Thursday, September 18, 2014
For days, we've been warned about this BIG hurricane Odile that was going to flood the city. We've been getting tips on preparing for floods, stores have been selling sandbags, we even had meteorologists coming in to report on the storm.
Everyone was buckling down for this massive soaker.
Well, long story short, our regular monsoons deliver more rain and cause more flooding. The storm turned so all we got was a mild misting. There wasn't even enough rain to cause puddles in the streets.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Every time I hear someone bitterly say, “Just eat less and exercise more” I always think, ‘if it were just that easy…’ Stress is such a huge factor in weight loss. It’s easy to lose weight when everything is smooth and right with the world. But try it when you’re stressed out and living in chaos.
Before August, I was worrying about my apartment. It’s cheap, close to everywhere I want to be, and I’ve never had a real problem finding a roommate. However, over the years the management company’s care for the building has plummeted. They stopped sending out exterminators, the repair work is ridiculously unprofessional at best, and don’t get me started on their sloppy record keeping.
I finally reached a point where I just couldn’t take it anymore. I was actually concerned about my health, living in that place. For example, I’d reported a leak in my roof (actually I reported it several times) but they just let it go. Finally the leak caused part of my ceiling to cave in. It took them a month for me calling and nagging before they got around to fixing it; and when they did, the work was so shoddy it looked like a 4 year old had done it. However, my concern was there was no discussion of mold abatement. Not too long after my bathroom floor started caving in due to a leak in the toilet they never bothered to fix. Again the work was shockingly shoddy and they topped it off by saying it was not the leaking toilet that was the problem, but rather our “showering wrong”. Well, I finally had enough.
So I decided to move. I found a cute little house, only a hundred dollars more a month. Big back yard. My roommate decided to move with me. It was going to be great.
The first day, my roommate’s car battery died. So I had to help her get a new one. Which meant the entire task was more or less dumped onto me. I had to tell her were to go, what to ask for. I had to carry the battery, I had to put it in the car. Etc. Which ate up the whole day.
The second day, she helped move 5 boxes, then took a nap. When I got back from my fourth load, I found her weeping about her college major. So I had to stop and help console her. Then she got on the phone with her parents, and spent the next four hours discussing her plans to switch majors while I continued to packed and moved.
The third day, she did help. But I had to tell her exactly what to do, where to go, and what to move.
The fourth day, she had work and school, so I was stuck taking time off work, hiring the Uhaul truck, hiring a handyman to help me, and moving everything on my own. She promised to help pay for half of those costs, but has since forgotten that arrangement. She’s now pleading poverty and can’t afford to pay.
The day after we moved in, I discovered that rather than transferring the water to my name the water company had shut it off instead. So no swamp-cooler, no shower, no toilet. I was stuck buying gallons of water for bathing and drinking, which again she couldn’t afford to help buy but was more than willing to use.
I had to take more time off work to go to the water company to show them that I was not the previous tenant who’d skipped out on the bill. It took them two days to get the water back on.
Then I spent the next week cleaning and unpacking everything. Anytime my roommate would help, she’d end up putting filthy dishes away with clean one’s or just pushing things into random cupboards without any thought (I found the iron in with the pots and pans and the dirty mop bucket put away with the clean dishes).
Finally, I had things in some semblance of order and my roommate discovered our internet still was not working. So she has been complaining to me, non-stop about her inability to access Youtube. I keep telling her that on the list of things I have to do, getting her access to cartoons on Youtube is not a priority; in fact, I would like to cancel the internet, seen as how I don’t use it at home.
I have told her that if she wants to take the incentive and figure out what’s wrong with the wifi, go for it. But instead she just wants to complain to me and ask when I’m going to fix it.
Then today, I finally managed to schedule the gas company to come out so we can have a hot water heater and stove again. I had to take a half day off from work. When the man arrived, he ran a test on the line and discovered there’s a leak in the pipe, between the meter and the house.
Luckily there’s a promotion they are running where they will move the meter to the house for free, which should take care of my problem. But I have to wait for my landlord to approve it. So no hot water.
And to top it all off, I got a notice from my former slumlords, telling me I’m behind with September’s rent. Apparently, “Um, I don’t live there anymore”, doesn’t calculate to “I’m not paying you rent anymore” in their world. So I get to deal with that.
And I had my roommate asking me this morning if, “While you’re waiting for the gasman, are you going to call Cox about the internet?”
All these added up to a 10lbs gain in two weeks. That’s just not fair. It will take me five weeks to lose that much.
I keep telling myself, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” But I’m reminded that there’s no guarantee you’ll survive it to get to the making you stronger, part.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I moved into my new place a week and a half ago; and when I moved I requested that they transfer the internet over. Well it’s still not working. I figure there’s something wrong with the cable line, but I just haven’t had the time, money, or interest in having someone come out to check it.
Truly, I’ve been too busy settling in to notice there’s no access. I have a stack of DVDs and a radio, so I’m not really missing Youtube. And Facebook is just a complete waste of my time. And all the other sites just annoy me anyway.
It has me thinking, ‘what if I just don’t fix the internet?’ What if I just cancel it instead? No monthly bill, more free time. That doesn’t seem bad to me.
The only hitch in this plan is my roommate. She is addicted to Youtube. She will put a movie on Netflix and then she will put her earbuds in and watch cartoons on Youtube, all at the same time.
She is a student, and she has online classes. So there is a legitimate need for her to access the internet. However, she works for the university and has told me that she gets to work 2 hours early so she can “relax” in the study room.
So I think perhaps she could use her time more wisely and get her work done during that 2 hour window every day, while she has access to the internet in the study room. Then she can use her time at home to relax. (You would think with all the time she “needs” to relax she would be the most stressed out person alive.)
It sounds a bit heartless, but in truth, she only uses the home internet to watch Youtube videos and read Anime forums. Both are things that would not be a crisis if she couldn’t do anymore, and if she didn’t have those she might actually go outside, where there are people, and make friends; something she really lacks.
Also, because I work full time and she's a student, she just pays a flat rate and I take up whatever's left. Which means we aren't really splitting the bills 50/50. And with the addition of gas and water bills, I'm paying even more. So I figure if she's the only one using the internet she can start paying for it.
I haven’t made a decision yet. For now, I’m just holding steady, not fixing or canceling the internet, just letting things be. If in Oct. she hasn’t taken the initiative to fix it herself, then I will cancel it.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
Got to my new home last night and discovered that the water company had disconnected the water, rather then transferring it to my name. So no shower, no toilet, but most importantly No Swamp-cooler. It was 97 degrees yesterday (which is rather cool for Tucson this time of year). Still it was so hot, my poor cats were panting all night.
Called the water company and was told there is nothing they can do tonight, but I can call customer care in the morning.
Called customer care this morning and was told if I can bring the lease (which I wasn't going to sign until Sat) to them by 5pm today, they can have my water on TOMORROW!
Called the person with the lease to ask if I can come by today, thank goodness she could schedule me in and took yet MORE time off from my extremely understanding boss.
Then, I called my roommate to come get me so we can go get the lease, which flustered the girl beyond belief. I had to walk her through how to come pick me up, where to pick me up, etc. Which frustrated me, further.
Then my cell phone died. GOODIE.
Plus, I was in such a rush this morning, and my life is chaos since the move, I totally forgot about breakfast, snacks, and lunch. So I'm STARVING and "hangry".
You know, I brought flowers to the new place as a hockey, good luck thing...it didn't work.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
I spent a week in Portland, doing so much walking my shins were killing me.
I got home on Wednesday and on Saturday I found a new apartment and spent the next 3 days packing and moving a two bedroom apartment, nearly entirely on my own (my roommate kinda helped, a little; and I hired a guy to help with the really heavy lifting).
That's a second floor apartment; two beds, two couches, a huge entertainment center, including a MASSIVE TV, and about 10 million boxes of books and knick-knacks.
I am covered in bruises, exhausted, and I have at least a week's worth of unpacking ahead of me.
But I'm stronger today then I was two weeks ago.
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