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My housemate and I got approved for a place to rent in St Kilda yesterday! We pick the keys up March 25th. The waiting sucks a little bit, but I guess it means less overlapping rent that we have to pay. I'm excited to be living closer to the city and in a more cosmopolitan area! Fitzroy St (about a block away) is famous for its cafes etc., and we're quite close to the beach, the Palais Theatre and Luna Park.

Now the jobhunt begins... My contract with Telstra has been extended to June 30, but after that with a reorganisation going on, there's not much they can promise after that. There are a few good looking positions around at the moment, so I think I'll throw my hat in the ring for those and see what happens, even though it's a little bit early.

Househunted

Mar. 5th, 2011 08:07 pm
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I went to inspect three places in St Kilda this morning. The first one wasn't any good, so we won't bother applying for it. The second and third were nice, though. We were able to fill in the application for one ahead of time, and the other we'll email tomorrow or Monday morning. Fingers crossed!

Other than those inspections, I'm very deliberately having a quiet weekend at home. Last weekend was huge and really wore me out. Since moving to Melbourne, I can't actually remember the last time I had a truly relaxing weekend. That's not to say I haven't enjoyed myself; I've loved being busy and doing things. I just need a weekend off to let my body catch up.
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Yesterday I went and bought a fridge and washing machine for my new place. Luckily a friend of mine was working so we were able to wrangle a Good Deal. They'll be delivered to my new place the afternoon of my first moving day, so at least those are two fairly large items we won't have to worry about moving ourselves.

My aunt and cousin were visiting this weekend too. I took them and Mum for a drive to see my new place. I tried to ring the real estate agent to see if I could get the key to actually take them through, but none of the property management staff work on the weekends, so. We were able to peek in the windows, so they could see most of it. My aunt was really excited about it.

The last week or so I've done a bit of development stuff around Dreamwidth (as well as a bit of support). I'm such a Perl noob, but I'm slowly figuring things out. Mostly by trial and error! I banged around on things this weekend and something resembling a front end for FAQ category management fell out, which is cool. Fixed various other bugs and added small enhancements during the week too.
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Pretty sure I just got asked on a date by a friend-of-a-friend via Facebook messaging. What would we do without the Internet?

It's only a week until I move! I wish it was sooner. I'm so excited to get in to my new place, but there are Rules and stuff. I realised earlier that I actually don't have all that much to pack since most of my stuff is still packed up after moving back here from Bathurst. I'm going fridge and washing machine shopping on the weekend though.

Work was pretty insane today. I built an online entry submission system for the Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs). Up until now, we hadn't heard anything from the few networks that were asked to trial the system this year. Tomorrow, however, is the closing date for entries, so of course everyone's left it until the last minute and we're getting swapped with "X is broken", "how do I do Y?" and so on.

Originally Commercial Radio Australia (the guys running the ACRAs) were going to open the system to everyone straight away. I think we're all very lucky they decided to do only a trial run this year. Testing is a Good Thing.

I expect tomorrow to be even more busy. Thankfully it's also Friday and almost the weekend!

Moving

May. 11th, 2009 08:16 pm
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So yes, will be moving in to my new house in about two weeks. I sign the lease on the 22nd, so it means I'll have 6 days after getting the keys until I go away for a week, but oh well. There was another application in on it and I didn't want to risk asking them if I could sign the lease after I got back in case they were eager to just get someone in and paying rent ASAP.

I was surprised to hear back so early, actually. I only dropped the application off at lunch time and the lady told me I might hear back tomorrow, but most likely not until Wednesday. Then she calls at about 3:30pm to say I'd been approved and in particular that my previous real estate agent had given me a terrific reference. Not sure what happened to the other applicant.

I'm excited about my new place. I'll be able to walk to work, which is something I was really looking for in a place. As much as I love my parents (and I really do), I am really beginning to miss having my own space. I lived on my own for two years at the start of uni and loved it; really looking forward to getting back to that.

Of course I actually have to move all my stuff. And buy a fridge. And a washing machine. And set up electricity/phone/gas/Internet/etc. No doubt I'll complain about all this a whole lot, but once it's all done and I'm moved in, it will be awesome.

New Home

May. 11th, 2009 03:39 pm
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I just got approved to rent this unit! Will post more tonight after work.
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I had an appointment earlier this morning to go and see a unit I'm interested in renting. I got there and there was a couple and another lady also scheduled to go in. We all wait around for a while and the agent finally turns up almost 10 minutes late.

We all get ready to go in and the agent walks up to the front door. After trying the keys, she discovers none of them fit the front door. Okay, so she tries the garage key. No deal. Tries to go around the back, finds the fence too high to climb, so tries the other side. She finds a gate. She tries to use the keys at the backdoor to no success.

After the guy from the couple tries the garage key, the agent comes up with a bright idea. She walks up to the window and tries to break in. I understand that it's not really that big a deal, but breaking in to a place is not the best way to instill confidence in potential tenants. All I could think was "If this slight, middle-aged white woman who wouldn't know the ghetto if it bit her on the ass manages to break in to this house, I'm so out of here."

Luckily for her she was unsuccessful and I'm going back tomorrow at 9am.

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