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Monday, October 02, 2006

Mushy Story - Part 4

So, I've had a request to continue the mushy story. This particular person found the first few years of mine and Steve's relationship very entertaining and when I saw her last week she said "I keep waiting for part 4!! Where's part 4?!!"

Okay, I'll humor her.

I left off pretty much on our First Official Date that January and the hangin' out afterwards. Steve sold his house in September of that year, and was working a really crappy job that wouldn't let him have the time off to pack up, so I helped out. When the house sold and he still hadn't found another place to buy, so I told him he could move in with me and my roommate in Ballard. We had a big three bedroom, two bath place, so Steve could have his own bedroom upstairs, where my roommate was. My bedroom was downstairs in the basement, and I had my own bath. It was very funny when his friend helped him move in, I directed him up the stairs. I mentioned a few minutes later, something about my room downstairs.

He said, "Wait. Your room is downstairs? Then why did I take all that stuff upstairs?"

I said, "Because Steve's room is upstairs. My room is downstairs. We're not "living together"." Ahh, the power of denial.

In December of that year, I decided I needed my own space (and needed out of boy's house) so I got my own little, one bedroom place (that was, coincidently, in the same house and D&S. That's how we met.) in the Greenlake area. In February, my ex-roommate decided he too needed his own place, so he moved out of that house. Leaving Steve alone. Steve hadn't found another place yet (and didn't want to rent that big, three bedroom by himself) so I said he could stay with me. Just until he found his own place. Which he was looking for...really.

Let's see....

Then in September of that year, I think, Steve moved into his own apartment, back in Ballard. It was very sad. Good for us, but sad. We'd gotten used to each other. So we went back to staying at each other's places on the weekend.

December rolls around and I decided to move out of my place. The rent was going up and it was already way too high for a three room apartment in a converted house that was falling down. So I got a nice condo, back in Ballard, walking distance from Steve's place.

Then in May, mom got sick so I went to Houston for a couple of weeks. When there was talk of surgery and chemo, it looked like it would best if I could be there indefinitely. I flew back to Seattle for two weeks, to work a little (I had my own business so my work days were very flexible) and try to figure out what my options were. Steve offered to let me stay with him when I got back if I wanted to give up my apartment. My landlord was very kind in letting me out of my year's lease and Steve sold my truck to his brother since I still had a payment. I put my stuff in storage and back to Houston I went. For two months.

When I got back, I stayed with Steve. He bought me a car since we sold the truck and I started the business back up again. I kind of looked for my own place, but when we talked about it, we didn't really want to live apart. It was decided his little two bedroom apartment wasn't going to cut it if we wanted to officially Live Together, so we found our current place, a townhouse style apartment on the Upper West Side of Ballard. We moved his stuff from his apartment and my stuff from storage and began sharing a neutral place.

And that's when his aunt emailed him and said "So, who's place is this? Your place and Raechelle is just staying with you? Or her place and you're just staying with her?" Ha Ha. Very funny. Although, definitely an understandable question.

It's our place. Jointly.
We've been there almost three years now. Look at us! Growin' roots!

I think you're all caught up now. No major developments since.
I'll keep you posted.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Antiem said...

Yay! Thank you! And here we are, up to date in Seattle. Now I can start reading a new novel!

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Dee said...

Nice mushy story. Let us know if there are any new developments.

4:44 AM  
Anonymous Mom said...

You couldn't have just told her while she was out there?? Would have saved you a lot of time on the computer . . . . .

9:27 AM  
Anonymous antiem said...

Kristin's innocent, I confess. I'm the one who asked for the "rest of the story," the living together chapter.

10:16 AM  
Blogger rae said...

Aaaaah, "antiem" reveals herself! Steve's aunt, not mine, like I thought.

Thank you.

5:55 PM  

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