I know it's the shortest month to begin with, but February just flew by. It's fracking March! What's that about?!

Lotsa good things this month: I turned 24, worked on my apartment, spent lots of time with Michael and my friends, and ate A LOT of really great food. 

Valentine's Day this year was one of my favorites so far: Michael and I ordered Chinese takeout and built a pillow fort in the living room and watched Redbox movies all night. I think it was particularly refreshing this year because not once did I open my laptop or check my phone; it was like a mini-vacation smack-dab in the middle of the week. Trying to channel that energy every day and remember that everyday life is a gift, not a burden. 

Then my birthday! If you're familiar with New Girl, then you'll know the episode in Season 3 where it's Jess' birthday and Nick royally fucks it up. Yeah, I'm Jess. I don't know why I always romanticize birthdays, but I do. Ever since I was little I just expected surprises and magic and fun (and cake). As I get older I'm starting to realize that it's less about expecting things and more about making things happen for yourself. So, I took the day off to run errands, go shopping, have lunch with my momma, and just recharge and take some time for myself. Then that weekend Michael and I feasted at our favorite restaurants and went kitten hunting (!). Next year I'm going to do something big for my quarter-life crisis, but it was a great birthday and I was definitely feelin' that 24k magic. 

Lots of flowers, cuteness, and pink; a perfect summation of February 2017. March and April of this year are jam-packed with lots of wedding activities and impending travel plans, but I'm so excited to get moovin' and groovin' through the spring! This month I'm trying to cut back on TV habits, start cooking with more local produce, and hopefully get to finishing Casa de Chan. I'm more than ready for a fresh month and calendar page! Happy March! 

Casa de Chan

Well, well, well, look who put on her big girl panties. Hint: it's me. I am the proud renter of an apartment in Dallas! After living at home with my parents a little bit longer than I should have, I signed my lease in October of 2016.


Now, you might be saying, "Why Chandler, how on Earth did it take you this long to find a place? Isn't Dallas in the middle of a housing boom right now? Weren't there plenty of places in North Dallas, closer to your job?"

It's all true; I took way too long to pull the trigger and get my own place. Buuuuuuut, I'm very picky. And if I was going to shell out the cash to throw away in rent every month, I was going to find a damn near perfect apartment (which means it would be in Dallas proper, not in the 'burbs). I'd saved plenty of money living at home and I wasn't on any time crunch, so I let myself be choosy. It was maddening and really exciting, and I'm happy I was patient and waited for the right place to pop up.

Before I get to the exciting, happy dance, YAY part, there were lots of problems before getting to the good stuff. On the first day of my lease, my keys didn't work, the apartment walls were painted brown (after I specified they should be left to the primer), and the floor plan was not as the leasing agent described. There were other little fiascos in addition to the big ones (like the office spraying my apartment for fleas and giving me 30 minutes notice after I had already taken the day off of work so I could have Internet installed), but after being consoled by my partner and family I calmed down. It didn't matter that the walls were brown; it didn't matter that the leasing office was incompetent. I had my own place, space, home of my own. Everything else was insignificant. 

So after all of the problemos, I gotta say we worked it out and made some damn Bey lemonade. I have a really amazing Dad and boyfriend who spent all weekend helping me paint the entire place white. I mean everything, including the walk in closet and the built ins (yikes, never wanna do that again). And then I could see it. The vision. Now I am SO beyond excited to make this place my own, cute Casa de Chan. This is the state of the place about a month after I moved in, with the only new addition being my sofa! (More on that some other time.) 

I really love my kitchen! It's way more space than I need (I'm not much of a chef) but I'm so glad I have it. That nice big island just makes it. I do wish the appliances weren't so dark, but hey, one of the many joys of renting. 

The living room seems very boxy right now, so I'm excited to add to it and make it more inviting. You can see a little bit of my balcony, but it's really only big enough for one folding chair or so. The only new piece of furniture in this room right now is my shag rug, which my toes are loving at the moment. 

This is the hallway that funnels from the kitchen/living room. The door on the left is to a coat closet, and the double doors straight ahead are to the washer/dryer hookup and more storage space. 

What's up with apartments building the walk in closet en suite to the bathroom? Eh. Not a fan. We'll see how I fix that ugly little floor plan flaw. The bathroom is nice and updated (except for the tub) and I like the size of it.  

Built ins behind a door? Not exactly an ideal living space arrangement. But I love the amount of shelving it gives me! I can't wait to style those out and add a lot of zing to this tiny room. 

And my bedroom! It's a nice size and has a huge window which is nice. My queen-size bed takes up most of the room, but it's a larger bedroom than most 1 bedroom apartments give you. I've got big plans for this space!

And there you have it, folks. Casa de Chan. I can't wait to share my progress and add updates. I'll try to sprinkle some photos in here and there, but for the most part I think I'm going to tackle one room at a time. I need to take it chunk by chunk or else my brain will start spinning like a top with all of the planning, buying, and styling I have to do. Adios from DTX!