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Heading to NYC this weekend. Whee! Nervous, but looking forward to big walking plans (& joining the Barnarders).

After a conversation with Joanthon re kisses, looked up old LJ posts & reflected on what's the same/different since then.  It's been a long time!
Am encouraging aforementioned jweiss to grow his beard. It's looking good!

Brandeis reunion is coming up soon. I am looking forward to it, but starting to worry a little if I will enjoy the weekend.

Somervaudeville was tons of fun! (And Justin is astoundingly multi-talented)

Recently received a pair of touchingly whole-hearted compliments --- one "earned", when I was hospitable to a friend's friend, and "unearned", when a friend at Somervaudeville randomly told me that "everyone thinks you're wonderful".
("everyone thinks I'm wonderful"??? when I hear this, I can't take it seriously --- it sounds like a character description in a poorly-written short story. But... YAY -- making good impressions! I want to!              Eventually she convinced me she's not bullshitting me. "When I have to mention you to someone: 'you know her, she's blah blah blah', 'Oh, her! She's wonderful.'")

It is BEDTIME.

My new upstairs neighbors so far have been pretty good. Good feelings between us.  I think they do laundry EVERY NIGHT, though. I really need to figure out if the drier is on my electric bill or not.  Also need to get a key to the back door.  I'm adapting to the packed-full driveway (once again), but it's more annoying than I expected having to bring my bike in & out via the other-side lawn.

 
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Public Service Annoucement: I have finally reduced (hopefully eliminated) the death-trap nature of my front room, by installing a nonslip pad under the cotton area rug. Visit in safety!
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Tonight was a monthly socialize & network thingy at a bar in downtown Boston. One of my ex-coworkers had mentioned it, and I ran into him Monday and asked about it. Timing: it was the next night!
I was intending most likely to go, but not quite sure (since I wasn't sure how well I'd fit in if it's mostly a crowd of MBAs). In the end, printing up a sheet of business cards (a task I thought would be quick and good to do beforehand) ended up taking forever. I got caught up in figuring out why the spacing was messing up, and before I knew it, it was too late to get there more than a half-hour before the end. So I punted.

There was a free sneak preview/premiere of A Scanner Darkly Sunday at Brandeis. I meant to go, but oops.
I heard about it from an email list of a student club I'm still on. I probably ought to de-subscribe since they generally do me no good... but every so often there's something cool like this! Or like this would have been had I not forgotten what day of the week it was.

Also didn't do any dishes. I might just go do some now, before bed though. I have a spiffy new dish drying rack -- "extra large"!
The worst part about doing dishes here (no dishwasher) is having to stop because the drying rack fills up. This happened frustratingly rapidly, so I could never get a good rhythym going. Hence, extra large.
The best part has been when [livejournal.com profile] brass_rat does some for me. :-D

Oh yeah, and seriously, what is up with the stingy trays under dish driers? In most designs, your cups are supposed to extend beyond the edges of the drier proper, but the tray is never ample enough to catch their drips!
I would love to buy a tray, just the tray, that is large enough to cover my whole sink-side counter area. Does anyone have a suggestion of where to find this? I want it to have a slant in it and a small rim on all but one side, like a normal drying tray, but be about 22 inches wide (along the draining edge). Length could be anywhere from 22 to 30 inches.
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So the vacuum-a-fication of my house is complete. Homefully it is now de-allergen-ified enough that Jeraliey-Danielle, jweiss, or other dust-allergic visitors to my house will not get all snuffly.

ALSO, I was so all inspired by getting stuff done, that today I finally installed handles on the cabinets that lacked them. (For some reason, only one set of kitchen drawers had handles. Conversely, a set of cabinet doors lacked them. These are, I hasten to add, totally different-sized handles.) That was awesome.
Then I kept going and added handles to the drawers too. Ideally, I should counter-sink the screwheads, so the drawer-faces can be flush with the drawers, but I lack the tool for that. Need a larger drill bit.

Of course all this added new saw-dust to my freshly de-dust-ified back room. But luckily, I wasn't returning the borrowed vacuum cleaner to [livejournal.com profile] brass_rat until tonight. :-)

It also came in handy when I decimated a giant box of mostly-paper junk. This box had been accumulating for years, so every few layers revealed a new dust-coating.

cleaning TMI )

Even better, while I was accomplishing this, I got a call back from a Framingham company to set up an interview for Monday.

Oh, yes, and I will be leading services tonight with Adene.
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chairs, chairs, chairs-chairs chairs! (actually only 4, but they are the nice wooden kind I was looking for, and now I can give back your folding chairs, [livejournal.com profile] navraze and [livejournal.com profile] enochs_fable)
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the people selling the weird, gold, sleeper chair wrote me that they dropped the price.

I like the idea of a mattress-concealing piece of furniture that does not take up as much space as a sofa or loveseat in the back room... but in its open configuration, this chair seems to loom creepily over the sleeper. Hear *SNIKT* and the top snaps down?
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I spent the weekend in Northampton, raided my folks' furniture, collected my electric kettle, celebrated Rebecca W's birthday, and cleaned my old bedroom.

There was a box of dorm-room junk I'd been wanting to get rid of for a long time. But it was so big (and my honestly spacious room so crowded with this and other unused piles & boxes) that I had not felt able to tackle in in any of my always-too-brief overnights home -- it would be worse to leave the task mid-process than not to start.    
Well, this time Hebrew School was cancelled for OMG-SNOW*, and I didn't feel like I had to rush for Monday eithier. So I started -- and rapidly finished -- the Box. Reduced it into a tiny clutter of still-good things to give away, a big pile of clothes for my dad to donate (I'd entirely forgotten there were even any clothes in there in the first place!), and one small bag's worth of things to keep. I feel accomplished! This is one major step towards my goal of making the room useful to my parents again.


Now I am in the old apartment (the middle apartment), where I still have internet. I dropped of the car load from Noho into the new, downstairs, place. I want to collect my last loads of stuff out of here this afternoon, but it's hard for me to figure out where to start... Will just have to start somewhere

Birthday party to be on weekend after my birthday.

*and the snow amount... about 3 inches in northampton, at the most. rather disappointing. I hear it was more, in Boston?
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I HAVE MY APARTMENT!!

yaaay!!


I will be living by myself in the well-proportioned downstairs apartment of the building I previously inhabited. I move in starting immediately, and hope to be settled by mid next week. Birthday party at my place!

I should be looking for moving helpers soon. (But not on the weekend -- I'll be west.)
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I have keys now! To the front door as well as the basement (which the landlord didn't realize I still have the key to from when he didn't collect them as we moved out upstairs).

Lease is still not signed :-( -- I'm practically shaking with want-to-get-it-doneness everytime I think of it. But I have an appointment (another one -- and this time with a pre-set time) with him to do this tomorrow 8:30am.

I really want to get the papers signed, because until I do, I'm not going to start collecting help to pack and or move stuff. And I want to do this!

Now that I have keys, I'm not worried about him changing his mind or something on me. I trust it'll play out as I want. But I'm not willing to jump the gun with organized moving. Which is inconvenient because if it had been signed Monday as I'd first been thinking, tomorrow was the day for which I was going to ask for moving help.


I went into the apartment today, with the keys and verbal permission, and spent an hour or two measuring all the walls and crowing mine! mine!.

toys R me

Jan. 24th, 2006 01:09 am
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broke the barrier & had successful plans with my old friend matt
those plans included speed scrabble (syzygy) which inspired me to finally go buy my own set. i could play it solitare! visited the going-out-of-business Toys R Us to do so.

I haven't been in a Toys R Us since probably 4th grade? so i'm all out of touch with it, and maybe this was a bad sample, since it was part way thru a going out of business clearance sale, but i was kind of frightened by the set of goods there. specifically how everything but everything in the games section seemed to be a tie-in product to a tv show/character or movie. Narnia Statego, Dora the Explora Candyland, Dora the Explora Uno, James Bond some-trivia-game-I-didn't-recognize, some pop-star DVD-Twister, The Apprentice the game... It was eerie. Also, I think of some of the psychology behind this (specifically the personification of kiddie games, encouraging kid to recognize and react to the packaged game as if it were a friend), and it seems unfair.

Oh and a really scary set of toys: words fail me in my aghastness. it comes in several fast-food chain varieties. if i ever have kids i am never never buying them something this exploitative! if i have to, i will strictly never take them into a toy store.

so, about my Scrabble: They did not have any scrabble (not even a co-branded scrabble) -- which surprised me. But I was able to find a box of "UpWords" instead. And that games works with the way my brain thinks much more congenially than real Scrabble does anyway. Plus, if I'm just mixing the tiles up on a table for speed scrabble, the upwords letters should work just as effectively.

also, went to 80s dance. had much fun. wore shiny shiny green sparkles eyeshadow (borrowed from Laura) that I loved.

tonight first night of Babylon 5 nights

continue to be busy like every day/evening.

rabbi/director tried to schedule my individual meeting with her on a sunday before school and i was all like NO that does not happen. realized i had to give her hour-windows as "possible other times" because i could not just list several days.

i have evidence that the W Med landlady is continuing to contact my references. good news: this means i'm not out of the running for that lovely place yet. now trying to not seem too unavailable for her, while I wait to hear yea or nay from E Arl guy.
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I'm doing stuff. Don't much feel the need to report it, but I suppose I'll like to look back on history later. And maybe a friend or two will be interested.

I went to Arisia convention last weekend. There were lots of things I didn't do, but despite that I had a good time.

Before that I'd been visiting apartments and stressing about how much I could pay and also how I was going to let my housemate know. This week I am not stressing. Also, I now prefer the downstairs East Arlington apartment to the lovely West Medford place. It's good to have options. Either one would be great, and I believe I have a good chance of at least one working out.

Have been fairly bored at work, lots of waiting for releases. I don't enjoy this. Also it makes me nervous, when I think about it, in terms of job security. Should probably do something proactive about this, but not sure what. Maybe I'll talk to my manager (she's moved a few extra projects to my queue, but they are all quickie 1-day things), maybe I'll call back that recruiter who phoned me in December... add some adrenaline. Coworker D- suggested making my own list of ongoing enrichment projects for my spare time. This is a good idea, but I have none that interest me right now. Have already spent several days on investigating load testing tools, which would be on that list, but I'm sick of that. Maybe I'm not focusing enough. I wish I'd simply been on vacation all month.

If I'd've been on vacation, I would certainly have taken advantage of the astoundingly mild & warm weather we had before & after that 20-degree (9 with wind-chill!) day Sunday. As it is, I went out and had a walk in the park behind the office one afternoon in place of my gym class. I really do like going for walks -- I forget that! I tried to make it a brisk walk, but kept getting distracted by how gorgeous things in the woods with snow are.

Also this week I went to Israeli Dancing per Danielle F's invite. I mostly had to stand by the sidelines because of not knowing the dances, but I think I could get better. I need lots of review & practice of basic footwork fundamentals. (Reminds me of fencing class.) In any case, any evening of listening to new Hebrew music is a good one, in my book.

Other events include first leyning class at the shul (TBS), two apartment visits, and a date. I feel very socially Jewish. I'm even thinking about the upcoming WZO elections, because a) my dad sent me an invite to register and b) my shul (ECh) included in its update an entry about this that made me want to write back a letter. Actually, I did write back: a letter-to-the-editor kind of thing, my first. (The article consisted entirely of a letter from a Reform Movement (ARZA) campaign manager, and I was really turned off by his presumptuous and combative tone. It was a rallying-the-troops sort of letter, absolutely against Klal Ysrael, and not also appropriate for a shul newsletter.)

It's almost time for me to start planning my birthday. Feb 21 will be sooner than I think.

Ok, be well. Bye!
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ani smeicha --
matzati dira
meod yafa,
v'ani rotza
l'vadi lagur bah!
(t'kavu li hatzlacha...)

translation (cannot be sung)
I am happy
I found an apartment
very pretty
and i want
on my own to live there
(wish me luck!)
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saw last apartment. don't really want to scour craigslist to see what's been added in the days since, because i like this place w. medford place so much. basically, i now will only be searching more if this place fails for some reason (eg final numbers don't crunch right, or she --- has-v-hallila --- turns down my application, which i don't have reason to expect, but of course could happen).

so, last apartment was more expensive than the w. medford one. not affordable. also, not significantly nicer! so, ha.

after that saw extra apt, located on the 3rd floor of friends' home. renovations are being done, and judging by their apt, i believe that the place could be made nice despite how seriously trashed it looks now. price is undefined, but likely to be much more comfortably affordable. however, the layout just cannot give me what i want in a home, which is the ability to host friends at nice parties. (... and to shower standing up ;-) )

i might call up old landlord Sean, just to see how much they are looking to rent the now-vacant first-floor apartment of Arlapt for, for completeness sake, but basically i have transitioned to apartment-hunt phase 2: attempting to secure the desired apt. (phase 1 was locating it!) (and, i guess you could say phase 0 is deciding to move)

i have the application, i'll be calling her tomorrow. co-workers & friends especially [livejournal.com profile] navraze gave some wonderful help in clarifying what questions I want to ask (and how to ask them!). I can also ask my folks a bit when i most-likely see them tomorrow night

i feel prepared with months n months of past expenses recorded in my pretty "book o' spending".

it will be reaaly good to go live there :-) (change that to "would", so's not to presume)

any other advices people want to add here are cool, k?
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is beautiful! is beautiful! i want to live there and make it mine!
is right at the top of my price-range, but i think i can afford it
awesome!


one more to see, but ooo, i was very impressed with this one

yae!

apartment 2

Jan. 7th, 2006 03:54 pm
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Visited the Watertown place. It was, I learned, an "efficiency" -- big kitchen, big bedroom, nothing else. (Ok, a bathroom too). And despite the kitchen room being really wide and fairly long, there's next to no counter space in it. Exactly the same amount as in the tucked-in little un-modern one in the 3.5-room attic apartment.

What the heck is it with people who design a kitchen as if counters are just an annoying side-effect of installing cabinets?

Anyway, it has no laundry, not even in the building, so I won't live there. Am spoilt -- don't care.
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Visited my first apartment prospect tonight. It's the 3.5-er in Arlington Heights. I wasn't honestly expecting to like it very much, so it was a good one to start with.

I surprised myself by liking it much more than I was expecting to. Although I hope & expect to find other places that are nicer enough that I stop considering it. This place is quirky. Probably too quirky. I doubt I'm bohemian enough to make it home well.

Plus you can't stand up in the tub (dormer). That should be a deal breaker -- how can I deal w/ my hair if I can't stand up in the tub and need one hand to hold the showerhead? I'd stain the ceiling AND probably bash my head alot. I'm posture-unconscious like that. (It's not like the Arlapt upstairs bathroom, where you could stand in the tub at the one end although not in the other.)

Also, the wallpaper I liked least in the place had "sentimental" value to the landlady. Other walls are paintable, though (one's already a pretty lavender).

I really like the factory-style to-the-ceiling transom windows over the doorways.
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Looking for a place in a house (not an apartment block)
Off-street parking
1 bedroom, 2 would be great
Nice, useable kitchen (has counter-space)
Hookup for washer & electric dryer

Easy access to quick roads outta there
No more than 30 minutes driving from western Waltham
Also about 30 min (w/o traffic) driving from Central Square.
Preferably near T/bus, one that runs into night

East Arlington
West Medford
Watertown
West Cambridge?
bits of Somerville?
Arlington Center?

Hoping to find this within $700-$1,000/mo rent.
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Ok, that's it. It's time to find a better living situation. I said 3 month trial, and it's been 7, but I recognize that I'm not going to make this work. I'm not urgently escaping, but I am commencing to look for a new apartment, the sooner available the better.

Housemate & I had another talking-in-circles session, again about having guests over. Coordinating plans & respecting a fixed curfew, I'll do. I though we'd settled this and that it was working agreeably. Apparently not/no longer. Well, I'm not willing to feel like I have to beg permission --- and forgiveness --- each time.

To top it off, she complained that she feels uncomfortable with the unknown people trooping in and out all night. If that were based in fact, I ought to be concerned about respecting that it's her home too ... but in reality I've hardly even had anyone inside the doors in a month or two! (Other than one regularly-repeating evening with a single guest, who she avers is no bother.) True, I was planning to put up an overnight guest twice these two weeks, neither of whom she's ever met, but a) that hadn't taken place yet, and b) they both bailed, so it's pretty moot isn't it?

As long as we were making progress in developing a workable system, I was letting her mishugas slide off my back (as best I could) and trying to avoid being impatient & antagonistic. It seemed to me that she unexpectedly started over from square one today. That, I'm not willing to make myself do again.


So if you have any leads for Boston-area apartments, please let me know. I need to do some calculating and draw up a budget, and think about desiderata.
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I've switched over to making the new apartment my primary sleeping location. Exciting -- this is the most significant step. As of Friday I consider myself "moved", just with some stuff still to bring over.

Speaking of the stuff to bring over: I'm getting tired of it :-(
I don't want to collect and move it all :-(
And the rainy weather doesn't help -- rain, stop raining! Be nice and dry and lightly-breezy in the evenings!

New apartment does not have internet yet, so I am online for personal use much less. I hoped to get it set up by the end of the month, but I am very much going to miss that deadline. End of June maybe?

Two defrosting fridge emergencies this week in my old house. It annoys me.
One was my fault.

(Am already late for work, because I stopped at Arlapt to pick up some stuff and discovered the 2nd fridge emergency. Might as well be later and do some LJ, right? Not keeping up on LJ reading.)

At work, I am midway thru writing my first test plan for the project I'm on. I'm feeling good about it :-)

Oh, right: --- and if you want my new address, please give me a call or email
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Is anyone available to help me move some big items on Wednesday day (the 25th)? I've already got some people lined up, but a few more wouldn't hurt. Plus you get to see my new apartment before any one else. Exact time is being determined, but I'm leaning toward morning (so we can end with lunch).
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