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The Fabulous Adventures of Astera: Writer/Actress for Hire

Meet Astera (aka: me), a star in her own mind. Our plucky little heroine has embarked on not one but two difficult, low-paying career paths: writing and acting. Witness the menial jobs! The unreasonable demands! The quirky friends and family! And the glimmer of success just ahead! Through it all, Astera maintains her core beliefs: 1) She is destined to be fabulous 2) Everything is more fun with a cocktail.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Did You Miss Me?

My life went a little crazy back in September, which is why there has been a dearth of posts. But things are settling down a bit, so I will try to post more regularly.

Here's what happened: In mid-September, our landlord told us that he was planning to sell the condo that we were renting. He offered to "let" us buy it, but since the real estate market is tanking here in Southern California, and since we didn't think this cramped, 900-sq.-ft. place with no washer or dryer was worth the $410,000 he wanted for it, we decided to take a pass. Now, I lived in my parents' home while it was on the market, and I know that it is no fun to live in a place while it's for sale. You've got to keep it clean all the time, and you have no idea what sort of strangers might be trooping though and rifling through your personal belongings. So, we had to find a new place in short order. (Oh, and for the record, our landlord's condo has been on the market for about 15 days, and he's already dropped the price by $10,000. Maybe if he were to drop it by $200,000, we'd be interested.)

Luckily, we found a new place very quickly, and we signed a year lease. It's only two miles from our old place, and it is much, much nicer. We have about 300 more square feet, and now we have our own washer and dryer. We also have a very roomy two-car garage, plus two patios--one off the living room and one off the master bedroom. For all this, we only pay $75 more a month than we were paying!

Unluckily, the move was highly stressful. Mrs. Blacklabel, my mother-in-law, came out to help us pack, which was a huge help. I don't know how we would have done it otherwise. Then we rented a huge U-Haul one day to bring all of the furniture over, and Mr. Pink got some friends to help. But then the rest of the move was all up to me. I packed up all the books. I packed up the office. I schlepped over all of the clothes (okay, so they were mostly my clothes). I gathered up the bathroom supplies. And then I unpacked it all at the new place. I spent four to five hours a day doing all of this, and it was exhausting.

Once we finally got settled, we were off to Hawaii for a retirement/anniversary/birthday party for Mr. Blacklabel. We had a fabulous time, and we got to celebrate our third wedding anniversary in paradise at Roy's, one of my favorite restaurants. There was also a big party on Wednesday night, and we all got to drink tropical drinks out of pineapples. Very festive.

Mr. Pink had to leave Hawaii early to fly to Thailand for business, but I got to stay a few more days and lounge around and soak up the sun. But now it is back to the grind. Well, vacation was fun while it lasted!


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