After a lot of problems around here I got some good news... I'm MOVING!
Ok, not really all that big of a move, less than 8 miles, but I'm moving from the small cramped 2 bedroom apartment with no yard to speak of, to a 3 bed (4 bed according to zillow.com, hmmm...I need to go again) 2.5 bath 2-story/1765 sf (again 1898 per zillow) house.
I got lucky. I stopped in my old work, and got to talking to the bosses wife. I mentioned that I would be looking for a house to rent soon, cause the neighborhood has gone to hell. She mentioned that she was planning on putting a house for rent in the paper in a week or two. So I got the address and stopped by to have a look. Well, some kids had gotten in and wrecked a few things, broke an upstairs window. But all in all, it looks sooooo nice. I think the main things I like are that my kids can actually go outside and play, and that as I drive down the street, I see kids outside playing, families outside, sidewalks (this is a big deal in the desert, lol) and it looks friendly. Bonus...both houses on each side are vacant with for sale signs, so it's quiet. Bonus #2, the man that the boss bought the house from was this sweet old guy that delivered medications for us, and I know that he kept the house up, and his granddaughter, who I know (she worked for the pharmacy for a time) lives 4 doors down.
The house is 20 years old and honestly, looks much newer inside. They are painting (inside and out), putting in a new garage door opener, new cabinets, new blinds on all the windows, and new tile was just put in. All for well under what I thought it would be per month, no deposit. Basically, it's like a new house, lol...ok, I am excited.
Wish me luck and cross your fingers that I can get packed and moved without totally stressing out!