Last night was my first solo night in my new apartment. The Fella left for a bachelor party in Israel, and I have a few days to get accustomed to my new space by myself before I head to the Holy Land for a little rest and relaxation.

I slept like a rock. Not too shabby having a Queen-sized bed to myself.

I still feel weird walking around my new neighborhood. I knew all the coffee shops, boutiques, and tree-lined streets that my old Brooklyn neighborhood had to offer. The Upper West Side of Manhattan still feels a bit like Roy’s neighborhood to me, but I’ve been making it a point to go on a walk every day and see the sights.

So far the sites I’ve gotten to know best are Whole Foods and TJ Maxx. There was neither in Park Slope!

Since we’re almost completely unpacked, I figured it may just be time for the big reveal of the new digs.

If you’re not a New Yorker, I’m not going to go so far as to say this is a typical New York City apartment. New York has such varied architecture, depending on the part of the city you’re in, that there is no “typical.” There are also a lot of rundown buildings because the demand for housing is so high that landlords can do very little to maintain a space, and still find renters for it. Our place is, however, pretty standard for a 100 year old brownstone in the Upper West Side—which is exactly what it is, and in relatively good shape. Cool fact: Babe Ruth used to live in the building next door!

Living Room

The couch folds out into a queen sized bed!
Who wants to sleep over?

The fireplace is my favorite part of the apartment.
For the winter time we bought a portable glass encased fireplace to slip in so there so we can have a real fire!

I put The Fella in charge of finding us a television.
OMG it’s huge! I didn’t know that TVs came in 55″ but apparently there is now a movie theater in my house.

This is the area where we are not unpacked yet. This is Roy’s comic book collection. I think we’re going to have to look into renting a storage space when we get back from vacation.

Behind the boxes is my reading nook…

…and the table that will eventually be unfolded. I have a feeling we’ll be eating our meals on the coffee table for a little while.


This kitchen is way smaller than my old one, but we’ve made it work. We’ve adapted two IKEA bedroom armoires (the white thing on the side) into pantries.

And we’ve added our own impromptu counter space.

My favorite part of the kitchen is our pin-up themed cooking area.


Ehh, I didn’t photograph the bathroom. It looks like a bathroom.


We’re still looking into art to put over the bed, so the room isn’t completely done yet.

My favorite part of the room is the drawer in my armoire that I converted into a preening center.
Maybe I’ll start wearing makeup more now. Probably not.

This is where the working happens.
The Fella built me those shelves, now I have to figure out what to put on them.

And that, my friends, is where I write my blog from…now that I’m stealing Internet from a very kind/unsavvy about password protection neighbor. When we get back from our trip we’ll do fun things like set up Cable and Internet and I’ll never have to leave the house again!

Oh wait, that’s a bad thing.




Left overs


I met up with some girlfriends for dinner. I hadn’t seen them in FOREVER, seeing as how I put most of my life on hold while working on the book. Topics of conversation ranged from bra size to vibrators. It’s been a while since I had the kind of conversation that garnered looks of disapproval from surrounding tables. Fun!

I blame the beer

We each had a salad and split a pizza

Exercise: Since my cardio is pretty much limited to walking right now thanks to my broken toe and lack of gym membership in my new neighborhood, I spent a good three hours yesterday walking.