Sorry I’m not Sorry.

Saturday is the big day! We are packing our bags (and dishes, and furniture, and decor, and books, and movies and, and, and) and heading out to the new place! We both can’t wait! First because we are excited to be in the new place, two so that I can be a mere 5 mins away from Mom instead of 25 mins, and three so that we can leave our currently disorganized packed up apartment!

Sorry I’m not sorry, but I will not miss… 

Cigarette smoke infiltrating our bedroom from the people downstairs.
The scent of weed drifting through our porch door from our neighbors.
Late night radios blasting from the cars outside.
Random notes from the apartment complex telling us our porch is in unacceptable condition … and then not taking the time to reply back to us to tell us why it is unacceptable.
Kids screaming near my bedroom window during a Sunday afternoon nap.
Creepy men standing in front of my front door talking on the phone.
Using the guest bathroom shower as a storage unit.
Geese squawking and pooping everywhere … and flying up to our 2nd floor porch!
Nowhere … nowhere at all to work on projects!
Driving/walking to our mailbox. We’d wait at least 3 weeks to pick it up… oops!
Renting a washer and dryer – waste of money!

Ok, fine – there were a few positives to our apartment.

The view from our porch!
The sound of the waterfall in the spring and fall outside our porch door.
The window seat in our master bedroom. Oh wait, we’ll have TWO window seats in the master bedroom at the new place… 😉
The double sided fireplace – I’ll especially miss the wood burning aspect of it. The new place’s fireplace is electric.
The coziness of the small place – yes both a negative and positive.
The pool! Although I wasn’t able to take advantage of it often.
And other things we didnt even realize were available to us at the club house until we turned in our termination – tanning bed, pool table, lounge room, etc.

Lifestyle | Kitchen Tile Blah

I need some help and advice from all of you lovely folk. My new landlord for the new house we will be renting has told me that we could pick out the new tile for the kitchen. You see, there is a huge hole in the current kitchen tiling which is not a surprise given that it was last laid down in the 70’s! The problem with picking out new tiling is that 1) I’ve never done this before and have no idea what I’m doing and 2) if I owned the home I would paint those ugly cabinets white and get new fixtures thus allowing for more flexibility in selecting new tile. However, I dont own this home so I dont plan on painting those cabinets and need to find something that will compliment what is already there.

As a reminder, here is the current (and only picture) that I have of the house’s kitchen:

The current renters suggested choosing gray tiling to go with the gray in all the other rooms that they had had painted in the house – literally every room is gray. While the gray is much improved from the creamy white that was there before, it is a rather dark color and I dont necessarily want to further permeate the house with it.
Today, I had lunch with my extended family and they suggested I select a lighter cream/beige tile to match the counters and to offset the dark wood of the cabinets. I absolutely do not want white tile as they are a #$%@ to keep clean. But I’ve found a few options on Home Depot’s website that I think could work given the circumstances. Any favorites?? Any other suggestions?? It seems that almost all kitchen vinyl is fairly unattractive in general.