last weekend we went on a whirlwind trip to new jersey to find an apartment. and it's true what they say- the real estate market back east is, in fact, run by satan. so, to live where we want to live and in an apartment i can live with, that was available at the time we need it... we are paying an unbelievable amount. fortunately, i can not only live with our apartment, but i actually really like it. it's close to john's work, a quick train ride into nyc, and a place without scary steep wooden stairs (unlike every other apartment we looked at). we had an amazing time and i got to know john's cousin and his sweet family. i bet it's going to be beautiful when we move out there... and such an adventure!