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I have unpacked the boxes, vacuumed the carpet, and dusted most corners. Although it's been rather frigid in Maryland, my house is starting to warm up like a home. Moving from a one-bedroom apartment to a two-story house was at first intimidating. I only needed a few things to fill up my former limited one-bedroom apartment. Now, there's definitely room to fill and even grow.

So many things have changed since becoming a homeowner. I am budget conscious all the time, and my brain would go into this arduous debate before I purchase something or anything. I no longer stalk the malls and that shopping for myself has come to a halt. My shopping list has evolved and that all items are for the house and a necessity label on each item is a must. I have a growing list of things to do and things I need, but for the moment, the most important things are the "necessities" to run my house properly. So far, it is running smoothly.

At times, I still can't believe that I do own a house, and at the end of each work day and it's time to go home, it's a wonderful feeling and realization that I am truly heading home. To think back, 2009 was filled with life changing events but I have no wish (actually lazy) to enumerate each trials and triumphs. This time, I am more inclined to list a few things I am looking forward to in the next few weeks:

  • trip to Puerto Rico
  • celebrating my birthday
  • DC restaurant week - going to DC Coast and Prime Rib this week
  • Baltimore restaurant week - still deciding where to go but definitely at the harbor area
  • going to see Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center
As far as New Year's resolutions are concerned, I have only one - to live a good life and a full life.

Comments

  1. wow P.R. (clap clap) - that would be one fantastic trip.

    i know what you mean when you first become a homeowner. the house needs a lot of things. things that a renter does not know about or actually care about, but since it's yours, you have to care about it.

    enjoy your house, your trip, and your full life this year and the years to come.

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  2. princess_dyanie, i'm so excited =).

    photo cache, thank you so much for the wonderful thoughts. i will.

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  3. aww, enjoy the new house kayni! i'm glad to know it's now feeling like HOME already. stay happy, and i wish you a wonderful 2010!

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  4. ms firefly, i will. thank you. happy 2010 as well.

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  5. yay puerto rico. can I come? Hehehe. Have a great trip!

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  6. happy birthday in advance, kayni. :)

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  7. wow! I also wanted my own house :P

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  8. 'To live a good life and full life'- That's the way to live Kayni, I admire you for that.

    Uy, you have exciting weeks ahead of you! Enjoy Kayni!

    And oh, hope you'd share Pinky's pics with us! :)

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  9. uy, inggit ako sa puerto rico vacation mo! :)

    i'm glad you're slowly settling in your new house. iba nga talaga when you know it's your own.

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  10. Congratulations! Owning one's home is a great step in life. There is a kind of stability, a foundation to everything.
    Meanwhile, we are also househunting, somewhere in the 'burbs of Paris.

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  11. Yay a new year, a new house now a home, several things to look forward to list and a great new year resolution!

    Bravo, Kayni.

    All the best always =)

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  12. yey, so nice to hear that it is feeling like a home alreay.

    goodluck and enjoy your new home and trip. share some pic please. hehehe

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  13. :) i know exactly the feeling of goin home :) and the way we think of buying those necessities :) way to go.. once done take some photographs and put it for us :)

    Advance wishes for ur birthday and have a good trip !:)

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  14. @Josiet, You're welcome to tag along =).

    @Angeli, Thank you. Happy Birthday too! I know we're both Aquarians.

    @Aline, In time, I'm sure you will.

    @Lene, Thank you. Yes, I'll be posting photos of my house soon.

    @kg, Yes, it's starting to feel like a home. I think it was just a matter of adjustment.

    @Kristine, Enjoy the house hunting. I'd love to visit Paris again. I'll drop by your new house.

    @Daphne, Thank you. Just trying my best to enjoy life - as always.

    @Eds, I'll be posting photos soon.

    @Srivats, Thank you for the birthday greetings, and yes the photos are coming soon.

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  15. .
    cheers to a good and full life!

    sabi ko na nga ba e, somewhere in the carribean, i just mentioned S. America because of the events now in Haiti... be careful dear. seems that Earth is currently moving in that area..

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  16. Artemis, I will. Thank you. Yes, your guess was close.

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  17. it is really a rewarding experience to have your own home...it just have a different feel to it and of course a lot of responsibilities too.. i wish you all the best and in your upcoming plans.. looking forward to your culinary adventures too :)

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  18. Toni, I agree. I think that I'm still overwhelmed with the responsibilities, but I am enjoying having a home of my own.

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  19. I have just had a housewarming yesterday. I can feel your joy, excitement, challenges with the real home you are nurturing now. =)

    Just yesterday I got my letters/mails. I changed my address. Thank you so much for the card (it's unique eh!) and stickers. I still keep the stickers you sent me in 2008.

    Do you have any special request from here for your birthday? Which can be delivered through care package/mail? =)

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  20. love the new lay-out!

    Advance Happy Birthday from all of us here...

    Have a safe trip to Puerto Rico!

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  21. 1 new year resolution for me, too: to be spontaneous (in every aspect of my life) as much as i can. or something like that.:-)

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  22. enjoy while it is there. having your own home is a privilege that not everyone has. i would usually remind myself and my wife not to buy stuff that we do not really need because it becomes a burden when we would move to another place. enjoy your new home!....and happy new year!

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  23. i am happy that things are turning out well for you. parang nainsipire tuloy ako kayni, thanks.

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  24. congrats on being a home-owner! and don't forget to celebrate with puerto rican rum!

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  25. Yay! Congrats on your new home.
    Your trip to Puerto Rico sounds fabulous - can't wait to see the pics. Happy (early) Birthday :) All the very best for 2010.
    Hugs, xx
    P.S. As you go through the year and you do visit London again, my offer def still stand that we should meet up!.

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  26. Gosh! It's so nice to hear/read that everything is going smoothly. My wife and I are wishing for our own home too someday.
    Great trips on the list Kayni! I'm sure that'd be great fun! Enjoy!

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  27. 2009 was a great year for a lot of people I know. Cheers to a better 2010.

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  28. wow! hapibertdey! wishing u all the best things in life!

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  29. Enjoy the new home Kayni and that trip to Puerto Rico is a fantastic idea. :)

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  30. @Abella, Certainly, it's so hard to move with a lot of things. I hope you're settling well here in the US.

    @Lailaa, London is something I'd like to do for a quick getaway this year. I'll definitely make sure to meet up with you when I visit again.

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  31. Love your new layout, Kayni! Yup, new home means new freedom, at least.

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  32. Hi kayni, i regularly visit your blog an I just want to say I looove your new layout. :) I hope someday I can have my own house too! Well I guess I better start loving my job and and working doubly hard. hehehe

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  33. i'm still looking forward to the day that I can say, "this is my house." I want a 2-story house as well. I wanna have stairs at home. :)

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  34. congratulations on your new home! this post reminded me of the days when i got my own place, and how even the scent of paint gave me a sense of excitement. i'm sure this is an exciting time for you.

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