Really, this whole experience should have been a disaster: Two people, one cat, nowhere to live for two weeks due to a grouchy former landlord and a new apartment that wasn’t quite ready. But due to the beautifully executed intervention of one top-notch travel agent and one very pet-friendly hotel, the arithmetic all came out splendidly.
Luna, my newly travel-savvy cat, has her own Twitter account, and when Thom the terrific travel agent found us a room at the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, Luna gave (OK, I gave) the hotel a quick shout-out just to see what would happen. We didn’t really anticipate a three-week dialogue that started with a friendly hello from the manager, carried through to check-in with a kitty care basket including a little seagull plush toy (Luna’s Twitter-bio goal for 2014, since she’s newly moved to the East Coast, is to #eataseagull), and played out during our stay with an invitation for Luna to preside over the hotel’s nightly wine hour in the lobby. Among other delights.
I edited a luxury hotel guidebook for a few years, and am usually pretty jaded when it comes to accommodations - particularly of the pet-friendly variety - but the Marlowe went above and beyond in just about every way imaginable. After a cross-country move, living out of various suitcases and boxes for a month, loading all the things into a van yet again, and all the other chaos that comes with adjusting to a new place and a new job, being granted a comfortable, well-kept haven (with a seventh-floor view, no less) was a pretty splendid gift indeed.
From all the purrs, Luna seems to agree.
Toasting our new home with the taste of our old home.
So I'm settling into this new life in Boston pretty well.
I am trying to start a sketch and see if this warm grey block will get longer than this.
Design is how it works.
This is just a draft of a story.