Amanda the Architect

documenting the projects and inspirations of an unemployed intern architect with some ambition and lots of time

The Last Post Ever

So I started a new blog. Yet again.

I always planned on revamping this blog with a sweet design, a tweaked focus, and a schedule for posts. It turns out that when I do those things, it means I launched a new blog. Go figure.

This means that this blog is dead. I’ll keep it around, just no new posts here. If you would like to follow along, check out Designing 4 Life and consider subscribing there.

Designing 4 Life is a place to pursue your personal style, learn tricks in the kitchen, fall in love with the universe, learn how to make your own bath products, and so much more! Follow me on this crazy wonderful adventure and learn how to live simply, naturally, and creatively. Design your life, and keep it colorful! Designing 4 Life is divided into 5 categories: How-To, At Home, Be Healthy, Inspiration, & Wanderlust.


Filed under: About, Inspirations, Projects

Missouri Moving & Pinky

Being without internet for a whole week sure can take a toll on the email inbox and blogging! Whew, that was one big move we just did. Now, finally I am relaxing on our comfy couch, with internet, finally getting a blog post up.

What else is on this busy gal’s to-do list?

Well, an assortment of things. My #1 priority is meeting up with friends and family I haven’t seen in a while. #2 is applying to jobs here locally. #3 is catching up with emails. #4 is finishing the unpacking process and beginning to organize all of our stuff (yard sale is definitely happening this summer!). #5 is finishing some silly paperwork like changing our address, paying bills, etc.

So exciting, I know.

Here’s some excitement, though. I found a bike on Craigslist, and bought it! Meet Pinky:

She’s in pieces, but I’m going to put her together as soon as the parts come in. Sweet! I’m excited, can you tell?

Talk soon,


Filed under: About, Jobs

So Long, Canada

It’s official. Moving day is here! I am currently on my way back home to Missouri. I have already made a list of things I will really miss about Vancouver, and I thought it would be a good idea to list things I’ve missed about Missouri while in Canada.

Here it is:

  • JCrew
  • Netflix
  • Old friends
  • Anthropologie
  • Air conditioning
  • Frequent road trips
  • Owning, not renting
  • Alcohol at grocery stores
  • Using credit cards online
  • (.ca is horrible)
  • Being a citizen (less paperwork)
  • A yard (for our dog and a garden)
  • Having a car (for the weekend trips)
  • Less expensive food (everything’s cheaper in general)
  • Not having to share a building with neighbors (turn up the tunes!)

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Back to Springfield

I am getting really excited about the move back to Springfield, Missouri. Here are a few things I am looking forward to:

photo courtesy of Big Smile

  1. Reconnecting with loved ones! The photo above was taken at our wedding in 2008.
  2. Becoming involved in the local community. Specifically I am looking forward to connecting with the USGBC Missouri Heartland Chapter, Young Architects Forum, Springbike Bicycle Club, AIA Springfield, and Habitat for Humanity. I’m sure I can keep busy with this group of people, and hopefully find opportunities to learn, grow, create, and help!
  3. The challenge of staying mostly car-free is a big one. Here in Vancouver, we didn’t bring our car up as we knew it wouldn’t be necessary in this highly livable city. We walk everywhere, use the bus frequently, and bike occasionally. In Springfield, biking will be our main form of transportation, even though we have a car. I am on the market for a quality commuter bike! Any recommendations?
  4. Getting a cellphone (specifically a fancy, shmansy iPhone) with all the trimmings. I have been using Skype and a pay-as-you-go phone here in Canada, as I did not want to sign a long-term contract since we were here for a short period of time (almost 2 years). I’m looking forward to using an iPhone as a multitasking, organizing, connecting tool and exploring the variety of apps!

There is a longer list coming up with less talk, more bullet-points. It will be posted the day of our move, the 15th!

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Thursday Things

Well hello there, July! I apologize for the huge length of time between posts. I cannot promise it won’t happen again, but I will do my best. And now to the meaning of this post…

A list of some wonderful things from this week in no particular order…

Read the rest of this entry »

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