Thanks to the sweltering heat, we spent a good deal of this weekend indoors (in the car or the house) planning out the floorplan for our main floor. If we didn't draw up a dozen different takes on the plan (and use up half of Becky & Larry's pad of graph paper) then we did nothing at all. Turns out, we think we'll be going with the "Courtney Plan" -- namely, the one with the large Great Room and the teeny tiny bedroom. By moving the fridge from one theoretical wall to another, we opened up a big part of the kitchen to cabinets (and a pantry!) we hadn't previously considered possible. We should be able to keep the radiators, which is a bonus. We think it's gonna be the best of both worlds, but we'll hold our breath until Mohammed takes a look and says it's doable. (Fingers crossed)
Other news? Abby met with Bonnie Rosenthal this morning. Bonnie is the woman who spearheaded the whole movement to save the Seminary site. I haven't met her yet, but Abby says she's super nice. (And who knows: with that last name, maybe she's a relative?) She handed over the code to get into the main Seminary building, where we will find the various gyms and common areas (pool tables, foosball, computer terminals and, most importantly for the next few months, bathrooms!). Some annoying stuff: apparently we don't get access to the ballroom, and we don't have a key to the front door-- which is directly across the street from the bungalow-- and instead have to circle the complex to enter from the other side. I remember meeting some of my neighbors a few months back and hearing complaints about who gets access to the ballroom and who doesn't. All I know is I'm paying a homeowner's association fee, and I am now extremely interested to find out what that required $112.50 a month gets me-- and what it gets other people. More to come on this issue, I'm sure.