Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Link Love

Celebrate Easter
Bake these coconut cupcakes from Brown Eyed Baker
Make this amazing guacamole from A House in the Hills

Read Laicie's inspiring thoughts on personal failure
Think there will actually be an alternate ending to HIMYM/?
Take a tour of Cecily Strong's NYC apartment
Don't forget to enter the Spring Showers giveaway!
Anyone experienced this before? So true...except for that last part
Check out all the phases of the blood moon from earlier this week


Thursday, April 17, 2014

An Annoucement

The last few weeks have been fairly stressful around here. On top of my regular workload, Bud’s school load and planning a wedding, we’ve been balancing a few other things. Bud has his PhD qualifying exam this Wednesday. On it’s own, a qualifying exam is stressful. In combination with all the other things we have going on, it’s down right ridiculous. We’ve also been trying to find a place to live. Needless, to say there’s been a few tears shed.

Both of our current leases end May 31st. Obviously, we wanted to find a place to live together for when we’re married, but we weren’t totally prepared to add this to the list of things to do.

Austin is known for having very quick turnover in its real estate market. A posting will go up at 8:00 AM and by 5:00 PM the same day, a lease will already be signed. It’s crazy. You have to act quickly if you’re interested in a property.

We mainly searched for potential houses through various home search websites. This involves a lot of emailing, calling and following up. Most of the time we finally got a hold of someone, the property was already leased. It was very frustrating.

We came close to signing a lease on a house a few weeks ago. The house was adorable. Three bedrooms, remodeled kitchen, wood floors, big back yard and tons on natural light. We received the potential lease and suggested a few edits to the potential landlord. When we went to sign the lease, none of the changes had been made. The landlord wouldn’t budge and we weren’t comfortable signing the lease as it was written. We were both extremely disappointed and heartbroken. We had gotten our hopes up and were very let down when we walked away from the house.

Fast-forward a few weeks and a couple of other let downs later (I'm not sure if I’m ready to talk about those let downs yet), Bud came across a house online. He emailed the contact and receiving an email back within the hour. Later that day, we looked at the house and loved it right away. We sent in an application and security deposit and prayed that it would be ours.

I was so nervous to tell anyone that we had found a potential house because I didn’t want to get my hopes up again.  I didn’t even tell my parents for a few days! We heard back from the realtor a few days later and he let us know the house was ours!

We signed a lease and got the keys a few days ago. Honestly, it didn’t hit me at first that we had a place to live. Now that we’ve gotten the keys, it feels official and like I can breathe again.

We’re so excited to move in and finally have a place of our own! It’s a two bedroom, that’s been totally renovated and it even has a garage! It’s a great place for Bud and I to start out on.  As we move in, I’ll make sure to take before and after photos to share with y’all.

Now it’s back to wedding planning, packing, traveling and everything else!