Tuesday, July 24, 2012


I moved!  I'm a Bloomsburgian now!  I can't tell you how happy I am in my new place.  The old apartment just wasn't right for me.  I'm in a more developed town with more social things going on, and I've got a cozy half-double house with quiet neighbors.  Me and the cats are pretty happy.

Moving can be chaotic, and I had some bumps on the road to my new place.  I had no fridge until yesterday, and a gas leak that was repaired literally an hour before I moved in.  But I'm pretty much settled in, if you can call being surrounded by boxes "settled in." lol.  I'll have to post some pictures of my new place when I get time.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Living Alone...or not?

One of the tough things about living alone is having to kill spiders.  I'd rather give that job to someone else.

I'm looking for a new place.  I have two major problems with my current apartment:  bed bugs, and downstairs neighbors that scream at each other every day.  I have other, more minor problems with the place, like street noise gets bad sometimes, my neighbors steal my netflix movies (I can't prove it, but two have gone missing), I have to mow the lawn and shovel snow.  My kitchen floor leans, so I always feel like I'm about to fall over.  My downstairs neighbors control the thermostat, and they like it HOT in the winter.

I'm looking for either a 1 bedroom apartment to live by myself, or a 3-bedroom apartment or townhouse, and I'll live with my friend from work and her teenage son.  Those are two very different options!  On one hand, I'd love to have someone to talk to when I get home.  Lonely evenings have been really tough for me. And it would be really nice to split the bills with someone.  On the other hand, I've gotten used to being by myself.  And it seems a little risky to depend on someone else to cover their half of rent and bills.  We're good friends, so I trust her a lot more than I would a stranger.  But she talks about moving to a bigger city, and what am I supposed to do if she decides to move away?  She knows that I'm in a better situation financially, so what if she starts to take advantage of that and I have to pay more than my share of the bills?

One of my other options is that my mom's friend runs a business on the first floor of a building (that her mother-in-law owns), and she's moving the business. They are going to remodel and rent it out as an apartment.  I can wait for them to remodel and then see if Iike the apartment.  It will probably be a 1-bedroom, and my mom said that the rent will probably be cheap.  The location is really good, too.

Decisions, decisions.  I still find it odd to make all these life decisions without my husband.

Thursday, May 31, 2012


One of the bad things about living alone is that when I have a nightmare, I have no one to cuddle with until I fall asleep again.

But here's a good thing:  I made baked tofu for supper last night, and I didn't have anyone roll their eyes at me for trying something new.  (Also, no one to criticize when I accidentally burned it a little...)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


This blog needs a reboot.  I haven't written in two years??

First things first:  (I'm imagining that I actually have readers...ha ha)  My life has changed drastically in the last year.  My husband passed away unexpectedly on June 23, 2011.  I lived in our home for a few months, but I had to declare bankruptcy, give up the house, and move into an apartment.  Besides the loneliness (and sometimes despair at having to live my life without my other half), I'm finding that my life has a lot of good things.  I'm a lot more financially independent, and there are things that I really enjoy about living alone.  I control the remote!  I can have weekend-long x-files marathons, and I have a no-pants rule in my apartment.  I still have my two cats, so they keep me company.

I'm still running, but that's something that also changed last year.  I over-trained and got a stress fracture in my left foot.  I took a verrrrry long time to recover, and truthfully I was afraid to start running again. But recently I completed a 3.4 mile run and finally felt like a runner again.  I'm currently training for an 8k trail run.

I'm going to make this blog more about my daily life. I was searching for blogs about living alone, and I couldn't find any, so I thought that maybe there's a void that needs to be filled.  There are some funny things about living alone, like having a Zoey Deschanel moment by making up a song about going to the kitchen for a glass of water.