Monday, August 15, 2005

Contest Results

In the words of Avery, "Michelle wins!".

Thanks to everyone who left me a comment, you all gave great advice. Some of it I knew and had been doing but some was new and it was all appreciated. Special mention goes to Patricia who recommended a moving company. That's who I'll be calling!

Things are crazy here as usual. Work is busy, home is all about packing and the boys are both home for the rest of the summer. I have done a couple of sections on my scarf during my train rides so knitting is not completely abandoned. Maribel and I are going to see Motley Crue tomorrow night at Jones Beach (yes, again). That should de-stress me a bit. I think I may have to treat myself to a trip to Haven when this is all over!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Bronx Girl Moving and Clapotis no More

If you thought I've been horrible about regular posting, just wait. As Chris said in the comments last week life is really about to ramp up for me. We were supposed to close yesterday on the house, but it appears there is no survey for the house. The lawyer had to order one to be done. We won't have the results until Friday so the closing is now set for Monday or Tuesday. Now the plan was to move in on the 20th mostly because the weekend after that is "move-in weekend" when most of the students move into their dorms here at NYU. At that point it really gets insane here. Yesterday Rinaldo's boss helped us out by giving him move in weekend off, so it can now be our move in weekend! I do my own schedule and I work in an office so I can work extra hours during the week which means I don't have to come in, aah the joys of not working on the selling floor. We have been packing and throwing out a ton of stuff. I barely recognize my own closets. All the knitting stuff is mostly packed except the books and the projects I am currently (I mis-spelled that and for some reason Blogger's spell check corrected it into "carnality" wtf is that about?) working on.

I frogged Clapotis. For some reason I wasn't feeling it in the Laurel. It doesn't have the drape I would have liked and suddenly I didn't feel as much of an urge for a smaller version. Maybe I will again although I am making a regular one for a Christmas gift so maybe I won't. I decided instead I needed a huge narrow scarf. Damned if I know why but I decided to do it as a multi-directional scarf and it's coming out very nicely. It's nice and mindless too since I've made so many of them.

Tisha, Maribel and I have signed up for the Knitty Brunch Cruise. I received our confirmation today. Three hours of knitting, eating and cruising around Manhattan. It will be the perfect post-rush, post-moving, de-stresser (how many hyphens can I use in one sentance). Anybody care to join us?

In my cleaning and packing I found my extra copy of this:

Since I haven't been entertaining you well of late and even one less book to move would be a good thing I decided I should have a contest for it. So here's the deal:

Submit a comment between now and this Saturday (August 13). I will randomly pick a winner on Sunday night and announce the winner on Monday. To make it a little more fun, for me at least, if you have a good piece of moving advice share it with me. It's not required for the contest but I can use all the help I can get!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

When your best friend bitches at you, in public (see the comments on the previous entry), that you need to blog, then you really need to blog.

Things are completely out of control here at Casa de Mathews. We were supposed to spend last week packing and cleaning but if we got 10 boxes done it's amazing. We threw out about 7 bags of crap though so that's something.

The car died on Monday, the first official day of vacation last week, so that put quite the crimp in things. Maribel and I went to see Fiddler on the Roof on Wednesday and I have to say it was amazing. Harvey Fierstein was wonderful and Andrea Martin was perfect opposite him. I really enjoyed it. I was commenting to a friend how wonderful I felt for Harvey during the standing ovation. In the Playbill he dedicates his performance to his late father because Fiddler was his favorite show. The fact that Harvey's career took off because of his amazing writing and acting in shows that focus on gay themes, he is as famous if not more for being gay as for his talent, yet he has come so far and society has come so far, that here he is getting so much love and appreciation from the mix of people in that theatre for playing an extremely traditional character. It's a really wonderful thing.

We rented a car since ours would be in the shop all week. We still had our annual Sesame Place outing. Avis in their infinite wisdom gave us this. Good lord I felt like a pimp. I told Rinaldo he was simply missing the hat with a feather. We had a great time though and Ian had his best time yet. Three and a half is a good age for Sesame, he did some rides, played in water and even waved to a few characters, he wouldn't get too close though. I always bring a disposable waterproof camera with us but the pictures aren't developed yet. If there are any good ones I'll scan them in for you.

We had Tashie and Cheyenne for the weekend which was great. I'll have to visit Boston often once Tashie goes to school. I'll miss her too much if I don't.

We are closing on the house on Tuesday. This Friday will be the final walk through and then we have to figure out how we are going to get everything done before rush starts here at work. It's about 3 weeks away. I am already too damn stressed...

oh yeah and I've actually completed 4 feet on Rinaldo's 6 foot ribbed scarf, aren't you impressed?