Thursday Things

1. Ohhhhhh my gosh, this week, you guys. This time tomorrow I’ll be on my way to the city I wish I called home, Seattle, to visit family. Even though it’s only been 10 months since my last visit, it’s been nearly 10 years since I last visited Seattle during the summer (my most recent trips have been in December, May and October) and I absolutely can’t wait. I’m also running my first race in Washington (state) on Saturday (and am desperately trying to ignore the 300 feet of elevation gain between miles 3 and 5 of said race. I’m choosing to believe that my “altitude training” from living 600ish feet above sea level, compared to the 100-400 feet above sea level of this course, will carry me through. That, or walking. Probably walking.)

Anyway, while I’m chomping at the bit to be on the West Coast, life in Chicago is doing its darndest to break me in the mean time. I don’t remember the last time I took a weeklong vacation to anywhere other than my parents’ house, and WOWZA is the prep to go away for this amount of time stressful. I feel like I have 10 million things I need to get in order before I leave my house tomorrow morning, and it’s super overwhelming. If I could do it all again, I would’ve taken today off as well to get my life in order before leaving. Of course, it doesn’t help that I will have approximately 14 hours between stepping off the plane on my return trip and needing to be on the Lakefront Trail running 20 miles, and will have approximately six hours from the time I step on the Trail for my 20 miler to be on my way to a wedding in the suburbs >.< This is why I (normally) don’t take vacations during marathon season (so of course, the year I decide to run two marathons, one of which is three weeks earlier than I’m used to running a marathon, is the year I go on a family vacation. Smart move, self.)

2. One of my roommates decided that she had had enough of the scuff marks that had been all over all walls since before I moved in two years ago, and asked our landlord to paint the place. He refused to do so (?! I do like my landlord a lot, because he’s super laid back and hands off, but sometimes I wonder if he understands what owning a property entails. Like, you know, maintaining that property, even if you don’t live in it.), but instead offered to buy us painting supplies so we could do it ourselves. Guess what last weekend’s project was?


I like that the walls now look nice and clean, but I was annoyed a bit over the whole situation. The scuff marks didn’t bother me, and I don’t even own the place! I find it so difficult to care about something like paint on the walls at a place that isn’t mine and isn’t where I’ll live forever. There’s a reason why I’ve never painted anyplace I’ve lived in as a tenant, you know? Whatever. It’s done now. All I have to say is that I had better get my entire security deposit back whenever I move out, if my landlord expects us to do the maintenance he should be doing.

3. And with that: to Seattle! I’ve got a couple posts scheduled for next week (though my marathon training recap will be a little incomplete), but I’m not bringing my laptop with me, so my appearances in Blogland may be a bit limited until after Labor Day. Until then, friends!

Have you gone on any vacations this summer?

10 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. Our landlord does NOTHING to our house but lets us do some basic things (like paint) and take it off the rent. It is a little bit frustrating, though, because some things are definitely in need of repair but he isn’t going to pay to keep the home up to even reasonable standards – bleh.

  2. Have a great trip and race! I often take a day off before I leave for a long time if I can, because like you said, there is SO much to do! Hope things aren’t too hectic when you get back.

    I was confused why YOU guys were painting and not your landlord. WTF. Next time, use one of those magic erasers for those scuff marks! 🙂

  3. I’ll keep my fingers crossed you have perfect Seattle weather 🙂

    Also, I’m pretty sure that Chicago municipal code says landlords are supposed to paint. Or maybe that’s only between when one tenant moves out and another moves in. Who knows. I sort of feel the same way about our landlord. I mean, he made us deal with the broken dishwasher when, in my opinion, one of the benefits of renting is that someone else is supposed to do that stuff!

    • The weather was FANTASTIC. Not very much sun, but temps in the 60s and 70s – I was in heaven. The weather today in Chicago has been a rude awakening 😦

      I didn’t know that about the code – I’m curious now! I want to look into that. That’s insane that you had to deal with the broken dishwasher! I completely agree about that benefit of renting – it’s one of the biggest reasons why I’d rather rent (right now) than own!

  4. Hope you are having fun in Seattle! And I hope the weather is beautiful!
    I could see how your landlord could argue that he wasn’t painting as it isn’t really affecting your living space negatively (except for looking crappy) but I wouldn’t have wanted to paint if I were you either. Owning a place takes upkeep and you shouldn’t depend on your tenants to do it! Plus you pay him a lot of money 😉

    • The weather in Seattle was AMAZING. Highs in the 60s and 70s, no humidity – pure bliss 😀 I can’t wait for it to feel like that here!

      And exactly! Don’t manage a property if you don’t want to take on the responsibility of ownership! He talks about wanting to sell the place after our lease is up next year, and I’m so curious to see if it’ll actually happen, because if he wants to sell it, he’s going to have to actually, you know, invest time and money in it to fix it up (or accept a low selling price, but what’s the point of an investment property if you’re more willing to take a loss on it than actually, you know, invest in it?).

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