Saturday, August 8, 2009

Pros and Cons

As we have made abundantly clear, Rob and I moved two weeks ago. I decided that it would be therapeutic to make a list of reasons I am both happy and sad about the move. (Sorry, it's just lots of words and no pictures. I totally understand if you don't have the patience to endure this post.)

Yay Apartment, Boo House

-It was always nice to never have to fix any appliances or do general maintenance work. We haven't had to mow a lawn, rake leaves, or shovel a snow-covered sidewalk since we got married.

-I will definitely miss the fitness center with its treadmills, stationary bikes, stair machines, ellipticals, weights, and racquetball court. We rarely if ever used the pool, hot tub, sauna, or volleyball court, but it was nice to know they were there if we wanted them.

Yay House, Boo Apartment
-Living both above and below strangers was miserable at times. This was most inconvenient when they wanted to make noise and we wanted it quiet or vice versa. I just got really frustrated toward the end with our neighbors downstairs who wouldn't simply knock on our door and ask us to be quiet; instead, they would call security and we would have an officer show up at our apartment. Okay, that only happened once, but I was home alone and not making much noise--but we've all heard that story before!

-The aforementioned volleyball court. It was right outside our apartment, but we didn't play volleyball once the entire three years we lived in our apartment. So why am I glad to leave it behind? It seemed to attract all the drunk tools who were all too eager to take off their shirts and show off their tats. All I can figure is that none of them had jobs because they would be playing by about 3:00 or 4:00 p.m. and would play until 10:00 or 11:00 some nights. On the weekends they would start as early as 8:00 a.m. There's nothing like a bunch of angry swears to wake you up and get your weekend going! In addition to all of this, our bedroom window was broken all the way across by an errant volleyball. We didn't notice until right before we moved, so I won't be surprised if we get charged to replace it.

Boo for Moving in General
-It's hard to find places to put all your stuff. This has been especially challenging this time around because some of the things we need ended up in storage and some of the stuff we won't be using is still in the house. Also, my parents left behind anything they won't need for the next year, so I have to either fit our stuff in with theirs or pack it for storage. Tricky!

-I now have to commute to Salt Lake for work. Hopefully this is just a temporary "Boo," but I'm not sure when they will be transferring me to Utah County. Once they do transfer me, I'll have to get used to new coworkers, doctors' offices, and customers, which can be kind of tough.

Yay for Moving in General
-It's good to go through all your junk and reevaluate what's important and what's not. DI tends to benefit a great deal from our moves.

-It's nice to get a fresh start with neighbors and ward members. You can be whatever you want to be. I guess that may sound strange, but I feel like I was kind of a slacker in my last ward (I like to blame it on being a student and regularly working 50-60 hours per week), but no one here knows that. I can start new here and it feels good.


R said...

Excellent post!

Lori said...

I feel like I've had way too many of the long wordy posts lately... but I enjoyed reading yours so it made me feel better about mine :)
I really liked the video you guys made of your move! It made me mad we didn't do something similar, though we do have the makings for a great "ode to provo" video that I still need to edit.
Anyway, I hope all of the housey perks outweigh any benefits of living in the apartments. Have fun living it up in utah county again.

Brown Family said...

You forgot HOORAY that you now live closer to your favorite sister -- and you know which one that is, or else!!!