Tuesday, November 20

After being forced out of my new apartment for two weeks because my landlord thought she was doing us a favour by replacing all the electrical (she apparently lives in a world where wires aren’t hidden behind 50-year-old sheets of dusty, dirty plaster and thought the job would take maybe half a day to complete—hah!) we have finally moved back in.

During the construction it was clear to us that the electricians were total douches—all too often we’d find them sitting around and doing nothing. Many holes were cut ether too small or too large. Plugs were “finished” with dead wires sticking out. Half our new outlets are not flush to the wall. Our landlord lost a month’s rent from us and paid over $12,000 to the dingbat electricians for this service.

And now, after getting painters and cleaners to fix up the apartment, we’ve discovered that the new, safer electrical system is also very, very “sensitive”. Meaning: plug in more than three appliances and you’ll have to reset the breaker. I reset the breaker approximately ten times a day—and I’m only home between 7pm-9am! The landlord says the electricians told her “that’s just the way it is” and she doesn’t know what else to do.

Things I have learned: never become a landlord. Never hire just anyone to work on your house. Never try to renovate a space without actually knowing the basics of what needs to be done—and how it’s done. Though, I must say, thanks to observing the bad fortune of my landlord, I’m going to be way ahead of the game when I do have my own place.

Oh, and I have decided that when I do get my own house it will be this house. (Or, well, something very similar.) My most recent “when I grow up” idea has been to go back to school for interior design—a thought which is only reinforced by the absolute crush I have developed on this Farnsworth House-inspired abode, custom built by architect/designer Will Meyer. Strange to feel so enamored by a large, inanimate object, but it is flirting back—my bedroom has much of the same furniture as their master.