It’s a festival of excuses, right?

Because I have a good one (an excuse, that is) for missing yesterday’s post.

I was on the train.

Coming home from NYC, with Thing 3 and her friend, following a Lindsey Stirling concert at Summer Stage in Central Park.  (This was Thing 3’s long-awaited birthday gift. She got the tickets way back in April and patiently, patiently waited two months for this. The look on her face with Lindsey took the stage was worth the wait).

If we had hustled, we could have caught the much-earlier train, but we were delayed in Central Park by this:

(this was actually the very ending). But our enthrallment with the fireworks led us to the 10:35pm train back to Jersey.  As an aside, we caught the subway from the park to Penn Station. It was packed. Thing 3’s astute observation: “Boy, lots of New Yorkers stay up past their bedtime on school nights.” Yes, they do.

The absence of the post though doesn’t mean I didn’t run–4-ish miles in surprisingly cool temps.


A reader asked in the comment section as to what exactly a two family (and one family) home actually was.  Well, a single-family home is your typical home. A building that houses a family (extended or nuclear) with a single kitchen, any number of bathrooms, bedrooms, etc. A two-family (or multi-family) is basically a house structure that’s broken into apartments. From the outside, it looks like a regular house. The inside, though (in our case) has two apartments.  Some may have 3 or 4.  Once you get beyond 4, the building tends to look more apartment building-like.

Anyways, some two families are “over/under,” meaning one unit is on the first floor, and the other on the 2nd.  Some are side by side or duplexes, meaning the two apartments are mirror-images of each other.  Over/unders are nice, because typically the 2nd floor unit is slightly larger (and has the attic). Duplexes are nice, too, because the dividing wall is usually quite thick and impervious to sound. The house we found is a duplex, and each apartment is 3 BRs.  We like ours because it was built as a duplex, not made up into one after the fact. Some over/unders are just really huge homes, and the layouts get a bit choppy.

Real estate lesson over, and once we’re through the weeds of this transaction, I’ll post a pic, so you all will have a better idea.




  1. Thank you! We don’t have those kinds of homes here in Ireland, not purpose built ones anyway. Of course we do have old houses sub-divided into flats/apartments and whole buildings made up of flats but these are usually large and hold at least 10 or more homes.

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