Notes on a Renovation #4: Home Away From Home

20160430_091907During the worst of the renovation, Moxie and I have been fortunate enough to live with our good friends Rachel & Nagib and their dogs, Barley and Hops, in Brooklyn Heights.  I don't even know where to begin on how lucky we are. When all is said and done, they will have had us as guests for two full weeks -- their hospitality shows no bounds.   We've had a great time together -- so much so that I'm afraid Moxie isn't going to want to come home. 

The kitchen has been gutted, the pass-through created in the wall, electrical work, plumbing and gas is done, the walls have been prepped for paining, and the waterproof membrane has been laid down on the floor. This week -- installation of the floor tile, painting, and installation of cabinets, countertops, and appliances. Progress!!


I Only Wanted to See You Laughing in the Purple Rain



Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life
Electric word life
It means forever and that's a mighty long time
But I'm here to tell you
There's something else
The after world
A world of never ending happiness
You can always see the sun, day or night
So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
You know the one, Dr. Everything'll Be Alright
Instead of asking him how much of your time is left
Ask him how much of your mind, baby
'Cause in this life
Things are much harder than in the after world
In this life
You're on your own
 
Heartbroken by the loss of a true musical genius.  RIP Prince.  

Notes on a Renovation #3 -- Getting Real

Appliances are purchased, asbestos testing completed (negative!), packing and prep checklists made, building architect has approved the plans, paperwork is almost finished, pre-construction meeting scheduled with building and contractor, and work is scheduled to start the week of 4/18.

That said, I had a drink the other night with a neighbor who went through renovations in my building and he scared the hell out of me with regards to the amount of preparation I'll have to do to prevent everything in the entire apartment being covered in dust. His secret weapon? An industrial-sized roll of plastic wrap.

I also learned that I'll be able to keep my current fridge in my apartment somewhere to use until the new one is set up. Between that and the microwave & toaster (a.k.a. my auxiliary kitchen on a bar cart by my door), I should be able to do some cooking and eating at home after the initial demolition period (during which I'll be relocating to Brooklyn).  

Of course all of this is going on during my busiest time of year at work. If all goes well, it'll be done before I have to go to Chicago for a conference in mid-May. Fingers crossed . . .


The Mind/Body Connection

I have gotten to a point in my life where there are two key factors that have a major impact on my general well-being: sleep and exercise. When I don't get enough of either, I get cranky, stressed, have trouble focusing, and generally get less accomplished. For me, "enough" sleep seems to be at least 7 hours per night and "enough" exercise means not going any more than 3 days without a decent workout. Sleep and exercise can cure almost anything for me - I think more clearly and stressful things fall into perspective - and as an added benefit, exercise helps me sleep better and sleep improves my workouts (even making it somewhat likely that I can work out before work!). All in all, sleep and exercise keep me calm and sane in many ways. I highly recommend it.


Notes on a Renovation #2

Way back when I wrote a post about my kitchen renovation. No, it hasn't started yet, but I have made a great deal of progress. I've firmed up my design, selected all of my materials and appliances, signed contracts with the designer, cabinet/counter installer, and contractor, and sent various checks out.  I've also started to select a new couch and chair for my living room (the living room update is a collateral consequence of the kitchen renovation, plus my couch has about had it). Work starts mid-to-late April, and, in theory, everything will be done by mid-May. I can't wait!!!


My New Boyfriend

Jtpanda

He's smart, handsome and age-appropriate. He's a feminist, he's pro-choice, and supports gender equality in the workplace and with equal parental leave. He's got the body of a boxer and has a tattoo. on one of his biceps.  He is welcoming to refugees and is an animal lover.  Isn't he fantastic? 

Ok, where was I? Back to reality.


Breakfast of Champions

 

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Fully agreed, Sam Sifton. My breakfasts, particularly during the week, are not elaborate affairs.  They're not always pretty, as shown above, and are more often than not taken to-go, but they are a vital part of each day. Often it's a wedge of fritatta, sometimes an egg white omelette or a nuked egg with veggies, cheese and bacon if I've got some (not the best texture, but quick and portable). Sometimes it's a hard-boiled egg, and today it was an English muffin with smashed avocado. Lately I've been adding fruit -- half a grapefruit or pineapple chunks. The coup de grace is coffee -- generally just a pour-over directly into my travel mug, but sometimes a latte or shakerato.

If I didn't eat breakfast, I'd likely bite someone's head off by about 11.