I was interested in the Electric Vehicle(EV) Nissan Leaf after reading about Elon Musk and this blog post The Nissan Leaf Experiment from MMM. I have a lot of questions. How long does it take to charge the Leaf? Where are the charging stations? How far can it go? What are the ranges for different year models? Can it be charged in the rain? There is a lot of unknown and I was overwhelmed. I decided that I would just go to a dealership to get educated there.
I’ve been learning and practicing minimalism and intentional living for a few years. Moving was a big opportunity for me to practice. During the move, I practiced a lot of letting go, letting go of the excess stuff that I didn’t need; things that no longer add value in my life; things that got in the way of the life that I want to live; letting go of the different selves and egos that I constructed and perceived as my self worth; letting go of the grief of the Identity losses; letting go of attachments to things, routines, comfort, familiarity. I not only let go, I ran. I ran away from the Vermont Winter like running away from a plague. I wanted to be winter free, worry free and car free. I wanted to live with as little obligation to my stuff as possible, and that meant I needed to own as little as possible.
One late evening, when I reached for that big bowl of blueberries with a ton of honey loaded on top, I knew something wasn’t right. That was the first sign that I sensed the biochemistry of my brain was off. Before I went to bed, I was finishing up the book “ The liar’s club”, I cried terribly feeling lonely and stressed out. The next day, cold sores on my lips came out again, and I was feeling heavy and down.
My apartment is full of empty boxes now. I have packages delivered multiple times a day, from Amazon and other online stores. I installed an over the tap filter. I couldn’t take off the Faucet aerator by hand at first, then I bought a plier and read the manual, problem solved! I assembled the stand alone “The Berkey Water filtration system”. I got frustrated along the way, but then I remembered I received instruction videos in my email. After watching the short video, problem solved! I’ve put it all together by myself! I feel empowered! Men and their tools are overrated! I just need to read Continue reading “The Court, DMV and The community of Lyft”
I moved in last week with my three suitcases. Since I got rid of most of my stuff in Vermont, I need to shop for everything all over again. The day I got the apartment key, I walked to a
nearby Target, overwhelmed with all the stuff I need, I simply stood in different isles, staring, didn’t know where to start. Continue reading “Shopping for the home”
I sold my car before I left Vermont. I had a romantic idea of living a car free life once I move to the Seattle area. By living car free, I can live a more active life and cut my spendings in half. This is how that romantic idea is turning out. Continue reading “Transportation”
I signed the lease last Thursday for a move-in date of Monday 8/13. Saturday I received an email from the Real estate agent, who is the property manager on behalf of the landlord, asking me to have money orders or a cashier’s check ready for Monday’s walk through. Money orders/Cashier’s check? This, I did not foresee. After living in the US for 8 years, I still get frustrated with America’s old ass outdated banking system. Continue reading “Frustrated with the outdated Banking System”
I stayed at the cabin for a week and then moved to a room in the main house for another week. I was planning on staying there until I find an apartment, but the landlady gave me 2 days notice saying that she won’t host any more because she has families coming back.
The Landlady told me that whenever the neighbor’s dog bark at night, there are some wild animals in the neighborhood. They lost one of their cats last week and their neighbor’s dog caught a black bear eating apples off their apple tree at 8 PM last week. Then I heard about the Mountain lions. The landlady told me that a few years ago, one of the parks around here had to be shut down due to sight of a mountain lion in the park. Another time, a biker got killed by a mountain lion. He wasn’t even a mountain biker. He was a road biker and the mountain lion attacked him. She said, something was wrong with that mountain lion. I don’t know how true these news are, but they sure make me anxious. Last night she showed me some poop picture she took in the yard and told me that it is bear poop. After she showed me that, I started seeing it all over the place, even in the middle of the road. Oh man!
I toured four more apartments in another professionally managed apartment complex. They all started to look the same and smell the same. The strong chemical smell from either new carpet or carpet cleaner.