Home, sweet home

by jenny on 31 August 2013 - 08:40pm

Something terrible has happened. I have so many unposted projects that I’ve stopped taking pictures when I do a new one. I’m not sure exactly what the hangup is, but I’m pretty sure it has something to do with perfectionism. And with expectations. I started getting a lot of comments at random parties and chance encounters from people that I had no idea were following my blog… you’d think that would be a good thing, right? Well, for me, it was somehow a lot easier / less stressful to post when I thought no one was listening, ha! People started asking for advice and treating me like an expert… have I mentioned that I have no idea what I’m doing half the time? I just tackle something that’s bugging me until it’s bugging me a little less. And move on from there.

Oh, and I also tend to get into this weird pattern of bar-raising where I feel like every post has to top the last. Well, that’s impossible to do for very long. Unless, of course, you just stop posting altogether. Which is the strategy I seem to have employed recently.

On the bright side, I’ve also been really busy working on our hostel booking site and haven’t had a ton of time to blog. Anyway, all that just to say that I enjoy posting about my accomplishments, but they can’t all be awesome. Sorry world. A lot of them are just babysteps toward making my space a place I enjoy being in. And recording the process is as much for my sake as it is to inspire anybody else. It’s so easy to only see the things that remain to be done… this blog is my “scrapbook,” to help me remember and enjoy the journey.

So without further ado, a babystep.


If this scene rings a bell (pun intended), you probably read about my new doorbell. Well, something else was missing.


We’ve also been living for the past 8 years without a proper address. Which also caused considerable confusion whenever we threw a party. In fact, I bought this nice, new shiny #2 for my last party, but didn’t get a chance to properly mount it in time. So I stuck it on the door (packaging, included screws, and all) with removable 3M adhesive strips instead.


It was kind of a hit. I asked everyone as they came in if they’d seen my latest home improvement. Way to lower the expectations. ;)

I did get it mounted eventually. Here it is hanging out with our new doorbell.


It’s kind of impossible to get a picture with proper perspective in this narrow space. I was straddling our banister and the neighbor’s fence as it was.



It’s crazy, but having a real address makes a big difference. It’s like I put us on the map. This little $3 piece of brass goes a long way toward making what I always saw as our “temporary living space” feel more like home.