I like to give names to important places, even if they're not official names. My parents' house where I grew up is just the Homestead. Since the condo I own is half underground (sub-level) and it's where I like to hole up, I call it The Burrow. It's 500 square feet of livable space with about 50 square feet of patio space. I made this blog to track how my condo and I progress through Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan's apartment therapy: the eight-step home cure project. I started on Monday, February 18. I'm roughly following my timeline from my actual start date, and roughly falling behind and in-line with the website's cure timeline. ;D This is how it's supposed to go:
Week 1--Whole apartment: clean, list repairs Week 2--Kitchen: clean, declutter, cook Week 3--Front hall: clean, declutter, plan a Landing Strip Week 4--Living room: clean, declutter, arrange color Week 5--Office: clean, declutter, organize office Week 6--Bathroom: clean, declutter, arrange light Week 7--Bedroom: clean, declutter, arrange art Week 8--Whole apartment: get read for a housewarming
You can see my before, in progress, and (hopefully) after photos in my Burrow flickr set. Since I started the blog a couple of weeks after I started the cure, I'm timewarping some of these posts.
For more info about the Apartment Therapy Cure, check out the website!
I used to live in a condo with a one-wall kitchen, but moved into a four-walled kitchen in Nov. 09. Then I downsized a bit to a three-walled kitchen in '15, and that's where I am now.
I invaded cooking school and earned pastry, baking, and culinary certificates.
I disliked cooking while growing up. It was just another chore, and I’d avoid it, but in college, I volunteered in soup kitchens, and loved it. When I moved into my first apartment and had personal access to a real kitchen, I craved my mom’s Filipino home-cooking. I’d call her a lot so she could walk me through recipes, which I still love cooking. Then, several years ago, I went on the South Beach Diet, lost a lot of weight, but gave up after awhile because the food I liked to cook wasn’t low-carb, and my menus were boring. In 2006, I enrolled in culinary school, finishing in 2008, but I've never stopped learning about food--where it comes from, how people perceive it, how to cook it, where it comes from, and especially what it tastes like.