I'm currently typing this on my smart phone and sitting on my stairs as I have no internet and furniture until next week. Michelle has explored every inch of the parquet floors and chooses a sentinel position in front of the back door. Apparently this is the best lookout for the enemy squirrel.
I think how different this place is from my old place in North Carolina. The apartment was made of papier-mâché and I would have an endless stream of noise from the stomping up the stairs to the neighbors blasting their music at all hours.
This place in VA brings a whole new set of noises: hundreds upon hundreds of birds cacophoning and the weird bark of squirrels. Kids playing at games in the courtyard (and not sitting in front of a tv all day!!) and the stream of friendly neighbors coming in to introduce themselves and welcome us to the neighborhood.