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Our old van apparently had an engine fire last night, and is now dead. I'm sad about this, not because I was super emotionally attached to it, but because [livejournal.com profile] mactavish and [livejournal.com profile] deyo didn't get much use out of it at all, and none of us ever had a chance to use it for camping.

I'm glad it didn't happen while we were driving Leif around or something. I doubt it would have been much danger - the fire was burning for half an hour, and didn't do much damage to the interior of the van - but that's an adrenaline rush I don't need.

Tomorrow it's apparently going to San Jose, where a man and his teenage daughter who go everywhere in their Westy will use it for spare parts. I'm glad. That's better than the dump.

Leif may be starting to move to one nap a day. I tried to get him to sleep this morning, and he wasn't having any of it.

It may just be because of Daylight Savings Time. We've been sleeping till 8:00 instead of 7:00, so predictably he doesn't want to take a nap quite as early, but if he takes a nap at 11:00 he isn't going to take an afternoon nap until late, so I just kept him up. We need to move back to waking up at 7:00 though, so perhaps we'll go back to morning naps as well.

Michael's craft supply store sucks. They don't carry elastic. Well, beading elastic, but that doesn't do me any good.

They sell other sewing supplies. Why don't they sell elastic?

I just want to finish this diaper so I can figure out how to improve on it and do more before I lose interest. As far as I can tell, there isn't any fabric store closer than Seven Corners, which is about an hour and a half away on the bus.
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Credit ratings suck. I've been the leaseholder on an apartment and had my name on various utilities for two years, and I still don't have a credit rating because I refuse to use a credit card (no, I'm not looking for advice about credit/credit cards at this time. I already know how to get a good credit rating if I want it. I don't think I should have to. Shouldn't not being in debt after several years of being financially in charge of myself count for something? In fact, I'd probably qualify for more if I did have debt. Grr).

We want to switch cellphone service to Sprint for a number of reasons. However, they require a security deposit since I don't have a credit rating, and they don't allow you to add an additional line to your account if you have to have a security deposit. You have to have to separate accounts, which dramatically increases the cost (adding a second line to the plan we want is $7.50 a month, the next lowest account that does what we want is like 5 times that).

So now we have three options: 1. stick with our current AT&T plan, 2. keep my line AT&T and switch [livejournal.com profile] koyote to Sprint, or 3. do two lines with Sprint.

1 isn't going to work since [livejournal.com profile] koyote needs the data capabilities that Sprint offers for work. 2 may or may not be practical if we have to pay extra to downgrade our plan, or if we can't get down to a lower cost than the lowest Sprint plan.

We could always just drop my phone entirely and use long-range walky-talkies (not as silly as it sounds...we saw some with a seven mile range, which is more than enough for our usual needs), our landline, and a calling card for emergencies.

Probably not going to happen because we like our cell phones too much. Plus radio reception in [livejournal.com profile] koyote's office apparently sucks.

As [livejournal.com profile] koyote mentioned yesterday, we're seriously thinking about getting rid of our car. Trader Joe's and the ghetto K-Mart (plus other things) are within a 20 minute walk. That's all we really *need* on a regular basis. All of our favorite restaurants except one are also within this 20 minute range. A whole bunch more of our favorites ([livejournal.com profile] koyote's work, the library, a shopping mall type place, Barnes&Noble/Starbucks, Target, Whole Foods) are within an hour's walk. We discovered today that it may actually be quicker to walk to the pediatrician's office than to drive (we can get there more directly, without having to deal with traffic). Public transportation is close, too.

If we sell the car, we can afford to get good, comfortable bikes and trailers, which will cut down the time to all these places significantly. We'll also be able to do things like take a taxi if other transportation isn't a a good option for whatever reason.

We're going to try to avoid using the car as much as possible until January. If things are working out well, we'll sell it.

I was carless for three years before I met [livejournal.com profile] koyote, and for part of the time after that, so it isn't really something new to me.

My initial reaction to the idea is that I don't want to lose the safety net of having a car. But really, it isn't a safety net. The ambulance is the safety net. The car is the lazy net.

We're also thinking about withdrawing large amounts of cash from an ATM as needed, and using that instead of the ATM card for most purchases. Avoids ATM fees, helps with budgeting, and keeps Big Brother from tracking our purchases (unless they track cash now, in which case we're just screwed).

This does nothing to solve that pesky credit rating problem, however.

The weather suddenly switched from hot to comparatively chilly. I wore a long sleeved shirt the whole time I was outside today. I'm so spoiled from growing up in Coronado. When it was hot, I was dying for it to be cooler. Now that it's cooler, I'd prefer it to be just a little warmer.
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Is it just me, or is it kind of odd for a baby shirt to show an impending head-on collision?

(The words say "BEEP!")

It's windy and wet here, but so far not much worse than a normal storm. We're hiding out at AOL because [livejournal.com profile] koyote is considered "essential personnel" and is stuck here, and Leif and I may as well be here, too. At least the power/network won't go out. [livejournal.com profile] livyanne (and anyone else in the path), how are you holding up?
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I can fit into a pair of jeans that didn't fit a week ago. Not pre-pregnancy size yet, but I guess I'm shrinking.

We have this June bug problem. They somehow manage to die all over our apartment. I don't even know how they get in, since we have the door closed unless someone is going in or out. It reminds me of the scene in Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card where they find all the dead June bugs in the window. Except they aren't in the window. And it isn't June. Can't they go away already?

I like the fireflies, though. I haven't seen fireflies since we visited Wisconsin when I was 4. When we walk down by the stream behind the apartment, it looks like something out of a fairy tale.

The window fell out of our car. We were just sitting at a stoplight, and it fell. Apparently this is a well known problem with Jettas. The really bad part is that no one can replace it before the 25th, so our car is wide open to thieves/rain/June bugs/etc. until then. No, this is not an invitation to come steal our carseat.

Soon all the visitors will be gone and I can start figuring out what "normal" means now.
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I'm still alive. I've had somewhat limited online time/bandwidth/energy since getting here. If I owe you an email, lj comment or anything, I apologize. The situation should improve soon. I hope, anyways.

We got a black 1999 VW Jetta. It's neato. Now we're looking for someplace to live. We found some condos that look promising, assuming we can get a loan quick enough.

I'm also looking for a new doctor/midwife/hospital/birthing center/something.

And I desperately need to get my name on the PO box tomorrow, before any forwarded mail gets there.

Maybe everything will all get settled in time for me to have a week or two with nothing pressing to do before the baby comes.

Baby will be full term in one month. How bizarre. Both my brother and I were three weeks late, so I'm not counting on baby being here that early. I don't know what we'll do if she gets here early, before we're moved somewhere. Deal with it, I guess. That was our original plan, anyways - to have the baby in July, and then move sometime in August. I don't know why this seems any worse, especially since the worst part (boxing everything up) is all done.

People at work need to learn to read documentation. Every time they ask me a question that I can answer with a link to documentation (which is all clearly labeled on our doc website), I feel like ripping my hair out. It really makes me wonder why I bothered writing it in the first place.

I kind of wish I hadn't taken the 10% time deal. Then I'd be under no obligation to answer their questions. Except I would anyways, so I may as well get paid for it.

I want to be settled somewhere, with all our stuff (the non-clutter stuff, anyways) unpacked. This apartment is really nice. Probably much nicer than wherever we end up moving to. Especially the huge bathtub. But it isn't our space. Just a hotel, albeit a large and very well equipped one.

I'm afraid that by the time we find somewhere more permanent, I won't have the energy to unpack anything, and then the baby will be born, and two years later we'll find ourselves with everything still in boxes.

Of course, at that point we can just get rid of everything that's still boxed up, since we haven't needed it in two years.

Speaking of energy, I should get myself to sleep so that I can be awake before noon tomorrow.

Irony is...

Sep. 3rd, 2001 08:39 pm
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being stuck with a flat tire at 2 AM, about 100 ft. away from a (closed) Firestone Tires store.

This weekend has been very nice.
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Last week I mentioned that I thought something might be off with my contact lens prescription. Turns out I was right - it's too strong. So now I have another pair to try out. Since I've pretty much adjusted to these ones, I'm hoping that everything won't look disappointingly blurry.

I really must learn to trust myself more about that kind of thing, since my feelings tend to be accurate even when I think it's probably just my imagination.

For work talk, discussion about trashy novels, and mundane life stuff, read on...
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Original: http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2001/3/19/164619/890

Yesterday afternoon I went out and practiced driving with a friend of mine (yes, I'm 21, and haven't bothered to get my license yet). It went pretty well. We even got off of the back country roads and drove around the town and on the freeway for a while.

After dinner, we decided to drive out to Fry's and get me a new network card (I killed the old one). He fell asleep for a short bit on the way there, and when he woke up, realized that I'd managed to get us on the completely wrong freeway. By this time, it was dark, and I was stressed out and tired, so before turning around and going back, we switched places. Drove back, found Fry's, got the card, and went home.

At least that's how I wish it had gone...
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