Snow!

It snowed today in Hoboken!  Completely caught me off guard, but I was excited because I got to test out my new toy… macro photography extension tubes.

Got this shot of a snowflake! I have others to post, but this is all I uploaded for now…

Super excited over it, I tried taking some pictures during the last snow, but it was really icy, and all the pictures were just white clumps.  We had a few hours of AMAZING large white fluffy snowflakes.  It was important that they floated nicely down, because when they go fast they get all twisted and messed up. Who knew snowflakes were so complicated?!

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Hoboken Lepre-Con 2013

Today was Hoboken’s Lepre-Con Day.  A few years back, sometime when we were living in Cali, Hoboken decided to cancel their St. Patty’s Day Parade in an effort to reduce the number of fun people/crazies/drunks who come into town once a year to party / trash the place.  The bars in town decided this was not cool and decided to instead organize what is now called Lepre-Con.  The town was still a big party, but NOTHING like what I remember.  I didn’t notice any people hanging out of windows/ off of roofs this year.  It was pretty much a lot of lines by the bars.

I walked around for a bit to see what was going on and took some snap shots.  Decide for yourself.

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Walking around

Walked with the baby to his playgroup today.  I decided to leave the stroller home and use the ergo.  I’m SO glad I did! the sidewalks were a mess.  glass and debris everywhere!

His group was in the heart of town, so it was my first time walking that way since the storm.  It was the first time I felt pretty scared in that area of town.  Lots of homeless garbage picking, and other people with pickups doing the same.  They were having a blast.  Definitely made me think twice about flea markets.  These people are totally going to resell the tossed furniture.  I did pass some objects that made me stop and go hmmmm. Like some giant wine barrels.  Those were really cool.  But a) where the heck am I going to put a giant wine barrel in a 1 bedroom condo, and b) it was covered in black sewer water… um, yea, so no thanks.  I also passed tons of Ikea furniture.  People love their Ikea Expedit  bookshelves!  side note – I’m using the 4 square one as a changing table in the bedroom, it’s awesome.  We also put a 4 tall one in the closet for the baby’s clothing.  It holds pretty much everything of his except the hanging stuff.

The building across from Ian’s old rental was a mess.  It seemed like everyone on the 1st floor lost everything.  I had to cross to the other side of the street because I couldn’t even pass.  The amount of debris was overwhelming, it was literally from against the building into the street. 

After the playgroup I passed by that way and they had the road blocked off and people sweeping up the street.  The sweeping kinda helped… it also makes everything a more consistant shade of grey/brown.

Baby was screaming his head off, he did NOT want to be in the ergo, so I took him out and carried him.  We stopped off at antique bakery for some whole wheat bread.  I’m so happy that place survived.  One of the last few places left in the country that still bakes bread over coal.  It’s really old school and I love it.

Later in the day I did my public duty and voted.  I took a walk down Garden street to get there.  I could not believe how bad it was.  I took a short video of my walk and posted it to youtube.  It was my first time using imovie.  I think I’m going to be hooked.  It’s no avid, but its the only video editing software on my laptop, so it wins.

Click here to see my You Tube video of walking down Garden Street.

Voting was easy, only about 3 people on line in front of me.  They had it in a different location then when I last lived in Hoboken, so I’m glad I double checked.  I was happy it was still not far from Empire coffee.  My voting ritual is vote, then go to Empire.

Hurricane Sandy- phone pics

Didn’t go out much today. Helped out some friends still without power and needed a warm place to visit and a hot shower. Its very sad walking around outside. There are tons of nice people handing out free food, but I refuse to take anything. I got my power back and it would be just wrong in my opinion. They are predicting a nor’easter this week. I’m ready to go back to Cali! I need to buy some snow boots ASAP. ( long rain boots wouldn’t hurt either) actually a canoe would have been pretty useful.
I never posted some of my phone pics from the storm. Here are some pics I took Monday afternoon, right before the storm. Everyone was out getting their last few minutes of walking outdoors in. We all knew the clock was ticking.

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Tuesday morning:
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Our communal charging station and microwave. This was our lifeline and sanity saver.
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Hurricane Sandy- Hoboken 2nd day outside

Today was my second day outside my building.  It is so nice to actually be able to walk outside.  The town is looking much better today.  Don’t get me wrong, it still has a long way to go, but I was impressed with the progress.  Tons of people handing out free food all over town to those in need.  Washington Street had a lot of food trucks lined up and down.  It wasn’t just Hobokenites that needed the food, but all those who came in to help.

Children’s playground with people waiting for hot meals in the background.

SO SO SO excited to see that the baby playground survived the storm:

 

Also happy my fav. Hoboken Coffee shop survived!Power, Heat & YARN!

The tape worked…

Grocery store using generator to help with lights…



Almost time

It’s getting really close to our move. Packrat container gets delivered TOMORROW! OMG! It looks like its going to be a real late night packing tonight. Local guys should be coming around 2p tomorrow to move our stuff into the box. I still have a closet that is untouched from packing!

I did something yesterday I never dreamed I would do. I donated my freezer stash of milk. I know…. I KNOW! I can list the vast comments going on across the web about this. Believe me, I thought of all of them. But, after you think about it for a while, you realize it is actually a really beautiful thing.

A little adopted baby girl who doesn’t handle formula well and thrives only on breast milk now gets all the same health benefits my baby got. 🙂

I’ll have to start a new stash in NJ, but this was a much better option than throwing it out and/or dealing with the craziness of trying to ship it. Shout out to Eats on Feets! I didn’t know this organization even existed and I might continue to make some donations in New Jersey.

Since we are on the food topic, here is a fun fortune cookie fortune I got this week! How appropriate!

Thnks fr th Mmrs

Last Saturday in Newport Beach.  It has been one busy week, and I slacked a bit on the blog.  I’ll try to be better… try 🙂

We had car #1 picked up by the shippers.  This car had to be shipped… no way we were going to attempt our 16 day adventure cross country with a baby and dog in a two door with no middle back seat.  That would have been asking for craziness.  Bye Bye car, hope to see you in New Jersey!

The apartment is getting filled up with boxes.  We are still trying to sell some of our furniture, hopefully we do sell it and its sooner than later because we really need the floor space for boxes.  

I’ve been procrastinating packing the outdoor stuff.  We sold our patio set so at least we won’t have to pack that up.  One thing I must take are my garden frogs.  I’m going to make room for these guys on our Hoboken Balcony. Hopefully next to some tomato and basil plants.  Gotta have fresh tomato and basil for the yummy mutz.  Flowers will be figured out later on.  We have our priorities. 😉

Doesn’t seem like we are going to make it to the Huntington Library Gardens… boo. 😦

We totally slacked on packing so there is no way.  Maybe next trip out here.  We are now going to be one of those who have vacation in Newport Beach, no more being locals.  But at least now we will be Hoboken and NYC locals 🙂

I’ve been getting excited about taking the path into the city with Gobo.  I am really missing the meatpacking district and chelsea market.  I’m also getting tired of driving and can’t wait to go back to walking everywhere.  Good think I’m getting tired of driving before we start a 16 day road trip. I’m guessing I’ll be whining on here about being in a car by… oh… 2 hours into the drive. Ha!

Ritz Laguna Niguel… Check!

Today was a pretty interesting day. Started of with the usual packing, which led into mass freecycle give aways. However, I loved how it ended.

We got to check visiting one last time to the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel off our list. We love that place. It has such a beautiful park off the ocean with lots of walking paths. We also like to crash their amenities and I get to feed Gobo inside on comfy couches. They have a lots of fun lounges inside, and it gives off a fancy cruise ship vibe.

Today we picked up dinner at In-N-Out burger and brought it to the Ritz… only the best at the Ritz 😉

I took the camera with me today and captured lots of fun pics.

This is the Ritz from the walking paths. Isn’t it beautiful?!? Maybe one day we will come back to visit and stay here…

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Ian and Gobo enjoying the moment… Gobo was having a blast watching the ocean. We love these chairs… super comfy!

We will go back to reality tomorrow and pack some more… sigh.

Whew! What a Day.

Wow, what a day! I knew the day was going to be interesting when it started off with my comb dropping into the toilet. (To whomever decided to build a closet over the toilet: not the brightest idea…. oh and note to self- order new comb from amazon…)

We got a call this afternoon that our neighbor wanted to take over our lease (our lease is up in August). We all signed the necessary paperwork and I’m glad her two little Hurricane Katrina rescue dogs will get to enjoy our sunny patio.

We also had this couple come look at our apartment later on in the day.  They were our CYA people (incase lady #1’s credit didn’t check out OK).  These people were the epitome of how not to look at an apartment.  Normally I wouldn’t talk bad about people, but its my blog, and they got me annoyed, so I’m going to, ha! 🙂

Firstly, they were 1 hour late… at dinner time… Those with a baby know how important dinner time is.  If dinner is late, the whole night is thrown off.  So I’m in the kitchen finishing off the soup (yay soup!).  The guy comes in and starts opening up the cabinets. Now ok, I get it, you want to make sure that its a cabinet and not some weird facade.

Great, coffee mugs! Mazel Tov! You found my coffee mugs!

Good job, you found them, its a real cabinet, now move along, don’t you have more important things to look at?

So a normal person would be like, OK, I bothered this nice lady making soup and taking care of her baby while her husband explains how nice it is here, let me back away from the counter and leave.

Nope! No such luck.  He then decides to lean over where the chicken is sitting, waiting for me to cut up, and open up the rest of the cabinets.

He found my plates. Good job.

At this point I’m giving him evil looks and plotting all the clever things to do if he moves 1 inch closer to my chicken.

I think he got the hint and left.  whew, chicken saved.  I found out after they left that Ian was also getting pretty nervous about his close proximity to the chicken and coming up with his own methods of intercepting the guy.

I could go on and on about this people. But I’ll spare you and just say they put in WAY too much work for a 3 month rental.  I’m curious how much of it was the guy showing of to his girl because it was their first place together, and how much of it was simply because he was just a dork.

Other happenings of the day were my beginning of a breakdown that I was leaving my plants.  I didn’t even know I cared about my plants!  I’m still in shock that I care.  But I guess it makes sense, I have had them for about 2 1/2 years, and they are still alive (yay!), so I must be doing something right.  In fact, I just started to water them again this month (Ian took over when I was in my ready to pop mode of pregnancy).  We found a home for my succulent, so I’m happy about that.  The lady taking over my apartment is taking my lemon and lime trees. I hope she doesn’t kill them, she did make me nervous talking about her history with killing plants, but they are way to heavy to move, sigh.  I’m also going to leave my aloe plant b/c it’s been happy as an outside plant, and really, you have to try really hard to kill this thing.  It’s a pretty forgiving plant.

My butterfly bushes still need a home. I might try fed-ex’ing them, I know they can live in NJ. Its just a matter of them living getting transported to NJ.  Ian has some other people to offer them up to first.

I took the camera out today and caught a quick picture of a little snail on the butterfly bush pot and some water droplets on my succulent.  I love how the succulents catch the water. I’m going to have to find some NJ friendly versions.

We also built our first boxes for the move.  First thing to get packed up was DS’s swing (I really need to come up with a better blog name for him… suggestions welcome)

He has outgrown it and its kinda funny setting him up in it.  I can picture the song Memories playing in his head as he looks at the spinning birds. He’s like “oooooh, I remember this from when I was a little boy….”.

He doesn’t last more than two minutes in it, sigh.

Time to get serious about moving

We have about two weeks left… AH!! If you were to come into our apartment, ignoring the recycling center of broken down boxes, you would never be able to tell that we were moving.  I feel that we are just going to throw everything into boxes at the last second and sort it all our in New Jersey.  Hmm… that sounds pretty good actually…

Car #1 gets picked up next Wednesday to get shipped.  That is going to be weird.  When I found that out my first thought was, Oh-Em-GEEE! how am I going to get to the nail salon?!?!… Second thought was, H*ly Cr*p! We need to pack.

Going to try to make more soup tomorrow (erm, today.. it is 1:12am).  I can’t believe I’m going to have 16 days of no cooking.. actually, its going to be longer than that.  I have to pack my pots/dishes at some point…

That’s right, 16 days. We reduced the trip by 1 day.  Sorry Elvis, you didn’t make the cut on this trip.  We did get to throw in one stop that deals with a musician… SUPER SUPER excited about this stop. I won’t give it away on here, just saying we are SUPER excited!! If you know us in real life you probably could figure it out. I’m going to try to keep our stops a surprise on here. 🙂

Did I mention how excited we were for this musician themed stop?