Monday, January 12, 2009

Exciting Times as in Busy Times!

You should see our apartment right now. Seriously. You'll never feel bad about your messy house after you see this. The dining table is pushed plush with the wall and is less a dining area and more of a desk with stacks of various to-do, to-buy, to-see piles. The two sofas are pushed together and resemble a king side bed with all the pillow backs against the wall & Isabelle's playmat on the floor in front of it. This looks like a 60 minutes special. I would take a picture to show you, but that would take time, which is in limited supply these days as we prepare to move across the world.

I am far less worried about the traveling aspect with Isabelle after our successful and very relaxing trip to Cyprus & Holland over the holidays. She was such the star. She gave jetlag the heave-ho and took less than 24 hours to adjust to local time both going there and returning. She gave colds, runny noses, chesty coughs and fever a sucker punch as she staved off all illness that plagued others around her. And she took the gold as we traveled from NY to Cyprus, from Cyprus to Holland and from Holland to NY without hardly a fuss. Ahh, she made us proud.

People have many questions for us about our move, so I'll try to summarize the gyst of it in "The van der Meer's move to Doha FAQs" below:

- When do you move?: Don't know
(sometime next week, probably, assuming the visas don't have any hiccups)
- Where will you live?: Don't know
(probably a house, likely in an expat compound, but we won't know until we get there and start looking for places)
- Uh, okay, so then where are you staying when you arrive?: Don't know
(most likely a serviced apartment or hotel, which is apparently being arranged by the bank, we think...but can't say for sure)

I've learned to be flexible.

Since returning from the holidays, we've been busy wrapping up work, buying furniture (because if there is anything we do know, we know our next place will be larger than our NYC apartment, thankgoodness), saying good-bye to all of our friends, visiting some fabulous New York restaurants one more time until we return again, and slacking on the blog.

As such, I should get back to doing whatever it is I'm supposed to be doing.


BONUS PHOTO! Grandpa and Isabelle in Chicago, early December

Who we're dancing to this week: Twilight Soundtrack

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