Since Brad and I moved to Victoria we'd been living in a place that wasn't exactly my favourite. A basement apartment with low ceilings, a bathroom door that opened out into a living room thus preventing us from having a coffee table in front of our couch, not really being able to have people over, and a myriad of other little things that after a while just make you rage a little. It didn't feel like a place that two young professionals should live. I wasn't entirely happy there. Was I happy that I had a roof over my head, a place to call home? Absolutely. But sometimes you want more than simply a place to live, you want a home, and there's absolutely no shame in that.
When our apartment hunt began at the end of November, we were cautiously optimistic that we would find something better, but there were some things that we really wanted for our next place. Two bedrooms, hardwood floors, a dishwasher, pet friendly, a full bath, laundry in the unit or the building, and being able to stay in the same neighbourhood. We didn't think that some, or more than a couple of those, would be possible. There were a few things that we were willing to compromise on, but we didn't think that we would find anything.
We lucked out, and I am so incredibly happy that we did.
We were able to find a new apartment literally down the street from where our last place was. Hardwood floors, a dishwasher, pet friendly, a full bath, and a washer and dryer right in our unit. The only thing that we had to compromise on was the two bedrooms. We only have one bedroom, but the layout makes up for it. We wanted to have a room to use as an office, but I can set up a small writing desk in the bedroom, and Brad is okay with having a desk in the living room to use as his office space.
I have been on cloud nine ever since the landlord accepted our application, and over the moon since we moved in last week.
It's so important to have a space that you can really make your own, some place that you're excited to come home to after a long day. Before I would look for things to do after work so I could put off going home for just another hour or so, and on the days that we had off, we were both anxious to get out and do something. We couldn't shower and get dressed fast enough. But this past weekend we've actually been relaxing, leaving our home only for a couple of errands and brunch on Saturday. It's so nice to actually be able to relax and take it easy. It feels like I haven't in about a year.
It's a holiday today here in British Columbia, and a dreary, rainy day at that. Which means there isn't much reason to go outside (except that I'm out of orange pekoe tea, so I will need to run to the store at some point). And as opposed to the past year where even on the crummiest of days I couldn't bear the thought of staying in my home, today I most definitely think that I will.