Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sad Times.

Last week Vince and I had a 'real' conversation about what we want to do in life, at this moment. We came to the conclusion that the current place we are living is a huge waste of money and we don't want to live here anymore. 

About a week after moving here in December, I knew we shouldn't have. I immediately got stressed about the price of this place and couldn't get comfortable. I don't really feel comfortable with our landlord situation and I know that's because our last landlord was fantastic, but still. It's just not comfortable.

A couple weeks ago Vince and I were on a walk and I was telling him about my feelings and how I didn't feel that this house was 'home' and was trying to explain why. He completely didn't understand me and was actually getting annoyed with me! Our last conversation was good though, and I was able to explain myself better, and he agrees: paying the extra $450 a month is SO not worth it. I mean, that's an entire community college class including a book, saved in ONE month! Since I'm not going to be able to get financial aid this year since I 'make too much', that amount of money will go a loooong way.

We both LOVE the location and the backyard but that's about it. It's also a great size, but once I start school again, I have a feeling I won't be doing much sewing, meaning I can get rid of a LOT of stuff that is in our second room. I understand that I will have to get rid of a bunch of stuff in order to fit in any smaller place, but I'm OK with that! 

When we were living in our smaller house, I was always saying that we need more space and how much I hated our house. Now that I am on the other side of the fence, I realize that I truly don't. I am at a point in my life that I am happy getting rid of stuff and living more simply. I'm absolutely happy that we moved to our current house if only so that I could be confident in my decisions. I now know what I want and what I don't want, because I've had both opportunities. 

I also have realized that I like living in a small overly cluttered house. It's a kind of craziness that is good for me. Most people won't agree with me, but that's what I thrive in: chaos.

What this also means is that we have to get rid of Izobel. I know we just got her in December, but it will be near impossible to find a place that will allow 2 dogs. When Vince and I were casually looking for a new place over a few months last year, we found a single place that would allow a dog, and we had to pay a HUGE deposit, as well as added money to rent. She is also bug and has a huge tail, so if we're in anything smaller that our current place she would knock everything over. 

There's no way in hell we will get rid of Roxanne, but we're hoping to find a good home for Izzy. I posted an add on Craiglist, and we'll do an 'interview' if someone is interested, because we don't want to just give her to anyone. We have a couple of months before our lease ends, so we're not in a huge rush to find her a home. To all you Flagstaff people, if you know anyone who wants a sweet free potty trained dog, let me know!

This is definitely a sad thing, but it's something we need to do and I know that no matter what, she will be in a good home. We'll be picky about where she goes, and in the end everyone will be happy!


  1. Aw, so sad to hear about Izzy... but I know exactly what you mean when you say you want to live in something simpler!
    We both thought we needed a two bedroom but we haven't been in that second bedroom, aside from Ryan getting clothes since he uses that closet... in MONTHS! We're pretty happy with our decision and I bet you will be too.
    Also, if you don't care about the place looking super old, try the Palmers. They were my first landlords and I loved them. I lived in a studio behind the KFC on the east side (pretty ghetto and scary for a single 18 year old girl, ha ha) but they charged awesome prices with utilities included and I think my brother is going to move into one of their properties in December now too. =]

  2. Awww, it's good to make a decision that's right for you! Sorry to hear about Izzy - if we lived anywhere close, we'd take her home ;) Hope you find someone great!!

  3. That's crazy that you haven't even been in that room! haha Sounds like the transition will be a little easy for you guys =P

    And Vince and I are staying away from that side of town. We're definitely fine paying 'extra' to be in a nicer side of town! hehe And that area behind KFC is so sketchy! baha I would be so scared living there on my own! We want to find a house, not an apartment, and we want it to be old and full of character. =]

  4. It sounds like we have a great family lined up to take her, so i'm a little happier about it!

  5. Oh I was terrified. Once there was a shooting out there and the police wouldn't let us leave or come outside, just told us all to lie down on our floors for almost two hours... and then it never even made the paper! It was so scary and sketchy lol.
    Also my place always smelled like chicken and I HATE chicken so that was a major minus.
    They have properties all over Flagstaff but I do think they're mostly apartments. Worth a check if you wanted but I'm almost positive no houses.
    Happy house hunting! I always loved all of those smaller downtown houses, just never worked near enough to them that it made any sense for me to live over there... I bet it'll be cute, wherever it is, and I'm sure you'll make it even cuter. =]

  6. Holy smokes, a shooting! ya, I'm definitely not going to live there! hahaha And definitely not in a place that smells of chicken. That's too weird for me. =P

  7. FRIED chicken especially. And biscuits and mac n cheese... the scent of gluten and no escape. =/

  8. I am so sorry you have to do this. It is so hard to balance what you know is best and what your heart wants! Hope you find a good home!

  9. She did find a good home, so I'm happy about that, yet still sad!

  10. GROSS!

    I'm just not a chicken fan. Ryan loves it though so I've made fried chicken a few times and he likes it but it just falls apart. Do you ever make it?

  11. Mmm I love fried chicken! I've never made fried chicken in the KFC snese, but I LOVE making chicken strips and chicken nuggets. They turn out so god and I'v had tons of people over for dinner to eat them and they all say they are the best! I am so bad and usually make them like once a week...they are so easy and delicious!