Thursday, January 13, 2011

Snail Mail

Well, it seems as though the new year has started off busy, and it doesn't look like it's letting up anytime soon.  We were prepared for that, though, since the Spring Semester is always hectic. Yep, I still break up my years into semesters.  Since Alan teaches, it's allowed right?  Ever since I left college, I have found it easier to just talk in semesters, it really makes most sense, and for that reason, even when Alan is out of school (one day a long time from now), or he is no longer teaching (another day very very long from now), we will still probably say Spring and Fall semesters, and then, of course, you can't forget Summer. Sorry winter, you're so short down here in South Georgia you no longer get counted as a time of year.

Anyways, Spring semester is a busy one for us in the Hurst Home.  Alan travels ALOT for school in the Spring. He takes his students to science fairs around the U.S.  Yep, last year they went to California.  Color me jealous.  Because I was. Lets just say our calendar is rather stacked in the spring. 

Anyways, this wasn't meant to be a post about how hectic our Spring is going to be, it is to show you a few little changes we have made since 2010 has ended. Once we took down our Christmas tree, I decided we needed to switch things up a bit.  So, I will refresh your memory as to how this corner of our house looked just a month ago

And, here's what it looks like now

We moved the writing desk that lived on the wall by our laundry room to it's new spot under the window.  I had this (sofa table) as my desk in college, then I used it as a dressing table in our bedroom, and finally, it was moved to our living room, where it functions as our bill station, as well as a letter writing desk, because, yes, I still write letters. More like notes really, but I put a stamp on them and drop them in the mailbox, because to me, there's nothing better than getting hand written letters in the mail from someone you love. 

Don't you just love that extension cord for the lamp?  Yep, among other things, our house has a lack of power outlets. Wouldn't it make sense to have one under the window? You would think, but no, the closest outlet is under the other window on the wall on the right.  So, for now, we have ugly cord syndrome that needs to be remedied. 

That little ottoman, which I found at TJ Maxx for $20 is actually a storage ottoman.  It has rods to hold hanging folders, and is where all of our important papers get filed away.

In addition to the desk drawers that house stamps, envelopes, and Thank You cards, the white boxes (from IKEA) hold our receipts and others things worth keeping like business cards and paint swatches we like. 

Did you like our red chair in this corner better?  Well, we found a new home for that too, which we'll share as soon as we get our new reading corner all squared away.  
Check back for some other things that got moved around as well! 
Oh yea, and as promised, the history of us (where we met, how we met, etc) - coming soon.  (Which might only being interesting for anyone who doesn't already know us - sorry friends and family, it might just be good for a laugh or two for you). [Wait, that's always worth it]!


  1. Amanda, there are so many things to say about this post. 1. i LOVE that red chair, where did you get it? 2. I love snail mail as well :) and 3. love your little desk nook, it's perfect! Can't wait to see your reading nook!

  2. I love how that desk has had many personalities and it seems to work for them all !!!! I must say I do love the "desk" in this spot so much more then the laundry wall. Can't wait to see where you put that awesome chair, hurry please and spill the beans !!!!

  3. Ok note to self, get more organized like Amanda... My desk area is a nightmare... and it never gets used because of it! Umm... seriously love the picture of you and Alan! Way adorable! And yes snail mail is the best! I love when I get notes from you! (I'm pretty sure I have every single one in a little box somewhere haha... come to think of it maybe that's why my desk is a disaster.. I keep everything!)

  4. I'm with Emily. Come help me be organized! Loved the post and hope to get a letter from you really soon. I hope you get one from me too seeing as that is my new year resolution that I have yet to start!

  5. Laina, I found the red chair online -!
    Emily, don't worry, I'm not THAT organized. I am pretty sure I moved a stack of "to-be filed" bills and paperwork off the desk before I took this photo!
    Katelyn - I still haven't see your new place - BOO! I hope to be able to visit soon!