Saturday, July 21, 2007

Crafts and a giant sofa are in the hizzy

Guess what my friend Kim S. made for Harlan before he moves south?

I love it so much, and the herringbone tweed is made from her father's old sport coat (which Joe says he wishes he could have). Kim was also sweet enough to save me a giant hunk of the Valrhona chocolate bread pudding she had just made. Did I mention Kim writes for Chocolatier magazine? I bet that job beats tempting as a receptionist (not that those are the only two options in the world for careers, but sometimes it kind of feels like it is to me). She also gave me a big pile of cardboard boxes that she helped me carry home while pushing Harlan in his stroller. I can't wait to join the car culture quite honestly (I'm getting a bio-diesel VW, don't worry).

If you wonder why I placed such a cute bunny on a pile of taped up boxes it's because every surface in my apartment is covered in boxes. Every surface that is, except for our giant sofa which had to be lifted up the side of the building with rope and pulled in through the window because the clearing at the top of the first flight isn't tall or wide enough for the couch to get around the corner and up the next flight. My cousin Lori used to own a furniture store out on the North Fork of Long Island and gave me the sofa because it had a bit of water damage on the back of it. The men that worked for her who drove the sofa into Brooklyn for me are a couple of real characters. Andy, who is a mildmannered and hulkish schizophrenic who married his Psychiatrist and had two healthy children with her, and Cleo, an extremely generous older Texan African-American who looks about 20 years younger than he is. Cleo is super muscular and short and has a thin moustache. He also enjoys wearing vintage ladies jewelry like enameled floral necklaces (three at a time), along with gold eye-liner and skin tight jeans with red pumps.

As soon as the two of them realized that the sofa would not fit around the corner at the top of the first flight of steps, Cleo insisted that he would go buy a rope and pull it up, because they hadn't driven the damn thing for four hours on the L.I.E. for nothing. Andy kept saying, "No way Cleo. No way" but Cleo was determined. As the two of them hoisted the sofa up the side of the building a small crowd gathered to watch on the sidewalk. Cleo pulled the rope and dripped with sweat while screaming at the onlookers, "Whatchew all lookin' at? This 'aint no damn picture show, keep moving 'fore I charge y'all!"

I placed a photo of the sofa on Freecycle and on Craiglist and received a few e-mails. The first was my favorite as the subject line read, "I wan your sof". Inside, the message just said to call the sender. I know I'm kind of old and not totally down with text messaging codes and what not, but is it really that difficult to type the extra t and a in the subject line? Needless to say I didn't call. None of the other e-mailers worked out (surprise surprise, an ad that says Free Sofa, Bring Rope didn't get great results) and so we have decided to leave the behemoth to my lovely landlord and his five foot nose hairs (have I not mentioned the nasal growth before? It's nightmare worthy so perhaps I have spared you all thus far). The best part is, Landlord will probably drag the sofa out the door and down the first flight of stairs before realizing that it won't fit around the sharp corner of the stairwell on the second floor. He will have to bring it back up and either get a chainsaw to cut it in half, or pay someone to get it out the window for him. I feel tempted to leave a note on the sofa that just says, "This is what you get for being a hostile a-hole to people who live on your property".

Guess what came in the mail to me today just in time?

The busy bees embroidery transfer, courtesy of the famous Floresita. She had an extra copy of the pattern and was generous enough to send it to me along with a very sweet note. I am such a fan of hers. If you don't know who she is, be sure to check out her flickr embroidery group, embroidery group blog, and vintage transfers blog, which has scans of many fantastic transfers for you to see or use. Needless to say, between the Amazing Dad Sport Coat Bunny and the free transfer in the mail, I scored big time.

Here is a gratuitous photo of me and Harlan taken this afternoon. I had to have a recent photo of myself to post an intro on the new meetup group I just joined in Austin. I'm hoping to meet other moms in my new hood to spend time with. I can't even believe how sad I am to leave all my Fort Greene mama pals. They have really been a bunch of lifesavers over the past 20 months, and the best part is, we would have all loved each other even if we didn't have children the same age. I can't imagine that I will be this lucky again.


Angelina said...

Ha! I've been wanting to see a recent picture of you. Which isn't fair since I don't want anyone to see recent pictures of me.

I don't envy you this whole huge move to the land of endless heat (although Austin is getting rain right now!) but you actually have friends there already and so it seems it will be a comfortable place for you to settle in. Especially once you find yourselves a house in the future. That will be the beginning of a great adventure.

I predict you'll find some new cool moms to hang out with. But it's always sad to leave good friends behind, especially ones you've been experiencing motherhood with side by side. I left my really good friend Chelsea in California and though we have great phone conversations and are still very close, I do miss being able to hang out with her and her two kids whom I've known since birth and who are like Max's siblings.

Anyway...when is the actual move day? And good for you about the couch!!!

floresita said...

I'm SO glad you got the transfers before your big move!!! I finally got myself to the post office on Friday ha ha did you see the date on the card?! :)

You two look fabulous, by the way!!! :)

Violette Crumble said...

Actual move day out of apt. is Tuesday 7/24 and out of NY is the 30th. We locked in the 24th with the movers when we thought we were buying the ranch house and closing on the 26th. Now we are getting a condo instead and closing on the 31st.

I have a few good pals still in Austin but I have to say that there is a certain quality to my friends here that I do not often find in people elsewhere. I don't know how to describe it exactly except that you Angelina would know what it is as well. Maybe it's a dry sense of humor and a particular perspective on the world. We'll see.

Flor- no problem on the better late than never mailing, I'm so happy to get it and loved your card. Thanks for the compliment too, but I feel like I always look lipless in pictures if I'm not wearing lipstick. Scary.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that story about the sofa. How can you leave a sofa with such history behind??? Good for you for your not-so-subtle message to your landlord.

Good luck with moving! Keep us updated on your new digs!

futuregirl said...

You guys are the cutest! Your hair is awesome. :) I just spent WAY too long looking at Floresita's site - great link. I hope you find another group of like-minded mommies. Austin's a cool town, right? :)

kim said...

So glad you like Wee Tweed! I'm just so sorry I mangled his behind.

Good to see you guys yesterday morn -- we'll miss you! It'll be very sad going to the playground knowing y'all won't be there :-( but we're looking forward to hearing all about your adventuring in Austin :-)

Frizz said...

I got your wonderful package and it's WAY too much for just a couple of stamps - FOR REAL!! My sis loves them. I blogged you a thanks. Now I owe you!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog, you have a way with words and I enjoy reading everyone of them.
Good luck on the move.

I agree put in the extra letters for christ's sake. How hard is it?
I don't even know how to make words shorter, that's how out of it I am.

Have a fantastic day. :) Bren

AnastasiaC said...

all the best with the move - very
Great pic of you & Harlan
FAB hair!