Totally forgot to tell you guys - I solved my apartment woes!
I had a mini-epiphany on Saturday afternoon, after looking at another crappy apartment in a less-than-desirable location. What were the biggest problems with the place I was in now? I liked the location, and I liked the price. After mulling it over, I came up with two:
1. Not enough sunlight.
2. My 22 yr old roommate.
Problem #1 could be easily solved. My cool roommate (a faithful reader of this blog) is moving out next month. I could just move upstairs and take her room. Done.
But what about #2? He's been there since September, and he's been planning to take over the lease. And he's got another friend from college that he wants to move in - and having another one of him would just drive me CRAZY.
Then I realized - he's not on the lease now.
It's my apartment.
So, I'm going to ask him to leave. Done.
I'll go into further detail about this later (since I'm obviously going to need things to post about).