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1. I have historically used stepmania for some exercise, but a hot summer and malfunctioning dance pad got me out of it. Last night I performed dance pad surgery and learned that : a. this is incredibly primitive technology. b. my dance pad is horribly put together. c. it is a miracle that this pad was working at all, since one layer of sensor film had actually shredded away from the side of the pad, torn through one button, and crumpled towards the middle. Scissors and a quarter of a roll of packing tape later, it works, except that one button, which I wasn't using.

2. I woke up this morning after a night of icky dreams and anxiety, stumbled to my computer, and was informed that [profile] moments_away was bringing me breakfast. After that, we actually used the dance pad. This was a good thing.

3. My new webcam is here, so I can talk to [profile] sfogarty without using either the old one that logitech no longer has drivers for or the fuzzy one that comes with the EEE. This is important, as my headset died before I moved.

4. I am teaching myself to eat more vegetables by leaving a marinated salad in the fridge. This is a happy thing, but it means I'm hungry a lot more often.

5. A. Accomplishment: assembling the metal shelving in the closet, putting some stuff on it, shoring up the makeshift shelving left by previous tenant, discovering that you can buy those plastic sleeve things for the shelves at Menards. B. Dubious accomplishment: feeling crappy and aimless, deciding to see if I really can grind coffee beans in my mortar and pestle. I could just go down the hall and borrow a grinder from [profile] moments_away, but this is for Science! Thus far, qualified yes; I have reached french press grind with relatively little effort and it's taking my mind of my headache. Can I get to moka pot? Only time will tell.

PS: Remus-rat has discovered that he can become very, very flat and slip through the inch and a half space at the top of the cage door. I need a better clip for this.

PSS: Romulus-rat would like to do this, but he is too fat.
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Which, I suspect, is a nice way of saying "why are you skulking in the bushes with a butter knife?" (The painters earlier this summer painted all my windows shut from the outside and I was prying them open). He helped me get the really bad one open, though, so now I can have storm windows again.

Have spent morning and early afternoon working on pagan devotional art, waiting for sick girlfriend to wake up. Not looking forward to dark @ 5 pm. (sunset at 4:38, technically. Daylight savings time, thou art my nemesis.)

Now, back to work.
gracedpalmer: (stupid)
When I first got my apartment, the building was managed by a very nice, responsible guy by the name of Bill. He'd been running the building for years and eventually got sick of it, so they hired a much less experienced college-age guy who was awkward but still pretty friendly. He did take forever to get minor things accomplished, but was always very earnest about it. Apparently my property management company got sick of the long wait times and fired him. So now my apartment is managed by a guy who runs a different building and is never in. It seems that he decided to change the locks on the storage lockers without bothering to contact anyone or put up any notice at all. I found out about this when I went to try to open my locker. I would not have known had I not called him and oh, he's in Chicago and can't do anything about it and shows no signs of remorse. I'm really glad I'm not heading out on a trip anytime soon!

Feh. I preferred the college kid. He was slow and frazzled, but at least he put up notices when he did stuff and said he was sorry when he screwed up. And at least I could get hold of my lumber.
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Well, the current tenant moved out early, so I get to head up to my new, shiny apartment a week before I'd planned to. I'll be heading up on Thursday to get my keys, and moving will be accomplished Saturday. So, folks who wanted dates to see me before I left town should get their bids in soon. After all, I still have a chunk of packing to get done.
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Alright, I've been terribly confused on the dwelling place front. This looks like it will continue, but at least a bit less angsty than it was before. I've redone the math, taking into account my cash flow situation, and things don't look great on the Milwaukee front. If this were all, I might come up with a way to make it happen, but Champaign is much improved from before (at least at the moment). My great cynicism expects that this may not last, but I'll try not to be too negative.

As we now have seven folks in the duplex, what shall occur is this: myself and three other people are going to live on this half, and three people are going to rent the other. There will be some roommate musical chairs to allow for couples to be more together, and if I need to flip out and run to Wisconsin, I can do so without worry that I'm going to beggar any of my housemates. And perhaps the place I write for will get the setup that will allow me to charge more for articles together, so I will be able to put together enough cash to survive in Milwaukee.

At the moment, it has been decided that remaining in Champaign with a travel budget, while not ideal, trumps being in Milwaukee with money worries and no travel budget. This may change.

In other news, I now have a 3/4 completed loft bed in my room, and my sheets are full of sawdust.

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