Sunday, December 28, 2008


I made an inquiry into an apartment as soon as we got back, and as it turns out Cj and I both have amazing credit scores and the guy offered us the apartment on the spot.

The apartment is about 200 dollars less per month than ones of comparable size (1 bedroom 1 bath about 600 square feet), and we're only being charged a half month's rent for the first month but the landlord gave us keys and said he didn't care whether we moved in sooner or not. Also, he didn't ask for a first and last, only a security deposit. So we don't have to go into more debt to move in right now.

It's got a full kitchen plus DISHWASHER and breakfast bar with storage in the back, bathtub/shower combo with two shower heads, all new cabinets, double paned windows, and a fenced yard for Stacy. Also, we didn't have to pay a pet deposit for her. And it's only one freeway exit away from my parent's house - close but separate.

For those of you that knew about the artist live/work lofts we applied for, we're #235 on the waiting list. They already filled all 100 lofts, so in the unlikely event that all of those people leave and the other #134 applicants are otherwise occupied, we would simply leave our current month-to-month rental agreement. No big deal.

We move in officially on January 15th. Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Some sort of Christmas Plague...

... has affected the members of my family this year. The run-down:

My father has vertigo
One of my sisters has some mysterious stomach ailment
My sister-in-law has the common cold something fierce
My mother-in-law had a stomach virus, and now has the common cold something fierce

... and I spent all last night in the grip of a combination mysterious stomach ailment slash intense intestinal discomfort. I will never drink limeade again. I hope it didn't ruin pie for me, either.

Today I feel better, but it still took Cj and I quite some time to decide whether we were going to drive from his parents' house to mine or whether we had to camp out for the time being. I was able to eat some crackers and ginger beer and that was reassuring so we made the trek. Now I'm home in my very comfy bed about to watch the Dark Knight, one of my christmas presents.

So I guess I should say things are looking up. ;)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Yearly Traditional Wishlist

These are some of the things that are intriguing me this holiday season...

Dangly, hypoallergenic earrings, like these Filigree Earrings with Pearl from Bellocchio

Fleur-de-Lys Tumblers from Anthropologie.

Linen Animal-Print Scarf from Urban Outfitters.

Patterned Cape from Urban Outfitters.

High Note Sweater Dress (S) from Anthropologie.

Brass Claw Candleholders from Mothology.

Music by Gogol Bordello.

Books illustrated by Charles Vess, including "Seven Wild Sisters" by Charles Lint.

"Once Upon a Time: Illustrations from Fairy Tales, Fables, Primers and Pop Ups" by Amy Weinstein.

Crystal Ornaments from UnicaHome.

An Iphone. Hey, I can dream, can't I?

And ultimately, to get into grad school and to find a new place to live.