The house was a non-starter, but I found two condos that could really work and a third that was a close second. I really liked the entire condo complex. It was right next to the park that leads directly into the biking trails. They were all bigger than I'd imagined 1147 sq ft, two bedroom 1.5 bath. The kicker on my favorite one was that it was upstairs, with no easy way to store my bike, other than hauling Clementine Peddleford up the stairs myself. There is a lovely little room that would work for bike-on-trainer/gym area, if I wanted to portage up.
The thing that I didn't like was that all utilities, etc were bundled. The fees were right at $500 per month, which included electric, basic cable, trash, water and sewer. Which is great, except that I tend to be very frugal with those things and would be subsidizing someone else. The all-inclusive, while very convenient, may not make the most economic sense for me. However, there is a lot to be said for living pretty maintenance free, but I would be tied to whatever someone else thought of as good maintenance. Gah! I need to break that down to try to figure out how much is actual maintenance, because it does seem kind of steep, although the place was huge. And because I saw it during the day, there were a lot of little old ladies milling about. Including one you could tell would be a Nosy Parker. Which, might not be all bad. As with everything there will be goods and bads. These were three viable options but I'm not ready to jump just yet.
My friend Barbie hadn't gone back out of town to work, so I asked her to join me on this look, as she lives in a condo in a different part of town. She has a great eye and was helpful. So I ended up with two restaurant meals yesterday, both chicken tortilla soup and side salad. No exercise yesterday, so I've failed at March Madness, but I will continue to do my best.
I'm on a six-month watch-and-see for my right breast, so I've got another diagnostic mammogram and who-knows-what-else scheduled for today. So I'll hit the gym at lunch, as I've got another outing tonight. The GNO crew is doing one of those byob art classes, preceded by dinner at a local BBQ joint. I'll try to take a picture of my creation. Mine will be the sober sunflower. Should be fun! After that, I don't have much on the agenda. Bad weather moving in on Saturday and Sunday, so no outdoor riding, although I did manage to buy a floor pump that I can actually use. So I'll try to get up early on Saturday, get in some exercise, run some errands and then head up to Bick's, I suppose.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Give yourself some options.