Hey good people!
Sorry about the little break I took. Things have been a little bit hectic this last week or so with my move and everything. My thoughts are going all over the place as I write this, and I just can't help but smile.
This time last year, moving out was just a whim of my ever active imagination, and now, it's an ever present, forthcoming reality. It's reall kinda crazy.
Here's a brief little update.
The one apartment that I wrote about previously; the one I was supposed to move into with super cheap rent didn't actually come through for me. I can't quite remember what it's called, but it was one of those apartment complexes that the government runs, and the people that live there can't make above a certain amount of money... Well I didn't know that, and sadly... I make too much money to live there... That's ok, fuck them! lol
So after I found out that apartment wasn't for me, I didn't get too discouraged, I just kept on pressing.
I looked for apartments in Howard County (too expensive, but also too small) Baltimore City (real cheap, real dangerous ::no shade::), Montgomery County (cute area, but too far from home and work), Anne Arundel County (where I live now, but about $200 more dollars than I was willing to pay).
I was running out of choices, that is until I went to Baltimore County. Baltimore County is a pretty good mix of bustling city life and the quietness of the 'burbs. There're enough Blacks to feel at home, but not so many that one would feel uncomfortable. And, the White population is pretty visible.
After thorough examination at some of the apartments in the area, I realized I wasn't getting far. Either the apartment was too close to the the highway or too far. Either it was right on the street or too secluded in the forest. Either the rent was too high and no utilities were paid (not even water) or the rent was just right and everything was paid, but the WHOLE APARTMENT was the size of my bedroom at home... : (
Well, I finally found one! Woodridge Apartments! They had a mixture of everything I was looking for. It's literally down the street from restaurants, carry out places, grocery stores, barber shops, the mall, video rental stores, etc, etc AND they pay my water and gas... all that + the amazing walk-in closet (which is just big enough to house my 3' tall picture of Audrey Hepburn) = a very happy Jared!
So it's settled... I paid my security deposit yesterday and my move is on the 1st (cuz I get the first month free)...yaaay free first month!
Now that's all the good and dandy stuff, but there is the other side of course. Ok, like my budget is alloted out to the last brown cent, but I'm a little nervous. What if God forbid an emergency arises and I can't pay my bills. What if I get laid off? I'm moving from a full home to an empty house, and what if I get lonely? IDK, all negative thoughts, but valid ones I suppose.
So anyway 93.4685946276497% of me is super excited about the move, so now all I have to do is get furnishings and different lil things for my lil place!.... Speaking of which, with the help of my most favoritest uncle, Uncle Cocoa (http://notshady.blogspot.com) I finally completed my Housewarming registry on www.walmart.com!!! Yaaaay me! Now I don't know exactly when my housewarming party will be, but I figured when everyone comes for the blogger reunion, we may be able to meet at my new pad for a few drinks or somethin'... the fridge will be full of Grey Goose! yaaaaay Grey Goose!
So anyway back to the registry (hint hint)... If you go to www.walmart.com and click on the wishlist link, and type in my name (Jared Shanklin ::with a k::) you'll see my wishlist for like April 10th. There's another one for a Jared Shanklin but I don't even know who that is, cuz I didn't make that one. Everything on the list is under $30, so if you find it in your heart to buy me something, please please please please please email me with your name and what u bought and your mailing address so I can send you a personalized thank you card.
I guess that's it for me.
Love you lots!