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The Breeze Out Of Nowhere

Right now, the sun is shining and it’s 68°F outside. The humidity is pretty high, too, so once the day really warms up this afternoon, it’s going to feel downright muggy. This is the weather we enjoyed yesterday as well. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be stormy, but still warm. In fact, it’s supposed to get above 70° every day until Saturday. I’d say it feels like spring, except the light’s all wrong, and the smells are all wrong, and the trees are all wearing their fall jackets. This weather and light feels like one of those rare moments of alignment that lift one’s awareness up out of the ordinary just enough to realize that there’s nothing ordinary about the ordinary. Like when a summer storm stops just before sunset and the sun lowers in gold and orange below the cloud line and you feel like you can hear and feel and smell for the first time. Or when you wake up by accident just before dawn, and your window’s open and you hear the very first bird start to sing. You’re given this gift of realizing that the moment, any moment, this moment, every moment, has moment, is momentous.

This unexpected gift couldn’t come at a more welcome time. We’re now about twelve days out from Moving Day, and every little bit helps. As we start converting our home of the past three years into a warehouse for holding our stuff until the movers come, and we can’t remember where we packed things that we shouldn’t have packed yet, and as our home becomes an obstacle course, and as each free moment fills up our heads with thoughts of all the little details we need to remember not to forget, and as all these countless little stressors start piling up, it’s nice to have a few days where the sun is shining, we can have the windows open, and we can remember that sometimes, without any effort at all, some things can be as effortless and free as an unexpected warm breeze out of nowhere.

Spinning Up the Ion Drives

Everything is starting to happen kind of very fast now. We’ve notified the post office of our impending move, and the newspaper delivery service, and requested transfers of service from our ISP and our utility company. We’ve booked our favorite movers, and gotten an estimate from them, which was easy, because they still had the complete record of everything they helped us move into this place three years ago, a few days after Hurricane Irene, if that helps you place that even in time. We’ve talked to our landlord because we’re still under lease, but he was very friendly about it, and he reached out to his rental agent, and now our current place is up for rent (so if you know anybody…). I typed part of this blog entry in and around waiting for and then accepting a delivery of our first packing boxes. We are lining up insurance for the structure, and separate insurance for our particular unit. I’m putting out feelers for interior designers, and we’re looking at new furniture together this weekend.

In seventeen days, we move.

The Second Gate

OK, it’s official as of five minutes ago: all interested parties have now signed the Purchase & Sale agreement for our new home in mid-Cambridge. All that’s left now is to close, and actually move. We hope to be in New Goosehaus by the first week of November! We are very excited!

Beginning A New Chapter

I totally thought the next time I put an update in here, it would be just to say we’d signed the Purchase & Sale Agreement, but we are still waiting on that. There have been little road bumps all over the place. Nothing too disconcerting or stressful, I’m happy to say, just formalities that have needed addressing before we can move forward with the P&S. Current estimates have us (e-)signing the P&S today, and with a projected close of 10/22, depending on how things go with the assessment. It’s possible we could be in a new condo, in a new neighborhood, this time next month, which is a little crazy. It would sound very unreal to me, if it wasn’t already starting to feel very real.

I don’t have any links to any pictures of the new place, but there is this listing for another unit in the same building, and it’s basically exactly the same, so it should give you a pretty good idea of exactly what we’re in for.

And speaking of unreal, I also figured, hey I’m buying a house, why not jump in with both feet back into that other huge time suck, writing my novel, AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. So far, so good. I’ve thrown out the first, oh, I dunno, four chapters, and have made good progress on writing a brand spankin’ new chapter 1. The temptation is to write the new chapter 1 so that it’s as “finished” feeling as the subsequent chapters I’m keeping, the ones that I’ve reworked half a dozen times already. That would be pretty stupid of me, but my brain can’t help it. Hopefully I’ll shake that mental tic soon, and be writing at a respectable clip before the end of next week.

Plus, you know, fall and stuff.



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