Friday, August 26, 2011

More scooter thoughts, and MOVING.

Riding a scooter to work practically everyday (and on weekends around town) for 2 months now has given me a new perspective on Masshole drivers. My gods, they are awful! I’m sorry, but my scooter maxes out at 28mph right now, and the speed limit is 30mph. There’s a double-yellow and I am in the middle of the lane. There is even a “No Passing” sign. SO WHY ARE YOU PASSING ME? People even pass me to, get this, get into the turn lane. Did I slow down? Did I put on my blinker? Did  I make any indication that I would be, at the same speed you’ll be making it, making a turn there? NO I DID NOT, FOOL.

I try not to let my road-rage get the better of me and have gotten better at laughing off people’s poor driving habits instead. It’s a very odd sound, laughing out-loud to yourself in full-face helmet. Sneezing is also very odd. I saw how bad these drivers were when I was driving the boyfriend’s car, but when you are so exposed and so limited (by speed and acceleration), you really start to see the asshole in the Masshole.

The funniest part about people passing me is that, in rush hour, we ultimately end up at the same place anyway: stuck behind other cars or at a light. Yeah, you got there faster! Good job! Uh…you’re probably going to get where you’re going in the same amount of time whether I’m behind you or in front of you, buddy. I try to restrain myself and not flip people off, but I might start waving at them to see if I can confuse them. Oh, and if you MUST pass me illegally, just do it safely, okay? Yesterday, someone passed me at a light. We were stopped, and I kept to the right because, while unmarked, the area is large enough for two lanes. They occupied the left “lane”, but a full car-length back from me. And then proceeded to shoot forward at the turning of the light. Why not just pull up next to me and wave? Then I would start off a bit slower instead of having to slow down to avoid your stupid ass.

On the moving front:

I am in MAJOR planning mode. Note: This is kind of a specialty of mine. Now, I do forget things, that is inevitable, but making lists helps a lot and I am SO READY to make lists. This weekend, I am going to box up/pile up all the stuff still at my parents’ house so it is ready to get picked up next week on move day (probably Sept. 1st). I am going to make a list of things that need to get picked up, and * anything that doesn’t have to go if the movers run out of energy (fortunately, that’s most of the things at my parents’ house except for my few kitchen items). Wednesday night, I will move as much as I can downstairs so it is easier to access. Before Thursday (actually, probably after laundry this weekend), I will plan out of my outfits for the rest of the week so I can pack up the rest of my clothes in duffle bags and trash bags.

I’ve stopped getting more than 5hrs of sleep every night because I am just too damn excited to sleep. I keep planning and thinking of things we need to get that I forgot to write down somewhere (dish rack), and trying to decide where my posters will go and what photographs I want to display (thinking of doing a b&w photo arrangement in the dining room with simple frames).

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

You lean and open mine before I can turn the key

Things I’ve been thinking about lately:

  • Migraines – ugh I’ve had a butt-load lately and they’ve been very bad. My doctor believes it’s a combination of sinus headaches and migraines. Based on some of the congestion I’ve had, I think that makes sense. Excedrin: Migraine is the only thing that is working right now, but I can still feel the pain creeping around in my head, just waiting for it to wear off.
  • Caffeine – There is caffeine in Excedrin: Migraine, I guess that’s part of how it is effective…something about aiding absorption of the other drugs. Taking it first thing in the morning gets me somewhat wired, which is nice for productivity and multi-tasking (THINKING? CLEARLY? What is this???), but not for steady hands. Installing hard drives with shaky hands = er….oops?
  • Kitties – Mr. Boyfriend & I are going to get a kitten together! If I had the option to have Fae living with us AND a kitten, I would love that, but the lady we are talking to about an apartment doesn’t want more than one (and it has to be flea/tick treated April-Oct). Maybe after a year or so, if she still loves us, we can have more than one. At least Fae & Kishka (family cat) seem happy bothering each other at my parents’ house.
  • Apartment – Oh yeah…SHE’S WRITING UP A LEASE AAAAAHHHH!!!! So excited. I won’t believe this is happening until we have the keys in hand. Boyfriend is arranging the move-in details so we can get moved in ASAP. I’ll have a real sized freezer! A clean kitchen & bathroom! My own couch/floor to flop on! And some really cool closets. I hope I can get some pictures of it empty, otherwise I’ll just hand the camera over to boyfriend and hope he gets some decent pictures. Things we still need to ask about: snow removal, appliance maintenance.
  • Stuff – Oh yeah. We need a lot of stuff. I updated that entry recently. Who wants to donate stuff? I should probably add vacuum… Did I mention we’ll need a washer & dryer?
  • Fall – I love Autumn weather. We had a couple days of it, and it’s starting to cool off in the evenings, which makes me go into extreme hibernation mode. We even bought hot chocolate!…and ate ice cream with it. Can it be fall now? It’ll be that much closer to allergy season being over!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ain’t that some shit!

How am I still managing to remain hopeful about apartments in the midst of tens of viewings (I don’t know how many we’ve gone to at this point over the last year…definitely over 10 I’d guess) and declined applications and skeevy rental agents? I have no idea, but even faced with an inexperienced landlady and negotiations on price/move-in date, I feel pretty good about the situation. If we don’t get it/decide not to go for it, there will be more listings to follow up on. Obviously, we hope those listings will be sooner rather than later…

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Strive for Health–Food

This summer has been all about improving my body image and over health. Since graduating college, a lot of my eating habits have had to be adjusted in order to remain functionally healthy. On a steady diet of delivery food (pizza, Chinese, subs, pasta etc.), after I stopped swimming last summer, I gained almost 20lbs. Those 20lbs still kept me well within a healthy weight range for my  height (which apparently is up to 155lbs at 5’6”), but I felt pretty awful, and not just because I didn’t like the way I was looking. My digestive system was as bad as ever, I wasn’t sleeping all that well, and I was still always tired, which has been a persistent problem for almost the past ten years (since puberty/depression hit).