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Living in a Gypsy Adult Dormitory

No, I didn’t enroll in gypsy college!  But I am taking some courses!






It’s interesting splitting up the year between two different provinces.  85% of our belongings are in Vancouver since we are subleasing our house furnished.  Cuz I mean, who wants to haul the entire contents of their house?  Hermit crabs are so lucky.  When they decide they want a new house they just pick up + move into a new empty shell, bing bang bong – DONE!Hermit Crab

Since we didn’t bring any furniture, our little Black Diamond condo in Alberta is ALWAYS in some state of disorganization!Adult Dormitory - 2



And what the heck is with the piles of stuff in the corner???!!!!  I can’t tell you.  It’s classified information that I will divulge on a later date….




And Megumi’s bed?  It’s a camping chair people!  A CAMPING CHAIR!Adult Dormitory - 3

The little bits of furniture that we do have comes from Jeff’s hoarding shipping container.Shipping Container

That picture is from when we first started renting the shipping container over a year + a half ago.  Fresh as a daisy.  40 feet of hoarding.

Just so you guys don’t think that we’re cluttery hobos, our Vancouver home tries to maintain itself as a relatively streamlined abode + everything has it’s place.Adult Dormitory - 1

We don’t have a sofa, so when Jeff gets off of work, has had his shower + gets ready for chill time he lies on the floor of the living room.IMG_5342

And since Megumi doesn’t have a sofa, she lies on Jeff!  What in the sam hill is Jeff wearing, you ask?  It’s called a jinbei – a Japanese two piece outfit worn in the summer.  My moms got it for Jeff in Japan + he luuuuuuurves it.

We are lucky that our friends Karen + Kyle let us borrow a king size mattress – or it would be Thermarests for us!  It lays on the floor of our stark bedroom.  My magic wolf blanket is a present from our buddies Steve + Liz.  I use it because the comforter we brought is only a queen size + Jeff ends up hogging the whole thing.  Thank you for sheltering me, wolf family!Adult Dormitory - 4

Doesn’t that sad picture just scream college dorm room?  And we don’t have enough closet space or shelving, so my clothes are folded + sitting at the foot of the bed.  I’m so over it you don’t even know.  I’m really cheap, but I can’t deal with it anymore!!!  I’ve got to go to Target to remedy this situation!Adult Dormitory - 5

Bare walls, knick knacks everywhere.  I like to keep organized + it’s so hard to do because I don’t want to re-buy things that I already have in Vancouver.Adult Dormitory - 6

Here’s Megumi sneaking into the bedroom.  She’s not allowed in the bedroom due to Jeff’s feline allergies.Adult Dormitory - 7

So sassy!Adult Dormitory - 8

Pardon for the intrusion your majesty!  She puts up with the clutter, new situations + moving around really well for a wee cat!  Anyway, there’s a little glimpse into our Alberta condo.  Yikes….if anyone has any suggestions I am all ears!!!

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  1. Haha, I love how real this post is! My wife and I just moved from Victoria to Edmonton and were living in the same stark conditions with our cat, who also chilled on my stomach. Now that we have furniture the cat still prefers my stomach.

    May 29, 2013
    • Thanks!!! It’s kind of embarrassing to show, but then you find other people that are feeling the same way! I’m glad you guys have your adult furniture + your cat still has it’s human sofa!!!

      May 30, 2013
  2. Hey Shelli,
    We’ve been using these as we move place to place for the past few months. $16 a pop at Ikea (not sure how far the Calgary store is from your summer rental). Ordinarily they are our recycling / dog food storage bins, but they seem like they could be repurposed in Vancouver for many other around-the-house needs.

    p.s., that picture of Jeff and Megumi is super-cute, but it kinda makes my eyeballs itch in sympathy of Jeff’s kitty allergies.

    May 29, 2013
    • dumb wordpress won’t let me paste a link! On the Ikea website, search for “sortera” (16-gallon waste sorting bin with lid)

      May 29, 2013
    • That’s a REALLY good idea, A!!! I was going to get the plastic pull out drawers, but I already have them in Vancouver. I don’t have any sorteras from Ikea yet – I’ll definitely be able to use them in Vancouver!!! You’re the best!!! Our Calgary Ikea is like 45 minutes away. Not so bad!!!! Thanks!!!!!

      May 30, 2013
  3. Go to a thrift store and see what you can find. You might be able to find a dresser for cheap, and that might help with the organization and make it feel more like home.

    May 29, 2013
    • Thanks for the suggestion! I am a THRIFTAHOLIC!!!! So I’ve been on the lookout for a dresser. And they’re not cheap!!! It’s shocking! Yeah I was thinking I could buy one + end up thrifting it back once we left Alberta, but the prices have been disappointing. I appreciate the help!!!

      May 30, 2013
  4. ha ha ha this is us every couple of years and is why we truly follow the motto “less is more”. Our suitcases usually end up being our dressers. We’re heading to the island in a few weeks and our tiny bedroom is crammed with bags and boxes because people feel the need to help us start out. Totally grateful, but I’m starting to feel slightly claustrophobic. Btw, I’m really digging the groovy turquoise lamp you have stuffed into the corner. Just remember that it’s only a temporary situation. You’ll get through it. Trust this gypsy. 😉

    May 30, 2013
    • Thanks Gypsy Kim! The island….do tell!!!! Hope you’ll be writing a lot about it!!!

      May 30, 2013
      • It’s Margarita Island. It has stunning beaches which I can’t wait to get to!! I do plan on picking up my writing there. I’ve just been a little depressed/sad with the political situation here. I need happy things to write about.

        May 30, 2013
      • I would love it if you wrote about your thoughts on the political situation – I learn so much about Venezuela from your blog!

        May 30, 2013
      • Ah thanks Shelli. Maybe I will once I get some distance. In one basic understated word I would describe it as c.o.m.p.l.i.c.a.t.e.d.

        May 31, 2013
      • Yikes!!! Stay sane! I’m glad you’ll be at the island soon!!!

        May 31, 2013
      • Thanks for all of your encouragement. Sane and safe are really good plans!

        June 1, 2013
  5. I am living like this. We also don’t have a sofa and there are loads of boxes that needs to be unpacked and furniture to buy. BTW, I love the decor of your Vancouver home especially the artwork.

    May 30, 2013
    • Isn’t it frustrating?! Everything just feels “undone” + stuff is just everywhere! Thanks for the compliment on our Vancouver house! It took us A LONG time to get it to where we were happy with it! I’m going to do a post on the before + after soon because you should have seen it when we first moved in! Talk about YIKES!!! If you click on the link “Our House” below my header you can see some of the work we did on it!

      May 30, 2013
  6. If I left my clothes on the floor like that, Dax would pee on them! Good thing Megumi’s not _that_ much of a drama queen. 😛

    Is that pile of stuff in the corner what I think it is…? 😉

    May 30, 2013
    • Dax, you naughty kitty!!!! And yes…..that pile is exactly what you think it is! And there’s WAY MORE to come!!! Ai yai yai!!!!

      May 30, 2013
  7. kenneth Papi~Dads nishino #

    Aloha, Nan, just gut it out, 4 now ur only
    gonna be in Alberta a few months, just be
    grateful Jeff’s, working hard and providing
    and U will be home soon enuff…LOL !!!!!
    yep, luv the pix of jeff & meg’s, she’s has
    become quite attached 2, jeff, AWsuM !!!!!
    ok, take care, talk 2 U soon, luv, papi

    May 30, 2013
    • True true true Dad!!! I should just be grateful I have a roof over our heads!!!! It’s all temporary!!!

      May 30, 2013
  8. The pic of Megumi lying on top of Jeff made me wonder why you weren’t lying on top of both of them. haha! Oh dear, you poor thing. You must be going crazy with stuff everywhere! Btw, super cute that your dad comments on your blog!!

    May 30, 2013
    • A Megumi Sandwich!!!! Luckily since this post was such a passive cry for help, a friend has lent me two huge plastic shelving units!!! It’s coming along! Haha, my dad + mom love commenting…it’s nice cuz this blog is a way for them to see what I’ve been up to in Canada!

      May 31, 2013
  9. dolly #

    Ha! I love your blog. I stumbled upon it because my husband and I just bought a log cabin on 5 acres in Mission and I typed into Google “What is it like living in Mission bc?” and your post about Mission popped up! I have to laugh at how you found Mission boring and yet a little bit endearing/enchanting too for unspecified reasons. Ha! We are moving there in 6 weeks and I just wanted to know what people think of it. I’m not at all reassured by your blog entry, but I was certainly entertained. Then I went on to read the rest of your blog and truly enjoyed it. You are so funny and candid. Delightful! I like your Canadian Tire DIY composter bin. I want to do composting too, but there is a problem with bears on our new property so I will have to be sneaky/smart about it. Hmmm. Anyway, thanks for the fun read and welcome to Canada! Here’s wishing for all good things coming your way.

    May 31, 2013
    • Yay!!! I’m glad you stumbled on my blog!!! Wow! A log cabin on 5 acres?! That sounds like my dream!!! The Fraser River along Mission is beautiful! Yeah there’s something about Mission…I’ll be back there for sure! Hope you stop by my blog again!!! Thanks for reading! Good luck with the move!

      May 31, 2013
  10. I constantly find it so annoying that most of the
    great tables are only available online, there is not really any very good showrooms close to where I live

    October 10, 2013
    • Maybe you could make your own table??? I’ve seen some really easy, modern plywood dining tables online. Check out instructables – they always have good ideas!

      October 11, 2013

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