packing my bffs

In case you’re wondering what that big L on my forehead is, it might be because the 70-year-old lady in my gym class today was lifting heavier weights than me. Ah, the joys of being back at Square One. I get that I have to build up to where I was before my surgeries (i.e. the bootleg first surgery that didn’t work and the highly successful second one). It’s just hard not to be frustrated. But I know I can do this. For everyone out there struggling at your own Square One, we are in this together. What’s helping me is dedicating the entire summer to working out, cooking with lots of vegetables in my new kitchen, and buying plenty of the summer fruit I love from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, both of which are a three-minute walk from my new apartment. I’m moving in 10 days and cannot WAIT to start making fruit salads with watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, cherries, and all the berries. I love making the ones where you cut out half a watermelon and put all the fruit in there. All the colors!

Fruit salad

Moving on June 28 means that I’ve started packing. Can I just tell you how much I heart packing? So much that I had to force myself to not start packing like three months ago. Most people complain about packing which I totally understand, but dude. Freaking love. IT. Yesterday was devoted entirely to packing my books. Ten hours, a few breaks, and stacks of boxes later, I still wasn’t done. I’ve been selling some of my furniture on Craigslist. Craigslist was a brilliant idea, btw. This really nice guy bought my Workbench bookcases. He’s coming to pick them up tomorrow. Don’t worry – he’s not a weirdo. Parting with my beloved bookcases won’t be easy. But visions of my new glossy white built-in bookcases always soothe me.

I also sold my puffy chair on Craigslist. As soon as I posted the ad with a picture of him looking all puffy and comfortable, I immediately wanted to take it down. There could be a way to justify keeping him in addition to my new 11.5-foot sectional, right? Look how cute he sounded in the ad:

Pier 1 puffy chair

This big, puffy chair is so freaking comfortable. I hate to part with it, but I’m moving and will finally have room for a grownup couch.
Pier 1 chair, soft cream upholstery with dark wooden legs
35″ deep, 36″ wide
Very clean and looking for a good home 🙂

Oh, puffy chair. I makes me sad to part ways. We had lots of good times together. Thanks for the memories.

This really sweet girl from California bought my dresser. I decided to post my furniture at way lower prices than I could have because I wanted to offer good deals to some friendly neighbors. So I’m happy the dresser is going to her.

I’m surprised at these unexpected emotional attachments to furniture. Kind of like how attached I am to my books. People annoy me when they ask if I’m switching to a Kindle or whatever. My books are my friends. Some of them have been with me since I was a little girl. They’ve seen me through the hardest times in my life, have given me hope, and offer support whenever I need it. Books are my BFFs. When people scoff at my ginormous book collection I always want to ask them, “Would you put your BFFs in a Kindle?”

Yeah. I didn’t think so.

The last event of my book tour is coming up on the summer solstice! If you’re out on Long Island, I hope you can be there:

June 20, 2012 – 4:15pm
Merrick Library Annex
2369 Merrick Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566

This is a Beach Bag Book Club event with the lovely Elizabeth Eulberg. As if doing this event with her for the past two years on the summer solstice wasn’t awesome enough, there will be cake. With our book covers on it. Yay summer!