Do any of you put together really, really advance plans for your future homes? Right now, it always feels like Andrew and I are waiting -- waiting to have a more solid living situation, a more solid income, more solid jobs. Of course, this is to be expected, since he is in the process of finishing his degree, and soon I will be finishing my own, and then we will be out in the world looking for work and a 'settled' place to be. But right now, I can't help but dream a little about that future space, in between my shifts at work and looking for a night job, digging my clean clothes out of a laundry hamper instead of a dresser, and wistfully wishing that I could upgrade Craigslist furniture, although I have no access to space like a garage or backyard.
Apartment living is hard, sometimes -- it never feels like the space is fully your own, at least, not where we are, and the things that you'd want to change most are the most forbidden. You can't paint the walls, you can't add screens to the windows, and then drafty-ness of having a window air conditioner, which you could change just by taking the thing out in the winter time, is an uncompromising constant. We're lucky, though -- we don't have bugs, noisy neighbors, or dirty carpet. We don't have leaks coming in through our ceilings or broken windows our landlords won't fix. So I know there are many things to be thankful for.
But sometimes, you just want to dream a little, which is why I have started putting together a small collection of 'future' things -- paint swatches and pictures from magazines, Pinterest boards dedicated to future spaces. I ordered these little fabric swatches from Thrive Furniture about two months ago, and they've finally arrived, so much prettier than I thought. Andrew and I have had a good time looking through them and thinking about what colors we like best. He surprised me by pointing out a reddish, deep, eggplant as one of his favorites. Or blue, of course, since it is his most favorite of colors. I could go for that.