Phew! We made it!
We moved into our new place on July 1 and now, instead of there being barricades of boxes and bins everywhere, we have actual pathways through the apartment. In typical Butler fashion, we've encountered small glitches at every turn: I have way too many kitchen gadgets and not enough drawers. Curtains are hung, but the rods aren't right. Our bookcase extravaganza is up but J. nailed some of the shelves on backwards (fixed now), and the special bracket that creates the corner combination unit is out of stock at IKEA until the twelfth of probably never. So the shelves aren't quite aligned but, hey, that hasn't stopped me from loading them up with books.
We're still getting to know the lay of the land. The new crib is a spacious garden apartment that is slightly smaller than our previous house. It has more usable patio space, bigger bedrooms, a bigger garden, its own entrance, and has central heat and AC. (Score!) It also has a pool which we have been visiting everyday. It is a six minute walk to the heart of downtown, and since we spend lots of time there, especially on Friday nights, we wanted to be within walking distance. We are city folk through-and-through.
The downside is that I lose the room that was my office, but I'm getting creative about that by seeking out a cool coworking space. And we're making up for not having an extra bathroom by getting cable and HBO. Yes, our no cable experiment lasted about a year and half and it was great, especially for the girls. But, truth be told, I really miss my HBO shows, so if I have to wait my turn to use the can, at least I can be watching True Blood or Bill Maher.
The upside, the big BIG upside to all of this is the amount of money we are saving. As I have mentioned before, I just started a company with two amazing partners and one incredible corporate attorney...
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Anyway, as I was saying, living more cheaply will, in turn, allow me to pursue my passion and follow my dreams. We're all self-funding our venture and every bit helps. Is it weird to be almost 40 and moving back into an apartment when most people my age (and especially in this town) seem to live in ginormous, newly-constructed homes paid for with "my start-up went public" cash? No! We've always marched to the beat of our own drummers. Being here feels—and I don't know how else to say it—really good. Being free-er and living more simply makes me feel like I can devote my time and energy to Clever Girls and still have time left over for my family. (Plus, the day we moved in we needed to have the bathtub drain looked at, the dryer's gas line repaired, and a new cable line run and we didn't have to pay for ANY OF IT!)
The kitchen in the new place is smaller than in our previous house, but it's tidy and functional. I broke it in the morning after we moved in making scrambled eggs and toasted bagels for the girls, but tonight I made a proper dinner. Here it is as well as my plans for the week.
- Monday—prosciutto and chicken tortelloni from Sigona's Farmer's Market with a simple tomato-butter-garlic sauce and plenty of pecorino cheese, a salad of baby greens, baby arugula, cooked farro, edamame, tomatoes, corn, and blue cheese tossed with vinaigrette.
- Tuesday—(going to see the King Tut exhibit at the DeYoung for Bunny's birthday [she loves everything about Egypt and mummies thanks to Scooby Doo], will probably eat dinner in San Francisco)
- Wednesday—Rosemary and lemon roast chicken, mozzarella pearls with tomatoes and basil
- Thursday—Pot roast (from the freezer), green salad, and rice
- Friday—I'm going to a concert so J. and the girls will probably eat pizza.
- Saturday—not sure yet
- Sunday—something for the grill depending on what looks good at the Farmer's market
It's good to be moved in...and it's good to be back here, too.
How've YOU been?