We’re looking for a new apartment. Did you know that it’s really hard to find a place that has everything you require and fits your budget? It is almost impossible!
I’ve looked at two places that seemed like good fits.
The first place was wonderfully spacious, had a nice little kitchen with room for a table, and… the bedrooms were totally unsuitable. It was really a two bedroom, being advertised as a three bedroom because there was a tiny little alcove of a room off the living room that could maybe be used as a bedroom. You know, if you don’t mind accordion-style doors. And really, the room would have been fine for the children (we’d put them to bed in our room and transfer them when we were done in the living room) but the master bedroom, which had the only bathtub, was too small for a queen sized bed and the second bedroom was huge and that is backwards. But oh, man. It had a laundry room.
The second place was just yesterday, and I am still feeling a little raw because I kind of loved it. But it was just too small, and there was no on-premise laundry at all. The bedrooms were perfect–the master was big enough, the children’s room was right next to it, and my sister’s room was bright and spacious and off the living room but with a real door. The closets were huge. The kitchen was tiny but open and I think would have been totally doable. But the living room was so small that I literally do not think we could have brought any bookshelves and I am not really sure about the television. Yeah. But the landlady was a lovely woman who adored Sam and Grace and lives downstairs, and the neighborhood was mostly families and so convenient to Will’s commute. Like, it would be cut in half. Sigh.
If we could afford more rent, our options would be plentiful. Our friends Dan and Chia are moving and offered to rent us their house (house!) but their asking price was $500 more than we can possibly manage, and it’s not like they were asking a lot. We just don’t make enough money, and what we do make is going to frivolous things like speech therapy and groceries. Not to mention that the Vespa is in the shop and looks like it will be very expensive, and the car needs to go into the shop and will probably also be very expensive.
So I am feeling discouraged and sorry for myself.