Sunday, June 6, 2010

Why home is where your peace is

Fairly shortly after my roommate's entire family showed up for their month-long visit and home improvement blitzkrieg, I found myself checking the Craigslist apartment listings. At first it was just once in a while, taking some notes and sending some e-mails, but pretty soon it was every hour, frantically hitting refresh and praying something new had appeared. Anything that looked remotely promising tended to be both beyond my means, and guaranteed to be taken before I could even get out my first e-mail inquiry. But still, I kept trying. I saw a lot of places. So many crumbly, falling apart, carpeted (gag), stinky, dimly-lit places. There were even more places that I didn't see--I got stood up no less than three times (but a peek through the windows and/or a quick chat with the neighbors revealed that I probably didn't want to live there anyway.) I almost gave up hope. Then I woke up one night and realized I was becoming way too familiar with the vocal stylings emitted by my roommate's girlfriend as she approaches sexual climax, and so I continued my search with renewed fervor. The end result is this:

Internet, I found it.

It's furnished, all utilities included, and quite a bit more than I wanted to pay, but you know what? It's mine. And perhaps more importantly--no one's parents live there. And, Internet, it is gorgeous. There's hardwood floors, a remodeled kitchen, and tasteful landscaping. There's a deck and a grill and a cute little cafe table and chairs under the trees. This apartment is perfect. This apartment makes me want to be a better person. It makes me want to make scones and brew coffee in a French press and drink it outside in the garden. It makes me want to compost and grow vegetables and sponsor a child and go to yoga every day. Not that I will do any of these things, mind you. But I want to.

These pictures don't really do it justice (but once I move in, prepare to be inundated.) So for now you'll just have to take my word for it. Here it is, my little slice of heaven:

I move in August 1st.

Thirty years old and living in my own place for the first time. What else can't I accomplish this year? The mind boggles.


  1. Beautiful!

  2. haha!! i get the exact same feelings about moving - we ~think~ we may have found our perfect house (waiting for final approval of our app but the owner seemed to love us), and i have all these intentions of cooking more, going for bike rides, keeping the place way cleaner than i've ever kept any other place...

    hey, i thought you lived in your own place before you went to france?

  3. No way Jose. Like I could afford my own place in Boston. I probably just didn't write about the roommate much in a desperate effort to pretend that I didn't actually have a roommate.

  4. Congrats, it's so cute! I can't wait till you get to make it yours!

  5. It looks just gorgeous! What a pity you have to wait till August to move in, but perhaps you aren't going to be around anyway, it being summer and all. We're just going into winter here so August seems quite a long way off! Lol. Anyway, once again, well done that girl. Yep, it will change your life!

  6. Congratulations! It's beautiful. :)

  7. Congrats! It looks good actually. And looks like it has tons of potential... how exciting for you! :)

  8. How exciting! Congratulations, it will be so nice to have your own place!

  9. there's only one problem with living on your own... you'll NEVER EVER want to live with roommates again.

  10. Congratulations!! You will *LOVE* living alone. (Just learn from my mistake and don't get cable and watch reality crime shows by yourself late at night.) For serious, though, I am so happy for you! It looks FANTASTIC! Those WINDOWS! AHHH!!!!!!

  11. Congrats!!!

    ~Being Samiantha

  12. Oh my god girl, prepare to have your mind freaking boggled by how awesome living alone is. It's been the best experience of my freaking LIFE.

    I've always thought it was really imporatant for a woman to live alone at some point in her life (which my mom has never done) and I'm so glad I got to spend the last year and a half experiencing it.

    I'm so excited for you!!! Can't wait for the pics and fun stories.

    And finally: FUCK ROOMMATES!

  13. Yeah! Fuck roommates! Woooo!!!! :)

  14. An apartment that makes you want to be a better person is an apartment indeed! The large windows and leafy view are wonderful.

  15. Oh it's so great! How exciting! Congrats! There is NOTHING like having your own space. (Although I'm sure we will all miss your roommate stories). ;)


  16. Home is where your peace is.

    I love that phrase and couldn't agree more.

    I'm currently helping out a very close friend and she's living with me for free. ....7 months later, there is shelving up in the living room, her and her b/f are discussing which patio furniture to buy etc...(b/f never effin leaves)

    ENOUGH! I had to remind her that as much as I want her to feel at home, she is a guest! Period.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I was/am in the position to help her out. She's been away for a month now visiting her kids, and I swear to gawd the apartment took a deep breath and a sigh of relief to have all the negative energy gone.

    I'm not sure when she'll return, but I'm enjoying the peace and my apartment feels like home again...for now.

    I'm sooooooooooooo glad you found your own place and away from a roommate and guests that are so inconsiderate of you and talk to you like you're the guest and should be watching your P's and Q's.

    Congrats on the move! It's gorgeous!

  17. Congrats! It looks awesome, and it's great to have a place of your own...especially one with a comfortable bed

  18. Beautiful! And I'm glad to hear that apartment searching on CL actually works, since that's how I'm searching for a place in Ohio from Iowa.