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The 1st Moving Update

My apologies for not posting in the past two weeks, but let me tell you: MOVING IS EXHAUSTING.

In the past two weeks, I’ve packed up my entire apartment (which may not seem like a lot since it’s a one-bedroom, but well…I am on my way to being a hoarder for sure).

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There wasn’t much room in my living room after we packed these boxes.IMAG0624This is the bedroom mostly packed up.Luckily, I had some help...Luckily, I had some help…

I’ve disconnected all the appropriate utilities. I’ve spent 10 hours in a car with two sedated kitties. I’ve signed a new lease, but am still waiting for my movers to bring my stuff down. (That stupid storm making its way across the country has caused a delay.) I’ve connected all new utilities.

And as of today, I have a North Carolina driver’s license again. I had to take the written test, which made me kind of (really) nervous. But I passed, so I can check that off the list.

Next up is car shopping. I’m leaning towards the 2013 Hyundai Accent (since my original car, the Toaster, was an accent). It’s a little overwhelming since I don’t really know what to ask for in a car anymore. The last time I went car shopping, they still had tape decks!

What do you all drive? Or suggest I buy?

(And I promise to start writing more posts with more substance soon!)

Birthday Celebrations

Aside from the bad news, my birthday celebrations went well.

Lunch at Tao was very tasty. It started with Satay of Chicken with Peanut Sauce, followed with Sesame Seared Tuna Salad and ended with a DIVINE TASTING Mango Sorbet covered in coconut milk and seasonal fruit. I would post photos, but uh… I was too busy eating it to stop and take photos.

The next day I had dinner with my friends Bee and Trish at 2 West at the Ritz Carlton. I started with a Roasted Beet & Blue Cheese Salad, followed by Petit Filet Mignon (with roasted fingerling potatoes, sauteed spinach and a pinot noir sauce), then ended with a thick butter cookie topped with raspberry and lime curd. Again… no photos. One day I’ll remember I need photos for my blog.)

Then Friday, I did the whole bar thing. But first, per birthday tradition, I went to Bark–my all-time favorite place in NYC. This year I took Brooke. (I also had Bark on my actual birthday. Did I mention it’s my favorite place?) After Bark, we headed out to Home Sweet  Home, where I met up with plenty of friends.

Now… many may disagree with me here, but I find birthdays (my birthdays specifically) to be incredibly awkward. I have friends from various circles and bringing them together is always tough. I try to make plenty of rounds to each little group, but I’m always worried someone isn’t having a good time. This makes  it a hard time for me to have a good time, too.

Overall, I think the night went well though. The bar played lots of 50s and 60s music, and we danced. I hope everyone had a good time!

Now that my birthweek is over, I’ve been planning my visit to Raleigh at the end of this week. I’ve narrowed my apartment search to about 5 different complexes. Things are getting real! More on that later though…