The papers are signed for us to move! We're moving from a one-bedroom shoebox with one bathroom and a shared garage to a place with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a private garage, much more space. Both have certain amenities, such as in-unit washers and dryers, and dishwashers. So those can't be compared. We'll be giving up a fireplace, and it'll be odd to me to not have one, but we can put a chiminea on the private patio and enjoy roasted marshmallows in winter that way.
And the difference in rent...both of these screen caps were taken a few minutes ago. Both are "luxury" units (if the place we're in now can really qualify in more than just name...). This is just the cost of living difference between Silicon Valley and other areas. People in and around Santa Barbara think it's so expensive living there? Nu-uh. Look:
This means we'll get to have a nursery and I'll get to have a dedicated sewing room again! Right now all my sewing stuff is crammed into the "dining area" in the current unit. It was a trial training the dogs NOT to go there, and then a ton of vacuuming to keep fur away from everything. Now I'll have a sewing room again! And we can get our nursery stuff set up. That makes me just so happy.
We'll also be nearer to family, and NO MORE 100-DEGREE HEAT!!
Of course this will mean it's tricky getting to my high school reunion. Well, I'm no good for moving anything anyway, so maybe I'll go down on the 5th, sign the new lease on the 6th (only I have to sign), and while Cody & Co. get everything packed into the huge truck (how on earth was a 17-foot truck too small to move everything from our place prior to here to here?!) and driven down and unloaded, I can fly up to Portland. My best friend from high school has said I could stay with her, and there's no way I want to miss getting to see her and actually go to the reunion unless I have to. Thanks to Facebook, I've been back in contact with old classmates, and it's been wonderful seeing the people who were mean, teasing jerks who've turned into nice people, and even issues unsolicited apologies. High school may not have been happy times all around, but the positive changed in those less-than-nice classmates has been warming.
So I dodge the work for the weekend by going to Oregon? I think so. :)