In less than 24 hours, all of my worldly goods should be moved in to my new digs.
While my neon anticipation far outweighs any other emotion, I must say I am a bit wistful to leave Oakley.
The little berg was a charming community that I discovered after agreeing to take a job at Channel 12 over five years ago. Employees there tried their best to get me to move to Anderson, but I was hell bent on living in the city of Cincinnati.
There's something about actually living in the city limits - and I was going to have no part of the suburbs.
About two years later, I started getting a hankering for a home even closer to the heart of my beloved Cincinnati. I dreamed of spaces with a mix of industrial and antique accents, complete with hardwood floors and exposed ductwork.
After many, many moons, I am finally getting what I've always wanted.
Still, I'm going to miss the pulse of Annie Oakley's namesake.
Things I'm going to miss:
- Throwing on my shoes for a quick walk to Habit's/Dewey's/
Kona/Subway/Oakley Pub/Aglamesis/Fresh Market.
- Grabbing my computer and heading to the shady strip of grass on the Esplanade, complete with complimentary wi-fi.
- The beautiful, tree lined streets and quaint homes - perfect for family life.
- The proximity to Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout.
- The beautiful, antique built-in china cupboard in my apartment.
- The wall-to-wall carpet, or the massive, moldy hole in the ceiling above my bathroom toilet.
- Washing dishes by hand.
- The epic construction project happening on Madison Rd.
- The redneck neighbors who have since moved in to this apartment building.
dungeonbasement laundry facility that looks like it was made for Norman Bates.
- The three-count 'em-three feet of counter space in the kitchen.
- My peeping tom.
- The eight-minute AM commute and the 15-45 minute PM commute (depending on traffic and weather conditions).
- Growing stronger bonds with current friends, and making new friends, too.
- Glossy hardwood everywhere!
- A washer, dryer and dishwasher in my unit!
- The view I have of Downtown Cincinnati's magnificent skyline - in every season, in every evening, and every twilight.
- Real container gardening on my fire escape.
- A big kitchen island
- A fancy shower head
- Close proximity to forkheartknife/Neon's/The Iris/Grammer's/Findlay Market and a variety of other establishments.
- The variety of people and lifestyles co-existing in an urban setting.
- My 1.5 mile commute to work. No interstate - no problem.
Here's to closing one chapter of my life, and tearing through the pages of a new one.
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