A New (Temporary) Living Arrangement

Hey Everyone!  I hope you all are doing well and trying something new when you can.  This week the something new I’m going to share with you is my living arrangement.  When I began this blog, I mentioned that I was displaced from my home due to a small fire in my condo complex.  That was an experience, but with lots of help and support, primarily from my mom, I found a new place to live while I wait to move back into my condo.  I say ‘I found’ what really happened is that my mom found a place on Airbnb that is about two blocks away from where I work, and thankfully within my budget for the duration of my projected time away from home.  Now, I had heard of Airbnb as an alternative option to hotels for travel, but it never would have occurred to me to search there for a place for my current situation, so thanks Mom for good thinking!  I signed up and exchanged notes with the owner, and then we arranged a time to meet so I could check out the place.  It was nice, with an open floor plan, in a great location for me, it came with a washer, dryer, stove, oven, and a parking space.  The last item is crucial in Los Angeles, and the others made the place too perfect to resist.  I took it and will be living there until March at least.

But there’s another factor that makes this situation truly something new for me.  Because this isn’t the first time I’ve lived in Los Angeles, when I first moved to California I literally lived right across the street from where I am now.  Actually, I can see the balcony from my old apartment from the window of the place I’m in now.  What makes this situation new, is that my boyfriend is staying with me.  The situation made sense for both of us because where I’m staying is closer to where he works too, and it allows us to see each other every day instead of just on the weekends.  Sounds perfect, right?

It sounded that way to me, but as a chronic over-thinker, I was both excited and nervous about how this situation would work out.  The last time I lived with a roommate was my freshman year of college, and I wasn’t a fan.  It wasn’t that she and I didn’t get along, or that either one of us was loud, messy or disrespectful, it was just that I like having my own space, and I need my alone time.  Those things are hard to get when you live with someone no matter how much you love them.  I mean, I go crazy in close quarters with family members for too long, but this is an entirely different matter.  Thankfully, I’m happy to report it’s working out well so far.  We haven’t driven each other completely crazy yet, and I have found I enjoy seeing him every day when on my dinner break.  I think that’s one reason why this is working so well, because he needs his space and his alone time too, but we work opposite schedules.  That means I get the place to myself after I wake up in the morning, he gets it to himself after work, we see each other for about 30-40 minutes during my dinner break and maybe in the morning when he’s getting ready or at night when I get back if the other is awake at those times.  But besides that, during the week we still have our own lives, so it hasn’t been nearly as overwhelming as it could have been.  It’s not perfect, one of the hard parts is figuring out what to have for dinner on the weekends because we have very different tastes (in food and in general).  So, this is definitely a learning experience for me, and thus far it’s been a positive one.  It’s a relief to know that I can happily live with someone as long as we are both upfront and honest about what we need.  Of course, it hasn’t been that long, and it probably helps if spending time with the other person makes you smile for no reason at all, but that’s just a guess.

In other news, last week I told you about my first serious foray into novel writing and I am happy to report that as of right now I have 26 pages written.   Not spectacular, but definitely progress, and I’m not sick of my story yet.  That’s always a good sign.  To the writers out there, don’t fret if you do get sick of your story, just keep going, skip to a different part, whatever it takes to get it done.  You can always go back and fix the parts that suck in the editing process.

Well, I think that’s enough for this week.  A quick note, I’m not affiliated in any way with Airbnb, it just happens to be how I found my temporary housing.  So, with that necessary nuisance out of the way, I want to thank everyone for reading.  I’d love to hear from you.  So, let me know, what’s new with you?

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