The Benefits of Renting and the Dawn of Mina-zilla


You  might have heard the Detroit metro area got some rain yesterday resulting in flooding. We were unfortunately not spared. We ended up with about 6" of water in our basement. Nothing was damaged beyond an old laptop of mine and a bunch of stuff we should have purged pre-move anyway. We are going to try to save the rug (hence, the photo of Marc hosing it off).

The nice thing is our landlord is a great guy. He brought us over an industrial size dehumidifier and industrial fan. The decibel level right now in the basement is not really conducive to computer work, but what you gonna do, right? It's getting dry pretty fast.

Could have been much worse. Marc's sister drove over 3 hours last night from her office downtown and barely made it to our house. We already had his niece and nephew over for fun. It would have been a great sleepover party if Mina hadn't learned how to climb out of her crib the night before resulting in me being unable to put her to bed until she was thoroughly out of her damn mind at 10pm (while Marc was at the movies eating delicious popcorn and then not being able to get home due to flooding. Not that I'm mad about that, No, No...).

Speaking of Mina being out of her damn mind, that's pretty much a constant lately. She's not mean spirited, she's just crazy. Climbing, running, climbing, yelling, climbing, crying, climbing. Repeat. Then Repeat again. And Again. And once more for good measure.

I love the girl to pieces, but Mommy's trying to write a blog series about Detroit neighborhoods.

We've had a slight development on the possible relocation front, but nothing that I'm ready to share at all. (Marc's mom is going to call him 30 seconds after she read this bit. Love you Sue! You are the best. I really mean that you guys, she's great.)

Anyway, lots of rambling, but here's Mina in her big girl bed. Share a tear with me please. When did she get so BIG?

Required reading


It's been a while since I've posted, but not without reason. I've decided to take our relocation search blogging on as a serious task. 

Let me say this first: I love blogs, but sometimes I find myself wanting a little more content. This is a silly example, but I was honestly interested in the reason behind the dearth of Frozen merchandise. (It's not like Disney to miss out on revenue, right?) So, I went searching and found myself wading through plenty of hilariously written blog posts and newspaper articles on the subject. The problem was, NONE of them even attempt to find the answer. It was all: "I need an Elsa dress! My daughter is freaking! Why can't I find one?!" And then nothing but a photo of a cute 3 yr old and a link to Etsy.

I did finally find a great article written by a Buffalo News staff reporter who researched,  interviewed, and found an answer. (unestimated popularity of movie, timing of Chinese New Year, and International Trade)

For our relocation blogging, I thought about just summarizing Detroit's Wikipedia page, driving thru each neighborhood and calling it a day. But, I'm not one to make it easy on myself and I'm genuinely interested in digging a little deeper.

Enter the above book that Marc has been telling me to read for the past 14 years. I dug through our bajillionty boxes of books and, of course, found it in the last one.

Here's the game plan: read a couple books about WTH happened in Detroit, talk to a couple different people on their direct experience, and write about it here.

I thought about changing my blog's name because now "86n' It" just seems sad and a little too fitting. Is their a code for restocking? That might fit better now.

After the overall Detroit writings, I'll delve into specific neighborhoods that have peaked our interest, giving you stats on size, populations, amenities, schools, as well as some history of the area. I'll write about my take and interview some people who actually live there.

Sounds ambitious right?
Just my style.

P.s. Frozen merch to be back in stores full force end of July and into August.