Woot!

Aug. 16th, 2008 11:18 am
ragani: (Pen-Hey!)
We officially have internet access at the new place. Not much else here (some boxes that were already packed and a rug) but when we do get everything else here, cable and internet will be done. Of course, we still need to set-up the router for wireless goodness, and set-up vonage. But still, connected to the outside world=done!
ragani: (Pen-hmm)
OK, life does tend to hit hard and fast sometimes. This can be a good thing, but that does not mean it is not challenging.

So, [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom and I got a place in Piedmont, which = good. We need to move before Faire starts = challenging. Add to that the idea that we would really prefer to have a camper/trailer set-up instead of a tent for Faire (we even already paid for a permit). That means we need to find one, which eats into the pack/move time. Finding one is proving to be a challenge.

Anyone out there among my friends with time to help with the move (packing/moving/use of vehicle)? We are looking at the weekend of 23/24 for most of the big stuff, but are hoping to get some done this weekend too.

How about a trailer for under $1000?
ragani: (Smile)
Been working here as a freelancer for over 9 months, and recently interviewed for the position. Just got offered the job today. Woot!

Home, home

Aug. 6th, 2008 10:26 pm
ragani: (Pen-Hey!)
Wow, thanks for all the good advice on weather to buy a house or not!

As it turns out, we had looked at a place we liked last night that, although we had the same problem with [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom's credit, the option to co-sign with a family member was also made available. As it turns out, I was having lunch with my dad, so he kindly offered to co-sign. So, since this is a year lease, it looks like we will take at least a year to think about it, and do what ever we can to repair credit, save money, and simply decide if it is even something we want.

Oh, and the new place? It is in an apartment complex the property manager thought we would be a good fit because some of the other tenants are an eclectic mix of artsy types (one example she gave was that one was a fire dance). Also, it is on Echo St. in Piedmont. What a cool address! We are thinking of naming it The Echo Chamber.
ragani: (Pen-hmm)
The last couple of weekends have been taken up with the great apartment search. I love where I live, but it really is not big enough for me, my lovely roomies and [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom. And really, in align with that "starting our new lives together" thing that we are embarking on, it seems like a good time to strike out on our own. Timing wise, we should probably move out by the start of September, because that is when one of the roomies returns from abroad, and things will get much tighter here.

We have looked at a range of places, some decent, some ridiculous. We even found a great one right across the street from where we are now and thought we had ended the search, only to be turned down because of [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom's credit. One friend, who just finished law school, pointed out that is was illegal for them to have turned us down when my credit and income is enough for me to take on the lease on my own, but we are not sure we want to pursue that "fight back" route at this time. Sigh...

Meanwhile, we have also talked about the possibility of owning. My step-mom thinks this is the perfect time for us to look for a place to buy because of the the current market conditions. There are any number of first-time home owner assistance programs in the towns where we are looking to live. There are even ones that are based on low-income, for which we might qualify for now (based on 2007 income), that we might not qualify for next year.

But really, is it a good time to buy? If so, why? And, what is the first step?
ragani: (Pen-Huh?)
My birthday is Monday, and I have not made any plans. Life has just been too busy to make plans, and adding yet another obligation to the schedule, especially one I have to plan, does not seem like a good idea. However, I would like to do something, even if it is just dinner with a few friends.

Anyone want to get together for dinner on Monday?

Another thought is to reschedule my birthday celebration until early or mid June, which I HOPE will give me some breathing room to recover a little. Not sure if that makes feels too strange though. Sigh...
ragani: (Pen-Red Faced)
It was nice to tell [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom he was right when I called to tell him my wallet had indeed been at my office. It was hiding under some papers on the floor under my desk.

Plans are back on track for fun in SoCal this weekend. Who all is going to be there*?

*There = Faire on Sat. and Dland on Sun.

Argh!

Apr. 23rd, 2008 10:16 pm
ragani: (Pen-Red Faced)
I seem to have lost my wallet. On top of some other crappy stuff going on (small fender-bender on Sunday in the parking structure which was my fault because I was the one backing-up at the time), this just really bites.

The plan to go to SoCal will suffer some set-backs because of this, mainly the whole renting a car plan (which just booked this morning, dagnamit!). They don't like to rent cars to people who don't have a drivers license.

In the counting my blessings department, at least I get direct deposit so my paychecks will still get to my account. Oh, it does not look as if someone is using my debit card, since nothing untoward has posting in my account, so it does not look like it was stolen (which could mean there is a chance it will show-up).

Sigh... Universe, what have you got against me right now?
ragani: (Red Faced Pen)
I need a clone! I have too much to do, and not enough time to do it. Bah! I nearly forgot that I was watching Miss Jo today I was so caught-up in trying to catch-up with work.

D'oh

Sep. 7th, 2006 02:17 pm
ragani: (toon me)
Just found out I left my debit card at the bank. This is a lot better than not being able to find it and having to call in and get a new one sent to me (which I was afraid was the case).

Sigh... I needed to go to the bank anyway, but of course the bank in question is not the one near my house.
ragani: (Floating)
Apparently I owe over a thousand in taxes, so I must be alive.

[inert suitable expletive here]!!!

I can barely pay rent and bills, and had to ask for money from my grandmother to pay for health insurance. I am not sure where I am going to come up with this money, especially with work becoming sporadic.

Since it is an addendum, I guess it can wait until I make enough at ren faire, but that was money I was probably going to use for paying down some debts a little.

Sigh...
ragani: (Cabanal)
I decided to stay home today. I could have gone into the temp job I have this month, although right now it is going so slow, that I doubt I will be needed. Sure, I could use the 4 hour minimum I would end-up working if I went in, and I have already taken two days off this week, but I still feel like crap. Not as bad as I did at Lark, but still coughing and suffering from the associated headaches that go with the coughing.

Perhaps I should go into my clinic and make sure there is not something else that can be done, but I want to be home to get my new mobile phone which has not arrived yet and requires a signature. I ordered it on Monday and it was supposed to arrive on Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest. Meh!

I picked Tabitha up from the vet on Wednesday from her obligatory spaying. She was delighted to be home, and not at that scary vet place anymore. Within a day she was back to terrorizing [livejournal.com profile] psyche7772's cat (which she is doing right now, in fact) and finding trash and the like to convert into (un)suitable kitty toys.

I got back from Lark on Saturday, so was home on Sunday when [livejournal.com profile] psyche7772 mentioned that Dark Garden was having a sample sale. Well, that became a house event as we all piled into her car, even roommate C's mom, K, to peruse the offerings. Seeing as I did not own a DG corset yet, this seemed like a good opportunity to remedy that. In the end, I walked away with a baroque corset in pale pink and cream, and a black fabric cincher.

On the way back to the east bay, [livejournal.com profile] psyche7772 remembered that Two Star Dog was having a sale, so we headed there next. We all walked away with some nice new items, including an outfit that both [livejournal.com profile] psyche7772 and I got in our respective sizes.

This Saturday features a friend's wedding (with many attendees), followed by Gaskels, where I will have an excuse to wear my new corset (hmm.... must figure out what the rest of the outfit to go with that will be).

I think I need to rest-up in order to get through Saturday!
ragani: (Default)
I have had many posts in mind that seem to slip past because I am busy doing the things I think are post worthy. Meanwhile, here is a quick list of what is keeping me busy.

Gearing-up for Lark Camp: This is the second year I am the Quartermaster and I am taking the opportunity to actually try to get some process in place before camp starts to make things run more smoothly during. I am also helping out with the admin stuff that the other two admins usually handle to help lighten the load. Mainly I have taken a list of names to call to confirm attendance of those working and answer any questions they have.

If you are attending Lark Camp and working in a kitchen or coffeehouse, please let me know.

Family vacation: I am joining my dad et al for a Yosemite trip. Actually, I am only staying for the pre-hike portion as I am too busy to go for the big hike. We are staying at the Evergreen Lodge.

Work: I have been juggling enough freelance work between all of that to feel productive, including working some on the weekends. I am going to be working for Arup for most of August, which is a good thing. It is mostly part-time, so I will still have some flexibility, although I have committed to at least some time each workday once I get back from Lark.

Henna: One of the projects I want to work on before Northern Renaissance Faire is the redesign of the henna design book (yes, it is that time again). I am tapping [livejournal.com profile] emberleo to spend some time on the pages she has the most input on (please contact me to plan a good time to get together on this).

Home: I am mostly settled, although there is still some things that need to find places to live. I have been slowly unpacking, so there is some progress on the (now much smaller) pile of boxes in the studio. My desktop computer is mostly set-up and I have actually made some time to play WoW to balance all the work I have been doing.

Housemate C dragged me with her lap swimming yesterday, and my typically unused muscles are now complaining about the workout. Lap swimming tends to be uninteresting for me, but I think it is a good source of exercise, so I might try to do this more in the future. I then dragged her to the Plough, which was a much more fun source of exercise. Before the Plough, [livejournal.com profile] josh_summit came by to take away some of my empty boxes (thanks!) and meet Tabitha. There is no question that man is a sucker for cats.

OK, I hope that gets me caught-up for the time being. Back to the grind. Somewhere in all of that I need to find time to pack!
ragani: (Avatar 1)
For some unknown reason, my Yahoo! mail is inaccessible. I first noticed it right after I sent a large file out to a client last night (it arrived, which is good), so at first I just thought my system was being slow. However, I am still unable to check my mail, so I am thinking it is Yahoo. I now other people who can access their Yahoo accounts, so it seems odd to me that mine is suddenly not working. Meh!

This means, that if anyone is trying to reach me via e-mail, my gmail account is the best way right now. Sigh....

In other mundane news, last night I started to feel some nausea coming on right before going to bed, which continued through the night. Although it has abate for the most part, I have been feeling a bit dizzy and spaced throughout this morning. I am not sure what the cause is, but since I would not be surprised if I got something from the kids. I took T (the 3 year old) to iHop for Free Pancake day yesterday, and he hardly touched his stack of buttery, syrupy, pancakes. When he got home he had clear signs of having been suffering some sort of GI issues (details spared) for a little while.

I had to postpone an interview scheduled for today because I did not want to risk being sick on BART or at the interview. I hope it does not ruin my chances for the work, but I feel it was better to not to try to interview while ill. Again, sigh....

Right now I have baby J in a backpack on my back, and she is fast asleep. She has a perpetual stuffy nose, and is snoring away in my ear.

blah...

Feb. 13th, 2006 09:27 am
ragani: (Floating)
I am having a hard time finding joy right now. Sure, I look around and realize my life could be a lot worse, but that does not mean my life is what I want it to be. So many different aspects of my life are in limbo or feel like there is no means of improvement. The only things I am feeling at all passionate about right now feel elusive at best.

So... yeah. Blah!
ragani: (Floating)
I have not been posting much lately, and I can attribute that to a combination of too much and not enough. I feel like there is much that has gone through my mind as post worthy, and even somethings I would like to share, but at the same time, I feel that there is not much to say, really. Since posting is about what I want out of my LJ, this is not an apologetic statement "to my readers" or anything like that.

Work:
I have not had much work to do since before I left for Mexico, at which time I was juggling too much, and actually was working up to the minute right before boarding my flight. Although the break is nice, tomorrow I have a temp assignment (at a regular client) for the first time since getting back, which is a relief. I want to have enough work to bring in enough money to stretch my resources out as long as possible, and still have some flexibility. I am doing some pro-bono work for some friends who need some serious updates to their website, but I doubt I will be able to do as much as I (and they) would like since I will have to work within the existing site. It seems like a good chance to flex my web production muscles a little though.

Health )

Household )

Homesteading:
I am still working on getting people together to help form a corporation that can work on buying land, and creating a land trust. In addition to getting land to build a village in, say, northern California, I would like to also explore buying a more local multi-unit building to create a co-housing like community here in the bay area. I strongly feel that everyone needs their own space, but that sharing resources is one of the only ways to make living in the bay area work for most people I know. I am tired of my friends and I barely making it, and yet, knowing there is a better way if we pool our talents and resources.
ragani: (Floating)
I am sitting on an airplane to Puerto Vallarta next to my grandparents; my uncles and their families in the rows behind us. The effort to get this far seems Herculean on my part, so it is with much relief that I finally am almost there. I am not sure when i will be able to post this, but I have time to finally put some of this down.

On how Ragani finally escaps and the mayem she endured to get there... )
Ahhhhh!

Later I will see if I can get some photos up of this fabulous place we are staying.

Oh, and as you may have guessed, it turns out to have DSL, so send me those photos after all.

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