Posts Tagged ‘living arrangements’

Living and Loving Arrangements

Darlings, the last week has been absolutely 100% different from what I anticipated.

Until last Thursday, I was planning to move into my apartment in one of the nice, safe, but boring neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.  I would be moving at the end of the month, living with two guys I didn’t know (but who seemed very sweet from our brief meeting!) and I would hope to save enough money that in case something happened after I graduated and I lost my job at Adam & Eve, I could still pay my bills.  And honestly, it was giving me a stomach ulcer.

Obviously, I made completely sane and balanced decision on Thursday: to move in with my boyfriend.  (I say that with the full knowledge that, holy shit, this is kind of crazy.)  He asked me, I said yes, and by Saturday, we’d found someone to take my spot on the lease for the other place, and half of my things are now moved to our  place.  Our place  is a really weird thing to say, and it makes me feel pretentious.

Yes, please do come to our place for dinner.  Bring a nice cabernet.”

But wait.  If I wasn’t planning on moving until the end of the month, why have I moved half of my things already?  Glad you asked!  There was a sewage leak at my apartment this weekend.  There were puddles of sewage in the laundry room, which is directly next to my apartment’s door.  Ergo, my apartment smelled like feces.  It really was getting ugly in here.  And my management company learned that I am not a woman to be crossed.  (I think the only person who could have scared them more would have been Maggie Smith.)

Ewan absolutely loves his new digs, since he was moved already back on Saturday night when this fiasco began.  He really seems to like running around in “Step Dad’s” big bedroom, and the boyfriend gets most of his kicks from watching Ewan eat Cheerios.  All in all, it’s a pretty good arrangement.

But, let’s be serious.  There’s some nitty-gritty to address here.  We’ve only been together for about three months, so we’re knee-deep in the honeymoon phase.  Some of my very best friends have said they’re not sure if it’s a good idea.  I actually agree.  I’m really not sure.  Honestly, I can’t tell you that this is absolutely, unequivocally the best idea we’ve ever had.  But…

We just get along amazingly.  I’ve never clicked so well with someone, even just doing nothing.  I’m completely sure we will have our first big fight while living together, and I’m really glad I’m moving my bed back to my parents’ house in case we need a weekend apart.  I really do think this is a risk worth taking because from my current perspective, I’d regret not trying it more than seeing it go awry.

Have you ever lived with a significant other?  How did it go?  Any tips?

Post-College Survival Kit? Yes and YES.

Darlings!

I have excellent news!  The wonderful and talented and ocularly stylish (is that how you say “has nice glasses?”) Sarah Von of Yes & Yes was kind enough to let me review her fabulous e-course The Post College Survival Kit!

Full disclosure: I wanted to read the kit, badly, but I was broke, and Sarah was sweet enough to give me a discount in exchange for an honest review.  She’s pretty rad.  But I am not being paid for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own.  She didn’t even ask me to say she has nice glasses (she just does).

Now for the fun stuff!  If you’ve never seen me post about Sarah before, here’s what you need to know:

She has all of the awesome.  All of it.  How so?

> She’s furnished her apartment entirely from thrift store and secondhand items, and still managed to make it chic.

> She’s gone on countless solo trips, lived to tell the tale, and never needed Liam Neeson to come save her.

> If you’ve ever spoken with her, you know this already, but if you haven’t, you should… because she’s one of the most           interesting, genuine people I’ve had the pleasure of e-meeting.

So what’s the Post College Survival Kit?  It’s basically How to Be Awesome After College.  It’s all of the life stuff people don’t tell you until after you’re all like, “Hey, mom and dad, I have like $5,000 of credit card debt, my boyfriend deals coke, and he’s not even always in the air never flying coach.  I live in a roach infested apartment that costs $1,200.  And all of my friends are blood-sucking leeches.”  Then, maybe, maybe someone will step in and help you.  Maybe.  But why not avoid all of that and go straight to Sarah’s collection of awesome advice and life tidbits?  Why not indeed.

What will I learn?  ALL OF THE THINGS.  Memes aside, in just the first installment (of 3! Trifecta of knowledge!) you will learn about apartment hunting, roommate finding and keeping, relationships out of college, moving in with your SO without killing them, and more!

Can you give me some highlights or something?  I want to know I’m getting my money’s worth. First of all, the course is $45.  Let’s be realistic.  What were you going to buy with an extra $45?  If you don’t live in a big city, you could probably get a semi decent amount of weed.  Which, ok, is going to sort of reduce your stress level, but it’s surely not going to make you better informed, and it’s going to be gone soon anyway.  And you’re going to spend even more money on pizza because we all know that you get the munchies.  Weed is not a good $45 investment for your future.  But yes, I will give you some ballin’ highlights to prove to you how much better than weed Sarah’s e-course is.

Ballin’ Highlights:

& Sarah will teach you how to decorate your first teeny-tiny apartment (that’s not roach infested because you first learned how to apartment hunt in chapter one!) on a mini-bitty budget.  That’s right.  And if you doubt her design skills, interest, or tastes, check out the design tags on Yes & Yes.

& You know how you probably met the majority of your friends in college because of where you all lived, the classes you took, and your clubs and organizations?  The adult world doesn’t have it set up so easily for you.  This sometimes throws me into a state of hermit panic.  No more!  GUYS, SHE TELLS YOU HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS.  This is shit we haven’t seriously had to practice since like 3 years old, and we’ve gotten rusty.

& The included dating advice is like the Anti-Cosmo, as in, it makes sense and it’s not sexist or heteronormative.  You like to date girls?  Sarah’s not going to tell you how to “snag a man” (ew).  Why is the course set up this way?  Because the focus is on being a YOU that a great other would like to be with!  Also included are tips on meeting interesting people you might want to date, date ideas now that you have more choices than the cafeteria or the local $5 pizza joint, how you shouldn’t take shit from any scrub, and…

& How to move in with your SO without killing them or being killed!  I love, love, LOVE the points Sarah makes about communication.  There are hills to die on, and she addresses the important ones, and the ones on which you should consider waving the white flag to kiss and make up.

Are you convinced?  Even if you don’t end up purchasing the Kit, I highly, highly suggest paying Sarah a visit over at Yes & Yes to osmose some of her awesomeness for yourself.  You can also find her on Twitter.