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I haven't been having the best luck with doors lately...

The other day I closed the door to my room and ended up having to unscrew the doorknob and open it with a wrench.

Well this morning as I was leaving my apartment I locked the door and then looked down because something was not right. The key was partially in and facing the wrong direction, and it wouldn't turn, however the door was locked, and now it wouldn't unlock. I called the maintenance company and left a message, and headed to work.

I returned home to find my door equally stuck. I called again, still no answer. I left another message. I sat on my porch and got another phone number from one of my neighbors returning home - still no answer. Another neighbor came home and gave me the cell number of the actual maintenance guy who comes and does the work so I called him. He did answer and said he would be over in a few minutes.

When he got there he tried his keys and a lock pick to no avail. He said he was going to have to climb in the window! A huge ladder, a screwdriver to pry the screen, teetering very precariously by my window and with all the neighbors staring I decided that my apartment is probably not an ideal one to break into. That's good. :) Once he was inside he went to open the front door from the inside, but it still wouldn't unlock! I stood in the hall and heard much banging, and then he asked me to kick the door in. Turns out he had to take the pins out of the hinges and I had to throw my weight against the door quite a few times before it finally opened. Well, actually it just popped out of the hinges and then he had to pull it because the bolt part of the lock was still "locking" the door. My cats were very disturbed. Luckily I have more than one lock as he had to break the malfunctioning one with a screwdriver and a hammer. He promises to come tomorrow and give me a new lock.

And now a cool new calculator I found on last.fm:

Take your top 20 artists. For each of these artists, collect the top 5 similar artists. The resulting numbe rof unique artists is your [b]eclectic score[/b]. If the score is small(extreme = 5) your musical preferences are very limited, and if it is large (larger than 80, extreme = 100), then you have an eclectic musical preference. You can compute your own score at http://anthony.liekens.net/pub/scripts/last.fm/eclectic.php

My eclectic score is currently: 81/100
The 81 related artists for my profile are 3 Doors Down (2), A Perfect Circle (2), Alanis Morissette, Alice inChains, Alkaline Trio, Amorphis, Anathema, Audioslave, Blackfield, Blink-182, Brand New (2), Breaking Benjamin, Bright Eyes, CKY, CountingCrows, Deftones (2), Dream Theater, Evanescence, Fall Out Boy (2), Foo Fighters (3), Gravity Kills, HIM, Hypocrisy, Incubus (2), Jimmy Eat World, KMFDM (2), Katatonia, King Crimson, KoЯn, Lifehouse, Linkin Park, Live, Machines of Loving Grace, Marillion, Marilyn Manson (2),Matchbox Twenty, Ministry, Modest Mouse, Moonspell, My Chemical Romance(2), My Dying Bride, Nickelback, Nine Inch Nails (2), Nirvana, No Doubt, Opeth, Orgy, Papa Roach, Paradise Lost (2), Pearl Jam (2),Pixies, Placebo, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Rammstein, Rise Against, Riverside, Rob Zombie, Sentenced, Something Corporate, Soundgarden, Spock's Beard, Stabbing Westward, Stone Temple Pilots,System of a Down (3), Taking Back Sunday (2), The 69 Eyes, The Cardigans, The Cranberries, The Decemberists, The Early November, The Get Up Kids, The Postal Service, The Shins, The Smashing Pumpkins (3),The Starting Line, Third Eye Blind, Three Days Grace, Tool, Weezer, lostprophets
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Since I moved to Boston I've moved 3 times, and now I'll be making it four. Not counting the move from Seattle to Boston, that is.

My landlord is a psycho so I'm moving out, and in with a friend in a small but cute apartment in the North End - where all the cool Italian food is.

This weekend a new buddy helped me move my fish tanks, which was amazing. It's a good friend that helps you cart live rock around. ;) Tonight a few friends came over to help me pack and made short work of my back closet, the DVDs/videos/CDs, and most of my books.

And I've been working a lot, but on Saturday I did get to hang out with Brit and eat some Thai food and see Children of Men. It was good. I was hoping it would have more about why everyone is infertile. (In case you don't know, the premise of the movie is that suddenly in 2009 (or maybe 2008) everyone is infertile.) So the movie takes place about 18 years later when there are no children.

It's an interesting concept for sure. And I wanted to see it when I heard about it because I'm a sciency kind of person. However, the movie is not at all about *why* people are suddenly infertile, but about how the world is falling apart because of it. Still a very good movie.
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I got the keys to my new place today, and the reality is hitting that I'm actually moving! [livejournal.com profile] polarg88 was over yesterday and helped me with some packing (thanks again!)

I don't have too much packing left to do. I'll probably work on it quite a bit tomorrow night unless something fun comes up, and more on Saturday. Other than that nothing exciting is going on, which is why I haven't been writing much lately.

Tonight I went to a Pac-10 group (really just a bunch of USC people). [livejournal.com profile] caflygrl's roommate goes all the time, but today I went with [livejournal.com profile] caflygrl and her boyfriend. It was pretty fun, and Microsoft was having some sort of concert with Trains in Fenway park for a convention. We could see the video screen and hear the concert.

Yay!

Feb. 16th, 2006 07:36 pm
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Here's my (slightly late) Christmas present from my mom. Now the microwave isn't taking up the whole counter!

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I put it together myself. With tools! Two types of screwdriver, a hammer, and about eleventy-one different kinds of screws and nails and hinges and other hardware. And it works! (I also finally found a use for the little drawer pulls that Robb got me a couple years ago. Just have to go buy some nuts tomorrow to put on the backs, since these have screws on the pulls and the ones that came with it have screw holes on the pulls.)
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Cleaning is a necessary evil. One which I am somewhat notorious for ignoring. Last night and today, however, were different stories.

Last night I cleaned in the kitchen and bathroom, and did kitty cleanup. Today I did laundry, including the sheets and stuff from my bed and the sheet on the couch. I also did quite a bit of cleaning in my room, and now I'm going to organize the closet. I really need to get a dresser. Maybe tomorrow...

So cleaning all day makes for boring LJ entries, but I did finish the last disc of Roswell and I really enjoyed it. Too bad it's over, though. I thought it was cool that they talked about coming to Boston in the end!
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So I woke up early this morning to a weird sound. It sounded kind of like a hissing and running water. I got up, I went to check if the toilet was running water (which it does occasionally after you flush it and it doesn't reset properly) but it was fine. The cats hadn't turned on the kitchen faucet. Then I came back in my room and heard the sound was near the laptop. The laptop was sleeping but I opened it to see if it was spinning the CD or something, and it wasn't.

Then it dawned on me - duh! The radiator! Can you tell I've never lived in a house with a really old heating system?

Today I did some more cleaning around the apartment and went to True Grounds for knitting group. The weather was actually jacket weather today - I wore my jacket I bought last year with the liner zipped out because it's pretty waterproof and it was supposed to rain. I worked on the sleeve for my Rogue, which I started last year at almost exactly this time. After abandoning it for months it's almost done - hopefully I can finish it and wear it next weekend when I'm going to a sheep and wool festival in New York. :)

Now I'm back home and planning to do a bit of grading and watch Bell, Book, and Candle while working more on my sleeve. Tomorrow I'm going to a sale at one of the area yarn shops with one of the new students in my program. Should be fun although I don't if/what I'll get.

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