This is just a short post to say that one of my very best friends is leaving my tiny apartment tomorrow and I will miss her very much, having lived with her the last 10 months in an entirely new place ... Kentucky! Now Kentucky feels more like home for a bit, and I bid her adieu having a decent networking and friends thing in place.
I am also writing to say that my new couch has arrived (i won't go into the details, as it involves some unpleasantness, unfortunately) ... "new" of course meaning new to me. This time will begin my overhaul of my tiny but soon-to-be cozy apartment. Which, due to the fact that I have school to attend, probably won't be finished until fall. But that's okay.
here are the plans: downstairs to be a reading/yoga/meditation space. i'd like to splurge on a big meditation cushion? perhaps from a local store that contains only fair trade crafts from around the world. my friend angie is going to help me make a simple yet sturdy cinderblock/wood shelf for the TV/peace books/CDs/dvds/candles/bells/incense/etc to go. the room will of course have my yoga mat, and my papasan (sp?) reading chair, and books on shelves. and eventually, a nice rug to cover stains that won't come out of the carpet. in winter, a roaring fire in the fireplace! the paint will be a bright blue to reflect the outdoor sky, so it's a happy, bright space, even at winter time or during the night. I would also like a few plants, as they brighten the space and help to purify the air. I saw in a local antique shop two prints of japanese women wearing traditional costumes and waving fans, and they were framed nicely, but for $20/apiece I found it to be a little steep. hm maybe i can strike a bargain? They'd really be perfect for the room.
upstairs, will be my couch and television set for movies. i'm hoping that eventually, the place will take on more of the sparse, Zen aspect of home decor I love so much. Makes for a clear mind, you know? I am proud that I got rid of two huge bags and one box of "stuff" i don't need (mostly clothes), but I'm wondering what else I can get rid of. I look to figures like St. Francis (though I'm not religious) of Assisi, and even Florence Nightingale, for inspiration.