I am officially a cog. Today was the first day of being paid. There was an official orientation and it was fun watching everyone trying not to fall asleep.
I saw a picture of a patient who caught fire when some medical gadget caught his blanket on fire. Not a good day at work. There was just someone there with a camera handy?
So, I am employed. (bitch bitch bitch)
The rest of the week is training. I don’t go to my department until next week. Tomorrow I get half a day on the electronic health record software. I know a few doctors here in the blogosphere who LOVE EHRs…
Meanwhile, apartment hunting is just awful. I did figure something out. I drove by one place in my “price range” and it was appalling. An old, gray, peeling paint, box plopped down in the middle of a plain lot, with no grass or landscaping. The building butts up against a busy main street and the closest buildings are a diesel fuel depot and a car parts store. The place has all of the cub appeal of a 2-week old dead cat.
A while back I wrote about 30% of your pay for housing is often cited as a good amount to allot for all things housing. That won’t even get me a closet around here. However, in most states you need to budget housing on a separate line from taxes. New Hampshire doesn’t have income or sales tax, but does gouge land owners with property taxes. I estimated what an income tax would be (like in Ohio) and subtracted that from the rents here, to get more of a “true” rent and that does help. It isn’t just splitting hairs or renaming the same thing to make it more palatable.
But Jeez, Louise. For $1000/month is it too much to ask for a livable one-bedroom apartment? One that at least has laundry on site (coin-ops in the basement or something)? Something more than 450 sq. feet? It is not looking promising.
Meanwhile, today was just a beautiful day in New England. Literally picture perfect. If I had a camera… I drove from my job down the 30 miles to where I live and I took another back road. Gah! Around every turn there was PHOTO OP!!! There had been some rain, so the roads were car-commercial pretty-wet, but then it cleared so the sky was blue with nice clouds. Everything in bloom. So, so, so nice.