Thursday, July 18, 2013

two hundred and eighty-one

"If you had to summarize summer in three words, which words would you choose?  Swimming, picnics, and ice cream?  Vacations, thunderstorms, and fireflies?  Bikinis, bonfires, and s’mores?  How about red, white, and blue?..."

Read the rest of the post "Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad" on Home Ec 101.

P.S.  Stuff about life after the jump.

I have some great news related to the move I mentioned back in June!  After much apartment hunting, rent negotiating, and landlord/realtor talking withing, Mr N and I have decided that, instead of downsizing, it would be wisest for us to remain in our current apartment until the end of 2013.  Why?  Maths, my friends. 

We currently live in an elevator building a five minute walk to the train station, which is helpful for me pain-wise, and our apartment has every energy efficient appliance imaginable, a walk-in closet, an outdoor storage closet, and a great open floor plan.  The other apartments we considered, though $400-500 per month less, would require additional costs (higher utility bills due to electric baseboard heat and old appliances, purchasing window AC units, laundromat fees, hiring a truck, etc.) that would eat up a majority of the "savings".  Originally, staying wasn't an option due to fees our property management company imposes for atypical leases, but after a bit of begging, the building manager agreed to let us stay until the end of this year at our current rate.

So, what does that mean for you?  Absolutely nothing, except less whining and more consistent posts.  What does it mean for me?  Less stress, less pain, and no moving twice in six months!  Woohoo!


  1. Woohoo! That's great that you can stay at your current apartment until the "big" move. Can't wait to live in the same state! I forsee evenings of baking and days of shopping. :)

    1. I think the only one happier than me is Mr N! He always has me pack and then does 95% of the schlepping himself to prevent me from getting too pained and/or seizure-y, so I just do the little stuff like cleaning and filling nail holes. Given the 105 degree heat index up here recently, he'd probably give himself heat stroke!

      I'm super excited about living in the same state, too. :-) I'm practically counting down the days until we can go to the Dutch Market. Mmmm pretzels, fried chicken, and Lancaster County cheese samples... (Mr N may insist on joining us on that venture! lol)

    2. The heat is crazy here too. Glad that you guys can stay put until you are ready to make the final move here.

      I'm so hungry right now and fried chicken and cheese sounds like heaven. It's going to be a great time!