I signed a lease on Saturday. This apartment is perfect. The landlady is originally from Chicago (well, 16 miles out, on the Indiana side) and moved out here when she was 16. Her dad bought this building when it was brand new in the 50s and she grew up in one of the second floor apartments. Now she lives about an hour north of LA but the building is still hers. I like this story because it reminds me of the apartment building that used to belong to my family in Oak Park. And I can’t help but think how awesome it would be if that building was still in the Johnson name. How many of us would have cycled through there? How many of us would have lived there with fiances, then husbands, then kids before growing out of it and passing it along to the next in line? A lot of us, I think.
The apartment I am renting is in fantastic condition because, as the woman explained to me, this is still a home to her and she wants everyone who lives there to love it as much as she did/does. It has real hard wood floors and large open windows. The walls are white (thank god) and clean. The kitchen is funky with yellow tile and dark wood cabinets. I love it. I can’t wait to live in it and make it my own. Well, make it mine and T.Sean’s.
I’m excited to start settling in. I don’t move in until the last week of August which is fine since i am actually housesitting for most of August and it would be stupid to be paying rent for two apartments but living in neither. But I am beginning to gather things, handmade mugs and bowls from the goodwill, jars to store rice and oatmeal. Also I’m on the look out for good deals on bigger things like, well, basically every piece of furniture you can think of (mattresses, a little kitchen table, a bookshelf, a couch). It doesn’t have to come all at once and I’m not going to rush and buy something that I hate or that is plastic and gross. Instead I prowl Goodwills and garage sales and when I see it (it being the right table or the right chairs) I will buy it.
T.Sean is coming. I cannot wait until T.Sean gets here.
In more frustrating news I just tried to post photos but am apparently out of space. UGH.