Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fake It 'Till You Make It

Yesterday morning, we got an email letting us know that the apartment we applied for was rented to someone else. You know, the one with those beautiful bay windows? The one that I envisioned being our very first home together where we'd make lasting memories forever and then one day tell our future children about. Okay, so perhaps I got a little carried away with the future children thing. But point is, I thought for sure we would get it!

But alas, the apartment gods had other plans in mind.

After that denial, I was filled with newfound determination that we would find an apartment, dammit, and it would be even better than that last one!

So we set out for The Marina last night for a 7pm showing.

This time, we came prepared.

The Dizzle dressed all profesh like he was some dot com hundred-thousand-aire, and I made sure to shower and do my hair. <--it was the least I could do.



We left extra early so as to make sure we would be the FIRST ones there. If you remember from my previous rant on San Francisco apartment hunting, it's quite the competitive thing these days, so being there first can mean the difference of walking away with a new home or walking away shunned with the other 12 denied applicants.

So early we were!

It gave us plenty of time to scope out the neighborhood and see what was around the apartment.

The place is TWO blocks from the water where on your right, you can see Alcatraz, and on your left, you can see The Golden Gate Bridge.


In the other direction, just 3 blocks away, is Chestnut street, which is known for all of its great restaurants, bars, and stores, complete with movie theatre, grocery store, and Walgreens.

It seemed pretty perfect.

At 7:00pm on the dot, the renting agent opened the door for us.


We handed him our rental packet with all of the necessary information and had a look around. And then, we heard those glorious words:

"You guys are qualified, so if you want it, just say the word, and it's yours."

Say whaaaaaat? I'm sorry sir, did you just say it's ours if we want it?!?!

We couldn't believe our ears. We needed a minute to think! Was this it? Was this our new home? Could it be?

We decided to take a little walk around the neighborhood to talk about it.


We carefully went over the pros and cons:

Pros: It's right by the water. It has laundry in the building. It's a clean, safe, and sunny neighborhood. It has a walk-in closet. It's closer to my work than any of the other places we liked. It's walking distance to everything we need.

Cons: .....I think we came up with a few, but now I can't really think of them.

Anyway.

We decided: Okay. Let's do this. Let's get a real-live-official apartment together!!

So we marched ourselves back up there, handed over a check to secure the place, dusted our hands off, and walked away, squealing with excitement! Okay, I squealed, he smiled largely.

SO DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?!?!?!?!

It means that as of June 21st, Verner Dixon III and Michelle Elizabeth Lim will officially have a home. Together!

It's quite the monumental moment in our lives as we have never officially lived with a significant other before. I'm excited! Are you excited? I'm excited.

Tomorrow marks our 4th week of being in San Francisco, and I'd say we've accomplished quite a lot in our time here. One of the biggest reasons we decided to come back from our 6 months of traveling was because we both really wanted to finally have a place to call "home." (That and well, we needed to make some more money, obvi.) And now we've done just that!

It's going to be the easiest move in our lives since we just have to lug 2 suitcases up the stairs. But then we'll have this amazing project ahead of us to fill our new home with items that are special to both of us. It'll probably be a sloooowww process seeing as I have yet to even receive my first paycheck, but a fun process nonetheless.

I've learned, like I so often do, that things have a way of working themselves out. And as often as I get frustrated or impatient when I feel like things aren't happening the way I want them to, I need to remember that so far, I have yet to be let down in this life of mine and I need to just trust the process and trust that the best outcome usually happens.

San Francisco, you're stuck with us for a year now! Let's make it a good one, shall we?

xoxo


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42 comments:

  1. Woohoo! What a week for you! Congrats :)

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  2. Dang! The Marina? Get it! Good for you. Because even though I've said it before I think it can be repeated a million times, I so admire you guys for following your dreams and making things happen!

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  3. YAY!!!! so excited for you! i can't wait to see pictures! job and apartment in one week! also, do you get a discount at your new job? that will make getting furniture less painful.

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  4. CONGRATS! I'm really excited for you guys :) We want to move to San Francisco but can't afford living in the dream place we want so we are settling for Seattle. You're like the third blogger I know that just moved there so it must be the place to go!!! Can't wait to read about your adventures in my favorite city!

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  5. Oh man! I am WITH you on the competitive rental market! Holy shizz. I'm in Toronto and it's insane-o over here. But when we were searching for places, like you, I was all like THIS IS IT! And imagining how I was going to decorate, all the incredible memories we'd make... yadda, yadda, yadda.

    Didn't get it. We were SO crushed, as we thought it was the absolute perfect place.

    So off we went, applied to another place. DE-NIED.

    But then! That same landlord e-mailed us while we were honeymooning and said he had ANOTHER place and it was ours if we wanted it. And it WAS better than all the places we saw. It was absolute perfection. If that wasn't a lesson in learning to trust the process I don't know what is!

    Now we just sit around and wait to move. Yippee! (Congrats!!!!)

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  6. OMG! Congratulations! I'm SOOO happy for you guys!

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  7. Sooooooooooooooooooooo happy for you. We have to celebrate soon! xoxo

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  8. CONGRATS!!! That is awesome news!! I'm so happy for you both! I can't wait to see pictures and to see your (okay Verner's) style and decor! First a job and now a home...so great!!!

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  9. WOOHOO congrats!!! Lots of things coming together for you guys!

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  10. WOW!!! OMG I don't even know you personally but I have followed your blog for a while now and I am SOOOOOOOOOO happy for both of you!!! You are both so inspiring in your drive, determination, and teamwork :)

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  11. congrats on the new apartment

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  12. Congrats! How cool that you didn't have to fight to the death for it.

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  13. So how do you like public transportation? Probably good you don't have a car. Don't think I'd want to drive in SF.

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  14. YAY!!! That is amazing, I'm so happy that you guys have a home. :)

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  15. Woohooo! Congrats!! :) I think having a place so close to the water would be awesome and I bet it felt great for them to say that it was yours for the taking! Hope you had a nice little celebration last night!

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  16. Congratulations! So glad to see that everything is falling into place for you :)

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  17. Congratulations on the job and apartment!! So much excitement! And all these pictures make me seriously want to come back to San Fran. I love that city.

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  18. Congrats! So happy you found a place you both love! The Marina is an awesome neighborhood, I love that you can walk everywhere!

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  19. Congratulations!! That's awesome :) Things are coming together perfectly!

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  20. Congratulations!! I'm so glad you guys finally found a place and it looks amazing!!

    xox

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  21. YAYAYYY!!! Congrats! There aren't many better feelings than finding an apartment that you LIKE. Oh happy day!

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  22. AWESOME! So happy for you two! Party time! So much for that not drinking plan- I'll crack a bottle open to celebrate with you guys! ;)

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  23. Yay! Congrats. Such a relief for you guys.

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  24. YAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!!! Two awesome bits of news in one week?? We have lots to celebrate soon (next week?)!! Congratulations :)

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  25. Congratulations you two! How incredibly exciting!!! XO

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  26. Well the first thing you'll need is a bed, then a fridge, then a place to sit. Congrats on your new home!

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  27. this is so fantastic! My mom grew up right around the corner. I love that area

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  28. Um, you get to fill your home with employee discounted stuff from PB. So jealous!!!

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  29. yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to see pictures of the apartment!!!!!! :)

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  30. So happy for you guys!!!! Excitement all around!

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  31. Whoop whoop!! That is fantastic and things are definitely falling into place.

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  32. awesome!! congrats- so exciting! we need to see pics as youre decorating and getting it all set up!

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  33. So much great news in one week! Don't you just love when everything comes together all at once! How exciting! Can't wait to read about your new life experiences! :)

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  34. Congratulations! Excited to see what you do with the place-or,what Verner does with it ;)

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  35. Congrats girl! Welcome to the awesome world of city cohabitation :)

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  36. Congrats girl! It looks so awesome! I am so jealous! I love San Fran..except for how expensive it is (Georgia girl here, lol!) I hope you will post update about the apartment as you get it set up!! Good luck to both of ya!

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  37. So exciting!! I know exactly where this is - very cute area! Congrats to both of you!

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  38. Congratulations to you both!!! How exciting!

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  39. Yay!
    Can't wait to see pictures!

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  40. Congrats! San Fran is one of my favorite places! I was talking to a friend of mine about similar renting situations in Denver soo awesome that you found a place!

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  41. Squeee!!!! That's this Friday!!! I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to see the inside - even if it is just floors and walls right now!

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