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.

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  1. abbyladybug on October 19, 2005 at 10:32 pm

    OK, I have the best dumb idea. You need a Home Gnome… you know, to go along with the Homo Nomo thing… like in Amelie!

  2. Bruce Garrett on October 19, 2005 at 10:42 pm

    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.

  3. Rob on October 20, 2005 at 2:49 am

    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?


  4. Rob7534 on October 20, 2005 at 3:39 am

    Yum, wine bottles 🙂

  5. Peterson Toscano on October 20, 2005 at 3:42 am

    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.

  6. Willie Hewes on October 20, 2005 at 9:50 am

    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.

  7. Peterson Toscano on October 20, 2005 at 4:34 pm

    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.

  8. Peterson Toscano on October 20, 2005 at 7:00 pm

    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).

  9. Christine on October 20, 2005 at 9:44 pm

    Marmite? Please to be explaining…

  10. Peterson Toscano on October 20, 2005 at 9:53 pm

    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.

  11. Jennifer on October 21, 2005 at 4:07 am

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

  12. Jennifer on October 21, 2005 at 4:38 am

    I feel some competition here with blogging!

  13. Contemplative Activist on October 21, 2005 at 10:12 am

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

    Nice decor 🙂


  14. christina on October 22, 2005 at 8:11 pm

    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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