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Friday Fun! (A/C, Rent, Gardening)

Hello my lovely readers!  Last weekend saw a heatwave here in Boston that finally convinced me to buy an a/c unit.  My brother informed me that the new models use far less electricity than I previously had thought, and my dad offered to contribute some money toward one as an early birthday present, so one was acquired! Of course, the day it arrived was so chilly that I had all my windows shut, lol.  We plan on installing it this weekend in preparation for the imminent return of the heat. Long as we can find an electric drill to borrow somewhere.

My lease is up the end of August, so I wound up discussing renewing it with my landlord.  He told me he’s probably going to have to raise my rent due to taxes.  A friend reminded me that it’s a renter’s market, so that’s a bit odd.  However, I also just remembered that he gave me a deal when I first rented it, knocking $50 off the original monthly amount he wanted, so I guess that evens it out?  Either way, I really don’t want to move.  I haven’t been in one place for more than a year since I was 15 years old (15 through 18 consisting of switching back and forth between parents’ houses), and it would just be nice to have 2010 be The Year Amanda Doesn’t Move Anywhere.  Also, with the job hunt and graduation in January, I’m expecting that my entire financial situation will be very different in a few months, so I’d rather wait to move until that happens.  Anyway, cross your fingers for me that it doesn’t go up too much and that I’ll overcome my patriarchy-induced tendencies to not advocate for myself in monetary situations!

In container gardening news, one of my tomato plants is getting tall, and I’m wondering when I should stake it.  I’m a bit clueless about tomato plants.  The other one is kind of failing to thrive. It looks healthy, but it’s still only 3 to 4 inches tall.  I added some dirt and watered it, but I don’t know what else to do.  Thoughts on that?  The good news is, my pepper plants are doing awesome!  I may have discovered my gardening niche.  I also just planted some onions (yes, in containers).  I’m super excited about that, because they’re my favorite veggie! Unfortunately, two very sun-lacking days followed my planting of them, so I’m not sure if that’ll affect the germination.  Next up, I need to figure out some way (*cough* some free way *cough*) to raise my long container for spinach so it’s closer to the light.  I’m thinking using empty boxes since that’s about all I have laying around.

I have yet to decide exactly what I’ll be doing tonight and Saturday (but I guarantee some reading and some videogaming).  Sunday I’ll be doing some invasive species removal on the Charles River. Stoked for that! What will you be doing with your weekends?

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  1. June 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I also have the problem of not sticking up for myself in money situations. Especially for jobs. I always feel bad asking for a certain amount of money. Isn’t that ridiculous? I once found out that I was being severely underpaid because of this tendency and basically threatened not to come back the next year (teaching). I was amazed at how much that worked. Have you ever read Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office? It’s WONDERFUL. A great book not just for work but for all situations. I’ve reviewed it if you want to take a look.

    • June 14, 2010 at 7:42 am

      I *have* heard of that book, but I had forgotten about it. I’ll have to check it out as pep talking myself ahead of time doesn’t seem to help. Thanks!

  2. June 12, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Did you put any fertilizer or compost on your tomatoes? I cage mine once they get tall enough to hit the lowest ring of the cage because they’re a pain to cage once they get bigger. My bell peppers never do well, but I always end up with a big crop of sweet and jalapeno. This year I’m also trying poblanos, so we’ll see what happens.

    • June 14, 2010 at 7:43 am

      I did put fertilizer on, but only once. Maybe I should try again? I’d love to grow my own jalapenoes, but I’d also be the only one eating them! Lol.

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