It’s official! As of 2pm on Saturday we have the keys to our Brooklyn apartment! It was a jam-packed weekend including a lot of new apartment adventures, fun with friends and a perfect long run.
Our weekend started with a Saturday morning long run with Theodora. We spent four miles together, running down Summer Streets and over the Brooklyn Bridge before parting ways. She headed back towards home while Bo and I explored Brooklyn Bridge Park and finished our run near our new apartment.
We refueled with a sesame bagel and lox while driving to Randolph, New Jersey. The wine portion of our sea shipment was separated from our furniture due to FDA rules and customs. We figured we’d pick it up to ensure it wasn’t sitting in the heat.
As soon as we finished that adventure we made record time back to Brooklyn to meet our landlord for the key exchange. Oh yes, I’m still in my long run clothing 5 hours later.
We spent the afternoon in our back yard with paint samples and taking lots of before pictures of the apartment.
Saturday evening a few friends came by for beers and a preview of our place before the work of moving in begins.
We spent the rest of the evening sipping wine from our friend’s rooftop and dining on a delicious Summer meal including a corn Chorizo dish as well as grilled Branzino.
Instead of heading back to Manhattan we opted to sleep in our new apartment using a friend’s air mattress. If you need an air mattress, Bo and I are amazed at how wonderful this mattress worked!
After grabbing an iced coffee from our corner coffee shop, we found ourselves in line at Ikea 10 minutes before it opened, hoping to get in and out as quickly as possible. We had one goal – design and buy an Ikea Pax system for our office area. We had great success due to the very helpful staff and early hour.
Around 11:30 I left Bo, Russell and Meg with the mountain of Ikea boxes as Theodora and I headed out to New Jersey to shower Gia with love and laughter. I am so glad that I was able to see her and celebrate their good news. The party was perfect from the delicious food, super fun photo booth using the app Simple Booth Event Addition and hanging out with fellow NYC runner friends Meggie and Jocelyn. I’m also thankful that Theodora and Taylor Swift kept me company for the drive out to New Jersey.
The rest of the afternoon was spent laughing our way through new apartment adventures. We were a bit over-eager in thinking that we’d grill dinner only to realize minute by minute we were lacking key tools such as oven mits, tongs, matches, olive oil and just about anything else.
Multiple beers later we went to bed at the early hour of 9pm.
While the weekend was just a preview of the adventures we’ll have this entire week as we move into a new home, it felt amazing to go to bed smiling and knowing that we picked the right neighborhood and that we are surrounded by such wonderful friends and family members who are always willing to help!