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The Past Few Weeks

Life over the past two and a half weeks…

–FINALLY got ALL the keys to our new home! I was waiting ever so patiently as we all agreed to let the seller stay a few more days until she closed on her new condo and could arrange the movers. But when I had them in my hand I was so excited… and really what did I need all the keys for… My father, almost immediately helped me change the locks and now we truly have our “own” set of keys to the next adventure!

–I worked a few consecutive days in July and it definitely kept me busy. I enjoyed subbing through the duration of one of the other Stage Manager’s vacations… it was nice to have a routine with my days and get more practice “calling” the show.

–Cleaned & painted and painted & cleaned a little more… My dad and I have been painting a few of the rooms in the new house. Pete and I picked a neutral color that flows well from the dining room to the living room.  (and we aren’t finished yet 🙂 )

–Got a night to relax  when I went to a Bon Jovi concert! We bought the tickets so long ago and it was awesome as expected! (A little biased being a “Jersey Girl”)

–Emptied our storage unit! With the help of some family and friends we finally brought all the stuff we had in our “Treasure Chest” to our home!
Now the fun part is going through it all.

There’s lots of work to be done on the house, mostly cleaning and organizing. It’s tiring but it will be all worth it when it’s done!

Photos to come soon!

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Top Ten List

A friend of mine blogged about “lists” recently.

Check her out over at http://www.lovelyindeed.com

I have to agree with her making lists is one of the things I love to do!

It’s in my blood and quite useful, particularly as a Stage Manager. Because I am always busy with work or life making a checklist is something that helps me with my short term memory disfunction.

My husband and I have an app on our phones that allows us to share a list. It is quite helpful especially since we are a part a lot.
When trying to buy our house there were a lot of steps in the process and he was able to help me with it all by adding or checking off some of the things that he took care of from a distance.

I had read another post recently about list making but more of a top ten list, like David Letterman.

Working a lot in NYC lately made me think of my top ten favorite things
about the island that’s just across the river!

Here you go in no particular order:

1. Broadway— Nothing like a Broadway show– whether I’m working or watching!

2. People WatchingNYC (I think) is one of the most fun places to people watch–everyone is really unique;

3. Central ParkWe got engaged in the park and took our photos there. And recently my parents gave us a gift of a “tour” of the park! We are excited to do that when he returns home. 

4. (Cheap but good) PizzaDon’t get me wrong, not all cheap pizza is good and not all good pizza is cheap but there are some pretty good places in NYC to grab a quick and inexpensive slice. There’s a “pizza tour” in NYC too that we want to try!

5. Culture and AtmosphereIt truly is a melting pot city. Everywhere you go there are most likely a few people from different parts of the world! 

6. Bars and RestaurantsNYC is one of the few places I’ve been that you can enjoy food from almost any country at almost any time of the day. I haven’t even made a dent in the variety of food cultures—there are so many! But the few I have been too with friends or family have been fun!

As for bars, one of my current favorites particularly for a margarita–“Blockheads” http://www.blockheads.com 

I love to sit out side with my sweetie and have a margarita and some chips and guac! (come to think of it, I’ve only been to one of their 6 locations—Guess we’ll just have to try the others too!

7. MuseumsThis I will admit I need to experience more of so that’s more of a “to-do” 🙂 There are so many to visit! 

8. The Buildings & SkylineIt is neat how the architecture on the island of Manhattan is so unique in each spot. The concept of skyscrapers really amazes me! A few years ago I went to the “Top of The Rock” at Rockefeller Center with my mom–it was awesome to see the city from that high up! (I do love to also see the skyline view from NJ)

9. HistoryThere is so much of it in this city! I believe that if I had a previous life that I was around in the 1920s and 1930s–maybe I even came through Ellis Island as some of my relatives did! I’m slowly working on my family ancestry—perhaps I’ll find out more about my great-grandparents and how they ended up in New York. 

10. City That Never SleepsAs “Ol’ Blue Eyes” sang “I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps!” Who wouldn’t! 

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Even though this is a top ten list of my favorites in NYC as I read it over, I realized many of my favorites I have barely experienced… It’s a good thing we just bought a house in NJ–we’ll be in the area for a while! 🙂

Do you have a place that you spend a lot of time in but don’t necessarily live there?

What’s your top ten?

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Home Sweet Home

My hubby and I FINALLY closed on the house we have been trying to purchase for almost 4 months! (We started our search over 6 months ago.)

We have added a huge stop onto our “Life Tour”!
Pete is out of the country working on a rock and roll tour, so sadly I had to sign all the papers for both of us!

I am superstitious about some things and I didn’t want to post too much about our endeavour until it was finalized, especially when we began jumping the hurdles.

He will be home soon enough and we can start to enjoy our home together! I am excited to get some of the minor things done before he gets back.
(We picked out paint colors and furniture together when he was last home so he still had a say in some of the design decisions :))

It was a long and arduous process for us. Almost everyone says that it is a tough thing to do—but if we equate getting a mortgage to traveling through a maze with hurdles—we hit almost every wall and had to jump over every hurdle to get to this point.

Maybe someday I will write a story or a play (as my aunt has suggested) that tells the intricate details of our journey! But for now at least the “Happy Ending” to the story is told!

Pete told me this morning on the phone that he keeps looking at the pictures and daydreaming about our many adventures in the next 30+ years in our home! It is so exciting and to be honest there were many moments that I thought we would never be finished!

I can’t wait to document the next steps of truly making it  ‘OUR BUNGALOW’ and adding life into the house that it is currently!

(Side note: the house is not a “bungalow” by definition, just it’s nickname) 🙂

Fireworks

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ImageHope everyone had a good Fourth of July! 

Got to see fireworks with my sweetie and my mom prior to the 4th in a town nearby. 

 

 

 

 

 

I love watching fireworks and it has become a tradition that my mom and I see at least one fireworks celebration together each year!

We’ve been lucky with my travels that most of the time her and I are together for at least a day and can enjoy the festivities together. 

While we waited for the fireworks to begin, the three of us were discussing the history of fireworks… or what we thought the history is. 

I found this interesting article about it. Check it out! 

http://www.history.com/news/fireworks-vibrant-history

 

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Hope everyone had a great holiday!

Oh and Happy (belated) Canada Day to our friends in the North!