Day two: Greenwich Village, Chelsea Market, and the High-line

The next day, we decided on a later start and took the subway over to Greenwich Village. It was a sunny cool spring day with a little wind, unlike the rainy day before. We walked over to Washington Square Park to see the Washington Arch the park view was amazing. We sat there for awhile just taking it in and people watching.

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Then we walked through Greenwich village, a neighborhood full of small artisanal stores, markets, restaurants, churches, gardens, and parks.

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After an enjoyable mid-morning walk we found our way to Chelsea Market. As an avid food network and travel channel watcher, this was a major destination. Even though it was a Tuesday afternoon, the place was packed with locals getting lunch.

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We first walked to Lucy’s Whey a small artisans cheese shop where we ended up buying two blue cheese, wedges including one made of goat milk, and one creamy goat milk wedge with black truffles in it.

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After exploring, we ended up getting in the very long line for Los Tacos No 1. The place everyone says to go for tacos. I got one pork carnitas and one carne asada taco both with everything on them and shared an Horchata with Luke. With minimal seating, many people were sitting on steps or leaning against a wall to eat. We were luck to find a small standing table at one corner of the market to enjoyed our street tacos.

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I know everyone swears they are the best, for me they were the best I’ve had in New York state, but I would say the were on par with most of what I’ve had in SoCal.

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To finish are afternoon snack-age we then walked a few blocks over to Artichoke’s Pizza where you can get a slice for 7 bucks. Although that may seem steep, these pieces of pizza were big enough to share, we order one slice of their classic artichoke alfredo and spinach pizza, they heated it up for us and sliced it in two; it was wonderful.

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We took our second lunch  up a set a stairs and onto the the High-line. The High-line was once a old rail line that has been changed into an outdoor walking park that covers most of Greenwich Village paralleling the water.

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In-spite of the crowd, we still found a semi- quiet spot to rest and eat. Then to work off our double lunch, we walked a good portion of the Highline, which provides a great view of the city.  It was a clear day and we could see blocks away: the cherry trees just beginning to blossom against the brick apartments and iron fire-scapes of the neighborhood.

 

It was a beautiful afternoon.

The Dishwasher

Yes we finally have an installed dishwasher! A big package was delivered from Lowes the day before Thanksgiving ready for us to install.

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Luke had spent a good amount of time cutting out a hole where the cupboards were previously in order to fit the new appliance.

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Then on Thanksgiving via skype Luke worked with is father to connect the plumbing and run the electricity. With a few minor adjustments  we were able to run a tester cycle to check for leaks and had a working dishwasher!

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Since then we have added the toe-kick board, some insulation for sound and finished off the wiring. Now all that is left is to replace a board on the side of the dishwasher that is stained the same color as the rest of the kitchen. As Luke says the “cosmetic” work.

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But until we find the right stain we have a working dishwasher. It has been an adjustment getting used to using this appliance. I have to remember to rinse dishes and put them in the dishwasher instead of letting them pile up in the sink. As you can see I was very happy to put our over-used dish drying rack in the trash pile!

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Unless I have a lot of baking we are only running the dishwasher every-other day. It has wonderful features such as a pre-steam that helps to get off all the sticky pieces of the food off the dishes. And of course my favorite is the heat dry so that I can take the dishes out and straight into the cupboards without any drying time. The silverware container comes out easily and so far even my big steel kitchen-aid mixer bowls fit perfectly in the bottom rack.

So far we are happy customers and proud of our first big project in our new house.

I’m Back

I’m back after my two month long hiatus from writing. It has been a very busy past two months trying to take on projects around the house, fighting car problems (yes still), adjusting to a still new job, among other things.

So here is an update:

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Moving: We moved into our new home moving van and all the weekend of our Anniversary October 11-12th. Fortunately we had the help of my brother and his wife who drove all the way from Tennessee to help us.

All of our larger items fit neatly into the moving truck with the help of some of Luke’s friends on Saturday afternoon. We were able to drive it all up to our new house in Wayland NY and unload the bed so our guest had somewhere to sleep at our new home that night.

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The next day; our anniversary, we unloaded the truck and returned it to Corning. That night we celebrated with a double date at Red Robin. The next day I was able to play tourist with my brother and his wife while Luke worked then Matt and Stina left in the evening. We were so grateful for their help and that they were around to take pictures even though we were distracted and in our moving clothes.

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Since moving into our home we have been unpacking boxes and creating a list for projects. We have gotten most of our boxes unpacked, done some cleaning, and got our new-to-us piano tuned. But some of our projects have been interrupted by weekends of taking both the CRV and the 300m in for repairs and maintenance which of course has been frustrating for both Luke and I.

Our first house project is a dishwasher! You may remember if you have read my blogs for awhile that I have been without a dishwasher for the past two years. For a couple that enjoys baking and cooking this has meant many sticky dishes filling the sink. With some time looking around we finally found a dishwasher we knew would be great for us. Then in the past weekend or two Luke has been cutting out a hole where cabinets used to be on the right side of our kitchen sink to fit in our dishwasher.

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We have been to Lowes several times to buy electrical wiring and piping for the installation with the guidance via Skype from Luke’s father who is in construction. The dishwasher is being delivered today (we hope) so our project for the Thanksgiving weekend is to get it installed. We will fill you in on progress with that soon!

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As for work: I am finally to the place in the semester where I am no longer creating new lesson plans, class activities, or worksheets. As any teacher will tell you the first time teaching a new course is always the hardest because you have to not only adjust to the routine and expectations but also create your own set of lesson plans and worksheets etc. for your students. Next semester will be much easier. But from now until December 12th all I have left is grading; which means more time to prepare for and enjoy the holidays.

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So that is a start to updating you on my absence the past two months. I hope to get back into a writing routine very soon. What have you been doing while I was gone?

 

Living without a dishwasher

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The sink and counter after a weekend of un-washed dishes

We had all of three days to find our new home this past November (no pressure). At the end of the weekend, sitting in Cracker Barrel we talked through our options and chose on our little 750 sq. ft. yellow rented home in Corning.

Jump forward to the week of Thanksgiving. As we started reacquainting ourselves with our new home, I asked Luke “um . . . where is the dishwasher?”. The answer: there is no dishwasher or garbage disposal! I guess it isn’t a huge surprise after seeing so many apartments and houses in a short weekend that we forgot that detail.

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So for the past five months I have learned to live without a dishwasher. At first Luke and I would wash the dishes together after a meal, giving us some time to talk. But then Luke’s work training ended and he wasn’t getting home at 4:30-5pm everynight. So both the cooking and dishwashing responsibilities were turned  over to me.

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Most days I am left in a cycle of : washing last night’s dishes, any dishes from Luke’s lunches or mine, any cutting boards etc. used to prep. dinner, and then I  decide whether to clean up the dinner dishes or leave them for the next day. This can equal to 3 loads of dishes! (Although Luke does notices (about once a week) when I need a break from the scrubbing and soapy hands.)

But I dread Mondays the most. Because often I  choose to take the weekend off and just rinse the dishes, leaving leaving them in the sink for the next week.

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Monday load

Because of this, I think differently about what defines a dirty dish: utensils, cups, or bowls may be used more than once  (if they are rinsed out) before being washed. And as much as I love making wonderful desserts and complicated sticky, saucy dishes, I do not like the mess that awaits afterward (neither are Luke or myself clean cooks/bakers).

One great help is my dish soap. I have already dry-skin and found that 2/3 loads of dishes a day was causing my skin to crack so I changed over to Palmolive soft touch and even then I need hand lotion.

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Even though I do not like doing so many dishes and digging out old food from the sink drain I realize this is merely an inconvenience. With some perspective I remember that many families of the world do not have dishwashers, garbage disposals, or even enough plates and utensils to let them pile up for a few days. I should be grateful I have a washing machine and dryer or clean water to drink, cook, and clean with.

So although we will probably double check for a dishwasher/garbage disposal for the next place we live, I will for now be grateful for clean water, hand lotion, my dish soap, and my dish rack.

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a rare picture of the dish rack “empty”

Do you have any complaints(tasks) that with some perspective could merely be inconveniences?