Leaving the Ghetto

We live in a pretty tame town. However, I’d say the area of town we are living in is kind of ghetto.

Case in point: Last Thursday, as I was watching Project Runway, Joe asks me to mute the TV. I do. And we hear all this screaming and yelling. YIKES! At first we thought it was neighbor we share walls with. Joe put on his shoes and coat and went out to investigate. Many minutes later he came back and told me that a guy from two buildings down pulled a knife—KNIFE!!!—on neighbor one building down and knife guy chased other guy into apartment. Mom of attackee freaked out screaming when knife guy ran into her home. Cops were called, ambulance called. Cops looking for knife-wielding guy, EMTs checking out attackee’s mom. I feel so safe (please read with sarcasm).

Plus apartment living is not ideal. It’s been challenging to live on the side of the mountain with a steep driveway in the slick snow. And I hate having neighbors above us and next to us. Do you need to do laundry at 10 PM? Can your kids not stare in our windows as we hang out in our living room or eat dinner in our kitchen? I could go on and on, but I won’t; I’m sure we’re not ideal neighbors, either.

So Joe and I have been looking for a new place to live. Some requirements: 3 bedrooms, more than one bathroom, a house, better neighborhood, and a yard for kids to play in. We’ve been picky. And astounded at some of the places we’ve looked at.

One place, duplex, high rent, totally ghetto neighborhood. Cigarette butts all over the yard and side walk. SCARY! The landlord seemed really interested in us but we weren’t interested in his place.

Finally, last Friday I found one and thought “this is it!” We made arrangements to view it Friday night and we really liked the place. Saturday morning I rushed to fax our application in (it’s a rental through a property management company). Tuesday we got the good news that they picked us to rent it. We rushed in and signed a contract. So we’re moving on the 26th. YAY! We’re so excited.

This house seems really nice: 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, separate laundry room, two car garage, unfinished basement (good-bye storage unit), and central air. I’m so excited!

I’m happy that I will soon be able to lock the door when I shower. Currently I have to leave it unlocked in case someone needs to use the toilet. Luckily the boys know not to peek in the curtain. And it’s weird to be chatting with them while they are sitting on the toilet and I’m washing my hair.

I’m hoping that I’ll be able to carve out a corner of the basement to set up a little sewing area for me. I know that if I had my sewing machine set up all the time I would make a lot more time to use it. And I will be so happy to relieve my stress by making things. Maybe I’ll finally finish Sophie’s blanket for her bed and start on some for the boys.

The house is super close to Joe’s work. He says that he’s going to start riding his bike to/from work to get some exercise.

And since it’s not on the side of the mountain (like current apartment) we can go for walks and bike rides in the neighborhood. And we’re right by the river parkway trail so we can walk and ride bikes on the trail. Maybe even follow the trail to my parents house. EXCITING!

I rushed out to Target to buy some things for the new place. Towels, hand towels and washcloths for the master bath. Some awesome monster shower curtain and accessories for the kids’ bath. Some other random stuff.

So good-bye ghetto apartment on the side of the mountain. You’ve been good for us but we’ve out grown you.

And I’ve had this stuck in my head while writing this post. Oh Cartman.

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4 Responses to “Leaving the Ghetto”


  1. 1 Jason March 12, 2010 at 11:19 am

    That sounds great…
    What time should I come over to help you move?

  2. 2 Nanna March 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I am so excited for you. I drove by in the rain late Tuesday night and thought – Ahh! this is gonna be good!

  3. 3 schiessfamily March 15, 2010 at 9:18 am

    How exciting! Let me know if you want boxes and I will save them if we get any.

  4. 4 Carrie March 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I’m excited for you! Hope you get that sewing (therapy) room. You’ve been a better blogger than me lately…it’s nice to hear what your family has been up to.


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