Appreciating Apartment Living

I’ve recently sold my house and I’m living in an apartment for the first time in a long time.  After owning a house for such a long time, there was an adjustment period to renting again, but that pretty much went away the first time the heat pump stopped working.  One call to my landlord and a repairman was on his way.  My kitchen sink faucet also had to be replaced but they came right out.

It is a relief to not worry about my roof,  or trees falling onto my house, or a million other things that can go wrong in a house.  At first, I did feel a sense of loss of security because renting an apartment feels less permanent, but after awhile I realize that nothing in life is permanent anyway.

Owning a house requires a lot of maintenance and money to have that maintenance and upkeep done every year.  That maintenance isn’t just the inside of the house either.  It’s the entire outside of the house, the roof, and under the house if there is a basement or a crawl space.  It turns out that renting makes me free, somewhat more free, and no longer shackled by those responsibilities.  It was a huge leap,  but I wish I’d done it years ago.

Good Auto Mechanic Needed ASAP

So yeah, crap, my car broke down.  My old mechanic who I really liked and trusted to be fair isn’t around any more, so I have to find a new mechanic.

It is so hard these days to find a mechanic that is honest and won’t try to upsell every small problem you have.  You go in for an oil change, they give you a laundry list of problems they’ve discovered.  You go in for a new tire and you leave with a tune up and new brakes.  It gets expensive!  Of course safety is an issue, it’s important that the tires and brakes work well, but who has that kind of money to plunk down unexpectedly?

I think I will ask friends and neighbors who they use and try to get a referral.  That is usually better than picking a random garage out of the phone book. I used to count on big chain shops with name recognition, but the turnover of mechanics is so high that you really never know who is going to be doing the actual work on your car and whether they are any good. I would rather find one guy who owns his own shop or who has been a long time employee at a local shop so I can build a relationship with him and be able to trust his work.

Do you know anyone? I need a good one ASAP!

Random Thoughts Thanks to YouTube

So I was trolling YouTube a little while ago and happened across some random old commercials from the 80’s or something like that. Some of these were just hilarious and others were mind boggling. People seem like they were so different back then, but I guess in a way they were. There was this one commercial with a guy who climbs to the top of a mountain to ask what the meaning of life is. For what purpose that was in a commercial, I have no clue, but it got me to thinking.

What is the meaning of life? Sometimes it seems as if we live short pointless lives. Short given the age of our planet… but pointless none the less. We are born and spend our first two years being taught to walk and talk, then the next sixteen being told to sit down and shut up. Then we to to work to pay for all the crap we are told we “need” and never have time for family or to even enjoy all the crap we buy.

I know that sounds pessimistic, so allow me to redeem myself here. I think in the end perhaps the meaning of life is to love and to learn or to learn to love. The order is not as important as the action itself. I cannot see any other reason or purpose to give meaning to our lives than these.

Potluck Christmas Party

So my boss wanted me to organize the Christmas party for our office this year. Crap ! This is the biggest pain in the whazoo there ever was. I have about a month to get it done. I have already decided that it will be a potluck dinner party. Probably would have been easier to just get a bunch of platters made somewhere but everyone else will be doing that and accidents happen. Orders get lost or given to the wrong customer and wham ! No food !

So potluck it is and now I have to get people to agree to bring in main dishes and desserts etc… Chips and dip, sodas and stuff like that I can go buy on the company dime from Costco or somewhere like that. I also need to dig out the Christmas decorations and put them up as that is part of the job as well.

I already know what I am bringing. It’s the one thing everyone loves for me to bring in. Oreo truffles aka Oreo cookie balls. They are seriously simple to make and cost very little as well. People LOVE them and they are usually gone before dinner is even served !

House Hunting Took Longer than I Thought

Well, that took longer than I thought, but I finally am able to buy a house. I have been looking online for… well, forever, and I have finally found the one I really want. The internet has really helped with house hunting, but it took a lot longer than I thought it would. Like over a year! I am hoping that everything will go smoothly with the loans and closing. They have to get an inspector to go out and do some kind of total inspection. Costs an arm and a leg too.

You would not believe the stuff they have to look for; foundation, lot, roof, exterior, attic, and the list goes on and on. I am partially glad for it though, because so many homes today get that mold that is really bad for your health. I definitely do NOT want that in my new home, so I guess the money is worth it. Unfortunately, it is non refundable and if the report comes back bad, I am out the money. Oh well, C’estla vie !

I am really excited about my new house though. I can already envision where everything will go and am trying to figure out what colors I want in my new space. It’s a lot bigger than my apartment so my stuff will seem like there isn’t much in the house at first. Probably a good thing as we tend to collect stuff as we get older.