Bart and I have lived in four places since we got married two years ago.
After Christmas, we moved into Bart’s parents house. They were going to London to direct a study abroad program for six months and had graciously offered to let us live in their house rent-free (one does not refuse an offer like this, particularly when it comes with two 10 gallon barrels of chocolate chips). My sister, Merrick, and her freshman friends would come on big group dates there. One time Bart and I had invited over three other couples and then Merrick came over with nine other friends. It was a fun evening. We had many friends over for dinner. We enjoyed living in the same house with a washer and dryer. A few months later, Bart moved to Austin, and I stayed alone in the house for another five weeks until I left to join Bart’s parents in London (the basement in that house freaks me out because, hello, basement and also creaking in the night; to this day I am not sure how I managed to live there alone for that long without having a heart attack).
Last July, I moved to Austin and joined Bart in the apartment he’d been living in. I brought the furniture and ended Bart’s time with only an air mattress, a desk, two bar stools, and a folding chair. We loved that apartment. We’d go swimming late at night and to the gym early in the morning. We didn’t love the laundry being on the opposite side of the complex or that we had to climb three flights of stairs. But we loved the big kitchen; we’d stay up late at night, making new cake recipes. We fell in love with “House” and “Smallville” in this apartment. I didn’t work for a few weeks and I would stay home during the day, working on my online classes, watching “Gilmore Girls” and being free, free, free. Merrick got engaged and we spent a lot of time talking on the phone. My parents came to visit for the first time while we lived there. Eventually, though, it just got too small. And also, rent is money down a drain, folks.
Two nights ago, just before we went to sleep, we were talking about how much we loved our first apartment and our apartment in Texas. Both represented new beginnings, new adventures, and a new life for the two of us. Although we love our house here, I think both of us would admit that we miss our apartments, just a little bit.
This morning, I woke up at about 5:00 a.m. to Bart getting out of bed. After a few minutes of listening to him tinkering with something in the hallway, I called out to see what he was doing.
Bart called a repairman first thing this morning; he worked from home so that he could be there when he came over. At noon, he called me to tell me that the repairman had fixed it and we were good to go.
“Six thousand dollars.”
Because I killed him for lying to me. It was only $160.