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Friday, March 14, 2014

friday link love

At it again.

Hello, friends. Can you imagine my waking up this morning only to realize it’s Friday? I blinked and Monday became Friday – how? It’s the end of the week, said Andrew to me, rolling over in semi-awake state, The weekend begins tonight.

I’m jealous of the term weekend because until late-March-early-April, there are no weekdays or weekends – there are just days, and I have to use them to finish a manuscript. No pressure or anything. The sheer feeling of anxiety along (never mind all those other feelings I have to sift through) is enough to render me a little paralyzed. And yet, one word at a time, I keep reminding myself.

Yesterday, despite being plunged into Arctic chill, was great. You know why? Because I got to test more ice cream recipes with one of the amazing Van Leeuwen founders. Our testing days are long and intense, but so much fun, and really, who can complain having to taste different kinds of ice cream throughout the day. By about noon, we tasted a few batches we had churned a few days prior, and ice cream before noon, I must say, is pretty great. I was running to the subway at nine something en route to Greenpoint, to test, and saw some men pile into a corner bar that’s right by the subway stop. And it wasn’t even ten o’clock! Is drinking before noon way worse than eating ice cream before noon? Or am I just trying to make myself feel better? In any case, ice cream testing – hugely fun and I highly recommend it. Also recommended? Stretchy pants.

I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead. Outside of my book work (and finishing testing for it), I have high hopes to buy a rug for our living room floor. We were gifted some Amex cards around our wedding time, and we hung on to them to get something for the home. There’s a fantastic little textile shop in Boerum Hill (soon to be in Williamsburg, I believe), Sharktooth Club, and I’m a touch obsessed with their offerings. Beautiful, older, threadbare rugs that have so many stories to tell, so much history behind those threads. I certainly hope that we can grab one of them and continue their story at our home.

Have a great weekend!
xo, olga

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

the trend is upward; the days are longer

Making some notes before some more custard deep diving.

Hello there, greetings from the land of panic-stricken nail-biters. From the island of post-its and stacks of paper everywhere. As of this moment, I have a little over two weeks to finish a manuscript for a book. And let’s just say I’m not where I want to be. Not even close. And instead of working on the book, I’m writing a post here. How’s that for procrastination? In a little while, I’m going to go to the kitchen and make some pie dough. On my marble counter. I don’t think a marble counter is christened until you make some pie dough on it, doesn’t that sound right?

I have slowly, cautiously, redipped my toes into cooking again. That stove/gas-leak/no-stove sitch managed to make me a little skittish. I can’t just up and start making souffles and think it’s smooth sailing from here on out. What if we get another lemon? What if?

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Friday, March 7, 2014

friday link love

In a search for a beautiful planter, happened upon this at my neighborhood favorite shop, Collyer's Mansion. Looking forward to replanting our little plant in there. Also, ready for spring! Also, I ordered a fig tree!

Hi, friends, it’s Friday again, which means Friday links post. Without further ado, I’d like to make an announcement: We have a 98% finished kitchen with a working (knock on wood!) stove! The inside of the oven is a beautiful indigo, and while looks aren’t important, it is rather pretty when I open that oven door. So far, it’s been roasting like a champ, and while I have yet to get an oven thermometer to see if it runs hot or cold, I’m pretty pleased. The one funny feature of the stove is that it plays a MIDI song when it hits a desired temperature. Yes, MIDI. I haven’t heard MIDI since the late 80s when they were super popular in greeting cards and, also, mugs! But LG is a Korean brand, and from what I’m told MIDI there is hotter than ever. Come to think of it our rice maker also sings a song too, but it’s made in Japan. So maybe, it’s just not the US countries? I find it pretty amusing – it’s as if my oven is happy!

I have but a few short weeks to whip the Marc Murphy manuscript into shape. For me, these few weeks are always the hardest. Not because I wait til last minute – I’m a good planner with documents, spreadsheets, what have you – but because something always happens in these last weeks when separate chapters, seemingly existing on their own, come together to form a comprehensive work. When a somewhat shaped lump of clay emerges as its own thing, a voice – that is always somewhat anxiety-inducing. But as with all seemingly insurmountable work, it’s just one foot in front of the other, or in this case one word at a time.

This weekend I’m going to hang out with my Van Leeuwen team and we’re going to play around with custards and ice creams. We’ve got two intense days planned and hope to get a lot done. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead. Don’t forget, we lose an hour on Sunday – so set your clocks one hour ahead Saturday night! While I’m sad to lose an hour, if it means that Spring gets here sooner, I’m all for it. Right?

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Monday, February 24, 2014

kitchen reno – appliances: part deux

Thanks @Samsung for the stove that leaked gas and had to be shut off til next Tuesday when you told me you're will send a maintenance  person. Thanks for the upcoming takeout and money spent we don't have and cold cereal for breakfast (because nothing say

Before we get into the nitty gritty here, consider this post a sort of a parting letter to Samsung. Forever. We’re done, buddy. I’ll never buy another product of yours and I think you know why. For those of you who weren’t privileged enough to follow, in minute detail, the 30+ hours of conversations that Samsung and I have had, read on. A cautionary tale, indeed.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

friday link love

Good morning.

Hello, friends, happy Friday. Dispatch here from the land of stove/oven-less with much to report, but I’ll save the drama for a post especially dedicated to our stove woes and the shockingly terrible customer service we’ve received from Samsung. It has taken me all week of pleading, calling, being put on hold, being hung up on, threatening, screaming, pleading again, and so on – but we’ve almost resolved this issue. Hint: it’s a new stove and it’s not made by Samsung. I can’t tell you how many hours went into this process, how much time has been lost forever (and work not done), and so this fine weekend that marks my 25 years living in America (whoohoo), I will be writing, writing, writing. A lot of it will be editing and tweaking. But most of it will be writing. My alternate plans were to start taping receipts to pieces of paper in preparation for tax season (gulp), but I’ll have to save this thrilling activity for another day.

I hope you have an excellent (read: fun) weekend ahead and I hope to post more next week with updates to kitchen progress, the saga of the stove, and so on. Cheers!

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Friday, February 14, 2014

friday link love

Working on a ice cream book is not the worst thing in the world.

Happy Valentine’s Day Friday, friends! We’re not big Valentine’s Day people here, and our typical way to celebrate is to exchange cards and cook a nice meal at home. We had plans, folks, oh such lofty plans. There was going to be chocolate mousse – Dorie Greenspan’s secret mousse from yesterday’s All Things Considered. But no more. We found out we have a gas leak in our new stove (bump!) and Samsung needs to come and repair it. We called National Grid, and they came and, using their tools, told us where the leak was coming from and gave us a report. Our stove is now shut off as we wait for Samsung repairfolk to come on Tuesday (because that was the earliest they could see us).

Look, I get it, these things happen. Sometimes, during transport, things get a bit unsettled and bits and bobs get loose. But what I found odd during my conversation with Samsung customer support folks was a lack of alarm. “You don’t want a gas stove because you smell gas,” a rep asked me. He didn’t speak English well, and I thought it was an odd job for a man whose job it was to hear customer concerns.

“No,” I said, “I just don’t want to smell gas. I want my stove to work as it should.”

Ugh.

Gas leaks, I know, can be fatal. Thankfully ours wasn’t, but you could definitely smell gas, and we had to shut the stove off. I worked all day in the apartment (like I always do) and was light-headed and a little out of it by the end of the night; we had to disinvite friends for dinner; we’ve groceries going to waste; we’re spending money we don’t have on takeout. This goes beyond mere inconvenience. And while I get that things happen and sometimes new appliances break, what I think makes or breaks a customer’s experience (and what with social media now) is how responsive the company customer support is. So, let’s see how Samsung responds today. Maybe they’ll get someone out to us today or maybe this weekend! I’d be happy if they exceeded my expectations.

I hope whatever you think of Valentine’s Day you have a great day and weekend. I’ve never much made a big fuss over the holiday because it just puts so much pressure on people. Single people to be coupled up, coupled up people to pony up impressive and romantic gifts, and so on and so forth. Our holiday will be spent eating takeout and probably watching reruns of West Wing. That is unless Andrew monopolizes the television and binges on House of Cards. Now, if that’s doesn’t sound dreamy, I don’t know what does.

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