{House} Roll with It

I believe my apartment’s bathroom is original, which means it’s from the late forties. This also means some things don’t work in the modern age, such as the built-in toilet paper roll holder. Today’s rolls are larger than they were, and brand new rolls are squished in so tight that they can’t move.

I needed a toilet paper roll extender! I swear I had looked for them in stores and online when I first moved in, but couldn’t find any. It came up in conversation with some friends the other day that I needed one and couldn’t find it. A few days later, I had a weird housewarming gift.

It was quite easy to install (remove the old one, put TP on the new one, and replace).

It’s still not perfect, but much better than before! It only has to last a few years, because (spoiler alert) the bathroom will be redone at some point in the near future.

{Hannah} Europe Trip 2017: Berlin

The final stop on my European adventure was Berlin! A friend has been traveling the world for almost a year, and he made it known he’d be in Berlin for two months and would appreciate visitors. So I visited!

The first day, I tried flammkuchen, which is kind of like a pizza. Then we went to the DDR museum, and wandered around that area, passing by an old synagogue, eating at a great Chinese restaurant, and trying various beers at two of his favorite bars.

There were a lot of stolpersteins in Berlin–the little plaques in the ground that indicate a victim of the Holocaust had lived or worked there. These were the first two we happened upon while I was there.

Two relatives were deported on November 29, 1942, and murdered in Auschwitz

I had the mornings free to myself, so I spent the first morning wandering around the most famous sites. The first stop was the Brandenburger Tor and Pariser Platz.

I continued through past the Holocaust Memorial…

berlin germany holocaust memorial

…then onto Potsdamer Platz, the Topographie des Terrors…

Berlin Wall remnant

…and Check Point Charlie. We at lunch at a German restaurant, and I tried spaetzle, which is German macaroni and cheese. We went to the Judisches Museum, and then visited the Reischtag before heading to a blues dance class and a fondue dinner.

Plaque outlining where the Berlin Wall once stood

The next morning I went for a run through Grosser Tiergarten, Berlin’s largest park. It’s a beautiful park, with a lot of statues and history.

The Siegessaule (Victory Column) in the middle of the park

We spent the rest of the day wandering around town and eating a lot of food. We stopped at the old church Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtnis-Kirche before heading back to the apartment.

It was the Fourth of July, which isn’t a holiday in Berlin, but is a holiday for two Americans! To celebrate, we made dinner, baked cookies, and drank a homemade red, white, and blue drink.

I left the next morning for my flight, but ended up staying another night (more on that later). The “bonus night” in Berlin was spent going to a nice restaurant and returning to his favorite local bar to have a banana beer.

{House} Silver Screen

Like most NYC apartments, mine does not have central air conditioning. However, unlike many New Yorkers, I don’t “need” AC, so I’ve yet to use a window unit. But there was already a window unit in my kitchen when I moved in.

I was content to leave it and figured it would be removed when I redo the kitchen. But then a friend was looking for another unit for his apartment, so I volunteered mine.

There were a few metal bars and screws to take off before the unit would come free from the window.

And that’s how the window sat for a few weeks. But the more windows that are open, the more air circulation in the apartment. I wanted to get one of the original screens, but I couldn’t find the company or it was too expensive to have one custom made. Instead, I got one of these expandable screens for $20 just as the store was closing.

It took a few minutes to position it properly in the window, but it fits perfectly!

Now I get extra air and no bugs. A win-win in my book!

{Home} A Bad Sign?

It had only been a few days since hanging up pictures in the dressing room, but at 6 am on Sunday morning, the “Good Fortune” cross stitch came crashing down–startling me awake.

This same picture had fallen down in my last apartment, but that was over a year after it was originally hung up, and this time I had replaced the Command Strips.  Yesterday when it fell, the back of the frame fell off and a piece of it broke (just the frame stand, but still).

To hang it up again, I decided to use a Command hook.

And it’s back up.


Now I just have to hope that this isn’t a sign my good fortune is running out!

{Home} Dressing Up the Dressing Room

It’s been over two months since I painted the dressing room, but it doesn’t feel that long ago! I finally got around to hanging some picture in the empty corner above the ghost chair.

I took out some of the pictures I hadn’t used yet, and arranged a few of them on the floor.

Then I used 3M Command Strips to hang them on the wall.

I had accidentally hung a few of them off center or crocked, but the Command Strips for pictures are kind of like Velcro, and it was easy to reposition the frame.

Just a little added cheer for getting ready in the morning, and any time someone goes to the bathroom!