The Movening, Part 3

It's been almost six weeks since moving day and our new place feels like home. We have no regrets - especially after last weekend's strong storms and flood warnings. We scoff at flood warnings! (Not really, but we are no longer filled with anxiety.) We have become IKEA experts! We approached our first visit in years as if we were planning a strategic attack. It was very successful; we were in and out in 40... Read more →


The Movening, Part 2

We were able to access our new place early! The rental office emailed us instructions on how to get the proper building and apartment codes, so we were able to get in right after breakfast on Saturday morning, well before the movers arrived with our stuff. The rental company provided a whole slew of thoughtful touches for us, such as: A folder with community info, instructions, and a welcome note A tote bag Parking stickers... Read more →


The Movening

Achievement Unlocked: We moved. And quite successfully, if you ask me. Of course, we didn't completely finish packing up, but we packed enough and labeled enough and stacked enough boxes that one of the movers made a point of thanking us for the great job. The other guys on the crew added to that, even chuckling over some of the labels we put on the boxes; for example, "Bobbleheads and Joe's socks" or "THE Clock."... Read more →


The Packening, Part 2

Well, we have less than a week to go before moving day! We have made significant progress, but there's still a shit ton to do. Boxes are piling up all over the apartment. Family photos and albums? Packed. All of the hanging-up clothes? Packed. (Whoever invented wardrobe boxes should have a fast pass to eternal glory.) The good china, crystal, and delicate heirlooms from Gramma's corner cupboard? Packed. All of our Caps stuff? Packed. Most... Read more →


Life, the Universe, and Everything: The Anniversary

When we decided to move - way, way back in April - we also decided to forego a big old expensive trip to celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary. Instead, we opted for a big old expensive dinner at the local Capital Grille. It was so good. So good. Also? So good. (Bah, Bah, Bah!! (IYKYK)) The staff scattered heart-shaped confetti and rose petals (real ones!) on the table, and left a nice Happy Anniversary card... Read more →


Two Things That Illustrate How My Mind Works

The following two things happened to me today. They both occurred within 10 minutes. I might have been hungry; I don't know. Anyway. First, I read a company announcement about the special COVID-19 absentee policy on the HR site. I was reading along when this parenthetical phrase hit me: (for example, an employee that has been instructed to stay home at the explicit direction of their medical provider because the employee has a history of... Read more →


The Packening

Not wanting to leave things to the last minute, we have started packing for our move. The move that takes place on August 6. Hey, no time like the present! After all, we are old and doing a whirlwind pack-a-thon a day or two ahead of the move is, shall we say, impractical. So anyway, Joe gets the Uline catalog. He opened it up last week and, in a burst of synchronicity, it opened right... Read more →


It’s a Moving Story

We’re moving in August. We've been in our current apartment eight years. We've had a very good experience, except for a few things related to apartment living in general. I love the layout of our apartment; the wee den has been a great office space during the last two years. The area is lovely, with the Schuylkill River trail right behind the building and the Betzwood trail head within walking distance. The beautiful river itself... Read more →


I Saw It Sitting There

Joe loves vinyl records. When we moved here to Pennsylvania, we found a couple of great record stores - one in Doylestown and one in Phoenixville - and boom. The store in Phoenixville closed, but apparently when God closes one record store, he opens another one. So we had to go and check it out. Now, Joe is the one who usually buys the records, but I do flip through the offerings and occasionally pick... Read more →


Totally Random

Quite a while ago, the lovely and talented Bev tagged me on Facebook with the "List 25 Random Things about Yourself and Tag Another 25 People" meme. Of course it sailed right past me, but then my mind stopped short and said, "Wait a sec. Didn't Bev tag you to do something or other?" So I looked it up and sure enough, I was tagged. Now I'm a spoilsport who never tags anyone else, and... Read more →