Sorry for the silence!
It was a crazy week.
In addition to moving in last weekend, I took Monday off to clean the old apartment.
It took me 8 hours to clean that place from top to bottom.
We gave back the keys on Friday. So now the clock is ticking for Zorba or Zorba's son to get us back our (pretty hefty) deposit that we paid. I'm not sure how it works, the lease we signed in 2007 said he had to get it back to us in 30 days. But that lease expired in 2008 and we started living month-to-month. Stay tuned, I'm sure that will be a "funny" story.
I'm not sure what's going to be going on with Zorba though. They took the house off the market and I was talking to his Nurse Lady on the Friday we moved out. She put in her notice. Her last day is May 8.
Then she's off to Poland for three months. Good for her. She deserves it. She's worked for Zorba for three years 24 hours a day with only one day off a week--and even then not always.
There was a month there where I seriously considered looking into what one would have to do if they suspected someone was engaged in white slavery. She worked for like six weeks straight without a day off. Yikes.
Anyway--on to happier things!
Our new apartment! Would you like a little tour now that I have (most of) the boxes unpacked and I vacuumed?
Our new living room--what you see when you walk in. I'm waiting for some stupid flake of a human from Freecycle to pick up those boxes next to the couch.
My new ginormous kitchen! I guess it's an eat-in kitchen, complete with snazzy 80s style pink and green accent sponge painting near the ceiling. Bitchin'! I love this kitchen, well except for the fridge. It's old and the doors don't swing shut so I'm constantly yelling and Chunky to come back and close the fridge door after he's grabbed something out of there.
View from the couch--the living room is SO huge! I mean look at how much room Squeaky has to lick her cat-armpit!
Directly off the living room is the dining room. The previous tenant left that air conditioner. Apparently it's a $400 a/c that she bought last year. Sweet! (Well except for the electric bill that thing will create.)
Off the kitchen is the hallway to the bedrooms and bathroom. Moochie is at the very back and has the biggest room. Not sure how that happened. Chunky really wanted the smallest bedroom and Dr. Mad Scientist and I wanted the room with the best closet. I don't have any pictures of the inside of Mooch's room because he was napping when I took these pictures!
Chunky's room. Although he said he would enjoy sleeping in without having his brother there to wake him up in the morning, he's always up on his own 15 minutes after Moochie anyway. Ha ha!
The bathroom--sporting more of the pink and green (this time in the form of tulipped wallpaper) theme.
I'm very excited about this! A linen closet in the bathroom! Before we had to keep our towels and stuff in the storage closet off of the living room. So if you forgot to grab a clean towel before you got in the shower you'd either have to yell for someone to bring you one, or you would have to do a naked wet sprint through the whole house!
You'll also note this is the new home of The Beast. While this apartment is larger, we don't have as much storage space. The garage storage we have about a 1% claim to. The other two tenants have the rest. I guess that comes with being the "new kids."
The infamous pink tub! Actually its more like the color of an old bandaid. But hey! The hot water is AMAZING here! You can flush without being scalded! And I'm not ankle deep in water 2 minutes in my shower!
Finally, the master bedroom:
It's bigger than our old bedroom. Again, you'll see here that lacking storage space is something we're missing. As such I've dubbed my side of the bedroom Crafty Corners. I've got my craft supplies set up under my knitting bags, next to my knitting books with my fabric stash in between!
The master bedroom lacks curtains. I've got an order for some fabric though to remedy this problem and we should be walking around naked with no fear of being seen in no time! No, we're not nudists, but in northern New Jersey where the houses are built one car-width apart, it's hard to get dressed in the morning with no curtains!!
So there you have it! This place is pretty awesome. The people above us and the guy below are very friendly and the landlord rocks.
I went to put Moochie to bed the first night we were here and realized his room had no door!!! The landlord came by the next morning to check and see how we were doing and I mentioned this to him and by that evening we had a door! Wow! Zorba would have NEVER done that for us!
The only downside to this house has got to be the parking. Now that we're across the street from a nice lounge and banquet hall, and we're heading into wedding season, parking is a bitch.
Never mind that the Hall has 2 parking lots. Last night there was a quinceanera happening and no one bothered to park in the second lot, they all parked on the street. So when I got back from doing laundry I had to park 3 blocks away and haul the laundry home. Ugh. Not cool.
Oh and we probably won't be getting our own washer/dryer. The previous tenant left her machines and kind of "bequeathed" them to the guy downstairs. He's offered to share them with us, but um, well I dunno. I feel kind of weird doing that at this point in our neighbor relationship. Plus to be honest, I don't know how to work a 40+ hour a week job and do laundry for a family of four in just one washer and dryer...I've never done that!! My mom was a SAHM and Mondays were dedicated to laundry. By the time she was back at work we were teenagers and doing our own spattering loads when we could and slowly moving out.
I'll just revise my goal of having my own washer dryer by the time I'm 35 years old to when I'm 40 years old! Someday!
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