Hunting Is Exhausting

We’re house hunting.

As of now, it looks like it is very likely that we will purchase a duplex with Zach’s parents.

For many people, that would be a horrendously awful thought. I’m lucky: I love my pseudo in-laws. I absolutely adore them, and we get along fabulously. Besides that, having babysitters that live next door? Awesome.

They came to visit this past weekend, and while they were here we looked at a bunch of places all over the city and, gasp!, in the suburbs. While looking at houses can be a lot of fun, looking at duplexes can be rather depressing.

Most of them were tenant occupied, and some of them were downright nasty. Not only was the worst offender a disgusting mess, to the extent that you literally could not walk across the floors of the bedrooms, but also? The house reeked of marijuana and cigarette smoke. There were two young children there.

Fortunately, they were not all bad. And our fingers are crossed that we will be able to work something out.

Also fortunately, Alex was an angel all weekend while we went into and out of the car, into and out of houses, walked around messes (not the pot-filled house!) and up and down the streets all while skipping nap time. He hung out on Zach’s back, said hello to the tenants, and was genuinely charming the whole time.

While life may be pretty inhospitable for a lot of people, Alex had a fabulous life on Zach’s back for the weekend. Even if the two of them combined make for a double furnace turned on high on 80-degree-100%-humidity days.

House Hunting

Asleep in the car

My Memory Isn’t What It Used To Be…

I had planned how to pack my USB cord. While moving a small load of fragile items to the house, I would put the USB cord in my computer bag. It would be safe there because I was moving the computer bag myself. The cord wouldn’t get misplaced or lost amongst all of the boxes. I would be able to find it right away so that I could upload pictures quickly. Really, it was a great plan.

Until I forgot that I had this great plan. Am I getting old already?

What matters, though, is that it has been found. And now you get to enjoy a select few photos:

Alex playing with a box while we pack

Alex playing with a box while we pack

Our living room

Our living room

We are in need of rugs. Having lived in fully carpeted apartments up until this point, there was never a reason for either of us to buy rugs. So, we have one. In the entire, hardwood floor covered, house. One.

The living room leading into the dining room

The living room leading into the dining room

The kitchen

The kitchen

And last but not least:

Alex studying the windows that he cant see out of

Alex studying the windows that he can't see out of

The Big Clean

We cleaned out our old apartment yesterday and grabbed the last few things that were there.

Being there just further reminded me of how happy I am to not be there anymore. It was hot. It smelled kind of funky and the whole place looked worn out. The carpeting was stained in too many places, most of which was not because of us, and the kitchen was small and dirty. Even after we cleaned, everything looked gross.

What’s more: Both of our tubs had about 3 inches of dirty, smelly, gross water. They weren’t draining. It was awesome.

Fortunately, Alex had a great time being able to wander everywhere (except the bathrooms with the drowning hazard tubs):

Photobucket

Not so fortunately, I can’t find the USB cord to my camera. So, no photos of the new place just yet. Hopefully I’ll find it soon as there are many pictures to be shared!

Where The Heart Is

The stats:

  • 5 Hours With Movers
  • 3 Wine Glass Casualties
  • 1 New Home
  • 2 Porches
  • 2 Yards
  • 1 Garage
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Laundry Room
  • 1 Huge Basement
  • 1 Sleeping Baby
  • 1 Mama Drinking Wine
  • 1 Playstation 3 Playing Dad
  • 1 Dirty Old Apartment

  • We are thrilled. (Thanks Kim!)

    I’ll post more soon. Between the packing all day Friday, the moving all day Saturday, the cleaning, unpacking and organizing all day Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and today, Zach’s birthday on Sunday, and Zach’s mother in town until 7pm today, we’ve been very busy.

    What Could Be Cuter?

    (This picture has nothing to do with anything. It’s just cute. And I haven’t been taking pictures, so I don’t have any new ones of Alex! I think this is the longest I’ve gone since he was born without taking pictures of him.)

    Movers Are Coming!

    Tomorrow morning the movers are coming. We are finishing up the packing, and enjoying our last night in this apartment building:

    Our (almost) Old Apartment

    It wasn’t the worst place to live, but the list of bad things certainly outweighs the list of good:

    • Random fire alarms
    • Random power outages
    • No water a few times
    • Brown water a few times
    • Horrible air conditioning that doesn’t work
    • Greenhouse effect because of the stupid not insulated glass windows
    • Elevators that broke all the time
    • Having to take an elevator
    • Having to hear said elevator every time it passes our floor through our walls
    • Dirty carpet
    • Electric stove (not a nice one, either)
    • Metal cabinets in the kitchen
    • Fluctuating water temperatures
    • Noisy neighbors
    • Crying Baby neighbor
    • Obnoxious person below us complained about us being noisy at 8 pm on a Friday night
    • Creepy old people
    • Creepy old person who tells me to get Alex away from her because she hasn’t taken her “pill”

    It wasn’t all bad, though:

    • There is an insane amount of closet space
    • It is a very spacious 2 bedroom apartment
    • Ummm…

    I can’t wait to move!

    Reason Number 562 That Blogging Rocks

    Because of the amazingness that was the ‘burgh mommy blogger meet-up, Zach and I have found a place to move! Kim is letting us rent her house that is on the market!

    Pretty sweet, huh?

    I can’t wait to move in. It’s bigger than our current place, and Zach will have what he refers to as a “rumpus room” or “cave.” As an added bonus, I’ll hopefully get to grow some yummy vegetables!

    Alex, of course, is thrilled with the decision. What boy wouldn’t want a yard to play in and some home grown veggies?

    Such a happy kid

    When Moving Becomes Not So Much Across The Country

    Californ-i-a, here we don’t come. Sorry.

    Short story: Zach got the same job offer here in Pittsburgh that he had received in Mountain View. Same company, same benefits, cheaper location. The decision was hard, but I think we made the right one.

    I have mixed feelings about this. I’m excited to be staying, but sad to missing out on the opportunity to move to California.

    So, hello old friends! free babysitting! a city I know like the back of my hand! a nicer apartment (hopefully)! a nicer neighborhood (maybe)! decreasing our debt! Pittsburgh-baby Alexander! familial stress! same ol’ same ol’!

    So, goodbye new opportunities! beautiful weather! farmer’s markets daily! a drive to my Uncle’s! taking walks every day! getting a tan! California-baby Alexander! progressive state! crappy apartment! now knowing anyone! anxiety! increased debt!

    Most importantly: ‘Bye Arnold! I was so looking forward to having you as my governator!