Category Trials and Tribulations

Fire and fury

My landlady’s definition of a proper clean and my definition of a proper clean are not the same. I had her clean the flat twice before I moved in, and while the second attempt was a much more valiant effort, the bathroom still wasn’t habitable.  Because mildew. Even after two allegedly “professional” cleans there was […]

Homeless! Homeless?

You guys.  It’s a travesty to all that is bloglike that I have not been live-blogging my flat search here in London.  Talk about trials and tribulations! To catch you up, let’s start with the cast of characters.  Where would you rather live?  New River Head — A tiny one-bedroom flat on the third floor […]

Luxembourg is not London

I’m in Luxembourg for a couple of days this week for work. I left the office at 10pm thinking I’d get an Uber to the hotel and then get some dinner at one of the nearby places recommended by coworkers.  Here’s what I discovered: The building closes and locks the lobby sometime before 10pm, so […]

It’s not all glamorous 

Guess what I had for dinner tonight! Yep.  The staple of mission and student years which I haven’t made once in probably nearly ten years.  But when you’re starving after a day of apartment hunting and don’t want to eat cold cereal for dinner again and can’t find any nearby restaurants that aren’t what you’ve […]

Getting to Chicago

Because Chicago is such a wonderful mid-winter destination, Amanda and I planned a quick theatre weekend. As if the universe knew we’d need good blog fodder, travel drama ensued: (I’m the blue bubbles, Amanda’s the grey) Fortunately, it all worked out in the end.  I got to the hotel around midnight and went out to […]

The Belgians strike again

The past four days have been a blur of all-day business meetings followed by dinners among colleagues and hours of midnight work to catch up on all my normal work that has been displaced by these meetings.  Needless to say, I’ve seen nothing more of Luxembourg beyond what I saw on the first day. But […]

Puerto Rico — Oops

We got back to the condo at 9:30pm or so, which of course is WAY too early to go to bed.  So Justin broke out the game of Set and we played just long enough to confirm that I’m terrible at card games before devolving into deep “truth or dare” sleep-over style conversations (only without […]