Monday, April 18, 2011


Two blog posts in one day - you are lucky readers :)

So today I felt my first ever earthquake and Ive been living in the Bay Area for 17 months now. It was a 3.8 centered a few miles from our home. I was sat on the sofa with the dogs watching TV at the time. There was a really loud bang and then about 5 secs of shaking, my first reaction was I thought a truck had hit the house. Dave said it was an earthquake and I didn't believe him and looked out onto the street to see if there had been an accident. The dogs were freaked out and jumped off the sofa and started barking. I then went on to twitter and saw that other people had felt it and confirmed it was an earthquake.
It was exciting and scary all at once. It brings home the reminder of the fact we live in an area prone to earthquakes.
It also reminds me that I never did sort out an earthquake kit (tut tut)
Also today is the 105th anniversary of the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.
Since the 3.8 there have been another three this afternoon in the same area, all of which were too small for us to notice. We live on the San Andreas fault, but apparently this quake wasn't connected to that fault.

The main thing is nobody was hurt and there was no damage. 


So we found out last week that our landlord is selling his other property and wants to move back in, so we got issued our 60 days notice. Which all came as a bit of a surprise.
Im not one to sit around and dwell on things, so I was on craigslist straight away and after finding some properties and viewing them we have found our new home. We have a move in day of May 7th, so just under 3 weeks.
Ive made my list of people to notify, Ive already sorted comcast and they are coming the day after we move to connect our internet/tv/phone, PG&E is already sorted too, and the bargain find was the post office only charged us $1 to redirect our mail, unless I missed the page with the costs on, but it only seems to be $1 that left my account, that is for 12 months, I remember it costing a lot more when i moved within the UK - I guess that is tight ass Royal Mail for you!!
Managed to acquire a load of packing boxes free on craigslist from a family nearby who have just moved house. So i have all the materials, just need to organise the packing.
Ideally first I need to go through the garage and sort out and throw any junk, then i can use this as the area to store all the boxes once I pack them. I plan to pack most things myself and leave the major stuff for the removal guys, once I get round to booking them that is!
I do still have two boxes we have never unpacked since we moved here in November 2009, so not sure whether to sort through them or leave them sealed... I guess the local thrift store is going to be getting some donations from me, as I will be sorting the wardrobes out too.
The move should be a lot easy - 15.8 miles  compared to 5352 miles that we moved last time!! At least the dogs don't need to go in crates this time.
The major change for us being we are moving from The Burbs to The City!!! Best check my shots are up to date.
More exciting updates to follow....

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Bark for Life

My neighbor stopped me today to tell me about a sponsored dog walk to raise money for the 
American Cancer Society. Its a one mile walk with the dogs. So I've signed up.

If you would like to find out more or indeed make a donation. 

Hopefully I can raise at least $100.