Furniture sweet furniture!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Our furniture has arrived! Yay- our apartment really feels like home now. We've ordered some couches so once they arrive I’ll post some photos. Most things arrived last Monday – one day more and we would have been without our furniture for exactly three months! They called the previous Friday and said they’d had a cancellation and if I’d be home on the Monday. I very excitedly said "YES!" and the guy said he’d call back within the hour to confirm. Six hours later I missed his call and we were left wondering the whole weekend if they were coming or not…

On Monday after waiting and waiting, a few calls and a not-so-happy e-mail they confirmed that the delivery would be around 3:30pm. About 5 guys unloaded and unpacked everything mostly onto the floor. One piece of my step-chest (six lacquered pieces that fit together to form a staircase with storage space) and the ironing board was missing. I didn’t really mind about the board, but after eating bread for months after buying it as a poor uni student I was not too happy about the step chest… The guy said he’d check the depot the following morning and let me know if they found them.

I waited till about 10am the next morning before calling him and being told that “No, he’s not working that day and can I wait till Wednesday!” I got someone else’s number and didn’t feel so bad that I had woken him up… :-) Luckily they found both and they were safely delivered the same day. Our dining/ my working table also arrived so it looked a bit like a bomb had hit the place. Apart from a small amount of damage most things arrived safe and sound. The funny thing was that after waiting for our bed for so long I couldn’t sleep on Monday night (too busy thinking of all the organising I had to do) that I ended up sleeping on the fold-out couch! I’ve since had some lovely sleeps though… :-)

I’ve had two Spanish lessons and already feel like my head is going to explode! It’s supposed to be for people with very little or no Spanish but in two weeks they’ve already covered: the Spanish alphabet and pronunciation, phonemes and digraphs, where to put the emphasis in a word, greetings, questions, responses and goodbyes, verb conjugation, articles, nouns, gender and plurals! HELP!!! The lecturer said in the first class they have a high dropout rate, hmm…

Last Saturday Matt and I caught up with Sharee and Marty (currently living near Boston) and Kym and Wendy (Sharee’s brother and girlfriend visiting from Oz). They came to our apartment and then we headed out for some Latin at Bogota. Matt and I loved the breakfast but the dinner wasn’t quite as good. Unfortunately first Wendy and later Matt weren’t feeling well so we had a relatively early night. It was lovely to see some familiar faces, meet Marty and hear some Aussie accents!

Last Tuesday I went to a meet-up for designers and artists in Manhattan. It was the first meet-up for the group and about 40 people were supposed to attend. Only about 12 turned up but there were some really nice (and one or two very strange) people there and it was nice to hear what other people were up to. Hopefully we’ll meet again soon.

The weather has actually been pretty nice until yesterday and is not looking good for the next few days! At the moment (6:30pm) it is -8C outside and feels like -14C! Tomorrow’s forecast is -5/-10… It snowed a fair bit yesterday morning as I was walking Lulu back from the park and when going to the gym – dedication I say!

Matt had a pretty full-on time in Israel. They had the worst thunderstorms in 20 years and he was working crazy hours (6:30am till 1am following morning with the partner wanting more work completed by 9am that morning…) just as an example! Unfortunately/ fortunately his neck has gotten worse so he has been advised by his spine doc not to travel. He is gradually being taken off the project as he has to have physio, traction, injections, etc three times a week.

Some good news is that I am allowed to run a business on my visa and if I get approved for a “permission to accept work” permit. The bad news is that I’ll probably need to wait another 2 months before I get it and can begin the process of registering my name, etc. In the meantime I’ll find a studio to print, paint at home and start building some “stock”!

This weekend was a long-weekend. Saturday Matt and I went to the gym, walked Lulu and acted all domesticated doing things like hanging up paintings. Saturday night Verun, one of Matt’s work colleagues and friend came over and we went out for dinner. Unfortunately he has decided to go back to India. Kathryn, another work friend has also resigned, so Matt’s going to miss them.

On Sunday we went and explored Queens a bit. About 50 minutes and a few trains later we arrived at the Jackson Heights/ Roosevelt Avenue station. Roosevelt Avenue is supposed to have lots of good food; specifically food trucks and stalls. It definitely wasn’t “pretty” sightseeing bit it was interesting – lots of Spanish signs and interesting good and not-so-good smells… We decided to walk to a restaurant the Lonely Planet recommended. It was a loooong walk, but a good way to see the area. Luckily the walk was worth it – very yummy Mexican food at Tortilleria Nixtamal! Guacamole, tamales, pork, prawn and chorizo tacos and sincronizada meant we needed a stroll through Flushing Meadows Corona Park afterwards. I was very excited when I saw it on the menu so I also forced down some horchata – a cinnamon flavoured rice drink I loved in Mexico.

The park isn’t very exciting in winter, but it would be lovely in summer. It is very close to where they play the US Tennis Open in Flushing. The main claim to fame is the “Unisphere” – the world’s biggest globe. There’s also a small zoo, a very ugly function centre, some museums overlooking it and two lakes further down. We walked at least 10km exploring Queens so headed home for a well-deserved break for tummies and feet!

On Monday we had a mostly lazy day. We also headed back to one of the better pho places we have found - this time armed with our own concoction of chilli oil. Our care package hasn’t arrived yet from I Love Pho 264, but the oil definitely made it taste closer to home! We think we got a strange look or two through our chilli-teared eyes, but we were too happy to care!

My blog got suspended as they thought all the web links I posted was spam – but it’s all fixed now J Have a happy Australia Day – enjoy a cold beer and BBQ for us! I’ll be streaming Triple J’s hottest 100 to channel a bit of home…
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