At least it’s not cold

Oh man. So I go to open the fridge this morning and notice something. That brought the total to two things I forgot to do last night:

  1. Turn the air conditioning on.
  2. Turn the oven off. My oven had been obediently keeping its insides at 400 F for the last 12 hours.
The first one I figured this out early this morning when I was having trouble sleeping, no big deal… but the second one! Man. “NO OVEN FOR YOU 1 YEAR!”

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When were you serviced last?

Came home today to find two small pieces of paper on my stovetop which read:


YOU WERE SERVICED BY
AMERICAN PEST MGMT.
TODAY.

Took me second to figure out what that noise was about. I called about an ant problem last Wednesday, guess they finally got around to it! Heh.
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Weekend update

Saturday, October 5th, I ran 5k to help raise moolah for the American Cancer Institute or whatever they’re called down here. It’s the US equivalant of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Note: it’s waay too hot to run the whole thing in my current state. Perhaps that’s why they made it a walk. Especially when carrying my car keys and camera, in direct sunlight, with no wind. Heh. I didn’t time myself but I figure I took around 30 minutes to do the whole thing, including the ~200m walk I took.
I also picked up some sweet lamps from the Salvation Army. They were $24.95 each. Since it was Saturday, lamps were 25% off and I ended up paying roughly $36 for a pair. They’re really neat. My words won’t do them justice right now, but I’ll take pictures and try to find a scanner soon.
And tonight, tonight, I had water drip from my ceiling, through the “breakfast bar” spotlight. Turns out the upstairs neighbour’s washing machine overflowed, and he didn’t even realize it until I knocked at his door. Luckily I caught most of the water with a couple of pots, and nothing majorly important got struck by the stream of water. I got a few pictures of it, should be interesting to see how they turn out. I’m not really sure of my rights in this situation, if I have any at all. I’m not sure if the apartment complex is liable for damages or not — i mean, after all, it *is* their washer that overflowed, not the tenant’s. But anyway. Time to look into renter’s insurance, I suppose.

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Home furnishings

Woohoo! Got a coffeetable and two end-tables today! They’re pretty sweet. All have glass surfaces, an oak finish and brass trim. Now I just need a couch… (Simon will be giving me half of his when he gets back from the wedding he’s attending right now in Winnepeg).

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Futon Insanity!

Last night, I got a dining room table and 4 chairs (all 70’s dark brown veneer chic), as well as a futon and mattress, free. Not a bad price. Simon saw a posting up by the mailboxes at Heron’s Run, so I had to check it out. Turns out the folks who were giving it away were moving and needed to get rid of it in a hurry (they had to be out of their apartment by today).
How would you get this stuff from their 3rd floor apartment to my place, a good 700 meters away, on the second floor?
I did it by enlisting Simon’s help, of course. We took the mattress over to my place in the back of his car. But the futon frame was too large — even when folded — and being about 100 pounds of clumsy metal, it was too far to carry. How were we going to get it over to my place?
With one half of the frame in my arms and the other half in the back of Simon’s car, of course. We drove at 2 mph through the pelting rain to my place. I instructed Simon not to drive through any lakes on the way. The whole process took about 10 minutes and we got all sorts of great stares from the nearby residents on the way. Worked like a charm!

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Major events!

Well, let’s see. What’s happened since last Friday? A few major things. I’m gonna keep it short ’cause it’s 1:37am, and it’s a workday:
-On Saturday I turned 26 (had appetizers and a jug-o-beer bought for me)
-On Wednesday I finally got the keys to my mailbox
-Yesterday two major things happened: (1) I got a phonebook (somehow the mailman managed to cram it into my mailbox) and (2) I got a license plate for my car. Finally I can take that German plate off the back. The previous owner wants it back as a momento, so I get to give it to her grandma (who also lives in the Heron’s Run apartment complex).
-Oh, and today: this blog entry is brought to you by the gracious free-trial-cd folks at AOL, who somehow managed to include their software with Verizon’s phonebook. I’m connected at 46,667 baud, what a novelty!
Weekend plans: Re-visit the Tampa Apple Store, this time with Simon and keeping an eye out for decent digital cameras. Oh yeah, maybe throw the disc around with Marc on Sunday (as I did last night).
Someone remind me to send Ulti propaganda today (Friday). I’m trying to convince four of my co-workers who have never played ultimate to spend the evening of their Labor Day Holiday Monday playing at Siesta Key. In a way, we’re in the same boat, since I’ve never played (on a beach :).
That’s all for now, time for bed!

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Bought a bunch o stuff

Went to Target yesterday, bought all sorts of goodies, including (off the top of my head):
-a 12 1/4″ T-Fal saute pan
-a lid for above pan
-a set of 3 knives (8″, 5″, and 3 1/2″ blades, full tang)
-a cutlery organizer
-a plunger
-a brush/dustpan
-a set of 4 serrated knives
-a shower liner
-4 sponges
-2 dish scrubbers
-a wall clock
-a screwdriver set including 44 bits
-6 AAAs and 6 AA batteries
And probably some other stuff I forgot. The grand total was $167, which I put on my check-card (it’s debit, so it comes directly out of my chequing account, though I’m not sure it’s as instaneous as Interac).

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