How Martha Were You?

How Martha Were You?

It was a busy weekend with out upcoming move. We had a tag sale on Saturday morning to get rid of some last minute things and make some extra money for new apartment things (sofa!) It was so nice to be able to get a jump start cleaning the place by getting the keys early. So much cleaning because they had cats and Pricer is allergic! And of course it was sooo HOT over the weekend! It got up to 84 in the apartment, but thankfully Price borrowed a window fan for us and that helped with things.

Friday night-

 

Met Price at Haymarket to get fresh fruits and veggies

Made dinner together- grilled pork tenderloin and grilled veggies

More packing!

Saturday-

Got up early to set up for our tag sale and hang signs

Tag sale 8-1pm

While supervising the tag sale I went through past issues of Rachel Ray mag, Gourmet, Bon Appetite, and Martha Stewart Living to pull out recipes and articles for binders (overall 60+ magazines less to move)

Lunch from Pho Viets

Moved unsold things to curb- man people like free stuff!

Packed some more kitchen things

Dinner at Not Your Average Joe’s in Watertown

Stop at Target for cleaning supplies, including a mop

Packed up the car to be ready to get going in the morning

Sunday-

Got up, put on crappy clothes and headed to starbucks for so much needed caffeine before meeting our new landlord at 8am

Brought cleaning supplies in and got to work! Mopped living room over and over! Mopped bedroom and cleaned the dusty radiator, cleaned the countertops, cleaned freezer, etc

5 total trips to new place today

Got ready to go to a Full Moon Celebration Party for my friend Sarin

Drove to Providence and saw a guy on an OLD fashion bike. I had to jump out of my car right as I parked to get a pic!

Met baby Lucas!

Stopped at Home Depot on my way back up to Boston

Collapse in heap on The Cos and watch NASCAR race with Price

Monday-

7 trips to new place (I went on 5 trips with Price)

While Price was going back and forth I was mopping and cleaning the new place. So much animal hair!! I also put together the dog crate, which we just get to take apart this week when new one comes

 

We called it quits after 5 and went to the grocery store to get stuff for LAST grilling dinner with Natalie and Jason.

Shower my offensive smell off me and got ready for dinner

We had burgers with grilled veggies, chips with gauc and no pudge brownies with blueberries and whipped cream- great meal we put together

Loaded up the car with clothes and headed out to new place for last trip of the night. Soooo tired!

Tuesday morning-

Bring the car in for inspection and to get MA plates on the car

And then MOVING DAY!

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8am

-view from the front door-

I had been counting down until 8am this morning ever since our new landlord told us the previous tenants would be moving out on Saturday and we could meet him to get the keys. Price and I got up around 6.30, packed the car with cleaning supplies and some stuff to bring over, grabbed breakfast at Starbucks, and drove the 6.2 miles over to the new place.

-the living room-

 
 

-view from the windows in the living room-

We are beyond excited about the windows… 7 total. It’s like coming out of the murky water and evolving to have legs- such a major change!

-walking into the kitchen-

 
 

 -the ugly red wall that we will paint with chalkboard paint-

We have 3 large closets. PLUS a HUGE storage locker in the basement. We didn’t see the locker prior to today so when we saw it I did a little jump since it was so much bigger than we anticipated.

– the bedroom-

-another view of the bedroom-

I’m so excited about having a real oven and stove. A GAS stove!!! Going from an electric flat cook top and a combo microwave/convection oven.

-err this is the size of the closet price and I will SHARE, oh crap-

Our new landlord said we could paint. We already have some Martha Stewart paint colors in mind. Mimosa, maybe?! We are going to have a chalkboard wall in the kitchen. Debating on making it magnetic. (Thoughts?)

– the linen closet-

We are really optimistic about settling into this place for 2 years, at least. It seems like we can really make it work and seem like home. But first I have a lot of cleaning to do. I already did A LOT of cleaning. I had tweeted that our apartment smelled “pin-solriffic” holy crap the floor was filthy! We knew the previous tenants had 2 cats so we would have to do a lot of cleaning since Price is really allergic. BUT when I met our new neighbors and chatted them up I found out the had a dog too. I guess the combo of those 3 animals in a 1 bedroom would result in that STINK and the hairballs that I vacuumed up from under the radiator.

-El baño-

Right now I am crashing. Crashing into bed since it’s been a long day of cleaning, moving boxes from the carload that PRice brought and a trip to Providence for a friend’s son’s Full Moon party. Bed is so inviting right now. ‘Night.

-bring nail polish with you so you can identify keys-

Sing me a song

I heart Ian Axel. Price knows. It’s okay.

We first saw Ian perform back in January. It was a great show then and a great show now. The Red Room at Cake 939 is a great venue to see a show since it has a low stage, and the majority of the space is SRO. Because of that Price and I get to stand really close to enjoy the performances.

We missed the first act since we were too busy drinking rum out of a bottle at home while catching up about each others days. Yeah true story. We did get to see Alicia Lemke perform. I thought she was completely stunning. She performed a brand new song called ‘Maiden Lane’ that is a lullaby about a first responder on 9-11. Amazing. She created it to accompany a cook about 9-11.

 

Prior to Ian’s set, we chatted with Chad Vaccarino for a bit. We talked about how we were at the show in January and how he no longer drives, it freaks him out. I think that is hilarious and awesome.

Ian played solo for a bit, then Chad played with him, and then Ian was solo, etc. They are a great team together when they play. Ian is amazing on the piano. Price kinda wishes he had kept up with the trumpet whenever Chad plays. This time Ian played a ukulele. There was new music, more sing a long. Overall another fantastic time.

 

They will be back in Aug/Sept and I’ll be sure to get tickets to that show as well.

Gone

You’ve Got a Friend in Me

Girl, I Got a Thing

Dear Thief-

Dear Thief-

I don’t know what kind of person you really are but I know at the lease you are a scummy asshole.

Stealing my debit card information, not my actual card, and hitting up the ATM must have made you feel really awesome. You must have felt like you were smart, witty, and soon to be rich. Transaction #1 for $500 was not enough, no? Just had to get another $200, didn’t you?!? Plus you just had to do it at another bank too so I go hit with 2 service fee making the grand total $706.

Thanks for making me freak out on an already sucky Monday morning. First day back at work isn’t annoying enough, you just had to throw this in.

Thanks for making me take an extra long lunch to deal with this crap. I now have the pleasure of making up that extra hour.

Thanks for making me have to file claims paperwork. There was much confusion about what God Damn address to send it to, the one I am at now or the new one. Send it to the current one because I am having the mail forwarded? Why am I saying that address when it doesn’t match the address on file? When will it be sent? How long will it take to get there? My name won’t be on the mailbox until the 31st. What’s the zip again? Trying to explain this to a robotic woman on the phone just doing her job trying to make sure I am myself, and not a thief, is not funny. (Although the bank of America guy named Chris and I had a good laugh about it later)

Thanks for making me have to get a temporary card and have to wait to a new one to arrive in 5-7 business days. I now can’t do any online ordering with this because it doesn’t even have my freaking name on it.

And most of all thanks for having me just through hoops changing me automatic bill pay information. Thankfully, Netfix, my gym membership, and book club have all just gone through. But now I have to deal with the other few that are going to be processed soon. Most worrisome is my Studio Calico membership billing, which will occur while I still have my temporary card.

So thank you asshole. This situation is exactly what I wanted to deal with right now, the week before moving, not like I don’t already have enough on my plate. I hope they catch your sorry ass on video surveillance cameras and you go to jail. And while your in jail you look at someone the wrong way. This will piss  them off just enough so they figure beating you is more important than some guard’s consequence.

Sincerely,

Nicole

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5:20-22: How Martha Were You?

How Martha Were You?

After a 60 workweek I just wanted to relax this weekend. While I relaxed by drinking and playing around with #BHF11pp on twitter on Sunday, I did a lot of packing for our upcoming move. Saturday was a lot of fun since I did some shopping, but the best part was the getting to enjoy the warmer weather by grilling outside and hanging out there with Price. It was our real weekend in the apartment with the grill and patio set so it was great to relax in it together one last time.

Friday Night-

I left work at 3pm, 60 hours under my belt

Made lunch at home- rice pasta with butter, white truffle salt, and parmesan cheese

Called Amica to get new car insurance that is approved in MA. I got a cheaper rate than before too!

Price got home late from work. We caught up about our days and started to relax and drink

 

We went to Cafe 939 to see Ian Axel perform

After the show we went to 5 Napkin Burger for dinner- yumm… salted caramel shake!

We finally unwound and went to bed around 1.30

Saturday-

Price and I made breakfast together gluten-free waffle sandwiches with egg and cheese

Price had work at his second job at 12.45 so we both went to the Arsenal Mall. I did some shopping at Old Navy and Victoria’s Secret, plus lots of browsing in other stores.

I went to Watertown Mall to stop by Target to grab some stuff for the new apartment and look for some furniture options as well

Went over to Watertown Center to Sophia’s Greek Pantry to get some imported Greek food, including some amazing feta

Picked up Price from work at 3.45

We went to Urban Grape for a tasting of mead from Isaak’s of Salem and Hannabell cheeses from Shy Brother’s Farm, we picked up a bottle of honey mead

We went to Star Market to get groceries for dinner.

Price made margaritas to celebrate the rapture.

We made dinner- tomato salad with feta and avocado and grilled chicken with grilled mushrooms and asparagus

Since the weather was nice we ate outside and hung out for a while.

Sunday-

I finally got to sleep late, until 9.30

Using leftover grilled mushrooms and asparagus from dinner, we made a veggie omelet

We lounged around going through the paper and google reader catching up on blogs while watching SNL

And then the packing began. Soooo much packing

Price supplied plenty of mixed drinks… strawberry margaritas and diet coke and rum slushies

And more packing, packed up the office and my stuff in the bedroom

Throughout the day I participated in BHF11pp chats on twitter

For dinner we had grilled chicken, baked potatoes, and grilled corn

I trimmed the rabbits nails

We watched billboard music awards

During Morning Living on Martha Radio, the hosts hold a segment called How Martha Were You? every Monday morning where you recap your weekend’s activities.

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