Stars can’t Shine Without a little Darkness

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So, as many of you all know, and to those who do not, this weekend was one of the worst I’ve had. For one, we were moving, which sucks anyway. But two? As we were moving into our new apartment, it caught on fire. Like ON FIRE. En fuego. With 80% of our things inside. We don’t have an exact cause of fire, all we know is it started in the kitchen and was luckily contained there.


Luckily, we saw the smoke and Elliot ran into the apartment to save our dogs. And he was okay. And as you can tell, my computer was saved from any damage, as well as my camera, wallet, passport…things that are harder to replace. Our couch? F’ed. Bed? Ruined. And there are so many things that are just lost. Thankfully the only things lost were just things. Easily replaced, easily bought. But even though I know that, it sucks. It sucks HARD. Going through everything you love, from wedding gifts, to family heirloom plates to that note your friend who passed away in high school wrote you a few days before he died and throwing it all away because it’s broken, burnt to a crisp or water and smoke damaged. That sucks.


But I know my life could be worse. My husband and I have never been stronger. And coming from a few months where things were really rocky for us, I’m so blessed to have our relationship rock solid again. My dogs are okay, most of my clothes are salvaged. It’s just the pots, pans, knives, plates that we lost. Which is a bit of a cruel joke since I’m a food writer who needs those? But it’s neither here nor there. I wanted to just say THANK YOU to everyone who has emailed, facebooked, tweeted me giving me their condolences and good thoughts. They mean more to me than I could ever express. I’m so lucky to have such an amazing group of friends and followers out there. Your support has gotten me through the dark times and allowed me to see the light, even if it’s still a bit hazy.


Despite the lack of wifi, I’m going to start cooking again today so I can restore just a little bit of normalcy to my life. So here’s hoping a new post will be gracing your inboxes this week 🙂 Oh and if anyone has an extra time machine, Tardis or DeLorean that works, if you could just send it to me, that would be GREAT.

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  1. Posted by Ash Bear on
    Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    I'm thinking about you and love this post so much. It's such a reminder!
  2. Posted by Kathryn on
    Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    What an absolute nightmare :( I'm so, so, so sorry that this happened. I can't even imagine how awful it must be. Sending lots of love and good vibes your way xo
  3. Posted by Meagan @ A Zesty Bite on
    Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    You are definitely a strong girl with a positive attitude after losing so many things with precious meaning to you and your husband.
  4. Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    Oh sweetie! I'm so sorry to hear this. Just remember "This to shall pass" Keep on going!
  5. Posted by Linda Martin on
    Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    (((Hugs!))) Such a hard thing to go through. I hope you have been able to salvage some of the more special things. But salvaging your relationship and love is most important. I'm glad you are ok. It does suck big time to have to go through all of it.
  6. Posted by Kelly on
    Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    I'm SO sorry this happened to you Claire, but am so insanely happy you, the hubs and the pups are all okay! Thinking of you!! xo
  7. Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    Oh Claire, I am SO sorry to hear about this! What a terrible tragedy, but it sounds like you are really keeping your spirits up. Thank God you are all safe and unharmed!
  8. Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    i am deeply sorrry Claire and just witnessing a whole apartment burn into fire (one of my best friends), I cant imagine what you guys are going through but you guys and the little pup is safe and its all that matters right now. Stay strong, sending you lots of positive thoughts. XOXO
  9. Posted by Anni on
    Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    So sorry, Claire - that's horrible. I'm so glad you, E, and the pets are okay - but I know that it must be devastating to lose so much. Sending hugs and good thoughts your way.
  10. Posted by Jackie on
    Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    HUUUUGS! And I hope you got a glass of wine after that, you deserve it :)
  11. Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    OMG, Claire, I'm so sorry to hear this. You must be devastated. But, of course, you already know that everything really important is safe and you will move past this.
  12. Posted by Laura (Tutti Dolci) on
    Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    I'm so sorry you had to go through this, Claire! I am blown away by your optimism and so glad you, your husband, & the pups are ok!
  13. Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
    Claire, I am SO sorry. You guys have been in my thoughts. I can't even imagine what you are going through, especially since you just moved in. I'm sending good thoughts and prayers your way!
  14. Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
    That's awful that that happened to you! SO happy everyone is okay!
  15. Posted by Christine on
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
    I'm so sorry about your new home. That's awful to just move in and have everything ruined. I'm glad you're all ok. And just because it was only 'things' that were ruined doesn't mean you don't have a right to be upset. Be upset all you want. Good luck getting everything back together, I'm sure it will all work out fine :)
  16. Posted by jacquie on
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
    oh i am so sorry to hear about the fire. I'm so glad that you, your husband, your relationship and your dogs all surivived. after all those are the important and really truely irreplaceable things and what matters. May the light continue to shine for you now.
  17. Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
    I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through. So shocking. I'm glad everyone is okay!
  18. Posted by Regan on
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
    So very sorry this happened to you.
  19. Posted by Lisa Matarazzo on
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
    That is definitely a bad weekend - I know there are a lot of positive things to come out of this, but its really just lousy. I'm glad no lives were lost.
  20. Posted by Rachel Cooks on
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
    Hang in there friend. I bought a few goodies for you today and as soon as I get my butt to the post office they'll be at your door.
  21. Posted by kjpugs on
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
    I'm so sorry that this happened to you guys just as you thought stress was winding down! But I am so glad you and the dogs are ok. I hope you had renter's insurance to help cover the losses- and that either way you can "rebuild" quickly and get settled again!!! And then you can not move for a while :) Thinking of you guys!!!!
  22. Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
    Claire, I am so extremely sorry to hear about your weekend and the devastating fire. You are so strong and brave to write this post. I would still be crying and throwing a fit. Major props to you. But as you pointed out, everything you lost are just things that can be replaced. You still have the important things-your husband, dogs, and other irreplaceable items. Hugs to you. All of your readers are thinking about you and hoping everything works out. Take your time, we'll be here when you get everything back together.
  23. Posted by stephchows on
    Friday, June 7th, 2013
    I can't even imagine going through this... I am so thankful that you all made it out ok. Sending good thoughts your way.
  24. Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
    No words can describe how sorry I am to hear about this tragedy. All I can say is thank God all of you are safe. If I were closer, I would bring you a big tray of cookies. Words may not be able to express my sorrow, but cookies always seem to do the trick. Stay strong, my friend.