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Kitchen area makeover

Kitchen area makeover

Chris has wanted some order brought to our disorganized area outside of the kitchen for some time now. As for me, I was sort of fine with it. Sure, it looked kind of disheveled, but I was okay not spending any money to fix the issue. I have no problem dropping cash on DVDs or music or electrical gadgets (within reason), but update the house? Pshaw!

Chris wins. The kitchen area gets a makeover! We spent a lot of time coming up with cost effective and practical solutions for our little apartment. Here is what we bought and how it looks:

First–the kitchen before anything was in it:

Kitchen plain

Then, after living here for 7.5 months:

Kitchen full_1

Kitchen full_2

Okay. I admit it was a little ratty. We decided to start with IKEA shelves to hide the loose stuff:

Ikea shelves

Ikea shelves 2

Kim Ikea shelves

Ikea shelves w/o doors

ikea shelves w/doors

Isn’t that nice? Looks so put together! The next thing to do was to organize the bins. We went online and found some industrial shelves for a decent price at The Shelving Store:

Shelving

Chris getting ready to build

Kim assembling

Chris assessing

Chris assembling

Chris assembling 2

Kim bin_1

Kim bin_2

You may wonder why it looks like I’m the one doing all the heavy lifting. Well, I was. I wouldn’t let Chris lift anything.

Kim means business

Seriously. I wouldn’t let him. Not because I’m some sort of bully control freak, but Chris has a herniated disk in his back and SHOULDN’T lift heavy objects. He probably should refrain from lifting our chubby little 20lb kitty, too:

Matilda

Continuing on.

Look at how high those shelves are!

Kim reach up

Kim look up

Chris reaches up

Chris look up

Tower

Gee willikers!

It looks great, though. See for yourself:

Kitchen after_1

Kitchen after_2

Glorious!

What can we tackle next? ;)

George

George

We do a lot of cooking on our George Foreman grill:

Old George
Old George

We’ve had this one for a number of years now. It still works, but it is getting worn down and is a pain in the butt to clean (”I’ll make dinner and clean the whole kitchen if you’ll clean the grill …” “grumble grumble … okay”) so we decided to purchase a new one with removable plates to make that nasty cleanup much easier.

New George box
New George Box

New George
New George

Accessories
Accessories

Doesn’t that look sleek? All those nifty accessories, too (although I doubt I will use the muffin pan and lasagna pan). I cleaned it off and set it up for our chicken dinner last week. Our first and only thing cooked on the grill. You think I’m going to say it was a disaster, but it wasn’t. Not entirely.

Thing is, it did cook the chicken. It just blew itself out midway through, that’s all. When I was preheating the grill, I could smell something burning. Plastic, I thought. No. New grill smell? Not really. Chris and I could see smoke rising from the back, but we thought it was just burning off some manufacturer residue or something. I asked Chris if we should actually eat the chicken, and he thought it would be okay. We did, and gave some to kitty, too. We knew if anything was really wrong with it, she would be the one to tell us. She ate it, so all was good.

Back to the grill. In the middle of cooking, the lights on the grill went out (power, temperature). Chris asked why that was, and I told him I thought that meant that the grill was at the desired temperature. Not so. I think the grill got to be over the temperature we set it at and just shorted out. We let it cool off (it was crazy hot) and tried it again, but nothing happened. It was dead.

I called the manufacturer the next day to see about a replacement grill, which they agreed to. I would just need to write a letter, include the receipt, cut off the plug and send it in.

What? Cut off the plug? You mean I don’t have to trek down to the post office or UPS to send that thing back? AWESOME!

Cut the plug
Cutting the plug

Plug
Plug

THAT was easy. Now all we have to do is wait! :)

Supermoon 2011

Supermoon 2011

Chris (my wonderful husband) took some AMAZING pictures of the Supermoon and the city last night from our apartment window in Washington Heights/Hudson Heights:

Moon 3/19
Moon (March 19, 2011)

Moon over the city
Moon over the city

City
City

Fantastic job, Chris!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day… yesterday!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day… yesterday!

I meant to post this ON St. Patrick’s Day, but … you know how it goes. ;)

I happened to have the day off (I do every day) so I decided to go to the 250th NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade! I took lots of pictures, but I will only put a small chunk up here. I labeled them the best I could, but since I didn’t have someone writing down what I was taking pictures of and I couldn’t juggle the camera, iPhone, and a notebook all at once, I had to guess. I did find a Line of March, but there were so many entries to go through, I just got lost. Let me know if I’ve labelled them incorrectly!

031811plaza-hoteltime-warner-center-right-background.jpg
Plaza Hotel–I stood across Fifth Avenue facing this

Mary Higgins Clark
Grand Marshall, Mary Higgins Clark (author)

Marines
Marines

Army
Army 42nd Infantry Division

Crowd
Crowd

343 Firefighters
343 Firefighters

343 Firefighters flags
343 Firefighters with flags

Police commissioner Ray Kelley
New York Police Department (NYPD) Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (center)

NYPD band
NYPD band

NYPD & Youngster
NYPD & youngster

Air Force
Air Force

Birds
Birds

Ashwaubenon High School from WI
Ashwaubenon High School from Wisconsin

Ashwaubenon High School from WI_2
Ashwaubenon High School

Navy
Navy

Irish Dancers
Irish Dancers

Mayor Bloomberg
Mayor Bloomberg (center with flag, waving)

Taking a load off
Taking a load off

Three legged dog
Three legged dog

Equestrian Ladies & Gentlemen Aides
Equestrian Ladies & Gentlemen Aides

Cleanup crew
Cleanup crew (for the horses)

That says it all
That says it all!

How to water and repot a plant the Kim LoDuca way

How to water and repot a plant the Kim LoDuca way

First, you need a watering can:

Watering can

Be sure to place it ridiculously close to the sink to take up as much counter space as possible. Next, bring your heavy potted plant to the sink and balance it precariously on the little ledge in front of the sink while you attempt to move the watering can aside to make room on the counter for the plant and … whoops!

This is what the picture should have been (this was taken after the mess was cleaned up):

Watering can, plant

This is what I got instead:

Dirt

The whole thing fell into the sink, but I wasn’t concerned with taking a picture just then. I was concerned about poor Cindy (our plant’s name is Cindy) and how she took a header into the stainless steel.

Luckily, I just happened to have a large bag of soil on hand because I intended to repot her or at least add more soil to her pot. I guess the decision was made for me that day. Repot!

Cindy roots

Cindy in the process

Finished! She suffered some mild bruising (I noticed today), but otherwise she’s holding up well!

Cindy bruise

Cindy bruise2

Cindy potted

I’m not worried. She’s a tough chick, having moved all over the country with us!