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As our move is getting closer, its time to start being serious on the other end. Here is what I know for sure:

-We will be living with my mother. For those of you who don't remember or never knew, she lives in Bethesda, between River Rd and Massachusetts Ave. We will be staying with her for at least 6 months, but it may be longer depending on my job prospects.

-I am currently looking for work as a library clerk/assistant. I do not have an MLS but I do have enough on the job experience, including running as small office library, to fill an entry level librarian position if they aren't picky about extra education. I am interested in getting into cataloging and catalog maintenance. I either need set part time hours or full time hours, making between $16 and $20 an hour, for us to be able to afford child care. I will be totally dependent on public transit once I start working since we will not be able to afford a second car and my mother's car is ready for the junk heap. So my work area is somewhat limited without a car. It can be worked around (ie having Brent drop me off and pick me up) but I'd rather be more independent. I would prefer DC or the MD suburbs but close in NoVa is fine too. If anyone hears of a position popping up I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know. I am currently expecting to be available to work as of 10/19.

-We need to be settled at Mom's with an active internet connection by 10/7. There is a project that Brent will need to take over as lead on and that's the transition date. As a result, we will most likely be arriving at Mom's on or about 10/1, depending on when we can get the movers and how long we visit in Houston with Brent's family along the way.

-We will be putting at least some of our stuff in storage.

Here is what I need, in the way of help:

-Recommendations for a good pediatrician for Ian and a high-risk OBGYN for myself. Both will need to be located in North West DC or the close in MD suburbs.

-Strong arms and backs to help re-arrange furniture. We will need to play musical bedrooms once we arrive at Mom's so that everyone (including Bethy, for her weekend visits) has their own bedroom (with Brent and I sharing of course). We will also need help setting up the office space in the family room and moving stuff that doesn't fit into storage. I'm guessing that we will need help with this the first full weekend of October, but if we are later than I think, it might turn out to be the second weekend instead.

-Not so strong arms and good eyes to help with Ian during the great furniture shift. Mom will be there but I would love it if she had some help herding Wee Boy (and any other smalls whose parents wish to join in the fray). Brent and I will both be needed to direct, lift and haul.

-Willing victims for a board game play group, to meet at least every other week (once a week would be best but I know that everyone has crazy schedules) that will involve occasional play test of games in development. Brent will need folks to try prototypes out on and it would be great to have a play group of about 6 people to really run paces. The play test would be open to anyone within the group who has a prototype to offer up.

-An RPG of some kind that meets weekly and has an open place for 2 reasonably experienced players. Brent doesn't mind GMing if we can find folks interested in playing but we would need at least 5 players total to make any of his campaigns work.

-Recommendations on a medium to large-sized, fairly liberal Presbyterian church (PCUSA only) for Brent, which has an ethnically diverse congregation and uses a traditional service formant and traditional music. An active adult hand bell choir is a plus.

-Recommendations on a Knit Night, Pagan Circle and/or Reading Group for me. Brent and I have made a deal that we each get a night to ourselves once we are settled. His will be for street skating downtown, but I'm still looking for mine.

Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to provide. We are really looking forward to being settled and having a more normal life.

Date: 2009-09-02 07:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We're gonna be neighbors! Well, 3.5 hours away by car neighbors, but still. Unfortunately my sphere of knowledge of pediatricians ends around Winchester VA. I do know that Children's National Hospital is an excellent children's hospital and a pediatrician associated with them would be my general recommendation.

Date: 2009-09-02 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Children's is a bit of a drive from my mom's in the suburbs. I'm actually looking for a practice a little be closer. Our pediatrician out here (who we love) in a GW alum and we are going to ask him for recommendations when we see him on Friday, but I also firmly believe in getting info from parents as well. That's how we found Dr. Chen.

Date: 2009-09-02 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh I wans't meaning to go to Children's itself, but most major children's hospitals have affiliated pediatric practices a good way out into the suburbs, up to several hours in some cases.

Date: 2009-09-02 07:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Re internet: [ profile] stevemb & I have been pretty happy with Speakeasy.

Willing victims for a board game play group, to meet at least every other week (once a week would be best but I know that everyone has crazy schedules) that will involve occasional play test of games in development. Brent will need folks to try prototypes out on and it would be great to have a play group of about 6 people to really run paces. The play test would be open to anyone within the group who has a prototype to offer up.

Games Club of Maryland has a regular Friday evening session in Silver Spring. [ profile] thelongshot, [ profile] stevemb & I are regulars, so at least occasional rides are possible. Playtests have been enthusiastically enabled in the past.

I'll see what I can do about your other issues.
Edited Date: 2009-09-02 08:07 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-09-02 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
there's also [ profile] dcgamenight
Also see [ profile] chez_turtle. Good crowd, good games, and I never get there b/c they're out in Ashburn. But Bethesda is far farther West than I usually am...
Edited Date: 2009-09-02 03:23 pm (UTC)

Response to Vvalkyri

Date: 2009-09-02 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! I'll look into both groups. I had forgotten about the Chez Turtle gaming parties. As I said in my response to [ profile] starmalachite, we would rather run our group out of where ever we are living to make things easier on Ian but the Chez Turtle group might be a good compromise.

Date: 2009-09-02 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Re Internet: It looks like we are going with FiOS. Brent needs the connection to be better than the average home connection because he'll be using it for work and downloading a lot of hi quality graphics. And getting Mom's house wired for fibre optics is a selling point. The house isn't even cable ready now. [ profile] katrinb and [ profile] thelongshot seem to be happy with their FiOS service (at least they haven't complained in my hearing and I've asked) and so are our friends Cal & Lynne out here. And with phone, TV and Internet bundled we'd be paying about the same for the bundle as we are paying out here for the three services separately and we'll get long distance as part of the package, which we don't have out here.

As to gaming: I think I went to a Games Club meeting with Jason when I was visiting in 2006. From what I remember of the group, it was a fun time but won't work for us. If Ian was older, say a teen or tween, it would be great, but that group isn't really set up to toddler friendly. Brent is interested in trying it out, but I won't go with him, so that there will be someone at home with Ian.

Our intention is run our gaming group out of Mom's house (initially) so that we can keep Ian's dinner and bed times fairly standard. And it will make it easier for folks like [ profile] katrinb and [ profile] xpioti, who also have littles to join in. When the wee ones want to crash, we can settle them in pack 'n plays in Ian's room, with a monitor on and Mommy and Daddy can go back to playing.

Date: 2009-09-02 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Since FiOS is available, then yes, that's probably your best option. Not everyone around here can get it yet -- for instance, [ profile] thesheryl & [ profile] gorgeousgary are still somewhat grumpily waiting, since their existing choices are all subpar.

As for gaming, whatever works. If hosting's easier for you than commuting, we'll definitely come visit. And Friday night gaming has moved to a Potbelly Sandwiches location & so is even less toddler-friendly than before.

Date: 2009-09-02 12:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Depending on what specific days of the week and what my gig/work/lesson schedule is, I'm available on many weekdays to help with moving things, plus I have dollies and a van. Bear in mind that I often wrangle large speaker cabinets and amplifiers for my living. If it's smaller than a piano, I can usually move it myself.

Also, the local SCA barony has weekly meetups both for fiber arts and for other Arts & Sciences.

3LF practice, BTW has moved to the Episcopal Church near UMD (where we've had a couple of Markland feasts- esp. Hastings, so you may have been there) on MONDAY nights in conjunction w/SCA Fighter practice.
The fighters give our band extra percussive oomph when our tunes and their blows are in sync!

Date: 2009-09-02 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks Maug, we appreciate the offer of back, van and moving dollies! As soon as we have a firm move schedule, I'll let you know the details.

As to 3LF and SCA stuff, our involvement is going to depend a great deal on Ian and my Mom's energy levels. Mom has said that she can watch Ian in the evenings if we need her, but she turned 80 this year and has developed some heart issues and I don't want to overload her. If Ian settles down to a good schedule, we may be able to start doing SCA stuff, although Brent will be less involved with it than I am. Its not really his bag. As to 3LF, I can tell you now that if I rejoin the troop, it won't be right away. I'll come to rehearsals every once in a while, but I can't commit to the group any time soon. I will be picking up contract work for Brent's company once we are settled at Mom's, which will continue even after I get a full time job and the only time I will be able to work on the project is in the evenings after Ian is in bed. Even with evening activities, I will still need to put in at least 3 hours (4 or 5 would be better) on the project 5-6 days a week, so that means that doing more than one activity like 3LF, which eats up an entire evening, just isn't practical. The gaming group has to come first because its needed for Brent's job.

I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone and I miss the music and the dance a great deal, but my priorities have changed a lot in the last 4 years. Ian has to come first in all things and Brent's job is also a major factor in our lives. Living La Vida Dorka is a lot more demanding than you would think. Until we are financially secure again, I have to make sure that my guys are well taken care of and have everything they need to do their thing and my own interests are taking a back seat for now.

Date: 2009-09-03 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, but of course you will be busy and there will be priorities.

I offer the info only so that *when* you wish to re-engage or occasionally engage, or even do the odd drivebyhi, that you are not starting back at square one. I've done big moves before and even a move back into a scene can be more annoyingly like starting over than picking up where you left off.

There is no pressure here, only information and invitation.

Date: 2009-09-02 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I should be able to help haul stuff! :D

Date: 2009-09-02 11:46 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-09-03 12:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gorgeousgary
Depending on when you arrive, we may be available to help with moving furniture. Unfortunately, the first weekend in October is the FSGW Getaway (the local folk music retreat we attend every year) so we're out for that. Columbus Day weekend is much more open at the moment.

Obviously, I'm totally the wrong person to recommend Presbyterian churches. That being said, I'll toss in a plug for Saint Mark Presbyterian on Old Georgetown Road at I-270. They currently host the Institute of Musical Traditions Monday night folk concert series, which we occasionally attend. There's also Bradley Hills Presbyterian, noted for its long affiliation and space-sharing with the Bethesda Jewish Congregation. Both appear from their websites to be PCUSA.

As Crystal said, our only realistic option at the moment for true high-speed Internet is Comcast, at least until FiOS gets here. In the meantime, I can count on one hand the times our Speakeasy IDSL connection has gone down in the eight years we've been customers--and still have fingers left on that hand! Customer service has been excellent. If your Mom is close enough to a switch to actually get the full-speed service, I'd definitely recommend taking a look at them.

Date: 2009-09-03 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for the info, Gary. Mom also recommended Bradley Hills Pres, as she'd been in their church for some ecumenical events while she was still working for the Episcopal church in Kensington. Brent had a look at both websites is interested in visiting the churches to see what they are like. We are hoping for better results in DC than we had out here, where it took him 2 years to find a church that suited.


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