Time for lots of life updates!

We’re moving.

To give you guys the back story, the washer and dryer in our current apartment have been broken since April 2014. Tim and I went back and forth with our wonderful (ha) landlord trying to fix the issues (they were sporadic), but the landlord has been IMPOSSIBLE to work with. The washer and dryer were already coin operated to begin with, but he would make us pay to do test loads, and there were many test loads. He eventually tried to tell us that puddles of water at the bottom of washing machines were actually normal, and since every family has to deal with that, we would have to deal with that too. When we didn’t back down, he became very condescending with us. On one occasion, he actually had the nerve to yell at me with a raised voice and a pointed finger in my face in our basement. Eventually, Tim and I just stopped doing laundry in our own apartment because it became too stressful and wasteful to have to either throw away $2.50 per wash and $2.50 per dry in our own home or have to go back and forth with the landlord. The laundromat sucks, but it’s better than the alternative. There have been other issues, but I’ll spare you the novel.

A couple of months ago, the landlord sent us an email that had the following subject line: OFFICIAL NON RENEWAL LETTER FOR [OUR ADDRESS HERE]. Literally written in all caps. Moving sucks, but we were okay with it even in the midst of wedding planning because it’s really for the best to get out of this toxic situation. Then we started apartment hunting and realized just how much rent has increased since we moved in together almost three years ago. We also quickly realized how little is actually out there right now. We spent three weeks basically checking listings any free second we had and leaving work at ridiculous times to look at places because owners/realtors apparently don’t care that people have full time jobs? We had our heart set on one place on the Belmont/Cambridge line, but we didn’t get it. Eventually we did find a place that will work for us. We really didn’t want to spend the amount we’re going to be spending or pay one month’s rent in realtor fees, but we didn’t have many other options. I like our new place a lot, it’s spacious, it has parking, two porches, a small yard, and it has a washer and dryer in unit. I’m sure everything will be great once this process is all said and done, and hopefully this is the last place we rent before we buy a house. We’re moving the majority of our things this Friday, but technically don’t have to be out until May 31st, so it gives us time to clean, de-clutter, etc. Wish us luck!

We’re wedding planning.

We have a few friends who bought houses and moved while wedding planning, and let me just say that I have no freaking idea how they did it. We can barely handle finding a new place to rent while wedding planning, nevermind a house! Over the past two months, we sent out save the dates, had our six month planning meeting with our venue to run through an itinerary of the day and make our dinner selections, had our florist consult, booked our rehearsal dinner venue and picked out menu selections, picked out the suits for the guys, picked out fabric for my flower girl’s dress, booked our videographer, met with a travel agent, and my mom bought her mother of the bride dress. Next steps will be ordering our invitations, figuring out hair and makeup, booking our honeymoon, picking out wedding bands, etc. My bridal shower is planned for June. I am dreading opening gifts in front of everyone, but it is super exciting to look on our registries and see what kinds of stuff has already been purchased. I cannot believe that we’re only a few months out at this point! Eek!

Tim got a new job.

I don’t think I mentioned that Tim left MEDITECH at the end of March, did I? We decided that it just was the best decision for both his career and for us as we start our marriage together. His new job is a pre-sales position that comes with a pretty big salary jump, so this will definitely help for these increased rent costs and the wedding stuff. His new company is actually headquartered in St. Louis, so he gets to work remotely when he’s not traveling, which will be about 30-40% of the time. We thought the work/life balance of having no commute and getting to work from home would offset the increased travel. So far, so good!

Those are the biggies!

Here are some of the other things we’ve been up to in March:

Tim’s dad’s 60th birthday:

Tims Dads 60th

My goddaughter’s 6th birthday:

Layla 6th birthday party

My friend Erin’s baby shower (she and Hank welcomed baby Henry into the world last week!):

Erins Baby Shower

My Papou’s 86th birthday party (was the same day as the shower, hence the same outfit!):

Papous 86th birthday

Girls night out in Assembly Row with my friends Allison, Shannon, and Tracy from home. Ally is recently engaged, so we got together to celebrate!

Ally Engagement

Ally Engagement 2

The surprise 30th birthday party I threw Tim! Still not sure how I managed to pull this one off, but Tim was completely surprised. We had such a fun night at his favorite bar ever (Stoddards) with family and friends.

Tims 30th Birthday

Tims 30th Birthday

Tims 30th Birthday

Tims 30th Birthday

Tims 30th Birthday

Tims 30th Birthday

Tims 30th Birthday

Hosting the 2015 New Balance Girls Night out kickoff event:

NBGNO March 2015

Not pictured from March:

  • Girls dinner at Back Bay Harry’s with Slesh, Trina, and Bridget
  • CPR, first aid, and emergency oxygen certification
  • Breakfast date with Liz post 6am class
  • Many gym dates! Will fill you guys in on how joining ClassPass has gone in my next fitness update
  • Nights hanging in with Tim

Here are some of the other things we’ve been up to in April:

I was sick with that awful head cold/sinus infection that was going around for the first two weeks of April, which stunk! We had to cancel plans with our friends Cate and Joe, and I sniffled through both Easters.

Greek Easter 2015

Greek Easter 2015 2

Greek Easter 2015 3

We also had a girls sleepover night at Slesh’s. It was perfect timing right after Bridget got engaged!

Sleshs Sleepover

A gym friend night out. My friend Ashley’s work was having a spring fest fundraiser, and a bunch of us went. Steph, Mary, and I had an impromptu dinner date before!

Ashley's Spring Fest Fundraiser

Fundraiser 2

Tim’s cousin Kelly’s bridal shower:

Kelly's Bridal Shower

Tim’s actual 30th birthday night. It was the same day as his cousin’s Jack and Jill shower, we just met up with Slesh and Will for drinks that night! This picture is just goofing around in their apartment:

Tim's 30th

And I got indoor cycling certified. More on this to come!

Schwinn Indoor Cycling

Not pictured from April:

  • A couple dinners out together and with friends
  • More gym dates
  • Nights hanging in with Tim

Readers, let’s chat! What did March and April bring you? What’s going on in your lives lately? What are you looking forward to throughout the rest of May? 

Hope you all had a great weekend and that your weeks are off to a great start!

      • Athena,
        I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. I check in with you daily and your writings are very inspirational. You and Timmy are so lucky to have found each other. I remember all the stresses of trying to keep everyone happy as far as the wedding day went. That can’t happen no matter who you are. Moving is another stressful undertaking. Before you know it you will be celebrating your first year anniversary. Remember you only have to keep Timmy happy and vice versa. Good Luck with your up coming move. Thanks for the inspiration!

        • Hi Christine,
          Thank you so much for this comment, it made my day. I’m happy you like reading F&F so much! See you soon!

  1. Woo, I feel ya on the craziness of moving and wedding planning. We are in the process of moving out and planning our wedding as well. It’s just nuts. I hope you don’t have to deal with all of the landlord crap at your new place. Best of luck with everything!

    • Thanks, Cortni! I can already tell our new apartment will be a much less toxic environment. The new owner seems so nice and normal ! Best of luck with all the stuff you guys have going on as well. 🙂

  2. Congratulations on the move – it’s so awful packing everything up and getting settled but so nice when it’s all done.

  3. So sorry to hear of your landlord issues – they stink. On the other hand, better to be in a good situation where you can do laundry in your own place without paying (what is UP with that?? and the pointed finger? gah…). I’m irked on your behalf. 😉

    Also – and this is completely random – your fiance and my husband could be middle school twins separated at birth. That picture looked remarkably familiar! 😀

    Happy moving, happy wedding planning, and happy deep breathing to get through it all…

    • Hi Anne! We already did a load of laundry in our new apartment, and it was so THRILLING to not need quarters… and to only have to go to a spot next to the kitchen instead of the laundromat! So funny our men look alike. 🙂

      Also… thanks for the reminder for deep breaths. I certainly need it!

  4. Congratulations for the marriage and all the other wonderful events in your life! All the best! I feel really inspired by your story! 🙂

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