Monthly Archives: August 2006

What did you think I would post about next?

What did you think I would post about next?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Close on eggs’ heels in the race of easy, delicious things to cook: chicken soup. No, not the Campbell’s kind. Dear reader, you’re a grown-up now, and your grown-up taste buds deserve better. Remember that cooking, like all of life’s arts, requires lots of practice, and lots of trial and error. Start basic, expect to…
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you’re learning to cook, it’s definitely the egg. Eggs are an easy, cheap, delicious, and nutritious thing to cook when you’re first starting out. You can scramble, boil, whip, poach, or even slurp them raw. Although that, technically, doesn’t count as cooking. When I was a kid, scrambled eggs were one of my top…
Crafts with Apartment #1

Crafts with Apartment #1

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I grew up on the gorgeous, if climatologically unpredictable shores of the Great Lakes. On those summer days when it was too chilly to swim, I’d occupy myself sifting through rocks. Fun, right? Right. I hauled myself back to the car at the end of the afternoon with my pockets full of rocks. Not just…
How to throw a bangin’ housewarming bash

How to throw a bangin’ housewarming bash

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
1) E-mail as many of your closest friends as you can fit comfortably in your digs. Ask them to let you know how many guests they will be bringing. 2) Remove all breakables from the rooms in which you’ll be hosting guests. If you live in a studio, put anything fragile in your kitchen cupboards,…
Why, oh why, oh wireless?

Why, oh why, oh wireless?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living in sunny SoCal, my monthly utility payments are satisfyingly low. The largest is by far my cable internet bill- approximately $40 a month, split with my roommate. I was reluctant, at first, to part with this extra dough for our own wireless- I have a laptop, and it’s easy enough to link to someone…
Apartment Beautiful: Wall Decoration

Apartment Beautiful: Wall Decoration

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
A couple of months ago I realized that I’d never gotten around to putting anything on my walls. So I set to work: I went to the Rose Bowl flea market in search of wall art. Flea markets, by the way, can be a great place to find antique furniture, decorations, or more random things…
Adventures in the Shower

Adventures in the Shower

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
There’s pretty much nothing I like less than cleaning the bathroom. There’s just too much room for nasty. So usually I do it as infrequently as possible. With two boys and I sharing one aging bathroom, though, it’s reached a severe level of gross on my homeland hygiene monitoring system. Red alert. Mental alarms sound.…
It’s a boy!

It’s a boy!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This last weekend, I had a welcome addition to my little two bedroom apartment: my boyfriend moved in. His lease had ended and rather than sign again for another year, he decided to join me, his lady love. My apartment is also closer to his office. Our living arrangement is a little awkward, actually, because…
Taking advantage of your new kitchen

Taking advantage of your new kitchen

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Consider this recent report in the New York Times Business section: “A twice-a-week kung pao chicken takeout habit can easily drain you of about $10,000 over 10 years.” And that’s if you just order in twice a week! Call for pizza a couple other nights and you might as well just set your savings on…