Who knew that moving in to a new place with nothing but a few bags of clothes and some books would take so much time—and so many trips to Target. No. 1 spent her first night in her new place last night, and all she's got so far is a bed, an end table, and some lamps. We've also got the kitchen nearly set up with a toaster and coffee maker and some dishes.
I realize that an awful lot of people start out with folding lawn chairs for their furniture and eat off of paper plates, but as a graduation present, we have promised No. 1 a furnished living space. We found a great little couch at World Market with a couple of coordinating chairs which will fit just perfectly in her living room—they'll be delivered today. We found lamps at Home Depot, and all the little kitchen stuff at Target.
Some of the wooden pieces are coming from a great little store in Berkeley, like the dining table and chairs and these little occasional pieces that are painted rustically with shades of red and yellow—all of these things will arrive Friday. I'll show pictures later of the before-and-after effect.
The curtains left by the previous residents had been hung during the War of 1812, so we trashed them and will come up with another solution—the condo is on the second floor with big trees covering some of the windows, so we don't need to do too much.
Anyway, with everything that has to be done this week, we decided to pass on Yosemite. We'll still go to Sonoma tomorrow, but the rest of this trip is about transforming an empty space into a livable one. We'll have to save the tourist things for another visit.