Hey, remember when I was all, like, "Getting rid of all of our stuff has been a very freeing, liberating experience. I highly recommend it."
Well, cut to a couple of days ago when I am sitting in our empty Colorado apartment, hardly any worldly possessions in sight... sitting on a couch that we dug out of the garbage.
That's right. I said it: We dug a couch out of the garbage.
Well, technically, it wasn't IN the garbage... it was right next to the dumpster. And it was there right when we pulled up to the apartment, so we figured it must have been meant to be. It was this HUGE sectional, three pieces, and one of the sections had a hideaway bed. I don't know if you've ever tried to carry a section of a couch with a bed inside of it before, but, let me tell you, it is NOT easy (especially when there are stairs involved). Let's just say that it was a good thing I was doing all of this beforehand, otherwise, I don't know if I could have done it.
But then, once we get it up to the apartment, we decide to just take the mattress out of it for our bedroom, and just use two of the three sections in the living room. So we had to take that section all the way back down to the dumpster again.
Then, we went to the Salvation Army to buy something to cover the couch up with, and, badda-bing, badda-boom, here it is:
Oh, and do you see that black cabinet holding our computer? We dug that out of the garbage too!
So, I don't really recommend that stuff about getting rid of all of your worldly possessions anymore (unless you're moving into a furnished apartment or something), because this has all been kind of tough on me.
Our apartment smells.
I stole toilet paper from the library (just a handful, enough to get us through a day) because we didn't know where any stores were yet.
And I don't really want to judge the other people who live here, but here are some things that have caught my attention:
1) The parents yell at their children and tell them to shut up (openly and in public, like there isn't anything wrong with it).
2) I don't think I have seen a neighbor yet who DOES NOT smoke.
3) Everybody is insanely messy. Cigarette butts and trash everywhere. And you know how when you'll get a flyer from a local pizza store or something and they leave it in your door... and you know how you take that flyer into your house and then throw it in your garbage like a normal person? Well, our neighbors take that flyer and throw it onto the ground in the common area. Along with their cigarette butts.
So, we don't exactly fit in here... except DID I MENTION THE FACT THAT WE JUST DUG A COUCH AND A COMPUTER CABINET OUT OF THE GARBAGE?
Maybe we fit in better than I think.
(Oh, and I also taped black garbage bags up to our bedroom windows. How's that for classy?)
This is my life, people. I am not making this stuff up.