March 10th, 2004



Hey everyone!

I hope that everyone is doing ok. I am fine, but it has just beena very busy couple of days. As I told you, Steve recently came over here to work for a few months, so it is good to have another American around, especially because Rob and Caroline (from the UK) are leaving and the number of expat friends are dropping.

So anyway, Steve found an apartment which supposed to be really nice and better than mine. I haven't seen it yet, but it is probably true. So what it has done is to fuel my desire to find a new, better apartment.

At first glance, it seems to feel like a competition, but those who know me well know that this is very little to do with Steve at all. Fact is, I have been talking about moving since January. Steve's apartment was just the final straw that caused the motivation.

Mainly what it is is that I pay more than Steve (and a little less than Caroline and Rob) and get less. For example, no community washing room, no sauna, no fireplace.

However, the location and convenience is pretty hard to beat. It's 30 seconds to the t-bana, I have a choice of 3 supermarkets, Åhlens' Fridhemsplan location is just down the street, as is my bank, and the gym is just around the corner.

So here is the gamble...I can give my landlord the three months notice this week, and then have to move out in three months. So I have a window of opportunity, and I already have five apartments to view that I am interested in. However, once I decide to move, I have to move (it would look bad to change my mind). In a pinch, I can use IBM's relocation service and pay the fee, whatever that is. So I know I have plenty of opportunity.

But I think that I am prepared to move. It's the right thing to do for a couple of months now -- even before Steve arrived.

What do you think?
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I am feeling in such a good mood. Some big projects are due this week, and I feel like I will be able to accomplish them. It's 8:30pm and I should be at Steve's place now, but I just had a great avacado salad and feel so drowsy. I wanna sleep. But thanks to the song "Toxic" by Britney Spears, I think I am getting energy.

The customer wanted to go out for dinner tonight. And Markus and Maria wanted to meet for drinks. So I will hang out with Steve for a while and then go and meet them out. I feel for a night out followed by a really bad morning wishing that I had stayed in and worked on that customer report and presentation :-)

On the bad news side...I sw my bonus for last year. Fucking sucks.
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    "Toxic (Disk Breaks Extended Mix)" by Britney Spears