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Feb162009

Recently Asked Questions

Didn't you, like, just move?

Actually we moved three years ago. And you call yourself a faithful reader? You sicken me.

Didn't you say you liked New Jersey?

Sure, there's plenty to like here. We just like it better in Brooklyn.

Why did you move in the first place, stupid?

I do believe you answered your own question.

No, really.

Why did we move? It's all a blur. We were young and foolish. Our parents asked us when we were going to grow up and get a real place to live. Our friends moved out here and loved it. We thought we wanted a yard. We believed that house ownership would be intrinsically rewarding. We thought it wasn't too far from our friends and family. We were sure our other friends would follow our move.

And now you're moving back. Tell us more.

About a year ago, Scott told me he wanted to move back to Brooklyn. I actually fought him on it. I was all, "But the space! And the, uh, space! And Henry has space! And did I mention the space? So much space. Spaaaaace." We squabbled for about fifteen minutes, and then I came to my senses.

We miss our friends. Our family members are either in Brooklyn or much closer to Brooklyn than New Jersey. I loathe having to get into a car to do anything. Scott hates our damn yard. And we both think home ownership is highly overrated. We'd much rather spend our weekends going to the park or museums or flea markets or ANYTHING than spend our time tending to a house. We miss looking out the window and figuring out the weather based on what people are wearing. We miss take-out. We miss feeling like we're home.

How does Henry feel about the move?

It's hard to say. If you ask him, he will claim to be thrilled, but I think it's more complicated than that.

The other day he told me, "If you think I'm sad at all about moving, you just blow that thought out of your mind." I do think he's a little sad, though. Sad but excited.

I live in a big city. Should I never move to the suburbs because you didn't like it?

Yes. You should also like purple, because it's my favorite color. Also, Earl Grey tea is your new favorite. Write that down.

We have many friends out here who love it, who can't imagine going back to the city. These people are smart and hilarious and trustworthy. We have other friends who can't imagine living anywhere but in a city. I think it's safe to say we fall into the latter camp. We just had to leave the city to figure that out.

And we're going back, in eight days. Excuse me while I jump up and down for a few minutes.

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Reader Comments (242)

I am excited for you. I sometimes miss the city but can never make up my mind. Luckily, neither can my husband. So we rent. And move. A lot.
February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
I agree about home ownership...

congrats on going home!
February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah @ Ohana Mama
You failed to answer my burning question:

How do you feel about turtlenecks?!

Excited on your behalf.
February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCat
That's great! I am envious. We went from a city-ish walkable NY suburb to house with a yard and good schools three years ago, and I am so over it. We hate home maintenance too.

Thanks for your great writing and links!

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana
Good luck on your move; I'm looking forward to Henry's take on all that is new for him.
February 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Have always been a total suburbs girl. I like (not love) to visit the big city (San Francisco) but cannot imagine ever actually living there. I like having a yard for my dogs to pee and poo in (it doesn't really get used for much else)and the relative quiet of the 'burbs. What we do have in common is Earl Grey! Me too. Have you tried Tazo? It's the best. Congrats on the big move.
February 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrobin
Forget Earl Grey - one spoon lapsang, one spoon Earl Grey - it will change your life. You will thank me some day.
February 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
Ohhhh I miss Brooklyn. But it was not a place one could live on a teacher's salary, so I had to leave the state. Lucky you to have a choice, and please kiss Prospect Park for me.

And if the mortgage crisis isn't evidence that home ownership is overrated, I don't know what is.
February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
You go girl! Oh wait, you're already going...
February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBOSSY
I live in a small town and love it. But I so totally miss the city . . . aaaah, the thought of a great ethnic restaurant on every corner, all night takeout, real shopping . . . . Enjoy!
February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElaine at Lipstickdaily
Having done the "Big City" thing on both coasts, I'm ecstatic to have finally found my bliss on the plains of South Dakota. But then I LOVE gardening, and renovating and, frankly, being able to go for days without seeing a single soul. It's whatever floats your boat! The trick is figuring out what truly makes you happy, and making it happen. Congrats on your move!
February 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercolleen
We moved into this house for the space. Let me tell you about space: space is just added square footage to store all the crap you would never otherwise consider accumulating.

Cheers to you for doing what makes you happy.
February 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
I'm hoping you'll post pictures of the new place.
February 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBella Rum
So many of us are born, live and die all within the same few miles. Here's to expanding your horizons!
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBen @ Big Piece of Chicken
Congratulations Dancing Queen! Brooklyn is awesome- I wish we had the fortitude for it with two kids and a mountain of crap. But alas we are the pack rat people and I the wuss mother who couldn't bear the idea of being stuck inside on a winter day with my children in a dinky apartment (as we quickly learned was all we were gonna be able to afford in Brooklyn when we looked a few years ago) New Jersey is going to miss you (at least I am, but really that's all that matters.) Safe moving!
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJ
I think it takes a lot of balls to actively decide to change such a big thing--like location, so I applaud you Alice! Way to not let the idea of a lawn and shit outweigh what you really wanted. I think this will be great for you. I hope you're enjoying Brooklyn!
February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBea
Remember this: Happy Mum makes Happy Family!

Your family will be happy where ever you are. Children will survive and adapt where ever they live. (Dad I am not so sure about) :)

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiniHipster.com
welcome back, girl! you can wave to me as you go east from jamaica station to go see your peeps out east. see, isn't it nice to say "out east" again? we're glad you're back.

although, i will say, one of the things i do like about queens is the urban/suburban-ness of it. just when you think it's all yards and trees, BAM! you're chowing down some take out thai and your kid is at preschool with the UN. wouldn't trade it for the world. can't beat the taxes, either.

glad for you, alice. so very.
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpnuts mama
Finona. that's absolutely genius. Very Park Slope, very Now. Or maybe Finnuala. Or Finnualeoghe.Good luck, Alice! I imagine it must have been a tricky decision in many ways, but when everyone else is raking the crap out of their NJ yards, you'll be lolling on the lawns of Prospect Park enjoying your picnic from the Blue Apron. Lovely!
March 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrabmommy
Welcome new neighbor! :)
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