When we got home from our Indy roadtrip, I took stock of our apartment to see if Irene junked it all up (any more than usual). Here’s what I saw.
And so you know, our apartment doesn’t usually have most of our possessions in cardboard boxes with empty boxes piled in the kitchen. Of course, we couldn’t help but engage in our favorite NYC activity as soon as we got back: Moving!
The 48 hours following our return from Indy consisted of painting, packing, and lugging boxes out of the old place, into the new. This was our 9th move since moving to NYC three years ago. Whew.
The new place, a 2-bedroom, is smaller but nicer, with recent renovations and more natural light coming in. The main area is more open than our last, and the Cool Boys can comfortably play and we can have company over. And it’s cheaper!
I’m sure we’ll give you a proper video tour when we start packing to leave it.
There are certainly video-worthy aspects of the place, like the living room door that hung by only one hinge for a week while our landlord was out of town. (I would have drilled it back in, but was afraid of splitting the door frame.) The freezer that hums and roars when I’m trying to write in the kitchen. And Cool Mum came up with an unusual furniture arrangement (that I doubted at first) that put her and me sleeping in the living room while Cool Newbie scored a bedroom and play area (called “The BounceHouse”) all to himself.
So, lacking the time to film and edit a video, lemme just describe the place to you. Continue reading →
photo: Megan Thompson Lovoi for The New York Times
When I think of a ‘playhouse’, I envision a primary-colored plastic abode that fits snugly in a kid’s bedroom or occupies an unused corner of the living room. Apparently, I need to think bigger.
The New York Timeslooked at the playhouse industry and found that despite a sluggish economy, business is good. DIYers can get playhouse kits for anywhere between a few hundred to a couple of thousand dollars. But the real fun is looking at how the wealthy are erecting mini-mansions for their mini-mes. Continue reading →