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Benadryl. Either it doesn’t work or it works too much.

So, lately I have been getting to bed way too late and sleeping until noon or later.  Unfortunately, this is a problem because in order for me to get enough work done for the day I should really start closer to 10am.  However, I’ve been having a hard time adjusting my sleep schedule because I’m just not getting sleepy early enough.

The night before last I decided to try some Benadryl.  I just took one.  I never really felt it “kick in”, but I went to bed and eventually fell asleep.  I woke up several times, had trouble getting back to sleep each of those times, and overall it didn’t really seem to help much.  I did get to bed a little earlier than usual, but I don’t think it had anything to do with the Benadryl.  I just chose to go to bed early.  The Benadryl was supposed to make the sleeping easier, which it didn’t seem to.  It wasn’t a very restful sleep.

Last night I decided to go with 2 Benadryl tablets.  This time I could feel it start to “kick in” shortly afterward, and I went to bed, where I fell asleep and had a very restful sleep.  I don’t think I woke up at all until morning when Lisa was getting ready for work, and even then I passed out again right away.  A couple hours later I woke up.  I looked at the clock and realized that I had enough sleep so I got up and walked around… but after a few minutes I realized I wasn’t ready.  I couldn’t function.  I had to get back in bed… so I did.  By the time I actually got up to stay I had slept for about 12 hours.  THAT’S TOO MUCH!  Not normally a big deal but in this case the whole purpose of making myself sleep earlier was so that I could get up at a decent time.  It doesn’t help for me to go to bed 2 hours earlier if I’m going to just sleep 4 hours more!   …or whatever.  That was just an example.

Anyway… that’s that.   I don’t think I can get in the number of hours of work today that I should have been able to.   Yeah I know I’m typing a blog when I should be working, but this really doesn’t take long.

Speaking of typing blogs, I need to try to get into the habit of posting blogs when I have stories to share rather than posting them as Facebook news posts.

And so it begins…

As you may or may not know (DUH), our LL (landlord) is  a real piece of work.

Anyway, Lisa and I just bought a house, and escrow will be closing soon, so we put in our 30 day notice to our LL.  This is both a wonderful relief as well as a nightmare.  See, it’s a relief because it’s the final piece to the puzzle in regards to us officially leaving this place.  However, it’s a nightmare because this now means that the LL will begin to harass us from here on out.

I’m not going to get into all of the reasons why the LL has shown to us how crazy she is.  I will summarize, though.  We began renting this unit one year ago yesterday, though I didn’t move in until we were married in June.  Anyway, during that time, two couples have rented the adjacent unit.  The last tenants had two small daughters.

We are quiet tenants who cherish our privacy.   We don’t cause any problems, and we pay our rent on time.  From what we could tell, our neighbor-tenants were about the same.  The last guy was project-oriented, so he was always working on something, which meant he wasn’t as quiet, but it wasn’t anything that would affect the LL.

Anywho, as our time here went on, we began to notice that the LL tends to pry and the things she does and says tend to feel somewhat invasive.  She also seems to like to tell us how to live in the house, telling us things like “you need to vacuum more” and “you forgot to take the trash out”.  Okay, I’m starting to get into the details I said I would avoid.  Oh, I will tell you that she once called me to tell me that Lisa and I are not to be taking a shower together in that shower because it is not meant to withstand the weight of two people.  Oh yes, she absolutely told me that.

Basically, the LL is a crazy old woman who is very cocky, condescending, and probably very bipolar.  In both cases of the couples who previously rented the adjacent unit, she has made the women cry.  The last guy, the project oriented one, lost his job.  He and his family, including the two little girls, had to sell most of their stuff and move into an RV.  While they were cleaning the unit, the LL came by and yelled at him while he was cleaning the stove, telling him he’s not doing it right.

Since those tenants left, there have been a number of people coming by to look at the vacant unit.  I turned a few of them away, warning them about the landlord.  Recently, the FOR RENT signs disappeared, meaning someone will be moving in soon.  I feel very sorry for those people.

Well, let me fast-forward to yesterday.  Yesterday was a momentous day because it is the day that Lisa would deliver our 30-day notice to the LL.  Side note:  Lisa usually does most of the interactions with the LL only because the LL stresses me out so much and makes me so angry, it would probably be too much for me to handle.  It’s like that for Lisa, too, except the reason Lisa does it for me is because she is able to let it go more quickly.  She gets upset about it, but then she’s able to move one.  For me, it would ruin my day… possibly a few days.  In fact, what I’m about to tell you practically ruined my whole night just by Lisa telling me about it.

Okay, so here’s what happened.  Lisa went to deliver the 30-day notice in person.  When she met the LL at her home, there were some friendly greetings exchanged.  Nothing abnormal.  Lisa gets to the point and lets her know that we are moving.  If you know Lisa, you know very well that it is not possible for her to say anything in a mean or unkind tone.  Regardless, the LL’s response was to rudely snatch the envelope from my wife’s hand, say “I know, now get out of my damn house”, then turn her back and walk away.  Provoked?  I think not.

We got a little notepad and I had Lisa write down what had happened.  We are going to be documenting every interaction we have with the LL from here on out.  We should have been doing this from the start, but we were too naive to think it would be that big of a deal.

Escrow is supposed to close on the 22nd.  Oh man, I can’t wait to get out of here.


I really have no idea why I titled this blog “suite”.  I just saw the word and used it.

I’ve been home for about an hour and a half and I’ve really not done much.  I’ve given my blog a new header and I’ve commented a few posts on Facebook.  Yay me.

Lisa will be home in about and hour and soon after that we’ll be on our way to go see my cousins.  I’m excited about it but it doesn’t show.  I’m kinda tired.  As I said before, it’s amazing how tired you can get from doing practically nothing all day.  Then again, I do work with a bunch of little kids.  I had an interesting time trying to explain the concept of the mouse/cursor to a kindergartener today.  She didn’t quite get it.

I’ve been thinking about starting a YouTube series.  I’ve got this awesome camera my wife gave me for my birthday and I haven’t really used it for anything worthwhile yet.  I was thinking I could just talk about some things that are on my mind from time to time… sorta like a video log.  Though, it would be mostly me ranting about things I think suck.  I dunno.  I would love to get some ideas from you guys regarding things you’d like me to talk about or address.

Day 10,302

I haven’t read any scripture yet today, but I will definitely do so when I get to work.  I think I noticed today’s passages are from Haggai.  I’ll let you know what I get from them.  I never got much from yesterday’s readings.  I hope God will show me something this time.

Last night I vented to Lisa like never before.  No, it was nothing directed at her.  It was a great outlet though, I think.  I went on about how I don’t feel like God loves me, and that I just wish he would show himself or do something in my life that would be some kind of sign to me that he is here.  My brain reminds me that he loves me, and that he’s here, but the point is that I don’t feel it.  I also went on about other things and really “stuck it to the man”, I guess one might say.  I really hope God was listening.  It was mostly directed at him.  Think of it as cries of desperation… without the actual crying.

I’m going to try to keep the ‘bad news’ and ‘complaints’ to a minimum today.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that all day but I’ll try.  If something really ridiculous comes up, I’ll have no choice but to blog about it.

If you’re reading this through my Facebook, be sure to check out that Metallicats video I favorited on YouTube.  Should show on my FB wall.  It’s really great in a very dorky way.  In fact, you should watch all of the videos that I favorite.  I favorite them for a reason!  If you think they are stupid or funny or boring or whatever, leave a comment and tell me.  They’re not my videos, but I still want to know your thoughts.

Well I better go get ready for work.  I’ve been leaving for work a little earlier each day lately so that I could get some breakfast on the way.  I’ll be adding to my Del Inferno collection.

BTW here’s the little calculator I used to quickly calculate the number of days I’ve been alive (used in the subject line): http://www.beatcanvas.com/daysalive.asp