Monday, May 21, 2012

We have FURNITURE!

If you've been following along, you know that one of the biggest concerns I had about moving into our new apartment was that we had no furniture. Between Boyfriend and I, all we had when we moved in was a small dresser, a bed, a small desk, and a table and four chairs--and thank goodness we had that.

Since we moved in exactly two weeks and two days ago, we've acquired almost everything we need. How? Simply by the kindness of others.

Last weekend, my best friend Jill was in the process of moving out of her one bedroom apartment and into an almost-fully furnished apartment with a few other people. To put it simply, there was no room for her futon. Knowing we were in need of a sofa, she offered it to us for a few months. It really is a win-win situation; Until August, we get a sofa and she gets a place to store her futon free of charge.
Since the above photo was taken, I've removed the purple blanket, which was just there for convenience, and replaced it with a navy and gold plaid blanket that matches quite nicely. Photos of the completed living room to come (you know, once the living room is actually complete).

On our first venture to Sam's after we moved in, we were in panic mode about literally having no place to put our stuff, so we scooped up two of these dark brown shelves. They're not the nicest shelves in the world, but they're decent enough and they do their job. Plus, at approximately $25 each, the price was right.
Right now, there's a shelf on each side of our bookcase/TV stand. They're still in need of some purposing and styling as they currently hold our movies and Boyfriend's Wii and Nintendo 64. At first they held all of Boyfriend's video game controllers and games, but that quickly changed when...

We got a bookcase/TV stand (plus other beautiful furniture) from Boyfriend's boss! Backstory here: At work one day, Boyfriend was talking about how excited he was to move in with me (obviously) and how, unfortunately, we were in desperate need of furniture. Well, the heavens opened up when Boyfriend's boss mentioned that she had a garage full of furniture that we were more than welcome to. The cost? Zip, zilch, nada. Yep, this beautiful furniture was completely FREE! Thanks to Boyfriend's boss, we are now the ecstatic owners of the following set of matching chocolate brown wooden furniture with silver hardware:
Bookcase/TV Stand
Dresser and Mirror
Tall Dresser
Desk
We love our new furniture, and we're so thankful that Boyfriend's boss and her husband were generous enough to give them to us free of charge. These pieces are without a doubt much nicer than what we would have purchased ourselves, and we can't wait to build our home around them. To thank them for their kindness, we gave Boyfriend's boss and her husband the supplies for the perfect date night: movie passes, a gift certificate to one of the nicest restaurants in Columbia, and an offer to babysit their adorable six-month-old little girl.

Once we got the new beautiful furniture, our old stuff needed to be relocated. Right now, Boyfriend's dresser is in the closet of the second bedroom waiting to move to a TBD destination. He's using the new desk--seriously, this thing is a monster--and I'm using the desk he already had, which is much better for a laptop and my short little legs. :) Right now, both desks are in the second bedroom, which is where they'll stay, but we need to figure out a better arrangement for them.

Obviously, the apartment is a total work in progress. In fact, all that's set up right now is the kitchen. My wonderful aunt was kind enough to buy and send us a coffee maker, a toaster oven, a glass cutting board, and kitchen towels, so now we have everything (kind of) that a fully-stocked kitchen needs! I'm pretty happy with the kitchen right now, but I'm sure I'll change it a few times before it's really the way I want it.
Speaking of our kitchen, here's what we've been eating lately.

On Monday, we had one of my favorite meals: grilled cheese and tomato soup! Well, Boyfriend isn't a fan of tomato soup, so he had chicken noodle instead. We used my George Foreman grill for the first time to make the grilled cheese sandwiches, and that thing is magical! The sandwiches were done perfectly in just about two minutes!

Tuesday was my first day at my new job (more on that later), and because my office took us out for lunch, I wasn't very hungry for dinner. Boyfriend and I just munched on cereal that night.

I made tuna noodle casserole and green beans on Wednesday night using this recipe:


Ingredients: 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free), 1/2 cup milk, 2 tablespoons chopped pimientos (optional), 1 cup Birds Eye Sweet Garden Peas, 2 cans (about 5 ounces each) tuna drained, 1/4 of a 12-ounce package medium egg noodles (about 2 cups) cooked and drained, 2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon butter melted

Directions: Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir the soup, milk, pimientos, if desired, peas, tuna, and noodles in a 1 and 1/2-quart casserole. Stir the bread crumbs and butter in a small bowl. Bake the tuna mixture for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbling. Stir the tuna mixture. Sprinkle with the bread crumb mixture. Bake for 5 minutes or until the bread crumb mixture is golden brown.

I left out the peas and pimientos and substituted the egg noodles for wheat spaghetti simply because that's what we had in the house. We didn't have bread crumbs, but I got creative and toasted some bread and a leftover bread stick in the oven, waited until they were nice and toasty, and broke them up by hand. The bread crumbs ended up being a little big, but they tasted just fine!
Boyfriend had a big fun and food-filled retreat at work on Thursday, so he wasn't hungry for dinner that night. I, on the other hand, was starving, so I had leftover tuna noodle casserole.

On Friday night, we broke out the George Foreman once again and Boyfriend made delicious cheeseburgers. I contributed to the meal by heating up a can of baked beans. I wish I had a picture of the burgers, but we gobbled them up too fast. They were so good--probably my favorite meal we've had in the apartment so far. Boyfriend is the official burger maker from here on out.

After dinner on Friday, our friends Harrison and Alex came over and we enjoyed a few drinks and good company. On Saturday, we spent the afternoon at Harrison and Alex's pool before taking them out to dinner at HuHot to thank them for helping us move all of our heavy furniture up to our third-floor apartment. After dinner, we went next door to Andy's for some ice cream. We couldn't believe that after about ten years of coming to and living in Columbia, it was Harrison's first time to have Andy's. He loved it, of course.

I have to mention how proud I am of us that we've been eating breakfast regularly (okay, for the past week). Neither of us are really breakfast people, but we're making an effort to eat better and be healthier, and eating breakfast is a part of that. Because Boyfriend's schedule varies slightly from day to day, we take turns making breakfast for each other. This past week, breakfasts were oatmeal, cream of wheat, and cereal. Now that we have our awesome coffee maker, mornings will be even better!

Here are a few pictures from the last week or so:
Just because flowers from Boyfriend :)
Dollar Quads at Bengal's
Other things we've been up to: going to the pool, getting Trops, having a hello/goodbye lunch with my friend Jamie, going to Walmart on a near-daily basis, spending time with friends at a moment's notice, setting up the apartment, working, and falling into a routine....Things are good. :)

Happy Monday, Everybody!

1 comment:

Brittany said...

Loving the new furniture, especially those freebies from boyfriend's boss! They look like they're great quality!

The tuna casserole looks delish too...too bad Ryan doesn't like tuna! I bet it would be yummy with shredded chicken subbed in, though. If you like fish, I'm sharing one of my fave quick & easy fish recipes this week :)

Do you guys buy food from Sam's too? We always buy frozen chicken breasts in bulk--it saves money and then we have meat on hand for meals! The only ard part is storing all the food & household stuff we buy in bulk...but I love not running out of TP and paper towels for months!

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