“You’re not from around here, are you?”

I’ve neglected this blog because I’ve been too busy picking up my life and moving it 5 hours north. Now that I’m done with excuses, I’ll start from the beginning.

Week 1: Sunday I went to church with my family (minus Brendan who is at MSU), packed up the car and got on the road! I got to Des Moines right at dinner time and Kevin and I walked across the street to El Rodeo, a delicious Mexican restaurant in the area.

Monday was the first day of my new job (eek!). Everyone was incredibly nice and welcoming. I think I’m really going to love it!

In the evenings, Kev and I have been trying to explore the area which basically consists of trying new restaurants. People from the area told me, “since there isn’t much to do here, we go out to eat a lot.” And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing.

Let me rewind a bit. I told you all about my DYI projects including a DYI headboard for our bedroom and DYI bar stools. Check out my awesome craftiness –

I bought two of these bar stools at a garage sale at my aunt’s church. I bought each chair for $5. They were perfect in function, just incredibly ugly. So, I repainted them and changed the fabric.








I started by sanding the chair legs (thanks dad, for the sand paper!).






Next, I primed those bad boys (thanks, dad for the primer!).






I made sure to do all the painted in a well-ventilated area (aka – outside!).






After I primed them with two coats and let them dry completely overnight, I painted the stools a glossy white paint (from Lowe’s). Then, I bought navy fabric and stapled the fabric with a heavy-duty staple gun. They turned out great!






Not only did I do the bar stools, I also made my own headboard! This project was a little more detailed. To start, you’ll need:

Fabric of your choice (I cut up a pillow case from the bedding we’ll be using, and two accent colors)
Quilt batting (found at your local fabric stores)
Florists foam (found at Michael’s or another craft store)
Plywood (found at a hardware store like Lowe’s or Home Depot)

Just shoppin’ away with all the little old ladies at the local fabric store –






I laid out all of my supplies –






To begin, I figured out the size of my bed and how many squares (8×8) I would need to make a headboard. I decided to do a longer headboard that’s not so high. I decided to do two squares up and seven squares wide. I cut the fabric in 12×12 in squares so I would have extra fabric for stapling purposes.






Then, I had my wonderful father cut the plywood for me in 8×8 inch squares –






I measured the foam, batting and plywood in 8×8 inch squares and made them all even.






Then, I duct taped the back of the fabric so it would hold in place while I stapled it together.






One finished square –






We can’t move into our apartment for another week, so when we move in and my two DYI projects are actually set up, I’ll post pictures!

In general, Des Moines has been great. I went into this whole experience with an incredibly open mind and I’m really enjoying my time so far in this city with Kevin. Even though we’re having a great time, people can totally tell we’re from out of town. Three times, THREE, people have said to me, “You’re not from around here, are you?”

First time: Walked into a restaurant and said, “two for non-smoking.” In St. Louis, those laws aren’t passed yet, but in Des Moines, you can’t smoke anywhere inside. The host politely responded with, “You’re not from around here, are you?”

Second time: I was at Dahl’s, the local restaurant, and the woman asked if I wanted pull-up service. I said, “come again?” and she had to explain what pull-up service is (you pull your car up and they load your groceries in your car. Nice, huh?) Then she said, “You’re not from around here, are you?”

Third time: I was at Chick-Fil-A (yum) and the man asked if I was from the south. I said, “well, I’m from south of here, but not ‘the south'” and he said, “well you have a southern accent, so I can tell you’re not from around here.”

See? I didn’t think that it would be that obvious we weren’t from the area, but I guess it is!

Anyways, Kevin has been working evening shifts that past few days, so I’m by myself most evenings. I usually spend my time shopping (oops). Tonight, however, I went shopping AND I saw a movie (by myself…I know, make fun of me, whatever). Bridesmaids was absolutely hilarious – I loved it! Now, I’m just admiring my great new high heels I bought today while adventuring the malls in the area.

So cute, right?











Oh and I almost forgot! When I was leaving the movie theater, I ran into Kappa! Naturally, I had my letters on and she stopped me to say she was a Kappa and graduated from Mizzou! I freaked out probably a little too much, but it was really nice to meet someone with that connection. I’m planning on joining the local alumni group, so maybe we’ll meet again!

Well, there’s an update from week 1. I got the DYI projects done, packed up my life and moved to Des Moines (pictures of moving to come next week), started a brand new job and explored the new city (aka – ate and shopped). It’s been fun!

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2 thoughts on ““You’re not from around here, are you?”

  1. Wow! I am so jealous of your craftiness! I can’t wait to see the finished products. Glad to hear you like your new job.

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