are were two weeks in Montreal – two weeks of unpacking, furnishing, organizing and decorating. I’ll show you what I’ve accomplished and tell you what works, what doesn’t work and how much it cost.
What Doesn’t Work:
Oh, these tedious glass rectangles with their tiny panes and the time devoted to cleaning them. And are they hanging right next to the stove? Brilliant. What is the point of glass-covered cabinets? If it is to showcase my stunning flatware then why cover it at all? If it is to protect my dishes from dirt and dust — my dishes don’t get dusty. I use them. I do not have “show” dishes. Please stop with glass covered cabinets in kitchens and just give me appropriately positioned open shelving.
Finally, here are some edicts that allow me to get stuff done fast:
That’s about it. Still waiting on the $2 dollar parts for our tv mount but otherwise, looking and working like a real home. Thank you for following along.
I just finished binge-watching Community and now I don’t know who I am or what I’m supposed to be doing. Netflix = immersion therapy.
When I first moved from New York to San Francisco in 1999, a friend and her husband came to visit. They had just moved from Michigan to Ohio. When I knew Meg in college she was wild (think: trip to the ER) but when she met her husband, a very religious man, she adopted his lifestyle and for all I know they are still happily married and still living their faith. When I saw her in San Francisco she was already happy and she said this had everything to do with her husband and their church community. When they moved, she recounted, their church from Michigan contacted their new church in Ohio and set up a welcome committee literally in her driveway. Complete strangers helped unpack their furniture and fed them meals the day they arrived. But they weren’t strangers were they? Having just moved myself and feeling very lonely, Meg’s story stuck with me. Fifteen years and many moves later, I still think of it and the benefit of belonging.
Years later, when Kris and I left New York (second time for me) for Greenwich’s greener pastures, I researched deeply into joining the Quakers, or Society of Friends. I fully admit to being wooed by Six Feet Under’s Nate/Maggie storyline but regardless, away from the (anonymous) energy of the city, I longed to join a community. Before I knew it we were in Bermuda, Arlo came and with him I was born into the Ex-Pat Stay-At-Home-Mothers Community and it was good. I still miss it.
There is a church directly outside our apartment. Her stained glass windows play backdrop to my daughter’s tormented slumber. I don’t even know what kind of church it is but I do know Sunday morning services are held in Spanish. Early.
Durga Puja is soon so that sent me googling for a local Bengali Association. Is that where we belong?
There is a loneliness that comes with being a stay-at-home-parent who moves around so much.
And they call you a robot.
I am looking forward to finding and contributing to a community here in Montreal. I’ve been told to get in and make friends by Halloween because after that people stay indoors. More than one person has told me this so the clock is ticking. SAHMs? Bloggers? Photographers? American Ex-Pats? I know there’s something for me/us and I will find you. ACCEPT ME!
Turns out Laura and I had the same thought but on different days, so this week’s PolarRico Parallelogram comes united in spirit but divided in timing. Check out Laura’s search for Community here.
Mostly Montreal Monday
It was a Sunday morning filled with bad decisions and hurt feelings so we decided it was best to get out of the house and sprinkle our sunshine around the Gay Village.
It was cold (47 degrees, oh Canada) and overcast and but I got some good photos. And that’s all I have to say about that.
Hello Friends. Happy Friday!
I saw this sign on the bike path along Lachine Canal and I couldn’t tell if it was real or a piece of art. It’s got to be art, right? No path is that squiggly.
I adore this tire cozy. I want one for myself. For my bike. Not for any spare tire I might be carrying around. Winter’s coming!
Arlo watching “Singing In The Rain” this dreary Thursday:
Arlo watching “Make ‘Em Laugh” this dreary Thursday:
What are you showing your kids that makes ‘em giggle? I’d love to hear.
When reading this new book at the dinner table, Farrah Star pointed to this character and said “DADA!” over and over:
This is what DADA actually looks like:
And from the Internet-At-Large:
When searching for “superhero window” decals for Arlo’s room, this popped up:
“Being a superhero isn’t easy, as college student Cody Davenport (a.k.a. Blue Diesel) soon learns. As cool as it is to have superhuman strength, such power makes it hard to get intimate with a regular guy. Lose control once and you could injure your partner for life. And after one too many disastrous attempts at physical pleasure, Cody decides that romance is not in his future.
I was hoping for more Green Lantern-superimposed-on-a-transparent-window film, but whatever. If you’re further intrigued, click the photo for the only customer review. I’ll give you a teaser: while reading it, he had to “pace” himself.
Which came first, their knits or their expressions?
Between starting S13 of Project Runway and following Fashion Week on NYMag’s The Cut, I am getting my creative tank filled on the daily. Even if you’re not a fashionista, you’ll enjoy this slideshow which highlights a LEGO bow tie, Blondes more GaGa than GaGa and Michael Kors killing it:
Happy Weekend out there!
We are two weeks in Montreal – two weeks of unpacking, furnishing, organizing and decorating. I’ll show you what I’ve accomplished, tell you what works, what doesn’t and how much it cost.
What Doesn’t Work:
Cost: $50 for Arlo’s new wall tracks
What Doesn’t Work:
Cost: $0. So far.
What Doesn’t Work:
If you’d like to know how to make these, first you’ll need a lot of cocaine and then a 2002 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. (Look! Now it’s also become a great conversation piece!)
Cost: $200 for used media shelving which is not pictured and $40 for a new tv mount which we don’t have yet.
The apartment is really lovely but it has the potential to be exceptional. My god, what I could create with shelving, wall treatments, window treatments …. wait. I need a cigarette. This is my renter’s lament. OMG. Renters Lament shall be the title of my new design blog! Garcon! Another cigarette!
At the end of the day I know how to add dimension to this space but I don’t want to do it – incorporate plants. I know they would go a long way for a little price but 1) I have cats, 2) I have kids and 3) I am the kind of person who would feel compelled to dust and then rub mayonaise on every leaf. And then I ask you who, just who exactly, would write this blog?
Thanks for being a nosey parker. Two Weeks In Our Kitchen and Tips for Getting It Done next time.
How do you get what you need when you don’t know where to go or what to say when you get there? Join Laura and I at this week’s PolarRico Parallelogram to find out – not that we have answers, mind you.