Friday, February 08, 2013
Why did I have to go and take all of those drugs...and stay up all night in that smokey bar drinking...and smoking?
WAIT...no...That wasn't me...nope...I don't do drugs, go to bars, smoke or even drink all that much. I only FEEL like I did all of those things! Spun out, hung over and dehydrated. That is how I feel!
Things are NOT on an even keel for me! Among other things, several days ago Patrick dropped a small coffee creamer on the stove top in the house we rent and it cracked the ceramic surface. We called the realtor to let him know and ask what steps we should take. He later told us that the owner of the home...I will call him "Mr. Crabby Pants" got all upset at us and wanted to go shopping for a brand new stove and have us pay for it. Keep in mind, this stove is so old that when we called to have the stove repaired they told us that parts for the stove no longer existed. Technically the stove still works it is just cracked. Yesterday I took over "negotiations" with the realtor since it was making Patrick so angry each time he spoke of it on the phone it was like I was living with a sailor! We found a refurbished ceramic topped stove from 2010 that we were willing to have put in the apartment and finally "Mr. Crabby Pants" agreed to it although we still feel like he will see it and not like it when we move out because it is not the exact same model as his crappy old stove. It was a day of phone calls and pacing around being all worked up...PLUS he is mean and I KNOW he is going to try to get us to pay for stuff when we move out. Yesterday we scraped and repainted stuff around the house. I have NEVER had to do that for any other landlord! I am DREADING the walk though.
Last night we attended "Nighttime Driving Class". The lecture part was all in Norwegian. I often times know what people are talking about but not really the specifics of what they are saying when I am listening to Norsk. When children are talking I even kind of know more of the specifics since I live with two of them. This lulled me into a false sense of security walking into the class thinking I would be able to understand more. The thing is... the instructor did not talk at all about Legos, Barbie or Justin Beiber so I was at pretty much a complete loss! This is what I got out of it..."Thank you for coming. blahblah blah. blah Lights blah blah blah This man has on a black jacket blah blah blah Reflector vests are very good blah blah Lights blah road 100meter blah blah blah" and on and on like that until I was no longer even trying to get a sliver of what he was saying.
The driving part was better because my group had English speakers, except for the stinky guy next to me in the car. He smoked, like most of the other people in class, every chance he had when we got out of the car for a demonstration and then when I was crammed in next to him I felt like it transferred over to me. He was also very clever and smart and always knew more than me. Always...much much more. Very smart...yes he was very smart and we were all to know it!
The class ran really late and then we got in the wrong train for some reason and had to go back and ended up picking up the kids at 10pm from the next door neighbors. I felt so bad for keeping them up but it was what it was. Both Patrick and I collapsed into bed, tired. poorer and wreaking of smoke. The thing is we didn't actually smell like smoke..trust me we kept smelling each other 'cause we felt so crazy about it...it was our minds not being able to let go of the awful smell from that guy. Today my mind even smells if faintly. We both felt the same way. Wrung out, drugged and completely not normal!
Today? Today we went over our financial reality and just about ended in a heap on the floor! It is all about this driving stuff. We had set money aside for the move and for things we would need in the new place but it is all being sucked away by these driving classes. We figured out today that not including the actual cars we will buy we will be spending 50,000 krone...that is about 9000 USD!!!! Goodbye money for things the house will need...goodbye any saved vacation money ....goodbye any good feeling we were having about almost anything! It really goes back to that old Swedish saying "Stupid Norway"!
Something has got to give. Mr. Crabby Pants was lurking around outside just now pretending to shovel snow...he NEVER does that...I think he is trying to get a peek inside the kitchen window at the new stove...if he wasn't such a jerk I would just invite him in! The silliness of paying about 650 UDS for sitting though a class we didn't understand is not sitting well with me...neither is the lingering smell of smoke that my brain can't let go of...or the idea that I truly did not grasp how expensive and difficult this whole driving thing would be. It is all more than a little unsettling. I am glad we still have over a week to get things in order because today I just feel like staring out the window and eating cheese.