I took three more loads of dead boxes away, and the storage room is starting to look a little bit empty! Of course, now there are boxes inside the house, which make it look a bit cluttered. ^_^ Lis got in touch with her family, and they all seem excited about her moving home. Unfortunately, the Anaheim dream home is currently occupied by really good tenants, so we're still on our own for apartments. Found another option in Costa Mesa, they take kitties with claws, just an extra deposit (no pet rent). But the 1 bedroom + den, 1 1/2 bath, is about $1300, so still a little pricey. *sigh* I think I'm going to have to accept that the apartment we want is in the $1300-$1400 range, and we're just going to have to figure out how to make that work. A few less toys, more dining in, but we can do it. If I want to budget the "bonus" money in, it's not a problem at all, but just in case those bonuses aren't paid, I don't want them in my financing plan.
It's just a lot of work.