I think we are also just enjoying being in a place that's different. The furniture is not the same furniture we've had at the last half-dozen corporate apartments! The artwork is nice! And the beds are the most comfortable we've ever slept in. (Even though the girls have to share a bed here ... this happens to us every once in a while, living in a place without twin beds)
Living in a hotel is a little unusual, too. There is room service and 24-hour housekeeping and maintenance staff. They deliver mail to our door, and there is a constant changing stream of other travelers in the hallways and lobby. We still have our 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment, and I don't know what the other rooms / apartments here look like. I assume there is a whole range, from regular hotel rooms to penthouse suites.
Every once in a while I come across another TV-free family, but it is rare. If you want any more inspiration to this effect, check out Kill Your Television. (and as I was writing that, I couldn't resist going here as well. Anyone but me remember Ned's Atomic Dustbin? Ah, 1990... it has probably been that long since I heard this song.)
over 70 city streets with a variant of Peachtree in their names. I photographed a nearby intersection of Peachstreet Street NE and West Peachtree Street. While this seems kind of cute and funny at first, in practice this is just a bad system. What city planners ever allowed this to happen?! How on earth can anyone regularly navigate a Midtown where every other street seems to have an almost-identical name?
Speaking of navigation, Atlanta is not proving to be an especially bike- or pedestrian-friendly town, but I'll be damned if this is going to stop me. And every time I am out riding with little Isa on her Trail-A-Bike behind me, fluorescent flag flapping in the wind, I think, maybe I am contributing in some small way to a shift. Maybe the more people who see me and the kids struggling with non-existent bike lanes, zooming traffic on multi-lane roads with no shoulders, and rough sidewalks, the closer Atlanta will get to setting up a better environment for cyclists. (....or, maybe we will just struggle with this on our own for a couple of months and then move on. Change takes time, which I unfortunately don't have.)
Finally, a photo of some of the munchkins.... Alyona, Ilya, Alina, and Isa all managed to be wearing pink the other day as they scampered around this little pink flower garden outside the Cirque gate. It was a moment begging for a photo. This is the next generation of school children - Isa and Ilya will start the Totem school in 2013, and Alyona and Alina in 2014.