Moving on up

I moved.


July 2006, May 2007, May 2009, and now December 2012.

I’ve graduated from 420 square feet in 2006 to 500 in 2007 to 550 in 2009 to 1100 in 2012.  I am finally feeling like I’ve got my feet under me and, even if I don’t know what direction I will take, I’m on even ground now.  I fully expect there to be ups and downs, but life is so much better than it was in 2006 or even 2009, or for that matter, 2011.

Apartment in 2006 – You can see it all – and how small it was.  In this picture, I’m standing at the front door.  The wall with bookcases to the left is one side of the apartment.  The wall with the desk is the other side of the apartment.  Weirdly, I have almost the same furniture I did then, with a few additional pieces collected since.  Oh, and you aren’t seeing things — the floor and ceiling were.. warped.
Apartment 2007-2009
Apartment 2007-2009 – The “futon” I slept on filled the room.  The living room was smaller than this room.
Apartment 3 – 2009 to 2012. I was so happy to have a living room that could actually allow for *some* company. Of course, 3 people in one room filled the room to capacity..hah. Living in this apartment, I met Christine, Robert and Gina (pictured here — Gina is hiding, apparently), as well as Laurie and Jim. All my BFF’s.
Apartment 3 – 2009 to 2012.  Painting here has always been a challenge. I had to come up with some creative solutions, but I made it work and enjoyed it so much.
Apartment 3 – 2009 to 2012. In 2012, I bought a King Sized bed — and it quite literally filled my bedroom. I didn’t care — after 6 years of sleeping on a twin, then a futon, then a child sized full sized bed, I was more than ready for the king – best sleep I’ve had in years.
Apartment 3 – 2009 to 2012. – Two boys and their toys filled my living room

Living in this “Apartment 3” has had incredible benefits for me.  First and foremost, I think I finally physically healed.  And secondly, I think I mentally healed.  It has been an ordeal — divorce, loss of friends due to the divorce, loss of family due to their own insane reasons, and the crazy job market.  But since moving here in 2009, I found new friends who have become incredibly important in my life.  I’ve connected with some old friends.  I’ve got a decent job, a great son, a crazy cat, a man who adores me , and two best friends who would do anything for me, and I them.

Life has been good, and can only get better.

Drum roll….

And now…

Apartment 4 – 2012… Huge huge living room!!!!
Apt 4 – What?? Yes — it’s a dining room!! Wooties
Apt 4 – Kitchen – day of moving in.  Lookie — there is space for painting!!
Apt 4 – Kitchen – day of moving in – stove is sitting in the middle of the room (it stayed there for a couple of days), as the counter top is 1/8’th inch too narrow!!  But there is space on the left there for all my paining stuff!!!
Apt 4 – A place for paints. Finally.

I have breathing room.

I have painting room.

I have room to have more than 3 extra people in the apartment and not feel overwhelmed.

I have an entire space to live in, and not around.  I seriously am looking forward to spending quite a few years here.  I have no plans, other than to keep living this life the best I can, with people around me that I care about.

It really has become a good life.


1 thought on “Moving on up”

  1. I love this place, and I love you. You deserve all the good things that are coming your way. Next will be the pictures of the “friendship” bench. We’ll be sitting our tooshies on it very soon!!


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