Sunday, February 4, 2018

Daily Check In from Denver

I keep meaning to post here more often, but I haven't felt like taking the time lately to sit down and write a legit post.

But decided this morning that I'm going to at least write some short daily check in about each day.  Even if some days, that's just a picture, or just a few sentences.  Of course, me being me, some (most?) posts will definitely be longer.  But there's no pressure here.  This is my blog, and it's mainly just for me to look back on.  And I would be so disappointed in a few years if I looked back and realized I had left a lot of little minor memories out- In fact, I probably would lose those memories if I didn't write them down here.  SO!  The daily posts start here and now!

We've been here, in Denver, in this rental, for about a week and a half. 

Here are the pros of this house:
1. Good, central location. We're very near a grocery store, a few good spots to eat (including, OH MY GOD, a Which Wich!  Believe it or not, I haven't been yet, but I have comfort in just knowing it's there when I need it!)
2. Super close to a park I walk at daily, as well as a good neighborhood with nice sidewalks that I walk each day also!  My dogs and I are still clocking around 6-7 miles a day, so I need places we can walk.  So this really is great.
3.  The bathtub is pretty comfortable.  Remember, I take at least one bath a day- always, at night- and occasionally (ok, honestly, it's more than just "on occasion"!) in the morning in lieu of a shower.
4. A nice, big backyard that has a fence.  I can let my dogs out to potty on their own when they need a break, plus there's lots of room for them to play chase, and even to place fetch and frisbee!
here's the nice backyard, with today's little dusting of snow!
5.  It's a good, safe neighborhood.  So I have heard.
6. There's a washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, oven and stove top.  

Now, for the cons.  And I realize, I sound sort of spoiled on some of this stuff.  I know that overall, we are so lucky to have this house for now.  We've got a roof over our head, and a warm place to sleep each night.  And it's so much more than just that.  It's MORE than enough.  I really do realize that.  But, I do want to remember the cons when I look back on this one day.  So here they are:
1. We are located on a major street.  Three lanes of traffic going each direction.  There is road noise, but that doesn't bother me too much.  I just don't feel as safe and it doesn't feel as private as if we were tucked further into the neighborhood. 
2.  The couch is a fabric that allows dog hair to really stick to it.  Our own dog's hair is one thing, but it reminds me of all the germs and things other people before us have left behind.  I would never want to lay my head on this couch.  And when I sit on it, I know I will have a certain amount of hair and dust attached to my clothes when I get up.
3.  There isn't much space to put things.  I've gotten so use to having so few (if any) things on top of tables or counters since our house in Dallas has been ultra-tidy, getting it ready to sell.  Being in someone else's house, with their stuff leaves little room for our own things.  It just feels cluttered, and clutter tends to make me cranky.  I have my clothes in one of the spare closets so Fermin could have the one in our bedroom.  The drawer space seemed kind of dusty and dirty so I hung almost everything.  Fortunately, I don't have that many clothes.
4.  The kitchen barely has any room for meal prep.  It has the essentials but nothing nice, and cooking in it doesn't feel very fun.  Thank God tho, for Hello Fresh.  That helps make it a little better.
5.  The screen door has bars on it.  That reminds me, or at least makes me worry that maybe it's not all that safe.  As long as Fermin is here, I don't have any big fears.  (Altho the ice maker has made some suspicious noises that I have freaked out in the middle of the night)  If and when Fermin has to travel, and he likely will, the nights are going to be long I have a feeling.  Yes, I've got Lucy and Ricky here, but if they started barking during the night, I would probably just go into cardiac arrest. 
There was actually a break-in next door a couple weeks ago we found out.  Maybe that makes it safer currently tho.
6.  No garage.  So when it's cold, or snowy, that's not fun.  And it's easy for someone to see when we're home, and when we aren't.

So, yeah, we'll most likely move somewhere else in March, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of options at this price point.  Maybe more will open up.  Or maybe we'll just trade off some of these cons for some different ones.  We still haven't decided, or really looked into it much.

Today is Superbowl Sunday.  Although I have no interest in the actual game, I AM looking forward to Justin Timberlake's halftime performance.  And I think I'll use the game time (between commercials that is!) to scour AirBNB and VRBO and see if anything looks like a better option for March. 

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