The ground is saturated. So much so, that it's coming up through the concrete in the crawlspace beneath the house, and the first step from the garage is literally soaked. We had maintenance from the management company around to look at it, and he left the evaporator for us to keep it dry, but it rained again last night and in less than 6 hours, the stairs are soaked again. They say it's a structural thing, that the poor design of the house has led to faulty drainage and that this isn't a new problem for this property. It would've been nice to know that before we leased.
I'm *really* glad we don't own this house, and now I'm even more eager to start looking around again. Craig and I have been talking about the advantages of being in a house rather than a townhouse, and since I have more time to look, we decided to see what might be available. Our lease is up in May, but we're only going to move if I can find something at least as good as this one. Who knows what we'll find?
I've decided to do the private LJ for my original fiction and will get that launched this weekend. I've checked what I can on the copyright issues and as long as a) I'm paranoid about who I friend for it, and b) get it down before I start submitting it anywhere, I think I'm OK. Thank you so much to everyone for your thoughts and concerns; I appreciate all of them!