Saturday, December 4, 2010

At home

buuugggghhh... thursday morning i got the second shot for hepatitis B vaccination (as for the type of work i do its better to be vaccinated; i also got a flu shot! in fact here they strongly advise every one to get a flu shot (why?!!), and i heard from a real american that hepatitis B vaccination is required to get into college (?)). thursday evening was a fine evening full of american culture (i had my first eggnog and we saw the tree lighting at the boston common), but thursday night i got high fever, terrible headache, muscle ache and i dont know what... :(  1 in 15 people get some side effects from hep B vaccination, so probably im this 1 person.... didnt get out of bed the entire friday... and also today i spent most of the day in bed....
havent been this long in our apartment yet! above it is.. not the best pic, but currently its even more messy, so therefore i choose not to take another picture. its a real american apartment, with a bar, and fancy (yellow) barstools. i also like our dinnertable and red chairs a lot. the table comes from a yardsale, and the chairs we got for almost nothing on craigslist. we also have a map of the US (found in the messy basement of our previous apartment), and underneath is a bench we bought for only 40 dollars. its sooo beautiful! it originally was a bench in a ship, you can open the top and we keep our shoes in it.. the bookcase we got for free, as well as the couch. also the wall was painted purple (i choose the color) for free, since we work for "preferred employers".. (whatever that may mean). although it probably looks messy in the pic, i very much like our apartment and am very happy we managed to get such nice furniture for almost nothing.... :)
ah, the big lamp we bought new at ikea last weekend, as you can see there are no ceiling lights at all in the living room, and it was much too dark...

7 comments:

biebkriebels said...

Sorry to hear about your vaccinations. I had the flu shot too and had a red swallon arm for 5 days, never had this reaction before. I think you better can have the flu. Your appartment looks very nice, a real dutch habit to look for something for almost nothing. We always will be merchants like our old ancestors.

Sequim Daily Photo said...

The place looks really nice! I like the idea of that bench being used for shoes, if I find something like that I'd like to do that at our place too. I like to bargain shop for furniture and furnishings too, except this year we splurged on nice chairs (first time in 17 years together!) Sorry about your reaction to the shots, that does not sound like fun.

Tim said...

looks so huge! lol

CaT said...

thanks!
yes, for the flu i had a painful arm as well for a few days....
as for finding cheap things; i didnt expect it would be so easy here; in fact, its much easier than in the netherlands!! really great when you arrive with only a suitcase.. :)

first time in 17 years? nice! now that i think of it... i never bought real new furniture myself... maybe later, when im living in a real house, and with a real job.. :)

Tim said...

ehm, you are.

Shan said...

I love your apartment. I love the fact that you got everything in it for almost nothing more.

CaT said...

:) thanks! me too!!
i hadnt expected that at all, somehow i got the impression that americans like to throw everything away. in fact, that part turned out to be true. but they dont trash it, they either give it away (or sell it for little on craigslist), or they bring it to thrift stores/the salvation army that then sells it for almost nothing, thereby creating jobs, and good stuff available for people with not that much money. so... we often goto a thrift store close to our house.. i LOVE it. yesterday i bought 3 dresses for less than 25 dollars and they are beautiful and look as if they were never worn....
so far, i got the impression americans really like to give their stuff away to other people that are less "rich".... :)