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In which tentative plans are thwarted

My impending trip to London, which is amazingly awesome, don't get me wrong, is also throwing an itty bitty-allen-wrench-that-comes-with-furniture-from-Ikea into some possible plans of mine. For one, I had been thinking about moving out of my apartment, maybe to one closer to Old Town, or maybe into a smallish house, if I could have found one. I like my apartment, and while my rent is going up, it's not going to be too much more than I already pay. I just kind of wanted a change, and specifically, a house-like environment. I'm tired of apartments. But I'd have to move out around July 25, which is one of my travel days, and I'd have to put down deposits and whatnot before I left, which would mean no spending money. Similarly, while I'm mulling over the idea of trying out for roller derby, tryouts are the day I return or the day after I return to Colorado, and then if I made the team, I'd have to shell out a good deal of money for a lot of equipment.

So neither of those things are a reasonable, viable option. Which is fine, just a little frustrating, especially the apartment situation. On the other hand, if I put off moving for another year, I'll hopefully have a little more money this time next year and can open up my housing budget a little bit more.

In other news, I've been feeling like I want to read some nonfiction, which is odd, because I generally don't choose to read nonfiction. If you have any nonfiction you particularly enjoy, please recommend some to me. I don't really know what kind of nonfiction I want to read. Just educationy stuff.

And I still haven't seen Iron Man 2. Boo.

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jacintillating
May. 12th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
For Christmas (Amymas?) I got Freakonomics. If you've read it, there is also Superfreakonomics. Also, if you're into it, I read Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, which is about food as more than the sum of its nutrients. He has other books which I have no read but recommend nonetheless. Also, The Elements of Style, if you have not read it, by William Strunk and E.B. White. Hawking has a new-ish one called A Briefer History of Time which is on my short list of books to acquire in the near future.

That's all I got right now.

When you renew your lease, does it have to be for a year?

Edited at 2010-05-12 02:18 am (UTC)
grass_stained
May. 12th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Ooh thank you for the recommendations! :D

I think my complex does allow for short-term lease, but they're more expensive, which kind of defeats the purpose of me trying to save money by staying in one place. I'd have to look at my paperwork again.
ceredonia
May. 12th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
Echoing above, can you re-up for like, 3 or 6 months maybe?
grass_stained
May. 12th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
I'd have to look at the paperwork they sent around again, but I think it's more expensive to do a short-term lease. I also realize, now that I think about it more, that I don't really want to deal with the physical aspects of moving. Oi.
ashpags
May. 12th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
If you want science-y non-fiction, I can hook you up with lots of recs, at least in the physics/astro department. There are a ton of great pop science books that I think you would enjoy, in addition to understanding.

I've read quite a few interesting books about women in the West if that sounds like something you'd want to read. I'd start with No Life for a Lady, Letters of a Woman Homesteader, and Ladies of the Lamplight.

One of my favorite recent books is The Happiness Project. It's one of those "do something for a year and write about it" books, and I really liked it, and picked up a bunch of good ideas.

Good luck!
grass_stained
May. 15th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
I like to pretend like I know about science, so yes, please recommend to me so me science-y books.

Women in the West and pretty much everything else relating to the West is also very interesting to me!

I dunno when I'm going to have time to read all the excellent books I want to. Phooey on this "job" thing. ;)
ashpags
May. 15th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
Sciencey books, in no particular order:

Death from the Skies
(all the ways the universe can kill us)
The Extravagant Universe
(history of the expanding/accelerating universe)
The Elegant Universe
(string theory)
Warped Passages
(multiple dimensions, wormholes, etc.)
The Physics of Star Trek
(duh)
The Science of Harry Potter
(double duh)

And yeah, those three that I mentioned about The West.

Enjoy! =)
mousewings
May. 13th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
For non-fiction, I recommend:

Rats : Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan
I couldn't put this one down.

The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters
Mythological beings!

The Flu Pandemic and You : a Canadian Guide
Canada-centric but the tips inside are useful no matter where you are in the world. The big pandemic is going to occur one day...
grass_stained
May. 15th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Oh these all sound really intriguing! Thanks for the recs! :D
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