silailo: (mingchao pale)
Wow wow wow, I haven't posted in a long time.

Last weekend I moved back home and yesterday I started school. I had to unpack as much as I could before classes, so I was super busy.

A lot has changed in the anthropology department since I was there last. I knew there had been changes, but I didn't know the extent. A lot of teachers have retired, mostly in the geography department (we are actually considered a single department, though). I don't know any of the students, except one guy I graduated with is lurking around somewhere because he's finishing up his Master's thesis. Classrooms have changed with new desks and whatnot, and others have been cleaned out from all the junk that had been stored in them for years.  Although the school is slowly rebuilding/remodeling the buildings on campus, I doubt the anthropology-geography building will be done any time soon, so I think they're trying to do what they can to make improvements. It looks pretty nice, in my opinion.

I don't have much homework yet, which I'm glad for because I want an easy weekend. ^^; I am really not excited about homework again.

Penned in

Sep. 9th, 2017 04:35 pm
silailo: (she monster)
I don't know why I do this to myself on the weekends when I know it's best for me to just stay in until Sunday when I go do my grocery shopping. But I guess I have so little time to do anything else during the week that it's a bit like releasing a dam.

And there will be whining )
silailo: (Firepower)
Took two off-brand Benadryl last night and slept wonderfully. I only woke up once at 1am to go to the bathroom, and I could hear the people upstairs walking around, but I went back to sleep until morning. It's tempting to do this every night so I can get proper sleep, but I'm not sure it's healthy to take pills like that all the time. The melatonin I took the other night didn't do jack for me when normally it does. I would rather take that than Benadryl. However, I need time to sleep this stuff off, which means sleeping in, but I can't do that during the work week, now can I?

Trying to get caught up on things has been a bit of a challenge. I have a bunch of things I've been meaning to do and if something isn't urgent I won't get around to it very quickly. The eclipse weekend really put me off schedule, and when I came back I felt like I'd been gone for a month.

I've done absolutely nothing creative for probably two or three weeks. I've been busy updating my resume, applying for jobs, and working my tail off at work.

I am now registered for the classes I need this fall. The only thing I'm waiting on is information on the GSA appointment. I set up my profile on the website where they announce job opportunities aimed at students and alumni, and I saw a few assistantships there for other departments, but I'm not sure if these are for undergrads or grads.

Trying to find a job for the winter will be a bit tough. I'm "overqualified" for most jobs I apply for, but I apply anyway. I applied for two cleaning positions that involve cleaning offices and other businesses. I'm interested because they are part-time, and one of them said it's a good job for people who just want a little work on the side or are students. And it's weekends. It's funny because I was thinking this summer about how I'm not a paid housekeeper and refuse to clean up after my roommates. But then again I do like cleaning. It's so weird how I look forward to the cleaning inspections.


Aug. 12th, 2017 09:04 pm
silailo: (belldandy blue)
I haven't been on Dreamwidth much because I've just been too tired or mentally/emotionally exhausted to care. In fact, I haven't cared a whole ot about anything, except watching Twin Peaks. I was really bored and wanted to watch something since I've had no interest in reading or writing, and if I'm not careful I'll do nothing but spend money on weekends, all because I'm bored.

Even though I have a Netflix subscription, I don't use it that often because I'm just not into movies or TV shows. I only got it for Bob's Burgers, until Netflix started dropping seasons. I'm not sure it's even still on there anymore. So I tried a few shows but couldn't get into them, didn't like the acting, the story/plot was dumb, etc. So I tried Twin Peaks because I'd heard some good things about it, and the new series seemed like a big deal. Since it's late and I'm thinking of going to bed, I will save the keyboard smashing for tomorrow. I binge-watched a whole bunch of episodes today. I might finish it tomorrow. The new series is through Showtime but I don't have a subscription. :( I'll have to think on it.

Work goes. The eclipse is next Monday and I will be traveling north to visit my aunt, who happens to live in the path of totality. My other two fellow workers will have to camp out at some sensitive historic and archaeological sites to keep an eye on them. One site is a historic building that's listed as a "designated viewing area" on a map put out by our forest. Uh, thanks a lot, guys. Make our jobs harder, why don't you?

Been looking at jobs to apply for, and plan on applying to a bunch tomorrow. My FAFSA came back with an "award", if you can call loans an award--which I don't. Personally I find it offensive. I declined it. I will try to pay for tuition out of pocket for as long as I can. But so much hinges on whether or not I find work this winter.

silailo: (bottle rose)
So, LR is finally gone. I went about the bathroom scrubbing away all evidence she was ever there. I cleaned her side of the counter because she didn't do it before she left, but to her credit she didn't muck it up after our last clean inspection, so she probably didn't think she needed to clean it. But I'm a freak so I thought it needed to be cleaned.

She left a hand print on the wall. She wore a lot of makeup and didn't seem to ever wash her hands after putting it on. I would find smudges and prints on the walls, her door, the light switches...

I also cleaned the bathtub a little, to get her dirty footprints out. It was sooooooo nice to shower without using the mat.

Then I threw those dirty, awful, disgusting shower rugs in the dumpster. I am not spending the money washing crap someone else left behind. I'll just keep using my bathroom slippers. If a new roommate decides she wants to get a shower rug, so be it. I won't use it.

My next plan of action is to mop the floor.

Lately I realized I'm kind of annoyed that I don't have a whole shelf in the pantry to myself. There are now two cleared shelves I can move my stuff to, but when I first moved in I had about half a shelf because I was relegated to the one where previous tenants decided to abandoned their crap. I hate the idea of throwing out perfectly good stuff, so I didn't do anything with it, but I think I need to bitch-up and toss it all. That is my shelf, not a dumping ground for abandoned garbage. Later I'm going to Walmart to get some garbage bags. We need some anyway. One of the girls who moved out apparently owned the Costco-size box of bags, so she took it with her, leaving us this little box from Walgreens that only had a few bags left. She also owned all the cleaning supplies that had been stored in the pantry, and the shelves it sat on. It's all gone now.

It sounds like we officially have neighbors upstairs. I only thought so because I've been hearing someone walk around up there, above my room and above the kitchen. It was luxurious to have that apartment vacant all summer (with the exception of the Chimp Hoard), but the college across the street will be starting fall classes soon, and more and more people will be moving in.

As for work right now... I spent the day in the office, which I chose to do because frankly I was done roasting outside for the week. I've had plenty of fieldwork to do on my own, so I'm happy for that, but I just needed a change today. On Monday I plan on tackling a project I've been sort of avoiding because it's a two-hour drive away or more, in area I've not been to, on roads I don't know the condition of. I'm sort of gun shy of roads after earlier this week.

I'm really glad the weekend is here. I want to walk down Main Street in town and see what kinds of shops they have. The road is under construction in some parts, but I think the stores are still accessible by foot.

silailo: (Firepower)
I just went to move my laundry from the washer to the dryer and my clothes were all tangled up around the agitator! >:( Turns out it was either a bra or pair of underwear. The underwear somehow got wrapped around the agitator. Took forever to untangle everything! I've rarely had an issue like this, and it's sort of the reason I wanted to try out those mesh laundry bags I got on YesStyle. But the bags are way too small to put much in them, so I just put some socks and a few underwear in each. Now I'm going on Amazon to buy bigger ones. My work pants and work shirts were in that load and if any of them are damaged beyond repair, I'd hate to fork over the money to buy more. They're not cheap. :(

I called the department chair earlier today and left a message, but I doubt I'll hear from him. He's extremely difficult to get ahold of. I'll have to keep calling and emailing. Maybe he's has Fridays off?

One "course" is called Thesis and it's one of the requirements for obvious reasons, but there's not really a way to sign up for it. I wonder if it requires some kind of approval by the instructor.

What's bothering me right now are the GIS classes. I thought I heard that these were supposed to be "graduate level" GIS classes, but their titles and descriptions are exactly the same as the introductory courses. I do not want to retake classes I've already had. That's a total waste of money. I know I won't have to take Geomorphology or go to a field school again, so maybe I can get out of the GIS stuff. That'd be awesome because that would knock out 10 credits from the required 45 I need to do.

I've tried registering for one course but it won't let me because of a "prerequisite and test score error." I have no idea what classes have prereqs because the program's not even in the university catalog yet.
silailo: (belldandy)
One thing I've been trying to do more is accept that I make ridiculous mistakes and that's okay. My whole life I've tended to beat myself up about making dumb mistakes that in the end don't really matter.

I really needed to get my car washed this week. It's been a while since its last wash, but the last place I went to wanted $12 for the wash I needed so I could get my undercarriage done. Their cheapest is $7, which is fine, but I didn't look at the cheapest price when I was there.

I wanted one of those places where you do it yourself. I found one and went to see how much it cost and what sort of payment it took. I was super happy to see they took card, so I immediately started in, except right after I started I realized I didn't have any towels!

Panicked, I completely forgot to use the scrub brush to scrub the dirt off my car, so I just rinsed and hurried over to the Walgreens across the street to pay $7 for a bundle of cheap terry towels that were stained with something weird, but I didn't care because I needed something ASAP. By then most of the water was almost dry, and all I did was smear the dirt all over my car. -_-

I said screw it, and went to the automatic car wash place for the $7 wash. I used the towels to dry off what their driers didn't get. However, I noticed there were some prominent scratches on my trunk and wondered if they'd always been there. I had read reviews online about this place scratching peoples' cars, but I always figured it was just people with those super expensive cars who always complain about everything hurting their precious, precious car. Maybe they were right? My car is old, so a few extra scratches isn't going to hurt its appearance.

Now that I know better, am better prepared, and how to use the DIY car wash, I will go there next time and only spend maybe $3-4 washing my own car.

In other news, I went out to the field today! I also let my supervisor know that I wanted more projects to do. There are certainly many things he wants me to do, but since he got back from California a few weeks ago, he's been struggling to answer 250+ emails. This is down from 300+ after he deleted the irrelevant stuff he didn't need to answer. He was in the office all day, answering those emails, meeting with people, and doing whatever else. I'm glad I stepped up and got myself a field assignment.

My roommate with the dirty feet has been gone for a few days. I don't know why, don't care, and don't know when she'll be back, but tonight I decided to scrub her footprints out of the bathtub. It actually takes a little effort. I guess it's the oils. I hope she's not back for a while yet because I want to shower without the shower mat I've been using to shield my feet from her grossness.
silailo: (belldandy blue)
I got a message about two weeks ago about a job I had applied for back when I was on unemployment last January, but I was at work when I got it, and I forgot to call them back to let them know I wasn't interested anymore. I figured, meh, why bother? But really I should've called them back, because I would still like to be considered for future openings. I'm afraid I might've made a bad impression by not calling back. It's an applicant pool, andI don't know if/when my application expires. My other application for the same place--but different position--still says "forwarded to hiring official for consideration," so I guess that means I can still be considered.

I'm going to need a job for the fall and there's really not a whole lot out there that doesn't make me queasy (customer service). Seasonal work for the holidays might not jive well with my school schedule if I get into grad school. If I'm in school again, archaeology is out of the question.

Right now I'm trying to update my resume, both on paper and on various job search websites.
silailo: (pencils)
Posted chapter 9 of Glass From Heaven Will Save Them, finally. I got kind of bored with editing and quit for a while, so hopefully I'll be back on track so I can finish posting this before the season is out.

Also, finally got my hands on my Tow Nakazaki All Characters calendar. It's, like, not even really a calendar, though. It came with these weird monthly stickers, and the rest of the actual calendar is just illustrations--which I am not  complaining about because it is so much better than I expected. It's just so great to see Et Cetera illustrations I haven't seen before. I just wish I could scan them instead of using my camera. I thought about sneaking some scans at work, but I'm not sure I'm supposed to be using the scanner/copier for non-work purposes. Actually, it probably doesn't matter, but I just want to be on the safe side. I'm new and all and don't want any black marks from anyone.

I'm back to restricting my spending again. I won't get paid again for another three weeks, because for some reason that's just how things work when you first begin your season with the federal government. Your pay gets delayed before you start getting your regular bi-weekly checks. It sucks. And I have a giant credit card bill to pay along with rent before I get that next check. I should be okay, though. Just no luxury spending.

One more day in the weekend, but so far it's been a pretty rad one.

silailo: (compass)
First the good stuff:

I'm getting close to finishing the files at work. I was really uncertain I could get it done, but I think I can pull it off. I moved a little slower today because I moved so quickly yesterday, and I need to slow down so I can do quality work. Pay day is Friday again!

Cleaning inspection was today and I passed all my duties, except they told me to scrub the toilet. I'll have to get a pumice stone because that's hard water staining, not mold. The instructions say to use a pumice stone if needed, which is new to me. I didn't know you could do that.

Only one of the girls' rooms failed inspection because the floor needed to be vacuumed. When I tried to use the vacuum in my room, I had to empty the vacuum's dust canister because it was so full. Otherwise it had no suction. Now it is functional.

Aside from not mopping the kitchen floor or vacuuming the hallway, both of which desperately need it (brown tile does well to conceal the dirt), these girls can clean up all right. I just wish they'd do it more than once a month!

Now for the crappy:

I ordered something off of eBay on Sunday, and by Monday night I got an email saying it had been delivered. It was almost 11 at night. I thought, "Delivered where?" The post office doesn't deliver mail at 11 at night. The tracking info said "individual picked up at USPS." Um, I didn't pick up anything.

Uncertain of what this meant, I hoped it just meant it had been delivered to the apartment office or something, but at 11??

I checked my apartment's mailbox today and also checked in the office, no package. I looked at the tracking info again, and it said the package had been delivered in Sacramento! I'm in Idaho! What the heck!!

So I emailed the seller, and the seller said USPS made a mistake, and they didn't know why the tracking said it was delivered. They assured me the package was on its way. I was relieved at the time, but now I'm uncertain again. They have the same tracking info I do, so how do they know the package is still in transit? It's just so weird.

Luckily it's something inexpensive. But I have two more packages coming and now I'm worried. This is the first time I've had something mailed to me at this address, and this happens. I don't need the stress of a new place and people compounded by this.

To add to my worry, I got a letter from Experian telling me that within the last 30 days, a creditor reported a change to my name, address, or social security number (people can do that??). I have a credit freeze with all three credit agencies, but I unfroze them for four days to allow time for a credit check on my apartment application. After that, my accounts froze again. I followed the instructions in the letter and called the number, only for the automated message to pretty much repeat the letter. Their other recommendation was to order a credit report, either online or by phone. I did it online for free, and everything checked out as far as I could see. Nothing seemed amiss. But I only checked my report with Experian, so I might have to check the other agencies. I'm hoping this just means someone tried to use my identity but failed because of my frozen credit.

Before I moved, I found out my insurance had to change my primary care provider because my old one was no longer in their network. The new PCP they assigned me is in another town a half hour from my house back home. WTF, Amerigroup. They just assign random doctors in their network. The first one they gave me was a pediatrician.

I'm not sure what this means for my medication. I was seeing a PA under my old doctor, so I'm hoping he's still at the clinic, but it might depend on if the doctor he's under now is taking new patients. Being out of state for the summer, I can't go in person to see a doctor to renew my prescription. I guess I'll just call the clinic to ask what the heck I need to do.

EDIT: My package is now in Idaho. Well, good.

silailo: (pencils)
So my boss has had me scanning files since I arrived. I don't mind it, really, but I am getting tired of it. Just one more week and I'll be in the field.

I've been pushing myself to finish scanning by the end of the week. I don't know if I'll make it, but I'm going to try. I still have three and a half drawers left in the file cabinet. However, pushing myself like this makes me feel woozy. I need to ease up and take my time. I don't want to make any huge mistakes, which by now I've probably made a few. Some of those files are enormous, and they weren't very well organized, so it takes time for me to sort through them to figure out what order to scan the papers.

I wonder if pushing myself like this has affected my mind in some ways. Sometimes I do weird stuff, do things out of order, forget a step, and so on, and not just at work, but in other activities as well.

Lately I wonder if I'm losing it. The other day I noticed I had a pudding missing from the four-pack I bought a while ago and hadn't used yet. I don't recall if I had removed it from the pack and set it in the pantry, fridge, or if I had removed it at all, but it was missing. Later I found an empty one in the trash. I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who has those puddings, and I don't remember eating one. So did someone take it and eat it? The way the spoon had scraped the sides was not the way I do it. This bothered me a lot because I began to wonder if there was a food-stealer in this apartment. The last time I encountered food theft was when I was at Bible school and some chick was stealing food from the dorm fridge, and she had eaten from my can of chocolate frosting. I never did know who did it, but someone claimed they knew it who was and threatened to call her out if she did it again (I had suspicions).

I decided to let this pudding theft slide because maybe it wasn't stolen and someone actually thought it was theirs for some reason. But I made sure to tuck them away behind other food so no one would see them, and I've kept an eye on my other supplies as well.

Then today I was shocked to find out I only had on menstrual pad left. I started yesterday, and packed a few into a little pouch I have for pads so I could take some to work. I didn't think I had used that many since yesterday.

However, I have noticed the roommate I share a bathroom with appears to use the same brand because I saw the wrappers in the trash. I think she started last week. But because she was in the pool recently, I thought hers was done. Then, today I noticed there was another wrapper in the trash. I usually crumple mine up, but this one wasn't, so I thought maybe she wasn't quite done (maybe she uses tampons at the pool).

I monitor how many pads I have left. Nothing scarier for me than starting my cycle and only have one pad. :P So if I'm running low, I make a mental note, or a note on my phone, to get more pads. But how in the heck did I not realize I only had one left?!

My first thought was someone was stealing my pads! Who does that? Is work driving me crazy? Am I losing my mind? Frick, now I have to go buy more, and I already went to the store today. I should've known I was low, otherwise I would've bought some.

So I took my pads into my room where they will stay in a box where I've been keeping non-urgent toiletries. That'll put my mind at ease at least.

I'll also be sure to keep my door locked whenever I'm not in the apartment. When I leave for work I usually lock it, but if I'm going to the store or pool or wherever, I don't bother. Maybe I should bother.

I did not eat dinner tonight. I was too busy and now I sort of regret it. It's almost time for bed. -_-

silailo: (mingchao pale)
Oh my gosh, it feels so good to get paid. I could finally go shopping and buy nonessentials without guilt. I got a little more groceries than usual, too.

I bought an Otter Box Commuter for my phone because my phone badly needed a new case. The other one was aging, and I wanted something sturdy and made to protect against impacts. I thought it would come in handy since I use my phone for work. The only color they had was black. I prefer to express myself with other colors, but lately I have wanted to appear "more professional"* (I am working with only men now), so black it was. I have considered buying stickers to put on the back, though. :D

It just feels weird being able to afford nonessentials again. One store was having a BOGO sale on sandals, and there were some very nice ones that are the kind I'd been wanting to get, but they were $70. But really, I could've gotten two pairs of $70 sandals for the price of one. Not a bad deal. .............Actually, I might have to buy them now. They had my size!!

But I spent a lot today already. Tomorrow I want to go see a movie.

I figured after all that walking around in stores today, I could skip out on exercising. A poor excuse, I know. I can do it tomorrow. Instead, I hung out at the pool for the first time. I didn't spend a lot of time out there because there's no shade until later in the day, and I don't like to sit out in the direct sunlight to tan anymore. Heck, I don't tan at all anymore. I have completely eschewed the tanning fashion for the sake my personal health, and I don't care how white I am. Plus, I didn't put on any sunscreen before I went out, and so I only planned to stay out there about fifteen or twenty minutes. However, it was too cold in the shade to sit, and I thought it wouldn't hurt to sit in the sun for a short bit, like maybe five to ten minutes. I wear board shorts over my bottoms, and I somehow managed to get a very slight tan. :( I could see it in the shower. Crap. No more pool time without sunscreen.

*This is not stopping me from wanting a Hello Kitty license plate frame. So what if I've got one on my Toyota Tercel among the Ford F250s and Dodge Rams in the Forest Service parking lot?

silailo: (cacti)
I found out the Chimp Hoard is leaving tomorrow!!!! YES!!

I went to the apartment office today before they closed and asked the manager what the costs were to move into another unit if one were unhappy with their location. She told me, but asked what the matter was. I asked about the sports team that moved in above my unit, and that's when she said they would be leaving tomorrow. I said I was willing to put up with them one more night. She said everyone was counting down the minutes to their departure as well. She had wanted to bring them all in to the office to lay out the rules of behavior, because apparently I'm not the only one who was really bothered by their obnoxious yelling and screaming last night. I don't know if she was able to. Their coach, wherever he is (is he even staying here?), is doing a piss-poor job of managing them.

They were up past midnight, and although they weren't too loud, they were still stomping around and making thumping noises (are you throwing yourself against the wall? What are you even doing?). I had my fan on and wore earplugs, but I was so upset by their presence that I was too anxious to sleep. I think I got around four hours of sleep and I felt like crap at work today. I left work earlier than I wanted because I just felt awful.

The pool is filled now, but since I didn't see anyone in it for a long time, I thought maybe it the pool area was closed. I had heard the pool wasn't supposed to be open until tomorrow. I secretly hoped the pool area was closed, because although the hot tub is open, I figured maybe the pool wasn't quite ready, and so the whole pool area was closed.

Then the Chimp Hoard came back and I heard someone yell that the pool was open. CRAP. Now the pool is filled with screaming man-boys (why, oh why are you screaming so much? You sound like you're being attacked by something!).

It's not even 8pm yet. There's another two hours before the pool closes. This will be another night of lost sleep. But just one more night. Just one more...

I hope they've been banned from coming here again.

Also, I would like to apologize to all chimps. It's not fair to the chimps that I should compare them to annoying humans.
silailo: (bottle rose)
More about the Upstairs Chimp Hoard )

Right now I'm trying to fill out my graduate application, but I've stopped again on the statement of purpose. I'm going over it again and....aaaaaarrrrgh!

Today at work I scanned so many files that I actually started feeling woozy. I decided to leave earlier than I intended because I just couldn't do it anymore, and I was afraid of making a huge mistake. I got back to the apartments, exercised, and then went grocery shopping. Now I'm here working on this derned application.

EDIT: I just submitted it. ._. I'm scared now.


Jun. 12th, 2017 06:15 pm
silailo: (belldandy blue)
Suddenly I started hearing people in the apartment above me. Since I moved in, I haven't heard anything upstairs at all, making me wonder if the unit was empty. Once I thought I heard something, but I never heard anything again. It's summer, so a lot of students aren't here, and some units are empty right now. It pleased me to think it was empty because I am ridiculously sensitive to sound. If there's too much noise at night, I cannot sleep. Yet, strangely, I can have a fan on at night.

They sounded like young men. They were running and yelling and stomping around. It was really loud. I couldn't understand why they would be creating so much noise. Parties aren't allowed in these apartments, and it's Monday evening.

I thought I kept hearing people outside, too, so I went to look out the front living room window, and a bunch of sports-looking guys came down the stairs dressed in sports clothes and carrying duffle bags. Oh my gods. Please no. Are these people our new upstairs neighbors?! But there are only six rooms to a unit, and there were way more than six guys. Maybe the rest are in the unit next to it? That they'd be here might mean they're staying longer than what they can afford at a hotel, if they are in indeed staying here. I hope they have an adult figure to keep them in check (they looked like teenagers/early twenty-somethings to me).

I notified maintenance about a problem I believe might be electrical. I use a fan at night and noticed the airflow would weaken, and then grow strong again. It sort of annoyed me because of how quickly the flow and sound would drop, even keeping me awake (did I mention I was ridiculously sensitive to sound?). I've never seen this happen before, but I thought maybe something was wrong with my fan. I bought a new one, but the same thing happened. It didn't matter which outlet I used. I also noticed my desk lamp would grow brighter and then dim, almost like it was flickering. Everyone I told this story to said I should tell maintenance because it would be a serious issue. I bought a surge protector to be on the safe side.

Maintenance called in an electrician to see about it. Today I came back from work and noticed bits of what looked like dry wall on my floor, against the wall and right by my door. I looked around and couldn't figure out where it could've come from. The best clue is I have is the light switch just above the debris, but it doesn't look like it was removed and replaced.

hen I got an email saying the electrician checked the circuit panel but found nothing wrong. He said it may be normal usage since there are other rooms who use that same panel. Um, then how come I've never had it happen in hotels or even when I was at Bible school in a dorm?? What in the heck would make that happen? I mean, I guess there are a lot of refrigerators and dishwashers in this building, but really? Is it the A/C? Is this normal for apartments? I wouldn't know because this is my first time living in one!

I still don't know how the bits of drywall happened. I don't recall it being there when I moved in.

The grad school application is up.o_o I don't know if I'm ready for this.

At last!

Jun. 7th, 2017 06:36 pm
silailo: (cacti)
I moved into my room in the apartment on Monday. No one was home. My parents helped me get my stuff in and then we later went to the grocery store so I could get some food. We drove around for a bit to see some sights. We swung by the headquarters for the Forest Service so I could meet the assistant forest archaeologist I've been talking to this whole time, but my actual supervisor is on vacation and won't be back for a while.

So far I'm not super impressed with the new work environment. Of course, it's only been two days. People here just seem weird for some reason. I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it's just because everything is so new, or maybe when my official start date comes around things will improve. I keep forgetting they have me on a contract until my start date, which means I don't have to do the orientation sort of stuff like getting my federal driver's license, renewing my CPR cert, stuff like that. I also set my own schedule and can pretty much come in when I want and leave when I want.

Even though this forest is twice the size of the one I came from, it feels like they have fewer personnel. I think this might be because my old forest had a lot of logging, whereas this one is more focused on recreation.

I miss having an actual crew. Having other seasonals around makes things more fun in my opinion. I'm a bit uncomfortable working with just a man, especially someone who appears only a little older than me, and who's also single. I'm looking forward to my supervisor coming back from vacation.

All these new people I've been meeting have been shaking my sore hand really hard and it hurts. ;_;

Aside from all that, my room is nice. Management is supposed to come shampoo my carpet tomorrow, so I need to make sure everything is up off the floor before I leave for work in the morning. I'm also supposed to get a new bed at some point.

My room is on ground level and I have a view of the swimming pool. They haven't filled the pool yet even though it's been anywhere between 80 to 100 degrees over the last week. It was something about the chemicals not being mixed right, I don't know. I'm a bit shy about pools these days, so I like that I can just look out the window to see if anyone's there. If no one's out there, then I might go.

When it comes to my roommates, it feels like I'm back at the bunkhouse again. The kitchen was--well, is a total wreck. There is no counter space. The sink is filled with dirty dishes, even though there's a dish washer that's completely empty. Those dishes have been in the sink for a while because something is really starting to stink, and nothing has changed or moved around since I got here. Someone had washed a bunch of dishes and left them on drying mats all over the counter. There's a Kitchen Aid, two blenders, two toasters, a toaster oven, and a myriad of other appliances, all in various levels of yuck. I have one cupboard for myself and one drawer, which is all I need, but I had to make room in the pantry for my food, and I hardly have space in the fridge. There are two fridges, and three rooms are assigned to each. There should only be me and one girl sharing a fridge since there are only five of us here and we are assigned to that fridge. Well, another girl is using that fridge as well. Maybe we're not actually assigned fridges, but I thought we were. If we are, then that girl shouldn't be in our fridge taking up all that space.

I have only seen two other girls here. Apparently a third one is hardly ever here, and I don't know about the fourth. They must come and go when I'm not around because there was mail for them on the table when I moved in and it has since disappeared.

The bathroom isn't terrible, and I only have to share it with one other girl. The shower rug is horrific and I don't know how my roommate can stand on it. I plan on washing it at some point, but until then I just carefully dry my feet before stepping out of the tub to put on my bathroom slippers.

The roommate I see the most is in her room right now next to mine. I don't know what show she watches but I always hear a bunch of people screaming and it's sort of stressful.

silailo: (compass)
It looks like I can move into my room on Monday. The apartment manager said they won't be able to shampoo my floor until next Thursday, but I don't care as long as the room is vacuumed, and I can do it myself if need be.

I was tempted to go tomorrow morning, but it's a really bad idea. I don't even have everything together, even though I've been getting stuff together for a few weeks now.

My hand has been bothering me again. I cleaned my shower a few days ago, which is hard work because I'm trying to get the hard water residue off the walls, or maybe it's soap scum, I don't know. It's just a lot of hand movements and my hand didn't like it.

I've noticed a pattern about my American West side blog on Tumblr. I get a lot of male followers sometimes. If I can figure they are male based on their avatar, username, or their blog subject/aesthetic, I'm usually too afraid to look inside to make sure they are legit. Too often they are filled with porn. I block straight-up porn blogs, but some people post a mix of things and sometimes that includes NSFW content. I feel that as long as the user is real and not a bot, I'm not going to block them based on content.

I'm not sure why I police my followers like that. It's none of my business what people post or like. My blog exists for everyone's enjoyment. I've had a few disturbing followers whose blogs came off as racist or bigoted, or even plainly stated they are anti-Islam. Why didn't I block them, too? Again, I question if I should be "policing" any of it. I don't interact with any of these people anyway.

I guess what concerns me is one of these blogs reblogging my content, which then attracts other similar blogs and they want to follow me, too. Ehh. Again, why should it matter if I don't talk to these people?

It's the ones who say they are married with kids that creep me out the most.
silailo: (Mingchao gun)
Called the apartment people again, after two attempts with no answer. They said I should know if my room is ready within the next few days, and that if I haven't heard by Monday afternoon, then I should call them again. They assured me they'd been working hard cleaning rooms and doing other management stuff, so things are progressing.

I hate bugging people like this, but I'm getting impatient. It's not relevant to them that I have a job I can't start until I have a place to live, because it's not their problem (I did tell them, though). I'll just believe they're working as fast as they can.

Well, there's a local art festival tomorrow, and I had been kind of wanting to go but I didn't think I could because I thought I'd be gone to Idaho by now. Since it seems I'll be here at least for the weekend, maybe I'll go. It's in a neighborhood that's kinda tightly spaced, meaning parking might be a nightmare. I should probably get there early, and since tomorrow is Friday there may not be as many people.  I'm not sure the nearby museum, which puts on the festival, would allow parking in their garage, but usually they're pretty generous about it, so they might.

On a more positive note, I feel pretty today for some reason. LOL
silailo: (bottle rose)
Second draft--or rather third draft, sent to prof for critique. At this point I'm not sure I even know what I'm doing. I'm afraid he'll come back and say it's still not right. I only hope he says I'm getting closer to a more complete draft.

Not much to report right now. I got a text Monday night from the apartment people to confirm my intent to move in and when I plan to arrive. I just sent them another text a little while ago asking for an update on things. My dream is they tell me today that my room is ready, and then I can move in on Friday. Uuuuugh, I wanna go. I'm so tired of waiting.

Some good news: Rinkya set up my new email for me. And I won the auction.

More UGH

May. 23rd, 2017 12:26 pm
silailo: (wah)
Apartment application is sent. I got an email back from the AFA with letter confirming my employment. But he said he couldn't legally state my wages in the letter, and didn't elaborate on why. Maybe it's a privacy issue, I don't know. When I had asked him several weeks ago, he wouldn't say what I would be paid and referred me to a website where the wages are listed. So I went back to that same website, printed the pay scale chart, and circled my wages. I then scanned that page again and sent it as an attachment in my application. I don't even know if they'll go for it.

Then I had to go around and temporarily unfreeze my credit so the apartment people can do a background/credit check, costing me around $30. They'd better get it done by Friday because that's the last day my credit will be thawed.

Why is this so complicated? Is it normally this complicated to apply for an apartment?

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