Although I've loved this album for quite a while, for some reason I've been listening to it a lot while unpacking this week. Maybe it's because it's so quiet and soothing, and I've needed that kind of energy this week, or maybe I was just drawn to his hauntingly beautiful voice. Whatever it is, he got me over the past few days. Listen to one of my fave songs from the album, "Re: Stacks", below:
One of the best parts of our new apartment? It's a 5-minute walk from Sweetgreen, my favorite salad place ever. And my favorite salad there? The Chic P. I've already had it twice in less than a week, and am SO happy to finally live close to a healthy, quick place to grab lunch/dinner to-go. Yay! There's not much I like more than a good salad (except apples, of course...)
Sure, our view isn't much to brag about...it's just a street, buildings, trees, a typical city block. But, I've been wanting a balcony--a way to get outside and just sit, drinking tea, working, talking, whatever--for quite a while. In New York all I had was a fire escape, but I used to sit out there and read or drink my coffee in the mornings and it was great. And now we have two balconies! Even though it's been in the 90s-100s this week, I've still spent some time sitting out there just basking in the ability to get some real air while in the apartment. Plus, you can see Tranquil Space Arlington (my work!) from here! Amazing.
I've always been a hardwood floor kind of girl, and was honestly very disappointed when I found out that a lot of our new apartment was carpeted, but I have to say that I'm now finding out that I was wrong...carpet is pretty great. For one, it makes me want to get down on the floor and stretch, move, change positions. It's lush, warmer than wood floors, and doesn't make me feel like I need to always wear socks at home. Now I'm not saying that I'm a convert, but it sure has been a fun, new sensory joy for my feet over the past week. See Mary Catherine? Sometimes change can be good ;)
In order to "break in" our new place, I wanted to give it a distinct, yummy smell. So I've been burning the last of our supply of Triloka incense, and it's been rocking my world. It's not *too* strong, but has a really nice, strong-enough smell (not hippie-ville smell, just a nice scent). It's been wonderful to come home and smell the incense, as opposed to just the smell of new, clean apartment. Yay! The place is slowly becoming "ours." You can pick up your own Triloka incense at Whole Foods...try it out! I like the variety pack so that you can sample all of the scents :)