We are officially without a home (temporarily). We've spent the majority of our time the last couple of weeks in Sandy at my parents' house because it's so much easier for us, transportation-wise. So, we decided to move out of our apartment ASAP and stay with my parents for a couple of weeks while we look for a new place in Salt Lake county. There are several benefits to this:
1. Cole can jump on TRAX to get to work every day, and I can drive to Provo (which saves us gas and money for parking downtown)
2. Free childcare (Kyle gets lots of Grandma time)
3. No rent for a couple of weeks (always nice to save some money)
Make no mistake, we don't intend to freeload for more than three weeks, a month tops. I'm dying to get into our own place. I never realized how much crap we've accumulated in the almost 2 years that we've been married, too. We rented a storage unit to store the majority of our belongings, and it is CRAMMED full. It took Cole almost half an hour and a fair amount of rearranging to even get the door closed! So, now the apartment hunt begins. It's especially hard since I work from 8 to 5 and Cole works from 2:30 to 11, so the only time we have together is spent sleeping and not apartment hunting. But, we'll work it out somehow.
In other news, I feel a little bit better about myself today. I've been especially self-conscious lately because I gained a lot of weight in the first six months after Cole and I got married. Then, I got pregnant, and even though I lost all the baby weight in the first 6 weeks after Kyle was born, my body just wasn't the same. In some ways, that's very good--for example, I went up a cup size (sorry for the TMI, if you are of the sensitive variety), but for the most part, it's frustrating. My pre-pregnancy clothes (pants in particular) just don't fit the same anymore, and I HATE shopping for myself. I feel selfish and vain, and shopping trips typically are futile anyway because I rarely find anything that fits me well enough for me to actually spend money. That all changed today.
Perhaps I was in a better mood since I wasn't really spending my own money--it was birthday money from my grandmother. Whatever the reason, I managed to find myself 6 pairs of pants that I love and feel very confident in. There's this fabulous little place called Steve & Barry's in Murray that my brother introduced us to (he got hooked during his mission in New York). They have all kinds of styles of clothing, and today they happened to have a sale where all items in the store were $8.98 or less. Yes, you read that right. Pants, blouses, shoes, you name it--all less than $9.00. Well, at a price like that, I couldn't help but look around. It ended up being a win-win situation: I found things that I feel good in, AND I didn't spend an arm and a leg buying them! It turned into a wonderful self-esteem booster.
On the other hand, maybe someday my self-esteem level will exist independently of my appearance...as far as I can see, though, it won't be anytime soon. :)