Do you know that smiley on your phone? The monkey that’s hiding it’s face behind his hands?

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That’s how I feel after the week of radio silence on the blog. I feel pretty bad about it, but I can show you what I’ve been up to!

As the title spoils, my second Blogaversary Giveaway will be included in this post, so if you don’t want to read about everything else, just scroll down. At the end of the post you’ll find the question I attached to this giveaway. I LOVED your answers for the first giveaway (which is still running! Click here to go to that post and comment for a chance to win one of 10 Ensnared proofs).

For those of you that didn’t know yet. I got the keys to my brand new studio on Tuesday. And I am SO EXCITED. I am officially moving out. While that’s really exciting and all. It’s also a lot of work. Because when I got the keys. My new home looked like this.

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To break things down: There is a kitchen, but no fridge/freezer, no microwave/oven, nothing to cook on, no furniture. That was the easy part… solved by a major shopping trip that involved terrorizing the people at Ikea by racing with the shopping cart (I totally let the little kid in me run wild).

The harder part? See the white spots on the walls? There were all kinds of bumps and little holes in the walls… which needed to be flat if I wanted to paint it (and actually make it look pretty). So I spent an evening doing all that with my father. At the end of the evening, we left the place looking white from all the dust and plaster. And while my dad’s hair is a bit grey… it normally doesn’t look white! But it did when we left. The sight was hilarious.

Next up: painting. We had to paint everything white, before putting the color on. Because, again, I want it to look pretty. This took half a day. Then we did the floors (getting rid of all the bumps and lay the laminate flooring), this took a while as well and we returned home a little after 00.30 am. I had class the next day… and it was on syntax. I’ll admit to falling asleep.

Then on Friday. I went to a concert (it was the Script!) and my dad and cousin were so sweet to paint the walls in the pretty colors I picked. While I was sipping cosmos, dancing and singung along at the EPIC concert of the Script, they were doing the hard work. Oh, and did I mention they did all the heavy lifting? They carried all the Ikea stuff into the apartment (and I live on the 5th floor!). Don’t worry, there is a nicely working elevator, but still… it’s heavy! Time for another photo update.

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I am in love with the colors I picked. They look so pretty and homey. So this was all done Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. I have to say I was a bit sleep deprived at that point, but we just wanted to have this all done before the weekend so I could start moving in. Which is exactly what I’ve been doing this weekend: putting together furniture, drilling holes in walls, arranging the cable for my brand new television, and so on. I think you get the idea.

I’d hoped to be done this weekend. But there’s still a couple of things to do (the curtains, filling the cabinets and all, and not to forget… picking up my bed), but that’s not the point, because IT LOOKS GREAT, and more importantly it feels like home. I am just so happy that every time I sit on my couch and look around my heart just swells and is filled with all these feelings. It’s my own place. And sure, it’s small, and a student studio. But who cares? I live there on my own, and for me it’s PLENTY of space. I love it. And I can’t wait to ‘officially’ move in next weekend.

studio blog 3As you can see I already started shelving some books. I packed so many that while carrying them I thought my back would never recover (but it did!). My clothes aren’t even in my closet yet. But, as I always say, books make a home, so my books are a priority haha.

So this is it… the reason why I was absent this week. I slept in to 11.30 am today just to catch up on sleep (and I still feel so incredibly tired), but it was worth it, because I am so happy with the result. As promised, I’ll also include the next giveaway in this post. After this one there are two more to come!

Second Giveaway

Up for grabs: 1 SIGNED copy of Unhinged by A.G. Howard

What do you have to do: I wanted to do things a bit different this time around. Everyone can earn one entry by commenting on this post. You’re name will land in the big jar I have on my desk, and when the giveaway ends I’ll draw a random winner. There’s no specific question you have to answer in order to get an entry, but I thought it would be fun to ask a question anyway (because I want to know your answers, and find some great new titles to put on my TBR)! Question: Do you have a favourite main character? What is it you love about him/her?

This giveaway will run for a month, and ends April 23rd and is International! Good luck!

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