Friday, January 28, 2011

Giddy

Yesterday Courtney and I ventured out into the coldness and wended our way to the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge's main museum).  It's a gorgeous building inside and out:



I was a humanities major for enough of my time at BYU to appreciate art museums.  I enjoy them and was expecting to be satisfied again here.  But I had forgotten where I was.  I was in *Cambridge!  I was in Europe.  I have never been to an art museum in Europe before (to be fair to the US, I have never been to an art museum on the East Coast before either, and that, I think, would yield some of the same results).  Art museums in Europe hold originals from those artists who fundamentally revolutionized the history and practice of art!  Yesterday I was looking at originals from Monet, Van Gogh, Rubens, Titian, Pissarro, Poussin, Van Dyck, Barocci, Renoir, and Delacroix.  None of their very famous works of course, but still utterly delightful!  Courtney was laughing at the giddy expression on my face.  Okay, so I get excited looking at a canvas once touched by a master... 

*i.e. a very rich, very famous institution.

Barocci
Monet
Renoir
Van Dyck
Pissarro

Monday, January 24, 2011

VOTE!!

There has been no internet connection and so no update, but there's no time to explain the announcement: Dave and I have officially moved to Phoenix/Scottsdale/Tempe/Mesa/Gilbert/Chandler Arizona.  Why one big city has six different names (on its west/southwest side alone), I don't know.  Dave and I are purchasing our first home and have narrowed it down to two options.  In reality I think the choice has already been made, but none-the-less, I will let you all choose your favorite.  Any advice/opinions will be appreciated and considered, though not necessarily heeded.

HOUSE OPTION #1:






Points to consider (each point is almost always a positive AND a negative in some way):

  • Detached house
  • Thirty minute drive to work
  • 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath
  • 1,528 sqft on 4,748 sqft property
  • Two Stories
  • More expensive list price but low HOA
  • Great possibility for increased value in the future
  • Built in 1990
  • Needs some easy, cheap updates/fixes
  • Mixed neighborhood with teenagers in both houses next-door
  • Double vanity in the master bath
  • Yard
  • Living room and family room - no great room
  • Older appliances, no dryer
  • Shopping close
HOUSE OPTION #2:





Points to consider (each point is almost always a positive AND a negative in some way):
  • Shared walls
  • Ten minute bike ride to work
  • 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath
  • 941 sqft on 1,102 sqft property
  • One Story
  • Less expensive list price but high HOA
  • Great possibility for increased value in the future
  • Built in 1986 but rebuilt in 2007
  • Comes ready-made with no updates or fixing up necessary
  • Mostly young couples finishing degrees or starting careers and families
  • Huge walk-in closet in the master bedroom
  • Small enclosed patio but communal grass area
  • Great room
  • New appliances
  • Freeway access close
Comments ready?  GO!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I rent an apartment, David rents a different apartment, we live in a third apartment and we are looking for a house.

I am returning to England tomorrow. After I have survived the grueling twenty hours of travel and rested sufficiently, I will begin working through the backlog of reunion/Christmas/cross-country move and return posts previously put on hold due to the holiday internet void. Until then!