The lay of the land, I’m finding, can be very different in your head than what it is in actuality.
We were able to drive around a bit today, and I’m happy to report that all my obsessing for the past month or so helped. A little. I was familiar with street names and directions in the Arlington area, and somewhat in the greater Alexandria area. It’s nice to actually be here now to see everything in person. However, I did not envision hills anywhere and there tend to be a lot of hills in Arlington. Good to know, for instance, if we’re looking at a house and the nearest bus stop is .25 miles up a hill. That might be a determining factor.
We drove through our top neighborhoods and were pleased with most of them. We’ll be going around tomorrow to look in some houses! Finally! Hopefully we’ll have some good news to report in the next couple of days.
One addendum: the cats. The very night that I wrote that they had given us no issues they managed to give us issues. That night they exercised their nocturnal nature to its fullest extent in our hotel room. Although the room was quite big enough for the two humans, when you add in two worried cats who were pacing over the bed, in the window, in the bathroom, on top of the entertainment center, and meowing to voice their inquietude…the room became very small. Fortunately, my husband is somewhat of a genius and carries around not just one pair of earplugs, but two pairs. Before getting back to sleep though Du tried to rationalize with Buzz.
Du: Shhhh, Buzz
Du: Buzz, Shhhh, it’s ok
Me: He doesn’t understand English Du, especially at 5 in the morning.
Last night we were smart enough to wear the earplugs to bed so we weren’t woken up by anything. I have no idea if they were up last night or not.