Saturday, June 28, 2008

You're kidding, right?

Finally heard from landlord:

"I'm sorry about C. not showing, wasting your time and waiting for her!! I asked her to do me a favor by going to your place with the signed lease agreement. I hope you will make time again for her to come by, please let me know what a good time would be to set up the meeting. Thank you for the photos and report I will take it under advisement. Thank you very much, K."

This is after I've sent her an inspection report I did by myself since her agent didn't show at the arranged time.

What would you do?

I don't think I need to take more time out of my life to do this. She has photographs of the place and a report that meets the criteria spelled out by the Landlord & Tenants Act. Is it my fault her sister is a flake?

H =)

Thursday, June 26, 2008


So I took photos of my place, including all the things that need attention and sent them with this:

The inspection of the premises was conducted on 2008June25 at 2000h by H-woman without the landlord or landlord’s agent being present.

Inspections should be conducted when the premises are vacant unless the landlord and tenant and/or their agents otherwise agree. This inspection was conducted at lease renewal (at the request of the landlord) with furniture present.

- The blinds in the kitchen are soiled due to the lack of kitchen fan and need to be replaced.
- The blinds in the living room are soiled from dust from the street and need to be replaced, ideally with blinds that open from the middle.
- The washing machine/dryer is not level and needs to be leveled.
- No other repairs or damage were noted.

Oh yeah, the best part: I emailed the landlord yesterday morning at 7am, and have yet to hear "Boo" from her. Maybe she's yelling at her sister....=)

H =)

OMIGOD, so yummy!

So my friend, Lisa Q. made this for dinner last night and I'm hooked! It's from the cookbook, Cooking Vegetarian by Vesanto Melina & Joseph Forest.

African Stew
4 c vegetable stock
1 chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 c peeled, diced yams
1 c cooked chickpeas
1/2 c brown rice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c peanut butter
2 c chopped kale
2 TB lemon juice
tamari or soy sauce (optional)
hot sauce

In large pot over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in 2TB stock until soft. Add remaining stock, yams, chickpeas, rice and salt; simmer covered for 45 minutes.

In small bowl, blend peanut butter and 1/2 c of liquid from stew to make smooth paste. Stir into stew along with kale and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in tamari if using.

Serve with lemon wedge and hot sauce.

Photo to follow!
H =)


Egad, I had no idea it had been so long since I last posted. I am alive and well (that's debatable--massive headache this morning and feeling every knot in my back that the massage therapist found yesterday)!
So....what have I been up to? Well, on June 7, I helped raise over $936,000 for cancers below the waist. Here's a photo montage:

What else? Hmmmm....still pondering career moves and applying for things. Still also waiting for a description of my role in project I have been seconded for (told about in March, seconded at end of May and 3 weeks yesterday I asked for something in writing). Good thing I'm not holding my breath!

Marveling at the stupidity of all the people. Get this: at the Underwear Affair, they had to announce over the loudspeaker,"if you have parked your car on the railway tracks, move it or the train will damage it." When we drove by after the race, there were tow trucks moving cars. Really?! The stupid ones are among us, my friends. Beware.

Going to first (and likely only) Stampede party tonight. Should be fun! Alas, I should go find some brekkie--my tummy is growly.

H =)