So, a week later and we're settling in nicely! Living room is painted (thanks for the kick in the butt, Heather!!) boxes are unpacked, even the playroom is set up. The only thing needed is my sewing table set up (I need to get to Ikea and get some table legs) and pictures hung on the wall. And can I say thank god we are here???
Number one, we are so close to things, it's awesome. Brendan can bike to work, or if he needs a ride it's not a big deal. Stores are close by. Fun things are close by. There are tons of new parks to check out.
Number two, Ann Arbor is amazing. All the taxis are Priuses. They have a great recycling system, so you can put all numbers of recyclables in the bin instead of only #1 and #2. And they have curbside compost bins! Just like a trash bin, only you can put your fruit and veg scraps and lawn debris in there. Then if you want, you can go get cheap mulch and compost for your garden from the recycle center. How awesome is that?
Number three, because we are so close to things, Brendan is so much less stressed out. Mornings are enjoying a cup of coffee and playing with Ingrid instead of rushing around to leave before traffic gets too bad. Evenings he's home at a decent time, we get to eat dinner at a leisurely pace, and there's time afterward to go for a family walk instead of rushing to get Ingrid in bed. It is so nice!
Number four, the house is full of good vibes. Unlike the apartment that had noisy trashy neighbors, we have a real house, with lots of windows and sunlight coming through. We have a backyard that Ingrid loves, and we can let the dog out without worrying about him. Every day we say how much we love this place, and how we can't believe we lasted more than a year at the old apartment! I feel so lucky to be in a great neighborhood instead of in trashville where we were before!
So basically, things are good here. I'm loving life again, and I'm thankful that our move is over and we don't have to think about it again for another year. And then hopefully we'll be able to settle somewhere for good!