Head for the hills!

Friday was quite an adventure here in Ames, Iowa. It rained quite a bit last week, enough apparently to totally flood the meadow across the street from us, and then the street itself, and then the apartment buildings in the area. Dan called me at 11 AM while i was still in bed and told me to get out and move my car up to the next street to the North because ours was flooding. “I don’t see any water in the parking lot–wait a sec, yeah the street is totally filled with water.”

From the east end of South 5th, around noon on Friday

Behind our apartment buildings (ours is the grey one).

We got our cars out and up to South 4th just in time. I went and knocked on Karl’s door to tell him to move his vehicle and Dan went knocking on all of our neighbor’s doors, because cars were quickly becoming too submerged to drive through the water. He went into the office and suggested that they alert people. “What, you want us to go knock on everyone’s door?” “Uh, YEAH, that’s what i’ve just been DOING.” So he got their asses going. Good work.

Meanwhile, I waded back to our place with my big rubber boots on and quickly packed a bag and grabbed some bananas. I went back to my car, ate a banana and tried to decide whose house i could shower at… There’s a back staircase from S 4th to Nina & Karl’s apartment complex so i called him, took a shower at their place and was able to get out the back door and back to my car though the water had risen to their parking lot by the time i was done.

Dan stuck around and had a ball wading through the brown water with Ryan and making friends with the neighbors while i went to the mall for a bit (where i found THE JACKET!) before my dental appointment and then got out of town. I was on my way to Des Moines when my car suddenly shut off in the middle of the interstate. I was able to pull over onto the shoulder, called mom and then Dan who came with Ryan to rescue me after first grabbing a burger or two. Ryan identified that my fuel line had become disconnected, reconnected it for me and i was on my way. THANK YOU, Ryan!

Some day i’ll tally up all the money that Dan and Ryan have saved me on computer and car repairs and feel guilty, and then take them out to a nice dinner or something. Amazingly, all the bad luck of the day ended up making me feel very fortunate to A: have an apartment that’s on concrete stilts; 2: Have found the perfect jacket finally 🙂 C: Still have super healthy teeth even after a year and a half away from the dentist; 4: Have friends to rescue me; and E: be close enough to just hop down and visit my family. Never mind that i experienced a flood and car problems on the same day.

I stayed in DM that night and visited with Tim, Angie, Jamie and Mom and perhaps Grandma and Grandpa heard some of what we were saying, having been in the same room for most of the time. I had an interview with Zillow in Seattle which was a little awkward because i had forgotten about the time difference and expected a call at 3:30 rather than 5:30, and the phone connection was rather fuzzy.

Cut to today. Nothing in my email inbox. I feel anxious. Chicago? Seattle? Portland? Chicago? Portland? Seattle? Interviews? Plane rides? Hotels? Nothing at all?? Everyone warns me about Chicago. There is still nothing to speak of in Portland, my top choice. I am still waiting. This will be my first week without pay.


Onward and Upward

I made the decision yesterday that i’m going to leave my current job as soon as i find a suitable new one, for reasons i probably shouldn’t disclose here. I feel relieved to have decided at least that much, as i’ve been trying to decide what to do with all these open doors since around January when our landlord started to pressure us to renew our lease for August. Hm, i could stay, or i could also leave…

So now i’ll be applying for jobs like mad, and i figure whatever offers i get will help me narrow down the next decision, which is where i want to go when this lease is up. I’m looking at:

  • staying in ames
  • moving or commuting to Des Moines
  • moving to Chicago
  • moving to Portland
  • moving to California where it’s f*cking warm

Yeah, i always swore i’d never live in Cali, but life here where there are seasons is just miserable anymore. Besides, it would make my grandparents really happy to be close enough to feed me lots of good Italian food, since i’m morbidly skinny in their eyes and need guidance.

Moving far away would mean sacrificing relationships though, which would suck. It’s probably not going to happen, because even though i’ve always had dreams of striking out on my own and magically turning into an admirable person by mere proximity to tall buildings and bright lights, being near the people i love is a lot more important to me. Portland would put me closer to some other people i love a lot, though, so it’s not a black-and-white issue by any means.

In regards to the new blog, thanks so much for your feedback. I put a button illusion up on the header in response to popular demand, and i think you were right. It looks nice. Now if only i could get a pretty rollover effect to happen without having to slice up that image…

Testing, testing…

Ok, here we go with the first *actual* post on my new blog. This shall be a bunch of crap to fill up the space.

Let’s see how a photo looks…

Here is my caption

…and another photo

Here’s hoping this works!

Now i ought to write an actual paragraph and see how that looks. So, it’s friday of VEISHEA, but it’s just about freezing outside–forty degrees, according to my weather widget. It’s supposed to snow tonight and tomorrow, but it was supposed to have snowed every day this week and we only got rain. Still, rainy, cold VEISHEA sounds super lame to me, snow or no. I looked forward to this all winter and now it’s still poopy outside. 😦 This will give me a new appreciation for the Iowa State Fair, perhaps?