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Friday, January 3, 2014

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Normally, the view outside my tiny home office ain't much, so this is quite an improvement. #hercules #snow #newhome

Happy Friday, friends. And for the folks affected by the snow, happy snow day! Not too many links this week – slow’ish news week because of the holiday and I’ve been a little distracted by all the logistical kitchen / apartment stuff. The littlest things take the longest time. On Monday, demolition of our old kitchen starts, also we’re getting a used dishwasher delivered. Once it’s in our apartment, I’ll tell you the story of how we acquired a fancy dishwasher. After I hit publish this post, I have to call the marble people and talk money. I think the marble countertops post will be really useful to you guys, I’m gathering careful notes, so when the marble work is done (a few weeks from now), I’ll write a comprehensive post, but there are ways to save money even on something as pricey as marble. I’ll also talk about why we chose marble and not wood, Caesarstone, granite, etc.

It’s funny how now is really not the right time, financially, for us to be doing the kitchen, but given its very poorly functional state at the time of the move-in, we had to just jump into it. We’ve yet to hang curtains! We’ve yet to learn how to hang curtains! We have a broken couch that needs to be replaced. Eh, you get the drift. It’s an ongoing effort over here. I haven’t even mentioned work – so, so, so behind on my work on books.

Oh, and Andrew surprised me with a vacation that starts next Sunday. He used mostly our hotel/airline points so we’re not spending much money on it, but still, it’s not ideal timing to be spending any money. But yes, vacation! In Mexico! With an ocean! And a beach! And my trusty computer with work, but that’s okay. Hope you have a nice, cozy weekend ahead!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

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Cookbook shelf about 95% unpacked. #moving #newhome

Good morning and happy Friday, friends! We moved! We survived! We’re still unpacking (and looks like we’ll be at it for some time)! Forrest, our neurotic, can’t-leave-the-apartment, i-don’t-go-into-cat-carrier super coddled cat was transported wrapped in a blanket with the help of our friend Tina. Huge, bottomless thanks to her for helping with this part of the move. Forrest’s first day in the new apartment was spent wedged between some Ikea boxes and our fridge (currently in the living room), but he emerged the following day (much to our surprise) to explore for a little bit and then to take up residence in the lining of our couch (raccoon-style). Anyway, we are slowly settling in. Our books are largely unpacked and my cookbook shelf is almost all set up. The sad part is that I can’t cook until we’re done with kitchen renovations. I didn’t even bother unpacking our kitchen boxes, so currently, we’re eating off two plates and two bowls, with plastic spoons and knives (I have no idea where the real silverware is). Mornings are cereal or yogurt with coffee; lunches are turkey or peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches with apples, carrots, and hummus for snacks, and dinners are largely cheap’ish take-out. I miss cooking so much, it’s making me batty. Also, not knowing where all my kitchen items are is oddly disorienting – like I don’t know where true north is anymore.

I did, however, find our coffee grinder and maker, so mornings aren’t too traumatic. Until yesterday morning, I was, largely, offline, which was nice, but now I feel horribly behind on work. So hoping to make up for a lot of time lost these few days.

Yesterday, our Ikea kitchen cabinets arrived. Today, Andrew and I will take stock of what is and isn’t here. But the number of pieces matched (I think!) the manifest slip, so that’s good. I have a longer post in the making about what it is like to get Ikea cabinets delivered and how to go about checking everything. It might not be up for awhile as I may still learn a thing or two about the process, but I’m carefully taking notes and making observations for folks who might want to do this in the future. Hopefully, the lessons I will have learned will be helpful to others.

Not too many links today, given my current unpacking and work preoccupations, but some things I found interesting and wanted to share – hope you do too! I hope to post before the New Year, but in case I get caught up in work and home things, here’s wishing you all a happy and healthy 2014 ahead!

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Friday, December 13, 2013

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Looking out the window. Waiting for appliances to be delivered. #kitchenreno

Happy friday, folks. At this time, by next week, everything in our apartment will be packed up. We
will like be getting ready for our movers to arrive, and I’ll be fretting about how to transport our 15-pound cat safely to the new apartment. Lucky for us, our good friend Tina has agreed to drive me and Forrest, who will be given a sedative (let’s hope he takes it) and wrapped in a blanket for security to our new apartment. Andrew will stay behind to supervise the move and I’ll bring Forrest to his (and our) new home which already has his food station and litter box set up. I’ll bring a few toys as well and hopefully he won’t be too traumatized. [For those unfamiliar with the history of all this, Forrest is extremely scared of leaving the apartment, busts out of carrying cases (as in busts down the door with his mighty strength), and generally suffers from fear of abandonment. Poor cat.]

Meanwhile, this week, we met with our Ikea kitchen planner. We had our fridge and stove delivered. At the moment, the fridge is sitting in the living room while the stove is in the middle of the kitchen. And today, though thankfully we don’t have to be there ourselves, we are having closets installed in the hallway and bedroom. That’s going to be a post soon.

Also, I have a whole post I need to write to you on what it takes to get all the pieces moving in terms of kitchen renovation. While you’re trying to move and finish testing recipes for a cookbook, 30 of which you received the week before. These are all good problems to worry about, but financially it has been incredibly stressful. You get one estimate from the contractor and then you get the actual cost and it’s almost twice as high as the estimate with just one lump sum at the bottom, no itemization or anything, just zeros next to itemized items. Now, I’m no Einstein, but even I know that a bunch of zeroes don’t add up to several thousand dollars. Looking at an invoice like this is enough to make even the calmest of people feel their blood pressure rise.

As I write this, I’m testing a yeasted waffle recipe for a book. The batter is fermenting, rising in the kitchen. I’m hoping everything will go according to plan.* I have a full day of work and recipe testing ahead, a weekend full of packing, a trip to Ikea to pick up (and lug) a kitchen sink, hours of recipe testing ahead, and writing headnotes and such. I sincerely hope your weekend looks a lot more relaxing and lazy.

*WAFFLE UPDATE: Moving onto Round 2 of testing.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

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Happy Friday, friends. Today marks the two week mark until our move. We should really start packing, don’t you think? I’m hoping that a good chunk of recipe testing for one of the books will be out of the way (I just need to be sent more recipes). At the risk of running a bit ahead of myself, I will try (but can’t guarantee) to post Friday links on the day of the move. Perhaps I can schedule it in advance and have it automatically publish on a certain day.

It hasn’t been the easiest week here. Besides mourning the death of Judy Rodgers, I got word that my middle school science teacher lost her battle with breast cancer. She had beaten it the first time, and then it came back, more advanced, and the treatment just didn’t work. She passed away two nights ago, still very young. One of her children is still in college.

And yesterday’s news of Nelson Mandela’s passing were, while not entirely surprising, still sad. The world lost a remarkable figure.

There’s much packing (and recipe testing) ahead for this weekend. Also, a tree-trimming party, a now-annual tradition, at our friends’ place replete with mimosas, bloody marys, and a stromboli that puts you in hibernation mode for the rest of the day. I’m thinking of bringing these cookies along. I hope wherever the weekend takes you, it is merry and bright!

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Friday, November 22, 2013

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Happy pre-Thanksgiving Friday, friends. This weekend will be all about prepping for the holiday (we’re hosting both of our families), and finally getting through the second pass of the Forgione book. (I will get it done no matter what.) Oh, and I’ve decided to clean out our freezer – wish me luck.

I feel a little suspended at the moment: can’t quite pack because we’re hosting families, but slowly, a few boxes have crept up here and there. I keep trying to figure out what things we’ll need in the new apartment. I keep worrying that I’ll be still testing recipes like crazy when it’s time to really pack up. Or that our Ikea planner will tell us none of our future appliances will fit. As I type this, I’m swimming in a sea of loose recipes: for the book, for the blog, for next week. There’s a harrowing pile of mail on my desk that I must get through. I no longer know which ingredients are for testing for the book and which are for next week, which only means one thing: I’ll screw it up and run out of something essential.

I’m hoping to go for a run this grey and rainy morning. I haven’t worked out all week because I was feeling dreadful but the lack of exercise makes me sluggish, anxious, and far less productive. So while I might not have much time for a run, even twenty minutes outside in the damp, fall air, will brighten me up. In fact, I’m really looking forward to it.

I don’t know if I can post anything next week. It’ll be a holiday weekend and we’ll be running around with our families, but maybe I’ll acquire some great reading links – we’ll see. In the meantime, I hope your pre-holiday weekend is restful and calming.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

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Second pass ftw.

Happy Friday, folks. Hope your week was great and you’re ready to relax for the next couple of days. I think my greatest accomplishment for the week was to go running outside on what has been the coldest day of the fall thus far. It dipped below thirty at night and in the morning, when I set out, hat and gloves on, the thermometer informed me that while it was thirty-two degrees out, it felt like twenty-five. Nonetheless, it was precisely because I was so scared of how to properly layer for cold running weather (it’s been a few years since I ran outside in the winter), I wanted to just get it over with. And I didn’t want to be a slave to my own anxieties. So, long sleeve running shirt, thicker, thermal shirt over it, long tights, and such, I set out to see how I’d do. And you know what? It wasn’t bad. At all. In fact, it was pretty great, incredibly invigorating, and fun. And it made me think about things we are afraid of and things that make us anxious – most of the time, it’s never as bad as we imagine it to be. And even if it is unpleasant, at least we can say we faced our fear, and in some small way – conquered it.

Also, I made soup for Thanksgiving and froze it. And I can’t wait to tell you about it next week!

This past week, weekend, and next week I’m finding myself swimming in second pass edits while trying to make progress with other projects. It’s a tad daunting, I must admit. But it’ll have to get done one way or another. On Saturday we hope to measure the new kitchen thoroughly and paint a tiny room adjacent to the kitchen that will be my home office. Since the room doesn’t get much light, we want to paint it a striking white in hopes to restore as much crispness and cheerfulness to it as possible. And on Sunday, we are planning a trip to Ikea (the test of every relationship) to do some research on their kitchen cabinets, design, and approximate costs. I plan on testing a few recipes and I am hoping to get through nearly 400 pages of the second pass edits. Wish me luck!

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