We had a ton of good times in my Lions Park house.
I think it was a really great place to live, especially just getting to the island and not knowing anyone. But, there were always problems with the house and they just kept getting worse and worse.
Well why didn't you just have the housing department fix those things you might be asking? I tried; they don't even get the lawn mowed. This is no exaggeration: housing mowed my lawn the day before Christmas Eve. They had still not mowed it again by the time I officially moved out on April 1. How do they still have a job you ask? I have no answer.
Here are some other things I won't miss about my house:
My new house is clear on the other end of the island. Before I would start in Tafuna and drive east to Utulei, now I start in Avaio and drive west to Utulei. There are a few drawbacks about my new place:
- Everyone except Nate lives on the other side of the island
- Most of the stores and restaurants are on the other side
- I have to drive through the canneries every day
- The road is a little more filled with potholes on the way to work
- Most of those restaurants and stores even on that side suck
- I still make it over to hang out with people either there or here every weekend
- There is way way way less traffic. It took me over 2 hours yesterday at lunch to drive from work, go to the bank and try to pick up my Samoan suit for Moi's wedding (which OF COURSE wasn't even done yet-- I should know by know that if someone says something will be done a certain way and/or at a certain time and/or AT ALL, it isn't true)
- I don't even really notice the cannery smell that much anymore. Wait, maybe that is bad.
Anyway, the house is many many times better than my Lions Park house:
It is SOOO much better. Look, some days I'm even happy to go to my "work"place (that's been pretty frustrating lately, but that's another story):
Djali likes the new digs:
We finally get to use the hammock that Naomi got me for Christmas:
Here's what you see from my porch (and out my front door):
Right across the street is the ocean. Because this is Samoa, the water is mostly shallow everywhere, including here. However, there is a nice hole right when you get into the water that is about 3 feet deep with a sand bottom. Three feet sounds pretty sad, but when the water is warm, super clear, and you can see bright blue fish swimming around you just with your bare eyes, it's pretty nice.
If you walk (or swim if the tide is high) about 100 feet from there straight to the left, you get here:
If you instead went straight out, you get to a nice little snorkelling hole that is up to about 9 feet deep (that's pretty deep for most places here) and there are even some rocks that you can jump off of into 5 foot deep water. Honestly, right across the street is one of the better beaches on the island. We're pretty lucky to have found it.
Coming home to this place makes it so much better than coming home from work and going from one rot-hole to another.
Moi's wedding is tomorrow. So no update til at least Saturday...unless my internet stops working. I'll try to get caught up relatively soon.
I got my suit today. They didn't do what I asked them to do except use the correct fabric (that I provided) but at least it sort of fits; which is a lot more than I can say for Naomi's outfit. Apparently between the time the measurements were taken and today she's lost about 50 lbs; or that's what you'd have to think to make sense of the outcome. Or maybe I'm just not used to getting things tailored. Is it normal to have to cut a dress apart and sew it back together yourself in order to make it fit?
1 year ago