I’m having a bit of a crisis of indecision. While I have never been an incredibly decisive person, my mind seems to be particularly locked up in this situation. I need input. Perhaps the 5 of you that read regularly could weigh in?
Here’s the deal:
I can’t decide where to live.
I mentioned on Friday that I was on the hunt for a new place here in Richmond. I went to 5 different places, found one townhouse that I really liked, but still wasn’t sure about the location or price of that place.
Cute, though. Right?
Still not sold on the suburban location, I decided to drive down to the city to explore the Museum District and Carytown areas. I love the Southern charm of this area and the fact that you can walk to shopping and restaurants. Not to mention the fact that it’s pretty much a runner’s paradise. Sidewalks galore!
Plus, the homes here have so much character. It’s a nice departure from the cookie-cutter apartments I’ve been living in. The only potential problem is parking, but I think I could probably make it work. I found a condo that looks good on paper, so I’ll see that tomorrow and maybe that will help my decision.
You knew there was going to be a “but” didn’t you???
But. I’m not sure I want to stay in Richmond. I really like living here, but at the same time I can’t help but think, “What is my life here?” I don’t have many friends here, no family, and no real ties except for the fact that I enjoy the weather. Probably not enough to build a life on. I also worry that I’ll be too isolated working from home. Even commuting into DC once a week, I’m concerned that I won’t have enough human contact if I stay here.
So that brings me to my next option: DC.
Well, it would be fantastic to move into a supercute row house in Georgetown!
But do you have any idea how much that would cost??? Even if I could afford it, I don’t think I could spend that kind of money on a rental. I want to be building equity if I’m going to fork out that kind of cheddah!
The question then becomes where do I look in the DC area? Of course, living in the city would be amazing, but unless I want to live in a closet, I’m pretty sure it’s not in the cards. My thinking is that I’ll drive up to DC this week and stay out in Arlington maybe? Then I can check out that area and see if I might be interested in living there.
There’s one other option sneaking around in the back of my head, though. You know how I’m working from home? As of right now, I’m supposed to be in DC once a week. As far as I can tell, I should be able to negotiate this. Last week when I was there, I didn’t have any meetings and there was no real purpose to my being physically present. I’m pretty sure that if I was there once a month for 3-4 days, I could definitely make it work. Which opens up the possibility of moving back to Michigan . . .
Home. Where I have people. Family. Friends. A network.
And yes, it is gray and cold from November to April, but it’s also home. As much as I enjoy living in Richmond, this does hold some appeal. I’m not sure this is an actual option—I’ll look into it more tomorrow—but it’s worth considering.
A lot to think about, right? I’m supposed to be out of my current apartment by mid-August, but I’m going to see if I can extend my lease until the end of the month just to buy myself a little more decision-making time. Normally, I like to have a deadline for making decisions, but for something like this, I really want to think it through.
As I deliberated this afternoon, I needed a little snack.
Those little bites of heaven are Trader Joe’s Roasted Gorgonzola Crackers. INsane! Now I just need some spinach artichoke dip to go on top!
I spent all my brain power thinking about major life choices today, so dinner was rather uninspired. I warmed up a Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean burger and served it on an English muffin with tons of ketchup.
Yes, I like a little burger with my ketchup.
On the side, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil dressed with balsamic, Garlic Gold nuggets, and S&P.
I have had a wicked sweet tooth going on the last few days, so I’m off to search out some dessert. Stress makes me want chocolate!
Advice! Please! What should I do about my living situation? Weigh in, won’t you???