Thursday, July 26, 2012

Reunited and It Feels So Good!

Houston, tenemos muebles! Our second shipment from the US finally arrived yesterday, and we have been reunited with all of our favorite furniture, decor and kitchen items! Can I get a Hallelujah, amen please!?!?! I still have a lot to do, but the piso already feels so much cozier now that it is filled with our things.

Unpacking the boxes and sorting through all of our things was pretty exciting and surprising. You have to remember that we packed everything up the first week of September 2011, so it's been in storage for nearly a whole year! By this point, we really couldn't remember what all we decided to bring with us and what we left at home in storage.  I had a few good laughs, a few "What were we thinking moments?" and lots of giddiness over things I was really glad that we packed! 

First, I packed at least three varieties of measuring cups. (I found even more after taking this picture!) Before we left, I did hear that it would be difficult to find measuring cups since Europe uses the metric system (everything is in grams, liters, etc!) as opposed to the cups and tablespoons that we're used to in the USA. However, I might have gone a little overboard.  I'm also planning on buying a food scale in the very near future so that I can figure out what 100 grams looks like! When you buy cereal or something in the grocery store, all the nutrition facts are listed per 100 grams although 100 grams isn't necessarily the serving size. It's taking some getting used to and a food scale will certainly help. It goes without saying that we will have no excuse for not knowing our portion sizes for the next 18 months!

Not one, not two, but three frisbees! Because, well, I just don't know why one or two wouldn't have been sufficient!

Two large containers full of pens, pencils, highlighters and at least two calculators. Unless you're a student in 8th grade algebra or senior calculus, who even uses a calculator anymore? Everything we'd ever need to calculate can be done right from our phones or laptops! And I'd be willing to bet that half the pens and markers stored in those containers don't even work!

One pull-up bar, two sets of 5 lb hand weights, one set of 8 lb hand weights, a set of interchangeable weights including four 7.5 lb weights and four 2.5 lb weights. Also, unpictured are tennis balls, a jump rope, two tennis rackets and two sets of golf clubs. Even on cold or rainy days when I don't want to walk to the gym, there will be no excuse for inactivity during the next 18 months!

We came to Spain where there is an abundance of fine, affordable wine and tasty sangria; yet, we brought only four wine glasses.  All stemless! I'll have to buy more before we can even have guests. (Oh, what a shame! I hate when I have a good excuse to buy something.)  It should be noted, however, that these Nantucket wine glasses that we bought on our honeymoon are above and beyond my favorite, so I was really glad to see them!

Although we didn't bring many wine glasses, we were sure to include our collection of corks that I'm sure we'll add to over the next 18 months. For some reason, these bring me great happiness (even after the wine is long gone!)

In addition to the things above that I thought were kind of funny and/or random, I unpacked a lot that I was so happy to see again. For example...

Our spools and brown glass bottles. I have a little bit of an obsession with these things and can't wait to find the perfect spot in our apartment for them (and also to add a few Spanish spools and bottles to our collection!)

Our trunk! So happy to see this beauty again, and it is currently serving double duty as a coffee table since we didn't pack ours and storage for the weights, tennis rackets, board games, etc mentioned above. 

Our beautiful stained glass from Nana and Garland! I can't wait to figure out a way to hang it.  We get such great sunlight through those windows all afternoon, so I know it will be so pretty hanging there!

Our wedding album and pictures including this one, which is one of my very favorites from the whole wedding! Love seeing these sweet, happy babies every time I'm in the living room!

I couldn't remember packing anything to hang on our walls, so I was pumped to see this drawing along with a couple of other things to hang. We won't have empty, white walls after all!

When we came to look at this apartment, the girl living here had two lanterns hanging from each of the balconies, and I thought it looked really cool but was sad because I was just certain that we didn't pack any of our lanterns. Well, guess what!?!?! Along with the one pictured, we also brought two additional ones that I am going to figure out how to hang from our balconies and hopefully put a plant or candle or something in them!

 And finally, our bed! Over the last 11 months, we've moved from our house to my parent's house, to an apartment in Dallas, back to my parent's, to a hotel in Spain and then for the last 2 weeks, we've been in this piso but on an air mattress.  While the air mattress far exceeded our comfort expectations, it was really nice to be in a big, fluffy bed again complete with the pretty feather blanket that we received as a going away gift from my family! (I've still got lots of work to do in our bedroom so please ignore the growing pile of give away items in the corner, and yes, that is a cardboard box covered by a sheet that is currently serving as my bedside table.)

It was really fun to unpack all of our things, and overall, I think we did a really good job.  Right now, I can't think of anything that I wish we'd really brought along, and though some of the things aren't really necessities, they may come in handy.  My theory for packing has always been to pack as much as you possibly can. Whether you're going for 18 hours, days or months, if you've got the space you should use it!  And we're really lucky in that we seem to have large closets and an abundance of storage space, which isn't always typical in a Spanish apartment. 

As I get rooms all organized, I plan to do little tours of them so our friends and family can picture where we are and get excited for their visits! Now I just need someone to start actually planning a trip so that I have motivation to clean up the guest room. It's currently serving as a catch-all for extra furniture, empty boxes, golf clubs, etc. Get on it, people!

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