Monday, February 1, 2010

Another Year, Another Move

I'm not exactly sure, but I think I have moved EVERY DAMN YEAR since 2003 or 2004. And moved a hell of a lot before that too. Always different reasons. Some involving a man (rather not talk about it), a roommate, baby being born, landlord changes, etc. Said baby is a toddler now, I have happily shed said man, I'm getting older and, believe it or not, I'm in a relationship that might actually last - I'm feeling the need to fluff up the nest and stay a while. Problem is, I live in one of the most expensive counties in the US, but I love it. Furthermore, I have shared custody of my child and for me that means I'm here for now unless I want to ditch my kid. So...

I am currently renting a small house in a neighborhood that I LOVE, but the house can kiss my ass.

Here are the loves:
- Location, location, location! Great safe neighborhood, close to park, mall, stores, restaurants, quiet street, can hop right on to two of the biggest freeways in minutes. It's uber convenient!
- Quality of life - I have several very wonderful friends within a couple miles or less of my front door. Some are even within walking distance.
- Love the house size and design

Here's the not so much:
- This little house's utilities are killing me! Power and gas are sky high and rent ain't cheap. BUT rent ain't cheap anywhere decent in L.A. County
- Old house is drafty and cold in winter - but cool in summer. Freezing my tush off right now. No insulation and the walls are paper thin.
- Pool - fun, but not worth the cost and liability with little ones around
- Maintenance crew is slower than a retarded snail (house is owned by an apt complex company)
- Major ant problem. Major.
- Electric dryer hook up. REALLY? Lame. Expensive.
- Why are my washer and dryer in my kitchen? REALLY? Lame. Noisy. Dusty.
- General condition of the house is not so great. Not immediately noticeable, visually, but the kind of old house BS that makes me REALLY glad I don't own this place.

It's been a nice little house to rent temporarily, but it's just not where I want to stay for long. Aubrey will be starting pre-school this summer and I guess I'd rather get on with the getting on now and get it over with. I'd love to find a place to stay put in and, sadly, this just isn't it.

Sick Of Moving


  1. Meet you in Woodland Hills! You can keep an eye on the town for me until my return :-)

  2. I know what you mean! And I haven't moved as much as you but finding a place in LA without been able to afford what you really really want and the really nice neighborhood is hard. Hope you find a great new place, I'm sure they are out there, we just need to look and look and look!

  3. But Jennie - I thought you were heading to Pasadena when you get back! :(