where it had to be cooler, but I couldn’t. I woke up sweating. If you’re lucky, your new apartment will have central air. Mine doesn’t. This means that lately I’ve…