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Why chai at six? Because growing up, my family and I would have chai every evening. Those moments of my youth are among my most favorite memories.

Who am I? A twentysomething working fulltime in Knoxville, Tenn.

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    chai at six
    I'm sitting in my room listening to the Gipsy Kings. Gosh — I love their music. The right amount of Latin dance beat with some sultry Arabic lyrics. I have no idea what the song is about, but I just love listening to music that has a good beat to it. One that makes me want to get up and dance. To me, that's what I look for in music. I'm not one about the lyrics. I never even get the lyrics most of the time.

    For instance, I totally screwed up with Tony Rich Project's Nobody Knows It But Me. I always thought it was "... Chateau d'Eiffel." Then a couple of nights ago while at work, I realized it was actually "... I wish I told her how I felt ... " I always wondered why he was referring to the Eiffel Castle. That's so silly!

    Getting pissed with my apathy last week worked: I've since bought three pieces of furniture. This odd wooden shelf that really doesn't look made for the home. I just liked the black painted wood and the sturdiness of it. I also bought an old dark wood dresser. It's from the 50s. The wood is this lovely rich dark stain, with a slight tinge of mahogany. I'm going to replace the current wooden handles with metal knobs. I'm also thinking about adding metal legs to it, but I think I may stress the wood doing that.

    The grand daddy of purchases was an unpainted square mission style dining table. It has a somewhat slotted (right word choice?) table base. I'm debating about painting it a dull/matte black or staining it a deep dark brown. I'm torn between the two. Having no other substantial furniture doesn't make it easy too. I'll probably continue making trips to Lowes and Home Depot until I can decide which will be the best route to take.

    It's sorta kinda fun having these DIY jobs to do. I've also played with the idea about painting my apartment walls. I've thought about red or orange. I like the warm colors, but it's such big task to take on, and shit knows I'll likely fuck up.

    Posted by Jigsha at 5/26/2003 10:44:00 PM | link to entry |

    I've been reading other peoples' blogs to see what's out there, and mine is pitiful. No point in having a blog if I ain't going to blog.

    So I hope to add more updates here, even if they are totally random. Maybe it's to prove to myself that no — my life ain't that dull. Or maybe it is, and I just want to fool the few who do read this blog. Ha!

    I went to this sale at a real cool furniture store in Knoxville. A very hip/retro furnishing/home store called Nouveau Classics. The sale started at noon. They were sold out in 10 minutes. What the fuck?! And it's not like you could think about the piece you were going to get. You had to make your decision right then and there. INSANE! Oh well, better luck next time.

    But the good thing about this was it pissed me off and I became annoyed with my apathy, so I visited two flea markets and a couple of furnishing store in the Old City. I met a woman who may be able to find me the type of 50s/ultra modern sofa I'm looking for. What a combination. Those in the know, will know what I mean. I should actually write about my furnishing travails. It's been somewhat interesting.

    But (damn, I hate starting two grafs with but. Where the hell did my copy editing skills go?) I'm about to get some shuteye. if I remember tomorrow, I'll write about my flea markets and purchases.

    Posted by Jigsha at 5/19/2003 01:19:00 AM | link to entry |

    I moved to my new apartment two weeks ago. I signal this as the official start of my new life. I say this because I've officially been at my job for six months and so far things are rollin'. It's amazing knowing how a new home can make your life change so much. Living here with the sunlight flooding the rooms, the wooden floors creaking with history, the trees outside moving in the wind, the lovely homes in the neighborhood, it just makes me appreciate everything even more. I'm on my own, independent, and hopefully on a rise.

    The few who do happen to come across the blog must be wondering what I'm talking about -- six months after I started my career is not the start. I can't explain it, but I think moving here and knowing I'll be around for a while, I'm sort of settling roots. The six months adds some permanancy to my life here. I will be a Knoxvillian for a while.

    With the idea of settling roots, my weekends have been spent driving around furniture stores looking at couches and tables and dressers. I'm very exact in what I want and am trying not to settle. However when I look at the price of things maybe I should. It's hard to define my style. I like dark woods, almost black, which is odd as I never was one of those people who was really into black. Recently, I have become really fond of gray. I like it's neutral palatte and the many shades it comes in. Maybe it's just my fondess of working on the Web and knowing the versatality of EAEAEA and 4E4E4E.

    The color palette I'm looking at is dark wood, almost black, dull silver and splashes of red. I'd love to a have a lot couch with lots of straight lines, hard edges. The color could be a neutral gray. I like funky modern, although I was looking at furniture ads in Wallpaper*, and found a lot of things in there too minimalist. There's a great store here called Storehouse furniture which has a lot of great stuff. The thing is a lot of the stuff is way too expensive. So I figure maybe just look at stuff at garage sales and flea markets and maybe find things there.

    Hopefully by the end of the month, I'll have more furniture than I do now: bed, two wooden folding chairs and a small wooden folding table. If you see something I may like, please let me know.

    Posted by Jigsha at 5/11/2003 06:27:00 PM | link to entry |

    A year out of school and my spelling goes down the drain. I can't believe I let this blog sit with a typo in my name. Should be "occasional updates" with two Cs and one S. That's why the Web is so great — you're able to instantly go ahead and correct things. Aside from printouts and screenshots, there is no tangible distribution of information.

    Posted by Jigsha at 5/10/2003 01:12:00 AM | link to entry |