First of all, thank you for your support and for telling me I have not gone crazy.
I won’t bore you with the details, let’s just say I’ve got my money back, it wasn’t pretty and I’ll be happy to never speak to my ex again. Silly me still thinks people should be able to end relationships without resorting to insulting each other, but obviously that’s not everybody’s opinion. Anyway, I now declare that chapter of my life officially over. On to better places!
Thursday and Friday were unexpectedly spent at home due to a swollen thyroid – I just went to see the doctor to be safe and certainly did not think he would make me stay at home. His answer to me carefully inquiring about exercising sounded a lot like “Hell, no!”. Blood test results the next day didn’t show anything alarming though and I have an appointment on Friday anyway, as well as a follow-up with the nuclear medicine person on the 26th, so I’ll just wait and see.
On the 13th, Paulchen is scheduled to get his remaining teeth removed. They really don’t look good, they are quite loose and since he can’t chew with them anyway (he only has his four canines left) I doubt he’ll miss them. When I got him almost seven years ago, he just had most of his other teeth removed. I’m not quite clear on the details, had something to do with an infection I think. My sister will visit the next day, so with all the cuddling going on then the recovery should go smoothly. My sister adores that cat. Can’t blame her.
Friday I’ll be going to Berlin to visit my mother for her birthday. Other than that I don’t expect anything spectacular this week. How about you, anything special planned?
Last week, I thought the hardest thing was getting back the bank book for the rent deposit from my former landlord. Turns out I was wrong.
I went there on Monday to get it back, which was over blessedly quickly. I planned on going to the bank with my ex to get it cancelled and have the money paid out. Two minutes before we were due at the bank, my ex deigned to tell me he wouldn’t be able to make it. So I thought maybe it would be enough to get his signature and went anyway. I had all the paperwork and only needed him to sign it, but when I went to him, he refused to speak to me or sign anything. He actually let his colleague tell me I should make a private appointment with him. Seriously? How am I supposed to do that if he doesn’t even answer his freakin’ phone? Generally, I am not a violent person, but at this point I had a strong urge to waltz in there and knock him out cold. Not bad enough? After texting him an ultimatum – meet me at the bank in the next two weeks or deal with my lawyer – he agreed to an appointment on Thursday and then basically accused me of withholding his share of a utility cost refund, which – his words – “has surely been paid already”. Never mind I told him two weeks earlier I haven’t even gotten a statement yet so I don’t even know if there will be a refund. What on earth is he thinking? I do not remember ever giving him a reason to assume such a thing. Before that, we haven’t even really talked since September. Also, he has not done anything than show up when we gave back the keys. I had to go to the landlord, I did all the other organizational stuff. Is it just me, or has he gone crazy? He should be glad I don’t charge him for my efforts.
On a brighter note, I went to a belated Christmas party yesterday. I really should consider attending the mixed training at some point – they have some seriously cute guys there :D. It was one of the best Christmas parties I’ve ever been to. The food was great, and we even had our very own Elvis impersonator. At some point the nice guy who got us some drinks spilled half a beer on my pants and three more on the floor, but I got my drink before he dropped the rest ;). All in all, a very nice evening.
You won’t believe who called on Thursday – my former landlord! One day before the deadline I set him he calls and tells me he wants to make an appointment to give back the deposit and talk about “how things went”. I wanted to throw up when I heard that, but decided to just give him his damn appointment tomorrow at seven and get it over with. It is entirely possible that I might have to hurt him a little if he tries to tell me how hard his life is or how much things he has on his mind. Probably should have asked for a meeting in a public place. I’d actually really like to avoid going there alone, but of course my ex has to work tomorrow. I bet he didn’t even ask if he could change shifts. Gah!
I was going to see the Riverboat Gamblers tomorrow, but it looks as if my friend won’t be able to make it – she had to have a tooth removed because her jaw got infected. It did not sound pretty. Going to a concert alone does not seem like to much fun, so I probably won’t go either. Yesterday, my colleague and I had to go to the office for a few hours. My boss wanted to tell the people in Houston we’d get everything done yesterday, but I told him making such definite promises probably wasn’t a good idea. We never know if the IT works, or if we get hit by a car – after all, we were traveling in the same car. He laughed at that. To prove a point, we almost got into deer accident on the way. Luckily for everyone involved, the deer were fast, we not so much. My colleague had enough time to hit the brakes.
Overall, the weekend had this special “noboby-loves-me” feeling. Apart from filing my tax return (which took 15 minutes), going grocery shopping after work yesterday and cooking lunch (one meal, three days), nothing useful was done. I can only hope the week gets better after I have that landlord problem out of the way.
Whatever this is outside, I don’t think it should be allowed to call it winter. I think we had something like snow and temperatures below freezing once at the beginning of December. Now there are birds singing in front of our office building.
My sister and I were planning to go cross-country skiing again this year, but as Tim pointed out, that might not be such a good idea recent events considered. With the weather like that, we’d probably have to bring our own snow. Online weather for Oberhof (were we went last year) says last snowfall was 29.12.2013. Which has probably all thawed by now. If it’s not going to snow real soon, we are not going anywhere since I can’t afford going farther than Germany right now.
My former landlord still hasn’t given back the deposit on the rent. He is also not answering his phone(s). I’ve sent a last letter, if I don’t get it by next Friday, I am going to call a lawyer. I want my money back and he hasn’t made any claims. He can’t even do anything with the savings book since he already signed the clearance. I don’t get it. And I am sick of it – of course I have to take care of that s***. I should charge extra for my time.
Other than that, last week was relatively uneventful. On Thursday I went to Krav Maga training the first time this year. I am still sore but otherwise enjoying it very much.
Anything interesting happen anywhere else?
So you’re being lazy for a few days and whoa! three months are gone. How did that happen?
Well, what did I do the past three months? I’ve obviously been working, and a lot of that. We still haven’t found anyone for the vacant position in our tax department, so I’m doing my best to get things done on my own.
I have also watched all episodes of Hawaii 5-0, Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes (don’t read the whole Wikipedia entry if you plan on watching this). I had seen two or three episodes of Life on Mars when it aired a few years ago, but I think my vacation was over and it was always on so late that I didn’t watch it anymore because I had to work the next day. I was curious about Ashes to Ashes, watched the first episode and there was a little spoiler about the ending of Life on Mars. It didn’t explain anything though (luckily), so I had to watch that first. And you never know what else you might learn. Anyway, I loved it even though I sometimes had to really concentrate to understand everything. I didn’t want to watch it in German, because I bet it wouldn’t have been half as funny most of the time. Not because Germans don’t have a way with words but because you just can’t translate every joke or pun into another language. Also, I really love hearing British people talk. Got a thing for dialects. It was also a good practice for understanding our Scottish tax person. Most people attempt to speak “decent” if they’re talking to non-native speakers, but he doesn’t even try. I’m not sure if he does not realise that most people have trouble understanding him or he just doesn’t care.
Added to that, I am well on my way to having read anything ever written by Kelley Armstrong. Out of curiosity (and because it was less than 3 Euro) I bought “Spellbound” a while back. It was book eleven (I think) of a series, and I then had to read all the others too. A bit like with the tv series. If you haven’t guessed already, I liked them.
Christmas was spent in Berlin with nothing extraordinary to report.
Now I know why I didn’t blog the last three months. There was just nothing to tell.
I hope everythings’s all right with y’all. Forgive me if I’ve missed some things. Or a lot of things.
So, another year has started. The last one was a little disappointing overall. I’ve been hiding out a little the past months as you might have noticed.
Still, I am curious to what this year will bring.
I hope it will be a good one for all of us.