So much can happen in a year.
Last year this time I lived in an apartment I had lived in for over 13years. Circumstances including attending college and getting a divorce brought me to live there, and for the most part I enjoyed the space and location. I was fairly content. Then I acquired this young, out of control, upstairs neighbor that actually screamed almost hourly. This being difficult to deal with in any regular sense was complicated with my nightly work schedule and his daily existence. I went months without any sleep, trying earplugs, fans, radio, and firearm earmuffs to deal with the random screaming from upstairs. I was at my wits end. I've learned not to bother the landlord through her confrontational attitudes with others, but I had to do something. I called her out of desperation and her response was to threaten me with eviction if I didn't learn to get along with the neighbors. This was my breaking point. I started looking for a new place to live. I found and talked with several apartment and home landlords and found one I wanted by the end of the month. Just as I began to put the deposit down, I stopped and thought, what if I tried to buy a house for myself. This was a wonderful idea and I called several real estate companies to begin my search. The first lady that showed me around was not really clicking with my idea of what I was wanting, so I continued my search. I found a great fellow that seemed to understand me perfectly and was awesome. He helped me decide on the perfect house, helped me find a loan company, and walked me through the entire process. They qualified me for a government loan that was not much more than my monthly rent payments. Lets just say that this house is much more than I had expected to ever own. It is two stories, 1500 square feet, in the country, with a half-acre of land and a three car carport. Just a few months of home ownership under my belt and I am finding myself more relaxed, calmer, and getting sleep. Just when you least expect it... bad things can lead to good. I could never have expected this.