Plane tickets: $500
Cat’s plane ticket: $125
Shipping Container $1500
Moving supplies (boxes, tape, rope, etc): $60
Security Deposit on the apartment we cancelled: $1005
First month’s rent on the apartment we cancelled: $1005
Last month’s rent on the apartment we cancelled: $1005
In the words of Master Card, getting out of a shitty apartment that smelled like varnish and cigarettes: priceless
New apartment security deposit: $1025
New clothes for Monday’s job interview because we can’t get into the shipping container yet: $150
Plane ticket to interview because twelve hours on a bus roundtrip just seems like too much right now: $300
Coffee and restaurants while we live without dishes or pans: $200? The limit does not exist.
My mother usually writes a Grateful Mondays post on her blog. This is my attempt at a Grateful Sunday. This week has been stressful, in a mundane, exhausting sort of way. The problems my Man and I have faced have been basic and boring, not anything that has required our immense brainpower to solve, just our patience, which is sometimes lacking. All of our problems have been problems that money can solve, and we have been lucky enough to have the money to solve them.
Post-Santa Fe, my Man went to our new place in Rochester, and found an apartment that smelled strongly of chemicals and a property company unable or unwilling to assist. When I arrived, I smelled cigarettes as well, which is a deal-breaker for me. Instead of unpacking and putting together our new life, we jumped into action and started calling apartments to find a new home, while the cat cowered in the bathroom (turns out she is more afraid of ceiling fans than airplanes).
We are lucky enough to be ideal tenants, so within twelve hours, we had a choice of two good apartments, and selected one. My Man will move in September 1, and I’ll drink to his good health in Spain. In the meantime, we’ll cope with the smelly apartment and the lack of possessions. It’s an adventure, I try to remember every time I think of something in the shipping container that I need (clothes, passport, etc).
It is hard when I am tired and hungry and uncaffeniated to remember how lucky I am, but after a good night’s sleep and all the vegan snacks, I can. Here are just a few of the ways:
- Human beings have mastered flight! Instead of a journey of days or months, I went from San Diego to Rochester in a matter of hours, with my cat! And she wanted to cuddle on the flight!
- We have a place to stay. It smells, but it is warm. It isn’t “home” but it isn’t a refugee camp either. We have a comfortable air mattress and a refrigerator. We have indoor plumbing.
- We have money. Sure, some of it was money we had set aside for future expenses, but it was there and it made our lives easier to have it.
- We have so much money, in fact, that I’m going to Barcelona in ten days! The attacks in the past few days sadden me, but I am still looking forward to being there and experiencing Barcelona’s culture, and celebrating my friend’s vowal renewal.
- Speaking of friends, we have a great community. Our friends helped us get to Rochester, and new friends are already offering support now that we’re here. We have family to help us and encourage us. One of my friends helped me prep for my job interview tomorrow, and reminded me why I’m a great fit for the position, and helped me brainstorm questions to ask to help me understand the position better.
- Speaking of jobs, the reason I get to spend money on clothes and a plane ticket is that I have an awesome job interview tomorrow, which could mean doing something I really care about in the comfort of my own home with my own beautiful cat as my only coworker (she does have a tendency to put her butt in front of my laptop though, which is not a problem I’ve ever had in a traditional office).
- Rochester is beautiful. There is great public art, the grass is green, there are trees everywhere. There’s a great (though probably too expensive) grocery store a few blocks from our current and future apartments that carries the entire line of Miyoko’s vegan cheese. #Heaven.
In short, we’ve been challenged this week. We’ve had to spend money we didn’t want to spend. We have been, gasp!, occasionally uncomfortable. But overall, we’ve been fine. And we’ll keep being fine. It’s good to remember that.