Flaming Catus, Batman! Still No Bathroom?

Day 836 without a working bathroom.

All right, all right, it’s only day eight. Still, it feels like 836. And is evidenced by all the dirty laundry I have been lugging around on the subway, we are officially living like nomads, depending on the kindness of our friend and said friend’s blowup mattress. It’s all about getting through the workweek, until we can pack up and head upstate to Smallpeace.

But there has been progress. While we’ve been delivered the disappointing news that we won’t be getting a new bathtub—a standup shower will have to do—we’ve been given free rein to choose our floor tile. For those of you who have never experienced the restrictions of living in a rent-stabilized apartment, this is BIG! So we’ve gone hog wild and chose an old-world, white hexagonal Daltile with black accents. So classic they had to approve!

Realistically, we’re probably looking at another week before we’re up and functional in any regard. And so, we trudge onward.

Meanwhile, on my new walk to work this morning, from our temporary digs in the East Village, I allowed myself to linger at Astor Place, taking in the fluorescent colors of the Flaming Cactus installation by the Animus Art Collective. Don’t you just want to run your fingers through those plastic ties?

Something about taking that extra moment reminded of a quote by Pema Chödrön:

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.”

Ugh, I thought, I’m so pathetically unenlightened. And then I turned and saw this little sign of encouragement…

How cool is that?! xo M

About Smallpeace

Michele Karas is a poet, essayist, and longstanding professional copywriter, who currently works for a top-five US book publisher. Her poems and prose have appeared in literary journals, including Tinderbox, THRUSH, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Narrative magazine, among others. Michele holds a BA in Journalism from San Diego State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from CUNY, The City College of New York. Find her on Twitter @small_peace.
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4 Responses to Flaming Catus, Batman! Still No Bathroom?

  1. Touch2Touch says:

    Michele —
    Onward!
    You can fly—

  2. D. says:

    Miche, your photography is getting increasingly awesomer. More-ly awesome? Well, you get it. Have you seen this cool Flickr aggregator?

    http://beautyineverything.com/

    It’s a wonderful timesuck.

    • Smallpeace says:

      What a nice thing to say, though I have never professed to be a photog. But I’ve found that the images make the words so much more interesting. And besides, I can’t keep asking my husband to work for Smallpeace for free! xo

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