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SED #1: how the other half lives

Someone (Juno?) is posting about something that's making her happy every day, for one month. It could be a little thing or a big thing. It's a good practice, and I honestly don't know how well I'll keep it up but I wanted to at least try.

As I mentioned earlier, my bathroom is a work-in-progress right now. We have a toilet, and of course we have a kitchen sink, but the rest of it is inoperable. It's much better than it was, and once the tiles have had a chance to set it will be done. But as a weekend got in the middle of the multi-day project, that means our shower is inoperable until the workers come back and put sealant on, come Monday. (Or Tuesday? I'm not sure if they'll be here on a bank holiday.) Wednesday night I took a shower by luck, not realizing the workers would be coming. It was late Thursday night before I realized I'd have to skip a second day since for some reason I really thought it was a one-day project. But yesterday I asked the super's wife what we should do about showers, and she said she'd give us keys to a vacant apartment on the other side of the building, provided we got them from her whenever we were done, cleaned up after ourselves, etc.

Feeling freshly showered again is nice, but somehow doing it in an empty apartment is doubly nice. There's something fresh and clean about the smell of paint and all that empty space - like being in a hotel room without your normal clutter. So, pictures.


1. This apartment looked out the back courtyard, where there are trees, and a clothes-line someone strung up. Strangely peaceful.



2. A rare sighting of the Marticus camerashyicus, reflected in the bathroom mirror post-shower. That's supposed to be a smile, though between a reflection and the cameraphone it looks more like a grimmace.



3. The chart showing what materials are recyclable and which should be thrown out like trash. Ours slid off and got kicked far behind the fridge years ago.



4. The view up the stairs back to my apartment. Their stairwell looks over the back of the bakery next door (mmmm, eclairs) whereas we have the kids' daycare center. I make cookies for the workers there sometimes, because I like baking but I am diabetic so should not have too many sweets in the house. This is NY, Bronx or no, so space is at a premium. The kids' outdoor play areas is on a set of tiered rooftops, and they have some very nice, colorful murals. Not nearly as nice as that back courtyard out your bedroom window, but it's something.

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dreamflower02
Oct. 7th, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)
What fun pictures! And you are really cute, but don't look at all like I was thinking of you in my head!

How neat that you make cookies for the daycare workers!
marta_bee
Oct. 7th, 2012 04:05 am (UTC)
Thanks, Barbara! Being called "cute" is such a complement - I've always been a bit heavy and so don't generally think that well of my physical appearance. It's not a major deal or anything; I just tend to downplay it with myself or think of myself as a geek or one of the boys rather than a cute girl.

I'm curious, though. How did you think I'd look? I'd like to know.

As for the cookies - I'm not a great cook at planning meals but love to play around with sweets. This way I get to give them a Friday treat, they get someone doing something nice for them (I know how hard it is to work in a thankless job), and I get to play around in the kitchen and feel like I'm doing a good deed. It works.
dreamflower02
Oct. 7th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
A little older looking and blonde, for some reason. Maybe a bit taller--I think it's the professor thing, I've probably been channeling some actress or other I've seen play an academic, though I can't think who at the moment, LOL! But you are cute!

But at least I've never had reason to confuse you with your default icon! It's amazing how many of my friends look like Pippin, Frodo, Sam or Merry, even though I KNOW better. I suppose some of my friends think I look like Gandalf; or maybe like Bag End?
ellynn_ithilwen
Oct. 7th, 2012 09:33 am (UTC)
It does look like a smile! :)

Are there parks and other green areas near your place?
marta_bee
Oct. 7th, 2012 09:59 am (UTC)
There are, but you have to go looking for them. There are a few patches of lawn with park benches and trees a few blocks away from me. On the other side of my school, you have the botanical gardens, where I sometimes ate lunch after teaching. I go to the world-class zoo that's about the same distance away in the other direction</a> more these days - I have season passes, and when I have to go into Manhattan, I'll often go there in the morning and head into town in the afternoon. And my school itself has a lot of green between the buildings.

Thing is, it's not sitting there outside my window like I had all growing out. It's something you "do," and while I love my city life, I do mention having green spaces around so effortlessly.

Btw, I saw on your comment at your journal that you're on FB, but I can't find you since I don't know your RL name. I understand you may want to keep that private. Can you either friend me, or email me privately with your name so I can friend you? Of course assuming you want to be friends there. My email is: mlaytonATfordhamDOTedu.
ellynn_ithilwen
Oct. 7th, 2012 10:19 am (UTC)
Of course I want to friend you there! ;) I sent you a friends request some half an hour ago - didn't you get it? I also sent you a note, because you won't recognize me by my RL name, so I wrote in the note "I am Ellynn Ithilwen". Just log in to FB, hopefully the message and the request were not lost.
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