September 8th, 2003

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Pre-emptive apologies.

I am not going to be around much this week, and for that, I apologize.

I am going to be incredibly frazzled this week, and for that, I apologize.

I am going to be short-tempered and grumpy this week, and for that, I apologize.

I will probably be prone to panic attacks and fits of despair, and for that, I apologize.

If you have to interact with me at all this week, you will probably encounter these things, so I wanted to get all this out of the way up front.

Hopefully, I will be more normal after this weekend.

Thank you for your patience.
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Dear god, dialup sucks.

Here I sit, on the floor of my new apartment, waiting for Ikea and the Salvation Army to show up.

The Ikea debacle this morning failed to amuse me. I was supposed to get a call from the delivery company "sometime between 8AM and 10AM" to inform me of my delivery window. By 10:30, I hadn't heard from them, and I couldn't go down to my car to get the receipts out fo the car, because my cell phone doesn't work in the parking garage, and of course, if I went down there, they would call while I was down there, you see?

I finally realized that I had actually remembered to stuff the notebook with the receipts in it in my backpack last night before heading upstairs, so was able to call them. "Oh, ok, we'll be there between 10AM and 3PM."


(This is where our heroine looks at the clock, and goes, "Why yes, it is 10:30. And I am 25 miles from the apartment! Neat!")

I informed the delivery company that I wouldn't be able to be there until about 11:30, and that they had better not hold me responsible for not being there, since they were supposed to call me and tell me the delivery window, and went about madly throwing things in the car and raced over here.

Once here, I confirmed that no delivery attempt had been made (or at least, no sign of such thing had been left), and then started hauling things up from the car. (Laundry to put in the washer and dryer (real washer and dryer! I can wash blankets! I have blankets that need washing! *glares at packet* Things I'd bought at Ikea. Laundry accoutrements. The like.)

I've got a blanket washing, and a load of dishes and cutlery washing (both new, you see), and still no Ikea.

Of course, I can't find the guy who's supposed to be doing my Salvation Army delivery, and he never really confirmed with me that it would be today, so hrmph. I'm going to be quite peeved if my couch and loveseat don't get delivered today.

So now, I wait. Hrm. I could do a couple more things around here, I guess, and get some work done. Over dialup. Icky!
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Ok, Ikea finally showed up and delivered furniture.

After they left, I took off, and stopped by the office to drop off the CD shelf I picked up for timquestionmark and feistydiva (which got delivered with the rest of the Ikea loot), then went to Office Depot to get more boxes (yes, more boxes), and then to CVS to get laundry detergent to replace the detergent I swiped this morning to take to the new apartment.

Home again, and getting ready to go tackle more packing. My back hates me, and I'm going to be unable to move by Saturday night. Also, my body is in one of those fits it gets into where it immediately decides it has to sleep if I have any food, so I'm working on just not eating until it's time for me to go to bed anyway. Not the healthiest thing in the world, but, I really don't have any choice for the next week.

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For gweepprefect and yehoshua.

From a mailing list I'm on:
    Pro Cycles on Main Street in Wakefield, MA is having a Going Out Of Business Sale until September 30. Just got a lifetime supply of tire tubes, and a pair of bike shorts. They still seem to have a lot of stuff.