life in a tiny apartment.

January 23, 2013

Tip #48: Revisiting an old tip and a recurring theme on the coldest day of the year: just don’t give a damn.

Things this week are a little topsy-turvy. I’m currently waiting patiently at my apartment for a visit from my mom so that we two can head off together to ogle my brand new nephew, Oliver. He was born on Monday, one month ahead of schedule and the cutest little pink ball of fuzz you ever did see. They’ll be lots more to read about that little bundle, but this morning, a few words on bundling adult-sized people.

Please refer to the photo above for a look at the back of our apartment door. I’ve tried to distract you by focusing in on the little dried thistle, but there’s no ignoring the looming black mass. To think I had the nerve to write about dealing with wintertime accessories in October.  It’s now nearing the end of January and we’ve reached new levels of what I’ve come to refer to as “the great coat takeover.” Our coats and mitten and scarves–and if this weather keeps up, then perhaps soon, our BALACLAVAS–are taking up nearly as much square footage in our aparment as our couch. Add to that mess the additional coats of visiting grandparents (otherwise known as Mom and Dad) and the apartment looks more like a sale bin at Burlington Coat Factory than a place for living.

But. Winters in New York are supposed to be cold. This winterphobe needs a sleeping bag* to get through it and that means dealing with the thing on the back of the apartment door. There’s nothing to do but grin and bear it and wish they made these and these in adult sizes. Can you get any cuter?

*Psst: I paid almost 3x that price for mine…snatch it.

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  • Reply Linda Zimmerman January 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    The text I found waiting for me on Monday took me a minute to understand…then it clicked. OMG – so excited for you all. PHOTOS please!! xo RE: the coats…they will be gone soon. Hang in there.

    • Reply Erin January 24, 2013 at 3:31 am

      exactly! so excited about this baby! photos, soon!

  • Reply Karin - The F Girl January 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Oh, I'm so with you. I am so, so, so cold. All the time. I can't wait until it's Spring again. And a sleeping back sounds mighty fine. I am considering some pyjamas with feet as well. Not sure how my husband will think about that though. But who care. With the pile of blankets I am building on our bed it's likely we will be crushed before it gets warmer. So maybe those pyjamas are a better idea 😀

    • Reply Erin January 24, 2013 at 3:31 am

      totally! footed pajamas for everyone!

  • Reply Alexa January 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    congrats, Aunt Erin! 🙂

  • Reply Inge January 24, 2013 at 9:57 am

    This, I think, is the best tip of them all. Since I came to live here in this cabin two years ago, I've changed so much in that aspect. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, things get messy. If you can just not give a damn when that happens, it will do so much for your mood.
    Congratulations on becoming an aunt, Erin! Can't wait to see those photos.

  • Reply Robin Ann Barron January 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    the charm of winter totally vanishes for me when it's impossible to even stay in the house without long underwear and multiple layers – but hey! 65 days til fishing season!!!

  • Reply Jason @ Havenly December 21, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Hey – You still manage to make it look perfectly lived in rather than mistakenly cluttered. For everything that humans are amazing at, we’re relatively frail when it comes to the outdoors. I think our coats speak volumes about our lifestyles. So yeah, I’m on the “just don’t give a damn” train!

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