Still here!

We are still here, enjoying and adjusting to our new life in Florida.    
(From top: lots of palms, Wolfie gets a tuneup in Palm Harbor, Frank Lloyd Wright at Florida Southern, lots of beach, Ross visits).

There is something to be said for not only achieving a goal, but processing the aftermath. Our major goal was for Tim to get a tenure-track position and we are so grateful for it. However, it is easy to think, “Well, once he gets this job, everything will be great!” And by and large, it is. We like Tampa, the new house (boy, does it feel big), Tim’s job, the people, the beach, and so on. But it is still hard. In some ways, harder than we expected. I am still waiting for a start date at work, four weeks after meeting with HR. There are lots of clearances and I appreciate their thoroughness, but it is frustrating. It can be annoying to rely on GPS all the time and it is mentally and physically tiring to be living in a new place. But! If you had told us last October that Tim would have this position and it would be in Tampa, we would have been so excited and relieved. 

I have been trying to set up the house, the guest areas, and rip out all the grass that was eaten by chinch bugs (do not even get me started!). I have also been reading at the gorgeous beach that is 40 minutes away. Awake at Work by Michael Carroll was really good, and is helping me gain some perspective on my upcoming job in a new setting. The Atlantic has had some really great articles recently, especially “The Coddling of the American Mind.”

Ross visited a couple of weeks ago, Mark and Diane arrive tonight, and Andy will be joining us for a very Florida Thanksgiving, along with Moz and Foz! It is great to see everyone. 

So there is a brief update. I am headed out to run some errands before it gets too hot!

One week in Florida

We have been in Florida for nine days. The first week was a bit of a whirlwind. Lots of things to do (license and registration, unpacking, driving around with GPS), but overall, things are fine. 

The weather here is crazy! As I write this, we are having a serious thunderstorm (serious by Massachusetts standards). It rains every day, sometimes torrential rain, and there is significant thunder and lightning almost daily. It is tough to plan around the weather, since storms tend to pop up quickly and stay in one place for a very long time. This makes evening walks difficult. But! When we can do evening walks, they are pretty nice!  

Not too shabby!

Nearly that we have encountered in Florida has been very nice–super friendly, always willing to help and say hello. We went out to dinner with our neighbors next door on Friday and then did the Riverwalk. A highlight of the week, for sure!

We went to Siesta Beach on Saturday, which is voted the #1 beach in America by Trip Advisor. It was beautiful! Quartz sand, clear water, good amenities! We arrived early, got a prime parking spot, went swimming, and had a picnic lunch. Lots of fun.  

Tim started his orientation week today. I have an interview for a new job on Wednesday and we are mostly unpacked. The house is very nice and we are starting to settle in. Lots to do, but we are trying to be patient. 

Thank you all for your kind words, thoughts, and gifts! We miss you!

Heading offcape

Our time in Massachusetts has come to a close, and we are heading back to Tampa today. It is hard to believe that we have been here for five weeks. We were able to see many family members and friends, and for that, we are especially grateful. 

We spent our last few days on the Cape. We went fishing on the Suzy Q and below are a few highlights: 

We watched the sunset on August 6, and it was a pretty spectacular anniversary show: 

Yesterday was Mozzie’s birthday and it was full of surprises, including a new bike, two stuffed Labradors, Ross and Erin, presents, and a German chocolate cake from Amy’s Bread.  

It has been a great summer, and we are so grateful to everyone, but especially our parents. We love you!!!

We are heading to the airport soon, and Andy will be holding down the fort while Mark and Diane enjoy France. Speaking of France, take a look at the view from their hotel room. C’est incroyable, non? 


So long, Massachusetts! See you in December. 

“Make this drive-in a regular habit.”

Last night, we treated Mozzie to dinner and a double-feature for her upcoming birthday. We went to dinner at Karoo, a South African restaurant. It was very good and I particularly liked the atmosphere. At Moz’s suggestion, we went to the Wellfleet Drive-In for a double feature of Minions and Inside Out. 

 We had never been to the drive-in, and it was so much fun! I would definitely return. It has a retro feel and makes watching a movie fun and comfortable. The best part was seeing Mozzie so happy. She was telling us about all the fun times she had at the drive-in while she was growing up. 

 What a blast! I loved the advertisements, the national anthem at the start, and the concession ads. Also, the original speakers (from 1957!) worked really well. 

   We can’t wait to return. Until then, there are a few in Tampa. Thank you, Mozzie, for introducing us to this fun pastime! 


Also, Tim was able to take an introductory fly-fishing class at Black Eel Outfitters. He had a great time and learned a lot. He is hoping to fish in Florida soon.  

We have been having a great time in Massachusetts, visiting lots of family and friends. It has been a very relaxing trip. Just what we both needed! 


On Thursday, we went to a local blueberry farm. It was the second day of harvest and a beautiful day. Below are a couple photos from our quiet morning.  


 We have also spent a lot of time at the beach, especially at sunset. The tides have been low. Every night is different, but it is reassuring to know the beach is always there, forever. 


 We are enjoying the weekend with Tim, Meredith, and Andy. We are so fortunate to have such good friends, family, and places. 

In Tampa and on Cape

Last week, we packed up Pennsylvania and made the 1,000 mile journey south to our new home.   


The drive was (thankfully) uneventful. We had three drivers and two cars. Our first night was spent in Latta, South Carolina after a fried chicken dinner. We then resumed, driving through Georgia to Florida. We decided to stop at the Florida-Georgia line to pick up some grapefruit juice and snap a few photos.  


We arrived in Tampa in the early evening, picked up the keys from our realtor, and ate a delicious pizza at the Mellow Mushroom. We moved in the next day without incident (other than the movers from across the street who backed into my car. But that’s being addressed). Our move went very smoothly, thank goodness! 
Our single-story Florida house is bigger than purple house. It is really lovely, with a great lawn and lots of character. Below, a photo of us on the front porch and a shot of the backyard from the master bedroom.  


We brought Andy to check out the university and to Clearwater beach. The water was 87 degrees! The weather is fairly consistent, as you can see in this screenshot: 


It would thunder for a little while in the afternoon but rarely rained. The exception was the afternoon we flew back to Boston, where a major storm delayed us about 3 hours. Yikes! 

One of my favorite aspects of the short trip to Tampa was walking around our neighborhood. There are so many sweet bungalows and wild plants. We are fortunate to have lots of local breweries, restaurants and coffee shops, as well.  Below are some flower from one of our nightly walks.


We are now back in Massachusetts and enjoying some much-needed relaxation. We spent a few days on the Cape this week, where the weather was beautiful and cool. 

Now we are in Easton, anticipating a barbecue with family and friends tomorrow and enjoying a little of this: 

And this: 

Happy to be home! 

Best of Pennsylvania

Tim lived in Pennsylvania for nine years, and I lived in the Bryn Mawr area for five. We have so many good memories and photos, so I thought I’d share some of them with you.
First and foremost, we had a blast hosting our families and friends. These are several of my favorite photos:









Bryn Mawr is a beautiful place to live in all seasons, but is especially pretty in winter and spring. We spent a lot of time outdoors, both close to home and in the surrounding areas. Hiking at Valley Forge, the Pinnacle, and Lehigh Gap were some of our favorites. Below, a few of our adventures:











And, finally, there was Purple House (PH). It’s hard to write about this special little house. We know every creaky floorboard, how to work its cantankerous heating/cooling system, and the perfect way to shim up Wolfgang (our clock) so that he would run (somewhat) on time. We had parties, visitors, study sessions, and fantasy football draft planning. It was very hard to say goodbye. Below, some photos of the house that is loved by so many:










We are now in Tampa, and will provide a recap of the move in our next post. Thank you to all and everything that made Pennsylvania so special. We love you!

Best of New Jersey

Over the past three years, we have spent nearly every weekend in the spring, summer, and fall riding our bikes in southern New Jersey. We have grown very fond of the area. On Friday, we said goodbye. Below are some of the highlights from our many rides.


We will miss the quiet farms, the rustling of the wheat, the horses, the cows. We will miss the little downtowns, our favorite roads, and our beloved Cream Valley Custard. We are looking forward to new Florida roads, but they will not be Jersey. 

We are settling into our hotel in South Carolina and will drive the remaining 500 miles to our new home tomorrow. Stay tuned for a best of Pennsylvania post.  

Breaking News!

The Corolla will spend her golden years (or months, or weeks) in the Sunshine State. She passed her checkup and is headed south next month. She shined a little brighter today:

(This photo has been edited.)

We had our doubts, but the Rolly set us straight. Meredith said it best: