Pre-moving weekend

Apr 23, 2012

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preview of new empty living room

We went and measured the new apartment this weekend (yes that’s Otto photo bombing in the background, he was obviously dubious). After an initial mild case of buyers renters remorse/over stimulation I’m back on board. It’s just that in my mind my new bedroom was roughly the size of Connecticut, and in the natural light of day it seemed well, regular sized again. Also I WILL NEVER EVER UNDERSTAND why someone would just paint willy nilly all over every hinge and doorknob. I wonder what it feels like to live in the kind of body that can just slap paint around and not have that haphazard blob on the closet door haunt you in your sleep. So there’s a little bit more work to be done than I had initially registered for, but hey its good for you guys, because that means project posts, which may or may not be more interesting to you than cat photos…


instagram makes packing prettier

I successfully boxed up almost all of the things. Packing sucks, and it really challenges my procrastination endurance. Let’s just say there was a lot of instagramming. That box of office papers and such? I am ashamed of that box. That box is most certainly full of papers I don’t actually need to be hauling across Astoria. But I can’t stop hoarding them, I blame my fathers genes. Maybe I’ll sort them during the unpacking process? I took a ton of time off work to move because I had the vacation days and well frankly, I need a break from real estate and data entry.

Is it sad that I’m treating MOVING like a vacation? I’ll deal with that implication at a later date, for the moment I’m just excited to stare at new walls and problem solve new problems. I’ll try to share as much commentary as I can here on the blog, but be sure to come over to my Facebook page and I’ll put up whole albums of the new apartment and Astoria Park. It’ll be fun. I’m excited to roll up my sleeves again and get my elbow grease out of storage.

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lesley April 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I was JUST looking at your pictures, and wondering when you might post a new blog about the apartment. Good timing, Stravers. I’m excited for your new adventure and can’t wait to see what you guys will do with the new space. Also, I hoarded bills from Copperfield until this past fall, when I forced myself to get rid of them. I also have pay stubs from 2004. It’s a problem, and you’re not alone.


B.Strave April 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I have all of my bar bills from the cruise ship days. Also the receipts for every fishnet I ever purchased.
When I cleaned out my old room in Iowa I found pay stubs and W-2’s from the restaurant job I had as a busser in the 8th grade. What was that? 1996/7? Sigh.

Elizabeth Crane Swartz April 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm

1) I have NEVER understood the window-sealing, door-jamming, hinge-clogging painting that happens in rentals.

B) try hoarding for 22 years (post-college) plus 3 kids and a husband who can’t throw away a receipt “just in case” the expense report from 4 companies ago gets flagged – your tiny box of papers is cute. I’ve still got a fax exchange (it was 1990 and pre-email) between me and my roommate about whether or not she dropped my Lancome compact in the toilet and why won’t she just apologize b/c who else could have done it??

good luck – anxious to see the transformation!


B.Strave April 24, 2012 at 12:20 am

I think the one good thing about living in a small space is that it forces you to get rid of yo shit. My document and thing hoarding would be much worse were I given free reign of a house or something. Also why I keep the ‘Rooms around. He keeps me honest and is an excellent purger and keeps me on my toes.

perishableitem April 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I don’t understand the hinge/handle painting either!!! I tried to clean off some hinges in my latest painting expedition, but it was a no go. God knows how many years of paint are on them. I did manage to get the cover plate of the shower head that hides the where the pipe meets the wall cleaned off. It made me so happy to see it clean and shiny. Sad, I know, but oh so true. Good luck if you try to clean yours!


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