April 5th, 2003


Home meme

1. How many houses/apartments have you lived in throughout your life?

1 house, where my parents still live
4 dorm rooms (although two of them on two separate occassions, so if I'd ended up in different ones, it would have been 6)
3 apartments

2. Which was your favorite and why?

I don't really think I've had a favorite, as I've had good experiences in all of them. My LEAST favorite was my last apartment, in Porter Square, which, while an unbelievably good location, was a kinda dumpy, dark place with roommates who weren't really interested in spiffing it up. I do miss the location, though!

3. Do you find moving exciting or stressful? Why?

I hate moving. It's the packing and worrying about where I'll be next that I don't like. Trying to find a new apartment is stressful and time-consuming, especially when you try to go the no-realtor, join-an-established-apartment route. Once I know where I'm going, the packing is unpleasant, stressful, dusty, and time-consuming. Then you get to lug all your boxes and furniture to the new place! Also not my favorite thing. However, once in the new place, I love unpacking and making it my home, so once all the bad stuff is out of the way, I really enjoy it :)

4. What's more important: location or price?

The perfect combination of the two! I obviously need a place I can afford, which can be challenging in the Boston area, but I also don't own a car (and don't want to), so having a location that works for me is key, too.

5. What features does your dream house have?

Entirely self-powered, with solar panels, good insulation, composting toilets and grey-water recycling where appropriate. (Hey, a girl can dream.) Lots of windows, an open floor plan, a beautiful kitchen and a sauna and hottub.
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One of my roommates emailed me yesterday with a long, apologetic note, explaining that she's bounced two rent checks -- November and January -- and that the realtor (who's doing the dealing between the landlord and her (because, so far as I can tell, the landlord doesn't actually exist)) is working with her to get it covered, but has threatened to send her to collections if she doesn't get it together.

My initial response to this is deep sympathy. I do pretty well keeping track of the money I have, but I know it would be easy to get in over my head if I had more expenses, and she's never been a frugal kind of person, so far as I can tell. I can only imagine how stressed out I would be if I didn't have the money to cover rent! And she doesn't check her bank balance and balance her checkbook each month, so she didn't even know she was bouncing the checks until the realtor called. Of course, the landlord tried and tried to cash them, so she's racked up ridiculous amounts of overdraft fees, too. Ouch.

She even offered to move out and find us a new roommate, which struck me as ridiculous, if she's getting things under control, and I hope she doesn't.

Then I remembered that the lease was signed as a "jointly and severally" sort of thing, which means that if he WANTS to, the landlord could come after me and the other roommate to cover the lost rent from the third. I really hope it doesn't come to that, because, although I know she'd pay the money back eventually, it would just be a really difficult situation all around.

This may also complicate things should I decide to try to finagle a way to get back into this apartment after my Guatemala trip, but that's hardly worth worrying about right now since I'm not sure I even want to do that, and I've got enough to think about the trip without worrying about something that I'm not even sure I want.
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I registered for the Spanish language school in Guatemala where I'll be studying in September!! The Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco de Español looks like a really terrific program, and it has all the good local-friendly stuff I'm looking for. Wow! I'm nervous, excited, jittery, bouncy and GLAD TO HAVE MADE A DECISION!

Now I just have to figure out the rest of my trip :)
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I like swing dancing!!

Not that this is a surprise, but I have to admit that I was a little nervous about doing a type of dancing that has a leader and a follower. Most of my leader/follower dance experience is in the form of junior high gym class dance lessons on the waltz, the box step, etc, which, shockingly enough, weren't that much fun. I've done a bit of leader/follower dancing since then, but I don't do well when my leader doesn't lead, because then I try to take over and it just gets ugly.

dbang, happily, is a solid leader who had me twirling around like mad within the first few minutes of the lesson portion of the evening. Great fun! I wore my twirliest skirt, which was also fun. I need more twirly skirts. My main complaint about the dance is that the person doing the music played maybe 25% swing music, which struck me as, well, odd, given that it was the montly saturday night SWING dance. There was lots of latin music, and a bit of country, and while I like variety, I was there to try SWING dancing, thankyouverymuch. So we'll have to go back in a month or two.

I'm really looking forward to buying myself some dance shoes, both because I think it'll be good for my feet/knees, and because I've been really limiting myself on buying stuff in preparation for Guatemala, so it's kinda exciting to actually have a good reason to go shopping.

Now I should go shower, because I have to be out of the house early for a Mosaic Commons meeting, and we spring forward the clocks tonight.

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