Archive for September, 2009

Inconvenient Conveniences

Luna Moth, originally uploaded by gregp25.

Sorry the post has nothing to do with the picture but I can’t have a pictureless post so I just picked one I liked.

We are getting closer to moving day and have managed to sort through 75% of the basement which is actually a huge accomplishment since there were boxes down there that my husband has been carting around unopened for about 10 years. I may be a packrat but my dear husband is a hoarder! We are both getting better about letting go and hope to actually be able to fit into our 800 sq ft apartment by the time moving day (10 October) rolls around. I’ll be honest, that goal is a bit optimistic, but we will have an attached garage to catch the spill over.

Packing aside I’ve been trying to cancel all our utilities at our current house and start utilities at the new apartment. I thought that Comcast (our cable, internet, and phone provider) would be the easiest seeing as how they advertise the ability to “transfer your services to your new address.” This is supposed to mean keeping your current equipment and I would think save you a new set up fee. But none of that is actually true. What they really mean when they say “transfer” is that you call and cancel your service at your current location and that person will forward your call to the new service area where you go through the entire process of starting service (including the associated fees) again. Is it just me or is this not the definition of “transfer”?

The upshot is the savings we will reap from cancelling our cable entirely. Right now we pay $145.00 a month for internet, phone, and cable. When we move and eliminate the cable our monthly bill will only be $42.00 and my work (which pays for me to have a home office) will reimburse me that bill each month and reimburse me the $128.00 “set up fee.” This fee is communist! The house is already wired for cable! This set up fee is simply covering home delivery of the new modem and them confirming the line is active. The whole process will probably take about 15-20 minutes. If I had opted to include cable this setup fee would have been cut in half. That’s right adding a service to “set up” would actually save me money. This is just one of the many ways the cable companies screw you…

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untitled, originally uploaded by randi bee.

I’ve mentioned before that my husband and I are moving and we are moving ourselves. This is not a fun prospect and the reason for my utter lack of posting lately. The sewing machine and my entire stash has already been boxed up although we won’t move until the 10th of October. Since we are moving ourselves and we both work so much I’ve been slowly packing up our house. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and prevents me from thinking about the fact that we still have to load all this stuff up and then unpack it again…

Besides a new job (which is the driving reason for moving) we are also trying to cut down on our expenses and moving allows us to shave a couple hundred dollars a month off of our rent. We have also decided after much discussion to cancel our cable service. If you know us you will be shocked and probably doubtful that we will see this through. Don’t worry we haven’t been abducted and brain washed. In preparation for cutting the cord we’ve purchased a box to stream Netflix movies instantly to our TV ($180.00), an antenna to catch the HD signals from the local and free stations ($34.00) and a small converter box to use that antenna on our Mac ( $129.00). So far this isn’t saving us much money… the total cost is $343.00. Since cable costs us roughly $80 a month it’s going to take us over four months to break even and five to start seeing a real savings. To offset this we’ve decided to sell our small flat screen TV for $100 (we will be using our Mac in it’s place) and our DVD player for $20 (this is being replaced with the streaming Blue Ray player). If we succeed in selling them for our asking price cutting the cable will only cost us $223…. Looking at it this way is depressing so instead I prefer to think about the fact that in a year we will have saved $737.

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Bee Modern August, originally uploaded by Indie House.

I’ve been a slacker… well not exactly. I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed by the idea of moving and having to pack everything up and move it ourselves to a new and much smaller apartment. On top of that I’ve been traveling more for work and feeling much less inspired.

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So two stacks of fabric have sat rather forlorn looking on my tabletop amongst a sea of cardboard boxes. At first I was simply going to pack them up and finish them later. But that meant finishing them a month or two late! I think that’s a bit much so today feeling guilty and inspired I finally knocked them out. I only made one block for each lady, while I would have liked to do more, that’s all I had in me.

Now I just need to bind one last quilt and I can pack the sewing machine up in it’s cardboard box.

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