Aliens in the Apple

Life in limbo

Franci 10 Mar 2014 Apartment living Education Funny things Kids NYC

Since the last time I posted, we’ve moved into our temporary apartment for the month of March, settled into a daily routine with homeschooling in the mornings, and all of us have gotten sick. New climate, new bugs — it was to be expected!

The apartment we’re in is nice and spacious, with 3 bedrooms and a big dining table where we spend a lot of time each day.

The best thing about this apartment would have to be the view. We can look out the living room window or our bedroom window, or go out on the porch and see Midtown Manhattan right across the river. It never gets old.

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The kids looking out the window, waiting for Ben to come home on the bus.

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However, while this place is very comfortable and meets all our needs, the interior decorating is not quite our style. I like art (though, not necessarily this painting), but I’m not sure that the size of this picture in the dining room is quite appropriate for the size of the room.

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There are a few more …interesting… pictures in our bedroom, which in the beginning I found a little intimidating, but now I don’t notice them anymore. Well, I manage to ignore them most of the time.

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There are many more glitzy decor touches that I just don’t quite go for:

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Mirrors on the beds. (??)

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Fake flowers are an abomination and should be banned from all existence on this earth.

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The house has all these attempts at glamour, and yet the maintenance is a bit shabby, like the chandelier with only a few working light bulbs.

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I’ve saved the best for last. In the dining room, there is a throne. Yes, a throne. I ceremoniously placed all our school books on it. We call it The Seat of Education.

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We started homeschooling in earnest last week. I’m using Rod and Staff for Esther, and the Logos 2nd Grade curriculum for Marica. So far I’m very happy with it. The workload seems good and the work is at just the right difficulty for both of them. I aim to be done by lunchtime every day so that they can use the afternoon for playing.

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We also have signed the lease for an apartment for a year, starting in April. We’ll be living in the Heights section of Jersey City in a 3-bedroom duplex. It has a great big open space downstairs which I hope to turn into a playroom/schoolroom, which will double as a guest room when we have guests. I look forward to settling in there — I’m getting a little tired of being in so many temporary places! We’ll post pictures of the new place when we’re there. :-)

Marica got some Lego this past weekend as a belated birthday present from me. We went to ToysRUs and got totally overwhelmed with the selection but she’s happy with the one we ended up with. Man, Lego is much cheaper here than in New Zealand!

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There is no plug for the bath, so the kids have been taking showers, and Laurelin’s been having baths in the kitchen sink. This cutie melts my heart, and has her sisters twisted around her little finger!

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Comments (8)

Hannah Holder 10 Mar 2014 at 6:17pm

Oh my! Love the one with the painting and a shocked Laurelin!

Laurel 10 Mar 2014 at 8:47pm

Amazing views!! Who needs any artwork with windows like that?

The paintings in the bedroom remind me of a holiday home we stayed at once - the tea towels were put to good use. :-)

Happy homeschooling too - glad things have gotten off to a good start. At least it gives some stability to have the same teacher in the midst of other shifts! Hendrik was pleased to see that Esther is using the same schoolwork books as he is.

lianahavelaar 10 Mar 2014 at 8:54pm

Love it all! Thanks for sharing. Lots of grins … good for my afternoon. :-)

Rick 10 Mar 2014 at 8:57pm

Who doesn’t want naked paintings in the dining room. And the throne carving is hilarious! awesome view though!

Franci 10 Mar 2014 at 9:16pm

Well, we had taken a couple of the bedroom ones off the wall, but then the landlord’s assistant was here one day and he was telling us how the Turkish family before us had put a red blanket over the big painting and how angry he was. He told them to take it off and respect the art. After that we put the things up again — didn’t want to incur his wrath! :-)

Lois Hoyt 11 Mar 2014 at 6:43am

The kitchen sink looks ready-made for a baby bath. I think it might have some design features that are more convenient than one of the modern shaped baths with so many ‘bonuses’ that one is hard put to know how best to use the bath.
What an interesting pretense of wealth and/or sophistication. As for pictures on the wall, you’ve answered my question before I asked, i.e., couldn’t you take some pictures down. Well, I’m not sure but what I’d cover up a few pictures (or take them down, depending on size) as soon as the man left and trust that you would get a forewarning before he visited again…. The tenant might not respect the art, but he doesn’t respect the tenant! Can they turf out a tenant (who is only on a month’s stay) for covering up a piece of art??? But it’s a good thing your time there is limited.

joanbee3 11 Mar 2014 at 11:50am

I see what you mean about the art and decor. Yuk! Thankfully you don’t have to stay there long, but the view of Manhatten is great!

evaholder 14 Mar 2014 at 5:22pm

This is a wonderful post. What a crazy house; thanks for the photos and glimpse of your surroundings and current routine.