Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Promising Developments on the Housing Front

The apartment viewing went very well last night. The place we looked at is closer to work and seems to have everything we want. The rent is slightly more than I was hoping to pay, but I think we're just going to go for it. There's no reason not to, really.

If we're accepted and everything goes smoothly -- and I can't imagine why it shouldn't -- that will remove a huge burden from our shoulders. Olga will also be thrilled, because this new place has a huge back yard! Grass and trees and rose bushes! We'd even have to procure a lawn mower, which is something I never thought I would need in my lifetime.

We can plant vegetables and have a bird feeder. We can sit out on a patio and have cocktails in the evening. We would have outdoor furniture.

OK, I'm getting ahead of myself -- it's not ours yet. Must remind self to stay dispassionate.

In other developments, as you can see, I've re-embedded the koi pond to the right and it seems to be working again. I'm not sure what happened, except that the new embed code was different from the old one.

The library couch rebellion is, in fact, ongoing. Yesterday the students plastered the school with fliers asking the whereabouts of the "missing" couch, and advising people to e-mail me. (No one did.) In the spirit of playful retaliation, I plastered their posters with a little flier of my own, saying "False Alarm!" and pointing out that the couch was not missing, but merely in happy retirement in the quiet area.

One of my coworkers gave me a hilarious pair of red devil-like horns that say "Evil Librarian." I intend to wear them all day today.

(Photo: Goodmayes, near Dagenham, East London. As I've said before, everyone loves their iPhone.)


  1. Keeping my fingers crossed. The apartment sounds wonderful! And you won't have to leave town when the Notting Hill Festival takes place. That might not be the right name of the event that drives you out of your apartment.

    Oh that couch. That couch!

  2. Oh, I hope you get the apartment! It sounds wonderful, complete with a real yard for all of you.

    Would love to see the Evil Librarian horns (hint hint).

  3. I am with Lynne on all fronts. Double the hints ;).

  4. Like Lynne, I'd also love to see the "Evil Librarian". I hope you get a photo.
    The new apartment sounds perfect to me. I hope it all works out. I'll send positive thoughts your way.
    And, I fed the fish today. I'll have to remember to do that more often so they don't wither away again.

  5. I was amazed by how excited I was to move into our house - I thought I loved apartment living best & didn't want the bother of maintaining a yard. But it's been the best thing. Hope you guys get it!

  6. I'm so excited about y(our) move. I've already got the garden planned out and have also picked out the patio furniture.