I’m back in the world wide web again! Time to catch up on everything that I’ve missed in the last couple weeks….
I know I said I’d try to keep everybody updated on stuff that’s happening more often, but it’s going to be a bit spotty for the next couple weeks because things are INSANE at work right now. We have this very important meeting happening next Friday that I’ve been doing a lot of work to prepare for. To say it mildly, things are not going well.
We had what was supposed to be a dry run, rough rehearsal today and it was TERRIBLE. No one was ready. People hadn’t updated their presentations. Big things were missing. No one knew was was supposed to be going on. The director looked at me at one point and made a comment about it and I assured him that Monday would be much better. I’m going in to work for several hours tomorrow for the sole purpose of formatting PowerPoint presentations and working up an agenda for the Monday meeting. And a few other things. But mostly: FORMATTING and AGENDA.
Because heaven help me, if Monday’s meeting isn’t a least a LITTLE more organized, I’m going to be pulling my hair out.
To give a little bit of scope to the meeting next Friday, the invitee list is at about 100 people, several flying in from other locations, the meeting lasts from 9:00 – 3:00, and it’s the culmination of MONTHS of work. And I’m in charge of making it run smoothly.
I expect to work 60 hours next week between Monday morning and leaving the meeting Friday afternoon. I fully expect to be at the office Thursday evening at 10:00 at night making sure that everything is ready to go the next morning.
In short: Next week is going to SUCK.
So don’t be surprised if you don’t hear from me.
We looked at more places to move to this weekend. We saw several apartments, a house, and a townhouse. It’s astonishing the things that you learn when you’re looking for a new place to live. Things that turn out to be more important than expected. For example, we’re moving to somewhere closer to where I work. And we looked at some nice places that are not far from work, but that require I take a specific route to and from there. And that route is the same route that LOTS of other people are also taking at that time time of day. The exit off the interstate to get to that neck of the woods backs up about a mile every workday. So while I might not have as far to go, I might still be stuck in traffic for that same length of time. Or longer. So while the houses in that area are nice and quite large and sometimes quite inexpensive, other options that are smaller and a little more expensive but don’t require me to take that a road home are MUCH more appealing.
But it’s a tough call on some of them because there was one townhouse that had hardwood-looking floors throughout (except the stairs) and had a small dining room plus a formal dining room, three bedrooms upstairs, including a master that was ENORMOUS and a nice big laundry room, and two and a half baths that’s listed for exactly what we’re paying in rent right now. But there’s no pool or other amenities in the community and no outdoor storage options and the community isn’t kept up very well, so the roads have potholes and things just look run down. And it’s off the exit of doom. But WOW was that place nice looking inside.
There was another apartment building that had really nice amenities — a great exercise room with windows on three sides and an additional room for doing aerobics or yoga and even had a small ballet barre. It had a gorgeous pool with a pergola covering seating all around one edge and gas grills available for people to use at the end. But the apartment was small, with hardly enough room for our dining room table and absolutely not enough room for our sectional sofa. It had a cute built-in desk outside the guest room (that had three windows!) and the closets were both nice and big, but it was all around just too small inside.
And it turns out that things that are important to us include space for both of us to be in the kitchen at the same time, space for us to host dinner parties of at least 5 people, options for outdoor storage, lots of closet space, ease for me to get to work, and a nice, well kept outdoor space for us to wander around in.
So looking for the perfect apartment turns into this puzzle-piece thing of finding places that fit what we like but don’t quite fit all the important requirements and figuring out which ones are ones we’ll compromise on and which ones are deal breakers. And looking and looking to see if we can find one that matches all our requirements and still fits our price range and distance requirements and everything. Or if that one doesn’t exist, which is the one that we love the most of the options we’ve found.
In an interesting change from the normal way that I handle stress — namely to eat all the chocolate and sugar in sight or driving distance — currently I’m handling stress by mostly NOT being interested in food and by exercising. It’s healthier this way, right? And it’s not like I’m not eating — I eat when my stomach rumbles to remind me that I need to eat and when the food set in front of me looks really delicious (like the cheese curds my coworker brought me yesterday).
And I’m not beating myself up with exercising because all I’ve done in the last couple days was run from my house up to the stoplight and back, which is almost exactly 1 mile. I’m running it instead of walking because I need the concentration that comes with me pacing myself well enough to get the entire distance, up a moderate slope for a good ways, without losing my breath or pushing my heart rate up too high. I’m not fast, so it’s a slow 15 minute mile there and back, but it’s 15 minutes where I’m mosty thinking “Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. DON’T. STOP. RUNNING.” And I’m not thinking about the things that I need to get cleaned up for people to come look at the house and the things that I could start packing up now and which of the apartments that we looked at last week was the one that I liked the best.
On that note, our landlady called yesterday afternoon with three appointments for people to come view the house on Saturday and more to come later in the week. And then a woman knocked on the door and asked if she could look at the back yard. I think our landlady is going to be able to rent this place out JUST FINE.
No other news right now. I’m excitied to be back at the weight I was at before the family reunion again. And we’re working on getting the house show-worthy for the weekend and then heading out to look for places of our own. Should be fun!
Just putting it up here that we have notified our landlady our intention to vacate the house we currently call home. She accepted that information and we are working through the details involved.
More information will be coming soon, but probably via emails and phone calls more than posted on this website.