What a way to live!

April 20, 2008

My apartment complex is not the greatest. But, it’s very affordable, I have my own washer and dryer and I don’t have to pay water. It’s also larger and cheaper than several of the other nicer complexs around, most of which don’t provide a washer and dryer and the tenant pays water. So financially, I’ve got a pretty good deal going. Plus, move in was super easy! Mine is the only building with parking in the front and back, and since I’m on the ground floor, we literally backed the vehicles up to my patio door.

Another great thing about where I live, it’s very centrally located. The mall is about 2 blocks away, I’m about 4-5 miles from work. I have 3 grocery stores within about 6 blocks, including Sam’s club a block away. There’s also several restuarants in the vicinity as well. I suppose technically I wouldn’t need to worry about having a car to go places. Except for the rain and the unbelievable heat that we get in the summer.

Today wasn’t one of those days. Today was absolutely beautiful! J asked if I wanted to go to dinner and we settled on Old Chicago, about 2 blocks away. We decided to enjoy the weather and walked to the restaurant. Within the last year or so Florida passed this wonderful bill that says the restaurant can decide if dogs will be allowed on their outside patios. Old Chicago happens to allow dogs. Since it’s so nice out, a wonderful breeze to keep the heat away, we brough Ciera with and ate outside today. This was the first time I’ve done that and she was such a good girl.

One funny moment did happen. I had the loop of her leash under the table lag, J had gone inside and Ciera was sitting in the spot between our seats. Another couple decided to move from the high top (with no chairs) to the table by us. The guy looked at me and, while passing behind our seats to get to his, said “Don’t worry, I have an affinity with dogs”. Just as he said this, Ciera backed herself away from him by going under my chair. Guess he didn’t have an affinity with C 🙂

Oy what a week!

March 14, 2008

Thankfully not the whole week, just part of it. I live in a one bedroom apartment on the 1st floor. The apartment above me is also a one bedroom with 2 adults, 2 children and one on the way. Yeah, so not legal and yes, the owner of the complex has been made aware of this.

Wednesday I was getting ready for work when I hear drip….drip….drip. I go into the bathroom and my ceiling is leaking, along the repair line from last years leak. I put a travel mug under it and call maintenance. Then a leak starts coming down from the fan and I put my garbage can under that. Not five minutes later I have a steady stream from the vent. I put the empty litter container under that one. Within 20 minutes, it looked like this:

Within 45 minutes it was 3/4 full. The apartment above me had water coming up from their toilet and a full tub. It took the plumbers all day to find the clog and fix it. I ended up with, in addition to wet carpet in my bedroom closet:

Lovely isn’t it? This morning included a call to animal control. An apartment in the building next to mine has this little dog (cocker spaniel size) that it leaves out on the balconey pretty much all day. In recent months the dog was out all night long and barking, it sounded like “hey let me in” barking. This dog was on the balconey yesterday afternoon when I took Ciera outside. I walked over and looked up at it and if it had stood still long enough I could have counted each rib. The poor dog also had spots of fur missing from it’s tail and, if I remember right, it’s hindquarters. Hopefully animal control was out today to investigate.

Sorry for depressing anyone. On the bright side, I got my doily from my partner at the Crochetville doily swap. It is very pretty and for some reason I didn’t see the apples until this morning. I’m still trying to figure out how I missed them 🙂

I have my partners complete, but I won’t post pictures until she has received it, just in case 🙂 Everyone have a good weekend, here’s hoping for lots of wonderful weather all over!
P.S. I’m apparently having problems with photobucket this evening, the pictures either show up huge, or just show up as the code. So here ya go, direct from my computer!

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