Author My First Apartment
Alissa

I've lived in apartments in 6 cities (including 2 foreign countries). Does that make me an expert? As of now, my ceiling isn't leaking and I don't have rodents (knock on wood) -- so I'm going to say yes . . . but ask me again tomorrow:) These days, I'm enjoying life Chicago style, but my years in Brooklyn are never far from my mind. P.S. By day I work at Cars.com, but these opinions are totally, 100% my own.
Apartment’s First Anniversary!
Apartment’s First Anniversary!

Apartment’s First Anniversary!

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To be honest, it feels like yesterday that two strangers (soon to be roommates) and I signed a yearlong lease to an Apartment in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The three of us had met on craigslist and with crossed fingers and toes, decided to make that leap from not knowing the other’s favorite color to knowing…
How to find that first apartment, one more time…
How to find that first apartment, one more time…

How to find that first apartment, one more time…

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It’s hard not to have an big ego when deciding where to get that first apartment. Mostly, because it’s such a mark of independence. It’s your name on that lease and it’s going to be YOUR apartment. But, if possible, try not to go all presidential–think what a mess the country’s in because someone got…
When a murder happens on your block, security becomes VERY important
When a murder happens on your block, security becomes VERY important

When a murder happens on your block, security becomes VERY important

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Last week on my block, the city-dweller’s worst fear materialized; a woman was murdered, in what initially looked like a break-in. I came home from work to find a police car barricading the street and yellow tape slicing across the apartment in question and its surrounding lawn. It was a scene I’d only before seen…
The FATEFUL conclusion to the Couch Cover CATASTROPHE!
The FATEFUL conclusion to the Couch Cover CATASTROPHE!

The FATEFUL conclusion to the Couch Cover CATASTROPHE!

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Don’t ya kinda feel like you’re in a 1940’s movie theater? Watching– as the young heroine battles tragedy and turmoil until finally at last, a shimmer of light descends and she discovers that the young soldier respected her all along? Well, friends, in my story, that shimmer of light was my self-respect and the young…
Need Judge Judy in the battle of the sofa slip cover
Need Judge Judy in the battle of the sofa slip cover

Need Judge Judy in the battle of the sofa slip cover

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Readers, I’m in a dilly of a pickle with my roommates. So, instead of me advising you this week, I’m crossing my fingers that you can help me by playing Judge Judy. Here’s the sitch: My living room is set up so that there is a darling red velvet couch in the center. Behind the…
Laundry-O-Rama
Laundry-O-Rama

Laundry-O-Rama

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Our clothes go through a lot of wear. By jove, just this very day, during lunch, a fellow co-worker and I participated in crab-walk contest and in my haste to the finish line, ended up dragging my sweater across the dirty blacktop; now, it looks like my sweater has a black eye. And, no way…
Craigslist Easy as Pie
Craigslist Easy as Pie

Craigslist Easy as Pie

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It’s come to my attention that a faux pas has been made. Specifically, I’ve dropped the ball, lost the leash, and any other apt colloquialism that would express regret and incompetence. Why, you ask? Because while I’ve mentioned Craigslist on many an occasion, I’ve neglected to teach you to really use Craiglist. I mean, pump…
To Move Out, or Not to Move Out, that is the Question
To Move Out, or Not to Move Out, that is the Question

To Move Out, or Not to Move Out, that is the Question

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And what a doosy it is! On one hand, free rent, free electricity, free food! On the other, free phone calls at midnight asking you where you are, who you’re with, and when you plan on returning to the cradle. It may shock you, (or perhaps validate you), but more than ever, young 20-somethings are…
U-Haul, eek, part 2
U-Haul, eek, part 2

U-Haul, eek, part 2

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Well, I now am the proud owner of a 7-year-old peach and beige fabric sofa. How did the move go, you ask? More or less smoothly. Or less. The movers arrived forty-five minutes late and they didn’t have any quilts to cover the sofa with, so I had to improvise with sheets. To be fair,…
Moving and a Shaking( U-haul or I-haul?)
Moving and a Shaking( U-haul or I-haul?)

Moving and a Shaking( U-haul or I-haul?)

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I’ve been looking up moving companies for a week now and have found all these companies with cute-sy allusions to ‘dancing’. There is nothing ‘cute’ about my dad barking in my ears to ‘BEND YOUR KNEES!” But, admittedly, I have enjoyed scanning craigslist to the likes of “Git-R-Done” local moving company and the “I like…