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13 February 2009 @ 10:19 am
How To: Get A New Apartment  
I have been rather ridiculously a-spaz all week trying and failing to find someplace to live where I could financially maintain shelter+food+internet access (my boyfriend suggested that I cancel it, and my sister and I stared at him for ten minutes trying to figure out what he even meant, as though he'd just said, maybe you should cancel running water, since you have indoor plumbing at your office). People at work thought I was having a seizure at my desk when the lack of craigslist apartment offerings made me start to twitch.

I'd been putting off calling my parents because I wasn't looking forward to the "Are you actually STUPID!?" conversation about me moving in with my boyfriend's cat (the fear of death has been rather overwhelming my fear of commitment), though that was the only option I could afford.

After the "Are you actually STUPID!?" conversation, Dad asked, "In your ideal world, what do you want?"

I was all WOE! COMMUTE! STARVATION! ASTHMA! DEAAATH! but finally came out with: "The 1-bedroom in our building that was advertised forever ago would still be available and I could afford it with money left for food. Then I could live close to my boyfriend, have the chance to live alone once in my life, and take the train to work."

My parents said they'd get to work on arranging that metaphysically for me.

Yeah, so, 10 minutes later the landlord who has been ignoring my calls and emails all week called me, gave me the lockbox code to go see it, gave me a discount without me asking, and said "Yeah, whatever, no biggie..." so I have no new security deposit or moving costs and don't have to pay out the full 30 days notice in my current place. I will still be broke on a month-to-month basis, but there's no outlay of cash to move in!

My sister had the same thing happen with her endless job search in Seattle -- once she had a parental phone call and said "I just want to go into my next interview, feel totally comfortable, and have them offer me a job right there," that's exactly what happened. Our parents never sound surprised when we call them back and give them the good news, either.

Now, I'm not trying to be all Gwyneth "The trick to being thin is eating as much of whatever you want! It's all a jedi mind trick!" Paltrow. Some prerequisites are required:

1) Do all the research, prep work and leg work to exhaust all your non-metaphysical options.
2) Despair.
3) Be absolutely clear with your wish to the universe.
4) Come from a long line of Bohemian witches.
 
 
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Human Collaborator Flunkie Pool!fic Muse: Sam - Joy (by Matilda7)joyfulfeather on February 13th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
*gleee* That's really freaking awesome. Both the metaphysical awesomeness of parents and the outcome itself. I'm so happy for you! Apartment hunting is hard and moving is such a pain and a half, and you just got a reprieve. Yay!
Little Red: lazy - stephie squeemylittleredgirl on February 13th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
I KNOW!!! I won't have to use a truck or anything! Just carry stuff down a flight of stairs! :-D
Karen T: Bleak House - ada and richardpoohmusings on February 13th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
Could I add a #5 to your prereqs?

5) Bat eyelashes lovingly at online friend who comes from long line of Bohemian witches

Because that WOULD RULE.

(And am so glad your housing situation worked out! w00t.)
Little Red: aw - cj/d *hugz* - natushkamylittleredgirl on February 13th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
I have no idea if that works or not, but I'd be willing to try!! :)
Havochavocthecat on February 13th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
ICON LOVE.

Your parents rock, both metaphysically and otherwise.

*hugs you*
Little Red: trek - mind meld - lemonrocketmylittleredgirl on February 13th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
I love my Trek icons!!

My parents do rock! And really, I MUST have internet in my new place so that I can assuage my loneliness with LIVEJOURNAL SPAM! :-D
(no subject) - havocthecat on February 13th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mylittleredgirl on February 13th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
pellucid: Scully good daypellucid on February 13th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, how awesome is that!!! And yay for parents who have the ability to bend the world with their brains!!!
Little Red: sga - arts & crafts - qwirkymylittleredgirl on February 13th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Yay!! I'm so excited to move now that I have somewhere to go! :) I'm trying to figure out how I can decorate it all great for zero money. Wheeee!
Sallyslm76 on February 13th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Almost makes you wonder what powers your parents have *g*

Congratulations. I'm glad your housing worries are over for the moment. And moving should be a breeze.
Little Red: cheer - cleaning - foldedwingsmylittleredgirl on February 13th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
It's going to be such a breeze!! I can't wait! :) I'm trying to design it in my head now...
stealth_rosestealth_rose on February 13th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
...

Dude, my parents usually had a "Suck it up and get your **** together" approach to such things, though they always helped out when I hit rock bottom.

...do your parents, you know, loan out? ;)
Little Red: trek - t'les & t'pau - lovetruthbellamylittleredgirl on February 13th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
That's awful! No, my parents have the "We wish we could help you!" approach. And then they send metaphysics instead of money, but it all works out! :) My parents are great!

I'd loan them to you! But they may feel like they have their hands full...
(no subject) - stealth_rose on February 13th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mylittleredgirl on February 13th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC) (Expand)
entertaining in a disturbing waylyssie on February 13th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
internet access (my boyfriend suggested that I cancel it,

Is he INSANE? Or just, um.... Not very well-versed in matters of internets and tvs?

Little Red: peanuts - cure stupiditymylittleredgirl on February 13th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
No! He's SO addicted to this stuff and has ALL the latest gadgets and toys! Maybe he's tired of my craft blog reading taking time away from him. ;)
(no subject) - lyssie on February 14th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
MegTDJ: Jared Victory - moonshaydemeg_tdj on February 13th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! That's awesome. :D
Little Red: lazy - stephie squeemylittleredgirl on February 13th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
I know! Yayyyy! :)
A.j.: happyaj on February 13th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
Dude. I need to think up an absolutely clear wish and have you contact the Bohemian witches on my behalf.

That being said... \o/
Little Red: aw - cj/d *hugz* - natushkamylittleredgirl on February 15th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I will flex my own Bohemian-witch descendant metaphysical muscles on your behalf! :)
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Little Red: disney - sebastian peekingmylittleredgirl on February 15th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
I'm so relieved!! I am still a bit "eep!" over the idea of living aloooooone, though. I have a dog who can provide constant in-your-face company, though, if needed. ;)
Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna: magicwiliqueen on February 13th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
DAMN, girl. That rocks beyond the telling of it. Go you (and your parents)!!
Little Red: lazy - stephie squeemylittleredgirl on February 15th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited! :) Thank you!
-a.frog/gorf.a-froggoddess on February 13th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
OMG, can you please tell your parents that I want an easy, well-paying job sometime in early April, once I've recovered from dying at my current job?

PS So happy for you!!
Little Red: trek - ani jazzhands - rightoniconsmylittleredgirl on February 15th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Hehehe yes! :)
elliejaneelliejane on February 13th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
Heh, I'm so glad things worked out! I must admit to reading the first few sentances and then worrying that you were going to be out on the streets or ded within a week. So I kinda skipped to the end of the post, figuring if I read the last sentance that should clue me in on whether things were ok or not. Of course, your last sentance was about the Bohemian witches and I found myself not at all eluciated!!

I am a bit asthmatic myself, so I totally empathised with the woe death option of the boyfriend's place. Glad things are sorted in a remain living way now!
Little Red: sga - arts & crafts - qwirkymylittleredgirl on February 15th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Oh noes! Nope, not on the streets or ded. I was v. worried about the ded possibilities with the boyfriend's-cat, though, so I am super super glad to have found a good solution!

I am looking forward to remaining living! Also, turning my new place into a crafty explosion of craftiness. :) (And internetting!)
ornithoptercatornithoptercat on February 14th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Wow, that's a crazy power your folks have.
Little Red: trek - ani awesome - rightoniconsmylittleredgirl on February 15th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty impressed with it myself!
stexgirl2000stexgirl2000 on February 14th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
WOOT! :fist of triumph:

I am so happy for you!

Now, all I need is the universe to hand me two wonderful, warm and fully qualified pre-school directors for my daughter's current pre-school and the one she'll be going to next year.

Can you pass this onto the Bohemian witches for me? Because hey, it can't hurt, can it?
Little Red: xf - scully baby - carolinamylittleredgirl on February 15th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
*weilds my own Bohemian witchly powers to that effect*

Of course you will! Your no-longer-quite-as-wee baby needs some seriously awesome preschooling. :)