I'm back in New York! And I must say, I've missed the scenery up here. I really really don't like the South... at least not the area I was in! There were some nice places, such as Charleston, and Atlanta was a really cool place to visit - particularly the Midtown area. Also some of the metro areas around Atlanta (like where I did the trail half marathon!) were nice. I loved Destin, but I still don't really count that as the South :) But for the most part, I'm not really much of a Southern girl. I'm really excited to run on these country roads out here! Just waiting for this hip thing to disappear... Actually it doesn't really hurt today, and didn't really bother me last night, so I kind of want to do an easy run this morning! I dunno though.... I'm afraid to re-aggravate it! It doesn't hurt WHILE I'm running, just while I'm sitting/sleeping AFTER I've run. I really should've taken a couple of days off when it FIRST started bothering me (I guess after my speed workout two weeks ago, but I DID take A day off. I assumed I was just still sore). It wasn't until two Sundays ago that it started getting to the point where sitting was hurting, and then I took quite a bit of time off. It's been two weeks since I've done anything over four miles, and a week and a half (LAST Wednesday) since I've done ANY running at all. And that was a slow four miles on the treadmill. Trying to be smart about it this time :)
Anyways, I got off track. It looks like there are some great running places around here.. woohoo! That's what I looked at while driving, hahaha. Lots of country roads with wide shoulders (and trails and stuff too). The Adironacks are very close - within an hour drive, and I still want to check out the Ontario lake area (1000 islands region!). Very pretty from the pictures! I love all of the snowmobile signs out where I am planning to move. Speaking of which...
Well, I've been apartment hunting, and I found one I like. I really wanted to live out by the water, but there really is NOTHING out there, at least not for under 1000 a month - BEFORE utilities. There are two apartment complexes, and they are completely booked up. I have actually been using Craigslist, and have met a few different landlords. Why you might ask would I want to do that? Well, number one, I actually get to LOOK at the place before I move in... 2) I don't want to move in somewhere with lots of screaming children and people people constantly fighting right next door to me all the time and 3) They are more personal and I can work with private landlords better. I didn't like dealing with apartment complexes... most have such high demand because housing out here is difficult to find that they weren't very helpful. Customer service is important! One of the areas I've heard is really nice would be good, but... more money than I want to spend! With utilities it would be over what I get for housing, and I'm trying to avoid doing that.
The tenants I've talked to in both of the places I was interested in really liked their landlords and really liked the setup, so a major plus! Anyways, the place I am very interested in is need of a little fixing-up, but she said she will have that done in the next week when the current tenants move (most of their stuff was out yesterday when I came through). I asked her to give me a call when the renovations are completely (refinish the hardwood floor/wash the carpet/ put some paint on a few places) The upstairs area where she rents private rooms where they share the kitchen/etc. is very nice, the floor is nice, everything looks good, so I trust it will be done accordingly downstairs! She REALLY wants me as a tenant. She said the current ones in the apartment were not so good, and I think she likes that I'm an officer (and therefore will pay my rent on time every month - I guess the current ones weren't so good about that) and also I apparently remind her of her daughters, lol. The other people living in the upstairs area are also military. So, I would be getting a two-bedroom apartment with a deck outside, a yard (deck and yard are shared... though I doubt I'll be using them in couple of months with the snow!), a garage, heat and utilities for 775 a month. The heat thing is hugely important around here because it can add a good 200 dollars to utilities every month. And it's big enough I can fix it up the way I want. And with that price, I can afford to buy some good furniture! The area isn't super close to work, but then again, most areas aren't. It's not too bad though, about 15-20 minutes. It's in a village, and seems quiet. Oh, and there are two state forests maybe three miles down the road. That's pretty good for me :)
I stayed with a couple of people along the way up, including one of my closest friends (my roommate my last semester at school!) It was a great way to get to visit, considering what a long trip it is :)
Well, sort of abrupt ending, but that is all I have to say for now. I know it has been a little bit of time since I have last updated, so I felt it was due.