Category Archives: The Life of Lauren

So Long. Farewell!

I think it’s about time that I wrote my closure letter for The Thrifty Ginger. It’s true that I’ve been as busy as ever, but honestly, I haven’t posted recently because I have decided to stop writing for this blog.

When I started The Thrifty Ginger, it fulfilled a real need for me. I was struggling to live on my own, balancing a tight budget, and battling with some pretty hefty relationship and emotional baggage. Instead of focusing on the negatives, this blog was my space to celebrate everything that I could do and could accomplish, even though I wasn’t really where I wanted to be in life.

It hasn’t even been three years, but I feel worlds away from the mental space of the person I was before. While the changes in my life have a lot to do with deciding to stop this blog, the biggest motivator is a desire for greater privacy.

I have loved sharing my projects, triumphs, and travels with you, my awesome readers. But now, as I sit in my new house, waiting on our family to grow by one more family member(!), I no longer want to share all of the details of my life with anyone that decides to stop by. And while I know I could continue crafting and sharing those projects, that’s not really all of what this blog has been about. It’s been personal, and it’s been as real as I could muster. So instead of limping along, or letting my ego rule, I’ve decided to get a little bit of privacy back for my family and stop writing in this venue.

We bought a house!

This will be a combo living/dining area. I called it a "Great Room" one time, and George and I both agreed that's way too pretentious for us.

I cannot believe I’m saying this, but we finally closed on the house. We are homeowners!

Anyone who has been following along, or who has seen me in real life over the last few months knows what a long and stressful process this has been. There have been many times since having our house offer accepted in November that I didn’t think things would actually work out. I won’t go into all of the gory details, but buying a first home in this day and age is not for the faint of heart. The good news is that we survived the marathon.

We’ve been living in the house for a couple weeks now, but we’re still not settled. While we love the neat details and historic style of the house, it needs quite a bit of love. That’s to be expected with a building that’s 120+ years old. Anyway, I won’t editorialize anymore; here are some photos of the place, just before we moved in.

This will be a combo living/dining area. I called it a "Great Room" one time, and George and I both agreed that's way too pretentious for us.

This will be a combo living/dining area. I called it a “Great Room” one time, and George and I both agreed that’s way too pretentious for us.

Becoming a One Car Household

Too bad this rad ride isn't our one car.

For the first time since I got my driver’s license, I don’t have a car. Just this past weekend, we sold my Honda Accord and George and I have officially become a one-car household. I know plenty of people do it all the time, but I’ve been a little apprehensive. After all, I grew up in the suburbs where a car is practically a necessity.

Too bad this rad ride isn't our one car.

Too bad this rad ride isn’t our one car.

But Why?
George and I have talked about downsizing our car situation for quite some time in order to gain extra cash. We both work from home, so our daily travel needs are very low.

Still Chugging Along & Preparing to Move

Messy Apartment when preparing for a move

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts recently. Our house drama was coming to a major head, along with a bunch of other personal stuff.

Normally I’m a risk-averse person who likes to have everything planned in advance, so this year has been pretty trying for me in that regard. Originally we were supposed to close on the new house on January 15th, but it’s now February 25th and we don’t even have a closing date scheduled! My fingers and toes are crossed that our current plan will work (let’s call it plan C), but we have a back up to that in case our bank continues to give us a hard time.

Right now, we’re preparing to move, so our apartment is driving me insane. Here’s some photo evidence of the horror:

Messy Apartment when preparing for a move

My Creative Month: January 2015

My creative month: January 2015

Every month there are many small projects and events in my life that don’t make it on to the blog. My Creative Month shares some interesting tutorials I’ve tried, as well as a little peek into my life.

My creative month: January 2015

Oh January, what can I say about you? You started out as such a wonderful time. After all, I began my year on an amazing cruise with my family. But then, house drama, winter weather, and some other personal challenges were such a damn bummer.