Aug. 15, 2015

Joan and I have finally bought a house together, and now it’s time for us to move out of our Chesterbrook condo.

Given how much we needed to move, we asked Joan’s dad and stepmom to watch Michael for the weekend — an offer that they happily accepted. Between Thursday night and Friday afternoon, Joan’s sister Laura and their mom arrived and were a huge help in packing the remainder of our stuff.

Our big day started with the arrival of four workmen from USA Express Moving, the same company that had helped Joan move into my place five years ago. They were very efficient in clearing out the furniture and boxes from our condo, then loaded up the boxes from our detached garage in practically no time. By early afternoon, we proceeded in a caravan for the 10-mile drive mostly along Route 252 to our new house in Newtown Square.

Moving in went very well with just one exception — my tall bedroom dresser simply wouldn’t fit up the stairs! We’ll have to work on a solution to that, but if that’s our biggest problem, we’re in pretty good shape.

Joan and I took advantage of our Saturday night alone to celebrate with dinner at Yangming, an esteemed Chinese restaurant in nearby Bryn Mawr. Our meal was delicious, but only a few days later, we were shocked to learn that the establishment had been shut down by local health officials due to a roach infestation! (I really hope that’s not a bad omen for the house.)

It was surreal for Joan and I to sleep in our new house for the first time on Saturday night, and it will take a while for us to get accustomed to our new surroundings. But it’s very exciting to finally start the process of getting settled.

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