Writing has always been my way of dealing with stress. Well…that and eating. Today is a significant day for me, however, as I am finally getting the keys to my apartment. I have been staying with family since I moved back to the DFW area last November, so to have a place of my own again is going to be nice.
I’m more nervous today than I thought I’d be. This is largely in part to a few things. First, my commute here, which will soon be dramatically reduced, took me an hour and half, and, towards the beginning, the cars in front of me stopped rather suddenly, as did I, and all of the stuff in my car came screeching forward. This event caused my back window to be almost completely blocked. There was also an accident, which added an unexpected 20+ minutes to my commute. Needless to say, when I got to work, I decided to listen to some music in an effort to calm the savage beast.
Another reason for my anxiety today has to do with my issues surrounding time management…and other people’s lack thereof. In my opinion, if you know that someone is moving into an apartment, you should have everything done PRIOR to the day they are getting their keys. In my case, not only are they installing new carpet TODAY, which is a nice touch, but the cleaning lady has to make the apartment ready after that. The LAST thing I want is for the CLEANING LADY to be in a rush! I was planning on leaving work at 4:00 pm today and driving right there, but apparently I won’t be able to get in until later…and that’s assuming that the carpet gets done first thing this morning like it’s supposed to. Oh, and did I mention that my electricity gets switched over to my name today which means this is all on my dime?!
Finally, the fact that I haven’t even seen the apartment prior to today is making me very nervous. I’ve seen a two-bedroom apartment with the same features, but, because the complex was fully leased, they didn’t have my floor plan to show me. This means that I have no idea if I’ll have room for everything, as I’m basing my decision on their online layout depiction. I’ve taken measurements of some of my furniture in hopes that there will be a place for it. I have no idea if my patio furniture will fit, but that too has been measured. Hell, I don’t even know if the patio door opens in or out!
If you haven’t guessed, I’m a planner. This is part of the reason I’m getting my keys today, Tuesday, and not moving my stuff in until Saturday. I need to do my inspection. I need to clean to my standards. I need to get my shelf paper put down so I can unpack. Plus, I’ve got a tradition, thanks to the movie St. Elmo’s Fire, of eating peanut butter & jelly sandwiches on the date I get my keys.
So, here I sit, wishing I could just write all day. I’m doing my best to stay busy at work, but it seems I’m a bit too efficient with my time, so now I’m all caught up and it’s only 9:45 am. This is gonna be a looooooooong day!