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IKEA Run & Flushing

We flew back into NY and rented a car for our move-in. We had seven 40-50lb boxes at Seno’s apartment and we still need to buy all the living basics plus a bed so a car was definitely required. We went straight to IKEA and then, trying to remember what was in our boxes, how big our apartment was and what we REALLY need for a year of life. Here’s what we got:

Futon + slipcover – I like to make fun of them but they are useful and the IKEA ones are actually decent and look OK. It saves us from having to buy a bed immediately too. Kelly decided that because our condo in Seattle is all dark woods, that our apartment here should be all white. So pretty much everything is white.

White TV table/coffee table thingy, small white desk, 5×5 white rug, 24 piece set of silverware, 20 piece set of dinnerware (bowls, plates, etc), couple little kitchen utensils (silverware holder, etc), cheap desk chair (which is already uncomfortable), floor lamp (which, turns out, we didn’t need) and that’s about it. Total was $547 including tax. Not too bad. Once we organize a bit I’ll put a photo up.

That night we checked into the Sheraton LaGuardia, which happens to be in Flushing – a place I’ve wanted to go to ever since we saw Saving Face. We ate dinner at a Japanese restaurant where we were literally, the only customer. The special of the day was “Live Scallop” appetizer which the waitress persuaded us to try. 10 minutes later she came back to say the chef didn’t like the quality of the scallop that was delivered that day and wouldn’t be serving it. 😦 But the rest of dinner was good and they even threw in an orange for dessert on the house! What a deal!

After dinner we walked around Flushing knowing that it would be the last night in a hotel or in somebody’s home, a reassuring feeling after three weeks of traveling.

Flushing

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