Sunday, June 30, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Interesting point about Phoenix: the other day the dew point was 14 degrees. Today it looks like it is back up to 29 degrees. What this means is that cold drinks don't have condensation on them. I guess monsoon season here is when the dew point gets high enough to have condensation.
Time to shower and get cleaned up so I can go close out my apartment. I'm dreading that for some reason. Need to get it over with.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Also, I have finished the first sleeve of the sweater and am working on the collar. I have had to take out the first couple of rows of that already as I picked up the stitches from the wrong side and it showed. Didn't make it to the hookers meeting this morning. I am in a routine that is about 3 hours offset from 'normal' and just don't get up until at least 10am, and am not ready to go out of the door till minimum 10:30.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tonight I'm confused. I was reading another of the 'we sold off or got rid of all our stuff and now we are ecstatic with our wonderful new simple (minimalist, whatever word of the day) life. Pretty straightforward. So why am I confused? Well, I'm pretty simplified right now. If you call 4 laptops and a tablet, and 4 suitcases of clothes simplified. For me it is. Remember, I have 2 10'x20' storage units full of stuff a bit more than 2,000 miles away. So, by the currently accepted formula, I should feel free and light and pretty darn good. I don't. I'm still screwing things up, as evidenced in part with the painful cost of breaking my lease on the apartment to get the mobile home. I should have stayed in the Extended Stay, it would have been cheaper and was nicer than the apartment on a monthly basis and I wouldn't have had a penalty for deciding to leave. But, I digress.
I seem to spend most of my time reaching for things I don't currently have at hand. Like buying a couple of cans of a favorite brand of soup. It is a bit fru-fru in that it's organic and all, but mostly it's the weird types of soup I like such as lentil an split pea. So, today I finally was ready to heat a can for lunch. I have a sauce pan and a stove. What I don't have is a can opener. sigh. Time to hit the *Mart again.
Another thing I miss, and the primary reason I'm not posting pictures yet, is my desktop computer with the full size monitor. I'll get past that, whimpering as I upload the pictures from the laptop. Still, I miss the ease of a real computer with more horsepower under the hood.
So, I'm confused. I guess I need more of a paradigm shift to be able to get into the whole minimalist thing. Don't get me wrong, my problems are all 1st world problems. I'm doing fine, and I have a really nice place to live that I keep pinching myself wondering how I bought it so cheap. I have pretty much everything I need (except a can opener...), and I have a job that is ok so far. I just wish I could see how the minimalists do it on a day to day basis. I could probably learn a few things.
Monday, June 17, 2013
I didn't make it to the hookers meeting this morning. The stretch of 12 hour shifts just makes it difficult for me to get up early. Thursday looks like a better fit. I'll try again then. Wanting to get out and join in here is part of the above noted attempt to stop being such a hermit.
I've been so busy moving and working that I didn't write about the fact that a couple of weeks ago I met in real life one of the people I've 'known' on a message board for a long time. We met at the local Greek restaurant and sat and talked for quite awhile. As I get settled I want to contact her again. It is nice to have someone to just sit and talk to. She said she would also let me know the free days at the local museums and such. As we were leaving she said she had put together a box of stuff for me as I had been bemoaning my lack of kitchen stuff on that message board as well as here. I was touched. She gave me some kitchen towels and plastic containers, bath towels and other misc. stuff that I needed. I think of her generosity every time I use those items. As I get my stuff here I want to 'pay it forward' and give a lot of it away as a way of sharing the kindness.
So, today is the day to do all the things I've been putting off until I have time. Luckily it is my week of 4 days off. Oh, one of the things I want to do here is review restaurants that I like here in Phoenix. The Greek restaurant is one, and an Indian restaurant I found the other day is another. I also know I promised pictures of my new place, and I need to update the blog header picture to reflect Phoenix rather than Honduras. All it takes is time and motivation.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Work is fine, if long. At midnight it turned out I didn't feel like going by the apartment to grab a few more things, so will finish Monday. Really, if I was to actually put my mind to it I could have it finished in one load. Especially since I could have, if I'd had to, done it all in one load. I have what I need here now to live.
Looking forward to Monday as it is my next day off.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
Today I got a call from the park manager and the previous owner says the air conditioner on the mobile home is still under warranty and she is taking care of it. The gas to the stove was just turned off, and she is taking care of that, too. I feel better and am going to try to go in to work. I have a lot of stuff staged in the living room of the apartment ready to load and take to the new home. I could do it in one Jeep load, but with the heat hovering around 110 degrees it will more likely be in several small loads and most of that after dark.
So, onward and upward.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
I bought a mobile home in a 55+ community here. I hate apartment living, and the price of the home was low enough to put on my credit card (at 0 percent interest...). The lot rent is much lower than this apartment, and the home has been very recently remodeled. I like that there is a sense of community there, and I intend to join in. More as this develops.
The reason I'm not already moved in is that I am now being affected by the heat. Big time. I drove to Sedona yesterday. Not what I expected, but I think my experience was colored by my reaction to the heat and sun. I will go back when the temperature is below 100. Here in Phoenix it was reported at 109 degrees yesterday, and again today. It is to be hotter tomorrow. I am not in the habit of wearing a hat, which I will start immediately. I feel like my eyelids are sunburned as well, not painfully but just irritated.
Another wrinkle in things is: remember me complaining about all the seeds in the frozen berries I was making smoothies from before? The frozen berries I got at CostCo? The same ones being recalled for Hepatitis A? I have been getting automated calls from CostCo about it as they had a record I was one who had bought them. Yesterday the recording said I need to get a vaccination and they will pay if I go to a doctor for it, or they will be giving them at their pharmacy starting today. So, I need to go do that.
I'm waiting for the sun to go down. I will without shame hide in airconditioning for the next 3 months or so. I am so not a desert rat. It will be ok, and the mobile home is a much nicer hiding place than this apartment. I just have to get moved, and that will happen in the darkness of night. I have till the end of the month to move my one Jeep load of things. I think I know how vampires feel.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
I will have big news next Monday. Don't want to jinx it by talking about it before hand.
I'm meeting a person from a message board I've been on for decades in a few hours. She contacted me on the board when I said I'd moved here. Turns out she lives in this same area. We are meeting at a Greek restaurant.
I may drive to Sedona tomorrow for a look around. The jury is still out. I've been to Tortilla Flats, and Payson so far. I also tend to drive around town, so I am getting more familiar with this area.
Saturday, June 01, 2013
Thanks for all the support. I truly appreciate it.