After a month of looking at many, many apartments, we have signed a lease and have started moving to a new place!
This is the biggest reason for my neglect on the blog – every waking moment of “free time” in the last few weeks was pretty much spent looking at postings and apartments. We had given our notice on Oct 1st, so I was starting to get worried that we were going to have to stay an additional month and drag the process on even longer, but last Thursday (10/15), I saw a posting and things moved forward so quickly that we were able to sign the lease on Saturday – a mere 48 hours after seeing the ad!
So, now we move. And, we take a hit in the wallet (ouch, that hurt). But we had been preparing for this, so there was deposit/move-in money put aside, so it isn’t as bad as it has been in the past and I anticipate that we’ll be able to recover from all of this just fine.
The kitchen of the new place has 3x the counter-space of the old, and storage for all of our kitchen items, so I anticipate that our food prep will be much easier and we’ll save money because we’ll be able to cook at home more. We also now have a large patio that will hold our grill, prep table and patio furniture, which means two more cost-saving things: (1) we’ll be able to grill our proteins (which is also better for our diets), and (2) we’ll be able to entertain more! In fact this place has enough room to have several people over at a time without crowding, so I’m excited to think that we’ll be able to socialize more (and responsibly).