neotoma: Elrond (cool blue ocean) (Elrond (cool blue ocean))
( Jan. 5th, 2016 07:59 am)
Woke this morning to water all over the floor of the bathroom. Mopped it up with a towel, and investigated.

It looks like there is a leak between the water pipe from the wall and the toilet tank. I've closed the stopcock as far as it will go, and contacted the housing office. Hopefully they'll send a maintenance person ASAP.
neotoma: Neotoma albigula, the white-throated woodrat! [default icon] (Default)
( May. 15th, 2015 06:10 pm)
So, my computer basically ground itself to death on Tuesday. I took it to the local MicroCenter, where I had originally bought it, to see if it could be repaired but the cost of repair estimates were high enough that it was basically the same price to buy a refurbished computer from stock and proceed from there.

I also bought an enclosure and pulled my old computer's hard drive, rather than pay the data transfer fee -- $20 vs $70.

Sadly, the best computer for my money was a Windows 8 machine, which has a terrible interface that is so frustrating that I wanted to smash the screen within 30 minutes of trying to navigate it. Fortunately, you can find freeware skins to emulate the Windows 7 layout, which I did immediately after installing Chrome and Firefox.

So I have a new computer and another couple of hundred dollars in debt, but I'm not trying to search job postings from my Kindle. So that's good.
neotoma: Elrond (cool blue ocean) (Elrond (cool blue ocean))
( Feb. 11th, 2015 06:21 pm)
Someone threw half my mint pants, my primrose, all of my smaller strawberries, and my smaller shadbush into the trash and recycling bins today. I managed to rescue a bunch of them, but I'm pretty pissed off.

I'm really afraid it was the groundskeeping staff at my apartment, who have been around pruning (badly) and I generally haven't trusted since they planted rows of boxwoods all over.

So now I have to decide whether it is worth complaining to the housing office, or whether they'll say it's my fault for leaving my outside plants outside over winter.
neotoma: Neotoma albigula, the white-throated woodrat! [default icon] (Default)
( Aug. 27th, 2013 06:49 pm)
So, I get home today, and my apartment is 85 degrees.

The A/C is running, but not pumping any cool air -- I've called the housing office, and the maintenance guy has arrived, but I'm seriously considering turning on the box fan and opening the windows.
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
( Jun. 16th, 2013 05:42 pm)
[personal profile] lavenderliz and her husband moved into a new place recently, and were nice enough to give me one of their old cabinents/entertainment-centers. This means that I finally have my tv and DVD set-up, andhave managed to clear a good bit of floorspace thereby. The cabinent is deep enough to fold up my comforter and wool blanket to store on the bottom shelf, leaving the top and second shelf for the DVD player and DVD storage.

Also the surface is big enough to put my tv on and stack some Ikea Sortera bins beside it. I have one tall bin and one small bin, and I'm going to use them for yarn and fiber storage -- they're just around the corner from my loom, so the weaving yarns will go into the tall bin and various knitting kits will go in the small bin. I might want to get a tall Billy to put at the end for more book storage. It seems like that might be a good use of the space.

Oddly, I think I might need more furniture to get this place really organized. That's a bit weird, and will probably involve more trips to Ikea, used furniture stores, the Big Flea, and maybe Community Forklift -- I definitely need an armoire, considering how small the closets are in my apartment, a set of hooks from my hats and spindles, and probably a few more bookcases and/or storage cabinets.
I've been getting hit with anxiety and woe on the way home from work pretty badly for the past few days. The whole situation with trying to find a place and then arranging the moving is getting to me...

but it's worse when it's 5:30 pm and I haven't had anything since lunch.

Maybe I need to pack a couple of cookies for mid-afternoon snack or something.

I do have an appointment to look at a place tomorrow -- it's quite near work, so I'd be able to walk it in good weather, which would cut down significantly on my monthly transportation costs, but there is no balcony or patio, so I'd have to give away a lot of my plants and figure out some vertical stacking system for the rest of them, and maybe buy a grow-light.

And I kind of doubt that any utilities except maybe trash and sewage are included -- it's the wrong side of the county for that. I'll have to balance expected utility costs against lower rent; it might be cheaper to stay in on this side of the county and pay the same for less space because the utilities are generally included in this area.

Otoh, walking to work, in an area where a library and a cinema are in walking distance... not be sneezed at.
The A/C stopped working last night -- and while I called this morning, I only got the machine.

When I got home, there was a box fan at my door, but no evidence that the A/C was actually repaired.

I'll call again in the morning. If I don't get an actual person this time, I'll leave a message asking them to leave a message.
Even though I called my building's office this afternoon -- and actually talked with a person this time -- there is no evidence that they came out to look at the issues, let alone came up with a plan for fixing them.

The person I talked to didn't seem to have heard either of my messages on their voice mail, either -- not the one from Friday before last, or the one from that Saturday. So much for the speculation that they weren't able to get the repairs started because it was a short holiday week.

I'm calling them again tomorrow, to see what is happening, and probably every day until I see some evidence of work being done in my bathroom. If I don't see some evidence of at least an evaluation of the problem, I'm going to have to contact local government, and won't that be fun...
neotoma: "Squee!" goes the bunny (SqueeBunny)
( Nov. 24th, 2010 03:33 pm)
I saw four red-backed salamanders yesterday while cleaning the leaves out of my patio. I left a litle pile of leaves in one corner for them -- hopefully they can hide there and I won't feel so bad for clearing away the rest of their habitat.
neotoma: Lego Vader facepalms (Vader Facepalm)
( Nov. 20th, 2010 02:37 pm)
So, I got home last night with no evidence (no note, which they're supposed to leave whenever they enter your apartment) from the maintenance guys.

Considering that I noticed visible cracks in the ceiling right above my bathtub, this is not good.

I'm rather unhappy with the work quality when it comes to repairs -- this is an emerging situation, though not yet an emergency. When my upstairs neighbor's pipes burst, that'll be an emergency.
neotoma: Lego Vader facepalms (Vader Facepalm)
( Nov. 19th, 2010 06:27 am)
Waking up, going into the bathroom, and hearing a drip from leaky tap, that's not to bad.

Realizing that the drip is coming from the ceiling, that's bad.

I'm calling the housing office -- hopefully this won't mean my bathroom is ripped apart for days to deal with this, but given that it's my ceiling, who knows...
Apparently, a water pipe burst sometime this morning outside my apartment. I came home to a earthmover outside my place and a notice on the door saying that the building "will be without water until further notice."

I may need to pack a bag and couch surf this weekend...

I'm suffering a partial power outage at my building.

What this means is that my living room and hall and kitchen are dark, but I've got power in the bath and bedroom, and the fridge is still running.

It does look like my heat might be out, which thankfully isn't as worrisome as it would have been this time last month.

I'm borrowing a netbook from a neighbor (geeky college boys for the win, apparently) to type this, but hopefully the power will be back in the morning. This thing's keyboard is very cramped -- it's an Asus EeePC, and while it might only cost $250, the size of the keyboard would drive me mad in short order if I actually owned one. Also, the touchpad just makes my go 'argh!'

Maybe I should do some window shopping, since I did get a bonus this year... I already put $200 of it into my savings. I was thinking about getting a Wii, but a netbook might be more useful in the long run, if they've come down that much in price...

Oh well, maybe I can some more work done on the Story That Ate Lawrence, Kansas.
Since the day I got the keys to this place, I've been trying to get the gasket to my refrigerator fixed. There's a slight gap at the top of the refrigerator compartment, which means I can't trust it to keep milk cold.

However, upon moving in last Saturday, I found that there was also a problem with the toilet -- it wouldn't flush consistently. I called it and called again today to check up on the progress, and it turned out the message hadn't gotten passed along to the landlord properly.

So when I came home today, I was rather surprised to find that the toilet tank had leaked while I was a work, to the point of water seeping out into the hall, and the repair guys had only just caught it. In fact, they were assembling a wet-vac in the stairwell to go clean up my apartment. Needless to say, this is not a great start to evening, or to my lease of this place.

I'm just hoping no other disasters happen any time soon...
I spent my breaks at work calling apartments to set up appointments to view them.

The results:

-- two appointments tomorrow in Silver Spring for maybes (first is a bit expensive, second is a roommate situation)
-- one appointment for Monday evening (the first choice, if the apartment is okay. Good location, good price, little small, no weekend hours at the management office).
-- one call to a fax number
-- one place with no current vacancies to view and a disinterested phone person. Not going there unless everything else falls through).

So... I'm down to Silver Spring tomorrow at noon, and will probably be over with everything by three.

I'm thinking about going to the movies again. Should I hit the AFI (hey, BREAKFAST ON PLUTO is playing at 7:45?!) or go see something at the Majestic 20? Anyone want to meet up for a meal and a movie?
Watching this clip of how police drug kits react to soap, but not detergents makes me want to change over to using organic soaps like Dr. Bronner's from now on. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if I can afford to do so, because Dr. Bronner's costs about $2.50 a bar instead of $6 for a twelve pack of Dial or Lever.

Obviously, this is part of continuing effort to eat more simply -- ie less packaged food and less eating out. Part of it is I want to consume less resources with my diet and part of it is I want to eat more healthfully. I've even considered trying the 100 mile diet, but after looking into it, I think that is something that is more easily accomplished by people who have a car and can drive out to farms -- and probably ones who don't have 9-to-5 office jobs.

Moving downcounty will hopefully make it easier for me to get to the farmer's markets more often, and cut down on some on taxis -- they cost too much, but sometimes they're the only way to get home if I visit my friends on the weekends.
I got home a bit early today, and was able to talk to an actual manager-type person at the my apartment's office.

I got *three* repeats of "we're trying to raise the rent of current residents to the market rate that we charge new tenants". That's their justification for raising the rent 11%.

When I pointed out that when I had received a renewal letter in error in December, and *that* had only stated my rent would go up $20, she said "well, rates fluctuate all the time -- we're raising our rate to reflect the current market price" and "we're legally allowed to raise rents 30%".

Uhm, if the current market price of this place is $1,300 a month, then a lot of people should be investing in townhomes and condos, because the local ones go for about $1,400/month. And you'd have a lot more control over the place.

So I'm definitely moving. I've got find a place -- looking near Takoma, Silver Spring, and Forest Glen Metro stations, though other suggested areas in MD near public tranportation would be helpful -- and a mover, since I'm not asking my friends to help me move again. It was awful in July last time, it will be awful again. I can pay some strapping young men to haul boxes; I'll just ask my friends to help me weed out the extraneous stuff that I should get rid of -- clothes I don't wear, books that I don't read, things like that.


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