Thursday, October 22, 2009

In Between Spaces

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Oh my, it has been a while hasn't it? Since I have been over here, gabbing about this and that. Suffice to say that a LOT as been going on. Yes, as much there has been absolutely nothing going on here! And even as I quickly send this post out, much is demanding my attention so I will make this brief -- We're moving!

This isn't a cross-country venture, and we aren't upgrading to that stately chateau with adjoining pig farm just yet. In fact, we are just moving across our little central business district, from one "village" to another. But it's a move nonetheless (a bigger place yay!!! with extra room and a real lobby and doorman!), requiring all the packing, sorting, sweating, and dust-inhalation that all moves entail. PLUS, the complete renovation of the new place. Hence the silence over here. And it heavies my heart to say it, but there will be more silence to follow as this will be my last night online in our wonderful, old, little flat. After this it's all up to our local broadband gods to get me safely online on the other side...where a mountain of unpacking await.

The big day is tomorrow, when, if all goes well, we will be sleeping in what will be our temporary home until the renovation is done (which should be done by early next year). I can't promise when I'll be back with food and photos (my oven will be packed up until we move to our new flat) but we will have to eat...so please check back if you are not too impatient. Our temporary home has a little two-burner and a small oven which I am sure I can convince to churn out something delicious!

Until then, I am a bundle of emotions -- excitement for this new phase in our lives (Home owners! Debt! Are we ready?? To finally grow up???), and a melancholy nostalgia for the life we are leaving behind (the fun and fancy-free, albeit a bit messy and disorganized, life of our first years of marriage). These old walls saw the makings of our foundation, and though a struggle at times (foundation-building is never easy if your building it to last), it was a big adventure...one that I wouldn't trade for all the truffles and foie in the world :) I will miss our little flat and all that we had here...

Time to cook has been sparse but I really needed to throw myself together a store of healthy snacking to help me through this move. This granola is just the thing...and easy to throw together between packing boxes.

But enough sighing! Onward and upwards I say! We are on to all sorts of different adventures and I hope to share some of them here at some point in the not too distant future. I don't know how long until I'll be able to sneak back in here...but I will be back! :) Hopefully with something good to eat! :)

24 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

All the best with the move!

That granola looks really tempting!

Cheers,

Rosa

Suzana said...

So happy for you, Joey! Wishing you a fast and smooth move. :)

Irene said...

Your fourth paragraph struck right to the heart. We bought a house almost 3 years ago and I cried all night before we moved feeling just the same way! My husband thought I was a little crazy as our new place is so much nicer in all kinds of ways! :) Now our house is just as dear to us, even more so, because it is the foundation of a new phase in our life. But I still am afraid of growing up and I try not to think about the mortgage. ;) Congratulations and all the best wishes for a wonderful, warm new home!

Anh said...

All the best for you my dear friend.

I am moving city at the end of the year as well... I understand your pain :(

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I wish you all the best with your move, dear Joey!

Joanie said...

I know what you mean Joey :)

I tell you this, "Marriage is a gift not an obligation." Since you are blessed with that gift I am pretty much sure you can jump on every hurdle :)

Gattina said...

Congrats, new home owner :D Hope everything goes smooth during the move. Hey, you will have a bigger kitchen or place for more beautiful food fotos :D

Anne said...

Good luck in your move! It sure is exciting to finally have a home which you can call your own. I would definitely be back everynow and then to check on your blog :-)

Ling said...

Joey,

All the very best with your move - and I promise you, there's nothing like being able to have your very own place. :)

Moody Food Reviews said...

Good luck on the move. Granola is the best!

Ana said...

Being new homeowners should make it all worthwhile! Enjoy the bittersweet feelings that come with it!

Ares download said...

Congrats on your relocation! Sounds wonderful, I hope it's your dreams come true. Come back to us soon, we miss your writing!

Manggy said...

I hope the new home is as beautiful as I imagine- and with a spankin new kitchen to boot ;)

Bron said...

How exciting! I hope it all goes smoothly for you Joey and you have a heap of fun organising the things in your new kitchen just the way you want it to be. xxx

Gourmet Traveller said...

From someone who has moved every two years or so, I know how stressful and overwhelming it can be. My advice is to get everything unpacked as quickly as you can so your new place becomes a home then you'll be fine. Good luck!

Marvin said...

Good luck with the move, joey. And try and enjoy the whole experience, growing up is fun;)

San Francisco Catering said...

Moving can be sad. I am definetly not planning on moving anytime soon because i have a San Francisco catering business and I kindof have to stay in SF

Bordeaux said...

How fun! I generally dislike moving, but now your move sounds so exciting to me. Good luck with all the logistics and setting up a new home for you two. I'm looking forward to hearing about the process and to what you will be preparing in the new abode.

ChichaJo said...

Thanks everyone for all your warm and kind wishes! We, and our haul, have safely arrived in our new home for the next 4 months or so :) It's only a temporary place until our actual "new home" is done with its renovations...both flats are in the same building, easier for me to check on what is going on ;) We have mostly unpacked, although there are still mounds of stuff to go through (I am a pack rat you see). The gas burner did not work at first but that's been fixed...so we are preparing our very first home-cooked meal here! Steak (c/o C) and sauteed broccoli with lots of onions (c/o moi) :) What a crazy past few days this has been! And today was no different what with meeting with contractor, interior designer, MOM, building administration, trying to get our laundry sorted...It never fails to amaze me though how doing something like caramelizing a whole lot of onions can make a whole day just melt away :)

Dhanggit said...

happy moving Joey!!

Jacob said...

ChichaJo, did you have to pay much rent for your temporary place??? I had the same problem, except I was fortunate enough to come home to a house full of water because the washer broke while I was catering in San Francisco. All the carpet and wood and walls were ruined =(

Shalum said...

God bless your family and the new home!:)

Paz said...

Congrats on your move.

Wishing you all the best,
Paz

ChichaJo said...

Thanks everyone!!! :)