August 8th, 2007
|12:23 pm - Moving fiasco, finally DONE|
Whew, after almost 2 weeks without internet I'm finally getting it back tomorrow (Thursday). My mom came to Ottawa last week to help me move, and thank goodness she did. Honestly if she hadn't come I don't know what we would've done. Not only did she help us move our stuff in her car one trip after another, she also spent a fortune buying household things for us and I didn't even hear Angela say a word of thanks before my mom left.
My mom arrived on Sunday July 29th and after oohing and aahing at all the souvenirs she bought for me from China we spent the 29th and 30th packing what was left of my stuff into boxes and large garbage bags. On July 31st, the day we had to move out of the apartment, me and my mom finished the last of my packing in the morning and headed to the Museum of Civilization so my mom could check out their summer exhibition "Treasures of China" which is where I'm volunteering at. We had told Angela the day before, July 30th, that there were still a ton of packing to do especially on her side and especially in the kitchen so she said she'll skip her class on the 31st and finish packing (she was suppose to go to work in the morning and have a class in the afternoon which left 2 hours for her to finish packing if she went to class since her class ends at 6pm and the moving people were scheduled to show up at 8pm). While I was in the museum Angela called me and told me she was going to go to her class anyway and her friend Xin (whose apartment we were going to leave our stuff in overnight until we can get our keys to the new apartment on the morning of Aug. 1st) would come over to help her finish packing. She then proceeded to ask me if I had finished packing everything in the kitchen and after scoffing in my head that yeah right I would pack all her junk too I told her no I just packed all of my stuff. We hung around the museum a bit longer then headed back since later that afternoon, Jackie and her b/f Mike came back from their new apartment to help clean the kitchen since that was the one area all of us shared (Jackie and Mike had their own washroom in their room so me and Angela shared the other washroom).
When we got home, Angela was there with Xin packing, apparently Angela didn't attend her class in the end and she had come back after her job in the morning and lunch with Xin. Even so, by the time Jackie and Mike arrived all of Angela's stuff were still in the fridge and they asked Angela to pack the stuff in the kitchen first before she finished the stuff in her room since then they can at least get started with cleaning the kitchen. By this time me, my mom and Xin had started to take boxes and bags of stuff down to my mom's car so we can load up the stuff that'll fit and take it to Xin's place. After attempting to argue with Jackie and Mike, Angela finally conceded and started getting her things out of the kitchen while me, my mom and Xin kept loading the car. So basically for the rest of that night, the three of us made 2 or 3 trips from our old apartment to Xin's lugging stuff into Xin's place while Angela, Jackie, Mike and our friend Cat who showed up later cleaned the old apartment. The moving people showed up and even by then Angela still wasn't quite finished packing all her little knick-knacks and had to hurry and shove everything into boxes...which come to think of it most of which was brought over by my mom anyway since the moving people's little trailer didn't fit it all, the only things that we really used their trailer for were the big furniture that my mom's car couldn't fit...
After our final trip and the moving people had drove their trailer to the visitor parking of our new apartment to park over-night me, Angela, Jackie, Mike, my mom, Cat and Xin all gathered at our old apartment for the post-move-out inspection and to give back our keys (by this time it was like, 10 or 11pm). The whole time Angela kept complaining about how she had to clean the washroom and how tired she was. Well no sh*t Einstein, if you didn't leave everything 'till the last minute it wouldn't have been so rushed. What pissed me off the most was that everyone was tired, our group from lugging boxes and bags to and fro and their group from scrubbing and cleaning, yet no one else said a word about being tired, she was the only one whining and complaining. I mean Cat, Xin and my mom didn't even HAVE to help with anything yet here was Cat taking the time after working all day to come help clean and Xin letting us use her place as a storage room all night while getting dragged by Angela to help us move. Xin had a cold that day too, I felt so bad for her.
So that night me, my mom and Angela stayed at Xin's place and in the morning (August 1st now) the moving people came back to move our stuff into our new apartment. Unfortunately, the previous tenants of that apartment had also just moved out on the 31st, so they didn't have time to clean anything yet and the carpet was still pretty dirty and a few pieces of furniture were still there. Luckily the office people managed to get the old furniture moved out fairly quickly and the carpet cleaning guy came fairly fast too, thank goodness. On one of our trips to the office Angela said to me something to the effect that I was lucky since I was just moving boxes and bags while she had to stay in the apartment and listen to Jackie and Mike nag at her to help clean. I was like wtf dude?? First of all, do you think it's EASY lugging all that stuff and trying to shove it into a tiny car then having to make trip after trip and then unload it all (not to mention it was so hot those few days, I think the temperature were in the high 20's celsius)? And second of all, Jackie and Mike shouldn't have even HAD to nag at you to clean, you should've been doing it anyway!! What, did you think while we're all doing stuff you'd just be sitting there sipping lemonade or something?
Since it was still early (the moving people came around 7am and it took around an hour and a half to get our stuff out of their trailer) and I didn't have class that day until 1pm me and my mom drove to a nearby WalMart to buy some household stuff since in our old apartment a lot of the stuff, especially in the kitchen, were Jackie's and Mike's (pots, pans, plates, bowls, cutlery organizers, dish drying racks, water filters, etc., etc.) including a computer desk for me. After we got back home, I headed off to class while my mom began to slowly get my room organized. When I got home that night after my classes, my mom had moved all of my big furniture (2 bookshelves, 1 dresser, 1 minifridge) into my room already and had gotten some of the boxes and bags from Xin's apartment to unpack (we're on the 17th floor and Xin's on the 8th). Angela's stuff were still jammed into the kitchen and balcony/sunroom since she insisted that the carpet still wasn't clean enough and wanted the office to replace it. My mom had dealt with replacing carpets before since she had to re-carpet our house and she knew that, one, there was no way the office would comply now that we've signed the lease already, and two, even if the office was willing re-carpeting would take days and there was no way we had that much time to spare when all our stuff was already jammed into the apartment. Well whatever, me and my mom did some unpacking and Angela spent the night in Xin's apartment again.
From August 1st until my mom left on Sunday night (August 5th) everyday me and my mom did some unpacking and then went shopping for things we needed around the apartment and each time my mom spent several hundred dollars. I felt so awful, especially since I knew Angela wouldn't appreciate all my mom's done at all ;___; On one of the nights Angela came huffing into the apartment claiming she was going to clean the balcony/sunroom. My mom had put some of our empty boxes in there and Angela insisted to moving them into the storage room. My mom told her to leave the boxes where they were since the storage room was full with other boxes and bags and Angela actually had the galls to start arguing with my mom WHILE using MY vacuum cleaner to vacuum her room (the living room) and MY broom to sweep the balcony/sunroom. I could hear her banging the vacuum against the wall as she vacuumed and I was thinking to myself like seriously dude, wtf, you're arguing with MY mom while using/abusing MY stuff after all the stuff my mom's done to help US move...she had no obligation to help YOU with ANY of this moving, she's not you're mom D=
So basically that was the moving nightmare. Even today Angela's stuff are still in her boxes and garbage bags tossed in the kitchen, balcony, storage and her closet. The only thing she's gotten set up is her bed, her desk and her computer, and she's already invited Xin over to hang out several times. Like seriously, clean up before you're going to have friends come over. My room's basically all set, all my stuff are unpacked, my bunny's settled in (kept him at Cat's place for 2 nights while we moved, Cat's really taken a liking to him hehe <3) and my new bed arrived yesterday. The only thing is that since we're on the 17th floor it gets pretty hot during the day >____< But whatever, it's August already, at most it'll be hot a few more days before it cools down, we are in Canada after all hehe.
I felt like through this whole moving ordeal Angela didn't do anything. She was suppose to book the elevator at our new apartment for our moving day, but in the end we had to change the time and she apparently couldn't spare five minutes to make a phone call and change the reservation so I had to. I had to book the elevator at our old apartment too for us to use as we moved out and since it was 8pm which was technically later than what they allowed for people to move out (for fear of the noise disturbing other tenants) I had to seek out the manager. I had to book the moving company then cancel them since they couldn't store our stuff over-night in their truck, and Angela wanted to use the amateur movers she found on some Chinese forum since they were less expensive and willing to let us use their truck over-night, well that was fine except since they only had a little trailer we couldn't fit everything in there and my mom had to make up for that using her car and use Xin's place as storage. Yeah really worth saving those few bucks. Then with the internet, at first Angela wanted to go with Rogers since they have that promotion where if you add one service you get 5% off and if you add 2 you get 10% off and so on and their monthly download limit is higher than Bell's. She wanted to get the internet, cable tv, and switch her cell phone to Rogers so then we'd get 10% off the internet for all 3 of us and she'd also get 10% off her cable and cell phone bills. Well I talked to her a few days ago and oh oh, what do you know, she doesn't have time AGAIN to go get the account set up with Rogers. So during one of my excursions with my mom I went and set up the appointment with Rogers for them to come install our internet.
Basically now all that's missing in our new place is a microwave and possibly a dining room table that Angela wants to get so if we have friends over we don't need to eat in someone's room and can have a table to all sit around, everything else my mom's bought for us. My mom even offered to buy the microwave since they're really not that expensive, but nope, again Angela wants to save a few bucks and get one second-hand. Thus far I haven't seen her make a move to buy either pieces of furniture, and she's leaving for China on the 13th. She's got an exam later today and one on Friday like me, so I'm wondering if she's expecting me to wait until she comes back at the beginning of September to use a microwave again, and that's IF she can find one for sale on that Chinese forum she seems so fond of. I've noticed as a student a microwave's pretty handy since left-overs can last quite a few days sometimes.
After all this I have to say my opinion of Angela's dropped quite a few degrees, even more-so than before with all her noise and door-banging. Some people make great friends but if you want that friendship to last better make sure you don't become roommates x___X
Well at least we're done moving, that was the most horrid move I've ever experienced >___< Seriously, there's so many people I want to scream at after this whole ordeal, and a few I wouldn't mind throwing a few punches at. I'm using the school's computer right now, but after I get my own set up tomorrow I'll take some photos of my new room and post them up. The room's not that big, but hey at least I've got a door this time.
So anyway, onto happier stuff. I was soooooo happy mommy came, just to see her again, and talk to her, nice to be around a grown-up again after hanging out with a bunch of university students all year 'round, some of whom were awesome but others...not so much. I actually cried the night she left because I missed her ;___; and I felt like she had just come, rushed through helping with the move, emptied her bank account on me -again- (except this time it was even to buy stuff I'll be using exclusively) and then had to rush back home to go back to work. Makes me feel awful...one of these days I'll make lots of money and at least attempt to repay her!! *Nod* Yes I will.
University's like this little bubble, this little world inside the outside world, sometimes I really like it, sometimes I can't stand it. I know I'll probably look back on these times with great nostalgia one day but right now, looking at my stack of notes to study for my exam later I really don't want to be here haha. I woke up this morning and stared at my bunny for a good 5 minutes willing that we could change places just for today XD Yeah...didn't really happen, oh well, just got to make it through today and Friday then no more books until...school starts in September again D:
So how's everyone else been these 2 weeks? Better than me I hope?
Wow, it does seem like a nightmare, I really hope Jon and I don't end up like that... But we've decided to take a trip together to get furniture and stuff. I don't have movers so should I ask my friends to help with the move?
Hey~ Long time no chat~ When are you moving?? Did you decide on an apartment over here on Lees too? If so we can hang out more next year :D
As for the movers, I guess it'd depend on how much stuff and what kind of stuff you're moving. If it's all little stuff that can fit into a regular sized car then yeah probably getting a friend with a car or a parent would be the way to go, the problem comes when you've got to deal with furniture that won't fit into regular sized cars ^^;; Most stores that sell furniture offer at least some form of delivery service though usually you have to pay for it, but I think with like, Ikea it's just $25 bucks for the delivery and so if you buy all your furniture from there and get them delivered all at once it's not that bad.
*waves* yes it has ^.^ Not yet, we have to hand in our paperwork on Monday and they said it takes up to 72 hours to process. They said there is one apartment left so I hope we get it. And yes it's on lees. 170 to be exact.
Yeah well, the apartment isn't furnished so mostly everything lol. I planned to go to this place called Rebound that sells used furniture for very cheap so I might have to bring some stuff from Almonte. Jon says he has a van and I'm planning on getting help from my former sister who has a van as well, but we almost didn't fit all my stuff in her van last year... Haha oh well. We are also planning to go to ikea but i looked at some of their stuff online and it looks kind of expensive...
Thanks for the info, we should do more of those anime parties again, I am planning to bring my 19" tv and thus we can watch it on there, unless you have a bigger tv lol. I can't wait! It's not as fun watching anime unless you are with friends ^.^
|Date:||August 8th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)|| |
Oh wow, was that a post or what?!First of all, you really have a way with using sarcasm! Wow,your moving experience sounded as if you went to hell and back (especially with that Angela).I can't believe she was arguing with your mom, and over something menial!!!I'm glad to hear that you are settled in(well,mostly).My move was not as hectic as yours, so I won't complain!I just recently got my internet connected again (I was this close to entering internet-withdrawal,lol), hopefully you will experience this euphoria soon!Your last paragraph of the post really hit a note with me, I'm definitely feeling the pressure, especially this being our 3rd year.I'm really glad you got to spend time with your mom,it makes me think about how sad I will feel when I leave my family at the end of the month. To end on a happier note,I hope to be seeing you soon enough...I was thinking of sometime in sept. (tell me what you think), hopefully you will be more settled in and we can do something on a weekend (since Montreal is so close). Hope you are in better spirits-James:)
Hey~ Good to hear from ya again. Yeah it was pretty bad this move, and the thing is, because this move was so insane I feel like we're getting off to a bad start to this year already, which totally sucks. I've only been in this apartment for like, a week and already yesterday when I was coming home I looked at the building and thought to myself 'I don't wanna go hoooome' O____o
September might be a bit hectic with school starting and all, wouldn't you have classes too?? Our first day of class is Sept. 6th, how 'bout you guys? Maybe we can use the Thanksgiving long weekend?
Wow 3rd year already eh? I can still totally remember the first day at uni...whoo @__@ Time really flies~
|Date:||August 10th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)|| |
Hey-Classes at McGill start on the 4th...and now that I think of it, the Thanksgiving weekend idea isn't such a bad time to visit...well you know how I am, not very bright in the head (and I go to McGill University...) *cue eye rolls & "duhs..."*-Love ya-James
holy crap that was some horrible experience.. mine was quite literally hassle-free, cause i moved from res to lees, and thus had no furniture to speak of, only stuff. and then i bought the furniture and other things and had it delivered (ikea, yay!).. which was totally easy.
angela, i'm sorry, but she sounds like a bitch. show some freaking respect to your elders, geez. after all mengya's mom has done for you.. if archana's mom had done all of that for us i'd be so embarrassed and ashamed and.. extremely GRATEFUL. freak i would even budge past my non-confrontational shell and be all like who the hell do you think you are, and whose stuff do you think you're using?!
anyway, i hope you get settled soon.. awesome that you're living across from me now; expect me to show up at your door with some cookies in early september for a housewarming! :D see you in about a month!!
The most horrid move EVER...like seriously >___< I don't know what 169 is like but 180 feels like a school residence building...it's like everyone's a student x____X And so many Asians too, I feel like I'm living in the middle of Chinatown sometimes -___-
Are you in Toronto now or still in Vancouver? I'm so looking forward to getting to hang out more now that we're right across the street hehe. Can't wait to see you again~
hahaha.. i think there are lots of students at lees, period. not just uottawa, but carleton and prolly some algonquin and whatnot too. LOL CHINATOWN hahaha.. eew one thing i started noticing now that i've returned to like chinese central (aka toronto) is how much chinese people annoy me.. i started noticing it in vancouver.. but yeah it's really starting to grate on my nerves. like my friends are fine (That's why they're my friends :P) but like other random chinese, especially the fobbier or recently immigrated ones, they're so annoying! they think they are entitled to everything, they talk so loudly, they cut in line and stuff, ugh!!
i hope we get to hang out more! my schedule looks kinda hectic this fall but should lighten up in winter! are you going to take chn2902? (the course after the one we took last fall).. do you know if it's available this winter? i might consider taking it as a gpa booster. :P or maybe japanese.. hmm. haha XDD
i think i'll get to see you soon, ne.. are you usually home? (when classes are done). i'll be returning to ottawa in late august.. maybe we can meet up before the craziness of school starts! :D
see you soon!! take care, and good luck with the roommate from hell! :P
Ugh I hate FOB's, they bug me so much (does that make me racist??) Most of the Chinese people I do happen to hang around aren't quite so "fobby" but they still have a lot of habits that I know are typical for Chinese but bug the hell out of me. I guess they don't really realize it since they grew up with other people doing the same things so they just figure everything's fine, but grrrr...if I say something I sound bitchy but if I don't I get steam coming out of my ears @____@
I wanted to take the next level of CHN course to up my CGPA but it didn't fit into my schedule, and since I didn't take the first year course (got a note from the prof for the first year course and skipped right to the second year one we took together) Rabaska's saying I don't have the pre-req's for the next level up and I'm too lazy to go bug the department office to manually sign me up. I have Tuesdays off this fall semester and Mondays off in the winter semester :D Well now that we live so close you can just like, come over for dinner or something and we can chat as we cook/eat XDD Busy little beavers we are!
Ahh now that summer exams are over I feel so LIBERATED!!!
lol how does that make you racist..? lol do i have any typical chinese habits that bug you??
oh yeah that's right.. we would have to go to the secretariats to add those courses.. hmm. do we go to the arts secretariat, or the social science? /so confused
lol i have tuesdays and fridays off in second semester, i think. hahaha.. but i need a fourth/fifth course in winter so that might change. :P
yay congrats on exams being over!! i hope you did well and that you are pleased! hehe. we will definitely hang out and cook and eat.. although i might be really busy cause i have my honours seminar this fall, plus a six course load. *tear*
anyway, have a great summer!! see you in a few weeks!! //excited!!
It sounds really stressful,but i'm sure it'll feel much better when you're done with unpacking - settling...Congrats on the move. ^__^
It must feels bad to be apart from your family.I don't really know how it feels but i'll learn it really soon when i move away from my family for college and reading all the stuff you wrote made me realise that it won't be a nice experience xP
When do you start college? I guess in a way it's like, good to experience everything a bit so you know how to act and how not to act in order to not be a pain in the behind for other people ^^;; I mean living with Angela's totally made me realize that slamming doors isn't a good way to get on someone's good side haha.
You might get lucky and get roommates that are totally awesome, the problem is that sometimes even someone who you're best friends with, if you start living together you find things that annoy you. It's kind of a hit and miss I mean I loved my other roommate Jackie, she was totally awesome and I had known her the same amount of time as I had known Angela when we all started living together.
Good luck on your experience, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you ^O^
I start this September.My plane is on 22nd August... I've never been to anywhere without my family before but now i need to go someplace miles away from home by myself...Kinda scary ^^;
I'm hoping for a good,easy to relate roommate but i dunno...It also scares me...What if i can't get along with her? >__<;
Hope you can solve the problems with Angela.I don't understand why she's acting that way though...I would appreciate all the things your mom did for helping if i were her.It's hard to understand people sometimes ^^;
And thank you for the support...I'm feeling more better now! ^__^
Ah you'll be fine ^O^ You'll probably get home-sick the first little bit, I know there were times when I totally was and I know during first year my roommate cried so much because she was homesick throughout the year that I'm surprised she didn't flood the place. But you know you'll also meet lots of new people and it'll be a brand new experience and start :D
I think gradually you start to just realize that once even once you finish college it's very probable you won't go home to your parents anyway and just find a job elsewhere to truly start on your life as an adult. This time, after my mom left I cried my eyes out, and I don't think that's going to change whether I'm 20 or 30 or 40. I think even if I'm 40 and on my own with my own job and my own family, I'll still miss having my mom around (though I know if we were together all the time we'd argue like crazy lol). It's just like sometimes you're happy, sometimes you're sad, sometimes you're angry, and once you reach this stage and set off to take on the world sometimes you get nostalgic and "homesick" for your old life as a kid even if you have your own new home now.
Are you going to be living in residence for first year with an assigned roommate? Our university assigned our roommates to us by program so my roomie was in the same program as me and we had a few classes together. We didn't really talk much even though we shared a room, she did her thing, I did mine, she had her friends (mostly other people on our floor) I had mine and generally the most we said to one another was a greeting. It wasn't so bad, not really that we didn't get along but at least on my part I figured if I'm going to be living with someone for a year maybe it's better to keep some distance so that in the end we weren't best buddies but we also weren't like, worst enemies lol.
Re: continuation of my moving experience 2
Hey! Oh good you still use livejournal, I thought maybe you had stopped using it and then it'd be so much harder to keep in touch since I really just use lj online ^^;;
God yeah wasn't that a totally awful experience?? And I totally have this negative energy towards Angela now, more than ever before.
Like last night, she had an exam until 10pm and I had finished mine around 8pm, so I went to Loeb for some shopping and then walked home. Then Xin called and asked if I wanted to eat dinner together so I was like sure and Xin brought up some veggies and we cooked in our apartment. Angela called when we were just about done cooking to tell Xin she had finished her exam and was on her way home (after complaining to Xin that Tabaret was soooooo far away from the apartment and she didn't want to walk so she was going to take the bus. Pft, yeah well tought luck moron) and Xin asked her if we should cook a share for her too seeing as she hadn't eaten yet either and Angela said no it's fine she had a Subway before her exam. Ok well then me and Xin started eating and Angela came home halway. Oh and then guess what happened, she helped herself to the food anyway, wasn't that so nice of her? And the thing I find I absolutely detest about Angela, absolutely hate hate hate is that she doesn't ask to use your stuff (or in this case eat it), she just tells you she's going to do it. So instead of "hey can I have some of that?" she said "I want some" and got herself a spoon X____X F*ck I wanted to jam that spoon into her hand. And we had a little container of leftovers that I was going to eat today and when Angela spotted that well...no left-overs left for me now.
Omg I just...grrrr...I seriously want to just scream at Angela right now, smash her computer and just scream, she pisses me off soooooo much. More and more I'm finding she's demanding, selfish, and completely ignorant that thinking about OTHER people once in awhile would be a nice quality to obtain sometime in her lifetime. I think this year and next year if we're still living together I'm just going to ignore her as much as possible and have minimal interaction with her. Now that I've got my own room, it'll be like me with my roommate during my first year in Thompson residence, just two people, minimal interaction doing their own things.
On a happier note, my last exam is this Friday, wanna hang out after?? Maybe this weekend sometime??
Re: continuation of my moving experience 2
Eep sorry I didn't get back to you on time Jackie >____< Got caught up in the LJ strikethrough 2007 version 2.0 (see newest post). Well my exam ended at 4pm but I finished earlier around 2:30pm. Maybe we can hang out this weekend sometime? Give me a call and we'll set something up, I've got up to episode 6 of Hana Kimi now, maybe you can come over and we can watch it :D
Brings back memories of moving house. Since there's the hassel of throwing everything into boxes then unpacking them later DD: Despite being 2 years, I moved...I still have yet to unpack everything... xDD;; (I think its laziness on my part)
Started uni and already thinking..there's too much work xD;
Really? I just finished my last exam for my summer courses today so I'm free until Sept. 6th when our Fall semester starts :D That's the thing with uni, the work never ends, it just keeps coming and coming and coming and coming like the energizer bunny in reverse mode @____@
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