Monday, May 2, 2011

hey... it's me

Hey ya'll. I figure since we only have less than a month left in Alabama I should get my yall-ing and ma'am-ing out of my system. Everytime I talk to an older (than me) woman in St. Louis, I reply with ma'am. I know that kind of language is frowned upon "up north," so I'll get it out now.

I know it's been a while since I've blogged. Rest asure, we're not taking drugs or are hiding from the world. On Thursday we drove up to St. Louie to find a place to live. We only arrived at 11, and then had to wake up early for that scholarship interview I told you about. After the interview, we started our exhausting house hunt. Many of the houses in the area, where we were looking, were built before 1930. You have single family homes and 2 family homes.

We were looking for a 2 family home - one where one door leads you to the bottom half of a house where someone lives. And the other door takes you straight upstairs to where another family lives. Before we left last week, we discussed our non-negotiables. They were: (start each phrase with must....)
  • be under $800
  • have a larger kitchen than the one we currently have
  • be dog friendly. Agnes is a non-negotiable
  • have 2 bedrooms
  • have washer and dryer hookups (in the basement)
  • have an eating area where we don't have to pull the table away from the wall to accommodate more than 2 people
  • grass for Agnes to do her thing
Well - we found a place that met all of those requirements {after hunting from 8a.m. till 5:30 p.m.} and will save money on rent. We found our new place by driving around and found the sign. It's actually a stone's throw from our friends where we stayed. And by a stone's throw...I mean a stone's throw. They're just diagonally across the street from us.

I found the place. Tom and I were going to take a nap, and Tom was about to put his foot down, so he could take his nap. But as we parked the car to go into our friends' place, I was like, but Tom - the place is right here. Let's just go take a look. The landlord is in there right now. After small talking, Rodg (Roger) - took us to meet his sweet wife Susan to get her approval. They called us that night and asked if we wanted to come over to sign a lease.

Our place is great. It's in a safe part of town. {The other place that we liked was also amazing. Our bills probably would have been less since the old house had been totally gutted and re-insulated, thermal windows, a laundry on the floor and not in the basement. The landlord was a bit wary of our dog, but I think with some coaxing, he would have let us live there. After we viewed the place and got the lease papers, he started telling us about a Viatnamese man who had been murdered just 1 week earlier just a few blocks from the place. This obviously gave me the shivers as St. Louis is already ranked the #1 most dangerous city in America}. So, anyway, back to what I was saying.

We're in safe part of town. Rodg, I'm sure will be a great landlord - ya'll, he's pretty much already offered to hang some curtain rods for us. The only drawback of our place is that it's smaller than our current place, a better layout for sure, but still smaller. The closets are teeny-weeny. So now we're preparing for our yard sale with more enthusiasm. My mottos are - "When in doubt - throw it out" and "Don't hesitate, donate."

So 7:45 a.m. on Sunday morning, we signed the lease  and started the 10 hour drive back to ol' Auburn.

After a day of teaching today, I came home and cleaned stuff out for about 4 hours. Every little thing needs to be reconsidered. We don't have room for junk or stuff that we don't use. I think this will be good for me. I don't think I could swing a spot on the show "Hoarders," but I do like to hold onto things a little too long sometimes. Times are a-changin - and I need to clear my life of "stuff." I've already found that I find comfort in having the "right stuff" around me. Hopefully I'll spend less time managing my stuff and more time living.

I'll talk to ya'll later and let you know how the yard sale is coming along. Stop by on Saturday if you're in town; we're having it in our cul-de-sac.

1 comment:

  1. yay for finding a place to live!! that's great! and all in one day of looking- that's seriously amazing. i'm so happy for y'all. hope to see you kids soon!

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