Please, dear Santa,
Mr. Santa, please,
Can't you make the fighting cease?
All I want for Christmas,
All I want for Christmas,
All I want for Christmas
is world peace...
Well, Jon and I are safely entrenched in our new apartment in Lyndhurst, NJ. Things didn't go quite as smoothly as they could have: neither of us got our U-Haul vehicles early on November 1st as hoped, and so we ended up moving on Sunday the 2nd; phone service was established, but it didn't actually reach into the apartment until I redid some wiring; neither the hard-wired nor the wireless doorbell system was working, so I had to put in a new wireless doorbell, too. And we're still getting by with my little refrigerator, though I swear I'm going to buy a full-sized one shortly... Anyway, today marks one month in the place!
My commute to work is different now. I take the 76 bus from Lyndhurst to Hackensack, and the ol' 83 bus from Hackensack (not Jersey City anymore) to Ridgefield. This segment of the 83's route takes me within a five-minute walk of two of my old apartments, in Teaneck and Ridgefield Park. Ah, nostalgia... It takes me less time to get to work, and as a result I'm sleeping almost an hour later each morning than I had been. The ride home doesn't save me as much time; still, the round trip costs me one-fourth of what I was paying for the round trip from New Brunswick!
Living in the same town as my honey has proven wonderful, too. We were able to get together more often and more easily last month. Gina was actually the first visitor to the apartment, the night we got our keys and a week before we even moved in. We've made several shopping trips together, and she went to my sister's birthday party with me. She and I also went to lunch with her daughter, Hannah, and my friends Dawn and Dave; we four adults then went to see "The Cat in the Hat," which turned out to be a lot of fun.
After some confusion and some rearranging of plans all around, Gina is also accompanying me to my sister Grace's wedding this month to John Arlotta. This will be our first formal event together, and we're both looking forward to it! I'm also excited about seeing my honey in a dress... ;)
I'm taking Gina and Hannah to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York on the 4th as well, which should put us all in the holiday spirit. I think I've gotten more than half my shopping done already, which is certainly a good start, but I've got to finish up now that I think of it. Maybe by this weekend...
We both enjoyed "The Matrix Revolutions" immensely, better than "Reloaded." In fact, we were talking about catching the IMAX presentation, too. I've got to look into that. This month, the new "Lord of the Rings" movie comes out; woo-hoo! Can't wait to see that one...
I haven't quite decided on the fate of Ozzy's journals yet. Obviously, he's not around to write them any longer, but Rocky is clamoring to continue updating everyone on his and Ricky's adventures. I'm not sure I like the idea, but perhaps a Raccoon Log will replace the journals...
Oh, it turns out that one of my high school alumni, Lana Gorgievski, is going to be on tomorrow (12-3) night's "The West Wing" on NBC! Lana applies her acting talent to the role of the President's grandson's Swedish nanny. Check it out!
OK, my little elves, I think that's all I have to say to you this month. Enjoy your holidays, whichever holidays you happen to celebrate in December, and I'll get back to you in 2004, which looks to be a very good year indeed. :) Tchau, baby!