Thursday, June 15, 2006

House Beautiful

Eureka! Après une si longue absence, I at least have several good things to report, starting with the fact that my ♥ and I found a spectacular apartment in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago:

As of early July, we shall deliciously inhabit the whole top floor of this beautiful 1920s building—the fourth floor, though the architects went the European way and designated it as the third. Light pours in from all four sides, and the rooms are decently sized, including a smallish east-facing sunroom in the back and our matching pair of bedroom-sized His 'n' His workrooms/offices. Also delicious, at least in those precious months of un-winter: an entire half-lot of greenspace along the southern face of the building, wrapping around to the back, and complete with lovely flower gardens and (get this!) our building's very own gazebo. To wit, the view from the sidewalk:

Here ceases the self-satisfied slavering over our new digs, but since you all knew why I was away, I thought I'd at least follow up and declare the Chicago sojourn a very successful trip—to say nothing of some delightful socializing time with good friends in the area and with extremely friendly and inspiring colleagues from my new job. On a whim that I'm very glad to have followed, I expanded the trip into a veritable two-week vacation, returning from Chicago in time to grab a Greyhound from NYC to my old haunts in Ithaca, NY, and celebrating with a dear friend on the very day she became Dr. Dear Friend, Ph.D. (Congrats again, KDS!) Lots of lovely moments were shared with some of my favorite people in the world, and as someone who rarely takes vacations in the fullest sense of the word, I feel rested and re-connected and hugely energized by these last two weeks away.

The only downside was that I missed all the fuzzy and fond community of you, my internet buddies! I hope you've all been enjoying the onset of summer as much as I have, and I'm looking forward to catching up on lost time—beginning very soon with #51 on the Picked Flicks countdown. Given the new banner at the top of the blog, it's hardly a mystery as to what's on the way...


Blogger ANN said...

It's gorgeous! Can't wait to make a visit--you'll never get rid of me!

6:11 PM, June 15, 2006  
Blogger amanda said...

I love your new place and am glad you're back. The unreturned phone calls, unanswered emails...I was beginning not to like you.

6:48 PM, June 15, 2006  
Blogger Ali said...

Congrats, Nick. The place looks absolutely stunning! I'm so excited for you to begin your new career in Chicago.

2:36 PM, June 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous!! What a lovely place to call home. Way to go, Dr. Nick!

-Jocelyn G

11:32 AM, June 17, 2006  
Blogger Belle said...

And you didn't come and visit us why?
Glad you will be in such a lovely dwelling, I hope to see you even when Clementine is not in town...

10:51 PM, June 17, 2006  
Blogger par3182 said...

i was wondering where you disappeared to, and am so pleased you found such a lovely place to call home.

four flights of stairs? yikes (although it'll be an excellent butt workout)

2:44 AM, June 18, 2006  
Anonymous Jason Phillips said...

Hi Guys,

There are times in life when English fails to describe something adequately.

Son! Your crib is some straight baller ish! Hella tight!

7:46 AM, July 24, 2006  

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