First impressions

We arrived in Ann Arbor Thursday night after a minimally stressful 10 hours in the car. Everyone seems to be settling in well, though Mina is still pretty skittish and frequently takes refuge in the cabinet under the bathroom sink. We’ve spent the last two days getting acclimated to our new digs (sans furniture, which will arrive mid next week) and figuring out how to get around. Some first impressions while Shane puts a second coat of paint on the NAVY BLUE CEILING in one of the bedrooms:

  1. It’s very dark here at night! We’re used to well-lit – or at least kind of lit – city streets, so driving around at night in what is arguably a suburban neighborhood can be tricky, especially if it’s raining.
  2. The farmers’ market is great, cheaper than any of the ones in DC (even when I was getting a sweet discount), and full of life on a Saturday morning.  It reminded me of going to the market in Urbana and seeing at least a handful of friends every weekend – except without the friends part.  I kept wanting to buy things and then realizing that I had nothing with which to prepare them.
  3. I’ve realized over the last two days the extent to which I take my kitchen for granted.  I went to make pasta for lunch yesterday, except that I had nothing in which to boil the pasta, and no can opener with which to open the tuna.  I made the former work, but not the latter.
  4. Running in a suburban neighborhood is different than running in a city that is on a grid and/or that has excellent rails-to-trails trails available.  My 3.5K run today included a park “trail”, a stop by a “tomato free-for-all” garden, and a bout of thankfulness for noticing street names.  Tomorrow I’ll stick to clearer routes and will not think about running by the river.
  5. Hard wood floors are much noisier than carpet. Prior to our apt in Alex, we were die-hard hard wood fans, but both the comfort and sound insulation of that apt spoiled us. Shane is downstairs rinsing out the paint tray, which I know because I saw him go down there, but also because I can hear him clanging around right below me.  We will be investing in rugs soon.
  6. On a similar note, I didn’t notice how quiet our apt complex in Alex was – even though we were right off the GW Parkway – until we moved into an apt on a semi-busy residential street.  I think it’s partially that we haven’t been able to sleep with our windows open in a looong time.  Did I mention it’s been in the 70s with lows in the 50s?
  7. Oh hello, Midwest seasonal allergies.  I’d forgotten about you guys.  It’s always seemed like a cruel joke to me that my favorite season – fall – also gives me the worst sneezes.

Going Away DJ Night at the Hut

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us off!  We miss you all already, and hope that we can see you again soon.

Galaxy Hut Playlist 08-26-09:

  1. The Beta Band – Dry the Rain
  2. Emily Wells – Symphony 2 & the Click Boom Boom
  3. New Order – Crystal
  4. MIA – One for the Head
  5. LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous
  6. Ladytron – Seventeen
  7. The Shouty Pants – Grow Man
  8. Kylie Minogue – I Believe In You (feat. Scissor Sisters)
  9. New Order – Turn
  10. The Dresden Dolls – Pretty in Pink
  11. Jem – Save Me
  12. Lykke Li – Little Bit
  13. Fugees – Fu Gee La
  14. Jamie Lidell – Multiply
  15. Magnetic Fields – Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits
  16. My Morning Jacket – Gideon
  17. Men at Work – Down Under
  18. Iggy Pop – I am a Passenger
  19. The B-52s – Rock Lobster
  20. Talking Heads – Girlfriend is Better
  21. Beastie Boys – So What’cha Want
  22. Torche – Fat Waves
  23. Guided by Voices – Game of Pricks
  24. The Arcade Fire – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) (CBC)
  25. Black Sabbath – War Pigs
  26. Of Montreal – Disconnect the Dots
  27. New Order – Temptation 7″ Mix
  28. Guided by Voices – Glad Girls
  29. Beastie Boys – Root Down
  30. The Smiths – Ask
  31. Clark – Future Daniel
  32. Chairlift – Bruises
  33. Emily Wells – Symphony 9 & the Sunshine
  34. Delorean – Seasun
  35. Black Star – Astronomy (8th Light)
  36. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?
  37. Black Sabbath – After Forever
  38. Of Montreal – The Repudiated Immortals
  39. Talking Heads – And She Was
  40. Death Cab for Cutie – Soul Meets Body
  41. Black Sabbath – Planet Caravan
  42. Hum – Stars

To do list for Monday, 24 August aka 3 days to move

To do list for Monday, 24 August aka 3 days to move:

  1. Clean oven
  2. Pack suitcase
  3. Take down curtains (incl. shower)
  4. Wash dishes
  5. Take Powells package to the post office
  6. Finish consolidating odds and ends scattered around the apt (for more efficient packing tomorrow)
  7. Figure out meals for the next 2 days and toss the rest of the food in the fridge
  8. Apply for at least 1 job
  9. Refill prescription while I still have health insurance
  10. 5 course tasting meal at Restaurant Eve, which several Yelp reviewers…

Almost Go Time

We leave for Michigan in four days. I can’t believe it’s already time. My last day of work was Friday, and tomorrow is Shane’s last day.  The movers are coming on Tuesday to pack up our apartment, and then our stuff leaves on Wednesday. Our going away party is Wednesday night at the Galaxy Hut, where we’ll be DJing – and then Thursday morning we’ll load up the car and the cats and be on our way.

At some point I imagine we’ll stop to reflect on our time here – but right now we’re both in a bit of a daze.

The good thing about this move – as opposed to other moves – is that it’s been relatively low stress up until this point.  We’ve had relaxed evenings of dinner and conversation – an afternoon lying on shaggy carpets with babies and friends – a long, lazy overnight at the lake with friends and good beer and sunshine.  This is the way to go out.

Things I can no longer eat without suffering the consequences

Things I can no longer eat without suffering the consequences:

  • Roasted garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Linguica (some spicy sausages are OK, but this one isn’t working out so well)
  • Soda
  • Brown rice (in small amounts it’s OK)
  • Overly spicy things

Things I used to not like/eat that I now like/eat:

  • Cauliflower
  • Red meat
  • Greens (esp. chard)

Things that I just don’t like, no matter how much I’ve tried:

  • Salmon
  • Hops
  • Malted things (malts, malt balls, etc)