Yay! We left Habitat L this afternoon, without problems. We are officially part of the Västerås population.
Now we are at an alternative accommodation after spending the afternoon with my dad, our stuff dropped off at Habitat B. Habitat X is a hotel in central Västerås and I have less than 300 meter to the office.
Woke up well before 06 this morning, putting stuff in order and packing backpacks, bags and boxes. Went into to town far too early, stores didn’t open until 12 and we had to wait, spent time waiting through a visit at McDonkeys to feed the son. Got the stuff and then went home. Met with land lord and returned the keys after a tour around the rooms to check for broken or missing things, nothing broken or missing besides the things we had reported as such, the shower wall, which they thought were installation error, tightened screws too much or something.
Today we visited the Thai festival at Strömsholmen in Eskilstuna, where the local Buddhist temple arranged the festivities. Food, beverages, candy and fruit. Lots of smiles. Met a few friends which I didn’t knew they had Thai girlfriends or wifes, fun and such.
Last night in Eskilstuna, tomorrow we check out from Habitat L, with or without extra fees or restoration costs. After checkout we’re going to Västerås, to Habitat B, to dump/store some of our bags and boxes, then transport to Habitat X, a hotel where we need to stay before our room becomes available at Hab B the 1st of September. The weekend 4 to 6 September we need to go back to Hab X to spend the weekend away from Hab B, as it was booked since before, everything is booked that weekend in Västerås, as there is some convention, conference or similar going on that weekend. After that weekend there is no deviations from the path towards our new home base FLV5.
Got a call from new owners of home base B19, we got mail so we’re going to meet up tomorrow to get it.
So our last month living in a knapsack has been solved, accommodation-wise, as it looks right now. We busted the budget, exceeded the accommodation budget as we hadn’t expected to stay at hotel, but costs are within reasonable boundaries.
Pinged land lord to get an idea about how and when he would show up tomorrow, to plan the events of tomorrow and when to exit Eskilstuna.
Was away on conference during the day, went home after all the days activities were done, all colleagues were staying and have a really interesting event tonight, a NASA-led event where real-time stream of data is visualized inside a large dome at the Swedish Visualizing Center in Norrköping.
Tonight I paid for the stay at the next Hab, Habitat B, that will be our home for next month, with a few quirks. There will be a gap between the current one and the next, some 3 days where we will be forced to find yet some other accommodation. A few days later we have to repeat the procedure because of the rooms are already booked by someone else, a total of 5 days on alternative accommodation. It’s gonna be an extra cost and will exceed our budget slightly but Hab B will be close to daycare and public transportation.
We have not solved the puzzle with the alternative accommodation yet, but are looking into hotels and thinking package deal, 5 days split in two.
Crazy day at the office, a whole months meeting quota in just two days and the week isn’t even over yet.
The accommodation situation is looking bright, nailed down a few more details and have pretty much decided that this one is the one.
A smallish house in a Bed & Breakfast setting where we have two rooms, regular beds (aside from bunk beds) and access to bicycles (where one has a child saddle mounted on) and located just a few kilometers from the preschool/daycare center our son is attending.
One thing worries me a little, the shower wall door thingy, each door is about 3000 SEK and I don’t know how to tell the land lord.
Another thing that worries me, but is just a speed bump on our way towards the destination is a slight gap between accommodations, two days where we have to find something completely else as the B&B place were fully booked. Probably we end up at some hotel, but we still don’t know.
Spent most of the day out at my parents place, BBQ and lots of talk. Son had a blast, running around naked and running through sprinkler and having a bath in a small tub in the garden.
Back at home/HabL, we gave son a quick bath, fed him gruel and put to bed, he was sleeping within 5 minutes, really tired.
Update: Fuggtard! The shower wall in the bath room broke, the aluminium profile fractured at the lower hinge. Googled the fugg outta shower walls, it might set us back several thousands. Just what we didn’t need.
Work was intense, weekly meeting over video conference system and Skype and research stuff to solve problems.
On my way to the train home, I took a little detour, to the hotel we were looking at for accommodation, checked availability and also checked the room, looked petty much ok. Told the guy I needed to discuss it with my wife, but already knew that at least one essential part was missing, a kitchen, no matter how small we need a kitchen, our budget does not cover eating out every day.
Called the lady I spoke to yesterday, the one with a friend who might have an apartment to sublet to us for a month, she said that the friend had promised someone else the apartment. The call ended after about half a minute.
We still have an alternative, our fallback alternative, a smallish apartment with a kitchenette, the bare minimum met. The downside is the price, it exceeds our accommodation budget and cuts a big chunk out of the food budget.
Next week we’re going off site with the job, for conference. I’m not sure how to handle that yet, as I do not want to be away over night and I didn’t pack any nice clothes, only regular work and every day clothes. I will probably just tag along for the day and go home by train in the evening and work at the office the day after.
Overslept this morning but were able to catch the train and arrive to the office in time. But needed coffee throughout the day, I think I had 6 or 8 cups .. or rather large mugs of coffee.
The accommodation situation hasn’t changed much, thinking about dropping one of the alternatives, as it is cramped for space, estimated the bedroom to be less than 14 square meters and the rest of the cottage to be another 20 square meters at most. On top of that, bunk beds. Just no.
Called on an advert for rental of a house, nowhere it said it was for a full year, I explained what we were looking for and just maybe the lady had a friend who might help us by sub letting a 100 square meter apartment for a month – gonna call back tomorrow to find out if it is available.
I need to call to the other alternatives to make sure their offers are still on and check what kind of rooms and size we’re gonna get.
Work was fun, did away with lots of incidents and closed low for the month. Good thing.
Son is a handful, when I came home he was cheerful and happy, about half an hour later he was crying for nothing, law of least resistance, dropped his blanket, cry, removed his shoes, cry. You get it.
We need to find somewhere to go, after next week we have nowhere to go unless we solve this problem. Worst case scenario is a professional rent-a-flat company which charges a foot and a leg per month, other than that we are left with two options, cramped bed and breakfast or a long-stay hotel with clientele.
Today was kind of slow, walked to town and strolled around for a bit, picked up some items that we needed. Son is cranky with fever and tonight he was really hot, found a tub in the laundry room which we nicked (temporarily) and used to give him a batch to cool him off before going to bed. Warm and cosy water, I suddenly see bubbles .. and a gigantic turd. Pulled him out and fished out the turd, dumped the water and scrubbed the tub and rinsed it, refilled and put him back.
We have been discussing the options and opinions we have about the accommodations, each accommodation has its pros and cons. Some are quirky, others are cramped for space, the best we have found yet is the one we are currently at, HabL, so at the moment we are thinking hard and long, hoping for something else to surface, or we have to settle with an accommodation that will just barely work.
We visited one potential accommodation yesterday, in Västerås, or to be more correct, the outskirts of Västerås. Really nice place and it would be a breeze to stay there, unless we had a child. Newly renovated and restored military barrack, with bunk beds and lots of military and civil aviation paraphernalia decorating the walls. Shoe line at the door and really nice common areas. We were looking for something with self-catering, with access to a kitchen for regular cooking, everything you’d expect when subletting a furnished apartment. No self-catering/kitchen access and bunk beds made it a non-alternative. Unfortunately.
Yesterday it felt really good, after a call to a potential land lord. The place we are interested in is a old air force facility turned bed and breakfast. With 2-5 minutes walk to the bus in one direction and 10-15 minute walk to a bus in another direction. The land lord were to call back today with his calculations, we were promised half the regular price which puts it in the “budget-range”, of course some things are stripped out to make our stay cheaper, like internet and breakfasts – which we will provide for ourselves. Another thing is the laundry machine, where we have to pay a smallish amount to use it each time.
Unfortunately he haven’t called yet, the number I got is for a landline phone, so if he isn’t around I won’t be able to reach him, left a message on the answering machine.
The guy that is renting HabL after us want us to leave early, as in two days early, called him yesterday to explain why we can not leave early, I think he got it but he was still interested, so if we find a place and we can leave early, he’d pay us for the remaining days. That would be peanuts, but I’m hoping we could get going early, more time to install ourselves in the new Hab and explore the surroundings and communications.
As we would live close to an aero plane museum, I think my father would be interested in seeing the planes, I’ve seen them once already and there is much fun there, flight simulators and a mix of civil and military airships, american, swedish and russian.
I think we have done about a quarter of this nomadic episode, 25% completion.
Got an SMS from the land lord asking if we could leave two days early, before end of contract, to humor the next tenant. With a promise that we would get money back for the two days. That creates even more of obstacles for us, as the next accommodation has not been completely specified and fixated yet, in fact we have been hunting down even the most vague and abstract kinds of accommodations in and around Västerås. We are most probably going to refuse to leave early, if by miracle a new and unknown accommodation would surface and it seems to be good and to our specifications, then maybe we could leave early.
Thought earlier today that I might get a few hours on the couch this evening to code a little, as I haven’t written a line of code since we moved, my servers where code and databases reside are in storage and not available. But no. Have ideas I want to try.
I have been thinking about how and what I would need to get when getting decent broadband, 100/100Mbps but 250/250Mbps the first three months, could be used for; at least two TOR-relays made from Raspberry Pi’s and possibly yet another two if the first two is not enough to run some internal services, worker clients for some jobs that needs some horse power. Otherwise I have two VPN boxes I want to set up and send one off to my brother, so we can have an open connection between our networks over the internet, including to have a few NAS boxes, my own and host my brothers and the same set up at his place, we would both have off-site storage but under each others control.
Woke up really early due to a jumpy little boy who woke up 06:20-ish. Changes diaper and fed him and put him back to bed, went back to bed and woke up again about 2 hours later, then eating breakfast and having a cup of coffee.
Lynn went to meet with new owners, they are collecting our mail as the redirect at the postal service hasn’t kicked in yet, some bills but also some package notice, for someone with a similar name but the wrong address, gonna call the old neighbors to check if the know who it might be, don’t know them so it might be one of their daughters boy friends or something, I don’t remember ordering anything and aren’t expecting any packages.
We walked into town and went to SKVF, Swedish Chinese- Vietnamese Association of Eskilstuna, I was full but Lynn and Marcus had some to eat, Duck soup and Beef soup, I went for a Vietnamese coffee. With some bellies filled with food and others with coffee, we went on to Asian shop for groceries and other necessities. Walked around for a while in town, as the Park Festival vendors had their stands with stuff of assorted kinds, let Marcus push the pram to burn off some of his energy, he screams and tries to fend off our hands when we try to steer the pram between people and becomes irritated with us as we are trying to avoid collisions.
Back at the hab we put Marcus to bed and started preparing dinner, let Marcus sleep for about an hour before waking him up, slightly groggy he gobbled down rice and and some meat while we had red curry beef with coconut sauce. Some post-dinner cuddle with his favorite videos before a short visit to the nearby playground were we played with the slide and swing set, went back to hab for a swift shower, a bottle of gruel, brushing teeth and nite-nite. Little boy were very tired and complained for a few minutes, left the room for a few minutes and he was sleeping when I looked.
The hab offers nothing much to do other than cooking and sleeping, we brought tablets and laptops to be able to work and play.
Saturday night, we’re sitting hunched over a laptop each, I’m watching some movie with Russel Crowe and Lynn is doing some homework, English assessment or essay I think.
Nothing new other than that we got a definite notice yesterday, that we can not have the apartment we went to look at, the family were offered to stay for free while having it renovated by the land lord. We have only a few options left to explore.
Colleagues have suggested different options, going to explore them next week when people start returning from vacations, some of them might bare fruit some may not.
Went to ifttt to check if they had a channel for Google+ and the possibility to have blog posts posted on G+ .. no such channel unfortunately. So I have to resort to manually cross posting blog posts. Otherwise I use the IFTTT service to automate some parts of life. IFTTT automagically posts new blog posts as tweets, teasing followers (and bots) to visit.
Work as usual, different route today. Nothing much to say about that.
Had some interesting discussions during lunch break with colleagues about companies surveillance of the internet, their information gathering from your online accounts and beacons, how a simple search for a particular item online resulted in advertising on Facebook. Also about hard disc recovery of crashed NAS discs.
The search for a September hab is still on, could use some luck in this area. Four lousy weeks, somewhere to sleep, for two adults and a baby. That is all I’m asking for.