Thursday, September 25, 2008

Goodbye Queen Anne, Hello Ballard!

That’s right, you heard it here first… Stewart and I are moving in together! Considering the fact that neither one of us has ever lived with a boyfriend or girlfriend before, we figured, “What the hell?” and chose to take a serious plunge… we bought a condo!!

And after four amazing years, I am finally going to be leaving the mother ship of Queen Anne and moving to… Ballard! Yep that’s right. We bought a beautiful condo at a building called the Metropole, just off Ballard Avenue and Market Street. A perfect location, if my limited knowledge of Ballard counts for anything.

The building is less than two years old and our unit has barely been lived in, so to us it feels brand new. It’s a large home with hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, our own private patio along with a rooftop deck, and a gas fireplace that goes through the wall from our living room into our bedroom. And my favorite feature? That’s right, I will finally have a washer and dryer in my own home!

Such big changes going on in our lives! Let me take a moment to try and recap everything…
  • Stewart was finally hired as a firefighter! He will be working for Valley Regional Fire Authority in Auburn, and we are both thrilled that all his hard work finally paid off. He began Fire Academy this month. Unfortunately, just a couple weeks into the Academy Stewart injured his knee, badly. It will require surgery and this means he is out of the Academy for now, and unable to return until January when (we hope) he will be fully recovered. So poor Stew will have to spend some time on the couch followed by light duty at the fire station until January.

  • My new job as an Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President for a downtown Seattle residential real estate development company (wow, there’s a mouthful) is going really great! I’ve been here for a little more than two months now and finally feel like I am getting the hang of things. I love my team and my boss and changing jobs has drastically improved my quality of life. Quitting my previous job was one of the best decisions I have ever made, as far as my mental health is concerned.

  • I’m finally going back to school! Tonight will be my first class at the University of Washington, in the Paralegal Certificate Program. I am taking two classes this quarter: Fundamentals of Legal Practice and Legal Research and Writing. If all goes as planned, I should be a Certified Paralegal by this spring! However, I will have class from 6pm to 9pm on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday for the next nine months or so, and a huge amount of homework and reading, so if you don’t see me out and about don’t be surprised. I’ll see you all next summer!

  • Stewart and I are moving in together! Did I already mention that? I’m just so excited I can barely stand it. Considering we have basically been living together for the past six months in his tiny studio apartment, our new 725 square foot condo seems like a dream come true! We move in on October 4th.
So in summary, lots of changes going on in our lives right now. I am super sad about leaving Queen Anne, and not living with Jeanna anymore, but I suppose change is good, especially when it consists of a major financial investment!

We’d love to have all of you over once we’re settled!

7 comments:

ADeskJockey said...

Yay!!! Can't wait to see it!

Jamie said...

I am so happy for two reasons you decided to blog, I have been waiting for them and of course because you have your own place! It is going to be amazing you will love it! Miss ya! XOXO

Anonymous said...

i want to see some pics! love ya
Brooke

SarahBeth said...

I know, I totally need to post some, but I am waiting until we get totally settled in... hoping to get done this weekend, stay tuned!

Paolo said...

Welcome to the neighborhood! Or should I say block? You literally moved in around the block from me.

Queen Anne is the fast life. Ballard is the good life. Enjoy.

SarahBeth said...

Thanks Paolo. Ballard definitely seems like the pop-u-lar place to be. I never thought I would say it, but I think I like my new neighborhood better than Queen Anne! Do you live near that little park that is behind what will be the new QFC? Wandered by there last weekend; it was super adorable, filled with families and little ensembles playing music. Loved it.

Paolo said...

Yep, just one block north from there.

That QFC is going to be CASH MONEY. Open 24 hours AND a block away. I cried when they tore the old one down because it was so damn convenient.