Okay, I didn't actually take this picture, but it does illustrate our trip to New York this week. We stayed with our friends Dave and Robyn
and their son, Andrew in their apartment in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Bay Ridge is the neighborhood just over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge (pictured above). We spent many snowed-in hours this week looking at that bridge out their windows. Despite the weather keeping us cooped-up inside a one-bedroom apartment, we did have a great week. We checked out neighborhoods--one in Queens and many in Brooklyn. In the end, we liked Bay Ridge the best. It has a great neighborhood feel, but is also urban enough for our tastes. There is a great church in the neighborhood, and a quick subway line to Manhattan. Eric was able to drop off three applications and meet with one contact in the city and has several new leads on job possibilities.
Dave and Robyn are planning to stay in the neighborhood, at least for the short-term and we're working on becoming neighbors so that Robyn can teach me how to be a competent homemaker and I can teach her . . . um . . . well, at least Joseph will be able to play with Andrew, his new best friend.
We still can't say for sure that we'll move to New York. We sure want to, but Eric does have to find a job. We're done at ASP in May and our replacements arrive August 1, so somewhere in between we'll relocate somewhere (Grandma's house?). We're confident that doors will continue to open.
In the meantime, it is really good to be home. We are giving up traveling for Lent. We haven't had a normal week since before Christmas and it's definitely time to get back to our routines and settle down for a bit. I hope that also means more blog postings for all of my devoted blog-followers!