HOUSE: Newburgh + Life + Health

Small things.

Just a few things…

→ I feel nice wearing magenta.

→ I’m feeling extra good about where I live lately, because we’ve finally started meeting more like-minded people nearby. It’s amazing how just meeting up with a new friend for coffee can make you feel a million times more positive about just about everything.

→ (Which makes me want to host dinner parties.) (And makes me miss Brooklyn a little bit less.)

→ The weather today is perfect. Sunny, cold, clear.

→ We have a new plumber coming this weekend to assess the bathroom situation (yes, it still looks like that) and see if maybe we can get going on the work that needs to be done. I didn’t mention it here before, but our previous plumber kind of just never showed up again after a certain point, and, well…it would be really nice to have a second bathroom.

→ That kind of work will take money, though, so it looks like we’re not going to be traveling to Sweden for Midsummer as I had been hoping. Another time!

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  • Reply mommy January 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    You look wonderful in magenta. You are so cute. Forget about the bathroom and go to Sweden instead. Dance around the midsummer pole. And meet us for coffee in Gamla Stan!

  • Reply Janelle January 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    That is one scary bathroom.

    I am always afraid of how much I will miss Brooklyn/New York when we leave.

  • Reply Kathy January 30, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Oh, I so feel your pain! It just sucks having to make decisions like that.

  • Reply nicole January 30, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    my inclination is to just tell you to do both and worry about paying it off later (and believe me, i’m not a supporter of credit debt, just a supporter of renovations AND travel). but i do understand the need to choose. we’re having to cut back on a lot of things this year due to our own renovations costing twice what we’d expected. my own travel fund will be redirected to other things this year that just doesn’t seem as fun on the surface.

    and those pastries shown on your neighborhood coffee shop’s site look divine! wish i could partake with you … perhaps someday.

  • Reply nathalie January 30, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Ciao Anna, this photo of you is really beautiful, really cool angle… I say go to Sweden too 🙂

  • Reply monique January 30, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Anna,
    I really feel you pain when I look at the photos of your bathroom situation. Just try to imagine it when it is all done. You will so happy! You can take bubble baths and read in the tub.

  • Reply reivilo February 1, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I agree: very nice in magenta.

  • Reply lesley February 2, 2008 at 10:37 am

    omg, the Vanishing Contractor. I have known several members of that species. sigh… And I’m a completely irresponsible debt-whore, so I say go to Sweden. Have you ever been? It’s one of the few places I have been in Europe and I loved it. So pretty and civilized! Great Italian food (seriously!) And a fabulous lemur collection in a little zoo in a park called, I think, Skaansen (in Stockholm). I would love to revisit Sweden and hit Iceland on the way. Only saw Iceland from the plane terminal and it looked like the moon!

  • Reply lesley February 2, 2008 at 10:39 am

    and you look lovely in magenta. 🙂

  • Reply joanna goddard February 12, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    It’s amazing how just meeting up with a new friend for coffee can make you feel a million times more positive about just about everything. ==

    i totally agree with this.

  • Reply Anna (a different one) February 18, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I totally understand your situation re: Sweden. I just had to pout extra money into a backyard fence, as per community requirements… which means I had to cancel my trip to Norway! I had a fjord cruise and Northern Lights expedition all planned out.

    From one Metro-area Anna to another.

  • Reply Marta Eleniak April 14, 2008 at 5:42 pm


    I came across your living room photo on Flickr which led to your blog because I was looking for inspiration for bringing back to life an old we are looking to buy by the sea in Bournemouth, UK. I was swanning around and just had to say how great I think the photo is of you, the magenta comment is cute and your observation on how meeting for coffee can make you feel so good has been a real trigger of inspiration to get on with moving into my new lifestyle remembering how great it always was and will be again meeting my pals who live by the sea for a coffee. Gave me a warm feeling inside. Thank you.

  • Reply Marta Eleniak April 14, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    p.s. I love what you have done with your house. Hey – if you did go to Sweden, pop over to the UK and give me some tips over coffee for our monster with potential.

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