I’ve been a bad, bad blogger.

Sorry about that, folks. (Er, Tim in particular.) I have had “write blog post; include photos” on my agenda for days and it somehow managed not to happen. Before I get into the reasons, though, I am going to pop my photos in here so I don’t run out of time.

Things to keep in mind: this was the situation about two weeks ago, before we had any furniture except our bed. And let me tell you, eating, reading, and checking your email on the floor gets old fast. This motivated us to come up with a couch by the end of the week, and we picked up most of the rest of our furniture at a big BIG trip to Ikea last Saturday. So, the apartment doesn’t look like this anymore but I’m going to wait until it’s “done” to show the current status. Hopefully we will have reached equilibrium by the middle of next week, so I won’t wait so long to make the next installment.

Without further ado, I present the new Chez Gibbs

(living room/office)

(dining area / hallway)

(kitchen, left)

(kitchen, right)


(looks like we won the lottery for the world’s ugliest bathroom cabinet, eh?)


(bed with new Anthropologie duvet cover — 75% off!)

(new-to-me Heywood Wakefield dresser)

As you can tell, Bean likes to be where the action is. One morning, as I was unpacking our kitchen, she sat on the carpet chewing a bone a facing me in the living room. I brought a pile of things to kitchen and noticed that she was now facing me next to the sink. And then I walked back to the box and noticed that she was facing the living room again. It turned out that, as I walked back and forth, she scooted her bone and her little furry body so that she was facing me where I went, even if I was only there for like 30 seconds. Yup, she can’t stand to miss a thing, even if all those things are boring.

Back to the apartment, though. As you can tell, it’s not a particularly bright or character-filled space and the profusion of fugly carpet is inescapable. (Gotta love that mottled brown.) I should mention, however, that in my haste to blog I did not edit any of the pics and things do look a little better than they seem. It’s reasonably big and has nice closets and a linen cupboard where I have managed to stuff almost all of my art, craft, and Etsy supplies out of site. (Although it is a REALLY good thing that we downsized before moving. Even now, we continue weeding through our stuff yet again and finding things that we just don’t need to keep.) Due to significant kitchen rescaling, I am happy to say that ALL of our housewares actually fit in the cupboards provided. Gasp! I am so used to overflowing onto the counters and other shelves that I was quite surprised — and thrilled —  when I made this discovery.

I can still see about 5 boxes as I sit here at our temporary desk/table (long story; will tell you later) so the unpacking isn’t entirely finished. But we have planted the seeds of a home and just need to do a little weeding, watering and waiting until it’s presentable to our friends. And, excitingly, we do have friends to have over. Every time I think that Pensacola might not be the greatest place, I remind myself that the people matter more than the location. Because the people here are just plain amazing. In the past weeks, we have received a place to spend the night, help moving boxes, a kitchen full of groceries, numerous lunch/dinner/dessert invitations, the loan of a giant truck to visit the Atlanta Ikea, and heaps and heaps of other kindnesses. The people at husband’s new school have bent over backward to welcome us, and we are so very grateful.

Must go, but I won’t wait so long for the next post. I have gotten out of the habit of being online, and it’s not something I’m eager to resume very often (in fact, I feel rather resentful when I have to look at a computer anymore). But I don’t like feeling so out of touch with friends + fam, so I will get better.

I miss you all, Pullman + Moscow friends.


6 thoughts on “I’ve been a bad, bad blogger.

  1. Hey! This was fantastic, thanks! No worries about staying offline, same sentiments shared here. But, it is good to see what kind of place you live in, and the people sound really great. Don’t forget to post pics of outside, sometime. But I guess you are in the middle of hurricane season

  2. That’s looking great! Soon you will be putting out your own invitations of hospitality, I’m sure. I love the little dog in each of your rooms, especially the one that is peeking over the pillow. Was down at the Farmer’s Market this morning and saw your mom, though I wish I had managed to talk with her. After coming home to see my own mom after almost a year, I have discovered that they are the most wonderfully concerned people when you’re gone. All the best.

  3. My cats did the same thing bean did when we were moving. Only that they wanted to inspect every box that I unpack.

    You are doing well with unpacking. We have moved into our new home for about nearly 3 months now and we still have half of the boxes unpacked. Eeekkkk…. :*)

  4. So glad the Ikea trip went well. Can’t wait to see everything new. Talk to you tomorrow, hopefully. Or even better from the hospital… Wishful thinking perhaps.

  5. thanks for posting all the pictures of your new place. i especially like the duvet cover. daily i grow to like blue more and more. with your talent, you new home will be looking great in no time. by the way, did you get the e mail i sent you last sunday night?

  6. Hi Paula, I am updating Colleen’s address list and noticed that yours is out of date. Can you send me your new mailing address?
    Diane Mc

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