Friday, September 08, 2006

we are very thirsty

Since we moved to LA we have been buying our drinking water because our tap water is very suspiciously brown/yellow. In fact, if you fill a glass with tap water and let it sit for a couple hours, a brown/yellow layer will form at the bottom of the cup. And it doesn't taste very good.

In honor of our thirst and our late night run to Chevron to buy a gallon of water, here are a few pictures:

Monday, September 04, 2006

wonderful labor day

Tom and I had a very enjoyable labor day weekend. We took it easy Saturday and Sunday (Tom has been sick), and I had to work this morning, but we spent the afternoon wandering around Hollywood. It has been VERY hot and our apartment seems to be at least 10 degrees warmer than it is outside at any given point, so we decided we had to get out of here.

In other news, we are battling a smoker who lives directly below us. He is Turkish and he chain smokes. The smoke goes directly out his window and into ours and, since it has been so warm and our apartment is unbearable if we shut the windows, our apartment is frequently filled with smoke. We have recently been blowing air out of the window instead of in which appears to be helping, but the smoke combined with the heat has been quite unpleasant.

Here are a few pictures from today:

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Another Week

We are starting to get into the school/work routine. Tom is keeping up with his classes pretty well and I am enjoying my job. I found out this week that I will be "hired on" to the UCLA system sometime in September which means that I will get a $2/hour raise and medical, dental, and vision benefits. I am very excited because it takes between 1 and 6 months to get "hired on," depending on how much they like you, and it looks like it will only take me one month.

Bob, Judy, Sam, and Andrew came and visted last Thursday. We gave them the brief apartment tour, walked around Westwood for a little while, and enjoyed a wonderful meal.

Other than that we're not up to much. We're both pretty tired and ready for a three day weekend (although I'm working for four hours on Monday . . . ). Here are a couple pictures. The first is of Tom's flip-flop tan. He walks to class every day (it's about 20 minutes each way) and has developed quite an impressive tan. The second is of me holding my first paycheck which I received last Saturday.