Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Does Anyone

Want to see pictures of our new place? Yes, that's right, Matt and I spent MLK weekend house hunting in California, and we were successful! We decided to sign a six month lease. Our thoughts are this: we still have a house in VA that needs to sell. We don't know all of the area around where Matt works, so we don't know what area would be nice to live in. We can't afford two mortgages. So...we found this really nice guest house in a place called Kagel Canyon, just 12 minutes from where Matt is going to work. It is technically still in Los Angeles, even though it doesn't look like it is. I mean, we're practically up in the mountains! There's this creek that runs past the back of the house where raccoons and coyotes run up and down at night. It is so quiet up there! You can't hear the constant, persistent roar of the freeway (which, btw, some Californians find comforting. I dunno...). I'm really excited, and our landlords are really great. They seem like a nice, fun couple. They are a little bit older than me and Matt; they have a 20 year old and a 19 year old. They are both working professionals, and commute about 2.5 hours, each way, every day. I definitely would not want to do that!

Anyways, the rent is really affordable, and the fact that they were willing to do a six month lease was perfect for us.

So...here's my pictures of the house.

Here's our living room/kitchen, with the doors to the bathroom and the bedroom. The view out the window.

Our tiny bathroom.                                                                              The back deck.

 Matt, looking down at the San Fernando Valley.

Can you believe this is just about half a mile up the canyon from our house? Look at this view! It is just unbelievable! I'm so excited to be able to ride my bike up there :)

Anyways, that's our house. One bedroom, one bathroom. It will do, for now. No dishwasher, tho. But there is a place for a washer and dryer. So that's good. Most guest houses don't have that.

Our plan, right now, is for Matt to get out of the Navy in a few days, pack all our stuff into the freight box, ship it out, Matt flies to California, I wait a couple days, then head across in the truck with essentials that we will need in the interim, while we find a bigger place. Like a bed, our bicycles, our little tables that will serve as desk and dining room table. THat sort of thing. I'll drive across, by myself, if I can't find anyone to make the drive with me. It will be an adventure :)

Anyways, I think I might be going to the zoo with Kate and family here pretty soon. I'll update you all later, and maybe tell you about our exciting mishap while in California, some other time :)


PS. You sure can't beat the weather in Southern California. Until the last day we were there, when it began to rain (a not very common thing), it was about 55 degrees at night, and about 75 degrees during the day. Not too shabby! :)

1 comment:

  1. I'm very ecited and happy for you! Wish I could help you drive across, but don't know how I could do that. Have gotten tickets to fly out to Bogata for the first 2 weeks in April to spend Spring Break with the kids. And Emily and Maura will be out to spend their Spring Break with Beth, Lindsay, and me the week before that. If I could ride out with you from Idaho, that might me a possibility. What do you think? Love you, Mom