So so so sorry I’ve been MIA the past few days. Life is somewhat out of control right now, with Johnny and I trying to find a new place. I didn’t realize just how much of a full time job it really is trying to find an apartment, especially one within our specifications and price range. We’ve been waking up at 9am, and sometimes going until 3 or 4 without any breaks, leads, or food. When we manage to take a break, we’re still online, scouring Craigslist, Westside Rentals, packing up our stuff, taking things to Goodwill. To say I’m exhausted is practically an understatement.
So, as you know from before, my younger sister moved out of our apartment abruptly last week to live with her boyfriend. Le sigh. As a result, Johnny and I are stuck trying to find a one bedroom apartment that: allows small pets, has onsite parking, and offers a short term, month to month, or 6 month lease. I thought this would be a somewhat easy feat, but alas. It is not. We managed to find a great apartment yesterday, an ADORABLE 1 bedroom with a view an insane view of the Hollywood sign, advertised as having onsite parking available and a ‘flexible’ lease. Come to find out, the flexible lease was actually for a year, and there actually wasn’t parking available. This has basically been the story of our lives for the past week.
Johnny and I have toyed with the idea of just leaving early to Argentina…early as in…now. But we’re just not financially ready. Plus the fact we’d have less than a month to basically sell everything, pack everything, pack for the trip, put his car somewhere, find out what to do with Jack, find a place to stay IN Argentina and buy the tickets (which are INSANELY expensive right now). So…we decided we’d rather take our time and really save as much money as possible. I know I’m usually a complete free spirit, and I normally would just go for it, but something in my gut is just telling me to wait. I’m pretty sure Argentina isn’t going anywhere. And the absolute latest we would get there is October, only about 1.5 months later than our original date anyway.
So now, we’re downsizing from our two bedroom apartment to be able to fit all of our stuff into preferably a one bedroom, but if need be, a large studio. In between going to look for apartments, we’ve been getting rid of massive amounts of stuff. We’re selling basically our entire DVD collection, an extra closet, tons of books, clothes, shoes, a loveseat, a side table, my wii, etc. It’s really been a freeing process, letting go of SO many things. Not to mention the huge reality check I got when I really realized just how much stuff I had collected the past 2.5 years I’ve lived in Los Angeles. This move has been a huge wakeup call for the both of us. Johnny and I vowed to get rid of things every 6 months from now on. And now, when we do go to Argentina, there will be less stuff we have to worry about packing away.
I’m hoping this next week proves to be a little more successful in finding an apartment. Worst case scenario is having to sign a one year lease and hopefully finding someone reliable to sublease from us while we are away. Keywords are “hopefully, reliable”. We’d rather sign a short term lease than deal with all that drama. But we’ll see what happens. Wish us luck!