We appreciate your residency at the apartments. While it is neither
pleasant nor easy to raise rents, we find it necessary to due to an increase in
operating expenses. Effective April 1st 2007 your unit rent will be $770
which is in line with the current market value. You will also be
responsible for your portion of $25 for the combined utilities charges.
XYZ management values you as a resident and we are committed to providing
the best residential facilities for the current market rental rate.
Effective April 1st 2007 your rent will be $775, your utilities will be $45 for
a total of $800. If you park on the premises you will need to add your
parking charges to $800 for your grand total.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
In other TV news, I'm giving Veronica Mars one episode to prove me wrong before I stop watching. In the previews from last episode she gives the oh so typical "I'm pregnant" line to someone. I'm hoping, as Michelle suggested, it is for a case and not a clear Jump the Shark moment. My biggest TV peeve ever is the way teenagers on TV get pregnant at the drop of a hat. They can't just have sex. There ALWAYS has to be consequences and 99.99% of the time it is pregnancy. On Degrassi they had the consequences of oral sex be Gonorrhea. (And yes I do watch a Canadian TV show on The N. In fact, I should be ashamed to admit that the primary reason I keep digital cable is so that I can watch Degrassi on The N. I should be ashamed I know).
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Thanks to Michelle & KTP I started using Pantene Ice. I really like it! It makes my hair feel very soft.
Hmm... I had a 3rd thought but it has escaped my pretty little head. :)
Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Friday I hopped the bus to Bellevue where I met up with Big R and we shopped. SHOPPED. I walked into the Apple store and slapped down my debit card and walked out with Pica, an 80g black ipod. She's pretty and shiny and I get worried I'm going to break her. Or make her less shiny and pretty. I've got mad skillz in that realm you know. I also bought 3 new pairs of earrings and a new pair of old lady tennis shoes. Yay!
Saturday I just took Tess to the vet. I spent the afternoon relaxing which was nice.
Today I was up at the crack of dawn. I did laundry and was out of hte house by 8:30 to meet I for breakfast. She needed to interview someone in my age bracket for her adult psych class so... :) Apparently I'm in a normal place. That's good to know. I went to the grocery store and went home for lunch. After lunch, I went for a Sunday adventure! I went to Golden Gardens in the Ballard Area. As I got off the bus I discovered that the bus stop is at the top of a mother fucking cliff. I had to go down a ton of stairs to get to the park. I actually felt a tiny bit dizzy on the stairs at the top. So when I got down the stairs to the park I thought it will kill me to walk back up the stairs. My second thought was that I should've brought my kite because it was perfect kite flying weather. I walked around the park and the beach. I took a bunch of photos but I am not pulling them from my camera right now because I'm tired. So while walking on one of the paths I saw a sign that indicated the Ballard Locks were near. I knew I could catch a bus there. So I start walking. And walking. And walking. Forever later I end up at the locks and I was going to go into the parkbut I was too tired. I will say that I walked 13,361 steps which is equal to 788 calories burned and 3 and 1/3 miles. I rock!
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Michelle & I discussed belly dancing today. I think I want to take a class on it. So isn't it lucky that my college is offering a belly dancing class. Yay! I signed up for it today and am looking forward to it. I have previously mentioned, I'm sure, my girl crush on Shakira. I want to make my hips do that. Or at least something like that. Plus belly dancers are all hippieish and all about "accept your body" blah blah blah.
After I get my tax refund I have a 3 fold plan for it. 1 - New pair of tennis shoes so I can go back to the gym. My current pair are not doing well after a year + of hard wearing. And they stink. Like REALLY stink. 2 - New iPod. I'm going to go with a video one. I thought I could get a good deal through the college at the apple store, but sadly the cost for the one I found on the apple site is the exact same cost I can get it from Amazon for. 3 - Sending it off to my good friend... mortal enemy the credit card company. 4 - Maybe another tattoo... ;) (Ok probably not another tattoo. Maybe... No, probably not... :) )
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
I'm considering purchasing a new MP3 player... quite possibly an ipod. I've been against buying a new one for awhile. I don't believe in replacing something with a newer model just because it is the newest latest and greatest. If there were absolutely nothing wrong with Pip (my current mp3 player) I'd probably consider it and then move on, but Pip has developed an issue. The headphone jack is damaged and it only plays into one ear of the headphone. (I know this is usually a headphone issue, but I've tested the headphones and they both work on other products.) Pip will also ONLY play MP3s and the newer music downloads do into WMAs or some other type that I can't then translate into MP3 despite having the software to do it because they are protected. I do know I could go to all of mp3s dot com and even pay less but I am vaguely troubled by their questionable legality. If I'm actually paying for the damn track, I want to know that the track is fully legal and if I'm going to get busted for illegal music it won't be for something I actually paid money for. :) But my issue with the ipod is two fold... (And it can be attributed to the fact that i've only ever worked 1 ipod so I could just not know stuff.) I don't like the dial. Mine has buttons and I prefer that. It also seems like there's no way to just listen to a random selection of whatever music is on it. Like if you listen to the stuff in the folders you're stuck in whichever folder you're in. (There could be a way I don't know about). And although it is being a sheep, I've never had an issue with following a trend I like and I kind of like all the accessories that are available for the ipod. So I put it to y'all... your thoughts?
Monday, January 22, 2007
This weekend I have no volunteering planned, but I am planning a Sunday adventure. I may try Seward Park since I've never been. Or I may go to Sand Point Magnusen Park to fly my kite. That one, of course, requires me to consult with the weather forecast to see if there will be a kite flying breeze. This beach park sounds really nice and could be fun. Perhaps Golden Gardens? Maybe the Ballard Locks. What do you think? What looks good? I think I'm going to pack a picnic lunch too.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
I updated my browser to IE 7. (Ok I didn't do it, Microsoft told me to do it and I am at the mercy of the evil empire.) I'm not sure how I feel about it. I have a theory that their phisihing scan is slowing down my browsing and that bugs me.
Another thing that has been bugging me... have y'all noticed these new passive/aggressive wives commercials that are on? I've seen two so far and both make me want to punch the wife. In the first one a woman goes up to her fridge and bangs the glass into a door and it is about new appliances and she says to her husband "The water isn't working. Oh the Ice isn't working. Oh it is because we don't have them." I totally wouldn't buy her a fridge after that. The other is an H&R block commercial and the couple is getting audited and the wife says "we should call our tax guy. Oh we can't because we used a box. Let's ask the box what to do." So dumb.
I finally watched Murderball last night. I've had it from netflix since oh I don't know when but just after New Year's. It was really good. It is about the Paralympic Rugby team. They are crazy! They use special wheelchairs and crash into each other. It is really cool. The movie talks a lot about how the guys ended up in their wheelchairs and their lives. I found it funny and interesting and really enjoyed it. I highly recommend it.
One other thing bothering me... the neighbors let their dogs run up and down the hall and throw the dog toy. During the day it doesn't bother me as much as when they do it in the middle of the night. Although during the day it bugs me because I feel like I'm trapped in my apartment since I don't want to go out there while the dogs are running around (mostly I don't want either of the dogs dashing into my apartment which could just be my neuroses.).
FINALLY... The elevator was broken again on Friday after work and still broken when I went out. Luckily it was working when I got home at 2:00 AM. After walking up the big hills to get home I would've been a significantly unhappy camper if I had to walk up the stairs too.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
I know I said it before but thanks to my own delusions and those delusions of my friends I've still managed to convince myself he's interested. But now I'm really done. Last week he was in my office (he still visits daily despite the fact that his office has moved) and we were talking about his band and he had two shows coming up. He said I should go to one. We discussed the relative virtues of the two shows and I said I'd go on Friday. I go. BY MY SELF! So I go and I see him with his band and a bunch of their friends. That's just too much for little ol' me. I can't go up to that entire group. I think that's worse than when men say they don't want to go up to a gaggle of girls. So I position myself in several spots where I think I must be in his line of sight and hang out and drink. The bar had a type of cider in the bottle that I can drink. Finally the 2nd band ended (and they were pretty good) and it was time for his band to go on. They do their show, and they're really good. They were the last band to play. So after they were done I was sitting on a chair in the front and after he broke down all his gear he came over and we talked. For like 5 minutes and then he went to get his car to leave. I helped him load his drum stuff up and he left. What's the point? Honestly.
The other thing I learned... Pioneer Square is freaking FAR from my apartment. It is just over a mile, but going TO the bar was easy since it was all downhill. Coming back from the bar... A whole other story. And it was 1:30 in the morning. It is nice, though, that I can walk home at 1:30 in the morning from a bar and have no problems. :)
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Unrelated, or related depending... I have been buying these chocolate chip cookies from a health food store in Northgate. They are frozen and all I have to do is bake them. They are DELICIOUS. I LOVE them. I bake 4 at a time and eat two at night and two in my lunch. I just noticed, because clearly I'm an idiot, they are $8.00 a dozen. That's $.66 per cookie! I eat $2.64 per day in cookies alone. It is no wonder I need poor person's housing (for which I don't qualify anyway).
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Unfortunately, now that we are all here, it isn't like they are going to let us go home. That sucks.
Monday, January 15, 2007
I'm taking a multivitamin. This is to help my iron levels. The pills are HUGE. I have to get the iron up so that when I go get my next blood test I am not low iron and my dr will keep giving me my pills. These vitamins have like 150% of iron and 100% of vitamin C. Isa says Vit C is good for iron absorption. Plus, once I hit magic 38 I can donate blood again! Yay! (Blah blah blah critical levels.)
Which brings me to my 2nd point. I was talking to my apartment manager recently about the possibility of a new lease. I've been leaseless since this guy started. Every time I have asked, I get told that they will want to raise my rent $25 to do it. So I asked again last week sometime and he said the same answer and then mentioned that they (the building owners) want to eventually raise the base rents to $900. Are you fucking kidding me?! If my math is correct, that would be $900 base rent and then an additional $50 for utilities which would be a $200 increase for me. That's a buttload of money and totally not worth it. A neighbor heard that and agreed with me that this building is not worth $900 (or $950)/mo. Now I am willing to pay more in rent, don't get me wrong. I haven't had an increase since I moved in 4 years ago. It would only make sense that I should pay more eventually. But not THAT much more. And considering how often little things like the elevator breaking happen, I also don't know that I could support that much of an increase.
When I was downstairs doing my laundry I discovered one other little needly thing. They've raised our laundry rates by a quarter. It was $1.25 to do each load of wash and the same to dry. Just last Sunday it was still just $1.00. And it isn't as though these machines have been improved at all. They are the same crappy ones that were there last week. I will say it did give me 15 more min of drying time, so I guess that's okay, except I really didn't need the extra 15 min.
Someday I will have the money to buy my own place... although by the time that happens even the distant suburbs will be out of my price range. (Actually I'm hoping the glut of new 'luxury' condos don't work out for all the developers and so they end up going for cheap because everybody and their brother is building one on any 5' of space available. That's probably bad for me karmically but whatever, I never get what I want anyway.)
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Then, I logged into blogger to post about this and yay! I've been invited to move Joanne's Life over to the new system. I am excited about this only because I have serious hatred in my heart for the template and I want want want to move to something that will hopefully help me/let me do my own more easily without having to know massive amounts of html. So I click the button... and yet again denied. Apparently Joanne's Life is too fat to move over to the new blogger. They are only letting runway models move and maybe someday if I'm lucky they'll expand to allow those of us bigger chicks to do it. They probably would rather do trannys too. :)
(Ok I'm not actually bitter about it. I still hear about problems, so if I can hold off until everything is perfect I'm not too traumatized.) :)
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
I went out with Big R tonight. We threw some darts. We had these two guys join us. One was very funny, but older; the other standoffish but young and hot. The old one bit me! It kind of hurt. But it was a fun time and we laughed a lot. They then disappeared and we went upstairs to watch scaryoke. That was not good, but then again is it ever?
There was something else I wanted to talk about but I'm falling asleep on the sofa and want to go to bed.
Monday, January 08, 2007
So I'm an atheist, maybe at the closest agnostic but really mostly atheist. Having said that, I will fully admit to having weird little beliefs. They are completely illogical and I'll admit that, but you know they make life fun. Many many years ago I got a daruma doll. I colored one eye, and made my wish. The wish came true and so I colored the other eye. It was a pretty big wish and it came true really quickly. Clearly there are some other forces at work. :)
Michelle's mom gave me this very cool box of stone charms. I googled the meaning of the different stones and discovered that rose quartz is traditionally worn to attract love and heal broken hearts. :) Since then I've been wearing it regularly. I'll let you know if it works. :)
Also, I may honestly hate downtown Portland. I spent 45 minutes lost before I got to where I was going and then I spent another 20 trying to get out. Seriously, they need to do something about the sinage and not have a right turn arrow to get to the 5 freeway right at the exact spot you are supposed to turn right with no warning whatsoever that it is coming. (I'm not at all bitter about that.)
So now why was I in Portland? Let me first say that whenever I think of going to Portland, for some reason I always think it is much farther away than it really is. It is basically a trip to Phoenix for my family and we did that periodically. Maybe because it is a whole other state away. I don't know.... or maybe because when I've gone it has been after work so we've been stuck in I5 traffic until hell froze over. But I've totally digressed.
Michelle IMd me last week asking if I had seen the emails from our friend's mom. And hotmail, being the crappy piece of crap it is, had been sending them to junk so I hadn't seen a one. Apparently our friend (who lives in Juneau) had her next baby and unfortunately he ended up with collapsed lungs and was medevaced shortly after birth to Portland. She followed along a day or two later. So she's been in Portland since Christmas day. Had I known this sooner, I probably could've gone down sooner. So I emailed her mom and asked if it would be okay and then I emailed her directly and offered to come down and hang out. She was agreeable and so on Sunday I rented a car and made a mad dash down there. I stopped along the way for baby presents and even better trashy magazines for her. :) She'd been doing counted cross stitch the whole time she's been there.
The baby is doing so much better. He is still in the NICU which is a little sad, but he only has one more hurdle to go through and he'll be released. He's much better off than all the other babies there. He was full term (and ginormous - 9 lbs 6 ozs - she's little, I don't know how that keeps happening to her). Apparently the doctors think that when he took his first cry he did it with such force he caused a hole in the sac that surrounds the lungs which caused their collapse. Who knew that kind of crazy shit was possible?
There's a little tiny baby on the other side of him who at birth was 1 lb something ozs and only 1 foot long. That's a ruler length. The littler of the two of of my ferrets weighs more than this baby (and is probably longer too). How freaking sad is that? He was the only baby in the area not encased in one of those plastic things. The babies in those plastic things don't even look real. They looked like dolls or something. They never moved or anything. It was very sad.
So the last thing that her baby has to do is learn to eat. He doesn't want to. The first two weeks he was fed through a feeding tube (which is all he has now besides the monitors). She keeps trying to convince him to nurse but he hasn't figured it out yet. He can't leave until he does. So I spent a whole bunch of time with her in the hospital yesterday and I told her if she wants me to come down again just say the word and I'll come to visit. I'm sure it is lonely there for her. She was saying that a lot of the other moms don't come very often and that's sad too. (The 1 lb baby's mama is 13 which is beyond sad.) I was talking to the nurse and she seems to love it, but I honestly couldn't imagine. She does have a rather healthy some things just aren't meant to be kind of attitude which I suppose you need there.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Ok I warned ya. I watched this tonight on fancy pants cable. I did not like it. I wanted to like it. It seemed like it could be funny or charming or whatever. SJP winning over the family. But once the sister showed up I knew it would go in the direction it went. The way Dermont Mulroney looked at her... You know boyfriend swapping was going to happen. And that was just icky. And I'm not sure if SJP was supposed to be this total bitch, but I mostly felt really bad for her. They were all so mean to her and so unwilling to even think that perhaps she might have good qualities. Although when she started dating the brother suddenly she was okay? I don't get it.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
We have our camping spot for the year. I'm excited. The girls and I will be going to Cape Disappointment and staying in yurts. The moms and the girls should be happy. We'll go to the Lewis & Clark Interpretative center and we'll get to beach comb and perhaps clam or crab. I've never done either one, and I don't like seafood, but the girls may like it. I'm excited for it actually.
Being the morning person that I am, I was up early each morning. This house was just across the dunes from us and I saw it on my way to the beach. This house almost makes me reconsider my whole hippy working for a non profit way in favor of selling my soul to some corporation. Seriously.
A little sunrise over the ocean shot. The beaches at Long Beach are not supposed to be swum in. Apparently the currents are really bad and you could get sucked out in an instant. I may let the girls wade at least.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Midday Saturday, I went to town with the marrieds. We walked around downtown and I took some pictures. There's a famous 'sea creature' (Jake the Alligator Man, I'm not linking to it because I find it creepy) that I have seen bumper stickers for that actually is housed in Long Beach. And I saw it at Marsh's Free Museum. We went back to the house and I ate and then went back out with the singles. :) We walked down the boardwalk and got ice cream.
Long Beach claims to have the world's longest beach. We don't know how that could be because like Hawai'i is an island and wouldn't it have a long beach? (Although according to Wikipedia it isn't even close to being the longest beach in the world.)
Whale skeleton. It beached itself at some point in the past and they originally buried it. But some science group encouraged the digging of it up and setting it out. I can't even begin to imagine how gross it must've smelled when they dug it up.
Me in my new jeans. :) In front of a whale statue near the whale skeleton. (oh I'm also wearing my new Danskos because when I was getting my stuff together I was thinking I hate my tennis shoes so I'll just wear these, not thinking about walking on the beach or anything like that. So I have to say these danskos rock the house. They walked on the beach and about 3 weeks ago I waded in shin deep water in them so they are tough as heck.) :)
"Let's go Fly a Kite. Up to the highest height...." I was so excited on Sunday morning. I bought a kite on Saturday night and on Sunday morning I headed out to fly it. All 3 mornings I was the first one up so I had some nice alone time. Saturday and Sunday morning I headed out to the beach early to see what I could see. So this is my kite flying above the ocean.
Here I am so proud of getting it up. There was a person trying to get a sport or stunt kite up near me and they couldn't get it into the sky. That made me laugh a bit. Now that I own a kite, I can take it to the park and fly it there. Yay! I've wanted to take a kite to kite hill (Sand Point Magnussen Park) for awhile now.
On Sunday the marrieds stayed at the house while the singles went to visit the light houses. There are two in the area, Cape Disappointment and North Head. We were able to climb up the stairs to North Head and this is from up there looking down at my friend. (In the purple jacket. The dog couldn't come up.)
(The third installment will have some more pics from the light houses and some other stuff.)
Monday, January 01, 2007
This is the Cape Disappointment lighthouse. Isn't it pretty? We couldn't go up to it though because the path had problems after the storms that occurred earlier this month. From the Lewis & Clark Interprative center you can take a great picture. We also went into and wandered the L & C Interpretive center. It was kind of cool. When I take the girls camping in June, we're going to go there.
Nighttime our last night there. I just liked this picture. The tide was WAY out and there were a ton of people on the beach clamming. I've never done that. I don't eat clams, but I may let the girls try it when we go camping.
I just really liked the apparent rings around the moon. I thought they were cool.