Myriad Thingies

Basic Instructions was the pick of the day over at Yahoo! Picks on November 8th. I’d never heard of Yahoo! Picks, but it looks like they’ve been around for at least a couple of years. He got a nice little blurb from them.

Today we applied for a new apartment. Fingers crossed, people! There shouldn’t be a problem, but you know me … I always expect to be rejected for some weird-ass reason. Hopefully we’ll hear back this next week, after all the background checking and such. It’s a much nicer apartment in a MUCH nicer neighborhood. I can’t wait to get away from the shouting couple next door, and the guy who plays his music incredibly loud at 6am somewhere in the building, and the shrieking children who play outside our unit, and so on.

The new IKEA opens on Wednesday the 14th. We work opposing shifts, so we can’t get out there together until Friday. But you know we’ll get out there. Excitement!

The weather is fantastic these days — high 70s during the day (and not painfully humid) and high 50s at night. Apparently we can expect this kind of weather for the next few months.

Work goes well for both of us. The cats are in fine fettle. And otherwise, things are good.

Apartment Hunting

Now that we’ve decided to rent for at least another year before we buy a place, we’ve been out looking at apartments the last few days. Our current lease is up January 31st, so it’d be nice to get a new place in early January — what a luxury it would be to have a couple of weeks to move and clean in a leisurely and thorough fashion.

The most awesome thing we’ve found so far, that many apartments offer, is “valet trash” — you no longer have to haul your garbage bags out to a central dumpster. Every apartment has a little box near their front door, and someone comes by every Monday through Friday morning and picks up whatever bags of trash you’ve put in there. What luxury!

We could get another mediocre apartment for a bargain price, but we’ve spent almost a year in mediocrity. So we’re planning on paying a little more for a nicer place — newer appliances (I think the dishwasher, washer and dryer here are from when the place was built, 18 years ago), thicker carpet, and a better class of neighbor (although listening to the Shoutersons next door is so fun).