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25 Days Till

Today is twenty-five days until we load our truck. We got home from Esopus around four o’clock, dropped our stuff and headed out to scour the neighborhood for boxes. Between the corner pharmacy, the corner market and someone’s trash pile, we got us enough boxes to last through the whole dang weekend!

So now we’ve made a slightly obvious dent in the packing. I have decided it will be fun to do periodic updates, so all my Internet friends can see how the move is progressing, and so those of you who are so eagerly awaiting my return to Los Angeles (all twenty-eight of you) (what? I have an enormous family) can see how things are coming along.

There will be pictures.

living room 25 till

I loathe my little point-and-shoot camera, fantasize nightly about something decent with changeable lenses and a speed that allows for shooting in low-light without a flash, I have no idea what kind of camera that would be, but it would probably be able to perform magic compared to what my little Olympus does. These pictures are the way they are because I hate flashes and would rather post something that’s fuzzy and orange than something that has flash beams bouncing off of every surface.

We love this room. We really, really, really love this room. When we first moved in we thought we’d rent it out, someone could close the french doors and have complete privacy, you’d be surprised what people will rent in the city. But soon we were too much in love with this room. It’s been our multi-purpose room, our art studio/living space. This was the room where Michael discovered his love of painting, and where he started carving in wood. That coffee table is where we’ve curled up on blue sword-fish cushions for family dinner every night. It’s also where I spent most of my time writing. I love the space, all that room to stretch out and practice yoga in. And all the sun, perfect for our tiny urban garden.

living 2 25 till

This room has held so much happiness — this apartment gave us our first sense of home since we moved to the city. Even full of boxes and half-blank walls, it still feels like home. Which is probably because home isn’t the stuff that makes up a room, it’s the people we share the room with.


We’ve still got a long ways to go, packing wise. We haven’t even touched the kitchen, except to start emptying some of the cabinets and carrying their contents into the living room. Why? I don’t f-ing know you guys, I was getting tired. That’s when we decided to call it night and stuff our face with some of Mike’s Famous Fancied Pizza. Read more for Mike’s recipe for Mike’s Famous Fancied Pizza!

Recipe for Mike’s Famous Fancied Pizza

Prep time: 15-20 minutes

Bake time: Read the back of your pizza box

1 frozen or pre-prepared cheese pizza

whatever else is in your pantry/freezer/refridgerator. We often find the following items work great:

left-over chicken

cheddar cheese

ground beef or turkey

sandwich peppers



whole cloves of garlic

garlic scapes

any vegetable, really

fresh tomatoes

canned pineapple

fresh herbs

Simply chop up all the ingredients that need chopping, apply all ingredients liberally to the top of the pizza, grate a thick layer of cheddar all over the top of the pizza and bake it for as long as the instructions on the back of the box tell you to. Voila!

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  • Kim

    HA! I make my own version of Mike’s pizza – I call it “What’s in My Kitchen Pizza: The Lazy Version” 🙂 I make it frequently. In fact, I try to always keep a Trader Joe’s 4 cheese frozen pizza on hand in case of dinner/pizza emergency.

    When you move to CA, please come visit us up north. I would love to take you guys out to our favorite gastropub, from which we have just returned from a 3 hour excursion of beer and fine dining, and yes, I am quite drunk.

    And thank you for this post. After this weekend (when we are supposedly going to do The Big Packing Push, you know, since we move IN A WEEK), I’m planning to do one very similar.


  • Kim

    I’m not sure if I subscribed by email, so I’m submitting one more comment just to be sure. This is how you can tell I’ve been drinking. But don’t worry; I am never too drunk to use correct grammar and punctuation!

    • I love you!! When I am drunk I typas; sordk tof like thissmdm. But I’m not drunk, I just woke up and am drinking my morning coffee and I loved your comments.

      We absolutely want to come visit! How do you feel about dogs? 😉

      • Kim

        We like doggies, though I don’t think our apartment can take them. There IS a lovely lake 1 block away for walking around with dogs though 🙂

  • ‘Cita

    Blimey! Where will we put our suitcases?

    • Hm. We’ll have to work on that.

  • I had no idea you were moving to Los Angeles- shows how much I pay attention. Welcome back!

    Nerdy camera stuff follows.
    Getting clearer shots out of your camera:
    See if you can adjust the ISO. Bigger ISO=faster camera=less motion blur. The tradeoff is an increase in graininess. You could also use a tripod. A full size tripod is a pain in the neck to carry around. However,a cheesy string tripod (which technically isn’t a tripod, but that’s what people call it) will fit in your pocket, allow good mobility while framing shots, and significantly reduce motion blur. Ridiculously easy instructions for making a string tripod: . I’m imagining you crocheting a little carrying bag so you can keep the tripod in your purse without getting stuff dirty.

    Getting a new camera:
    If you decide to get a fancy-shmancy DSLR, your best bet is to go with some sort of Nikon, but only because Ty’s got lenses you could play with. If you don’t care about that, then look at the Canon cameras as well. I’ve got a Nikon D5000 that I love, and Ty & Kirsten both have my previous camera, the D40. Mike’s got the fancier, shmancier D700 (yes, the numbering makes no sense).

    Some things to remember about a DSLR:
    The lenses are usually better than point & shoot cameras, but the cost for that is size. You can’t stuff your DSLR in your jacket pocket (unless you have a very roomy jacket).
    The lenses usually don’t have the same zoom range as a pocket camera, which means you’ll have to be in a much narrower range of positions to frame your shot. I could not have taken the shots you took of your room with the lens I normally use.

    • Frost

      Dude! Super helpful! Thank you!

      We’re a ways away from being able to buy a new camera — I’ve been talking about it for years, I know, but it’s still a ways away. Is that even a real phrase? “A ways away.”

      I am going to try your tips for getting better shots out of my point-and-shoot. And I can’t wait to make a string tripod! So excited!