Making A Home

This post is WAY overdue. So are a lot of posts…but the first term of grad school has really been a time suck. I’ve been missing my blogging outlets though, so hopefully I will have some time to catch up and get back into the blogging game soon! In my hiatus from blogging, Noah and I have moved to a wonderful apartment in Cambridge where we have what now feels a lot like a home! Crazy, huh?!?!

Moving itself was insane – we had a pretty full truck of things to move from storage in Vermont (thanks Paul and Eve!!) to our new apartment in Cambridge (the first picture below is Noah in the truck after we’d already unloaded a lot of stuff):

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Moving all the stuff out of the truck felt like a lot of work, but after everything was inside we realized the work had only begun! Where to put everything?!?!

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Slowly but surely, we started finding spots for everything, and Noah was a real star assembling and putting together all of our IKEA furniture:

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Unfortunately, our IKEA bed delivery couldn’t come until a few days until after we moved, so we had a few nights on an air mattress:

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We also discovered that moving takes approximately one gillion trips to Target:

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Probably the most eventful thing to occur during our move was the unfortunately-timed, mysterious activation of a deadlock in our front door to which there is no key. We had to wait for almost two hours to get in while the building manager sent someone who then eventually called a locksmith (pictured below) to let us in. At the time, it felt pretty frustrating because we were in the midst of moving things in from the van and trying to get to bed at a reasonable hour, but in hindsight it’s pretty silly and a good story!

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It was also a lot of fun to unpack and find all of our great stuff that had been in storage for a while when we were in Israel…such as our Dominion game collection!

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The last great moving success that I’ll mention was our fortuitous inheritance of this bike rack (please ignore the finger in the bottom of the picture frame…):

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When Noah and I visited the apartment as perspective buyers a couple months before moving in, we oohed and aahed at the bike rack in the former tenants foyer – it looked so cool and good at space saving! In between the time that we visited the apartment and moved in, we talked several times about how neat the rack was and how maybe we should try to buy one like it. Then, the night we moved in, after the locksmith extravaganza and an overall stressful day, we happened to notice some pieces of metal arranged in a weird way near the trashcan outside of the apartment building. On closer inspection….we realized that it was the disassembled bike rack! Miracle of miracles! Obviously, we excitedly gathered the pieces and reinstalled it in our foyer for our own purposes. YAY! All in all, a nice treat for a strenuous move-in day. 🙂

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Boston Highs and Lows

I’ve been in Boston nearly three weeks now, and – my – what a whirlwind it’s been. Here are some of the highs and lows…

High – finding an apartment!

After a relatively painless few days of apartment searching, Noah and I have our own place! We’re moving September 1. Yay!!! (side note: photo below is to trick you and is actually not of the apartment we’re moving to…)

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Low – stolen bike 😦

My beloved bicycle was stolen while it was locked to a bike rack and I was at dinner. Major bummer…but in optimistic spirits, this can become a high…

High – a new bike!

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I got a new, beautiful, Trek FX Disc 7.2. I love it. 🙂

High – exploring the city with Noah!

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One of the highlights of our explorations so far has been an architecture cruise on the Charles River with the Charles Riverboat Company. The cruise lasted about 90 minutes, and we got a Groupon deal for it so it was pretty cheap! We went up and down the Charles, getting some great views of the city skyline, learning about the prominent buildings and history of the city.

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High – a visit to Martha’s Vineyard 

We spent a lovely 5 days on Martha’s Vineyard with Noah’s family, and it was the perfect relaxing vacation – lots of reading, game playing, bike riding, and delicious fresh fish!

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Low – sleeping in too late!

I’ve been enjoying my lazy schedule a little too much and have been sleeping in! This has, unfortunately, meant that I haven’t been getting up in time to go to the November Project with the full group. I have, however, still been going to the Harvard Stadium once a week to run the steps on my own – my time has gradually been improving!

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High – learning the little things

One of the most fun things about moving to a new city is learning the little personality traits of the place. I’ve really enjoyed learning little things about Boston and its eccentricities. For example, we’ve seen some of these solar-powered Soofa benches that have been installed throughout Cambridge recently. The benches have hook-ups for you to charge your phone while you’re out around town!

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Here’s to many more “highs” during my Boston years. 🙂

Making a Home

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I’m in Jerusalem for a year of Jewish learning at Pardes, but moving to a new home – especially in a new country! – takes some adjustment to make things feel comfortable. Tomorrow, I will have been in Jerusalem for three weeks, and I’ve definitely started to feel at home.

Eating meals at home helps me to feel settled. On vacation, I’m usually eating out all the time, and while I plan to do plenty of eating out in Jerusalem, there’s something that feels comfortable and “I actually live here” about having meals at home. While I’ve gone out for a few meals with friends, I’ve mainly eaten from the comfort of my own kitchen. And the food has still been great!

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It’s been especially fun to eat at home since there continues to be so many fresh fruits and vegetables that I want to enjoy straight from the fruit stands.

This week: mango and kiwi!

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Taking all of my stuff out of bags and making sure that everything has a place in the apartment also was a big step for making the apartment homey. In some instances, this tooking getting a little creative. For example, I brought all my jewelry here in a ziplop bag (and then spent about 30 minutes getting it all untangled when I got here!). Earring trees don’t travel so well, so I had to find a solution for how to store my earrings while I”m here. The result: egg carton earring stand! 

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While I didn’t want to buy a new earring stand here and then feel compelled to fly it across the Atlantic later, there were some things that are worth buying…

…such as a new yoga mat! Having the mat has enabled me to do some yoga at home; I’ve done a few YouTube lessons by Lesley Fightmaster. Her last name might not sound very yogic, but her videos are a good workout and I’ve felt really rejuvenated afterwards.

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I’ve also visited the Pardes building a few times to get my bearings and see where I’m going to be studying for the year…so excited!

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and the most essential part to feeling at home here…

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LOOK WHO ARRIVED ON TUESDAY:

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Yay. 🙂 This is really starting to feel like home.