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Friday, June 05, 2009

500th Post

Really? I don't understand how I've written 500 posts about wedding planning, cats, a wedding, work, pregnancy, motherhood, infanthood, marriage, and toddlerhood. In other words, how have I written (I use that word loosely too!) about nothing.

I was trying to think of something clever or funny to write about, but why start now? Really, I felt so much pressure that I went to a post prompt generator. I surfed through twenty or so of the suggestions, but nothing felt quite right.

Instead, I'll just tell you a little bit about what's going on with our lives. We're currently looking for a new apartment. Our place is fine; in fact, for some people it would be considered downright luxurious. But, it's just too small. I think I've mentioned that we're unable to shut our bedroom door because our queen-sized bed takes up too much room. That's how it is in 100-plus year old buildings. Also, Nathan's crib is in our room, so that The Targo still has an office to work on his dissertation. This is a situation that needs to be alleviated.

We've also been beseiged with problems in our apartment. The heat twice went out for days at a time, the air conditioning went out during the hottest two weeks of the year, the stove constantly smells like it's leaking gas (despite what our carbon monoxide detector says), we have a hole to the center of the earth in our yard, I think we've got a water leak somewhere because I think I smell mold, we had stairs that were certainly not up to code (it took them 9 months, but our landlords fixed them), and the worst thing ... we have ants. ANTS. The exterminator has been by twice and still the little devils wander around my shower like it's totally okay. I know that each of these things on its own is no big deal, but the cumulative effect has officially sent me over the edge.

Many people have said to both The Targo and me that "there's never been a better time to buy! Buy now!!" Hmm... we're just not 100% sure about that. Also, it's only a good time to buy, when you've got the money. (Americans are learning this the hard way.) In fact, The Targo and I are preparing for the worst. In this economy, anyone could lose his/her job at any time. We want to know that we're not going to be up a creak if it happens to one or both of us.

So, it's back to the drawing board. I can't believe it's been two years since we were last apartment hunting --- and what a nightmare that was! Wish us luck as we seek the impossible: hardwood floors, 2-3 real bedrooms, updated kitchen, dishwasher!!, air conditioning, parking (either easy street parking or a spot), washer/dryer in unit (I've heard tales of this being possible), and an outdoor space. Oh the craziness!!

Anyway, hopefully by the end of the weekend, we'll have some sort of clue where we'll live. Have a great weekend.


Sarah said...

You DO NOT write about nothing. I love your blog and read all of your posts. :) I remember the day you announced your pregnancy here and the day Nathan was born. Important stuff.

Sorry to hear about your apartment woes. I'd be moving too with all of that rolled together. Remember my bat experiences last year? Ack!!

Sending you good apartment juju.

Colleen said...

Congrats on the 500th post!! Good luck on the apartment search.

AJU5's Mom said...

Fist, I love your blog. I think your posts are more "important" topic wise than most of mine :)

As for apartment hunting, have you considered looking at houses too? I know around here with the housing market on the buyers side, that many home owners are being forced to rent if they have to move. So, you might be able to find something fairly inexpensively! It might not have the washer and dryer in unit, but connections are almost as good!

Anonymous said...

I agree with everyone else. writing about your life isn't writing about nothing, it's writing about EVERYTHING! These are the things that are important in life. When you're lying on your death bed, do you think you're going to say "Oh man, I wish I spent more time debating socialized health care over coffee"?

No, it's all these things you write about that will come flashing before your eyes, and it will be Nathan (and any siblings he may be blessed with) standing beside you and holding your hand.

Here's to 50,000 more posts about all the "nothing" to which you refer between now and then. I love your blog.

Shannon said...

Happy 500!! We may not be solving the problems of the world with our blogs (or maybe we are!) but we sure have made some great friends. And that is priceless to me.

Happy apartment hunting. I wish I was there to go searching with you. We would have so much fun!! You'll find the perfect place. I have no doubt!!!

Swimming-duck said...

Good luck with the apartment hunting. I understand your bedroom situation. We're in the same boat. Ayden's crib is in our room so that we can have an office. It works for us, but the day will come when we need/want more space. I'm sure you'll find something that fits you. Just hold out for the things that are most important.