Waiting for My Real Life to Begin

The life and times of a girl named Swishy.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

As the Apartment Search Turns

In today's installment ...

I totally asked him for a discount and he TOTALLY SAID YES! Yeahhhhh!!!

Of course, I AM SO NEUROTIC, I think, wait ... that was too easy. So I drag my heels all day taking over the application, and finally I realize that OK, it's not the apartment, it's the fact that DECIDING on an apartment means I really, really do live here now, and that is a little like, whoa. You know?

(Dr. Phil, he would be proud.)

I get over myself and go drop the thing off. Before I leave I'm like, hey, can I take the keys from you and run over there for a second to look around one last time and take some pictures?

(This is a little bit of a test because Crazy McPushypants would have NEVER let me do that alone.)

The landlord is a super nice guy, so he's like, of course, go ahead and take your time, and if you want, you can take the garage door opener off the counter too so you have it.

(I like the landlord. He also was like, please don't worry about the walls, I noticed there were a couple nail holes that hadn't been filled, so I had them filled and primed but they haven't been painted over yet. You guys, there were like three TINY nail holes, it was so not a big deal. But that is how well he keeps it up.)

So I drive over and go inside and immediately I was like, all right, I really am gonna be OK here. There's just something different about being there myself, without someone watching, so I can poke through the fridge and the cabinets and talk out loud to myself about how, oh, this can go here, and that can go there, and maybe I'll buy a bigger bookshelf for that corner.

So it's good. I'm taking it. I'll move in next week.

(Of course, I'm still me, so when he asked if I wanted to take the keys and sign the lease while I was there contingent on the credit application to save myself a trip, I was like, oh, no, that's OK, I'll come back tomorrow. Just so I can give myself 12 more hours to freak out about it.)

Thank you, guys. You are the best, best, best.

(P.S. I haven't called the other guy at all. He cashed my check for the application, but he hasn't tried to get ahold of me. I don't need to call him to tell him I'm not going to take the place ... right? Or do I?)

34 Comments:

At 6:37 PM, Blogger #1 Guitar Rocker! said...

fifty per month off, or just free november?

it just goes to show, it really doesn't hurt to ask! and hurray for you getting the best of both worlds -- bigger place aaand the cool hood and and and, no pushy guy(I didn't like him).

Happy news swishy.

 
At 6:40 PM, Blogger kim said...

who's #1 guitar rocker?!

Oh my gosh, swishy -- it was me, kim. Winnie was still signed in, she is the rockin' blogger in this house. whoops.

 
At 6:46 PM, Blogger House of Jules said...

WOOOOOHOOOOO! WHO'S THE BIG WINNER? YOU ARE!
(sorry for the yelling, but I'm stoked for you!)

You already know I'm a big believer in asking for what you want out of life, and you proved it to yourself that it works! So excited to hear more about the place and how all your stuff looks. Unpacking is gonna be fun! Well, maybe not ALL the unpacking, but the arranging is gonna be fun.
Jules
House of Jules

 
At 6:54 PM, Blogger Swishy said...

#1 guitar rocker! I LOVE IT! Ha ha.

AND! I forgot: I get 50 bucks off a month. So yayyyy to that.

I am soooo relieved, you have no idea.

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger Candy said...

oooooooooohhhhh yeeeeeahhh....

SWISHY WAS WORKIN' IT!!

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger Hally said...

Wahoo for you! Congrats on the new casa, Swishy.

 
At 9:08 PM, Blogger Beth said...

I cannot wait to see pictures! we are gonna see pictures, right???? and do you get that other money back....since loser guy cashed your check? I'm so lost in all this stuff!!!

 
At 9:28 PM, Blogger Mandy said...

AWESOME! Congrats on finding a place with a nice landlord!

Good luck with the move in and can't wait to hear all about it.

 
At 11:20 PM, Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

congrats on finding your place.
Happy, happy day.

 
At 12:28 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Yay! Congrats... I'm so glad that it worked out for you, and that you've got a real place to live now. Enjoy your time in the new place!

 
At 12:46 AM, Blogger MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

How much was the check for the application? You should have put a hold on that check immediately! I hope it wasn't more than like $25 or $50!!!

That's just the mom in me talkin'!

I'm so excited for your new place. but waaaaah! I wish you lived ... well ... you KNOW where I WISH you lived!

And I can't believe more readers haven't been like, "OH swishy, tell us where you live! Tell us about your new job!" TELL US MORE ABOUT LA BAMBA! hee hee hee!

 
At 8:43 AM, Blogger Karen said...

YAY! Even though you still have 12 more hours to freak out, won't it kind of be a relief to just move already? Life is so off-balance when you don't have a home.

Can't wait to hear more about it--maybe see pictures?! Did you spy to see what neighbors are like? Maybe a cute, single guy next door? Or a secret CIA agent?

 
At 8:54 AM, Blogger DeeMarie said...

Congrats on finding the place!! Happy moving! :)

 
At 9:38 AM, Blogger Alex said...

Congrats, Swishy! We knew everything would work out for you! And a garage? Wow!! I would totally put some shelves up for extra storage, but I'm a pack rat...lol.
So did your house plants survive the move?

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger Monnik said...

This is so great! I can't wait to hear all about the adventures in the new place.

WTG on asking for $50/off. And this landlord sounds great. Worrying about not painted over nail holes?! That's a keeper.

 
At 11:40 AM, Blogger dragonfly said...

Yay!! So glad things are working out (and that you ditched the creepy-aggressive landlord guy, too).

 
At 1:13 PM, Blogger Barrie said...

You are so settling in. And I know you'll post pics. Looking forward to that!

 
At 1:26 PM, Blogger TTQ said...

You can party like a rockstar now! When's the house warming party??!!

 
At 1:54 PM, Blogger Betty said...

It's all good- the hood, the bigger apartment, the garage, the nice landlord, and THE DISCOUNT!

You're on a roll, Swishy!

And you know what? Just to be SURE that you're off the hook with that jerky landlord, have one of you male friends call him, saying that he's calling on your behalf- like he's your secretary or something- and tell him that you're not taking his apartment! This is the way I backed out of something once, and it was extremely entertaining!

Hugs,
Betty

 
At 3:04 PM, Blogger Trish Ryan said...

That's awesome! Do you need help moving or is your company helping you?

I'd call the other guy to let him know you're out, just so you don't have to deal with him again.

Congrats :)

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger Andie said...

Glad to hear that things are going well and you're finding your place! :)

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger Bina said...

Yea! You have a place to live, and more importantly, you have a garage, with an actual opener! WOO HOO!

 
At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Ree said...

Oh Swishy - You go girl. Maybe it's just the old lady in me, but a move and a new apartment and all of those great opportunities - I'm so envious.

 
At 9:21 PM, Blogger Kristabella said...

Yay!

You're so silly! Does your brain hurt sometimes from all your thinking? ;)

I'm glad you found a place that you truly love!

 
At 9:07 AM, Blogger Barb said...

Congrats on finding the new place. I hope you will feel at home in no time at all. Here's to you and new adventures!

 
At 2:24 PM, Blogger Celia said...

Yay on checking one more thing off your list! The apartment sounds great and even though I LOVE old houses I think I hate the laudromat even more. And nice landlords=goodness. The other guy probably would have been a jerk when you asked for repairs or help.
Congrats!

 
At 2:37 PM, Blogger flea said...

YAY! congrats on getting what you want and sticking to your guns about the discount (god knows i never would've done or asked for it)

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger Mary Ann said...

I love that you felt at home when you walked in the apt by yourself. That's so great.

You've started me thinking. I wonder what alternatives exist in my life that I'm not noticing. Thank you for this.

I'm so so happy for you.

 
At 10:33 AM, Blogger CelticBuffy said...

Yea for you asking for a discount! That's great that you found a place where you wanted and that you were able to ask to get it for less $. Congrats on the "ah ha" moment, also, as for why you were reticent on finalizing a lease.

 
At 12:42 PM, Blogger Vanessa said...

YAY! Hooray for new apartments. You'll be moved in and settled in no time!

 
At 9:11 PM, Blogger Cheryl said...

Sounds perfect! I'm so glad this is working out for you. It will be nice to be settled in. Can't wait for the pictures!
XXXXX

 
At 2:31 PM, Anonymous courtney said...

I'm so glad that you found a good place! And with a good landlord! That's fantastic! Congrats! Have some more exclamation points!!!

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger Elle Charlie said...

What great news Swish! You're on your way now! Good for you - it sounds like a lovely place that has been kept up really well - you're a smart shopper!

 
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