Welcome to my new blog, PhiLLY RoLL, previously known as BaLtiMoRe RoLL. We moved to Philly (from Baltimore, obviously) on July 5th, will be starting new jobs soon, and I'm even changing my last name (just got married), so naturally my blog needed to be updated too. I get three blogs with my Typepad subscription, so I am able to keep BaLtiMoRe RoLL up at its old URL and start PhiLLY RoLL anew with minimal, minimal work. All of my old Baltimore and friends links transferred over, and I've even got some Philly links up on the sidebar already, ones that I have been reading for a while but hadn't yet added to my sidebar.
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So we've been here in Philly for six days now. It feels very surreal, almost like we are traveling, rather than having moved. This is probably because both J and I are hard at work finishing up our dissertations (in fact, he's actually in Baltimore right now turning in yet another draft), so that is really taking priority over moving in. In the meantime, we are living out of our suitcases and we've made some quick runs to the grocery store. It's too bad we've been so busy because our new apartment is phenomenal - it's got 15-foot ceilings, big rooms, giant windows with lots of light, a dishwasher and garbage disposal, and lovely wood floors. It will be nice to get settled in and make this look like home.
I also feel like we're traveling because our neighborhood in Center City appears very European to me, with its tree-lined streets, flower boxes and little gardens wherever possible, cute little alleyways with old posts for tying up your horse, etc.
And then, of course, there's the wonderful convenience of living in the city. Down the street is a butcher, around the corner are two gourmet shops, across the street is an adorable park with animal sculptures and a fountain, on the other side of the park there's a Greek restaurant, up the street there's a gourmet pizza restaurant (which we went to last time we were here and it's excellent)... and this is all within about four blocks of our apartment.
I think I am going to love living here. Now if only I could finish up this pesky dissertation so that I could get on with the rest of my life. :)