Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010
Waxing Moon
Uranus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Sunny and warmer

Busy couple of days. Got the car loaded up on Wednesday morning, but, because there were lots of oddly shaped items, it took longer than usual and we didn’t get out on the road until nearly 7. It was still raining, although not too badly. Got to the house around 11, unloaded. Had lunch. Ran some errands, which included things like opening new bank accounts. I’m still keeping my credit union account, of course, but wanted something local, and, fortunately, Chase is not allowed to screw people in MA like they do in NY, so I got to switch banks. It’s much easier to open an account in MA. Chase always made me feel like I was the dirt on the bottom of someone’s shoe because I’m not a rich, thieving financial sector worker. Not to mention the fact that they make up fees constantly, so my bank balance had very little to do with what I spent and more to do with what they felt like taking out. I’m closing the account I have with them today, and I bet you dollars to doughnuts they have a list of fees which means I get a tiny percentage of what I have in the account. They are an awful, awful bank, and I will be happy to be rid of them.

Couldn’t rake because of the weather.

The little Westie across the street sat in the window waiting for his person all day.

Unpacked in the afternoon, cooked in the lovely kitchen, worked on the material for Confidential Job #1 in the evening. Went to bed early again, but slept for nearly 12 hours, which I desperately needed.

Was angry to find that someone tossed an empty beer can onto my front lawn at some point in the night. I don’t know if it was just carelessness, or if they’re testing to see if someone’s living in the house. Cleaned it up. This better not become a habit, or the perpetrator will be seriously sorry he ever drove by the house!

Back on the road by 8 AM, stopped in Old Saybrook at my favorite store, bought a bunch of stuff I don’t really need, but really, really liked, including an oversized nutcracker. Got back to the apartment around 1.

The cats were happy to see us. Spent the afternoon catching up on things. The editor who granted me the extension sent me an email as though we never had the conversation. I kept my temper and reminded him that, just the day before, he granted me an extension and told me it wasn’t a problem.

It was awful to be back here with the noise, the dust, the chaos that the scumbag landlords create on a daily basis.

I have a lot of paperwork to do over the weekend, finish off a bunch of stuff, because there just won’t be time next week.

A friend scored some more of the good boxes for me, so I went to pick them up and drive her so she could pack up her car. Another neighbor across the compound wound up with an overseas letter delivered to him although it was addressed to me — typical of the postal carrier here. Another neighbor wants to put together a big block party in the spring so everyone can get to know each other. I have not yet made the formal announcement I’m leaving, so I just said I thought it was a great idea (which I do; I just won’t be here for it).

A friend laughed and said there’s no way I’ll actually be out next week on Moving Day, and I will wind up coming back and forth until the end of the month. I told her that if it doesn’t fit in the car or the two trucks next week, it’s going in the garbage. Once I walk out the door, I am GONE. I’m not driving back for four hours again for a couple of odds and ends. The only packing I want to be doing when the movers are here is retrieving the stuff that the cats stashed under furniture or that fell behind it. If that means pulling a couple of all nighters next week, so be it. People have offered to help me pack, but I’m sorting and figuring out as I do it, so there’s no way to actually help. It would take longer to explain it than to do it myself. But I do appreciate the offers of help!

I packed some more last night. Today’s agenda included another coat of paint on the window sills, tossing a bunch of stuff from the fridge so I can defrost it, getting some work done in the storage unit to make sure all they have to do is load it up, close the bank account, get the final check for the movers (maybe I should reverse the order of the last two, you think?), clean out the safe deposit box, come back and pack some more, and then have dinner with a friend. There are so many people I’d love to get together with, but just can’t. So they just have to all come up and visit.

A friend’s cat is very ill, so I’m thinking good thoughts for them. I’ve taken care of her many times and she’s a dear, precious soul.

I’m percolating a story idea. I’m trying to figure out the relationships between the characters. It’s nowhere near ready to write down yet, but at least it gives me something to do on the drives up and down.

Cablevision is being spiteful because I complained about them. In addition to refusing to make right when they screwed me a couple of months ago, they’ve weakened the signal, and now, every morning at 3 AM, the cable box switches to “bypass” and i have to reset it. On top of that, the internet connection gets slower every day. Total retaliation because I didn’t just accept their unprofessional level of service.

One week from today, we (including the cats) will wake up in our new home and prepare for the movers to arrive and unload the trucks.

And then I can concentrate on yard work! 😉



  1. I know it’s not the best of things to happen, but how did you feel writing this part: “… my front lawn …”? 🙂

    Good luck with the bank today.

  2. Oh, the signs that you’ve made the right decision are all around you – from the Cablevision to the noise and dust.

    You’re soon rid of it all. Amen.

  3. Seven days! Woo Hoo!!!

  4. Crossing my fingers that your move takes place in peace.

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