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August 13, 2008



Thank you all for your advice on color and drapes. We made a visit to some home furnishing stores this weekend and did a little dreaming...I can definitely see our living room in my head. Hopefully we can make it materialize on a tight budget.

A little etc. bullet points for you:

  • It's been weird to have prospective tenants come to check out our apartment. No, we don't own it and it doesn't matter what we think. But Alexis and I do harbor some twinge of territory over the place, even though we have no claim to it. We worked so hard to make it a home and it's really strange to have people walk through it and visualize their own configurations. I guess that's why realtors generally do not like owners around (we'd rather not be there ourselves, though we hold the most accessible key to the door).
  • Time is short! When I flipped over the calendar with the realtor to talk about when we were moving out, I realized that even though there are two weeks after we are supposed to close, the first of the month falls on a Wednesday, which means that technically we need to move the weekend before. Which means that we will need to take some serious time of from work in order to prime and paint the new house for moving in. Eeep!
  • I've been researching the history of our new house, though I can't really write about it here without giving up our location, which we're not ready to do. I can say that it was originally built as working class housing in the 1920's (okay, that's pretty broad). Last week I had fun with the old conveyance books at the Department of Buildings. Now I want to see if I can figure out what the interiors looked like when the house was first built. I have a good lead...
  • For the past six weeks I have been sitting on a street corner in Red Hook between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. doing observations for my enthnography class. It's been really interesting and I've had some great- and bizarre- conversations with people passing by.
  • I can't remember if I wrote about this before I shut things down, but we joined a CSA this year and it's the best decision we have made in a long, long time. It has forced me to cook something new each Tuesday and helped us change the way we eat in general. I have no idea how I am going to balance picking our stuff up and living in a new neighborhood come October, but we'll figure it out.
  • The vet gave Irving a new cortisone-type cream for his bald, moist belly. It gives him diarrhea. Being that it was my move from my old apartment to Red Hook that precipitated Irving's licking issues, I don't even want to know what this next step will bring. All I do know is that the cortisone cream is officially no longer an option.

Posted by callalillie at August 13, 2008 8:17 PM | Random


I am looking for a new home in Brooklyn and it's so strange when the former residents are there. I know they are listening to us talk as we try to visualize the place for ourselves.

Congrats on the new home!

Posted by: Queen of the Click at August 13, 2008 10:38 PM


We agree- it's weird (and hard) for both parties. When I sold my apartment a few years ago I always made sure that I was out when people came to look at it. My strategy with our apt is just to stay in another room and not hover. And make sure that no one accidentally lets a cat out.

Posted by: corie at August 14, 2008 11:24 AM

One thing that may happen with Irving is that being in a house may actually help him out. We have 3 kitties and our female has always been a very nervous type. Once we moved into our house it took her about a year and since then she's mellowed out considerably and has even been caught, on occasion, sleeping with BOTH eyes shut !
Here to hoping Irving has a good reaction to your move and that his OCD subsides with time !

Posted by: Lizzilla at August 14, 2008 8:27 PM

Love this shot of Irving!

Posted by: Gina at August 31, 2008 3:52 PM

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