June 24, 2015

I had to go into work today to take care of a number of things, so I was there for a few hours.  This should be my last day though!  I went to some local places and got some boxes.  I packed some more of my books.  Then I took a break and started searching for a place that I could do a rent-to-own.  I called one place that advertised rent-to-own homes.  First thing I found out is that rent-to-own is not what I thought.  I was under the impression that you rented the home, paid more in rent, and that extra would be put towards the purchase of the home.  Apparently, the idea is that I would rent it and then after a year I would just buy it.  I was not interested in that.  I have moved too many times to be dumb enough to buy a house after just two years a t my current school.  I also found out that my credit score is too low.  It’s 553.  That’s in the bottom 5%.  I know exactly why it is.  When I had to pay to get my car road-worthy and then pay off all of those tickets, I had to wait to pay some bills.  Well, those bills went to collections and brought my credit score down.

So, I just gave up and tried to find a nice rental in my price range, hopefully with the option of having a garden.  I looked on Craigslist and there was nothing within an hour commute in my price range.  I looked in area newspapers and there was nothing within an hour commute in my price range.  So finally, I just googled what I was looking for and found a place.  I called the owner and he was willing to show it to me that night.  When telling him what time I would meet him at, I had accounted for rush-hour traffic.  However, I got through it relatively quickly and ended up there very early.  It was a small parking area and there was a pick-up truck parked there with a man in it.  I asked him if it was him I had talked to.  He said no, but he also had an apartment for rent!  So I took his phone number and made plans to see his place afterwards.

The first apartment I looked at was half of a cottage, converted for winter use.  The set-up and appliances were old (circa 1950s), but worked fine.  The fridge was newer and the floors were wood.  It had a front porch and two tiny bedrooms.  I thought I had been in tiny bedrooms before, but the larger one would barely fit my full sized bed and the smaller one would barely fit a twin bed and a small dresser. Each bedroom had a closet and there was another closet on the enclosed porch.  There was also a dingy crawlspace underneath the cottage that I could also use for storage.  I would have full run of the grounds including some hiking paths, a brook, and a lake to fish in.  And there was a nice south-east plot maybe 10′ x 10′ that I could use for a garden!  It was $900 a month plus utilities.

Then I met the second man to see his apartment. It was on the bottom floor of a house in suburbia.  The interior was modern with tiled floors and newer appliances.   While everything was new and clean, the drip trays in the stove were disgusting,  The closets had mirrored doors.  The bathroom was bigger and had a bathtub.  There was only one bedroom, but it was larger.  The baseboard heaters completely encircled the living area.  There was a nice patio that the apartment opened on to, but I was told that the upstairs tenant was the one allowed to use it.  I was also offered a space for a garden, but there was so much tree cover, that the plants would never get any sun.  The driveway was a steep hill, so I worried about driving on it in the winter.  It was $900 a month utilities included.

My whole way home, I weighed the options.  They both had their advantages.  I liked the interior of the second place.   And it had a bathtub.  And utilities were included.  And I didn’t have to fill out a rental application.   But the first place was in a nicer area.  It had a porch, a brook, a lake, and some wooded paths. There was more storage space. And I had some interesting ideas about what I could do with that second bedroom.

When I got home, it was late.   I chatted briefly with Oliver who helped me weigh the options further.  I finally decided to put in the application for the first place I looked at.  Then I went to bed.

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Meditation: I meditated today.

Sleep: I slept 4 hours last night.

Exercise:  I walked for maybe 15 minutes.

Diet: I followed my diet, except for dinner.  I left so quickly to look at the apartments that I didn’t eat before I left.  I ended up having iced cream for dinner

De-cluttering and cleaning:  I did neither.

Hygiene:  I showered today.

Mood and temperament:  My mood was good, but I found myself fighting off laziness a lot today. My temperament was good.

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