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My apartment is back in order after last week’s carpet cleaning. And apparently I got the cleaning done just in time because I found a memo on my door saying that the “annual inspection” of all the apartments will be tomorrow.

What “annual”? I’ve been here over a year, and I haven’t had one. Then again, maybe the previous manager did an inspection but didn’t feel the need to tell everyone about it. Count on the current Queen B to make a big show of it. :rollseyes:

There are a couple of little things that I should have reported for maintenance that Queen B could harp on, but I’m hoping she doesn’t do that. If she does, I may have to play my ace in the hole: “I didn’t know if y’all would think it was a big deal. After all, I had to submit three maintenance requests and lose a freezer full of food before my refrigerator problem was taken care of.”

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reporting live from the kitchen

I had the carpet in my apartment cleaned today, and about the time the cleaners arrived and started working, I wondered, “Hmm, I wonder how long this stuff will take to dry.” So I asked, and the answer was four to six hours. I went back to work then went to get something to eat, but that only took about three hours. So now I’m staring down the barrel of a long time until bed as I try to minimize time spent on the carpet. Since 90% of the apartment is carpeted, this is not an easy task.

If I were an outgoing sort, I would use this time to get acquainted with my neighbors. “Hi, there! I just had my carpets cleaned, and I’m trying not to walk on them. Could I watch TV with you? What’s that you say? You’re eating supper? No problem! Ooh, is that green bean casserole?”

Yeah, that’s not really going to happen. So, I’ve set up the computer in the kitchen on the sliver of counter that isn’t occupied by the stuff I moved out of the way of the carpet cleaning. It’s uncomfortable as all get out to perch on a stool at a counter that is not meant to be sat at and hunch over a computer, but I’m loving that I’m able to do this.

Portable technology. What’ll they think of next?

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once upon an outfit

When I was in high school, I wrote a story. More than one, actually, but the one I’m referring to here wasn’t so much a fanfiction as it was a dreamfiction, where I wrote my life as I wanted it to be. I remember writing that my family was rich, our house was better, our cars were cooler, etc. and in the story, as I was bustling about in my oh-so-popular life, I specified that I was wearing a peach shirt, denim overalls (I think they were Guess, and, um, yeah, I was young and foolish. Don’t judge me.), and a silver heart on a long silver necklace.

At the time, that outfit was especially significant to me because I’d seen one of the nice, popular girls wearing it at school. It was just so pretty and so unlike, well, everything I had to wear. 

Yesterday, I wore a peach tee-shirt, a pale blue pair of jeans, and silver earrings, and more than once, I thought about that old story. Have I achieved those dreams from long ago? Being popular, in a rich family with the great house and the cool cars? Hardly! My shirt came from Wal-Mart, and the jeans were from Ross Dress For Less: combined they were less than twenty bucks. Yet, I’d look down at my outfit, think of that fiction, and smile, yes, laughing at was a dork I was am, but feeling pretty good nonetheless about just being me.

Might as well, right? As a quote in the high school yearbook said, “Success is having what you want, but happiness is wanting what you have.”

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shine on

After two failed attempts at redesigning my “inspirational” site, I decided to convert it into a blog. I think that format will work well for the content, and I’ll be able to add my own ponderings, although as always I make no guarantee that I will write anything of note.

Anyway, I’ve started posting content there. When it’s all moved, I’ll post the new address at the old site, but you, my visitor(s?), can get a sneak peek of it at the link below: