Here's the final before picture -- demolition starts today. You've served me well, tiny, grubby kitchen. I thank you for your service, but I can't say that I'm sorry to see you go.
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 . . .
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!!!
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.
In a few hours, I'm flying to Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I'll be spending roughly 24 hours before heading to the Galapagos. Once I've reached the Galapagos, I'll have no cell or internet for about 8 days until I'm back in Guayaquil on the 2nd. Merry Xmas and happy early New Year, everyone -- see you in 2016!
With the new year approaching, I thought it was time for a (mobile-friendly) makeover. I'm not 100% done tweaking it yet, but let me know if you have any feedback. I'm also thinking I might focus more on posting about cooking, eating, drinking, and exercise (yes, even more than I already do) . . . stay tuned!!
Study Proves Only Jerks End Their Texts With a Period (I guess I'm a jerk.)
Small Kitchens, By Choice (I would be thrilled if I could afford a renovation that allowed me to get a 24" stove rather than the 20" toy stove that fits!)
I had an incredibly relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with very little on the calendar with one exception -- workouts. As a ClassPass member, I have access to studios all over NYC (and other cities), so I decided to take advantage in an attempt to counterbalance some of the Thanksgiving calories and get a bit of a reboot. Wednesday after work was a rowing class at RowHouse (where I ran into two friends! Fun!), Thursday morning was treadmill and kettlebells at Mile High Run Club, Friday was Flex Barre at Flex Studios, and Saturday was boxing at Overthrow. Sunday was a much-needed rest day, but all in all I really enjoyed the variety of workouts and I look forward to the next fitness-filled weekend! In the meantime, I squeeze in classes whenever I can. Next up: HIIT at Be Fit NYC on Tuesday night!
On dreary, drizzly, gray days like these, we should all be allowed to work from home and/or in our PJs. #inmydreamworld