Monday, March 12, 2012

Thoughts on Other Apartment Hunters

I really wish fellow apartment hunters would not do the following:
  • Exist.
  • Take an apartment or suite that allows pets when you have none. You have your choice of ANY apartment, must you take one of the few that allow pets?
  • Interrupt me when I am talking to the landlord and trying to make a good impression.
  • Offer more rent than the landlord is asking and thus sweep a place out from under my feet. Why must you do this when I was about to get that perfect place of awesomeness? I bet you don't even have pets.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Thoughts on Apartment Hunting

I really wish landlords would not do the following:
  • Post an ad saying "call to view" and then tell me the apartment isn't ready for viewing.
  • Do the above and repost the same ad again in two days, leading to a repeat of our first conversation.
  • List the rent at $795 when it is actually $825 just because you want to turn up in searches for $800 units. Do you want tenants who can't afford your rent?
  • Schedule viewings only during regular business hours. Do you want tenants who don't work steady jobs?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Waiting for Spring

The light is changing. The days are getting longer. In the morning, I hear birds outside my window and see the light filter in through my blinds. When I open the door to let the cat out, there is a new smell in the air. The smell of spring.

It feels like things should be getting better. And maybe they are, I don’t know. Maybe I am just so caught up in the way things are now, this exact moment, that I don’t notice the incremental changes that happen day by day. I expect change in great shattering moments, when the earth moves beneath my feet and I find myself standing somewhere new quite suddenly, because that is the way bad news comes. Suddenly rushing in from nowhere and filling up every space in your heart and mind so that in moments you cannot remember what life was like before.

But maybe not all change happens this way. Maybe some of it is slower, steadier. The world shifting around you in such small increments that you hardly notice. Until one morning you wake up and hear the birds singing and see the sunshine streaming in and you think to yourself “oh… it’s spring. When did that happen?”

Thursday, May 13, 2010

the winds of change approach

i promise this won't turn into a blog about my kittens (why do you think i haven't been posting much lately? because ALL I THINK ABOUT are my kittens), but this is just too cute and i just had to share. First, they were sleeping all in a row, and then they interlocked paws. ADORABLE!
they love each other, see?

in other news, there have been quite a few changes in my life lately, with an even bigger one in the air at the moment. The sunshine and the promise of summer and the smell of everything out there growing and coming alive has me awfully excited...

sometimes change really IS a good thing...

:) karly

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

i've been a bit distracted lately

because on sunday i brought home these cuties!

meet mottyl

and her brother nori
(he's a little harder to get a picture of because he is constantly in motion)

i was instantly in love. these playful little buggers just plain stole my heart.
sigh. can you blame me?
love karly

Sunday, April 25, 2010

i love flea markets

went last weekend and found some fun goodies. amongst them, this adorable rooster that now adds a splash of colour to our kitchen.

and these gorgeous vintage local postcards that i snapped up for my correspondance (you can see the top one has already been transformed into a card). i had to stop myself from buying the whole lot... but at $2-4 each, that would've amounted to several hundred dollars and i just wasn't carrying that kind of cash! :)
hope you're having a swell weekend!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

happy happy earth day!

Topping my list of exciting things today: my city just announced that they will now be accepting food waste! This is very exciting, as it means greatly cutting down on the amount of garbage we produce. Even more exciting? While they will currently be collecting yard and food waste every two weeks and garbage every week, the overall goal is to reverse that... that means HALF as much garbage and TWICE as much compost as a city! Feels like we've been waiting forever for this!

If you live in Vancouver, read more about it here. If not, I urge you to write a letter to your city encouraging to follow the lead of my cities and many others and work towards implementing similar programs.

I've scouted out a few other handy tidbits in honour of the most eco-conscious day of the year: check here for a handy tipsheet on how to reduce the amount of food you waste by just learning how to store it properly; some easy ways to go green at work; and... well, let me just send you directly to the David Suzuki Foundation, there is a wealth of info and very useful, easy, and realistic tips on how to be healthier and live healthier.

all my love to our colourful planet!

xo Karly