even though we don't technically need a place until the end of august when my lease is up, the guys can move at any time so the house hunt has begun. and not just looking at online listings, but actually working with a real estate dude and going to see houses in person. now, let me just start by admitting that house hunting is not my jam. some people think going to open houses is fun but i am definitely not among those people. sometimes there's wine and cookies so that part is fun, but the fun stops there and also i could just eat cookies and drink wine on my couch while watching netflix so it's kind of a wash.
ideally, i want finding a place to be like house hunters. you know, where there's 3 options and then you pick one. yes, i realize it's fake, let me have my dream. in real life, you look at lots and lots of houses. [or maybe just we do? is it just because chicago provides a ton of options? or because i'm searching with two guys who can't even decide if they want sausage or pepperoni on their pizza?]
and by 'lots and lots of houses' i mean we've seen ... 3. with 2 more to see this sunday. and yes, i'm already over it. i think i'll make it through the 2 this weekend and then 1 weekend after that, and then i'll be done and john and eric will be on their own. i. hate. house hunting. of the first 3, john and i are ready to go with house #2 but it's too high in price for the updates it needs. i told john just to make an offer anyway, see what happens.
but he also wants to keep looking. i think it's because his mom told us they looked at 100 houses before picking the one they're in now, and he thinks that's the norm. i will not look at 100 houses. i will die.
it's boring, tedious, and exhausting at the same time. they all start to look alike and i care very little about the specifics like lot size and how the existing wiring looks and what kind of windows are installed. here's my specifics, which i could answer without even setting foot in the door - is it close to some sort of public transportation to get me to my job? is the neighborhood safe? (which i mean in the broadest of terms because i currently live near western and fullerton and feel free to look up the crime stats on that. nowhere in chicago is really that great, let's be honest.) and does the dog approve of the nearby fast food and delivery options? cool, done, let's buy it.
so all in all i'm ready to quit house hunting and just pick something, but the process has barely even begun. and it's not at all like my easy house hunters dream. but then john commented that he didn't like the kitchen in house #2 because the walls were painted pink and in that moment i really DID feel like i was on house hunters because OMG PAINT COLOR DOESN'T MATTER, YOU CAN CHANGE PAINT.