lookie what I found. It's the hard wood flooring beneath the carpeted
bedrooms, living room, and hallway of the new house. And it's beautiful!
I went to the house tonight to pay Nick our deposit and take some
measurements. I am so excited about this, even more now
that I know it has potential to have hard wood floors and
we can paint the wood paneling in the living room (it takes
a special kind of primer, but we can do it). So the living room
could go from navy blue carpet and wood-colored paneling to hard
wood flooring and white walls. What a HUGE difference!
Of course this opens up many more hours of labor and expenses before
moving in, but I really think it should be done before moving in.
I also found a Starbucks
Drive-Thru not far from the house that I'm gonna ask my manager if I can
transfer to. She's actually been making some phone calls for me, which
is nice. I am scheduled through Jan 27 here at this store so the transfer
time along with the move would be perfect for the beginning of February.
So now I need to convince Sean that refinishing all the hard wood floors
and painting that wood paneling would make A LOT OF SENSE TO DO IN THE
NEXT TWO WEEKS. Wish me luck.
• link 01-12-06 We
We now have the following few things to think about:
house is available now, and the landlord has been kind enough to
offer us the opportunity to move in whenever we want, with only
the deposit, and rent due on Feb 1. This is AWESOME. But it's in
another city - Burnaby. I need to figure out when we will officially
be moved in over there.
We need to
approach the current landlords with the law that states that they
owe us a month's rent (we need to find the law online so we can
print it out and show it to them), because we don't think that they
know about it. Which is a bit awkward to approach them with. Especially
while telling them that we'll be out of here by the end of this
My job. Man,
what a mess. Apparently I'm not allowed to transfer stores within
the first 90 days of employment (even for a re-hire). Even though
we are moving to another city. If the transfer is not allowed
no matter what, I'll have to give two-weeks notice, then start all
over again at another Starbucks, which means I'll lose another month
before benefits kick in (three months after employment starts).
I have applied
for another three jobs, all admin positions. There's a chance I
could get one of these jobs right around the time I start at the
new Starbucks. Which doesn't make me look too nice. But y'all, I
make $8.50 an hour at Starbucks. Which means that I would make about
$4.75/hour on my parental leave all of next year, which is NOT livable.
(Parental leave is based on 55% of what you last made.) Taking a
higher paid job would not only affect my salary now, but my salary
for the next year-and-a-half. I *have* to look for better work.
Also? MY FEET HURT.
What we need
for the new house: a sliding-glass-door cat door, lighting for the
living room, a vacuum cleaner, a new fish tank stand so we can use
our white table as a dining table again.
OH MY GOD WE
HAVE TO PACK AGAIN. Good thing we hardly unpacked in this place.
We need to
figure out what internet the people in the basement of the new house
have. If it's good, we'll split it with them, since we have wireless
cards. OR we may just set up cable or DSL and get Vonage for our
phone service. Decisions that we have to make soon.... knowing most
internet companies and their sense of urgency....
WHERE ON EARTH
will we put the litterbox in this new house? There is NO bathroom
floor space. And it can't go out on the deck because it's too wet
NOW would be
a really nice time to know where I'll be working 2-3 weeks from
now. Like, NOW.
From Mom to Me: I have the same questions some of your commenters have - did
the landlords always know they were going to be making these renovations?
How did they tell you the news? Will there still be an apartment after
From Me to Mom: I wasn't home - I was at a Starbucks class, but Sean said Serguei
came downstairs, with a written Notice to Vacate, plus showed the architect's
plans, and contract, and an assessment of the house (and only the house)
valuing it at $57,000 which is HORRIBLE - the houses around here are $1M
(total, but still).
They need a new roof, we always knew that - that's what made Serguei want
to put off the kitchen.
they knew this the whole time, hence the month-to-month.
They are required
by law to give us two months notice. They wrote it on Jan. 5, hence
the March 5 date.
If there is
still an apt here, we don't care.
new midwife, transferring jobs, finding a place to take three cats again,
rent + deposits + etc, truck rental, the poor, poor fish going into coolers
again, and our sanity. We start looking this weekend. FAR FAR AWAY. Like
Burnaby or New West or any other OUTskirts.
Hope this answers some of your questions. If we could find a home in Vancouver,
we would. But experience shows that a nice place in Vancouver will run
over $1500, which we just can't do with a baby on the way. Therefore,
we won't be trying to continue our stay at Locarno Beach anymore. And
what a shame - we never got to live here for a spring/summer, which was
one of the great assets of this house.
Tonight we are throwing MJ a birthday dinner at Rugby Club. We looked
at a place in New Westminster today which was okay except for the fact
that it took 45 minutes to get there....
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Notice to Vacate We are getting evicted!!!!
Serguei and Tatiana are renovating the house - as in a complete renovation.
Even they are moving out. We have been given notice to vacate
by March 5.
What a month this is turning out to be....
• link 01-04-06
I'm back from Florida with my usual Post Vacation Depression. When
the fireworks were going off, I yelled "HAPPY NEW YEAR"
then I said to Sean "Well, this one's gonna be a bit different."
I started at Starbucks yesterday - it's early, I'm tired, and
I'm too old to be there. The pay is atrocious. Yes, I'm still
looking for work. And NO, DON'T SEND ME ANY IDEAS OR SUGGESTIONS.
I have a new wardrobe
of maternity clothes thanks to my Mom & Jeff, and Dad & Kay, and
Grandma & Grandpa (soon to be "GiGi" and "GP"),
and my Aunt Nancy, plus aunt Karyn got me some clothes at the baby shower.
Sadly I trashed a new pair of maternity pants while taking out the 70
bags of garbage in the rain and mud on my first day of work. That day
I came home and crawled into bed without saying anything. Today I just
came home in a bad mood.
Like I said, New Year. Things will change. Right? RIGHT?