Friday, March 18, 2005

The End of Times

A client of mine is very very very religious. And when you pair off obsessed religiousness with one or two psychiatric disorders you may at times get some disturbing mix. This client is seriously disturbed. He is convinced that we've now reached the end of times and that we're now looking forward to eternal winter.
You know what? All evidence points in the same direction. March 18. Heaps of snow. No spring in sight. I'm inclined to agree with him.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Snow, snow everywhere.

It's snowing. Again. We have half a meter of snow and it's freezing. I'm so fed up with this. It's MARCH, fer crying out loud. It's supposed to be birds singing, spring flowers budding, sun warming. When it's possible to ski in the city this far South in March you know that Armageddon is coming. Will it be warmer then?

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Laundry issues

The no 1 reason that me and SO really really want to find a house we can afford, and win the bid on, NOW is that we need our own dishwasher and washing machine. Isn't that tragic. In my country every apartment building must have laundry facilities (usually in the basement) so that tenants can do laundry. There are no laundromats in my country at all. So you book the laundry room for a few hours every week/month and do your laundry.
Anyways - since I moved out of my parents' house some 18 yrs ago I've lived in 10 different apartments. All of them had super laundry rooms. Several machines, big dryers, drying cabinets (a kind of cabinet with heating fans in them, a must in the Frozen North) and that machine that press your linen napkins and stuff into flat, shiny things.
In this house; no such thing. We have one machine and one dryer and one drying cabinet. All of them very small. So, that kind of laundry that in any other laundry room would take you a maximum of 4 hours takes approx. 24 hours here. And since you can't do laundry at all between 10pm and 8am you spend an awful lot of time doing laundry during the weekend.
Last time we did laundry (we book every other weekend) the dryer was broken. The time before? The drying cabinet was broken. This time everything worked, but since we had even more laundry to do due to the brokenness of the machines the weeks before we will not be able to do all the laundry. Now that's annoying.

So, much of our weekend planning on laundry weekends revolve around the laundry.
"So, this machine will be done in 1 hour 15. We must be home by then to change the machine to be able to do all the laundry today. Will we be able to do our grocery shopping in 1hour?"

or

"We'd love to come for dinner. But we can't come before 9pm because we have the laundry room and the last machine will be finished at 8.30 and we must hang it so it can dry overnight."

or

"Ok, it was great talking to you but now I must hang up because I need to go to the laundry room and the phone won't work there."

You get the picture?

So we figure if we get a house with our own washing machine we could do our washing in the evenings, when we get home from work, when we NEED to wash. So, it'd cost us a lot of money, but hey, time IS money.

And the dishwasher is necessary because, ya, well, you know.

Wow I whine about insignificant things.