ragani: (Floating)
One of the problems with moving is not being able to find things. Last night, the first night in the new place, [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom and I carefully unpacked the things we knew we were going to need for the bed (lamp, alarm clock, ear plugs, etc.). Knowing we were going to sleep better clean, we each took showers and crawled into bed, only to find that the two bottles we packed were ibuprofen and... another bottle of ibuprofen. Not the bottle of benadryl that we knew we were going to need to manage the effects of all the dust and help us sleep. Do'h! So, not so much sleep later, I am awake, and really missing that benadryl.

We got about 80% of the stuff over to the new place (thanks to the helps of our moms and some awesome friends), but still have a bunch of stuff over at the Greenhouse, and a ton of cleanup to do there. And, of course, the task of unpacking, that includes just finding every day things. Not to mention that much of the furniture is not even where it will probably end-up living. I am going to use this earlier than intended morning to find my clothes.

Anyone want to come over and help us unpack? It will be like Christmas! No, really! Well, maybe not.
ragani: (Pen-Hey!)
This is a shout-out to [livejournal.com profile] ariock, who saved us today with his timely help. Thanks!!!! You totally rock (and will soon be rocking in our place, one we get Rockband set-up)!

We still have a lot to move, but nothing that needs a truck or van (which I have to return today anyway).

Woot!

Aug. 16th, 2008 11:18 am
ragani: (Pen-Hey!)
We officially have internet access at the new place. Not much else here (some boxes that were already packed and a rug) but when we do get everything else here, cable and internet will be done. Of course, we still need to set-up the router for wireless goodness, and set-up vonage. But still, connected to the outside world=done!

Home, home

Aug. 6th, 2008 10:26 pm
ragani: (Pen-Hey!)
Wow, thanks for all the good advice on weather to buy a house or not!

As it turns out, we had looked at a place we liked last night that, although we had the same problem with [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom's credit, the option to co-sign with a family member was also made available. As it turns out, I was having lunch with my dad, so he kindly offered to co-sign. So, since this is a year lease, it looks like we will take at least a year to think about it, and do what ever we can to repair credit, save money, and simply decide if it is even something we want.

Oh, and the new place? It is in an apartment complex the property manager thought we would be a good fit because some of the other tenants are an eclectic mix of artsy types (one example she gave was that one was a fire dance). Also, it is on Echo St. in Piedmont. What a cool address! We are thinking of naming it The Echo Chamber.
ragani: (Pen-hmm)
The last couple of weekends have been taken up with the great apartment search. I love where I live, but it really is not big enough for me, my lovely roomies and [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom. And really, in align with that "starting our new lives together" thing that we are embarking on, it seems like a good time to strike out on our own. Timing wise, we should probably move out by the start of September, because that is when one of the roomies returns from abroad, and things will get much tighter here.

We have looked at a range of places, some decent, some ridiculous. We even found a great one right across the street from where we are now and thought we had ended the search, only to be turned down because of [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom's credit. One friend, who just finished law school, pointed out that is was illegal for them to have turned us down when my credit and income is enough for me to take on the lease on my own, but we are not sure we want to pursue that "fight back" route at this time. Sigh...

Meanwhile, we have also talked about the possibility of owning. My step-mom thinks this is the perfect time for us to look for a place to buy because of the the current market conditions. There are any number of first-time home owner assistance programs in the towns where we are looking to live. There are even ones that are based on low-income, for which we might qualify for now (based on 2007 income), that we might not qualify for next year.

But really, is it a good time to buy? If so, why? And, what is the first step?
ragani: (AB tukey hat)
Last night we had a lovely dinner party with our household friends. Not only did we want to spend time with some of our household friends, but it was a great excuse for R to cook a gourmet 5 course meal in return for all the baby-sitting we have been doing for him over the last few months. It was also a send-off for our other roommate who is leaving to continue her field research in Puerto Rico after the holidays for 4 months.

Which leads me to what is going to happen to her room. We have someone lined up to sublet it for February and beyond, but not for January. If you know of anyone who wants to sublet a room in the Berkeley/Oakland area during January, please direct them to me or [livejournal.com profile] gardengirl_34. I will post the Craigslist ad when it i up. It need not even be for the entire month either, but at least 2 weeks would help out.
ragani: (Ugh day)
This roommate search is frustrating. We found a great roommate who hit it off well with both me and gardengirl_34, but she ended up choosing another place (she said it was a close call and chose based on location). Everyone else we have met pales in comparison now.
ragani: (Default)
In part due to [livejournal.com profile] psyche7772 and [livejournal.com profile] mercator_7's big news, [livejournal.com profile] gardengirl_34 and I will need a new roommate as of June 1st.

So, please check out the craigslist posting and pass it along to anyone you think may be interested.

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