So it begins!
Welcome to my shiny new blog!
My name is Ashley. I’m a twenty-something living in a small town in New England, where my boyfriend of 6 years and I recently bought our first home! It was back in October, before we moved in, and before the never-ending stress that leads up to closing on a house, that I actually decided to start this blog. But of course, real life got in the way (it has a way of doing that, doesn’t it?), and a hectic six months later I’m finally getting around to doing something about it!
Some brief background: Boyfriend (who I will refer to as “T” from this point on) and I moved in together after 3 years of dating, a few months after we graduated from college. Our apartment was…tiny. Don’t get me wrong, it was perfect for our first-apartment needs, but 2 years into our stay there we realized it was time to move on to bigger things. We did the rounds on Craigslist and the local papers, checking out larger apartments nearby. But with mortgage rates ridiculously low, a definite buyer’s market, and the knowledge that we were both in this relationship for the long haul, we started exploring the possibility of buying a home instead.
And now here we are, a year and a half-ish later, bona-fide homeowners in a house that is absolutely perfect for us!
Now, first-time home ownership is nothing if not a learning experience, and that’s exactly what I intend for this blog to be about. I hope you’ll read along as we fumble our way through home improvement projects, get used to living in the country, and overall try to get this home ownership thing right. I don’t (and won’t) pretend that I’m an expert on any of the topics I write about – most of you reading will probably know just as much (if not a whole lot more!) than me, but I do know that I’m going to have fun learning and sharing!