Thursday, November 29, 2007

We Made It

Luke and I arrived in NYC this morning after an uneventful flight (my favorite kind). In Houston, we held the line up at security because we had the max allowance for carry-on baggage, meaning we had to push about 8 tubs through the x-ray scanner. At baggage claim in New York, we had 4 suitcases, 2 laptops, a duffel bag, and a small carry-on bag, plus I was holding boots and a down coat. We got stares from many people at the airport when we finally got a cart loaded down with everything, and I heard people whisper that we had "an awful lot of luggage". Yes, of course we had a lot of luggage - we're moving here!

Because of all of the luggage, a lady thought we might be an easy target for scalping on cab fare. She said she had a van taxi...did we want it...asked her how much, and for a 20 minute ride to Brooklyn, she was charging us double. I politely told her absolutely not and kept walking. I might look silly with my overpacking, but I'm not stupid.

So, right now I'm sitting in Yen's apartment, waiting for Luke to finish his work for the day so we can go grab dinner and head over to our interview for the apartment. I'm a little nervous about this! But, God has brought us this far, so I don't doubt that he'll provide a place to live. I'll give updates again when we get more settled.

And, exciting news - we got tickets to see Andrew Bird in concert tomorrow night. Not the greatest seats, but we'll be there at least. Our first New York experience. Unless of course we decide to go to the Christmas tree at Rockefeller tonight.

Monday, November 26, 2007

On Our Way!

Our official move date has arrived. We leave Austin tomorrow to go visit family in Houston, and then we fly out on Thursday for NYC. We interview with the apartment board Thursday evening, so please pray that we pass with flying colors, otherwise we're homeless. We'll find out the results on Friday, and then hopefully we can move in that day, but it will probably be Monday.

We'll send out our new address via email soon.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Going to the Chapel....

My sister Michelle married her sweetie, Nick, on Saturday. The wedding was beautiful, but it was definitely an eventful weekend. We had a couple medical scares...please pray for my Uncle Russ, who had a massive heart attack on Friday, just before the rehearsal. He's stable and doing much better, but they are keeping him in Houston at the hospital for the next week before sending him home to Virginia to be cared for by a doctor there.

To see pics of the weekend, go here. No pics of the ceremony, because both Luke and I had duties during the ceremony. But, once we get pics from the photographer, I'll post some highlights.

Monday, November 12, 2007

More Pics

A note about the videos: this cat will come up to you, lay down in the fetal position, and wait for you to spin her. Then you launch her across the floor, and she comes right back for more. It was the funniest thing.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Our New Apartment in NYC

Luke and I just got back last night from our apartment hunting trip in NYC. We flew into the city Tuesday evening, and found our apartment after only one day of hunting,
which was such a huge relief. My feet thanked me as well.

We stayed with my friend Yen, who I've known since high school. She lives out in Brooklyn, and her apartment is amazing. Thanks Yen for letting us crash there!

We spent all day Wednesday looking around Brooklyn, and saw a couple really great places. One apartment was so amazing that I was ready to sign right then and there, but my husband in all his wisdom reminded me that the neighborhood had nothing to offer and that we should keep looking. So we met up with a gal from Redeemer PCA in Manhattan, who is subletting her apartment. We loved it, and more importantly we loved the location, so we took it. It's tiny...just a little studio, but the kitchen is separate and the bathroom is a decent size.

And here's Luke standing in the middle of the main room. Told you it was small. Note: it does extend more than what you can see here, but not by much. I'm glad we really love each other, otherwise this space wouldn't work for us for long!

We're already planning how we're going to arrange our furniture, and we made a trip to Ikea today to look at a wall storage system, which will really utilize the vertical space. Or, see page 238 of your latest Ikea catalog.

We still have some paperwork to complete, and because it is a co-op, there is an approval process that could take a couple weeks. Please pray that we won't have to fly back up there for an interview, as that wasn't really in our budget. Also, please pray that everything is approved quickly.

We do get to take our dog Molly! We're so excited about this, because we really didn't want to give her up.

More about the building - there is a laundry center in the basement, which means I don't have to trudge through sleet and snow to have clean clothes every week. Yay! There is also a live-in super, in case anything breaks, plus there is a bike room and extra storage if needed. Our building is in the most amazing location ever. We have a movie theater 30 seconds away, plus 2nd Avenue to our right has tons of amazing restaurants. 2 blocks north of us is the subway, a Trader Joe's, a cool looking grocery store that does free delivery plus we can order groceries online, Whole Foods, awesome shopping, etc. We found a great restaurant for falafel nearby, and we tried some yummy Korean food here.

On Thursday we met up with a friend of mine from Baylor. We met Lynn at Lombardi's, which has the most amazing pizza ever. From there, Luke went to do some work, and Lynn and I traveled up to Central Park to look at the changing leaves.