36 days left of me time

I've been hemming and hawing about whether to say anything about this, but I feel I shouldn't be afraid to share the good news in my life, so I'm just going to say it!

I have a home.

You see, for the past few months Mr. Artist and I have been quietly house hunting!  It all happened back in late fall and we were walking the dog together when Mr. Artist grabbed my hand and swinging my arm like a little kid, he said, "We should get a house together!"  and that was that.

Finding a home certainly wasn't as easy as saying we should get a home.  There were some ups and downs along the way and frustrated moments when we were both just discouraged.  Although buying in Vancouver has become more affordable than in recent years and it was no longer necessary to buy a place sight unseen, the market was still one of the highest in the country.

Yet we persisted weekend after weekend and after seeing countless open houses, to the point where I couldn't recall which ones I'd visited or only viewed online, we finally found it.  Our little green house on a tree-lined street.  It wasn't perfect, but we could see it being home.

On real estate shows, they always make it seem like the most nerve-wracking part of the process is submitting the offer, but in reality it's not.  For me, the most nerve-wracking parts were all the parts after getting the accepted offer, such as getting the inspections done and figuring out all the financing.  I literally couldn't sleep for a week after putting in our house offer and would call up Mr. Artist in the middle of the night frantically punching calculations into our budget spreadsheet and hyperventilating.  These were the moments that I really appreciated his steadiness, although sometimes it also infuriated me that he wasn't freaking out too.

Finally though the deal was done.  Now could come the fun part! Kind of.  The next month will be a whirlwind of renovations, cleaning and moving.  Oh yeah, and I'm taking school while working during this too.  The next month is sure to be a fun ride, but it is one I'm eager to jump on, at least 95% of the time.

While visiting Ikea and discussing back-splashes with Mr. Artist is endlessly fun, a part of me is saddened to lose part of my independence.  I love living on my own and the freedom it brings.  I love coming home to a quiet night just to myself.  I love being able to go out as late, or have anyone over whenever I want.  I love being able to eat marshmallows for dinner if I want. Now that's going to end.  The benefits outweigh the bad for sure and I know this is a necessary change to get the future I want, but still.  I'm really going to miss those nights of Real Housewives marathons and painting my toe nails.

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  1. Congrats, J! That's so exciting. Even though you'll be living together, I'm sure you'll still be able to fit in some "me" time! My boyfriend and I always manage to find time for ourselves :)

  2. Congrats on being a home owner!! Like Alison, I also find that I still have a lot of time to myself despite living with a partner. It's like spending time together but still doing your own thing.
    Soon you will grow to hate Ikea...

  3. Congrats on the new home~ and I think you're looking at it in the wrong way ... you can still have the Housewives marathon and painting your toe nails ... but now, you just have someone to share it with .. and maybe some more toes to paint! LoL ... so does this mean you and Mr. A are getting hitched soon? *wink* *wink*

    1. Thanks Henry! haha I shall decline speaking on the wedding plans for now ;)

  4. I'm very excited for you, J!! Congratulations!

  5. congrats!!!! next is the fun part (the shopping) for all of your stuff ;)

  6. Congrats on buying your new space! It is definitely the start of a new chapter in your life, but home-owning has its perks and is sooo exciting!! I'm happy for you!

  7. Congrats J! So happy for you. The me time will still happen, especially if he is into watching sports lol!

  8. Oh my, congrats!!! that's such exciting news, and such a massive purchase! I bet it's so exciting to think of how the house will look once you've put your touches on it, and I can definitely see me waking up in the middle of the night freaking out about the finances of it all, too. It's a huge step! And I'm moving in with my boyfriend (to an apartment, not a house) and feel the same way too. It's nice to come home and do whatever it is you want to do, and not worry about another person haha. In the end though, I'm sure it'll be a nice change :)

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  9. Congrats on your newest purchase! This could be the best investment piece you'll ever buy! I am so sure you will enjoy your new home :)


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