We found our house, roughly 15 miles east of the city center, but still with a Cincinnati address, which for me means the choice of two library systems, because the trees behind our house, apparently, are on the border between two counties. I call that interesting, but haven't found out so far if there are advantages or disadvantages to it. Well, except the two library system thing, which certainly seems like an advantage. We can join the Cincinnati library system, and the Clermont County one.
Also interesting, the most efficient path into the city takes you first across the river into Kentucky, then back over the river to Ohio again. It's funny; most of New Jersey seems crowded and the roads are always busy, but I've rarely driven in what I'd call city traffic since leaving Kansas City 17 years ago. Oh, boy!
There's a bowling alley only a couple of miles away with a reputation for being very clean and well-run. So I'm excited about that because it's how I used to keep in shape, only the one near us here is not nice, plus costs too much. This being New Jersey, everything costs too much except car fuel. I'll miss New Jersey, but I will appreciate paying less for everything. Except car fuel, which will cost more and require me to put it in myself!
A decade ago I'd have been immensely excited about the pool. At this point, I'm mildly pleased; the boys will love it, and I won't have to do all that much maintenance myself, as I did a few years ago at the house we rented before moving to this current one. So, yay, water. But there is also an outdoor jacuzzi in a gazebo on the deck. A decade ago I'd have been rather pleased about that, but I am less certain about it now. It's kind of expensive to fire those things up and use them. I'd have been more excited about an indoor one, as a sort of back therapy. But it'll be sort of cool to try out, anyway.
Maybe it's just the birthday looming, or all the work ahead in the next few weeks, and all the change, newness, gains and losses: I feel very middle-aged just at the moment.