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# I remembered what I forgot in my last personal post: on June 5 I ran an 8K for the first time, in 58:32. Given that it was 81º F when I got in my car at 07:50 to drive to the town where the race was, I am quite happy with my performance. Luckily there was a surfeit of water stations; by the end I was just dumping the water on my head, which was a good decision. Loved it, though (really pretty course through a nice town I know well); would run again!

# I have a line on a possible housing situation in California that sounds like it's just about perfect. I am having a phone interview/chat with the house's point person tomorrow evening and am already slightly nervous. I have lived on my own before, but all my housing-hunting experience took place on another continent in a different language. Relatedly, I really want my senior year roommate to tell me whether I can put her down as a reference/recommender or not. (Voice of reason says: She's probably just busy; she has a significant other and a job and a life after all. Nervousness says: Augh!)

# Two months until I move to California. The list of things I have to do before then is…quite long.

# Nearly finished my Holmes big bang story, yay! Just in time, coincidentally, for major racist fail in another fandom's big bang (link goes to [personal profile] torachan's roundup). This sort of thing inspires in me personally anything but complacency. That is not what I want to do or the person I want to be in my writing and in the world, but I don't ever want to think that I don't have to think carefully about the stories I choose to tell, and how. Blech.

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Date: 2010-06-15 05:27 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corneredangel.livejournal.com
I am having a phone interview/chat with the house's point person tomorrow evening and am already slightly nervous.

I know it's Berkeley, and the rents are probably fairly insane, but have you thought about/looked into actually getting a place of your *own* own. As in, just getting an apartment? Whether it's Berkeley itself, or Oakland, or hell, even SF, there are a) bargains, and b) not having to deal with other people. Hell, I'm sure there are plenty of complexes around the area that are pretty much aimed at attracting funded grad/PhD students.

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Date: 2010-06-15 23:30 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlady38.livejournal.com
The short answer is yes, I've thought about it. But I don't think I really have the time or incentive to put the effort into finding a bargain (because I'm looking to spend less than or not more than $800/month total), and apartments seem to require more documentation and rigmarole than getting a room in a house. And frankly, the idea of living with other people does not sound unappealing right at the moment. We'll see whether I feel the same at this time next year, of course.

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