Archive for April, 2009

Big Freaking Deal!!

April 25, 2009 - 1:08 am 4 Comments

So tonight my mom bought my birthday present, which is a little bit odd, as my birthday isn’t until October. But if she didn’t buy them now, I would miss it by then. So… on June 16th my mom and I are going to see the 1996 original Broadway cast of RENT! I want to pee myself.

I miss having a computer, a lot, but it’s causing me to kind of step back, and find other things to do with my time, and that has been a good thing. I basically just check my email at work, and that is about it. I feel so out of the online loop, though, only getting online a couple of times a week.

Tonight Joe is spending the night. I’m at my mom’s doing laundry and then I’m gonna go get him from the Grandma’s. Should be a busy weekend.

Checking in:

April 19, 2009 - 7:39 pm 1 Comment

So I’ve lived in the new apartment for a week now, and so far I’m really liking it. There are a couple of kinks being worked out, such as the fact that Klondike really can be quite a barker when left alone, but other things that I thought would be problematic really weren’t.

The hardest thing about living on my own and paying rent and utilities is that I’m still trying to get my other finances in order. This month is proving to be especially challenging as I try to get my car fixed, emissions test done, and tabs renewed. Additionally, rent, which will usually come out of my first check of the month will this time come out of my last check of this month. That makes it pretty much impossible to get my tabs renewed before the end of this month, at which point they will be expired. Additionally, once I eventually pass the emissions test, I will be unable to renew them until I track down one or more unpaid parking tickets from when I was working in Seattle and pay them off. Awesome. So I’m pretty stressed. It helps to remember, though, that as stressed as I am, and as tight as money is, it would be worse if I hadn’t gotten my raise. So eventually it will all be okay.

Grocery shopping was easier than I thought it would be. I spent quite a bit up front, but less than some, and I shouldn’t have to spend as much out of this paycheck, as I still mostly have a full kitchen. Well, full for one person!

I love my neighborhood. I am in “the historic North Tacoma neighborhood, minutes from downtown,” according to the brochures outside my building. I am within walking distance of the main branch of the Tacoma library system, which is three stories. I am within walking distance of Wright Park, which boasts shaded walking and running trails, picnic tables, and the arboretum and the manuscript museum, both of which are free. There is an independent movie theater nearby, and I am within walking distance of my favorite bars and restaurants. A walk downtown to antique row is entirely feasible. So there is lots to do for very little cash.

My apartment is the perfect size for Klondike and I, and we are adapting nicely. We take many walks a day, and his potty training issues are non existent. I was really worried about that, but he is doing so well. He loves going on walks around our block, securing the perimeter. He does not like being crated during the day while I am at work, because he has to wear a muzzle, but I can’t have him barking for 9.5 hours, so he makes do.

He’s become much more cuddly than he used to. He likes to curl up in my lap while we watch DVDs from my collection, Netflix, and most recently, the library.

I LOVE cooking for myself. And I’m losing weight, slowly, which is the best way (I never thought I’d hear myself say that!) because it’s easier to maintain. It’s all those walks and eating in that’s doing it.

I’m at my mom’s for the day to do laundry. The thought of using the laundry facilities at my apartment building still kind of creeps me out. I don’t like having to talk to people. And I don’t like the idea of leaving my laundry down there without me. So, you know. Plus? If I’m gonna be here anyway, her laundry is free.

Being alone is a challenge. I’m learning I don’t have as many good friends as I thought I did. But the ones I have are so worth it, so I guess that’s okay.

Anyway, sorry so long, but I still have no internet connection and a broken laptop. Everyone has all these suggestions, but the fact is I can’t afford a new one, and I’m enjoying this unwired feeling. I do have access via the library, but those keyboards are atrocious to type on!

I hate the world.

April 11, 2009 - 1:18 am No Comments

And moving. I hate moving.

EVERYTHING that could go wrong today?

It has.

And I have no idea what I’m going to do about a computer, so I’m just ignoring the problem for now.

I was planning on posting a nice, detailed post while I waited to go sign the lease, but I do NOT have it in me.

I just want this to be OVER.

Thanks for that.

April 10, 2009 - 12:22 am 1 Comment

My computer monitor is dead. I hate that.

When I am not mad at my computer for dying, I’ll give a moving update post.

That’s more detailed than I’m signing the lease tomorrow, and moving on Saturday.

I’m telling myself it wouldn’t have mattered. I wasn’t going to have the internet anyway.

But that’s a lie. Internet or not, it soooo matters.

The newest addition to our family:

April 8, 2009 - 2:21 am No Comments

This is Zero. She is such a sweet girl, posing for you all!
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Aw, she’s already grown tired of constantly having my camera in her face. Lol, at least she doesn’t run away like Klondike! Doesn’t she look so coy here?
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She’s so nonchalant.
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Some current favorites:

April 7, 2009 - 5:05 am No Comments

This movie:
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I have watched it countless times since Chris brought it home for me. I have a love/hate relationship with the books, but I love everything about this movie! Alice’s hair, Edward, Charlie (who oddly enough resembles my exboyfriend Matt, who I dated for two months senior year), Jasper’s cocky grin during the baseball scene. Just last night I discovered the extended scenes, and about peed myself. Yeah. It’s pathetic.

This song:

It’s so catchy. I basically have had it stuck in my head off and on since Saturday.

So something wonderful happened today at the place of employment, and money is a little bit less of a worry than it once was. This is exciting. I finally feel at peace with my decision to move out. This is going to be a good thing.

I go and sign the lease on Thursday, and my dad and I are picking up the U-Haul on Saturday at noon. My goal is to get most of the stuff at the house moved over there Thursday and Friday evening, so all that is really left on Saturday is the storage unit, and my dresser, which is too heavy for me to deal with if we can use a van. This time next week I’ll be at home. My home.

Also, someone at work offered to fix my TV for me. Joe’s rat ate through the cord, but this guy says it will be really easy to fix. Awesome. I just need to get it in the car tomorrow.

I’m really lucky.

First (warm) day of spring goes like this:

April 6, 2009 - 3:02 am 1 Comment

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So Richard pointed out that I haven’t taken any pictures in awhile, and I realized he’s right.  I used to carry my camera with me everywhere, all the time.  I still do, but I couldn’t remember the last time I took any pictures.  Do you all realize that the last time I went to Nashville I didn’t take a single picture at all?  So anyway, here you are, assaulted with a picture post.  :P

Today was so warm.  I mean, it was sunny yesterday, but a little chilly.  Today I wore the spring top I made myself, and I brought a sweater outside, but it was so warm I didn’t need it.  I had to make a quick trip to Nini’s to return her cake stand, and when I got back home the thought of going inside depressed me, but I didn’t really feel like going anywhere either.  I pulled a blanket out of my trunk, along with my ipod, my book (Eclipse, now) and my McDonald’s Sweet Tea, and relaxed to read a little bit.  It was pretty warm, though, and I think I did more sleeping than reading!

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I turned the camera on Chris, who looks really tall when he towers over you like this!

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And he took this uber flattering picture of me!  Ha, not so much.

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My mom basically just read her book and ignored me.

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Eventually we packed up our stuff, and Chris headed off for Nerf Wars.  Mom and I picked up Grandma and drove to the airport to pick up Joe, who has spent his spring break in California visiting his mom, and the rest of his family of course.  I know he had fun, but it was so good to have him back.  I missed him lots.

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And the best part about his visit home was that he got to bring his dog, Zero, back with him!  When he moved up here a year and a half ago he had to leave Zero behind, so I know he’s really glad to have her here.  So far she seems somewhat uneasy with Bella, but her and Klondike are good friends.  Joe and I took the two of them for a long walk at McCormick Creek Park, and the had a blast.  She hasn’t met Phoebe yet.

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Anyway, the downside to picture posts is that I don’t write as well.  But oh well.  I’m tired, and you all got pictures.  And now I’m going to watch Twilight.  Again.  WTF?

(edit: Phoebe met Zero.  And promptly jumped on top of her and tried to bite her head off.  So the two of them will not be alone together for awhile.)

The BBC Book List Meme

April 5, 2009 - 2:30 am No Comments

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.
Instructions:
1) Bold those you have read most or all of.

2) Italicize those you’ve read only pieces of

3) Add a ‘#’ to those you were supposed to have read in school, but didn’t
. (I don’t have any of these; I didn’t waste my education that way.)
4) Underline the ones you LOVE.

5) Set small those you plan on reading.

6) Set large those you did not read, but saw the movie!

7) Strikethrough
those you really didn’t like. 8) Tally your total at the bottom.

  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Bible
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  • His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • Complete Works of Shakespeare
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  • Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Middlemarch by George Elliot
  • Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  • Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Housseini
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Atonement by Ian McEwing
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martell
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas
  • On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Midnight’s Children by Salmon Rushdie
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  • Germinal by Emile Zola
  • Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thakeray
  • Possession by AS Byatt
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Madam Bovary by Gustav Flaubert
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • Charlotte’s Web by EB White
  • The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton
  • #Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad#
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de St-Exupery
  • The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo


Total Read Completely:  38
Total Read Partially:6
#Total Supposed To Read, But Didn’t#: 1
Total Loved: 23
Total Want To Read: 8
Total Just The Movie: 6
Total Read But Hated: 7

Hmm, well it was much more than 6!  Looks like I have some reading to do.  Some of these books I haven’t heard of yet, so the Want To Read might actually be higher.

Hmm.

April 5, 2009 - 1:23 am 1 Comment

I’m going to give myself an ulcer as I waver back and forth about whether I feel like this whole moving business is something that I am capable of doing.  I’m terrified, in case you were interested.  Terrified.

Terrified.

So I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve been really atrocious at commenting on your guys blogs ever since I started using Google Reader.  My goal is to change that, and comment on every blog post that is written.  So yeah.  Something to work on.  At least until I lose my internet anyway.  :P

Things I should probably do before I move out:

April 4, 2009 - 9:27 pm No Comments

Balance my checkbook. I kind of let it slack a bit this month.  I’ve been really good up until now, and I’m 90% certain I’m not overdrawn, as I am compulsively checking my balance and saving receipts.  I just need to stop using the card until everything levels off.

Rent a moving van. I don’t know.  Is this something you need to reserve ahead of time?  Might be a good idea.  Also need to set up a time for my dad to come help me on Saturday.

Pack up my book case and DVDs. Basically anything I won’t be using in the next week.  Make it that much easier next Saturday.

Buy stuff I will need for the apartment that isn’t going to go bad. So, you know, not food.  More like toiletries, cleaning supplies and toilet paper.

Do my laundry while I can still do it for free. I’m just saying….

Get my car into the shop for my diagnostic. This month is not only spend a crapton of money moving out month, it’s also spend another crapton of money getting the car fixed so it will pass the emissions test and I can get new tabs month.

I think that’s it.

I’m scared.  Can you tell?  When I’m scared I make lists.  It’s how I gain control.

Seriously.  I know that if I just stop spending excess money, do this all smart, and ask for help with decision making when I need it I will be just fine.  My head knows this.

It’s the rest of me that’s being a big baby.