I’ve lived in my current apartment almost 2 1/2 years now, which is definitely a record for me. And it’s the first place I’ve really been able to call mine. The furniture is mine, the books are mine, the decor is mine – the only things that aren’t are the appliances.
That sounded a little materialistic and possessive. Ah well. MINE MINE MINE MINE. There. Get it out of my system.
But honestly, it’s such a relief to have a place to go at the end of the day that’s… nearly home. And it’s never really had the praise it deserves. So I’m here to give my pad a voice and tell you just how awesome (and awful) a place it is.
Why it’s awful:
1. It’s f*#&ing expensive
Seriously. No one should have to pay $100/month just in parking. I know I pay for a lot of cool amenities like the gym and the pool plus I live close to the U of A… but $1400? Really? For a 1 bedroom?
OMG, so much effing carpet. Carpet everywhere. I absolutely despise how long it takes me to vacuum the damn place. Plus I don’t think the hall outside my apartment gets cleaned very often – hence why I ended up with carpet beetles one summer. Must’ve tracked them in on my shoes. And guess what. There’s a lot of GD carpet for them to eat.
3. The appliances
Again, for $1400+ a month, I expect some pretty nice appliances. But nope. An aging fridge and a stove top that takes an eon to boil water. Jeebus.
Why it’s awesome:
1. It’s not too small, not too big… just right.
There’s a tendency for apartments in my area to run on the teeny-weeny side, so I’m glad to have a place where I actually have to walk a few steps to get from one room to another. Plus some are just too spacious for one person – they feel empty and lonely. Mine’s the baby bear of them all.
2. It’s quiet
Generally speaking, this beats rez living every day and twice on Sundays. I have a neighbor with an obnoxiously loud laugh, but that’s (or used to be) balanced by the guy next door with a fabulous singing voice (I think he moved out, sadface). During the school’s-in season, people tend to go to bed early and not play their music too loud. It’s heavenly.
3. It’s a geek paradise
I kid you not. A sampling of my vast array of geekdoms represented:
- a LEGO Imperial Shuttle (2500 pieces, bitches)
- a Star Trek lunchbox
- a Harry Potter wand from FAO Schwarz (my parents are awesome)
- a sonic screwdriver (11th Doctor) and levitating TARDIS
- a mini-R2D2 that rolls happily along my desk when I’m bored
- the 2013 Hobbit calendar, currently graced by Kili and Fili
Plus, outside the geeky stuff, I have this amazing painting from a local store in Medicine Hat (Annie McGuire Interiors, if anyone’s interested) – it reminds me of the English countryside in the early morning.
4. UNLIMITED HOT WATER
I love showers so damn much I could marry them. Specifically, I love near-scorching showers. Dries the skin all to hell but I feel like a rosy-pink goddess when I’m done. So living in a huge apartment block with no end to the heat… sign me up.
5. The view (sorry I suck at taking stitch photos)
So all in all – it’s my favourite place in Edmonton. No doubt about it. And I know it’s not a forever place, but it’s my safe haven during med school. And God knows I need one of those.