Anyway, the upshot of all this is that we'll be getting that apartment in May (the 15th) instead of in August. We actually went and signed the lease on a place the other day, at the Citadel on Lees Avenue. Lots closer to downtown and school (well, my school - it's not that much closer to hers), aside from all its other advantages.
We're both looking forward to this with a fair bit more enthusiasm than is probably healthy, but there you go. I know I never quite settled back into living at home after my mother came back. It will be....calming to have a measure of my independence back.