We found an apartment!
We spent a long weekend in St. Louis and we toured more places than I want to count but we finally found a place we like.
Part of our issue was some of the areas we were looking in were older homes/duplexes/apartments. That’s not something I mind but Mark is more drawn to newer aesthetics. Finding a safe place to live was also an issue, we found a gorgeous apartment (it had an amazing skylight in the kitchen) but the area was very questionable and after Mark was assaulted two years ago near our current apartment safety was something we were really concerned about.
We ended up compromising on a town home for rent that wasn’t super updated but has lots of space (even a finished basement) and is in a decent location. I just have to wait for our application to be processed and I can officially cross it off my list of stuff to stress out about.
The disparity between the apartments I want to live in and the apartments I can actually afford is really bumming me out.
I would never want to rub it in or make Mark feel bad for pursuing higher education for a better career but I will be SO THRILLED when we have two incomes. I feel so disappointed in myself that my income alone doesn’t put us where we want to be.
Edit: After working out (which is how I blow off steam and reset my mind) I realized that wanting more than you can afford is a universal issue. We’re doing fine and we’ll be fine. We’re certainly not scraping by and we can continue our thrifty ways for another 2.5 years. This just goes to show it can be so easy to get down on yourself but if you get a little perspective you realize things really aren’t that bad, in fact, they may be down right good but you just forgot how to appreciate it.
My workout playlist
Here is the most random assemblage of music in existence. I add whatever has a great beat or empowering lyrics. What are your favorite workout songs?
- I Want You to Want Me (Live) - Cheap Trick
- Berzerk - Eminem
- Work B**ch - Britney Spears
- Blow - Ke$ha
- E.T. (feat. Kanye West) - Katy Perry
- Beat It - Michael Jackson
- Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer) - Pitbull
- Timber (feat. Ke$ha) - Pitbull
- Stronger - Kanye West
- Happy - Pharrell Williams
- 4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland) - Madonna
- Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton) - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- Something Bigger, Something Better - Amanda Blank
- S&M - Rihanna
- Come With Me Now - KONGOS
- More - Usher
- Turn Me On (feat. Nicki Minaj) - David Guetta & Nicki Minaj
- I Kissed a Girl - Katy Perry
- Right Round - Flo Rida
- My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark - Fall Out Boy
- Fighter - Christina Aguilera
- Chasing the Sun - The Wanted
- We No Speak Americano - Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP
- Run the World (Girls) - Beyoncé
Last day of March and it’s finally warm enough to go sleeveless!
In other fun news I’m struggling to keep my eyes open today: Mark took his boards this past weekend and Sunday was the last day (8+ hours of testing) so he went out with a couple of his friends. Cut to 2:30am this morning when Mark and three of our friends came crashing into the apartment after spending the last 7+ hours drinking (cue Callie running under the bed and growling) after I had stupidly stayed up till about 1am binge watching season 6 of Mad Men. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they crashed in our apartment instead of driving home but it did take them about an hour and a half to settle down and fully pass out. That means I spent most of my night staring at the ceiling while the guys joked around in the other room and Callie angry stalked the room irked that there were loud strangers in the apartment. Admittedly the time I spent awake up to 1am was my own fault.
Since we had a rough night Mark and I decided to start today off right. We drove Calle to the dog park, grabbed some McD’s breakfast on the way, scarfed down our food in the car while Callie ran around the park like a lunatic then drove to pick up Mark’s car (he cabbed it last night). I can’t help but think I could have rallied much better like…6 years ago.