I finally got a temp job at IU. Ironically, just after starting that job, I was offered my current job at IU. It was a relief. I felt like we had been kicked outside in the middle of a huge rainstorm, and we finally made it back inside. It’s also ironic because several people told me it’s hard to get on at IU. Still more irony: I was hired because of my extensive experience making travel arrangements, the thing I hate the most. But I was employed, and we had health insurance again.
And I found us an apartment. When the apartment agent took us out to see it, I realized the building was right next to the railroad tracks! But I didn’t care. We were ready to be in our own place again. And it was stressing us and Symon to continually watch to be sure Symon didn’t get out, and locking him in the bedroom when we left.
So, early October of 2011, we moved into our apartment. Symon loved having the run of the place. He ran around excitedly exploring - he knew it was all for him. We also realized how important it is to have an apartment that is open on two sides, so Symon can look out the front window, and the two back windows. And we can get a breeze blowing through the apartment.
After moving in, Symon needed a Bath.
Symon settled right in:
Symon was teething. I have never had a kitten I noticed was teething. But Symon would chew on my arm while I was wearing a hoodie and leave behind blood. I emailed our vet and they said if he's not in pain he's fine. We never found any discarded teeth. Eventually the bleeding stopped. Symon was sacked out a lot of the time. Steve was still working nights, so when I got home I would bring my dinner to the computer and Symon would fall asleep on me.
One of my sisters and my niece came here for Thanksgiving.
Fried Turkey, of course.
We had some car problems with our old Saturn. When we went over bumps the car would rock and make a squeaking-grinding noise. Since Saturn went under, it was a challenge to find car dealerships that could service it - I had to drive out to a Cadillac dealership in Indianapolis the Saturday after Thanksgiving. They said our 'control arm' was failing and the total repairs would be $2500.00. We had no money for anything. I didn't know what we were going to do. I drove home - they let me drive home in that car. Which was really dangerous, but I didn't know it at the time.
I remembered that as an IU employee we had some sort of discount with Ford. I called up the Ford dealership. I told the sales guy I spoke to what was wrong with our car, and he said his wife had a control arm fail and I could suddenly be driving on three wheels. I asked if we could come over, and he said they were closing soon, but come on over. He asked if I was going to be driving the Saturn. I said we had no other car. He said, "Oh..."
So we drove to the Ford dealership and they ran all the paperwork and sold us a new Ford Fiesta. They were really great, not hard-sell at all. They understood our situation. They took us out to the lot - "Here's the Fiesta and here's the Focus." "What's the difference?" "The Focus is bigger." "We'll take the Fiesta." "Here's a red one and a blue one." "What's the difference?" "The blue one has more features." "We'll take the red one."
One of the sales guys test-drove our Saturn. When he came back into the lot, he said, "That squeaking noise? That's the control arm failing." But they still gave us (I think) $1200 in trade-in. Two sales guys and their finance guy stayed late to process our sale. And we drove off in a brand new Ford Fiesta. One of the sales guys said, "We saved two lives tonight."
You know what else? I thought my eyesight was starting to fail at night because I couldn't see well driving in the dark. When we drove out to my brother's (my sister was still here) to show them the car, I realized - in the pitch black no-street-lights rural roads - I COULD SEE JUST FINE! It was the crappy headlights of our Saturn! The Fiesta has bright headlights!
And I felt so much better with Steve driving a brand new car to and from work. I was on the bus, as usual, to and from work.
This was the extent of our Holiday decorating for 2011:
Our 2011 Holiday Photo: