2 December 2005
Good Effort, Team November!
But ultimately: failure. For now, a list of reminders.
Yes! We did that up right, with the assistance of several extremely generous & good-natured
friends, and Tiffany driving a preposterously large van. Because the apartment
broker/management company/work crew were all varying degrees of assmonkeys, we were not able
to move ourselves in on the same day that we moved our belongings in, but from the
comfortable distance of a month that seems like a small snag in the whole process. It is
worth noting that at the time we were all seriously incensed, though. There was a high
unnecessary bullshit-to-actual results ratio, and it really sucked, but now it is getting
better, the end.
- apartment crap
Right, mostly better. The living room is painted yellow and the bedroom a, er, memorable
about 5 or 6 boxes still need to be unpacked. However, the toilet runs constantly (and a
late-night semi-drunken check of the internet revealed that we might have to "investigate
the ball cock assembly!") and the tub drains
excruciatingly slowly and we need to get a couple of rugs and a new, smaller, probably
drop-leaf dining room table. There is really not that much left to do, and all the stuff we
have already done would be heartening were I not the sort of person who wants everything
done at once right away and would also prefer to do it all herself. Need to keep that in
I visited home for 9 days or so the week before Thanksgiving, which doesn't make loads of
sense in retrospect, but still, good times. And that way my vacation didn't conflict with
anyone else's at work. Helped mom sort through some stuff from the old house, lost 2 out of
3 games of Scrabble (and only barely scraped by to win the third), did the traditional
thrifting and Original Pancake House run, also the traditional pumpkin pie-eating/handing
over of me to dad &
Susie at Frisch's, Susie helped me buy a nice long black winter coat, visited all the
grandparentals, went with dad to my uncle's wine party and saw people who hadn't seen me in
god knows how many years. And so on. Huzzah! Now people should come visit me!
Monica and Wayne came over, and we didn't cook a turkey, or have to travel, or any of the
other stressful holiday stuff. Whoo! I did make: stuffing balls (which sort of collapsed
into stuffing... blob?), broccoli, green beans, garlic mashed potatoes, glazed brussels
sprouts with chestnuts, and caramelized shallots. And a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie for
dessert. Also cranberry sauce inna-can and a cheese and bread arrangement. A good time was
had by all, I believe! And I was reassured that I could cook a sizeable meal in our new
kitchen. Staking my claim and all that. (Also reassured that the smoke alarm functions --
not only does it beep, but a creepy female voice says "Fire. Fire. Fire." No! Just
blackened stuffing! I know from fire.)
We got one! On craigslist! And Roban helped us carry it three blocks south on 8th Avenue.
And we looked kind of ridiculous, and almost battering-rammed some people down, and had to
stop and rest several times, but we got it home eventually, and it's very nice. Then my
arms were wicked sore the next day. The end!