Things you learn from a top-level apartment

  1. It’s safer. It takes an ambitious criminal to climb all those flights of stairs or scale the building to break in.
  2. Moving in stinks. Especially in 90+ degree weather and 100 percent humidity. With multiple flights of stairs.
  3. It’s way harder to haul laundry up and down multiple flights of stairs
  4. It’s way harder to haul groceries up multiple flights of stairs.
  5. It’s safer.

And, hence, 2, 3 and 4 are justified.

Shooting ourselves in the foot?

For the past few days I’ve been at NAMA Boot Camp, a conference designed to help beginning agri-marketers kick off their careers in the right way. As we see examples of ads, videos and other work designed to sell product to farmers in our sessions, though, one question has been nagging me.

In agri-marketing, we use messages that reach our customers – farmers. In a lot of cases, the “feed the world” message does that well. However, there’s consumer research that shows feeding the world isn’t really a priority for American food buyers.

So my question is this: are we shooting ourselves in the foot by continuing a message that resonates with our customers, yet doesn’t resonate with their customers? Are we perpetuating a problem, even though we’re using messages that we know are important to farmers?

What do you think?

Decorating my new apartment

Now that I’m all settled in my new apartment and have three weeks of work in the big city under my belt, I figure it’s about time that I start thinking of some ways to decorate my place. Currently, as you can tell from the photos, it’s a jumbled collection of stuff with nothing on the walls and a fairly bland color palette.

My living room full of stuff. Needs some serious decorating help, but at least I have a TV and a couch now!

My kitchen - I love the "hard wood" floors!

My bathroom - I'm all about bright colors in the morning 🙂

I’m looking for some ideas on decorating! I’ve gotten some great ones already from people over on Facebook, but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I’m thinking of doing something with movies (since I’m a big fan) and possibly vintage movie posters. Any ideas for a paint color for a single wall (don’t want to go too crazy, but some color might be nice). What do you think I should do?