Time in Austin, at last.
I've been busily on task here in Austin for the past 8 days as I set-up a semblance of "real-life" so I can stay a while. In my naive (optimistic?) manner, I arrived thinking it would be easy to find a room to rent for 2 months or so. I had no idea that housing is very tight here ( & $$$), coupled with the fact that South by Southwest is a March event that draws over 20,000 people looking for a room. Some locals even leave their homes during SXSW because they can rent them for great income.
All that said, I ended up with 2 options that were both just fine (I did have to contact about 12-15 people to get to 2!). This is when I toured neighborhoods for bike friendliness, safety, and proximity to commuting. I've now moved into a small townhouse (2/1.5) with Katie; a very relaxed gal in her 30s who moved here last year from, are you ready?, Bethesda, Maryland! I can't make this up. More photos to come.
SO, I mentioned commuting. I indeed have a seasonal job starting on March 9 with the IRS! Don't you wish you had been nicer to me? :) I will be working M-F 7:30-3:30 as a clerk in the Document Perfection Operation, and as you can imagine this is NOT going to interfere with my post-work & weekend enjoyment of Austin. It's a means to an end! I could not afford to live here for 2 or so months without this income, and there is so much to do here that a couple of months is just about right. I'm excited!
P.S. My sister, Eileen wins the award for the only person to attempt to answer the question, "What was I singing crossing the Mississippi through Baton Rouge?" She had some good guesses but no prize. The answer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTHRg_iSWzM
3/3/2015 07:38:41 am
That Austin job is perfect for you, Virgo. Very funny to leave MD to meet MD'er. My Baton Rouge was "Alouette" or some other French-Canadian song in your repertoire. Like your choice, instead!
3/3/2015 10:38:53 am
Ha! I didn't get into French mode till I hit Lafayette!
3/3/2015 03:14:21 pm
Hey Judy... been wondering where you are... so love that you are w/ the IRS for seasonal work. My taxes are killing me this year bc of endless data that I must supply for Savoys financial aid. Way too much $$ disclosure w/ minutia that surpasses my own reach. Meanwhile, enjoy Austin. Raising a glass to you. Will bring you back good vodka from Russia.
3/4/2015 03:07:52 am
IRS? Serenity Now!
3/5/2015 03:05:56 pm
3/6/2015 07:18:12 am
you certainly made quick work of finding a home & a job ! you definitely are one brave, adventuresome soul......hmmm wonder how long you can put up WORKING for the government :)
3/8/2015 12:36:22 pm
Donna, Indeed finding housing was an interesting task here; pricey & in demand! The job application process started last October! & I received offer late January; indeed a process! I was lucky to get this actually since the IRS budget got slashed. Day 1 tomorrow; expect blog entry on my new work world at week's end! All of that said, my time in Austin is dependent on "am I having fun?" and "has the Grand Canyon fully opened for the season?" j.
3/11/2015 02:47:29 pm
HI Judy: thanks for keeping all of informed of your journey. I am so enjoying reading about it and going thru the photos.
3/14/2015 03:02:47 pm
I am glad you found your "squatter's" home and some temp work. I miss out Tue. rides and chats. I wish I could be you. Let me know of the Grand Canyon plan... Enjoy life.
3/15/2015 11:36:00 am
Sue: Thanks for visiting! Indeed, I am trying to find some riding pals in my comfort zone now, too! Focusing on my Austin list for March but will start plotting my May departure in early April so stay tuned and stay in touch for when the Grand Canyon hits the itinerary!
Mary Beth Ross
3/22/2015 01:02:14 pm
Document Perfection Department?? That's really frightening......
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