My stuff has arrived!

My thoughts and prayers go out to those in West, Texas. Very sad to hear about the explosion at the plant. May all those who were effected find peace. May the town stand united and come back stronger than before.

praying for west

I couldn’t contain my excitement on Tuesday when my stuff finally arrived. I was so very happy my whole attitude changed. No really! A huge weight lifted off my shoulders and I felt a sense of calm after the movers left.

Living in an empty apartment for a week and a half isn’t fun; the site of the boxes made me smile. When reality sank in…all of these needed to be unpacked…my mind started racing about how quickly I could get it all done.

This is what my apartment looked like when the movers were done taking everything off of the truck.

My stuff arrives part 2 My stuff arrives part 3

As I was signing paperwork, I jokingly said to the movers, “so, who’s going to unpack all of this?” Haha. They laughed, but also offered to help. Seriously, while I had issues with the office of the moving company, the driver was super nice and very efficient. After the movers left I headed to work for another productive day.

Tuesday night I grabbed a bite to eat with my friend Mimi and her sister, Stefanija. We had SO much fun! These two women are so sweet, and are really making me feel welcomed in my new city.

This is Mimi and me at dinner. We met through a Beachbody challenge group (thanks Kelly!). Mimi and I both agreed that we felt like we have known each other forever. Always a good feeling when making new friends.

Mimi and Me

We went to Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden (check ’em out). Look at their wall of 100 beers. A beer lovers dream!

100 beers on the wall

The weather was so beautiful that we decided to sit outside. Even though you have to wait to be seated they have large community tables. You don’t even realize that you are sitting at a table with a bunch of other people. It’s really cool; several places that I have been to in Austin have been like this. I like it!

For dinner I enjoyed an omission beer (gluten free),

Omission Beer

chicken and spinach sausage (no bun because they didn’t have one that was gluten free),

Chicken and spinach sausage

and some yummy fries.

A side of fries

Y’all this was a side of fries! I shared with the ladies because even though I could have eaten all of them myself, I knew I didn’t need to eat all of them.

Tuesday night at Banger’s includes live music. Ahhh, welcome to Austin! 🙂

Outdoors at dinner

After dinner I went home to unpack a few boxes, but a few turned into several. This was the first thing I unpacked – my Vitamix blender!

THE Blender

Very necessary in a household where one drinks Shakeology every day. I could have gone to bed after unpacking this, because it was the second most anticipated item I was waiting for, but I kept going…

Night one of unpacking complete 3

The kitchen is completely unpacked. I can’t wait to cook in it this weekend. Here is what the apartment looked like later the night, errr the next morning.

Night one of unpacking complete 2

Night one of unpacking complete

Not too shabby for one night. When I was packing I labeled each box based on which room it belongs in (color coded of course), numbered it, and listed the general items that were in each box on a piece of paper. It really has made things 110% easier to unpack. I’ll share a picture of my list tomorrow.

The difficult task that I find with unpacking is where to put things that make sense. Being in a new place you have to learn the flow of the space. I made a list of things that I needed to get for the kitchen that will help make things easier during my time in the apartment.For now though it is ready to be cooked in!

Night one of unpacking was a success. Not only did I get the kitchen organized, but I put away my clothes in the dresser. My closet was a different story; I left this for day two of unpacking!

Question: I know moving is difficult, but if you had to choice which you liked better packing or unpacking which would you pick?