Monthly Archives: November 2014

Combat Road Rage with a Limousine

I have been utilizing airport transportation in Bergen County NJ for about a year now. Ever since I took on new responsibilities at work which have me flying out to China every three months in order to lend some leadership on site at one of our developing divisions, I fly in and out from NJ each time. I’ve come to discover that jet lag and I have no synergy what so ever. I’m left in a state of complete exhaustion which is the only reason that I have had my employer pay for a limousine ride back and forth from the airports whenever I do fly.

I do it so I can nap. It’s amazing what a cap nap can accomplish to help deter the fatigue from jet lag. It will generally take me 2-3 days to recuperate completely but I know myself well enough to recognize when I shouldn’t drive. I would only be another hazard on a road filled with enough of them as it is. Every time I use the limousine service I feel a little bit more spoiled; it’s hard not to request a full time driver! I could get so much accomplished if I had one.

I know better than to ask for something like that though. Unlike in China where I can have a dude peddle me around in a cart all day, there is nothing like that here in the United States. At least not in New Jersey! But it would be amazing to have a driver handle the stresses of traffic for me. That, too, is not something that I am particularly apt at dealing with. I have serious road rage every morning which is a part of me that I thoroughly dislike about myself. I don’t want to be angry going into work!

The Shame of Dirty Dishes

After coming home to discover that I had not a single clean plate left in my apartment, and convincing myself that the spoon actually did move under the control of the creeping mold that had grown to encase it, I could only do the one thing that I could think of: call for help! For weeks now I was aware that I was going to have to do something so when I contacted a friend to put me in touch with someone he knew who does apartment cleaning in Westchester County NY, I was a little embarrassed that I had allowed it to become so gross.

When they showed up I could not stop myself from apologizing profusely for the state of things. I used to keep a tidy and orderly apartment, truly. Ever since I started back in school I have hardly found the time or the motivation to clean much of anything – I do manage to clean my shower and toilet, two things that I refuse to let become disgusting. But the rest of the apartment was quickly becoming overrun with dust bunnies, dirt and just general human ick that needs to be swept away or sucked into oblivion!

The woman cleaning my apartment was more than generous enough to appear nonplussed regarding the mess despite the obvious state of things. It could have used a deep cleaning weeks ago and in my constant procrastination I had somehow convinced myself that ‘tomorrow’ would be the day that clean. Every day was tomorrow for me! Now I have her coming in once a week to ensure that I don’t do that again. It’s not very expensive but I think having a clean apartment to come back to every day is totally worth any kind of price she might have set.

My First Apartment in Texas

I started school in Austin, Texas this year which means this is going to be the first time that I have actually lived on my own! I’m super excited about it – I’ve lived in dorms and such but I’m going to be able to get my own apartment this time. Having my own place feels like a really big responsibility so I’ve been looking at all the electric companies in Texas trying to find the right deal for me. Back home, we didn’t have options like this. There’s only one electric company available to everyone which makes this a really cool perk for going to school here! I feel a little bit spoiled.

I’m nervous about moving into the apartment! I have no idea what to do with it since I don’t have much in the way of furniture. I’ve started shopping on Ikea for some ideas but with my finances having to be so tight due to going to school full time there won’t be much left over. Maybe I could make do with just a futon and some milk cartons as my table – I’ve totally seen that done before! It wouldn’t take too much effort to build my own furniture if I needed to.

I had a friend who did that. He would go through garbage dumps and those big green bins looking for materials to use and would cobble some sort of Frankenstein furniture out of them. It worked out pretty well; he always made sure to clean everything before he put to use! People thought it was a little odd but the guy had real talent with his craftsmanship and made some really stellar pieces. Maybe I could invite him down and convince him to help me build some of my own furniture, that would be awesome!