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July 22nd, 2004

This is a picture taken with my camera phone of the unfinished building that is housing my new soap studio. Yep, the soap is officially MOVING OUT and we are reclaiming our apartment. More accurately, we are also moving to a smaller, less expensive apartment.

I still think this is totally bogus: we are paying market rate (or even slightly ABOVE market rate, I’ve looked at the listings, once you add in parking) for our 2 bedroom apartment in a Housing Authority of Portland rent-controlled building. The rent here is supposed to be CHEAPER, since the building is for low-income people. Also add in our hideous power bill just to keep the place warm, and it is ridiculously expensive to live in this “low-income” housing.

We are looking for a nice little 1 bedroom or even a cute studio (we’re downsizing here, in an effort to get rid of the STUFF we’ve accumulated in five and a half years) in NW. We have until September to find something, since that’s when I start paying rent on the soap studio.

The soap studio is going to be THE BEST THING EVER. It’s going to be totally bare when we get the keys, so we can paint it, build whatever shelving we want, install a mini-dishwasher and a mini-fridge (for the milk, of course, that goes in the soap), as well as a desk for the big Xerox printer and a small computer. The plan is for both of us to get laptops (not all at once though) and DH is going to start running his business out of the space as well. He just needs a little desk space and a corner for stacking computer parts. He might also set up wireless for the building and we’ll sell internet access to our neighbors… apparently that’s how it’s done in the other ActivSpace buildings. Some entreprenurial sort sets it up and starts billing. Cool.

I absolutely cannot wait.

Posted by Claire at 11:47 AM | Soap Habit | Comments (3) | Tweet This Post

3 Responses to “Studio”

  1. Shelley says:

    Ooh, congrats!!!!

  2. Violet says:

    Hello! I was researching the ActivSpace buildings and ran across your blog. I was wondering if you are still in the space and how you like it. Thanks much for a moment of your time!

  3. Claire says:

    Hi Violet – hopefully you’ll come back to read this :) I have moved downstairs into a larger space I’m sharing with a friend. So far I’ve been very happy with the space (both the old and new). The company Activspace leaves a bit to be desired, but no worse than other landlords I suppose…

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