Apartment Life

Flooded Toilets and Ants, Oh My!
Flooded Toilets and Ants, Oh My!

Flooded Toilets and Ants, Oh My!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When my toilet flooded for the second time in a week yesterday morning at 6:00 A.M, I wanted to argue with it. I wanted to chastise it for being so thoughtless during the holidays. Didn’t it know that I was out late the night before altruistically looking for presents for others? I did not deserve…
Why there is no such a thing as a perfect landlord
Why there is no such a thing as a perfect landlord

Why there is no such a thing as a perfect landlord

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Unless your landlord is a bear, he probably did not make a cameo in Goldilocks’ memoirs. That said, the concept of “too much, too little,” tends to pop up when you are dealing with the person who takes a large chunk of your change on a monthly basis. What do I mean? Landlords are, invariably,…
How much is that doggie in the window?
How much is that doggie in the window?

How much is that doggie in the window?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I wanted a dog real bad. I have, since childhood, wanted a dog real bad. When I was younger, the condition was that if I kept my room clean for 2 months straight, then I could talk to my mom about it. As on any given day there was rarely carpet showing amidst my books…
Le Dog and Le Apartment
Le Dog and Le Apartment

Le Dog and Le Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Looking for an apartment con fair, furry friend can make a person feel like a real leper. For, no matter how docile your darling may be, convincing a potential landlord of that is often another matter. Luckily, there are pet owners who have come before you, with helpful, and occasionally surprising, advice. How to Get…
Surviving a Visit from Your Parents
Surviving a Visit from Your Parents

Surviving a Visit from Your Parents

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As much as I love my family, I always get a little stressed out when they come to visit. They just don’t always, you know, get it. Case in point: my sophomore year in college. My mom was planning a visit to Boston and she asked me if it would be weird if she stayed…
The Housing Virgins of Manhattan and Other Apartment Hunting Stories in the News
The Housing Virgins of Manhattan and Other Apartment Hunting Stories in the News

The Housing Virgins of Manhattan and Other Apartment Hunting Stories in the News

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re searching for your first apartment, you probably thought your days of homework were behind you. Wrong! More important that any book report is the research that you should do to prepare yourself for the housing search. This web site is a great place to start for basic checklists and info. Beyond MyFirstApartment.com, however,…
What did you think I would post about next?
What did you think I would post about next?

What did you think I would post about next?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Close on eggs’ heels in the race of easy, delicious things to cook: chicken soup. No, not the Campbell’s kind. Dear reader, you’re a grown-up now, and your grown-up taste buds deserve better. Remember that cooking, like all of life’s arts, requires lots of practice, and lots of trial and error. Start basic, expect to…
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you’re learning to cook, it’s definitely the egg. Eggs are an easy, cheap, delicious, and nutritious thing to cook when you’re first starting out. You can scramble, boil, whip, poach, or even slurp them raw. Although that, technically, doesn’t count as cooking. When I was a kid, scrambled eggs were one of my top…
How to throw a bangin’ housewarming bash
How to throw a bangin’ housewarming bash

How to throw a bangin’ housewarming bash

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
1) E-mail as many of your closest friends as you can fit comfortably in your digs. Ask them to let you know how many guests they will be bringing. 2) Remove all breakables from the rooms in which you’ll be hosting guests. If you live in a studio, put anything fragile in your kitchen cupboards,…
Why, oh why, oh wireless?
Why, oh why, oh wireless?

Why, oh why, oh wireless?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living in sunny SoCal, my monthly utility payments are satisfyingly low. The largest is by far my cable internet bill- approximately $40 a month, split with my roommate. I was reluctant, at first, to part with this extra dough for our own wireless- I have a laptop, and it’s easy enough to link to someone…