February 20, 2017

Moving Checklist

Things don't always go according to plan.  You may remember reading my moving post.  Two days after I published that post, we had our home inspection which revealed asbestos, galvanized plumbing, an original 150 amp electrical panel and mold.  Those were just the big ticket items.  In the end, we decided to walk away for two reasons: 1) we didn't want to be in over our heads in repairs right off the bat and 2) it wasn't going to be our forever home.

Here we are six weeks later in the same position- our 6th offer was accepted on a home 10 days ago and the home inspection is in two days.  We're hopeful this one will pass inspection since the current owners have kept it immaculate (and it still has the charm I was after, including glass door knobs!)  The one downside is the sellers have requested a 60 day close (opposed to our 30 day ones previously) which would put our move in date around Easter weekend.  In the meantime, I'm staying with Mike's parents until we officially close.

I wanted to share my moving checklist that has gotten me through the years, from apartment to apartment in Richmond, our move to NJ, and now to NY.

Address Change Checklist - the file is saved as a Word document so you can edit it to fit your needs.

I hope you're having a great President's Day.  It has been sunny and in the 50s all weekend here in Albany.  The snow is finally starting to melt and I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of spring!

February 1, 2017

24 Hours in Philadelphia

It's hard to believe today is February 1st.  This year is already flying by!  Back in September, I ran the Rock n Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon with my cousin Kelsey, and realized I never shared my 24 hours in Philly.  Nicknamed The City of Brotherly Love, I figured this would be an appropriate post during the month of February.

 First stop: Packet pickup!

LOVE Sculpture

Beautiful detail on the columns of one of the buildings as we approached City Hall.

City Hall

After visiting the iconic LOVE sculpture, we admired City Hall as we made our way east toward the Liberty Bell.  The Liberty Bell Center is free to visit and is open daily from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

The garden behind the Liberty Bell Center

If you're looking at the Liberty Bell, directly behind it, you'll see the garden and Independence Hall.  Independence Hall is where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and approved on July 4, 1776 and read aloud right there in Independence Square!  It is also where the US Constitution was debated, drafted and signed.  The US Constitution was completed on September 17, 1787 [source]. Admission to Independence Hall is also free but you will need a free timed entry ticket to tour.

Independence Hall

The next morning was race day.  We had to be at the starting line at 7:30 AM, so it was a 5:00 wake up call, oatmeal in the hotel and an Uber to the starting line.

It was a very humid morning, which resulted in a poor race for me. [I don't run well in any heat or humidity.  33°F - 50°F is my body's optimum running range.]  70°F, overcast and 84% humidity to be exact.  It surely wasn't my best time, but I did finish and was thankful for that.  Final time: 2:09:41

Post-race in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the iconic scene from the movie Rocky!

Around mile 2 when we were still running together :)

One of the must-dos on our trip was to enjoy a famous Philly Cheesesteak.  We decided that it would be best enjoyed after the race, so we ventured to Sonny's Famous Cheesesteaks - a recommendation from a friend who works in Philly because it is "just as good as Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks but less touristy."  And he was right!

We ordered the chicken cheesesteak because I had been having gallbladder attacks [off and on since 2013 but had no idea what it was until this past summer.  Apparently I have a very high pain tolerance!] which I had removed this past December.
Next time I can get the full experience with steak!

Have you visited Philadelphia?  What was your favorite experience?  I'd love to hear!