At Steps, the dance school, I met this lovely girl, Melissa, from Seattle. One Thursday we started talking about apartment searching. Turns out she would be in need of a roommate soon, too. Well, we continued talking and came to the conclusion to look together for a place– we just clicked, you know?
And so the hunt began…such a process, from Craigslist to realtors, to running uptown to downtown, to how much, to where, to when, to how! BUT, all you need to know is that, in the end, we moved into a lovely, open, spacious (haha, okay, by New York standards in our location at least!) ‘studio with loft’ in a good, central location.
We are fortunate enough to have 12-foot ceilings and three big windows in our apartment, and, coupled with clean, white walls and ceilings, the whole place feels bigger than it is.
Want a sneak peak???….
The kitchen is separated from the main room by a half wall/high countertop, complete with bar stools. Not a drawer in the kitchen area– can you believe it? Thank you, Ikea, we now have some lovely additions to help compensate for the no-drawers audacity.
I absolutely love our ‘living room’ rug. It is white with specks, big, and very, very fluffy! Definitely a curl-your-toes-in and no-shoes-allowed kind of rug.
Before my bed got here, I slept on it the first night. Great night sleep 🙂
Melissa has the ‘loft’, which is basically a large wood slab with a wooden rail around it about four and a half feet down from the ceiling, and I have the ‘under-loft’ (well, that’s the name I’ve assigned to it).
I like my little nook!
Ahh, now that cube-bookcase, aka the Expedit, gets its whole own blog entry… Just wait…
Now for one of my favorite features of the apartment…
(I also sometimes like to refer to it as the FRIENDS or I LOVE LUCY component)
That picture is of Kelly and Eric, our neighbors right above us. It was actually Kelly who first put us in touch with the realtor who ultimately sold us the apartment beneath! (Kelly was sitting there next to Melissa and I one of the days we were discussing apartment-searching at Steps…which happened every single Thursday morning for weeks…)
These two are so incredibly sweet and generous. Before moving in, they let me stay over in their apartment on days when I had to be at work too early for the buses/trains from home. They helped us move in, whenever we go up to visit they have food to enthusiastically offer, and there have been multiple occasions when Eric has shown up at our door with some sort of goodie in-hand (oh do I ever have to get that recipe for Apple Crumb Cake!).
Now, the reason I say Friends/I Love Lucy is because that is exactly what I was reminded of from the first few days here. It is like a combination of the two in some ways 😛 We’ve got young people living in the same building in New York City and dropping in with random stories about their days… Joey’s audition, Monica’s dinner, Rachel’s nail polish…transfer it to, what happened at Steps, how many days of school Kelly has left, what the congressman said to Eric, and so on… Coupled with the ‘Fred and Ethel’: the pair who are so funny together, even when they are not trying to be. Eric and Kelly. They appear at the door sometimes, often telling about how the other one didn’t do this right, etc., but in a loving and humorous way. I could totally see the episode being filmed in front of me. Melissa and I are kept entertained, in addition to feeling so incredibly blessed to have such wonderful, caring people upstairs.
Well my goodness, it’s 11 o’clock, and I have an early morning spin class to teach tomorrow! Best sign off now, and say farewell for the evening…
The Yogi tea snippet for tonight:
“Happiness comes when you overcome the most impossible challenge.”
Good one 😀