Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I cannot say it enough, I LOVE New York.
Now I was standing by the couch, where Sarah was. She's enjoying watching Transformers.
Here's the fun view from the eating area, into the kitchen.
Here's the view out of that window. Pretty much just buildings in construction phase, BUT there is that space where you can see the Hudson River. Every day when I come home from work the sun is setting and the sky is gorgeous and the water is shimmering. It lets a golden glow into the apartment and I love it. At night it's all lit up. One night I saw a cruise ship going by. That is the general direction of the Statue of Liberty and if those buildings weren't in the way we'd probably see her. (When I'm walking to the grocery store just a couple blocks I can get a shot of her.) That area of land you see on the other side of the water is New Jersey.
Now we're back at the front door. This is as if you'd just walked in and looked straight ahead.
Okay, let me state that our bedroom is totally crammed, totally thrown together, not cutesy at all. Nothing matches or even really fits (especially that black chair to your right that protrudes out.) But there's just no storage so we just make it work for now. ONE day I'll be able to afford my own place and fabulous matching, nice, everything. This picture was taken as if you walked in and are looking to your right. That's my bed, and general area.
This is taken from the other angle, standing in front of the closet. Sarah was in the middle of doing laundry, so don't judge her mess, haha. That window you see is actually pretend and doesn't go to anything. (Our building used to be an office building, and it's a law that every room must have a window so it's just for looks.) It's really great for sleeping because at any time of day the room is pitch black so you sleep pretty well, but it's rough getting up in the morning.
This was taken while I was sitting on my bed. Like I said, pretty cluttered. I do my best to find homes for things, but it's seriously difficult. Obviously I'm in dire need of Oprah's designer cutie-patootie Nate Berkus to do a makeover. No decorating skills + no space = my bedroom.
Now, we're back standing near the front door. If you turn to your left you'll see the other girl's rooms. This was originally one big bedroom, but that wall was built and it's converted into two. Betsy's room is the first, and as you can see you walk through it to get to Chelsie's room, and their bathroom is attached.
I hope you've enjoyed your trip through my apartment. Like I said, the decorating could use some help, but we're poor and living in Manhattan. Just takes some time. :) I absolutely love it. I'll post some pics of the neighborhood soon!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Steve thinks he's a hottie. We go back to 2003 so I can just laugh at him and tell him he's not, haha.
Yes, those are ladies' shorts they bought at DI.
Friday, October 26, 2007
The flying embers. Scary!
This one is from the side of their house. You can see the fire truck and then the house across the street is my parents'.
After seeing these photos I am convinced it was a miracle our houses were saved. I am so grateful for the fire fighters who came out, and all the neighbors who came together to help out.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
PS Di-this reminded me of your hilarious parenting antics....hahahahahahahhaha, I crack up just thinking about that story.
Brian took this standing on our side of the street. That is his family's house pictured.
She flies in on a red eye and gets here early Friday Nov 9. Luckily I only work half day that day, and then she'll be here till Tues morning! I'm so happy I work for a bank and get Monday off (go Veterans!) so we can play all weekend!!!!
Can't wait to see you Chels!!!!!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
You know that hypothetical question, "If your house is on fire and you have only one thing to grab, what would you get?" Not so hypothetical....
I actually don't know a ton, because the media coverage in NY isn't as detailed on the topic as I wish it was, so I'm going off of what I read online and hear from my family.
My mom called me yesterday after work saying they might have to evacuate, and asked what I wanted her to grab out of my room. My mind started rushing. I have no idea!! I did think of my scrapbooks, journal, and hope chest, which has many things of great sentimental value.
Portola Hills (my neighborhood) has only received orders to voluntarily evacuate, so a lot of people stayed home. I was worried, but kind of figured things would be okay.
This morning I couldn't get a hold of my mom and knew my dad was supposed to be on a flight to Texas, so I got in touch with my sister-in-law Elise. She and Jason live in San Diego so I wanted to get the update on them, and her parents who live in Oceanside. Her parents don't live too close to any open fields so they're okay, and Jason and Elise live in the middle of a city, and right next to the ocean, so they're in a great location. She said she'd heard from Jason, who heard from my mom, that she'd woken up in the middle of the night and my dad wasn't there. She found him across the street helping Tony Dominguez (our neighbor who's a fireman captain) and a bunch of other neighbors fight off fires. What?! I tried calling my dad to see if I could get him on the phone, and luckily I did.
He told me my mom had fallen asleep while they were watching the news, and he was just laying there, so he decided to go outside to see if he could help anyone. Tony had a fireman's hose at his house, so they were using that, as well as some other equipment, I really don't know all the details. There were many there, all trying to help each other out. The houses across the street from mine back up to a big canyon called Whiting Ranch. There is lots of dry brush, so it's not the best thing for fires. My dad said the flames were 75-100 yards away, and about 30 feet up in the air. There were firemen everywhere, and a fire engine about every fourth house. The firemen were directing my dad and the others how they could help. They assured them our homes weren't in danger, because the area leading up to the homes was clear of any shrubbery. My dad said that made everyone feel better, but they were still nervous as they watched the flying embers fly across the street and landing in their (very dry from the lack of rain) trees and grass. Everyone was hosing down their houses and yards, trying to just keep things wet.
My mom said there is so much ash falling, it's like it's snowing. My dad told me yesterday his eyes were burning all day, even though he was indoors, from all the smoke in the air. My brother Jason couldn't go to work yesterday or today because their office was closed.
This is pretty much all I know for now. Oh yeah, the fires in our area are 30% contained for now, and the Santa Ana winds changed to a north direction, which is away from our neighborhood, but it could always change back. Oh, and the most depressing thing, the fires by my house were caused by arson. I can't even think about it, it makes me so sick. I get so depressed looking at the pictures of peoples' homes engulfed in flames.
I hope you will all join me in prayers for everyone's safety, and for the fires to be diminished as soon as possible.
Thanks everyone for your concern.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Then, this morning I went to clean the church and then had Enrichment and came home to this little package from my adorable sister-in-law Elise! (Well, it was signed from Jason too, who I know cares about me, but let's be honest, I know Elise was the baker and sender of the cute package.) There was a yummy pumpkin loaf inside! It was so delish and held up perfectly across the 3000 mile trip to my apartment! It literally tasted like she'd just baked it! Thanks so much Elise!
Then, the mail came and my cute Grandma Hope sent me a Halloween card with $5. Love her for still thinking of me. What a doll.
PS Yes, I just realized my address is in the picture.....but I've already posted about my new apartment and where it was located...if you're going to stalk me you can deal with my doorman.