My food station for my Rockwood Soy Candle Home Party. The menu included spinach dip, fresh veggies, turkey chili soup in bread bowls, chicken salad for sandwiches, fresh fruit and salsa dip/tortilla chips.
Ever notice everything always seem to happen all or nothing? Over this past weekend, I staged a Saturday afternoon get together opportunity for the lovely ladies in my life with a Rockwood Soy Candle party at my home. I spruced up the house, put on my hospitality hat and provided a nice selection of small eats for the ladies.
Little did I know when I planned the Rockwood Soy Candle Home Party back in January, that my daughter would decide to make a move into her own apartment on the same weekend. After having my Martha moment on Saturday, I then felt like the mailman when I traveled on Sunday to New York City to assist my daughter, Channing in moving into her own apartment. When I left Harrisburg, it was raining, then sleeting in Lebanon County then snowing in Northampton County, as I journeyed north west I drove into sunshine and warmer temperatures in New York City–so encouraging. I got there and delivered some help with my work hat on.
When I arrived, my daughter was organized and ready to go, I believe her living in such a small area in college prepared her to learn to live in very same places and thrive.
I rolled up my sleeves and broke in my fairly new Bass Weejuns while probably losing a few pounds going up and down the fifty-six steps to my daughter’s 4th floor apartment at the architecturally charming Cherokee apartments by the East River.
We all know that Manhattan is an island and the most populated of the five boroughs. For sure there is limited space, so the demand for time, services and your money is extremely competitive in every aspect of living in New York City. So many business opportunities compete for your business. Hiring a broker is the norm for quickly finding one an apartment in a desirable neighborhood. Hats off to realtor/broker Brent of Maz Group NY for being the consummate professional and locating a very suitable apartment on the Upper East Side. Job well done and thank you!
After my daughter, Channing received the keys to her new pad, we learned the hired movers are required to have liability insurance contract signed with leasing company in the event of any damage to their property. Interestingly enough, the moving company never mentioned this, no problem. Plan B! Plan B was to move anything left in the bedroom which included a bed set and room organizer to the 500 square footage common living space to make room for the new roommate scheduled to move in the next day. It was a beautiful day in New York City for a moving day, it was nearly 60 degrees, yes!
My thought process for the day included being moved in by 7:00 PM, nice dinner and our usual manicures that we routinely do when I come to NYC, our outfit of the day photos for this blog and ChanningintheCity then home by 10:00 PM. Not! We moved all that we could from the 500 square footage area to my car and to the new apartment up and down those fifty-six steps, not sure how many times. We laughed, we cried, we felt like the two stooges when we tried to maneuver the long storage containers through the doors and elevator at the new apartment.
Wanting to make sure Chan had what she needed, we motored over to The Bronx Terminal Market, a six story shopping center that stayed open late to go to Target and Home Depot, so conveniently located just sought of Yankee Stadium (next visit to The Bronx, Yankee Stadium). Next back to new pad to clean and hang curtains.
I didn’t get home until 3:00 AM but well worth it when you know your loved one is being set-up for success in a new environment and living space. I am thankful we are both resilient, driven, not beyond rolling up our sleeves, we make great team working, and determined to get the job done. Special thanks to Arianna to offer Channing a place to stay until she was entirely moved to her new location, thanks for the offer to me as well. Oh, and the movers finally did arrive late on Tuesday in less than 15 minutes everything done! Hallelujah!
All or nothing, right?