Lots of stuff is ahappenin’ so let’s see if I can remember it all without having to edit this post, shall we?
Today I committed my first break-in and it was amazingly easy. See, I have this renter who told me a week ago he’d run into some money problems and didn’t have money for April, so he’d be moving out at the end of March. I put an ad in the paper for a new renter (I rent one of the rooms in my house out) and secured a nice girl Sunday evening. Unfortunately, I was under the mistaken impression that my current renter would be moving while I was in Reno (I ass-u-me-d that since he couldn’t afford rent for the impending month and because he wants his deposit back, he would get his ass out of my house). Instead, I come back to Reno to find his door locked (I don’t have a key) and his cell phone disconnected. GRRR!! So April 1st rolls around, he’s nowhere to be seen and I want his @#$% out of the room. I confirm with Fair Housing that I have the right to basically break into his room and move his stuff to my living room so the new person can move in. So today at lunch I came home, put a step stool under his window (I have a one-story condo), pull off the screen, open the window, and jump into the room. YES! It’s way easier than I thought it would be. And no one called the cops. I think I’ve found a new career!
Dave agreed to come over tonight and help me move his stuff out. However, when I get home, he’s all “Maybe we should wait a couple of days…it is only the first, and I bet he’ll be wanting his stuff…blah blah blah.” I reluctantly agree (only because I’m so irritated I can hardly see straight).
Who shows up at 6:30pm to pick up his stuff? THE FRIGGING RENTER! That woulda been embarassing. I’m glad that of the two of us, Dave is the most logical. 😉 But most of his stuff is out, he’ll be back tomorrow for the rest, and I didn’t have to lift a finger.
Question to you: Should I give him back his full deposit? It’s only $200, but he hasn’t completely vacated my house, and we are now into April. Whaddya think?
There’s all kinds of giveaways going on for Buy a Friend a Book Week (BAFAB). Dewey over at The Hidden Side of a Leaf is giving away two $20 Amazon gift certificates. Comment on this post and get one entry. Comment on her very first post, found here, and get another entry. How awesome is that? She has one of my favorite blogs, so definitely check her out!
Care at Care’s Online Book Club is doing a cute giveaway: Books & A Look. She’s offering two books: The Unbearable Lightness of Being AND St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and a ‘look’ from Mary Kay Cosmetics (a lipstick, eye shadows and blush that fit into a color compact) worth $50! Holy makeup batman!
Also, my friend Amy at Park-Avenue Princess is giving away a book of the winner’s choice. Pretty cool, eh? Go check out her blog…she’s going to be doing more posts about books and she’s a really nice person to boot! Comment here for your chance!
I’ve already mentioned it’s BAFAB Week, and I have done this in the past, actually bought a friend a book (in real life!), but book tastes are very subjective, and who am I to say what you should or shouldn’t be reading? On the other hand, I can’t resist telling you that you should read this:
Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis. I mention the book here. If you like words at all, and if you’re reading then I assume you have a passing interest, you should read this book. Since I’m too lazy to tell you about it here (my wrists are starting to hurt), go read about it here.
But since I can’t tell you what to read, I offer you two books:
I will buy Word Freak and only Word Freak for one person. As I would just as soon give up one of my animals as give up any of my books, I will purchase this for you through Amazon.
I will buy you the book of your choice on Amazon, but it must be under $25. You can choose a cookbook, a romance novel, literature, a children’s book for your snotty kid…I don’t care, ’cause you READ!
How to enter? Comment on this post and tell me which you’d rather have: the book of your choice or Word Freak. That will get you one entry. For a second entry, post about this on your blog (email me at trish(dot)browning(at)gmail(dot)com to let me know you’ve done this). For a third entry, do one of those stumble-y things or de.lic.ious or digg it. I’d like to know what it’s like to have one of my posts stumbled upon, so I’m going to bribe you. I hope no one’s above a little book bribery. 😉
Edited to add: GAH! I knew I’d forget something!! I will pick a winner Tuesday, April 8th. Comments will close at 5:30pm. Good luck!