Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Five Things I Have Learned Over The Past Five Weeks

1. Sometimes, a real estate agent will describe an apartment as "bright and airy." When you actually see the apartment, you will realize that "bright and airy" means "has a tiny window and oxygen."

2. Sometimes you will accidentally leave your debit card at the grocery store. And you will realize what you have done only after you arrive home, and you will race back to the store with your heart pounding, hoping against hope that your card is in the possession of someone who is presently giving it to the cashier for safekeeping, and not giving it to the cashier to purchase a year's supply of frozen pizza and cigarettes. When you arrive at the store, you will ask the cashier if she has seen your card. She will eye you suspiciously, and ask for your name. You will tell her your name, and she will open a drawer and glance down at the card resting therein. After a few moments, she will say, "Okay . . . but is the card a Visa, or a Mastercard?" You will say, "Uh . . . Visa?" She will nod, and then ask to see your driver's license. She will then take the card (a Visa) out of the drawer, and slowly hand it over to you. And as you tuck the card back into your wallet, you will wonder: if you had gotten the Visa or Mastercard question wrong, would she not have given you the card? Even though your name was on it?

3. Sometimes Del Taco will come out with a new limited-time-only shake, and sometimes it will be a Neopolitan shake. You will not understand this.

4. Sometimes you will decide to ride Splash Mountain on a cool Southern California evening. You will not remember how wet one can get on Splash Mountain, so you will ask your fellow Disney-goers how wet one gets. They will say, "Oh, not very wet at all." So you will go on Splash Mountain, and then you will spend the next two hours wringing tidal waves of water from every square inch of your clothing:


(The fear you see on Steve's face is real. Not fear for himself or for me, but fear of the water making contact with his precious Blackberry.)

5. Sometimes you will spend five million years looking for the right apartment in San Diego. It will be very frustrating and time-consuming, and you will become very annoyed during the whole process, and maybe even get into an argument with your husband in front of a leasing agent. But then, just as you are about to throw in the proverbial towel (or throw it at your husband), you will find your new apartment. And this will be the view from your new patio:


Sometimes, things work out.

15 comments:

Annette Lyon said...

Great view! And great lessons. I've missed you.

ATK said...

ooohhhh, i like. i like. i like very much!!

Sandra said...

I love San Diego and that view is one of the best. The 5,000,000 that you spent looking for it was well worth it.

Blondie said...

All very good lessons. Here's one I learned recently:

Sometimes you will get excited because you get to buy a new dress for your brother's wedding but that excitement will quickly turn to sheer frustration when you realize that every dress within forty miles of your home is either hideous, skanky or too expensive. You will finally find something suitable at a place called "Dress Barn," although you nearly pass it up because you can't imagine wearing clothing purchased in a barn.

PS That view is fantastic! I'm so happy I have a new reason to visit San Diego.

Sarah said...

congrats on the new digs! great view! glad it has more than just one window and a little oxygen. :)

Katie said...

I love the Splash Mountain pict. Why is it that no one tells you how wet you will get on a ride at Disneyland? And why is it when you strategically place yourself in the part of the boat where "no one gets wet" you are the only one with a tidal wave over your head? I guess making great memories sometimes takes getting soaked.

Also had a alarmingly similar experience at the Dress Barn. Spent 4 hours looking for a purple skirt for a wedding. Finally forced my arm to open the door to the Dress Barn. Found 6 different purple skirts. I think if they renamed the place to "Lot's of Dresses here. We know you really don't want to come in here, but if you need something for a wedding we probably have it!"

Noelle said...

So glad you're back! The view is amazing! Try riding a kid's log ride that went about 5 miles an hour, and somehow still ending up completely drenched! Oh I've had blondie's Dress Barn experience! In fact I just went to a wedding and searched high and low only to end up wearing black pants from my closet. Pretty bad when the grooms mother AND grandmother look more stylin than you! I'm soooo glad you're getting settled in San Diego! Miss you!

samiam said...

When I was looking for a condo, I talked to someone who compared it to finding a mate--incredibly disheartening at times, but then when you find the right one you "just know" and all the struggle is worth it. I kinda rolled my eyes at the time, but that is exactly what happened. And a view like that doesn't get any more perfect!

thedoodlegirl said...

Oh my wow. That view is so beautiful! Congratulations to you on your lessons learned and your new place! :) (You always make me smile)

TnD said...

The view is amazing. Now you are goign to feel really guilty if you don't get to the temple regularly.

Dianna said...

Congratulations on your delightful view and your new apartment. I hope that move is going/has gone well.

Love ya!

cotton_in_the_medicine_bottles said...

A Neapolitan Shake. Isn't technology amazing?

jeff with a J said...

Nice view.

Jannah said...

OK, a month later, but hoooorrraaaay! on the apartment, the Debit Card, and I presume the dehydrated Blackberry?
Sorry about the exhausting apartment search and the Neopolitan Shake thing, they were gonns call it the Strawberry Vanilla Chocolate sumpremo con Leche shakerito and I told them it was just too long.
to Echo the former comments, I bought my prom dress at Dress Barn, I still had to sew a shoulder cover so I could wear it over to the Y but at least I didn't have to sew a bum, chest and navel cover.

Geo said...

#2. I have had this exact experience.

#5. That view is better than Disney. Lucky!