Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Because this format is easier

* Arggh. I had something started for this morning, but somehow my computer was turned off and whatever I had written wasn't saved. It was probably boring anyway, but still, it's irritating to lose it.

* I received such a nice email yesterday from a reader mentioning things I have written here (700 posts to date). It is such a pleasure to receive such feedback, to see that I made someone laugh or cry, to have (however ethereally) connected with someone.

* This is the limbo week. The week before I fly out of here. Mentally I'm gone, but physically, there are still many things to get done. The carrot? Vegas baby, Vegas.

* When we were sitting around with friends on the patio Sunday, this story came up, and I was charmed to hear them say they they still tell people about that when the subject of flatulence comes up. Laughs all around.

* The hot water control is so sensitive in our shower that all you have to do is *think* hotter, and it works. The merest touch of the dial though, and you'll char your flesh.

* In the vacuum left by finishing Harry Potter, I went out (guided by suggestions from you, my gorgeous readers) and checked out Artemis Fowl from the library. I felt like I had been dumped by someone, and there was a really cute, interesting guy flirting with me, but I just couldn't give him my full, um, attention, mired as I was with the depression of being dumped. C'mon. Artemis is no Dumbledore. Still, he got under my skin enough to make me want to read the second book (which I also have from the library.)


* We eat dinner every night on the patio now. When we lived in California, we NEVER ate outside in the yard. We didn't even have a table out there. But when you're trapped inside 6 months of the year as you are here, eating outside on the patio is heaven. Last night was burritos, mmmmm.

* The one bedroom apartment is generating some interest. I took a call from a gal in New York City who's planning to spend a year here and who was very interested. She wanted to know why the price was "that much". It is a little pricy for a one bedroom I admitted, but it's renovated and includes appliances. "No, it seems so cheap is what I meant. Not that I want to pay more!" I guess if you're used to Manhattan rents, ours seems cheap.

* Alright, I've got to go teach this morning. (The best part is the ride over the majestic St Lawrence river.) Then a haircut and a couple apartment showings. Good Tuesday everyone.

22 comments:

Enemy of the Republic said...

Happy Tuesday to you. Off to teach myself. But no St. Lawrence, just North Philly. I read on the train or write in my journal.

Lemuel said...

Your note of the comment of the NYC gal on the cost of your apt reminded me of an incident when we first moved to the area of our former home. We moved from the center of the state and prices in the area to which we were moving were about double that to which we were familiar. We were horrified at the costs. At the same time we made friends with a family from Long Island who had also recently moved. They were astounded at how cheap everything was. It's all relative.

Sunshine said...

At least you moved onto Artemis Fowl. I just can't - not even now. After I finished the last HP book, I've refused to read anything remotely close to that genre. I don't think I'll ever recover. Nothing can replace HP. :S

Polt said...

I see the dog there on the patio too. Did she enjoy any burritos with you? :)

HUGS...

Lacey said...

The light fixture in the hall...that ALONE makes it worth the price...

lattégirl said...

Of course Montreal apartments are crazy-cheap in comparison with New York... and Toronto, too. I knew someone who, back in the distant 80s, was paying $700 for one (rather dingy) room in NYC. Two years ago, I was in a 5 1/2 in Rosemont paying $795. Mind you, I found that pretty expensive. :)

Cooper said...

I, too, glory in eating dinner outside on the patio every night these days. After six months of snow (literally), it's a blessing I bask in and never take for granted. Also, the joy of sipping my morning coffee outdoors as well.

Timmy said...

I'd totally rent that apartment, very nice indeed.

Chunks said...

I want a one-bedroom apartment! :)

Outside is the place to be! One needs to just go back a few months and see how miserable we all were in the winter to know that every moment outside is worth it!

The fart story still makes me laugh!

Dantallion said...

Have you tried adjusting the thermostat on your water heater? If the temp is set too high, you could scald yourself (it takes about 10 seconds of 135F water to cause serious burns...).

Jason said...

That's a beautiful apartment for $675. Toronto is stupidly expensive.

David said...

My shower is capricious as well; one of the few things I'd change in my apartment if I could.

GayProf said...

Is it really $675? You would get almost nothing for that price in Boston. Even Midwestern Funky Town is more expensive than that for a one bedroom (though I think that MFT has wrongly inflated rental rates). Who knew that Montréal was so affordable?

Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

Oh my goodness. I want to move to Montreal.
I've fallen into an Andrew Greeley novel. I feel like such a slut.

Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

Sara looks as though in pleasant anticipation of a burrito dinner, as well!

Patricia said...

i love taking advantage of being outdoors. i like feeling all smug and superior because i don't take for granted the fact that nice weather is only here for a moment and then it's gone. dawn is just never gonna get this part :)

tworabbitshow said...

$675??? *chokes*

Oh, to live somewhere affordable again...

BTW, your shower sounds like a great place to make soup.

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

I've had a hot water valve like that.

Here's a tip: never have the water aimed at your genitals when you adjust the temperature.

That's experience talking, my friend.

Maurice said...

The thing is, that's still considerably more than what a one-bedroom would go for in Montreal some 7 or 8 years ago, when rents were ridiculously cheap. It looks like a wonderful apartment, but I'm a space hog so I'd be in the market for a two-bedroom should I finally make the leap to La Métropole. *hum* *hum*

Cheers about the mention, by the way. :)

dawn said...

You realize, of course, I now have your phone number off of that apartment ad.

This could be fun.

roebrt78 said...

I just read the flatulence story -- simply hysterical! I laughed to hard lol. *whew*

Gary said...

Artemis didn't do much for me, but I've had a surprisingly good time with the first two Septimus Heap books. They're written with a younger audience in mind (it starts with Septimus at 10), but I look forward to the third (new at the library).