Friday, August 24, 2012

Finally, internet! And a clean apartment.

Due to some (ongoing) issues with the wireless router left by the last tenant, it's been a few days since I've had internet.  But I have completed my move to New York City!  Most of my stuff came up by UHaul truck a few weeks ago, and on Monday my mom, sister and I hauled three suitcases with everything else up on the train.  We spent the next two days sweeping, scrubbing, being totally grossed out, and organizing.  Most of the cleaning was done by Mom and T, because they're a lot more intense about it than I am.  And given how disgusting the kitchen and bathroom were when we got here, I'm very grateful. 

The kitchen is my favorite part about the apartment.  I'm 100% responsible for my own food for the first time in my life.  The cabinets aren't that spacious, but we added metal shelves for more storage space and a rolling cart with counterspace on top.  Jars of various dry goods are sitting out on the shelves making me happy.  Granted, I can't put much in my refrigerator right now because the gasket is old and won't seal, so dry and canned goods are really the only thing around.  And a few pieces of fruit that I bought at the farmer's market yesterday.  But, when I get my new refrigerator today, freezer cooking can commence for September.  I'm inordinately excited about that.

I'm very thankful to be living in university-owned housing. I can live close to the university but, while it's not cheap, my rent isn't sky-high and it includes utilities.  Also, my super and the maintenance guys are awesome.  I dropped a maintenance slip off on Tuesday night for the refrigerator gasket, a very dirty but out-of-reach light, a burnt-out but also out-of-reach light, and a couple of nasty ceiling patches. My super dropped by on Wednesday morning with another maintenance guy to see what was going on.  They were appalled, called in work orders for the fridge and ceiling along with new window grates, fixed both lights, and told me to submit a request for a new toilet seat because mine is old.  And I don't have to pay for any of it.  Except that I'm probably going to bake them cookies when I trust my refrigerator to hold dairy products.


  1. Steph,

    There is a small part of me that envies your fridge-less existence. I've toyed often with trying to do that on purpose (but of course my family rebels). There are a number of crunchy-granola types who have permantantely ditched the fridge as part of their lifestyle, in fact. Not that you need to, yourself, but if you check them out at least you might get some good ideas for surviving the next few days with no fridge and still eating fresh foods.

    1. I'm not sure I could do it for very long - I miss dairy a lot right now. And there's a lot more that you'd have to give up. I can't open a jar of jam, anything perishable would have to be used completely and immediately. No leftovers. If I had a back porch, I could see shutting it off in the wintertime and sticking things outside if need be.

      Having a farmer's market close yesterday was really helpful though - I could get veggies to cook last night without going far. In the spirit of honesty, I do have a few things (cheese, leftover rice, and chili) shoved in the back corner of the fridge and they're staying relatively cold. I bought the cheese thinking the new fridge would be here today, but my maintenance guy said it hasn't been delivered, so I think it won't be here until Monday. I'll let you know how I fare the rest of the weekend :)