* If you are constantly misplacing stuff, don't buy a house any bigger than you need unless you want to go completely nuts looking for that object you were just holding a second ago. I already knew this, but why can't I stop myself from putting things down in invisible places?
* High ceilings equals long staircases. It's 22 steps down and 17 steps up from the main floor. What's that ivy, you want a drink of water in the middle of the night? No problem, it's only a 78 step round trip! Come again, you can't find your stuffed animal du jour? Back in a heart attack!
* Yesterday our next-door neighbors moved out and a family across the street moved in. That means among all the houses we can see from our front step (our own and those two) we've resided here the longest. Damn these newcomers and their out-of-town ways! I remember how wonderful bend used to be... the day before yesterday.