Heeeeelllllllllllllloooooooooooooo! For those of you who think I fell off the face of the earth, I’m SO SORRY. I’m back, though it may take another week or so until things get back to normal. For those of you who are thinking, “What? Melissa was gone for almost two weeks?” Well, I know who’s getting cut off this year’s Christmas list.
We moved last weekend. Still in Brooklyn, really just a few blocks from our old place, but now in a house, not an apartment building, and with a bathroom that doesn’t make you think of bumblebees. It’s been close to seven years since I’ve really moved. I mean, we went from a one bedroom to a two bedroom in our old place, but it was literally right across the hall. We moved everything over the course of 3 weeks and could take our time placing things exactly where we wanted them. Real moving is tough. People talk about the packing and lifting heavy furniture, but no one reminds you that it will disrupt your life for weeks, maybe even months.
Pre-move, there’s the packing. You pack what you don’t use too often first, then the things you can live without for a week, then the night before, necessities that you’ll need ASAP in your new place. As carefully as you might try to label boxes as to their exact contents and what room they should be in, it never works. A walk down the street to the laundromat took over half an hour this morning because I had to locate the granny cart, dig up the laundry bag from under a pile of who knows what, then racked my brain for 15 minutes to figure out where I had last seen the detergent. Cooking is a problem too. Dinner the other night was supposed to include a can of black beans. I still have yet to discover the can opener.
So please, bear with me. I do have some fantastic recipes from my last place, ready to get written up and even one (hopefully more soon) from the new place. The kitchen is a bit smaller and while we have a floor to ceiling pantry, it’s no longer walk-in and probably a quarter the depth of our old one. Soon it will feel like home. This weekend you can (hopefully) look forward to some great Halloween ideas, courtesy of Pinterest and some of my favorite bloggers, plus a recipe anyone can make, with just one pan and minimal tools.
Back to unpacking!