Our future Apartment Home has two bedrooms and is ONE THOUSAND ELEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY square feet, which is 250 more square feet than we had in Tucson and 450 more than we had at our first place in Rexburg. Plus, it has a LAUNDRY ROOM. Not a closet, mind you. A whole room. That you can walk into. With a real door. And a cabinet.
And that's not all. These buildings are less than ten years old, were rated fifty percentage points higher on ApartmentRatings.com than our old complex in Tucson, and will somehow cost LESS. And, so far, management has been extremely helpful and accommodating. I have no fear of this being like the last time we moved to Arizona from Idaho, when the apartment managers showed Jon's cousin a brand-new, beautifully upgraded model and stuck us in a 25-year-old dump, knowing full-well that we would be arriving to sign our paperwork with a moving truck packed with our stuff waiting in the parking lot. Luckily they changed management very shortly thereafter and all the scumbags involved were fired. I hope they're all homeless with scabies.
But, like I said, this new place (please, whenever I mention my new Apartment Home, imagine the building with rays of sunshine emanating from it) would never do that to us. Plus, all the units were built in the same year (one of my first questions) so that scenario is simply impossible. PLUS, did I mention the incredibly high percentage on ApartmentRatings.com??
So we're moving there, and I'll be working while Jon studies to retake his exam/takes his exam/starts his clinical rotations. He didn't pass the first go-around, which was disappointing of course, but we knew it was a possibility. It took the full 6 weeks to hear back, and it was just good to finally know so we could make other plans. My parents have been so generous to let us stay with them for the summer, but we've got to get out and do our own thing now (our choice, not theirs). I've been going a little crazy; feeling like I'm stagnating, not knowing our future, wanting to act like a grown-up again. Finally we just up and decided we'd go where our best bet is for Jon's future clinical rotations, and that was that, and the world is such a beautiful place.
Anyway, as if you needed any more validation that this is a great decision for us (aside from that which you'll receive from your own personal prayers, of course), I present to you two lists:
Things That Are Within Fifteen Minutes of Our New Apartment Home:
EIGHT Indian restaurants
SEVEN Sushi restaurants
FIVE Thai restaurants
A Petco AND Petsmart
An IMAX theater
A 24-Hour Fitness
A really nice dog park (so says Yelp)
Things That Are Within Thirty Minutes of Our New Apartment Home:
A Whole Foods
My aunt and uncle's house
And if you think these lists make me crazy, just remember that THIS is where I used to live:
And THIS is where I'm headed:
So you'd better believe I've been studying Google Maps with joy ever since we first applied for this apartment.
And that's our news. Also, remember when we flew to Tucson and drove the Jeep up to Idaho? In hindsight, we should have left it where it was :\
PS - Oh YEAH! How could I forget?? I already have a job lined up! I found it on Craigslist and all I have to do is send them my bank account information and my social security number and it's a done deal!