moving, yet again! - The Dainty Squid

moving, yet again!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Yesterday I got a text from my landlord saying that after the handful of showings she'd done someone was interested in renting my apartment! If you haven't been catching all the hints I've been dropping these last few weeks you're probably like "whaaaat?" but I'm moving!! Ahh! Yes, for the third time in just as many years. This one will hopefully be for a lot longer though. There's nothing wrong with where I live now aside from some gross neighbors. I have two bedrooms, a porch, washer and dryer, and I'm pretty attached to my living room. I'm definitely settled in. Buuuut Jeff and I are moving in together! Double ahhhh!

I've been looking diligently for what feels like forever. I'd say we both started seriously looking after getting back from our trip out west though. We had a specific neighborhood in mind. Our must haves were two bedrooms, washer and dryer, and that pets were allowed - of course. Let me just say it was stupid hard to find. I'd see the perfect place then see the two worst words, "no pets", and the search would start all over again. I know it wasn't that long of a search, all things considered, but I can't lie, it was starting to feel hopeless. It felt like what we were looking for, in our price range, just didn't exist or stay on the market long enough for us to find it.

One evening Jeff and I were walking around the neighborhood we want to live in when he mentioned an apartment listing he'd seen and how it looked like the coolest spot ever, except for the fact it said "no dogs!" I knew exactly the apartment he was talking about because I had seen it too and though "Oh my gosh, Jeff would love this place!" When I got home that evening I emailed the guy telling him what a precious pup Klaus is and how he's basically the best dog ever. I figured it couldn't hurt to ask, right? He emailed me back almost instantly and said to give him a call.

We ended up going to see the apartment and despite it's flaws - being in the wrong neighborhood, awkward layout, top of our price range, etc - we filled out an application! We definitely both felt uneasy about it but we were looking on the bright side, we'd finally be living together! I was already brainstorming all the ways I'd deal with the quirks of this place, and how tremendously outdated it was.  I really had my heart set on another neighborhood, and the lack of windows meant I'd easily get depressed. That's not to say this place didn't have it's upsides though. I tried to write off any hesitations as some normal nervousness involved with moving in together.

 I am very much looking forward to combining my weird things with Jeff's weird things. True love, amiright?

The guy made it sound like we basically had the place so I contacted my current landlord to let her know she'd most likely hear from this new guy and that I'd be moving. She text me back to let me know she was sorry to see me go, that I had been a great tenant and that if this fell through she had a place in Tremont that they were in the process of renovating. Let me stop this little story right now to tell you that is the neighborhood we wanted to be in all along!!! I took a screenshot and sent it to Jeff who was all "get more details! now!" She described it and I couldn't believe what I was reading. I think that Jeff and I were both sold before even seeing it.

We obviously went and checked it out as soon as humanly possible. It's literally everything we were looking for,  and exactly where we want to be. Plus we get the bonus of keeping my landlord which is great because she's wonderful! Jeff and I keep asking each other questions about the new place because we were both so excited that it's all kind of a blur. One thing I know for sure is that IT HAS A STINKEN CLAW FOOT TUB. Hah! Seriously, I have wanted one for as long as I can remember!! That's just the tip of the iceberg though. Needless to say, I mailed our deposit the next day! In a few short weeks, which are dragging obviously, I'll be in a brand new apartment with my handsome boyfriend and our pets. AHHHH!

So yeah, that's whats going on right now in Dainty Squid land. I'll obviously be sharing more about our new place when the time comes but for now I just had to get that off my chest before I explode. I hate talking about things before they happen, in case something falls through, but with my current apartment now being rented, and the deposit check cashed, it's all feeling very real... AND VERY EXCITING.
xoxo

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  1. Ghaaaah! I'm so excited and happy for you guys! And a claw-foot bathtub?! How perfect! Congrats to the two of you!!!

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  2. I want a claw foot tub! That is amazing and you deserve it!

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    1. Thanks, Mary! I'm sooo excited to use the heck out of that bath tub! :D

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  3. congratulations!!! it sounds like a dream!! i can't wait to see photos of the way you two decorate it!! :)

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  4. So, you definitely had me a claw foot bathtub! So lovely! I can't wait to see pics of the new place :).

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  5. Congratulations! That is great news.

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  6. So exciting!!! I look forward to reading and seeing all the wonderful ways you will be decorating your new home. Congrats!

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  7. Ahh congrats!! What a story, didn't see the twist coming. :D Living together with the one you love is one of the best things in the world so have fun!

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  8. I'm seriously so happy for you! That's great news & in all honesty I'm excited to see how you decorate.
    Best of luck on your new adventure!

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  9. Gahhhh I cannot WAIT!! I'm SO glad that fell into place the way it did. Meant to be!

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    1. I'm so excited to have a house warming party!

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  10. How exciting that everything worked out so perfectly!

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  11. SQUEEEEE How exciting!!!! So happy you guys found a spot you love and I am SO jealous of your claw foot tub!

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  12. Congratulations!!!!! This is what I was hoping you were getting at in one of your previous posts ;) Super happy for you - can't wait to see what you do with your new space! Half the fun of moving in with someone is combining your styles into a workable living space. Shawn and I have finally managed to do that with our new space... only took us 7 years! ;) So don't fret if your things clash for a bit.

    Will your P.O. Box still be the same?

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    1. Thank you so much, Marine!

      Haha! I'm hoping it doesn't take us that long! We have very similar styles. My only concern is just the amount of stuff. It's a great excuse to get rid of things though!

      Yes, it will be! :)

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  13. Congrats! It's always crazy how many apartments for whatever reason have a no pet policy.

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    1. It's heartbreaking! I know that there are a lot of really crappy pet owners out there but it really stinks for the good ones.

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  14. Oh how exciting! I am stoked for you two and for your awesome find! My husband and I are lowkey looking around San Diego for a new apartment and boyyyy is it disheartening to find affordable housing with pets. Moving can be a drag but it IS so fun to make a new place your own. I can't wait to see what you two do with the place!

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  15. Aw, congratulations!! My boyfriend just moved in with me and it's going really great, so I wish you the same luck!

    xo, Diana

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    1. That's so great to hear, Diana! I'm happy for you! :)

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  16. Omg congratulations!! What's supposed to happen, will be! So perfect. Can't wait to see it!

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  17. Woo hoo! Very happy for you (knock on wood - not to be superstitious . . .) but CLAW FOOT TUB - yes!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Ahhhhhh!!!! This is so exciting! Congratulations to both of you!

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  19. I went on a few dates with a guy who lived there too, and he also had a claw foot tub! I don't think he appreciated it as much as I did! I can't wait to see pictures of the place!

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    1. Hah! I wonder if claw foot tubs are a weird Tremont thing. Kind of like how you can totally tell if an apartment is in Tremont by the built in cabinets. :P

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  20. Wow! Congratulations!!! I hope you'll make lots of great new memories there.
    Oh and the tub.... I envy you!

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  21. Pets + cutie pie bf + claw foot tub (hells yeah) = perfection!!Congrats!

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  22. So happy for you! I can feel the excitement and joy in your writing! :D

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  23. Ahhh! I'm so happy for you guys!
    I know how hard it is to find a place where pets are allowed, and we only have one cat.

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  24. aaaaahhh!! so happy for you!!! Me and my bf are searching for a flat of our own and it's sooo hard even without pets... good luck moving, I hope it goes easy and swift! :D xxx

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  25. I'm so excited for you!!! I've moved twice this year already, with another move planned within the next three months, and I hope to one day know the feeling of moving to a place you think is perfect! I've been stuck in a lot of not so great housing situations with roommates just because I don't have a car, and because I need public transit to get to work.

    EITHER WAY, I cannot wait to see pictures of the new house, and see how you decorate!! I love your current place and your flair for design. ALSO, Its so exciting to move in with a SO!!! I am, for real, so excited for you. :)

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    1. Aw, I'm sorry to hear that! Hope your move goes smoothly.


      Thank you so much!!! :D

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  26. Claw foot tubs are the actual best! I lived in an apartment for three and a half years that had one and I take a bath every night. I haven't lived there for two years now and I think about that tub at least 2-3 times a week, no lie. They're everything you hope they are and more!! Congrats!

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    1. Haha! I CANNOT wait to take alllll the bubble baths!

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  27. Congrats!! ANYthing with a clawfoot is dreamy to me. I look forward to new apartment posts - I'm sure you'll make it awesome in no time.

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  28. omg congrats to both of you, best of luck! I can't wait to see how you guys decorate the new place xo

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  29. WOOOOO, TREMONT! I'll probably be looking soon, too, because my landlord is selling our building, but I'd love to stay in the neighborhood, so if your landlord happens to have anything else, hit me up. :P Happy moving!

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  30. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! positively thrilled for you! the neighborhood you and jeff want AND you get to keep your landlord! WOOOOOOO! congrats!
    (that is a lot of exclamation points for one comment, but this is exciting and worthy of celebration!)

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