To Move!

March 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Well, Saturday sure was productive. I worked at the Field Museum all night (literally) Friday then volunteered until about noon on Saturday. Then Scott and I had appointments to see some apartments but lo and behold, we signed the lease on the first one we looked at. So that’s done!

We’re moving from the third floor of our current building to the first floor of the building next door (same complex and everything). So basically we’re walking our stuff down the stairs and up one flight over. Actually, we’ll likely going to pay someone to do that for us because moving large furniture sucks and our friends are too old to do that shit for pizza and beer anymore. But we should get a price discount since there’s no actual truck loading or unloading going on, so that’s nice! And my commute will stay the same, which is also super nice and SUPER convenient!   88705

Our new place is like our current place 2.0. The bathroom is bigger and there are two (count ’em TWO) bedrooms – each with its own walk-in closet! THAT MEANS I GET TO HAVE MY OWN CLOSET AGAIN!!! The master bedroom is also so big that the current tenants have a queen sized bed and a futon along one wall, a desk along another and a ton of space for dance parties to spare. We’ll also have a small pantry off the kitchen and a back porch big enough for two chairs. We get to keep a dishwasher and central AC too! And we’ll just have to walk down the back stairs out back to get to our laundry, instead of the creepy trek through our long alley that we used to have. Basically, everything about this new place is an upgrade! Except the fact that it’s on the first floor, that is. As much as we bitched and moaned about walking up three flights all the time, living on top has its perks and we’re hoping our new upstairs neighbors don’t drive us bonkers with dance parties of their own. But all in all, we feel really good about this and are pretty pumped. In fact,we may or may not have already drawn out the floor plan and come up with similar ideas on how to arrange things. That also may or may not have been how we spent our Saturday night. Because we know how to rock and roll. And soon we’ll be rock and rolling into a new place!

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Another One Bites the Dust!

December 4, 2015 at 11:11 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Guys, this is a big day for me. I just paid off one of my student loans!!

Of course, I still have four more and I’ll be paying those down over the course of the rest of my life, but this is a damn good feeling. My student loan situation is the stuff nightmares are made of and I’m among the way too many people out there who have monthly payments roughly equivalent to a home mortgage. I feel like my ordeal with my student loans gave me an education after the education they actually paid for and it’s taught me a lot about finances, budgeting, perseverance and the power of Ramen noodles. Mistakes were definitely made when financing my college education and I’ll be paying for them for quite a while but I have to admit that I’m further ahead than I once thought I’d be. Hell, when I graduated and was presented with interest accruing at nearly $30 a day on top of my principal, I was thisclose to becoming a stripper. Thankfully that’s a path I never had to take – but it’s a good thing I can’t really dance.

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It’s the game that never ends.

While it may border on hubris, I’m quite proud of myself for how I’ve been maintaining life with my loans. Can I take a minute to brag? Because I’m going to. I’ve never missed a payment (even when I was laid off) and I consistently pay more than what is actually due. There were times I had to work up to four jobs at once but I have always paid this bill (and all others, to be fair). My credit is great and my parents have never had to pick up the slack because I couldn’t carry it on my own. And I still have a quite decent quality of life! I’m not wearing new clothes every day and ordering bar service on weekends but I can afford an occasional night out or trip out of the city.

You can’t see it right now but I’m patting myself on the back.

And if I could reach down a little further, I could pick my own pocket – much like the company who owns the rest of my student loans!

 

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