Friday, August 29, 2008

Day One.... SORE!!!!!!! (ouch)

Just as I thought, I woke up this morning sore all over. Surprisingly though, my hands are the most sore this morning. The ol' back & knees aren't that bad overall. That might have something to do with the fact that I took two Alleve & a Goody's "Back & Body Pain" powder before sleeping last night.

To those of you who've never been to the South & don't know what I'm talking about with the "Goody's" comment. Goody's (and BC, and Standback) are simply aspirin that are sold in powder form instead of tablet form. In the two years I've been here in Seattle I've not seen them in either Walgreen's or Bartell's, so I'm thinking they aren't sold here. If that's the case, I'll probably have to get my Mom to send me more as I run out.

I still like the apartment (though it's only the first full day). I'll have to get used to sleeping in more than my underwear though. My sliding door gives me a great view of the Magnolia area of Seattle; however, it also gives folks at the bus stop across the street a good view into my living room. I definitely don't want to give the good people of Seattle the trauma of having to view me in my underwear only. That thrill is saved for special people. :)

So, today I'm working from home (in my sweats) while the construction workers go about their business around the building like worker bees in a hive. It's a little noisy, but I can make it fairly tolerable with some loud & abusive tunes from my iTunes.

I'm also doing some unpacking here & there. About every hour or two I get up & unpack one box and place the stuff where is should be. It only takes about ten minutes, so it's a nice break and I'm getting some stuff done on the home front. So far, I've emptied four & a half boxes.

Tomorrow Bumbershoot starts here in Seattle. I'm probably going to miss it this year. I want to get this place in some sort of order before I go back to work. Plus, I haven't got a ticket yet. I'll miss Beck & Neko Case, but maybe next time. I've already found a number of items I need for this place, so I need to run some errands tomorrow. I have to do those tomorrow since the stores I want to visit are closed on Sundays & Monday is a holiday. With any luck, I'll get most of the stuff done tomorrow & Sunday; that will give me Monday to take a good long walk around the neighborhood to check it out thoroughly.

Well, I'd better get back to work now.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A New Life in Queen Anne/Magnolia....

Well, today I moved from my place on Beacon Hill to a new place in Queen Anne. Actually, it's right on the border of Queen Anne & Magnolia (and also next to the Inter-Bay area). It's nice so far, but then again I've only been to this place three previous times (to look at the place, to sign the lease, to bring some things over last Saturday), and I've only been here for about 5 hours now.

Overall, I think the apartment (it's actually a condo that I'm leasing), and neighborhood in general are nice. I shouldn't be using my car nearly as much. I have a bus stop half a block away that goes directly to my office & back; there's a grocery store, Starbucks, pizza place, convenience store/gas station all within two blocks. Matter of fact, I can see them all from my sliding doors. Hopefully, I'll start getting some exercise as a result of things being so close.

The down side is that the building is undergoing a renovation. Several things are being done, and I don't remember them all. However, the building is encased in scaffolding & some type of mesh. And when the workmen are here, it's pretty loud. But there is an upside to this; while the construction is going on, I'm getting $250 knocked off my rent (the construction should be done by December). Also the rent here is about $5oo less than the Beacon Hill place. (cha-ching!)

Right now though, I feel like shit. I'm totally exhausted. I'm sore all over, and I know that I'll be even more sore in the morning. I don't relish that a bit.

However, I'll surely survive this move as I have the countless others in my life. It's just that as I get older, it takes longer to recover. :)

Well, I have to go now & get some grub. I haven't eaten since lunch & I'm starving.