Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Doin' Time at Home

Phew, I finally had a few days to sort out my apartment. I recently went from a two room apartment to a one-room studio. Actually it is the same apartment, but my fabulously queer landlord and his partner needed another room for all their fabulous queer stuff. That meant I lost my kitchen (there is more to this story, but it is too complicated to explain.)

Anyway, I needed to create a kitchen, living room, dinning room, office space and work-out area in my one very large bedroom. With some help from highly skilled (and heavy lifting) friends Christina, Jen and Chris I moved everything and created an organized and pleasant home. I even have room to rehearse!

Now that the place is in order, I can get back to writing. I am VERY excited about my new piece, The Re-Education of George W. Bush. I'm more than half way done building it.


At 6:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I hope you got a break on the rent.

I did something like that back in the early 90s, when I was renting what was a large room in someone's basement. Little kitchen area with small fridge and hot plates. It can be cozy, and if nothing else it teaches you how to make the best use of space.

At 8:54 PM , Blogger Christine Bakke said...

I'm excited about The Re-Education of George W. Bush too! Hope to get to see it when it's finished.

Nice pics, although it felt strangely voyeuristic... :) Congrats on getting the apartment together. It's not easy living in small space, but I know for me when I've lived in small spaces it's helped me keep the junk/stuff to a minimum. For birthdays and Christmas, just tell everyone the only thing you have room for is consumables...yum! :)

At 10:49 PM , Blogger Rob said...

P -

I wish I had a place to my own at the moment. I HATE apartment hunting.

Are those liquor bottles or cooking oils, etc?


At 11:39 PM , Blogger Rob7534 said...

Yum, wine bottles :)

At 11:42 PM , Blogger Peterson Toscano said...

Abby, where can I get a Homo Gnome? I need someone to take home to Mom this coming Thanksgiving. I don't mind short.

Bruce, yes, I got a sweet deal. I'm never moving (unless the gnome has a better place and even lower rent)

Rising Up: Voyeuristic?!? Does that make me an exhibitionist?
Do you think I would take my personal life and display it in front of the world? Oh, well, yeah, on stage, but I'm not running around in my "Not for Sissies" thong? That would be exhibitionist of me and should you stare even enlarge the photo, then yes, that would make you voyeuristic?

Rob, yes.

At 5:50 AM , Blogger Willie Hewes said...

A homo gnome! That's an excellent idea! They should sell them at garden centers and stuff, it'd be a hit! They could come in different little fey poses and designer gnome hats!

Anyway, it looks really cozy, Peterson. Try to encourage your landlords to curb their fabulously materialistic streak, or they'll become prisoners of their own stuff. (And you would have to sleep in the cupboard under the stairs. Oh no!)

Remember, there's no place like homo.

At 12:34 PM , Blogger Peterson Toscano said...

Anyone have that experience when you rearrange furniture or hang up curtains or put up a shelf, then you go back and just admire it?

I guess I do that too with some of my writing. I think of that passage in Genesis after the character, God, creates something, s/he steps back, admires the creatiion and says, "It's pretty good!"

Yeah, that is how I feel about my cozy little place (which doesn't feel small or cramped at all.) I'm pleased that one can be in the sitting room area and not see into the kitchen. Don't know if I can attribute my success to a "gay gene of home decorating" or just 10 years of living in NYC where space was a premium.

Anyway, I don't want to leave the house, but since I don't have Internet at home (or a TV--but I have a record player and soy milk maker!) I need to get out every now and then.

At 3:00 PM , Blogger Peterson Toscano said...

Oh, and please note in the "kitchen" photo the small jar of Marmite on the right and my awesome rice cooker on the left.

In the "panorama" shot, you will notice a black and white wedding photo on the table (my parents).

At 5:44 PM , Blogger Christine Bakke said...

Marmite? Please to be explaining...

At 5:53 PM , Blogger Peterson Toscano said...

Marmite: A primer...

Marmite is not only renowned for its errr, distinctive flavour, but it's also a good source of B vitamins, completely vegetarian, is a low fat food and is very low in sugar.

Marmite contains none of the major allergens. Some people might have a reaction to celery extract, a minor component of the spice extract that is listed in the ingredients.

This and loads more at the Marmite site. It's yummy, but some people HATE it.

At 12:07 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Looks a little cozy (and comfortable) there. Kind of like something I was considering before I found this monstrosity of an apartment.

At 12:38 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

I feel some competition here with blogging!

At 6:12 AM , Blogger Contemplative Activist said...

Where's your soya milk maker then ;)??

Nice decor :)


At 4:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, first, you give me way too much credit. i was barely there! second, i'm wondering about how all your readers out there may be envisioning a "heavy-lifting christina"—ceratinly goes with the extra poundage i've put on lately . . .


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