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Settling In October 6, 2016

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Move is complete, everything unpacked and organized. I have some shelves and pictures to sort out, yet, but it’s looking fairly nice. I’ve got a few more books to donate, and another plumbing issue to get looked at. Almost done.

Work goes on. The library is in full school year swing – homework help center, reading buddies and all. Over 1000 books into the newest collection at Sprawl. All is going smoothly.

In audio books, I finished Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow, and am now into Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. Ender’s Shadow was a very interesting counterpoint to the first. Assassin’s Apprentice is narrated by the same person as the Night Angel trilogy, and is of similar ilk, so I’m enjoying it thus far.

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Moved In September 29, 2016

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Well, everything is in the new place, and keys have been returned for the old place. I am officially moved in. Only about halfway through unpacking though – kitchen set up, but not the extra stuff. One bookcase filled up, but not the second. One pewter case re-installed, but not the other. Internet set up, but only one computer. Bedroom is fully set up, and all the furniture is in the right places, as well as most of the boxes, but a lot of unpacking still to do. There is, however, internet, which makes me very happy.

This weekend, though, I’m going camping. It’ll be slightly on the chilly side, possibly damp, but it will be fun, and there will be friends. And we will have a good time. 🙂  And Chili, from what I hear.

I go through M is for Magic, and this week I’m listening to Ender’s Game. With Ender’s Shadow on deck, because I’ve never read it, and I’m curious. I’ve also got a Robin Hobb book checked out because it came off my reserve list just after I got Ender downloaded. Lots to listen to.

See you next week, with photos.

Moving, Moving, Moving September 22, 2016

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Big news of the day: I signed my lease and got the keys to my new place (freshly cut for the freshly re-keyed locks). Weeee!  The walls look nicer with a fresh coat of tan paint. The stuck doors are unstuck, and all sockets are properly covered. There’s a plumbing issue to resolve, but hopefully that’ll be all set by the time I’m actually moved in. I did some re-measuring and am now more secure in the idea that everything will fit through the doors. Though, the washer and dryer are still going to take a bit of work to get down into the basement through the tiny kitchen. Hurray for professional movers.

In book news, I finished Practical Demonkeeping, and am currently listening to M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman, another short story collection, this one for a younger audience. I also read the second volume of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novels. More confusing than the first, but possibly just because I’m not used to the format. I also sold a short stack of books to Acorn Books, and a slightly taller stack to Half Price Books, today. The rest of my discards are going to CML Friends of the Library.

I have finished packing everything in the bedroom, office, and bathroom that I’m not going to need this weekend. First step moving is tomorrow evening: all the boxes. Monday is all the furniture. I’ll probably move some of the smaller furniture bits myself on the weekend, if we don’t add them to the trailer tomorrow. My computers probably won’t move until Monday, either, as WOW! hasn’t established if they serve my new apartment complex or not. TWC does, but I’d rather not, if I can avoid it.

Barfleet party this weekend, so I get to relax with friends in the middle of moving craziness. Yay! One more week until October, and all the craziness that entails.

New Adventures August 25, 2016

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The IFLA tour went well, we got lots of complements on our branch. Our management team survived long days at the conference. We’re getting into the swing of the school year, our Homework Help Center is already going strong. And our new branches are well on their way towards opening.

The moving everything into the center of every room for Pest Control was very interesting. Packed all my pewter, and two rows of books in the living room. Discovered hidden things in my kitchen in a cupboard I didn’t know I was using (too high to be useful for me). Emptied my bedroom closet shelf into suitcases, where those things will stay until after the move. Emptied my office closet, most of that went back in Tuesday. Cleaned up the bathroom a bit more, and bagged up everything in my medicine cabinets. I guess it went well, I haven’t seen any more bugs in the outside hall.

More excitement, last night, however. Rain started pouring into my office through a couple of holes in the ?head?board? of the window. Two, full power streams of water just falling down onto the sill. It’s not a place one normally looks on windows, but when I checked, all of mine have three or so such holes, that I don’t recall ever seeing before. I am assured this was not done on Monday, but must have been there before. I’ve never had rain stream into my apartment in the three years I’ve been here, though. They’ve put in a work order to check it out and fix it up. This can’t be good for the walls… Meantime, I have to wastebaskets sitting below the sill, surrounded by towels. Good thing I was awake during the storm last night.

I finished up Hat Full of Sky, and then Audible was having a Two-for-One sale, so I got Felicia Day’s You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) and Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warnings.  The first, I loved, and was inspired by. She’s so young, you might say, why has she written a memoir already? At the time at the end of the memoir, she has just finished some major things in her life, including a lot of introspection and healing, and is unsure, but energized about what might come next. It’s a very heartwarming, funny, and crazy tale of a geeky, hippy-homeschooled, southern girl who chased her passion, and which encourages the reader/listener to do the same.

The second, I’m only a little way into. Other than Good Omens with Terry Pratchett, I’ve never tackled any of his novels, only his short fiction. Fragile Things left me confused and disturbed, and pretty sure I shouldn’t try the longer stuff. So, when this new collection popped up, I figured I could manage more of his short fiction. The introductory section was very interesting to me. He discussed why he wrote each of the stories in this book. Including a story about Ray Bradbury taking time out of his day to talk to a young boy who wanted to be a writer. As with most writers, the advice was to Write, Every Day, even when you don’t want to. Also a good reminder to this astray writer.

So, I’ve packed up my TV early, and set some goals. To find my passions again, to do the work, and stop staring at Netflix with my precious free time. I’ve got a lot do do before and during the move, but in those quiet moments, I need to feed myself, my soul, my heart.

Stealing Net From a Friend July 25, 2013

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As I type this, I am still waiting on AT&T to show up with my modem. Switching internet services with this move has been a nightmare. I’m about ready to give up on AT&T and see what else is available here, though I don’t really want to go back to Insight/Time Warner, either, given they were the other half of the nightmare. (Edit: AT&T did show up (his previous job today was 4.5 hours in the basement of Children’s Hospital). Unfortunately, the internet does not reach my connection. I have a modem, and the signal goes out 966 feet, but then it stops. So, he has to put in a ticket with someone else to make the internet get all the way to me. Once they do that, I’m all set.)
My birthday was yesterday, and I’ve had minimal access to Facebook, and my personal gmail account, and nothing else, because that’s all my phone can do. I did have a lovely steak dinner at Outback last night, and got to see friends for a bit, after the four hours of staring out my window for a van that did not come. I had a great time at Cedar Point on Monday, even though it rained, and I only got to ride half the rides I wanted to. This did include the newest coaster, so I count that as a success.
Except for the internet and some insect issues, I’m really liking my new apartment. Here are some pictures…
Of the Office:
Office
Of the Living Room:

Living Rm

Of the Bedroom:

Bed

Hope Chest

Kitchen photos will be forthcoming when the bug issues are solved.

Work continues to give me hours as people continue to quit, soon others will be going back to school (either as students or as their main job), so I imagine hours will keep up through to the holiday season. Again, if anyone needs a job, we have many positions available, including a couple lead positions. If you go to the website and see that we’re hiring a store manager, that is a lie, but because we are a training store, we do the interviewing and training for managers of other stores.
Once I get this move all sorted out, and the other apartment cleaned and turned back over, I’ll be checking out the two libraries closest to me: Bexley and CML’s Livingston branch. I really should also go check out the State of Ohio library, in case I ever need it for school, since it is my local campus.
Just over four weeks til grad school starts. Exciting times.

Moving Day is Coming Soon July 18, 2013

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I am moving apartments on Saturday morning. I’ve got a friend with a truck and brand new trailer, and a couple other friends with big vehicles coming to help. I keep checking the weather forecast, but it keeps changing. One day it says 90, the next 80, and back again. My bookshelves are all cleared and packed. Except for my computer, my desk and files are all packed. My pewter, antiques and china are all packed. Tonight’s agenda is the kitchen and the rest of the closets. (I figure the dresser drawers are nicely packed, just take them out, move the big pieces and put them back in.) I should really take apart the modular bookcase, but it’s such a pain to disassemble and reassemble them. (No, disassemble!)

I still don’t have my AT&T modem(I mean, Gateway), but it currently seems like it should arrive today (UPS tends to show up around 6pm here). The tech I talked to earlier this week said there’s no wiring needed, I should be able to set up the internet on Saturday. I’ve still got internet here until next Thursday (providing They don’t disconnect me early, Again.) And all the other utilities are all set to go on and off properly. Email with address and details will be going out some time next week. I still have to decide what I’m doing about package delivery at the new place as it requires a key to get in the building, and the mailboxes are tiny. I’m not starting mail forwarding until the end of next week, as I’ll be here cleaning after work most days next week.

Birthdays next week. Happy Birthday to all my fellow end-of-July birthdays! I’ve got Cedar Point on Monday, and a lot of nebulous, not really formed plans the rest of the week. Working 7am-3pm Tuesday through Friday puts a damper on going out and partying mid-week, but maybe I’ll figure something out for Friday night and/or Saturday. Suggestions welcome! 😉

Happy Birthday, America! July 4, 2013

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Happy 4th of July everyone. 🙂

Red, White and Boom was pretty last night. Watched it on an old, but fairly sizable TV. Not sure the weather today is going to be good for fireworks, but might go out and see what I can see. Haven’t really finalized plans yet. My usual Thursday events are not happening.

Forgot to go visit my brother last weekend, so take two is this Sunday. Probably including an all-family Skype for Dad’s birthday. Spending the rest of the weekend pet-sitting for friends heading to a convention out of town.

Work today was very slow, until just before I was leaving. Folk finished with the parades and came in out of the rain. Hope sales do well, it’s been a down week. I do have to be back in tomorrow morning, but I have Saturday off to sleep and play with the puppy.

Utility shut off and turn on dates all sorted out, though I am not convinced that AT&T has it right, as I didn’t receive the second emails that I should have. We’ll find out in the next few days, though. Might require another telephone call tomorrow.  Books and CDs are packed, just a couple more weeks to go.

Busy, busy life. 🙂

So Much to be Thankful for December 1, 2011

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Last week, I had three Thanksgiving pot luck dinners with three groups of friends. I have such a great chosen family down here, it’s wonderful. On the weekend, I went to a Thanksgiving party (also potluck) with even more friends. There were over 90 of us there and plenty of people helped set up and clean up. An excellent time, celebrating a season of harvest and gratitude.

Sunday, I helped two friends move in with two other friends. The support we all give each other is amazing. Rich and I have always managed to find our next place to live without hassle, but I can’t even count the number of times my friends have gathered to help people out in emergency (and non-emergency) moves this year.

Rich and I also went to the new Muppet movie for Thanksgiving. It was cute and fun, with the theme of: life is great with people you care about beside you. And it is true. My life is so much better for everyone in it.

 

Moved In June 30, 2011

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Moved in on Saturday. Four and a half hours from start to finish. We had the awesome help of ten good friends. The 20′ truck wasn’t quiet big enough, but with our cars, a van and a truck, we managed all the major stuff in one trip. Sunday and Tuesday we grabbed the rest of the stuff (wall hangings, tennis racquets, the internet, and cleaning supplies), cleaned up the old place and turned in the keys. All done.

The new place has plenty of space, except the kitchen, but that’s normal for apartments. We’ll be getting a wire pantry rack soon for the food. And then we’ll be all set. Cable hookups were not where we expected, so our upstairs office is now a library instead – three bookcases and two CD racks, a beanbag chair and a leaning chair.

Books, DVDs, videos and most of the CDs are unpacked. Clothes, kitchen and linen closet all set up. Tonight we set up the washer, dryer, freezer and our desks downstairs. Soon we’ll be completely unpacked and organized in our nice new place. Then there will be pictures.

Just a few bumps in the road. There was a washer in the basement when we arrived, it was removed on Tuesday. Our upstairs bathroom light is difficult. They replaced the bulbs today, but it’s still a bit tetchy to get turned on. Will fiddle with it a bit to see if we can get the connection more solid. In setting up the washer tonight, we discovered that the drain pipe for the AC leaks and isn’t quite long enough to fit into the main drain pipe with the washing machine drain in as well.  So, that’s the next request to make.We’ve got it set to pour in just so at the moment.

Almost done, so very excited. Yes, I’m a dork. 😉

Moving Saturday June 24, 2011

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Um, yeah, that’s pretty much been my life this past week. Getting ready for the move on Saturday. Boxes, boxes everywhere. I took down the bookcases today. Somehow my 7/16s ratchet disappeared. Got a new one, all better. Truck rented so it can all be made in one trip. Friends recruited so we don’t break ourselves. And a schedule ready to get things done. Now, just the last minute things and the kitchen tomorrow and all is set to go. 🙂

Then I get to spend a few days Cleaning. Yes, my life is quite exciting in the day time. At least my evenings are filled with friends and loved ones.
Oh, and Angry Birds. I still can’t get three stars on lvl 2-12, but at least it plays a lot easier in the Google Chrome browser.