Friday, June 30, 2006

Canada Day Celebrations and More

Wow, what an odd couple of days. Yesterday was a really bad one, as my alternator went. I have very little money as I am transitioning b/wn jobs right now, and with rent and moving expenses and all that, it hasn't been fun. The used alternator that the dude at the shop tried to acquire for me didn't work, so I was left to buy a new one. After taxes and shop fees, it came to $370. Ouch.

Now I need a new valve cover gasket, because if I don't get one, the 2 year warranty on the alternator will be void, as the oil that's leaking out is dripping directly onto the brand new alternator. I should know better than to buy used cars from people I don't know. At leas the grey car I had before actually had very little issues. I don't know why the hell I ever got rid of that car, that was a stupid move. I guess I was just sick of driving an automatic.

I'm sure the next thing to go will be the clutch, as I don't know how old it is, but I know it's old enough that I need to be concerned with something like that. Hopefully it will wait until after I've come back from Vancouver, but knowing my luck, that won't happen. Maybe I'll look into that second job I've been thinking about. There's a place here called Trail Appliances that wants a secretary one day a week, only on Saturdays. It's too bad I don't quite know what my shift will be at Shaw, or I'd definitely apply, or would have applied yesterday.

In other news the famdamily has decided they are coming over for a BBQ on July 1st, which is tomorrow. I'll be spending today doing some deeper cleaning, and then sweeping all the floors tomorrow before they get here. There's a bunch of concerts in the park tomorrow, one of which we are definitely going to see, and that's Cold Driven. They opened up for Retrograde last time we saw them play, which was in Vernon. It was an awesome show on both parts, and I purchased a CD that night that hasn't left my disc player in 4 months. Hopefully they'll have some new stuff to deliver tomorrow.

It's actually kind of odd how excited I am to see them. It's almost like seeing my favorite band for the first time. Retrograde will always be my favourite, but I didn't know a single song of Cold Driven's, and now I know all of them on the disc, so it will be neat to see which parts of their songs they change when they're live. Should be good.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Stupid Car

I went to do downtown today to take some pictures of Ben's wedding, and out of nowhere the oil light came on. I turned around and hit the first gas station I saw, which was 7-11. I bought 2 litres of oil, poured them in, then checked the dipstick. Nothing. didn't even register that there was oil on there. I went back in and bought another litre, and then it showed up. I thought everything was fine, so I went to the park where the wedding was. I ran back to my car to grab some more water because it was SO hot out there, and I noticed that there was a huge oil puddle under my car. Uh oh. Checked the dipstick, and sure enough, there was no oil registering again. So I grabbed an extra litre of oil I missed earlier that was in my hatch, and poured it in. I barely got home. The oil light flickered off and on the whole way, and when I got home I called the only mechanic I know. He was unfortunately in Chilliwack for his girlfriend's birthday and said he couldn't look at the car until Monday, which unfortunately is the day I'm schedule to move out of town. Fuck.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Moving sucks.

I don't know why I do this to myself, but I always do. This has to be at least the 15th time that I've moved since I left my mom's place. To be honest, I've lost count by now.

I am moving back to K-town, which is awesome. I got the job at the company I've wanted to work for since I new they existed. Awesomer. I am living with awesome people in what sounds like an awesome house in downtown K-town. Awesomest.

However, I have a lot less time to pack than I thought I would. We had figured that the roommates would come from Alberta and unload everything, then go from K-town to the Loops where I am, get all my big stuff, and head back. Then I received word today that no, in fact, they threw out a lot of CRAP and made tons of room in the truck, so we can take everything at once. This would normally be great, except that instead of having all day Thursday to finish packing the things that can't fit into my car, my time was shortened by 10 hours. That's not bad though, as I managed to take down my bookshelf and my computer desk. All that's left now, which I can do tomorrow, is my entertainment centre. That will be a shitty job, as will the bed (especially because it only became my bed when I moved in this place) but mostly because I've never taken the thing apart, so I'm not sure how it will work. The new roomies will be able to help me figure it out though. It also sounds as if we may have some extra help when we get everything down to K-town. My friend from there was originally going to come with the roomie to get all my stuff, but now that they're stopping in on their way out, there's no reason for him to do so. I left some messages for him asking him if he'd help us once we got into town, but I haven't received an answer yet.

The last few days at work have been insane. Absolute chaos. We received a new contract on Friday without anyone really knowing, a 24 hour contract, and within 1 day we had 2 people gearing up to start the training, which begins on Monday. As well, although many people filled out applications, not many handed them in, so the two of us went around harrassing people until we met our quota. I felt bad for my friend though; she got there at 6:30, and didn't leave until 5:15. And tomorrow they have their first client call, where they will finally have the answers to the questions they've had for a long time now (3 days).

As well, 2 people left my team yesterday and today, and another gave his notice for 2 weeks from now. A fourth also said by the end of August he'd be gone as well. If I wasn't leaving the company completely, I'd totally head over to the other side, as it's the shift I've wanted for a very long time, and to be part of a new piece of business is great for the ole resume. That's okay though, I think my resume more than speaks for itself at this time, especially since I got the job I wanted.

Our bathroom sink is broken right now. It's been more and more sluggish draining water in the last couple of weeks, and then all of a sudden BLAMO. The roommate goes to fix it, turns one piece of the pipe to get it cleared out, and the completely rusted out pipe splits all the way to the wall. Unfortunately this means we have to wait for the World's Worst Landlords to come over or at least TRY and make an appointment to fix anything, which probably won't happen until I've moved. Unfortunately, that means we are brushing teeth and washing faces in the kitchen sink, which to me, is just gross.

I think I've got around 1-3 boxes left to pack (the little stuff never looks like much until you try and fit it into a box) and then I'm done. Yippeeeeeee!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

got it!

I got the job. I start July 1st.