So I made a birthday card for my new neighbor Allyson. I used a fun Taylored Expression stamp and since my inspiration was from Pinterest this is now eligible for the TE birthday challenge.
First, let me show you my card that I made for Allyson.
Since this card is for my new neighbor I thought today would be a good time to give everyone an update on our new place.
So, we've been in our condo for 2 months now and the novelty has worn off, the boxes mostly unpacked and we are on to living our new 'downsized' life. It's mostly been very positive but now that the newness has worn off I'm ready to admit that not everything about the downsized life is perfect. Did anyone expect it to be? I didn't. So let's start with the positive.
I love the fact that my husbands alarm goes off at 5:45am and not 4:45am. In our old house he had to leave for work at 5:30am to make the 1 1/2 hour drive. And he wouldn't get home till 6:30pm. I love the fact that he now eats breakfast at home with me and goes to the gym a few nights a week after work. He doesn't look quite so tired and that is a really good thing. I also love that it only takes me 30 minutes to get to work. In the past it would take anywhere between 50 minutes to 90 minutes for me to make the drive. Not only do I like the extra time but there was a huge emotional stress that came along with the 'unknown' of the drive. If I had a 9:00am meeting I would have to leave my house by 7;15 because I never knew what kind of day it would be driving. Here in our new place, it's never more than 45 minutes unless something really unexpected is going on (which hasn't happened to me yet.)
I love all the restaurants that are all around us now. We have so many restaurants within a 10 minute drive of our house it is crazy. And if we drive an extra 10 minutes we have all the restaurants in Cambridge, Brookline and Boston at our fingertips. As new empty nesters we now eat out about once a week and there are so many great options it is super fun to try them. And here in this area there is rarely a wait for a table for 2. In our old house we would have to drive 30 minutes to find any restaurants (besides pizza or fast food) and then we'd often wait 30-60 minutes to get a table. Very nice.
I love the first floor and the third floor of our condo. The first floor is a front to back open concept room that includes a very large kitchen, a dining area and a living area. It's very nice and comfortable. Below are some photo's I took so you can see what a nice space it is. It is open and bright with lots of light coming in the windows. Love it!
The other thing I don't love about our new downsized life is Waltham drivers and Waltham traffic intersections. Oh my word - are they obnoxious. First, if you drive down the main street (Rte 20) and you want to go through several lights to get to the other side of town you have to constantly move from the left lane to the right lane and then back again. Each light has a 'right turn only' or a 'left turn only' lane and it switches all the time. When we first drove it we were always in the wrong lane and the drivers in this town are not forgiving. They honked (all of them) and cut you off and made you afraid for your life! Second there are a number of intersections that are beyond confusing. In one intersection, Gore Street, Warren Street and Rte 20 all come together. If you are trying to cross over Rte 20 on Gore Street, it is impossible to really know if you have the right of way. The light shows you an arrow pointing right, but you need to go left. If you go left you never know if someone coming from the other direction will side swipe you. If you stop and wait, the light NEVER GIVES YOU ANYTHING BUT a right arrow and everyone around you honks drives past you and gives you the finger. So we go left and hold our breath. Don't worry I wasn't driving when I took these pictures. I was a passenger in my husbands car! I've learned that when the right arrow is green, no other cars have green so I'm a little more confident crossing, but the other thing about Waltham drivers is that they all run red lights - especially at weird intersections like this one. So basically I hold my breath as I cross any intersection in town.
And if I thought Waltham drivers were bad, they are MUCH worse in Cambridge and Somerville. I drove Bob into Somerville one Saturday and I've never heard so many horns honking in my life! And it was a Saturday at 10:00am. And I wasn't doing anything wrong! Crazy.
So the red light below may mean stop or it may mean go.... you never know. I just do what the car in front of me does and if I'm the lead car and I'm stopped, if the cars behind me beep, I crawl into the intersection slowly and run the light like everyone else.
Thanks for visiting my blog today. Stop back later this week for a cute Denami baby card!