The floors here where I’m house-sitting, I mean. They make my socks black and I didn’t want to stain or wreck them, so I’m just doing bare, black feet. The reason? I guess pet traffic, but my feet are constantly dirty all the same.
Things I Learned While House-Sitting:
-My car will start to have problems at the worst time possible. Rusty was fine while I was driving 8 min to work and back 4 times a week. As soon as I needed to drive a half hour with a lot of hills, faster speeds, more traffic, and many stops and starts–problems. Awful scraping noises when I applied the brakes–terrible hot smell under the hood. So that was pretty much a constant worry every time I took the already wearing commute. It also served to sort of hold me hostage wherever I was because I didn’t want to stress the car to the point of a breakdown by driving a lot. Tuesday, as soon as I have finished the weekend of work, I MUST take Rusty to the shop! This will also serve to spend every penny I earned house-sitting and additional funds, I am certain. Because that is my life.
-Having a lot of things does not necessarily mean having a lot of useful or fun things.
-I miss watching Satellite TV, but I’m glad we don’t have television channels. It’s a time-eater. There are a billion channels, and nothing I want to see in the time slots I’m here to see it. Crazy. The Food Network, however is ridiculously amazing and I could watch that 24/7. I am very sad these new competition shows are not available for streaming on Netflix.
-Just having nice decorations does not mean having a nice house. It’s all about how it’s grouped and arranged to maximize effect. I get the impression a lot of these things were gifts slapped up on a wall, not chosen purchases that play up a certain “look.”
-A washer and dryer are on my major life list. I did soooooo much laundry because I could and I absolutely miss that. My next place MUST have in-unit washer & dryer–or at the very least hook-ups. I can’t say it enough–laundry facilities were nice.
-Sometimes having a lot of things is a hindrance. If things are thrown randomly in cupboards, you don’t know what you have. Organization! I paced myself and only organized one pantry. Though I wanted to do more, I didn’t want to seem crazy.
-A lot of food can be really useless. Everyone eats differently, and one person’s abundance of ingredients is another person’s dearth. I was hungry. Luckily, Cool bought subs one day and pizza another.
-Don’t let animals on your counters. Especially kitchen counters. You will eat cat-butt *fill in the blank* PS–have you ever tried to make fish when the cats are allowed up there? Not an easy task.
-If you spend a lot of money on anything–make it a good knife. I never, never cut a mango or an avocado though I love both, because it is literally hard. These CutCo knives make easy work of them! One went right up on my Amazon wish list, because it was PERFECT.
-I am not a person that wants a work commute. I already don’t want to go to work–put it more then 20 minutes away and I hate it. Make it on a week the vet I like is on vacation, and add in an anxiety-ridden unproductive receptionist that makes bad decisions and does little else = hostility from me.
-The one good thing about living waaay out of town? I saw a coyote one morning and a MOOSE one afternoon. The dog freaked and barked both times and I didn’t get good pictures. Partially, because I didn’t bring my actual camera, so I had to depend on my phone.
-P.S. I forgot how much dogs drool and slurr upon you whenever possible. The dog was very well-behaved, excellent and easy, but I was constantly covered in dog spit. Kinda icky.
-Final note, I am a homebody. No matter how easy the job, or good the money–I need to recharge by being at my own house. I don’t even like my apartment, my neighborhood, or especially my dope-neighbors, but it’s MINE. I have a place and my things and family and routine are there. Being away made me tired and a little grumpy (majorly exacerbated by work annoyances).