Wednesday, July 22, 2015

a town is only as good as its coffee

The time has come for us to once again pack all our earthly belongings in boxes and move our entire lives to a new state on the other side of the country.

For those keeping track at home, this will be our fifth house/seventh move in four and a half years.

I've assembled a short list of requirements for our new town:

* Multiple GOOD Dunkin Donuts locations. That goes without saying. The DD here are so subpar but I go anyway because Dunkin Donuts is in my blood. Plus I have a .99 refill cup and it's fiscally responsible to take advantage of the savings. I did some research on our new town and the locals like Tim Horton's or a place called Spot. They're both THE PLACE for coffee. I'll do a study of the French Vanilla ice coffee in both places and get back to you with the results.

* The Big Three- Michael's, Joann's and the Hob Lob. Much like pillows or the perfect shade of lip gloss, crafts stores are a very personal decision. My big three may not be your big three.

* Good pizza and Mexican restaurants. Obviously.

* Trees. Our current neighborhood has a grand total of seven trees, none of which shade our yard. From the hours of 9am to 7pm our yard is a sauna. Knowing how life works, our next yard will probably be completely shaded and I'll be complaining about lack of sun.

* A doctor who has speaks English well and has an easily pronounceable last name. Bonus points if she magically knows my medical history without me having to tell her.

* NO FLIES. I cannot stand flies. They have followed me from our first home at Fort Drum and set up shop in every single house since. They have taken over the kitchen and I can't get a handle on the situation.
* Desired but not a necessity: interesting neighbors. AB and I spend a considerable small amount of our day getting to know our current neighbors. By that I mean we watch their comings and goings and give them all nicknames. Christopher doesn't understand my need to be well informed about the community. Typical male.


Julie Danielle said...

Good luck in your move! Good coffee is SO important!

♥ ♥ Just a Girl in Love w/ a Soldier ♥ ♥ said...

I love this list, although it makes me so sad that your moving and I still refuse to come to terms with it. :(
So have you tried Shipley's donuts?!?!? As they aren't famously known for their coffee assortment do to a small variety but their donuts are FABULOUS, let me tell you. The Amish Bakery Ones come in right behind them at 2nd best. I must take you when you come back!!!!! PS: you need to add to your "The Big Three" a Target, you've got to have a Target. Oh and one more, a guest bedroom in the house with my name on the door, bc I will be visiting and don't do well in the backyard tent room lol.
This is not happening, I refuse to believe it!!!! Hurry home please!!!

AiringMyLaundry said...

I love Dunkin Donuts!

And ugh, flies bug me too.

Lisa said...

Kudos to you for keeping your humor with having to move so much. Its not said enough but your sacrifices (even sub-par coffee shops and fly infestations) are so appreciated! Hope everything with the move goes well and I can't wait to hear your stories of things that don't. LOL

and then we laughed said...

Well now I have to know - where are you going? And no coffee will ever hold a candle to Tin Pan Galley coffee in Sackets Harbor, NY. :)

Jen said...

Yes to good Mexican food! That is a must!

Michelle said...

Tim Hortons is king here. Some locations have amazing iced coffee, and some are terrible. I have mixed feelings on them. The donuts will make you cry tears of disappointment. DD is so much better.

Listen. I know you've already made your choice on where to move, but I do need to let you know we have everything on your list. Michael's, Joann's, and the Hob Lob are all within walking distance of me. (also, we have the same big three, but this doesn't surprise me)

The best Mexican restaurant is also within walking distance. Lots of good pizza, too.

You've seen the trees around here. All of my doctors speak English and have normal, American names.

I think I can certainly fulfill the interesting neighbor requirement.

Just some things to think about.