This here be my official news that we are moving! I’ve delayed writing anything about it so far, as I’m one of those people who doesn’t believe something is going to happen until it actually does! But we’re ever so close as we’ve signed our lease and are waiting for our new landlord to complete our “punch list” on a few repairs. Then we move in!
The apartment we’re moving to is in a completely gutted and renovated old warehouse. It’s 1200 sq. ft. for our family of four, with exposed brick, vaulted wood beam ceilings, and 8 foot tall arched windows facing north and east. We’re actually quite fortunate as to have just barely qualified there, as it is a privately-owned subsidized low income apartment, in a program designed to help families save money toward buying their first home.
Goodbye to the Old
I haven’t written much about our personal living situation here at hdb, and I suppose that reveals me to be a somewhat private person, despite my openness about depression. The main reason I’ve not written about our personal space is that our personal space at the moment is not actually “ours”.
For the last two years, since relocating here from New York, we have been living in my parents’ home. It has allowed us to save money and has been a godsend for Little D. He truly is a member of a little tribe among us. We all chip in toward his care and he literally wanders about the house visiting us each in turn, showing us his little prizes or doing his “baby work” as we call it, imitating some or other behavior. One minute he’ll be “folding” clothes like his mom (read: taking them out of his droor and dragging them all over the house), the next he’ll be “potting plants” like his Nonna — scooping handfuls of dirt from the house plants into the dog dish!
Just writing this does make me a little teary-eyed. Time flies and even though the limitations of our arrangement have been clear — the lack of personal space, the difficulties in coping with our mismatched lifestyle preferences — this home has become our home. We were blessed and fortunate that my parents have been so generous with their space, and it will be sad to leave. But we do have great hopes for our move! Hubby and I are excited to have more quietude and privacy, and the opportunity to truly make a home for ourselves again.
Hello to the New
One of my hopes is that this move will return me as close as is possible to something resembling my old far away NYC lifestyle. In order to achieve that, I’ll have to:
- Walk to buy my groceries,
- Laze around in cafe’s reading books when I feel like it,
- Shop at farmer’s markets & be a member of a CSA, and
- Have fairly regular dinner parties and gatherings for drinks at adult-style locales wherein I may walk home satisfactorily altered.
Well, hey, I already got the CSA thing down, with this move I think I can pick up a few more! We’ll be walking distance from the library, the farmer’s market, a health food store and cafe, and our favorite Mexican restaurant!
I am also very excited to begin entertaining again now that we are finally getting out of the p’s. My ambitious plan is to try my hand at throwing some grown up style playdates for cards (not poker, just cards, no gambling!) and geeky board games. We are big fans of Euro games, and hubby is a certifiable board game geek. Many a night lately I find myself rounding up my 13 year-old son or my hubby to play another round of Stone Age (aff), hubby’s most recent birthday present, when I should be packing or posting! Hubby says Stone Age recently ousted Settlers of Catan (aff) as the favorite “gateway game” for introducing new folks to the joy that is the Euro game. Who wouldn’t want to sit around with cute, colorful wooden chips vying for points in an economically-oriented mind trip that could only be invented by a German sociologist?
Actually I just found out that another local mommie also plays Catan, so maybe I can enlist her help in recruiting more folks to the cause. Wish me luck!
Can you tell I’m excited?!
Penny for Your Tips
Have any advice on simplification and de-cluttering? Know how to make a move go smoothly? I can use your tips!
Ultimately, this last week has been quite a challenge, so I’ll need some luck to get through this. Staying on top of homeschool, plus packing, plus the baby, plus the blog and some hopeful work opportunities is trying my ability to stay on top of things. But life is about compromise, and about the ebb and flow of challenge and triumph, right? Or is that just the drama in my head? I’m reminded of one of my first blog posts ever, about preparing for baby’s arrival, written when I was in a similar whirlwind while planning our waterbirth!
Here we go again, big changes never stop coming! Well wishes are welcome and appreciated. And please share with me your de-cluttering, organization and simple living techniques! My big plan is to move over only the regularly used stuff to the new place, while our old room is available as a staging area for parting with things in a whirl of ebaying, craigslist and garage sale madness. I’ll need all the will power I can get to help me part with the unnecessary while making a satisfactory little solace of simple living in the new place.
With gratitude for your thoughts,