News & Notes
- Nava Atlas shared FOUR recipes from Practically Raw on her site last week: Deconstructed Sushi Bowl with Simple Seasoned Mushrooms, Warm Apple-Walnut Cobbler, and (one of my very favorites!) Pizza Kale Chips. Enjoy!
I am beyond moved by all your kind comments and words of support and encouragement, both in the post and on Facebook, in response to my announcement last week about my Hashimoto’s disease diagnosis. Thank you all so much, every one of you. I can’t even begin to tell you how much it means to me. I am speechless.
In the coming weeks and months, I promise to share more information with you, from my treatment to my diet to the progress of my symptoms. But today, I want to introduce you to…my new home! Matt and I moved over the weekend, and while we’re still not totally unpacked, this gorgeous loft apartment in the Crossroads arts district of downtown Kansas City, Missouri is already feeling like home. I’ve been craving a clean slate, a fresh start, to match my new determination to beat my Hashimoto’s disease (or at least get it under control), and having a brand new living space (after 6 years in the old place) feels like a breath of fresh air.
Welcome to our new home.
The living room:
The entire apartment has polished concrete floors. No more vacuuming!
The hallway leading from the front door, past the bedroom and first bathroom, into the living room:
The apartment features lots of exposed brick, concrete, and piping…
…and the light fixtures are new and modern.
I saved the best for last…THE KITCHEN!
If you recall what the kitchen in my old place looked like, then it should come as no surprise that I nearly hyperventilated upon touring this place.
As great as the whole apartment is, the kitchen is THE thing that sealed the deal for me.
And finally, my other favorite part: the view.
Both the living room and the kitchen have huge windows overlooking downtown Kansas City.
There’s the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (with the spires of Bartle Hall rising up behind it) and the famous Marriott featuring multicolored lights all over the south side of the building that “put on a show” every night…
…and we have a view of tons of other historic buildings downtown. Squee!
On top of that, a bajillion restaurants (including joints like FüD, Blue Bird Bistro, and the soon-to-be new Café Gratitude), bars, clubs, coffee shops, arts and crafts stores, yoga studios, fashion boutiques, theaters, art galleries, and more are within walking distance. Crown Center, Liberty Memorial, Union Station, Martini Corner, the Westside neighborhood, Union Hill, and the historic Freight House are right around the corner from us. The Central Business District, the Sprint Center, the Power & Light District, Quality Hill, 18th & Vine, the West Bottoms, and City Market are just a few minutes away, as well as Midtown, Westport, and the Country Club Plaza in the other direction. We’re a hop, a skip, and a jump away from I-35.
In other words, AWESOME. The status update I posted on Facebook on Friday night, our first night in the new place, says it all:
I’m standing in my new apartment watching the sun set over the downtown Kansas City skyline. Hundreds of people are roaming around outside at First Fridays, a monthly art crawl. A food cart and a giant telescope have been set up on the sidewalk across the street, and the sound of someone playing bagpipes is wafting through my open window. Downtown living already rocks.
I can’t wait to show you what it looks like once we finish unpacking and arranging the place!
In my next post, though, I plan to talk about the details of the autoimmune/thyroid diet my doctor started me on last week. I know a lot of you have been curious!
QUESTION: Have you ever lived an urban setting? Have you ever wanted to?