Moving takes a toll physically and emotionally on all of us. Not only is the process itself exhausting, but finding yourself in a new environment can force an uncomfortable adjustment period. The same goes for pets, and communicating the change as a positive to them can be difficult.
Speaking of TV episodes about moving and moving in together, have you seen the "Twin Beds" episode of How I Met Your Mother? Longtime couple Lily and Marshall are seduced by the idea of getting two twin beds, with a third bed — "a dirty, dirty sex bed" — just for sex.
It's been a while since I've had a roommate, and for the most part, my tales of shared living are pretty innocuous. But some of my close friends have had quite the nightmarish co-habitation situations. Hoarded toilet paper, late-night wailing, and unhealthy remedies for mold are only a few of the reports I've heard.
It's been only a few weeks since I made the big move south to Atlanta and meeting new people and making friends with the neighbors is very high on my list of things to do. I've just moved from a city I love, where I had a circle of friends who lived within 5 blocks, so to put it bluntly, I'm having a difficult time adjusting.
When you ask parents what not to buy for a nursery, a changing table rises to the top of the list. "Official" changing tables don't repurpose well into non-baby furniture so many parents choose alternatives to traditional changing tables, primarily dressers or desks that are at a comfortable height and deep enough to accommodate a changing pad. When my son was born this is exactly what we did, but for my daughter we've simplified things even further and gone without a changing table or pad. Here's how it's been going...
Over the last few weeks, we've learned about the cost of living in our country's largest and most expensive cities, including San Francisco, L.A., Chicago, and Brooklyn. Invariably, when talking about living in such vital yet pricey places, the topic of moving to the Midwest comes up. While the cities listed above are unmatched world destinations, there are plenty of small cities where you can walk (or bike or bus) to work, shopping, and entertainment, and live a generally urban lifestyle. Kansas City is one such city, and it's right in the middle of it all (at least when you're looking at a U.S. map)! Here's its rundown: