So, I have not found my new place yet, BUT:
I have found two possible places in Al@meda, which is not further North, as I'd hoped, but is an awesome community in which I do already know a couple people. And it's not much more of a drive than what I have now, which is about 20-25 minutes (without traffic). It's interesting to me that they are both in Al@meda... I've been looking there periodically but was finding most places in Berke1ey.
I am in the process of setting a time - hopefully this weekend - to see the first option: a large, furnished room in an historic house with a huge backyard and hardwood floors. I would be living with an accomplished 60-year-old puppeteer (she has Disney credits) and holistic health teacher. She had great energy on the phone and called me "honey," which was endearing.
The second place, which I am going to see Monday evening after work, would be living with my InterPl@y teacher, J, in a place that also has a great doggie-friendly yard. Actually, he would not be there consistently because he often stays at his boyfriend's. On the one hand, this is great, but on the other hand, it mirrors my current situation in many ways, and I would like to have more connection time spent with my housemate(s). I think he and his boyfriend would likely move in together within a few months to a year, however, at which point I could find another housemate. J is a great guy - fun and kind and communicative - yet, he is an extravert and an actor who brings a lot of energy to the table. As I have shared, I am an introvert, and so I appreciate low-key, quiet time, as well as space to share back and forth in a mutual way. Who knows, though? I've only known him in one context, plus he would be gone a lot.
Both places are in my extended higher range of rent at about $1000. But remember how I said maybe I could earn more money through my c@reer counseling? Well, in a bolt of synchronicity, I received free website assistance from an awesome community organization that gives technical work experience/internships to young people and, as part of that process, was prompted to create a business page on FB. A couple of you already saw this because you "friended" my new page - thank you! It's under "N@vigating Tr@nsitions C@reer Counse1ing" spelled normally, if you want to check it out. So, maybe my business is about to increase! May it be so! Anyway, I am sure I will know a lot more about the two housing options once I see them, and I will keep you posted!
In yet more good news, my housemate and I had a difficult but good conversation, and we negotiated my move-out date to the end of September! Yay! This takes a lot of the pressure off and, fingers crossed, I won't need to stay with my friend. My housemate's packing and transition to living in his new wife's (now "their") house in S@cramento is taking longer than he thought it might. And he still has a lot of work to do on this house, some of which they will be doing over Labor Day weekend. So, once I reassured him that I had options and could stay with a friend if need be, he felt more comfortable agreeing to a longer transition time. What an awesome guy, right! Though I may end up moving sooner if the first house works out, because she really wants someone in there at the beginning of September.
This post is becoming super long, but I did want to give the final piece of good news that my class started off very well! And guess what? All my students are over 18-years-old! And my class size is 18 versus 28! Hallelujah! I imagine I'll need to teach the youngsters again in the future, but this semester, to my surprise, I was not given the section with mostly high school freshmen. I. am. so. grateful.
Off to see the movie, "B@yhood" with Ew@n Mcgregor and P@tricia Arquette. Such an interesting concept - have you seen it? Hope your weekends are happy ones!