We’ve officially booked a moving company so it would seem that we will be out of our apartment in less than a week’s time, once SXSW is finished.. We have very much enjoyed living in this townhouse – it really is a fantastic location – and will probably miss many aspects of it. Mind you, the past few months of renovations have really started to wear on us though, and we will be ever so grateful to no longer have the entire family woken up at 7am daily because of demolition. We hope that whoever has bought our place will enjoy it, and feel the good energy from our happy, loving family who lived in it, brought a brand new baby home to it, and were proud to call it home for the past 14 months. That is, if the good energy will still be inside once the builders have smashed it to bits and totally remodeled it. HA!
On the bright side, we have managed to find an apartment roughly 25 blocks north of our current location, in an equally good area where we can walk to even more useful shopping and amenities. Our new complex has a fabulous outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, a lake with a large park and playground, and lots of conveniences for us. We’ll be able to walk to many of our doctors’ offices, pick up coffee at Houndstooth (our very favourite in Austin), shop at Central Market daily (also our very favourite in Austin), and maybe even go to Uchiko for a date. Top Chef fans may remember that Uchiko’s Executive Chef, Paul Qui, won Top Chef last year. He has since left the superb tutelage of Tyson Cole and is slated to open his own restaurant here in town sometime this month.
While there has been a whirlwind of packing and cleaning for days on end, baby Reed has been enjoying hanging out with Alina and Finnlagh, honing new skills (most often at night while crawling out of bed and looking to party). Simple things like rolling balls back and forth across the carpet between the children bring them all together in a way that is gentle and safe for the baby, and buy me extra time to get my work done packing. All of the moving distraction has actually proved quite handy in that I ordered many things online and completely forgot about all of them. Every day this week there has been a wonderful package (or more) awaiting us. Today it was a huge shipment of Easter and summer clothing for the children, yesterday a long-coveted Harry Potter Lego book for Finnlagh and more diapers and baby supplies for Reed… earlier in the week a wooden baby walker, dvds, more books to read for the grown ups, a new iPhone case… I must say, not that I wish to endorse Amazon terribly, but good gracious, do we ever love Amazon Prime. Free two-day shipping on absolutely everything along with loads of television and movies for only $80 a year…you can imagine how much we use this service since we live car-free, not to mention their Amazon Mom program which ships baby supplies according to our preferences and delivery needs. A virtual license to print money.
I’ve been trying to be good about blogging since once we move, it might get disrupted for a little bit of time while all of our services get set up. Incidentally, you have probably heard that Google Reader will be no longer; if this is how you have been following my blog, I don’t want to lose you, so please remember to bookmark https://nikoandnonnie.wordpress.com Speaking of which, how do all of you keep up with your favourite blogs? I use the Bloglovin’ app which updates everything all in one place – very, very handy. You can find a link for Bloglovin’ and a Subscription on the column to your right –>
Hoping to have more for you as the week progresses…I do have a fair bit on my blog list I can’t wait to share with all of you!