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. =)

Putting Off Packing

By birthdays, boys, condo, food, life-changing purchases, music, packing, roommates, shopping 4 Comments

I’m supposed to be packing (Did I mention I bought I condo? Probably not since I currently suck at updating the LJ.), but I have no boxes and my apartment is a mess because Tom is the most disgusting roommate I have ever had. (I can say that because I tell him to his face.) Tom went out of town for a week and left the trash overflowing, a bunch of dirty dishes in the sink, and a week-old Kentucky Fried Chicken container full of congealed mashed potatoes and chicken bones on the counter. That is so gross.

Anyway, yeah, Kristina and I bought a condo together. (I know. We fucking rock.) It’s awesome. Tom’s not going to be allowed over. Just kidding.

It’s on the third floor, it has cathedral ceilings, and it has two bathrooms, which means I get my own bathroom for the first time ever. Well, for the first time since my brother was born in 1985. He was actually born exactly 21 years ago tomorrow in 1985. I guess that means I should say, “Happy 21st Birthday, Stephen! Get wasted!”

Right, the condo. It’s at Hilltop. It’s near Panera and Border’s and the new Qdoba that’s being built on Laskin Road. Qdoba is amazing. I had it once at Short Hills Mall. Amazing. There’s also one in the Seattle airport, but the line was too long, so I didn’t get to eat at that one. I went to Seattle for my cousin’s wedding.

Sorry – where was I? The condo also (obviously) has two bedrooms – one for me and one for Kristina. Hers is going to be white with brown accent walls. Mine is going to be green. I hate painting.

I painted my bathroom. I painted it three different colors. It’s gold on the bottom and light blue on the top with a dark brown stripe separating the two. It’s interesting. I always love it when I’m looking at it, but whenever I picture it in my head, I think, “Why did I go and paint my bathroom all weird and shit?” It’s cool though. Seriously. Everyone thinks it’s cool. (Except for Tom, but he’s not allowed over anyway.)

I really wanted to find a dark brown shelf or cabinet for the bathroom. I found one at Target. Chris helped me put it together. I thought it was awesome. Then Tara came over and said it was too big. So, I went to Bed, Bath & Beyond and bought a cabinet that’s a little lighter brown. I lugged it upstairs all by myself (three floors, remember?), put it together, brought it into the bathroom and decided I liked the first shelf better. I brought it back into my room, took it all apart, put it back in the box, struggled downstairs with it, and put it in my trunk. I went to Bed, Bath & Beyond to return it with Tara. When I opened the trunk and she saw it, she said, “That would look awesome in your room!” She was right, so I sighed and closed the trunk. It’s still in there. I guess I’m eventually going to bring it all the way back upstairs and put it back together. Busy tomorrow?

Okay. I’m going to go pack something. So far, my attempt at packing has involved going through my CD collection and deciding it’s finally time to get rid of Drew’s Famous Party Music, Ace of Base, Ricky Martin, The Jock Jam single, and also Drew’s Famous Party Music Volume 2 along with several others. I also threw everything from the bathroom cabinet into a box and spent a half hour in the hot tub with Rich. Oh, and I took out the trash. That’s pretty good, right?

What’s Up

By being a computer genius, boys, employment, las vegas, little cousins, music, new jersey, packing 2 Comments

The days left in this year are dwindling. I have so much stuff to do before I go to New Jersey for Thanksgiving. I have to do laundry, pack some clothes, compile a CD and tie up a bunch of loose ends at work.

I’m finally loading all of my music back onto my computer. Remember when I changed my hard drive a few months ago? (I’m such a computer genius.) I’m also stealing Internet. It’s not that I’m too cheap to pay for Internet, it’s just that I’m still waiting for my apartment community to finish installing the wireless connections for our whole complex. They said it would be done by November 1st. They lied.

I got to go to St. Louis last week for work. That was exciting. I guess I have to take the clothes from that trip out of my suitcase so that I can put the clothes for Thanksgiving in. Damn.

After Thanksgiving, I’ll be home for two days and then I’m hopping on a plane to Vegas to visit my family. My other aunt and uncle and my grandparents moved out there. Crazy mass exodus of family members out of New Jersey to the desert and shit. Now who am I going to party with on Christmas Eve? Only a fraction of my cousins even live within 2,600 miles of me now.

Allison and I have decided that the terms “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” are obsolete. I’ll get into that some other time.

Anyway, I’ve gotten distracted from compiling my latest CD masterpiece. This one will be called Look @ the Stars. All good CDs need a name.

From This Moment On

By music, not ruling at life, packing 2 Comments

My parents came down to help me start moving my furniture into my new apartment this weekend. I can’t wait for this whole move thing to be over. You know how I feel about packing.

I’ve had it with this awful, sad, depressing emo music. I think it’s what’s driving me crazy. I’m cutting myself off temporarily to find out if I’m right. I’m tired of being in a bad mood all the time. I shouldn’t be in a bad mood any of the time. I keep getting everything I want, I’m moving into an awesome apartment, my football team is ranked #3 in the nation, I have an awesome roommate who I have a blast with, the dog doesn’t bark as much anymore, my ex-boyfriend and I are becoming close friends, I’m even accomplishing a lot of my New Year’s resolutions (which is totally awesome of me), and I’m wrapped up in this tragic emo crap feeling lethargic and listless all the time. Screw it. I don’t care if I have to listen to Shania Twain for the next six weeks, I’m going to be in a happy mood from now on. So there.

The Packing Motif

By fabio the hamster, packing 3 Comments

This morning I found out that I will be leaving Las Vegas on April 13th. I will be packing up my stuff here and driving back across the country to New Jersey where I will be faced with the enormous task of packing up my stuff there because my parents just sold our house.

Hopefully, my room is pretty neat – I can’t really remember how I left it – because I find packing to be a dreadfully boring task that often turns into a fiasco. I’m sure you remember my past packing experiences, such as this one, as well as my lack-of-packing experiences, such as this one. Apparently, packing has become a recurring theme over the past few months.

Well, I only have 15 days left here in Vegas, so I’d better get out and enjoy the desert sun and spend some quality time with the little cousins. Of course, leaving Fabio will be devastating – perhaps I should consider packing him, too.