So I canceled my plans with Tim Tuesday morning via e-mail. Usually I wouldn't cancel plans the day of or via e-mail, but we had only communicated through e-mail and the plans were just to meet at a church service and grab dinner. He called me that evening and very aggressively insisted that we see each other again before I moved. I explained that I was just feeling swamped with wrapping up my job here, receiving calls/e-mails from my new job, finding an apartment, etc. and didn't need anything else on my plate. Unfortunately I caved and agreed to have coffee in two weeks just to get off the phone with him. His insistence and failure to respect what I was saying confirmed my decision to not pursue anything else with him.
In other news, I'm looking for a place to live this Saturday in Chattanooga. If you have any suggestions or thoughts, I welcome them. Fortunately I have friends who moved there a year ago, so today she gave me a good overview of different areas. Unfortunately some of the nicer places do not seem to have websites, so I'm having to do a lot calling/setting up appointments, etc.
It seems I can live right in the center of "things" in a very nice loft/apartment and be able to walk to restaurants, bars, grocery stores, etc. if I am willing to pay an extra $150-$250 in rent and add 8-10 minutes to my commute. I could also have a two bedroom for $50 more than a one bedroom in this area. Right now I'm thinking I should take the more expensive option and enjoy living in-town and walking everywhere. After all one of the things I miss about Europe is the ability to walk everywhere, and I think it'd help me feel more excited about the move. Of course, I like the idea of keeping my fixed expenses low too. Decisions, decisions:) Hopefully looking around on Saturday will help me figure out the best option.
p.s. I'm thankful that my eight year old niece is coming to stay with me next week. Fun!