It's a fact. I've been spoiled by living with my dad.
|Yep, definitely shouted out to him in my 30 Days of Thanks Challenge!|
It has nothing to do with my current roomie, she's awesome. Like I said yesterday, it's just different. I wanted to take a moment to list out the things I am now EVEN MORE grateful for when I lived in my dad's house for two years.
- Space. There's so much space in a house compared to an apartment! I'm dealing with "where the heck do I put all my junk?" And I've even donated an impressive amount and thrown even more of it away. (Think 5 full garbage bags full of clothes.)
- I had my stuff spread all over the house and now I have one room to put everything.
- My dad hardly ever had food in the fridge so I pretty much took over that and the freezer space. Now I have A shelf. AND this fridge is smaller! I am literally considering buying a mini fridge for myself. (See! Spoiled!)
|Watch out...recipes will be coming out of this kitchen soon!|
- No garage. This means scraping my windows before school in the morning! The horror!
- I actually forgot about this on Monday and was almost late to my 8am class. Thank goodness that campus is only a few minutes away!
- This also means I have to get through a series of doors before I can get groceries or other items into the apartment. No more leaving my trunk wide open and taking trips to get everything in. Nope. Load all the bags onto your arms and try your hardest to get the doors open. Or take multiple trips up and down stairs (okay that's good exercise I suppose). I forgot all about that aspect of apartment living.
- Basic necessities. Dad always bought things like TP and Kleenex and all those little things that you slowly forget about if someone else is buying them.
- Not food, mind you, except for the diet dew. My dad apparently doesn't eat anything except popcorn...but that's another story.
- Speaking of stories. Let me tell you one about toilet paper. Yes, that's right. I haven't bought my own in awhile and since it's one of those things you (hopefully) need daily, I thought I'd just buy in bulk. I got the most ginormous pack you've ever seen. I was shopping at Target for a variety of things for the apartment (I know right, more stuff to fit) so the cart was completely full and I had to put the monster sized toilet paper on the bottom part of the cart. Well this morning I was unloading the rest of my items from Target into the apartment after my nutrition lab (see last item for why it wasn't already in the apartment..I got tired lol), I nearly cried. $17 bucks worth of TP was left on the cart last night.
- Which brings us to money. Holy goodness it costs a lot to live! Rent + utilities + insurance...yikes. This isn't the first time I've lived in an apartment, but the first time not working 30-40 hours a week. Oh and I still don't have an official job here because school is already kicking my behind and I'm still trying to unpack and organize my life. C'est la vie, oui?
I know sometimes it stinks living with your parents, but look at what you HAVE not what you WANT. I also know that sometimes you just need to move out, so here are some awesome things about living in an apartment.
- A roomie=a friend! (or a "froomie" if you want to get dorky with it...and I do) If you play your cards right, or in my case, desperately pray that you can find SOME place to live in the city you attend school (after searching for MONTHS), then you will likely make a friend out of the deal.
- Fitness center. I now have a fitness center within walking distance that I can workout in for free. It also offers classes (at weird times...like 8am during the week?) I actually hopped on the treadmill and watched E! while running a couple of miles yesterday and it felt great to sweat out my anxiety.
- Independence. I tend to feel better when I am self-sufficient and although I do have people helping me out, it feels good to live not with my parents at the age of 25!
- Location. This is a big one for me since I was driving an hour to classes (leaving an hour and a half before my first class for parking/walking time). Our apartment is also a convenient spot in the city. Walking distance of a Target (possibly dangerous) and a Hy-Vee (where I hope to find a job working with the dietician there!). It's also very close to a running trail apparently. My roommate is a marathoner and she runs on it with a group at 5:30am during the week. Sounds so early, but it would be nice to have the workout done before school....
- My closet. Walk-in closet is about as big as the two small closets I used at my dad's. I know. Spoiled!
Eek it's Thursday! That means tomorrow is Friday! (I know, we are a bit obvious around here.) I'm doing a Friday Five Foodie Finds tomorrow and I'm REALLY excited because I haven't done one since...September?? I think I was preoccupied with Faithful Fridays and Fitness Fridays and/or I just wasn't looking for new recipes.
But I am now! I am needing some inspiration to start cooking in the kitchen here. It's weird because it still feels like I'm living in someone else's apartment (since my roomie was living here before me), but hopefully once I break in the kitchen, things will change!
Oh also I get to see Dave tomorrow and Saturday we get a remote start installed in my car and get to hang out with our families. Good weekend! ;)
Hope you all have an amazing day!
Amanda aka Semi-Health Nut
Do you live in an apartment or house? What do you like about your living situation?