Monday, July 12, 2010

New apartment and comfort food

Bryce and I moved this weekend (yes, we're living in sin, don't tell Grandma Sally, please!) We lived in a 2 bedroom apartment for a year and we had ONE visitor, my parents. So we decided to save some cash and downsize to a 1 bedroom. 9 apartment visits later we found a perfect, charming apartment in Nuuanu. For those on the mainland, say it with me: New-Ew-On-Ew. Good job!

So this Saturday we rounded up our friends, got a moving truck, and paid them for their services in food. Bryce and I spent the rest of the weekend unpacking, cleaning the old apartment, rearranging furniture, shopping for shower curtains, and other boring household items, etc. As always, moving is exhausting.

New apartment - new kitchen. There are pros and cons to both kitchens, old and new.

PROs of the former apartment:
Upgrades - Stainless steel appliances & granite counter tops
Roomy enough for a 4 seater table

CONs of the former apartment:

Electric stove
3 drawers
Small in size
No dishwasher

PROs of the new apartment:

HUGE in size!
Gas stove

CONs of the new apartment:
Stove/oven awkwardly wedged in the corner
Still no dishwasher!
Island/bar is the only seating area - for 2, bar stools not included

We searched high and low for 24" bar stools, which are really called "counter" stools, with no success.

So last night, Sunday, we had our first real meal at our new home. I felt the need for some good old comfort food: spaghetti & meatballs :) I still have sauce frozen from the lasagna, so I defrosted that, got my hands dirty with some homemade meatballs, and made some spaghetti. (Our new neighbors already have already inquired - "What smells so good?!" Does that mean we have to invite them over?!)

Since we don't have anywhere to sit we had dinner on the couch and watched a movie (we also don't have cable yet, don't you LOVE moving!?)

Dinner was good! It definitely filled the comfort food craving. The movie, Brothers, made me ugly cry, though - good thing I was already done eating. NOT a chick flick.

Side note: The new apartment has a yard and an avocado tree! AWESOME! Our neighbor grows basil, tomatoes, and strawberries, so stay tuned!

Here's the dish:

Taken approximately 3 minutes later, before the movie even began, from the "dinner" aka tray, table:

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