Hello! I’ve had a partial post in my drafts for literally the past three weeks and I just haven’t been able to finish writing it. So, instead of letting that hold me back from updating, I decided to just leave it in my drafts for now and write a little update. There is no structure to this post, it’s just a flood of thoughts that I wanted to jot down.
Life has been a little crazy these days. I’m not sure if it’s pregnancy or a symptom of getting old or a bit of both (probably both), but it’s ridiculous how easily I get tired these days. Actually… it’s probably 90% to do with the pregnancy.
I’m now in my third trimester and my body is feeling it. Baby is getting big and heavy! But the biggest pain point for me in recent months is how long it now takes for me to get over jet lag! Or just recover back to normalcy after a period away.
It took a solid 2-3 weeks for me to get over my Japan -> California jet lag, and then spring forward happened. Who would have thought a 1hr difference would wreck such havoc on my body? Daylight savings happened on March 12th and I’m only now back to waking up at 8:30~9am.
A couple of weeks ago we went away for a few days to celebrate our birthdays and babymoon (I would like to write about it, but who knows when I’ll get round to it. It was such a wonderful experience, albeit bittersweet since it was our final getaway as a couple). I was basically incapacitated for a solid couple of days after returning because I was so tired.
First things first: don’t ask about the Alchemy of Souls ep 19-20 review. It makes me ragey and I’m still not ready to talk about it.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me tell you where I’ve been! We went to Seattle from 31 Aug – 5 Sept. Yes, I bought the new Holo Taco Dark Rainbow Collection while on vacation. I woke up early to join Cristine’s launch live stream to get a better idea of the colours before making a final decision to purchase. Now I’m waiting with bated breath for my new nail polish to arrive. I’ll probably write about it once it does.
I plan to go into greater detail about our lovely trip to Seattle but here are a few highlights:
Obviously I only ever post the most flattering photos of myself…
The walls are painted but I don’t love them… don’t get me wrong, I think our painters did a great job, but they said they need to come back and do some minor touch-ups. We have one main white colour and then a grey accent wall on all of the rooms. I thought the grey would be darker but it’s not. I think I would have preferred a darker grey, but amazingly this one matches our kitchen backsplash almost perfectly.
We are planning to change the counter tops eventually to a quartz marble-looking counter top which would match the grey and white far better, but a part of me is wondering if we should have just used the same white as the ceiling and trim. The white colour with a slightly different white trim looks a little off to me, if I’m honest. That said, I don’t think I would have wanted that white because it’s just too white. I like the off-white and prefer the contrast, I think.
I had to block off the windows in the above photos for anonymity but… yeah, I don’t know. I’m not in love with it, but I don’t know if I would have been in love with any colour we chose. Or maybe we picked the wrong wall to be our accent wall, I don’t know. Or maybe we just shouldn’t have even had accent walls in the first place and just went with a light grey for the entire house… but I didn’t want that either.
I really prayed hard before we went with these colours, and it’s the one we ended up with so it’ll work well I’m sure. But perhaps the other issue is I have decision fatigue. Buying a house was a huge decision in the first place. Then picking paint, now picking new furnishings and possibly doing additional renovations… it’s all a bit much.
As I was driving over today, I felt like it feels a bit surreal that this place is even ours, even though we’ve started paying the mortgage already. I can’t believe I’m actually going to live there… and yet some part of me feels like I’m not meant to be here. It’s weird. Maybe I’m just stressed out from the move and sleep-deprived. It’s also possible that I’m not loving it because there still needs to be a few areas that are touched up, and the house desperately needs to be cleaned again. The dirty floors bother me, but that’s an easy fix.
We both picked out these colours together, but I wish I would have had someone else helping us. I think the other reason it’s not 100% for me yet is because of the floorboards’ colour. I feel like lighter or even darker floorboards would work better.
It also kinda bothers me that there is so much white in the bathroom. It’s just very white + white + white because our vanity is white and the cabinets are white and the bath areas are also all white. But I think that will be less of a problem if we paint the cabinets? And we wanted to re-do the bathrooms and get tile in there at some point.
Who knows, maybe it’ll look very different (better) once our furniture is in. Or maybe I’ll absolutely hate it. It isn’t a massive deal because I know that at the end of the day, it’s just a wall colour. We can repaint. But it would have been a huge waste of money and that stresses me out. Painters are expensive.
We’re getting to crunch time with our move… man, I’m stressed. Now is a time that I really, really need to recall the goodness of God. Prayers appreciated.
Yay! Today was the day! Well, technically it should have been ready for us yesterday I think? But we ended up not having a chance to swing by yesterday. So we went this evening after Jacky was done with work. We dropped by to change the lock and unpack a few bits and pieces. We’ll be slowly moving in over the next month and a half, so we’ll just be taking a few boxes at a time, and eventually hiring some movers to help with the furniture. This will also give us an opportunity to do a mini-purge of our possessions as we move.
We’re so very excited to be in our new place. There’s nothing there yet so we just mostly took photos in front of the kitchen island. Even with all the blinds all shut there is still so much natural light coming through; it’s amazing.
I’ve had many second thoughts and doubts about this place after we committed to purchasing it but every time I go back through the front door it just feels right and I feel at home and I’m excited all over again. God has blessed us greatly with this new house and I’m so very thankful. Soli Deo Gloria!
Also, happy 1st of June! Goodness me, is 2021 almost half over already? I can’t quite believe it.