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Time:05:59 pm
Living in a hotel is an awful lot like living at work.  It's not home.  I can't really cook.  I don't have access to my stuff, and there's uber easy access to junkfood 24 hours a day.

The advantage of the hotel?  Well... there's no gourmet food, or super fancy satellite and there's not a bajillion people around to talk to when you're bored.  But, I can leave whenever I want and like... walk... places.

Today was plumber part 2.  Gah.  Turns out my place was built with neither a backwater valve nor a P-trap in the floor drain.  Right.  At least that's fixed now.  No other work has happened for like 4 days so hopefully the floors will get started now... or the paint... or anything really *sigh*  I just want to go home. 
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Subject:Mould update... hoorah.
Time:07:31 pm
So.. two months later... things are happening!

After about a month of calling the insurance company regularly and never being entirely sure what was going on or when work would start, I get a call on a Friday asking when my furniture will be moved because the contractors are ready to start as early as Monday.  Right.  The movers came on Tuesday and packed up just about everything I own and loaded it in to a truck.   The contractors started Wednesday.

The insurance company set me up in a nice hotel dowtown.  It's an apartment-suite, with a itny kitchen and a separate bedroom and living room.  There's basic cable, but no radio in the living room.  I was going through CBCR2 withdrawl, but I bought computer speakers so I can listen online (phew!)  There was also no frying pan or proper knives... I had to buy some of those, and hopefully will be reimbursed by insurance, hehe.

I went to visit after the first day of work, everything was ripped up right down to the concrete, and a lot of the walls were just bare studs.  It was creepy, like my house was a ghost of itself.

The contractor claimed he couldn't match my oak floors and so he ripped them all up.  When  he told me he couldn't match them I kind of rolled my eyes.  Right, clear laquered red oak... they don't make that anymore??  Anyways, it means I get to choose new floors.  Except, making choices is really not my strong point, and have you ever LOOKED at flooring?  There are SO MANY OPTIONS.  I am actually GRATEFUL that he gave me a pretty modest budget, because between that and the fact that my apartment is below grade, the options became cut rather quickly.  After comtemplating bamboo, I went for yellow birch.  Something about the continuous straight lines of bamboo just isn't as appealing as actual wood...

I also picked new ceramic for the laundry room.  Now I have to choose paint.  I hate choosing paint... there are too many colours, and I constantly second-guess myself.

I'm trying to have fun with this stage of things.  It's hard, because it's also stressful.  I spend a lot of my time on the phone with the contractor and insurance people, and trying to hunt down a plumber who actually answers his phone.  I have to drive a lot more than I would like in order to go and choose the wood/ceramic/paint, and driving downtown is a freaking pain in the ass.  There's at least one more week or work to be done, hopefully not much more than that.
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Subject:slowly slowly slowly...
Time:11:49 pm
Yesterday afternoon the insurance adjuster came.  He took a look and, as predicted, could not evaluate the damage on his own.  Duh, it's under the floor and inside the walls, you can't SEE the damage, that's why it's so frustrating.

He is going to assign us a recommended contractor (which is good, it's one less thing for me to do) to come and evaluate the extent of the damage.  He will get in touch with me next week to make an appointment, come check it out, then there will be a  discussion as to whether it is worthwhile to go through the insurance company or not, and THEN we can start the work.  UGH!  So someday this will get cleaned up

In the mean time, having the entire contents of my closet and much of the contents of my bedroom messily piled up in other areas of the house, I'm taking this opportunity of crap.  I have taken bags of clothes and other stuff to goodwill, and every day I'm adding more and more stuff to the pile to get rid of.   So, I guess this could be the bright side.

In other news - I decided to make jam tonight.  I bought a mad ton of fruit, weighed and divided in to recipes, and made about half of it.  Tomorrow will be the other half.  Will it turn out??  I sure hope so!  For now, it's the best part of canning - the *pop* the jars make as they cool and seal.
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Subject:home ownership ain't all it's cracked up to be..
Time:08:33 am
I'm puttering at home and am immensely stressed, so I'm going to vent to you, LJ.  You always listen.

About two weeks ago, right before leaving for Calgary to visit friends, I noticed a patch of mold at the back of my closet.  It was in the corner where my suitcase lives, and I found it when pulling out the suitcase.  In this corner the floorboards were also damaged and very cold compared to the rest of the floor....

I went to Calgary and when I got back I borrowed safety equipment and a saw and a shop vac and purchased HEPA filters and set about attacking this patch of mold and damaged floor...  upon removing the dry wall, I found that the mold is not isolated.. oh no, it goes all around on the other side of the wall in the wall and in to the laundry room.

I call the home inspector who did my inspection when I bought the place a year ago.  He comes over to help me find the source of the moisture that is feeding this mold.  He is stumped at first... there's no plumbing in the affected walls, maybe it's coming from above?  He sees a bit of dried soap where my washer would normally be (It's pulled out in the middle of the room right now) indicating my washer drips, but that can't be the root cause of this, there's not enough.  Finally he removed the drain cap in the laundry room floor and finds it is full of water, and new water keeps coming up.  Bit by bit, being absorbed by the subfloor....

I call the condo board president, who is a very nice guy, and he calls the insurance people.  They tell me just call a plumber and get the root problem fixed, then they'll come in and assess the damage.  I call a plumber out of the yellow pages, and cross my fingers that they're good.

Of course I am a little freaked.  I want this fixed, all of it fixed.  I want to know why this drain is letting water in, and how bad the damage is.  I want the drain fixed.  I want the moldy walls and floorboards removed and replaced.  I want to know how long it's going to take to have all that done and if I'll need to find another place to stay while it's going on.  I want to be certain insurance - the condo insurance, not mine - is going to cover the damage and will fix my floors and my walls.

That brings me up to now.. sitting on my couch, listening to CBC and the noise of plumbers working in the laundry room.  They seem friendly enough, and I hope they're thorough and find (and solve) the source of this water.  Then I can move on to the next step of getting it all cleaned up and sorting out who will pay for what.
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Time:06:24 pm

I am in love with today's Penny Arcade
http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/3/9/progress/:D
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Time:07:58 pm
Today I built a shelf.

I started it yesterday, but my drill battery died.  I finished it today.

It is snazzy, and I feel accomplished :D

There may be a troubleshooting period with this shelf, but for now I'm considering the project complete :D
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Time:09:48 pm
Dear Neighbours,
I get that you are having a super bowl party.
I get that this means there will be hooting and hollering and yelling.
What i don't get is WHY it is necessary that ALL your guests feel is necessary to STOMP at the same time.


seriously :P
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Subject:Dear News, Stop Sucking.
Time:06:29 pm
Dear Newspeople, please stop being so ridiculous.

It is not news every time the price of the barrel drops yet another dollar.  Please stop treating every price like a benchmark - Oil drops below 37.29!  oh my!  It was news below fifty, it will be news below 30.  37.29 is not news.  Further, can we just accept that the price of gasoline is a mystery to 98% of the population and move on?

Second, it's winter.  Winter happens once a year.  Headlines like "Montreal hasn't seen a cold snap like this iin over a year" is positively ridiculous.  That's like announcing on the soulstice "Northern Hemisphere hasn't seen a day this short in a year."  Please.

Finally, stop treating the opinions of the average person as important.  Only morons with no lives participate in these forums and it is wholly depressing to be exposed to these comments.  At least the "reader comments" section on The Globe and Mail can be ignored, but for the love of god why would you give air time to people text messaging the morning radio show.

Sincerely,
A person who used to like the CBC.
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Subject:30 day challenge - day 3
Time:08:58 pm
So Maria signed up for this 30-day challenge at yoga.  The idea is that every day for a month you go to a(n insanely intense) yoga class.  Now, the studio isn't located anywhere that's convenient for me to get to after work, so I'm not able to join in the challenge, but I decided instead to meet the challenge in my own way by exercising every day for the month of November.

Summer was active but also loaded with beer and junk food,  September was ok as I biked to work and biked a lot on vacation, but October was terribly sedentary.  Aside from the breast cancer run at the beginning of the month (5km in 36 minutes) I did nothing.

And thus, the challenge in the thirty day challenge - get my flabby self moving every day for thirty days.  Sunday was an intense yoga class, made painful by the harsh candy hangover my body was experiencing.  Yesterday was a 30 minute run through parc Maisonneuve (plus this insane 13 km walk I did by accident).  Today, 20 minutes of swimming.  Tomorrow I'm going to brave a night time run.

This challenge will be made further challenging next weekend when I meet up with Joanna in New York.  The queen of fitness and personal torture has already scouted yoga studios and recruited her brother-in-law for boot-camp like runs through central park.  If I don't die, it will be a fun weekend!

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Time:10:02 pm
Sunday... CIBC run for the cure.
One of my good friends is currently fighting breast cancer, and kicking ass.  She's running the race, and has gotten a pile of people to run as well.
Sponsor us, because it's a good cause.

https://www.cibcrunforthecure.com/html/personal_page.asp?track=3092378&languageid=1

Thanks!
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