Thank you all for the recipes and cooking ideas! We don't have an outdoor space in our current apartment, but in our new one we have a back patio so we will be buying a grill soon. This will definitely help solve my summer cooking problem.
Speaking of our new place, I don't think I ever formally talked about it on the blog....
We had been toying with the idea of moving for a while because our current apartment is pretty small and pricey. When we first moved to DC we wanted to live close to AJ's school so that he could walk to class. Now that we are more familiar with public transportation and the different neighborhoods in DC, we felt confident that we could move to a different area of the city that would give us more bang for our buck!
Then we had a situation arise where an angry old man (who also happens to be the condo association president) reported that he was twice awoken by Kona in the year plus that we have lived in our current place. This resulted in us being warned that our dog was a nuisance to the community. Really??? Those who have met my dog know she does sporadically bark, but it is by no means excessive and we stop her within seconds. I mean really, if you expect a dog to be silent you are being unrealistic. And if you want no noise you shouldn't live in an apartment, in a dog friendly building in a loud neighborhood in DC. Anyway, instead of this person approaching us and discussing what may be bothering him, he sent out a nasty email to our landlord, basically threatening to have us kicked out or to force us to get rid of our dog. Needless to say I was extremely offended and was ready to move that night. Our landlord wanted to have us all meet so that we could talk about and resolve the situation (we have been great tenants and he did not want to lose us), but since we were already thinking about moving, this was the final push we needed to really start the moving process.
As luck would have it, one of AJ's bosses had a friend that was looking to rent her townhouse in an area we were planning to look. She set up a day for us to view the apartment and we instantly fell in love! Our new place has two floors, two bedrooms, one and a half baths, a back patio, and a doggie door. And it has a washer and dryer. Could it be anymore perfect?? As soon as we get in I will take pictures of the inside so that I can do a before and after like I did when we moved into our current apartment. I'm so excited!!
ETA: AJ talked with our new landlord yesterday and she said we can start moving stuff in whenever we want, so perhaps we will be in our new place sooner than August 1st!
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