The exterminator came yesterday, which means I had to take Kitty to the vet yesterday, which means I had to leave work early yesterday to pick him up, and OF COURSE that’s just when it started raining. We’re still in the process of moving some but not all of the furniture back, because the guy is coming back in two weeks. Which means we’re going to have to figure out what to do with the cat in two weeks. Anyway, my boyfriend spent a lot of time with the guy, helping to move furniture and our many plastic bags full of stuff as he worked. And while they worked, they talked. The exterminator gave my boyfriend specific advice about our apartment — he pointed out a few more places that we could try sealing and caulking, but otherwise said that what we’ve been doing so far — steaming, vacuuming, and using the PackTite — was exactly right. The guy’s not the biggest fan of diatomaceous earth, though, because it doesn’t work fast enough for him. He also talked about some of the bedbug problems our neighbors have been having. They still haven’t been able to figure out why they can’t get rid of the bugs in the apartment below us (that’s the one where the lady moved out after five treatments without success), and they HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET INTO the apartment below that, which we suspect might be a major root of this problem. Oh, and the exterminator was amazed that we’d seen bedbugs multiple times in the bathroom, since that’s not usually a place where they hang out. So hopefully, our sharp eyes might help the exterminators tackle this problem through our whole line of apartments. Except, of course, for the ones they can’t get into. *SIGH*
On a related note, having all of these bags and boxes of stuff piled up on top of and in front of our stove (bedbug exterminators don’t treat inside the kitchen, so we’re using that area for extra storage space) means that cooking is a very difficult prospect right now. So a present that I bought for my boyfriend several months ago has been seeing a LOT of action:
We’ve come a long way from bachelors with hot plates! Anyway, between this handy device and our Crock Pot, we’re able to do a lot of cooking on the kitchen counter now. And then we go out to eat at one of our local restaurants or order in pizza or Chinese food a few times a week, so we’re still eating a good variety of food.
On the work front, I went back to the Old Branch to re-weed my collection yesterday based on all the stuff we’ve unpacked and put on the shelves of our New Branch. Walking around pulling books off the shelves saying, “I won’t need THIS and I won’t need THIS and I won’t need THIS …” was on the one hand very cathartic, but on the other hand it made me feel like I was killing my own children.
The tech guys were in the old building taking out the old computers while listening to some Queen anthems that they had cranked up to 11, since I guess that’s how they operate in otherwise empty buildings (I called it “the IT Dance Party”). Oh, and several of those tech guys ignored the “elevator is out of order” signs, so I had to rescue them by pulling the master switch when they got stuck between floors. So THAT was exciting.
For the rest of the week, I’ll be doing more shelving in the new building. And by “shelving” I mean “walking, looking, carrying, shelving, re-shelving, shifting, carrying, walking, shifting, shifting, shifting, shifting” etc. I was actually delighted when our supervisor asked me to create a YA overflow section in our office, because a) we really don’t need THAT many copies of each of these books on our rapidly crowding shelves and b) processing those books meant that I could just SIT DOWN and work for a while without straining my lower back any further.
I only have half of the time that the rest of my colleagues do to get this place ready to go, because I’m on vacation next week. But luckily, I have the smallest section to work with.