Landed

Aug. 9th, 2007 08:45 pm
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We have moved into our new house, and I finally (after a week's delay) have connectivity again. There was a wiring surprise that's still under investigation/repair, and a surprising smell in the basement that will be my office that has necessitated removing the carpet down there and installing new cheapass wood laminate. We have removed wallpaper in Jeff's office and painted in there, and he's mostly moved his stuff in. The kitchen and bathrooms are unpacked, and the bedroom is mostly unpacked. We have all appliances now except for the range hood that we have to install a cabinet over the range to attach to. So progress is definitely being made. And now we have connectivity, yay!

We're still trying to decide if we're going to pull up the linoleum that's beneath the carpet in the basement or not. The arguments for removal are that we can check the vapo(u)r barrier beneath, make sure there's no mo(u)ld under there and generally make sure that everything is properly done. The arguments against are that it's a shitty, horrible, back-breaking, time consuming process to remove linoleum most of the time, we're lazy, and I need a working office space soonest. The debate is currently ongoing. Carpet removal and the painting of the walls will probably begin this weekend.

I have a new part time job as an assistant in a life insurance/financial advisor's office. There is a steep learning curve, but eventually I hope to know a good bit about life insurance and retirement investments (in Canada, at least). I work in the afternoons and the boss is never there, so those are both good things, but being left to essentially take care of business without much knowledge and without much instruction can be a bit daunting at times. People who are insured die occasionally - seems like the rate is about one a week or so - and the stories that emerge are frequently interesting, in that ghoulish, writerly way. The pay is shit right now, as it's through a temp agency for the first three months, but it looks to improve a fair bit after that. I have cards coming, and they put my degrees in after my name, which I found highly amusing. I'm not sure how having a BFA in acting performance and a Master's in English Lit especially qualifies me to look up the balance on your retirement fund, but there you are. Good to know that those letters matter to someone, as they were certainly pricey enough.

I am not writing at all. This is to be expected because I've been consumed by the details of house moving and new job having. It sucks and it doesn't look to change much until my office is completed. I'm hoping that it will be done by the end of September (my birthday). The house is very nice, however, and the neighbo(u)rs seem friendly and interesting. The back yard is large and pleasant and shaded, and there is central air, which has been quite wonderful as it's been quite hot and muggy here the last couple of weeks. The house was built in 1924. It has all the original oak trim, a lovely golden wood in thick ribbons around the doors, windows and floors. The floors are hardwood, original upstairs and replaced downstairs. The ex-ex-owners installed extraordinarily twee wallpaper borders in nearly every conceivable space (mostly this very busy ivy pattern), so that will have to be removed over time. And it needs a good painting. We're planning on doing the whole interior in a pale yellow color with bright white accents, but we're going to do it a bit at a time. I'm hoping that the borders may come off without doing too much damage to the paint beneath, but we'll see. Overall, I think it is a good house, and all the work that needs to be done is cosmetic, except for the electrical issue, mainly having to do with adding more cabinet space in the bathrooms. There are plenty of places for cabinets, but the ex-owners took all of the things that they had in there with them, so now we have to find things to install. This is annoying, particularly as we don't have the money to do anything about it at present. But I figure we might have everything done in a year or so, if I can get enough freelance work in to pay for it.

So that's where I am. I hope you lovely people are in a less-harried but equally blessed place.
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