Milestones

A couple of modestly noteworthy anniversaries have passed.

For one, we have now been living in Heather House for about a year and a month. We are still both very much in love with the house. We can’t seem to stop remarking to one another about how lucky we were to find this house. Clearly, this was the right choice for us. I don’t enjoy my commute into Salem all that much, but it could certainly be worse, and I think it’s worth it to come home to a house that I enjoy so much.

On another note, it has been over a year since we last watched broadcast television. The last thing I watched on broadcast tv was Obama’s inauguration; I don’t know if E. has watched anything since then. We haven’t even bothered to get a digital converter box. This doesn’t mean we haven’t been enjoying tv programming– we have been watching plenty on DVDs and online where we can watch as much as we feel like at a time, whenever we want to, pause to go get a drink or back up a few minutes to catch a missed line whenever we feel like it. We are definitely part of the new generation that advertisers and broadcasters are so antsy about who are no longer interested in watching broadcast television and are getting our entertainment in other ways that are harder to landmine with advertisements.

Noteworthy in another way is the incredible three-day rainstorm we have just come out of. Rock Pond is high once again, although not up to the same levels as before. Lots of roads are flooded or washed out, including several that are part of my commute. All week I’ve had to find alternate routes to and from work, which is getting frustrating. I’ve had students miss class because their cars got flooded up to the windows, which is rotten to have to deal with. We are still high and dry in Heather House, with no more than a little seepage into our basement. If these past two storms didn’t flood us, I think we can feel pretty safe for the coming decades.

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