Today, I went and looked at two more apartments, and one of them was the "good-enough apartment" that I was looking for. One bedroom, has a nice little dining room, three closets, ceiling fans in the living room, dining room, and bedroom. The view isn't quite as entertaining as my present apartment, but there will be far fewer howling sirens. And, since the lease begins on August 17, I have two weeks to colonize the new apartment at a somewhat leisurely pace. All of this makes me a very happy camper.
The place even has hardwood floors! I think the living room is big enough that we could still sing there, especially if some of the bookcases end up in the dining room and the bedroom to make space for more seating in the living room. The kitchen isn't quite as grand as my current one, but, hey, that's why it's the "good-enough" apartment.
But the most important thing is that I will not be homeless at the end of the month, and that's really a load off.
Plus, a pre-grad-school financial scheme has worked. Soon, I will be She Who Has Paid Off Her Student Loans, and I'll collect a sweet check in the bargain. Life is looking up.