I realized on my way home tonight that I'm approaching the end of my 6 month lease on my apartment. I couldn't believe my own counting. I'm not worried that my lease won't be extended. But I couldn't believe that I've actually been here for 6 months.
It took me at least 3 months to actually unpack most of my boxes. It's taken me the last 3 to get my apartment to look the way I want it to. Actually, I'm still working on it. I still don't know what to do with the pole in the middle of the living room. My kitchen remains too small no matter what I do to it. And the middle "closet" room still has no structure but does have a few still-unpacked boxes.
Still, I'm very happy here. And the day I stop working on my apartment is probably the day I move out. Everything in my life is inevitably a work in progress, including my life.
However, I do pay a lot of rent. I walk by signs for studio apartments for rent and am tempted to write the numbers down, just to see what the rents are like. I know I could never get my life into a studio. I seem to have crossed that life moment--I must always make enough money to afford a one-bedroom or above.
I've been eating a lot of Ramen lately. I know it's not great for me, but it is incredibly cheap. And since I pay nearly half my month's salary in rent, I have to save a buck here and there. Last time I went to Safeway, Ramen was 20 for $3. That's damned cheap.
Anytime I get cranky about having to watch my money, not shop as much as I'd like, not buy new clothing as often as I'd like; I just remember my fabulous apartment. I get excited to go home at night. I used to love housesitting for my parents because I got the place to myself. Now I just love getting to use their car and see my cat.
I'll post some pics of my fabulous apartment, probably on my 6 month anniversary. Right now it needs some cleaning up, which I will do soon (see yesterday's post). Still, clean or dirty, boxes or not, it's my place and I love it. It's worth the struggle.
And speaking of Ramen, check out this site: Friends, Ramen, Countrymen... Especially check out the recipes for Ramen Pizza and Chocolate Spiders.