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I’m mooooooving. Finally. It’s been a great ride. Three years in my little home. You know, it’s kinda sad to be honest. As I’m cleaning out all of my crap this past weekend I realized how much one can collect in that amount of time … its pretty impressive. Scary, but impressive.  Because it made me weirdly nostalgic, mixed with some pride and sadness, I couldn’t help but write a little more creatively about my home as I meandered down memory lane this weekend…

           
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To my first, crap-hole-of-a-home:

 
  • Thank you for being old as dirt. The holes in my ceiling, walls and window were always full of (unwelcomed) surprises. It only took me 2 days to find the dead bird that you let in through the hole in my window, you’ve made me late for work trying to capture the bat that you let in from the hole in my closet, you gave me a beautifully, serene water-scape in my bedroom when my ceiling began to leak every time it rained and I never really saved on heating because you decided to break my radiator, causing my windows to stay open 24/7 throughout the last three (record-breaking) winters.
  • Thanks for never being too strict on the “rules” …. except that one time. The “20 minute parking – violators will be towed” sign was a great suggestion. Never was it a requirement. Until your tenants decided to be turds and stick hate notes on your car – “20 minutes is 20 minutes. Next time your cars getting towed” I’ve got sweet neighbors, really. 
  • Thanks for being (really) dog friendly. I enjoyed waking up and falling asleep to dogs barking and the literal mine-sweep of dog shit in the common area. Like I said, I’ve got sweet neighbors, really. 
  • Thank you for having paper-thin walls. Because of this, I never really felt lonely and felt like I always had roommates. I could hear every conversation and argument (I think I even started responding to a few). 
  • Thank you for my closet kitchen. How someone could manage to cook the way I did is beside me. To the times I’ve chopped food sitting on my kitchen floor, cheers and bon voyage!
  • Thank you for being hot as hell. No, literally, hell. You successfully melted a few bars of soap, warmed my towels and floors … and that’s putting it nicely. 
  • Thanks for making me a pigeon lady. I felt like the old lady from Home Alone. I’ve most definitely seen about 6 generations of pigeons outside of my window and I successfully scared the shit out of most. Fear tactics win. 
  • Thanks for making me strong. By rough calculations, I’ve walked 35.4 miles carrying 40 lbs worth of laundry and another 35.4 miles carrying groceries — to and from my car (across Harrison and Central Pk) and up four flights of stairs. 
  • Thanks for subduing my senses. The smells and sounds I’ve officially gone nose and ear-blind to are much appreciated. The noise of revving crotch rockets and ambulances has now become a welcomed lullaby song. 
  • Thanks for being technologically unequipped. You gave me ONE, single plug-in in my bedroom. You decided 8 plug-ins were necessary in my dinning and two were fine in my living room …. however, placing them near the cable jack was just too much to ask. Thanks for also making it impossible to get any sort of reception, I’ll forget about it since the complex wifi names were entertainment enough. (FBI van 1 & 2, DatAzz)
  • Thanks for the safety. Fighting a fire bare-handed would probably be safer than using the rusted-out fire-escape that was decorated with holes (but covered by rugs). Not to mention it leading to an alley straight out of west side story. 
But, most importantly thanks for being a home.
 
  • Your age had character and your issues allowed me to become handy and innovative
  • Your disgruntled tenants allowed me to see another side of people and combat their negativity with compliments and smiles
  • Your love for animals gave me patience and reinforced my feelings on never owning a pet 
  • Your paper thin walls gave me the chance to promise myself early that I’d never raise my voice or live in constant argument with my significant other
  • Your tiny kitchen promoted and supported a large imagination and created a place of warmth, tradition and good health.
  • Your ridiculous parking situation and lofty stairs made me not take things (like a washer/dryer and legs!) for granted
  • Your absence of effective technology gave me the chance to step away from a technological driven world and interact with real people, books and journaling. 
From the cracked walls, unwanted creatures and unique odds and ends this place provided, I still climbed into bed every night calling this place “home” and it will always have a special place in my heart. The laughs, tears, frustrations and successes that developed between these walls will forever live in warm memory and the less than perfect scenarios that caused frustrations will surely bring laughter and entertainment when I get to share them later on in life. 
Now that my creative writing exercise is over… What ya’ want: some chili. Fall’s finally here and nothing’s better than a good bowl of chili, a perfect latte, sweatpants and a high bun. Boom. #EveryGirlsNeeds
 
Paleo Chili Recipe:
Paleo Chili Recipe
Serves 8
Grain, gluten and dairy free. Full of good vegetables and hearty protein.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 28 oz can organic crushed tomatoes
  2. 1 10 oz can organic tomato sauce
  3. 2 diced zucchini
  4. 2 cups diced carrots
  5. 1 package diced mushrooms
  6. 1 diced onion
  7. 1 package organic, grassfed meat (i used turkey)
  8. 2 tsp him. sea salt
  9. 1 tbs chili powder
  10. 2 tsp. cumin
  11. 1 tsp garlic
  12. 1 tsp black pepper
  13. 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  14. -optional: avocado slices and cilantro
Instructions
  1. Place diced vegetables in a cast iron pan with 1 tbs olive oil
  2. Sauté vegetables until tender
  3. Add protein and sauté until brown and fully cooked through
  4. Pour tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes into pan. Mix evenly.
  5. Add in spices and mix to incorporate.
  6. Bring to a light simmer.
  7. Turn off heat.
  8. Serve and garnish with cilantro and sliced avocado.
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