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Where Was I?

By back to renting, condo, milestones, mortgage No Comments

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Well, it’s taken me seven years, four moves, and evasive legal action, but I finally live close enough to walk to the beach. I haven’t actually walked there yet, but I can, and that’s what really matters, right?

But before that. What happened before that? There were a few things, but nothing that I found quite humorous enough to post here, I can tell you that.

Maybe someday I’ll overcome my inner controversy and tell the story here, but for now, all I can say is this — I’m giving the condo back to the mortgage company. Not to be flippant about it or anything, but seriously? I tried a hundred times to rectify the situation and things there had deteriorated to the point where it was no longer worth staying. With a co-borrower who bailed and a mortgage that was twice as expensive as I could have paid to rent the (nicer) condo next door, it was time to go. Judge me if you want to, but my roommate and I are now living in a lovely place, almost twice the size, for much less money with functioning heat and air conditioning, a washer that actually cleans clothes, a dishwasher that actually cleans dishes, no mortgage, no drug dealer neighbors, and NO CONDO ASSOCIATION.

And what did I lose? Not much. My 802 credit score, probably. And maybe the respect of a handful of people who have no clue what they’re talking about. But other than that…I can’t think of anything else except for maybe the lovely Asparagus color of my old bedroom walls.

Anyway, the only reason I’m posting this is because every time I try to write in this blog, my first instinct is to close one chapter before I begin another. So, the war with the mortgage company chapter ends like this:

Just like I said, they’ll end up with 1,010 square feet of carpet that needs to be replaced. And due to the fact that the complex is riddled with bank-owned properties, they’ll be lucky if they can sell it for half what I owe on it. They already made their money back in interest though, so I don’t feel too bad. And me? I’ll live here in this beachy townhouse for a little while, and I’ll love every second of it. =)

Moving On

By back to renting, breaking news, condo, home improvement, milestones, packing 3 Comments

Guess what! I’m moving! =)

My roommate and I signed a lease this weekend on a two-story condo about a half mile from the beach. We move in October 1, and I seriously cannot wait.

It’s been about five years since I last moved, and since then, I think I’ve really improved my packing skills, so I’m expecting this move to be pretty easy. Over the last year, I’ve really paired down my closet and gotten rid of a lot of things I don’t wear. I’m also not very big on clutter, so I don’t have much miscellaneous crap to pack up either.

The new place is simply gorgeous inside — the owner has updated everything, and she has impeccable taste. I love the paint colors, the carpet, and especially the patio and balcony outside. It’s the perfect little beach house. There’s an L-shaped balcony on the second floor accessible from both bedrooms upstairs, and it overlooks a spacious, fenced-in, rectangular patio below. The first floor features a living room, dining room, kitchen, and half bath, and the second floor has a master bedroom/bathroom, plus another bedroom and bathroom in the hallway. Once I get there, I’ll definitely share some photos. In the meantime, I’m on the lookout for some new artwork for the lovely walls, as well as some furniture — a dining room table and chairs, new barstools, some patio furniture, plus a new coffee table and end tables. Oh, and maybe a TV stand.

It seems like I always move in October, so it feels like everything is falling into place perfectly. My first lease in Virginia Beach began in October, and so did my second. Even though I closed on the condo in August 2006, I took a few weeks to fix it up before I officially moved in, so that move was end of September/October-ish, too. Ironically, the air conditioning in my condo died shortly after we signed the lease this weekend — just one more sign that getting out of there is the best possible option. I feel like I’m saving myself close to another $5,000 since I don’t have to fix it.

A little less than six weeks until I move! It’s going to be an excellent year near the beach. =)

Diesel

By diesel the puggle, life-changing purchases, milestones 5 Comments

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This is Diesel. He’s our new puppy. We got him last Saturday. He lives at J’s house, and he’s really cute. =)

Diesel is a puggle (a pug/beagle mix), which is something J’s been wanting for almost a year now. We started seriously looking for one a few weeks ago, and we discovered My Special Friend Kennel — a breeder in western Virginia. After talking with them on the phone, we decided to take a four-hour drive out there to meet the puppies. We drove through smoke, made about six wrong turns, and are probably the only idiots who thought they could find an address on a gravel road in Charlotte Courthouse, Virginia using Google Maps, but we eventually made it there to meet the puggles. There were four available, and this is the one we picked (if you couldn’t figure that out by now).

Obviously, Diesel is the most intelligent puppy in the universe — he’s practically potty-trained already. He’s about four months old, really playful, and extremely photogenic. =) Having a puppy is really life-changing. For example, I never thought I’d walk around the neighborhood in my ex-boyfriend’s boxers and a t-shirt at 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning repeating “Wanna go pee pee?” and “Can you do a poopy?” in a high-pitched, encouraging voice with a bright purple plastic bag in my hand…

It’s been a fun, interesting and completely exhausting first week, but I lost four pounds, and I seriously think I may have a future in pet photography.

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