I Moved...Again

January 22, 2015
As many of you know, I moved from Ohio to a small town outside of Savannah in June.  I ended up moving a second time because I work in South Carolina but was living over an hour away from my place of employment.  My former roommate would just commute every day, but considering that my work hours are long, I just couldn't take driving for almost three hours each weekday. Yesterday, I worked from 7 AM until 6:30 pm finishing up students' grade cards.  I cringe to think of how two hours plus of drive time would have affected me.  I drove it for my first month, but decided that enough was enough and started looking for a new place. Unfortunately, my fabulous roommates were uninterested in moving with me.  

When I first started to look for an apartment, I was appalled at how pricey a one bedroom place was around here.  Just the rent alone would take up a full two week paycheck.  I figured that the cost of living would be higher here off of the coast of South Carolina, but I never thought that I would have trouble finding a place that I could afford.  When I talked to my mentor teacher about it, she confirmed that most teachers for the district have to either get a roommate or get a second job.  The second job thing is laughable and just not possible for me at this point.  I've done the whole finding a roommate of Craig's List thing once (which was enough for me) and came to the conclusion that I was unwilling to try to live with a complete stranger again.  When another teacher caught wind of my situation, she told me about her best friend who had a house about 10 minutes away from our school. Within the house was a separate, furnished apartment that she was looking to rent out.  The price she was asking was one I could actually afford and it included all utilities.  It's also right on the marsh. Sounds perfect, right?  

Before I set up a meeting, Ev and I decided to scope it out on our own.  He told me all sorts of horrible things because he likes to tease and also because I don't think he wanted me to move out.  On our drive there, here are some of the things he said to me:

"Oh, how nice, abandoned building, abandoned building, cheap hotel.  It looks really safe."
"Another teacher in my grade level lived around the marsh, and she came home one day to find nothing left of her dog except for its two hind legs because an alligator got to it.  I wouldn't trust living on the marsh with those gators."
"Look at this street!  I take that back about the gators because on this street they would probably be the least of your worries."  

I ended up going ahead and looking at the apartment and meeting the lady who was renting it out.  In the end, I did decide to move in.  (It is seriously fine...Ev was being dramatic.)  I was sad to move farther away from Savannah, but I figured I'd rather drive the 45 minutes to Savannah once on the weekend as opposed to driving almost three hours each day.  Now I do live alone, but I feel okay about it because I'm connected to someone's house, so if I screamed over something, I know they'd be able to hear me and help.  I also am relieved that the place is furnished and that she didn't make me sign a year-long lease.  Plus, the lady that I rent from and I are becoming friends now and she'll invite me over for a cocktail every once in awhile.  Overall, I think it's a good "starter" place because it's such a relief not to have to buy all sorts of new furniture and appliances all at once. 

Truthfully, sometimes I miss not living with Ev and Jared.  I also truly miss their (not so) little dachshund, Claude.  I never knew I could become so attached to a dog, but he really is the cutest! I even bought him a Christmas present, hahaha.  At least I have extra time in the day so that I have some time to unwind after work, and by unwind I mean watch Netflix.   

Here's a little tour of my new place before I started moving my stuff in.  Also, the bedroom picture isn't the best and doesn't do the room justice, but you get the idea.  I don't feel like the place is "my own" since I haven't decorated it or anything, but it is just fine for right now. 





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19 comments on "I Moved...Again"
  1. It must be amazing not to have that long commute! I know the feeling of a place not feeling quite like home yet. I am starting to finally feel that way a year later and several redecorated rooms!

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  2. Not having to commute that far everyday must be great! I feel like I'm always moving. My apartment jumped my rent way up at my last place & even though I loved where I lived, I wanted something bigger...and cheaper. I found a roommate (who never moved in but signed the lease so still pays half) & got a house back in June. I'll be moving again this coming June back to Minnesota.

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  3. Good luck in your new place! I'd never do that long commute either.

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  4. I like it!!! It looks great! :)

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  5. I hope you can come to really enjoy your new place. Especially because the commute sounds loads better (seriously how were you doing it before???) I hate moving, it's such a hassle. You lucked on on finding the furnished one.

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  6. I know what you mean about long commutes! I'm glad you're closer to work now!

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  7. I'm sure that you do know all too well what I mean. Glad you got into a college closer to you!

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  8. Yay you getting a place but really though is the story about the dog and the hind legs being left behind true? hehe I laughed at all Evs comments cept that one which made my eyes open wide hehe

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  9. Hey Lisa, Thanks so much for commenting on my blog this weekend! I love finding more bloggers in this area! You are a "no-reply" blogger, so I couldn't email you directly with my reply, so I didn't want you to think I ignored it :) So, what town are you living in now?? I moved to Charleston in June and am LOVING it so far!

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  10. I thought he was lying at first, but he swore up and down that it was true. It turned out that the lady who I rent from also knows the woman Ev was talking about. I asked her about it, and she said that it really did happen!
    Also, an old man was golfing a few years ago in this town, went to pick up his golf ball, and his arm got bitten off by a gator. There aren't that many attacks, but still...I'm a little freaked out!

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  11. Oh whoops! I actually just left my comment from the wrong account and not the one that I usually comment with. I guess I had better change that just in case that happens again.
    I just went to Charleston once before, but I can't wait to go again!!

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  12. Congrats on you new and own place! :) I have never lived alone in my life (except now that my husband is on a vacation with his parents)! LOL That dog story got me to gasp over here! Poor dog and human, I think it's insane that things like that happen. I live in the outskirts of LA where we worry about bears and coyotes but not alligators. Hehe! Enjoy your "me time" :)

    PS
    I'm giving away a watch on my blog! :)

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  13. Congrats on finding a place so close to work! It looks really cute. I last moved in December 2012... only a couple of miles away from my old place, but that can make a huge difference in terms of rents in NYC. We wanted to move into a 1 or 2 br (from a studio) and simply couldn't afford it in the old neighborhood!

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  14. It sounds like you made the right choice. Ideally, I'd love to live in the historic part of my new town, but that is not doable for me.

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  15. I know...that is really a tragic tale about the dog. I'm glad I don't have any pets or I'd be a nervous wreck. Thanks for the well wishes. :)

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  16. You know i moved very recently. It's such a pain in the butt so I'm glad you found a place you're pretty happy with!

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  17. Well its nice that you found a place. I don't think I could do the marsh thing but I'm not the rural type. I had a difficult time finding a place when I was away at university. I didn't really want to share an apt with strangers either and the dorms were quite small. I ended up renting a small house. It was newly furnished and I didn't have to deal with anyone when I wanted to study.

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  18. Very cute!!! Its always nice to live by yourself :) I hope I move soon!! I hate where I live :/

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  19. Your place looks nice !

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