20 March 2012

Home Sweet Home

Well, the move finally happened and I am back to residing in my hometown. Unfortunately, what should have taken one weekend ended up getting dragged out for 2 additional weekends because someone (uh, Dad!) underestimated how much stuff I had and the trailer he brought to Md wasn't big enough to hold all of my possessions. 

It's been so weird being back in this town and I'm still trying to acclimate to things like flat land and scorching heat and having 95% of my crap in boxes in a garage. I miss having my own place but I am so so thankful that I no longer have to walk the dogs!! 

The last load from MD is still sitting in the trailer in the backyard here at my parents house and I really need to get that unloaded sometime this week. I hate living out of boxes and I especially hate that my Etsy shop has been closed for over a month. I am dying to reopen and get all of these linens listed. 

Our house-hunting has been depressing. I fell in love with this brick bungalow with tall ceilings and a fab screened in front porch and stalked the websites daily to make sure it was still available and wouldn't you know that the minute I'm actually on SC soil, someone else comes in and grabs it?! So, I reluctantly looked at this hideous brick ranch house and then fell in love with the super retro bathrooms. One was pink (tiles, tub, sink, toilet) while the other was minty green. I mean it was like a match made in heaven!! It was on a half an acre of flat sunny land and less than a mile from the 'rents. We set an appt with our Realtor for me to go see the inside of it and half an hour before our showing, the Realtor called my mom to tell her it was under contract. 

That afternoon, I found another house that was a 'maybe' and it too had a pink bathroom, so of course that moved it up on the list a bit and then I realized it had a huge finished basement which is super rare here in town. I was envisioning my Etsy stock all organized and having room to spread out and all sorts of things and lo & behold, that damn house went under contract too. It was only on the market for 4 days!! UUUUUGH! I am sensing a pattern!! I am trying to be patient but gosh it's hard!! I have criteria that has to be met though and I'm not just going to rush out and get a house. I'm hoping with the end of school around the corner, more houses will come on the market. I'll be glad to get into my own place and get settled but in the meantime, I have enough crap here to keep me occupied!!

I'm so glad that it's spring (well, not technically but whatevs!) and that I'm not dealing with the usual spring thaw and flooding basement this year. Everything is blooming and it's just gorgeous. I spent my lunch yesterday sitting in my car (pollen is driving me insane!), eating my yummy Greek salad and admiring all of the beautiful azaleas at the park here in town. It was so relaxing!! So, while I'm attempting to get myself settled and into a routine, I'm also just enjoying some downtime - lunch in the park, daytrips to Charleston, visiting family. It's nice being local again and not having to cram all of that stuff into a 5 day visit twice a year!! 

25 January 2012

11 Months til Christmas! Are you prepared??

Haha! Just kidding. Well, technically, it is only 11 months til Christmas but let's not dwell on that, okay? 

It is, however, only 29 days until I pack up my life and move to SC!! Yes, there is a definite move date and the only thing that would stop me would be a repeat of Snowmaggedon 2010. 

I am nervous and excited and anxious to get back to my hometown and get on with my life. I'm so sad that I'm having to leave my honey here in Maryland though but it is what it is and I have to do what is best for me. Hopefully in time, he'll find a job in SC and can join me. 

Those that live in the DC Metro area can attest to how wicked expensive it is here. I've talked about it ad nauseam for years but here's the major reason I can't wait to get back to SC:

Our rent on a 2 bedroom/1.5 bath apartment with a 'den' is $1465 a month. Now, this is a basic, run-of-the-mill apartment, circa 1970 that has had a few upgrades but nothing to make you think it's 'luxury' by any means. 

And, in SC, you can BUY A HOUSE for less than $75,000. In fact, my parents are being extremely generous and are looking to buy a house for me to live in and 'rent' from them. There aren't a lot of suitable rental homes in their town and the few that are available are either too expensive or won't allow pets. Speaking of pets, pet rent in this apartment is $600/year. That is RIDICULOUS!

One of the houses they are currently looking at to perhaps buy, the mortgage would be less than $200. Yes, TWO HUNDRED dollars. 

You know, for pretty much my entire life, I couldn't wait to get out of my hometown. I wanted to move north, to experience life in a bigger state and a bigger city. I was SO tired of the heat, the humidity, the small town that didn't have a Target. 

Well, thankfully, the town has a Target now, and lots of other necessary retail shops (plus a drive through Starbucks!) but now that I'm older, I completely understand why people never leave there and/or so many people MOVE there. Because it's AFFORDABLE!! 

Sure, it's hot as hell during 8 months of the year, but the fact is that people can afford to live there. You can make an average salary and have enough money to live in a house, take vacations, have a life. I can't do that here in MD. I am barely scraping by month to month here. Barely. If it weren't for the generosity of my parents and my Etsy gig, I would be flat broke and eating at the soup kitchen and living under a bridge!! 

So, within the next couple of days, I get to start boxing up  my life. A lot of my stuff is still in storage at my bff's garage but the things we've been living with for the last 9 months have to get packed away. I am stressing out over the details. Since the bf will continue to live in this apartment until his lease is up at the end of April, he'll need to acquire pretty much everything - dishes, furniture, etc. Everything in this apartment, minus a tv and a crockpot, belongs to me and they have to come to SC. 

Trying to nail down the logistics of all of this is proving to be a huge stress but I keep reminding myself that in 60 days, I'll be living somewhere that I can afford, surrounded by my family and finally moving forward in the life I wish to create. I'm so excited to have my very own house that I can decorate how I wish, with a backyard for the puppies, with family close by. Now, I just need to get through the next 30 days without freaking out every step of the way.