Thursday, February 10, 2011
Need some peace and quiet? Come to Linda-land!
Look, I know damn well that I'm the fussiest pain in the ass that ever walked the planet; if I were queen, I would behead someone for breathing too loud. So you can imagine this Black Ops is driving me positively crazy. (Short trip.)
Hmmmm... You know what I haven't told you yet? You know how I'm 53 and I had my kids when I was 20 and 21, which would make them in their early 30s? Well, Mike had his first kid when he was 37, was 42 for the second, and 46 when the youngest was born. That's right--two of his kids are younger than my grandson. God bless us. I've never mentioned them because they're simply not my kids to talk about. They're adorable and I truly love them, but between Black Ops going 24/7 and the fact that I have the baseline patience of John McEnroe in five o'clock traffic, sometimes I need to get away from it all.
And so I've come up with a solution. Your pal Linda Lou found a little crash pad. Yep, I went back to the apartment complex I lived in for 7 years before I went back East this summer and I got myself a cute little 1 BR; my retreat from the chaos. Now don't read too much into this; Mike and I are not breaking up over a freakin' video game. I'm still going to live with him, but as I mentioned in an earlier post, the house he's in now is temporary and although it's like 2400 sq. ft., the layout is weird and sometimes there's no place for me to go if I just want to sit and read a magazine in peace.
But now I will create a glorious Linda-land, just down the road. I absolutely loved my old apartment, and this one is just as adorable, but much smaller (780 sq. ft.). Like my old place, I have an amazing view of the entire Las Vegas valley--look at all the windows!
This Strip is in the distance, but you can't tell from the picture. Here it is at night.
I just started moving boxes from my storage unit on Monday and after 9 months, it's so good to see my stuff again. Look, I found my Loretta Lynn nail clippers! You know you've made it when your image graces personal hygiene items, right?
Of course, during Purgefest 2010 I got rid of tons of crap (that I don't miss), and I'd love to say I'm now down to the essentials, but I think I can purge a little more. Quite honestly, I could sit in an empty room with nothing but my rocks and decorations and be very happy just to enjoy the precious, precious peace.
My little bit of heaven is super cute (they painted, put in new carpeting and vinyl flooring, and let's not forget the two pools and hot tubs) and it's only $700 a month. This got me thinking--wouldn't it be a great idea for a bunch of mothers and step-mothers (or fathers and step-fathers) to chip in together for a little getaway like this? "Honey, I'm going to the clubhouse." You could stock the fridge with beer and wine and maybe have a pool table... the possibilities are endless! Seriously, how brilliant am I?
Today I leave for Idaho to see Mom and Step-daddy (and kick their senior asses in Scrabble), but I'm really looking forward to putting Linda-land together when I get back. It's going to be fun--I'll keep you posted!