So I'm entering the Holy Crap Where Am I Going To Live Next Year? phase of my life. Meaning: I'm no longer going to be living on campus. Meaning: I'm going to have to be living elsewhere. Meaning: I'm APARTMENT SEARCHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(By the way: all those exclamation points? Sarcasm, my friends.)
It's the week before spring break and midterms are slamming themselves on me and I've worked twice the number of hours I normally have the past two weeks and slept half the time and I'm trying to be a full-time reporter and a full-time student a part-time employee and a friend and a daughter and a sister and oh wait, that's due tomorrow?!?!? and we're seeing dozens of apartments and trying to sign a lease BY FRIDAY and yes: 'sfun.
So this morning one of my roommates and I traipsed across town to meet with a realtor to start seeing apartments. Start. Start seeing apartments. We have less than a week to see, find, and pay four months' rent on an apartment.
And it didn't go so well because the realtor was 30 minutes late and she had a broken finger and keys weren't working and apartments were messy and drama, BUT ZOMG YOU GUYS: it made it all worth it when we walked into the 72nd apartment of the day and there was a CAT.
A cat on the floor. Playing with a ball of yarn. A CAT ON THE FLOOR PLAYING WITH A BALL OF YARN.
I cried when the realtor said the cat wasn't included with the apartment.
But now my priorities in apartment searching have shifted: it's no longer 1) price 2) location 3) everything else. It's 1) CAT-FRIENDLY and 2) everything else.
And now I'm rereading this post and realizing that I've gone in 14 different directions but I don't have time to fix it because I have an interview to conduct and then 114 more apartments to see. So, basically, I LOVE YOU if you got through this, and also, I'm sorry.
OH, and also: I realize now that I probably should have a list of questions to ask realtors about apartments. Like "Where is the closest liquor store?" (KIDDING, MOTHER) and "Who do I call if my dishwasher won't work?" Right?
Um, intranets? What questions do I want to ask about apartments?