Friday doesn’t feel like a weekend kick-off now that I’ve settled back into a piece-meal professional existence, but it’s a beautiful day nevertheless. and Who says that is a bad thing anyway. This is one of those times that necessitates a reminder that this time of solitude is one to be savored not feared. So there.
Daily life can be separated the mundane and fantastic and I need ( and have a little) advice in both areas. Let’s start. warning: there’s a little bit of ranting herein. As a reward I have a link that will change your life (or something like that.)
Our oven is broken and I need help! I’ve volunteered to get to the bottom of this little problem and I’m now regretting being so confident in my nonexistent ability.
The details: the stove-top works, the broiler works, and the baking element works but never reaches the selected temperature. I’ve decided it may very well be the oven door gasket. Does that make sense? (ETA: It was the bottom baking element, replaced for $20 via Amazon).
Monolith internet companies are the bane of my existence. I believe I’ve spent hours of life on the phone negotiating my bill. we do the same song and dance every time. I do my best to keep my cool and be positive but how does one keep there cool when asked for the 10th time if you’re sure you don’t want a cable/internet bundle?! yes, I’m sure. we don’t have a TV.
The details: someone figure out how to provide everyone with complimentary or affordable internet already and let me know.
Health insurance is more screwed up than ever if you didn’t know. but I’ve learned a few things being self-insured under a high-deductible plan.
the details: tell a doctor up front that you’re paying cash for a regular office visit. if you need a prescription (turns out allergic reaction + poison ivy on your face and in your mouth requires this), ensure you’re getting generic (if your state doesn’t require it to be offered already) and ask the pharmacy how much it is before you get it filled. It was cheaper for me not to run it through my insurance.
On to the fantastic
Our trip to spain is next month! all accommodations and trains are booked after much effort. but boy is it worth it. now, what should we do while there?!
I don’t want to jinx myself, but do to a little travel hacking, we received almost all of our accommodations for free. more on this later. In Granada, though, we’re staying in perhaps the most beautiful apartment I’ve ever seen.
If you’re planning on traveling by train while in spain, you’re going to have to deal with renfe.com . Oof. I must have spent hours on this site, but for me it was worth it. Booking long distance (read: expensive) trains ahead of time can save you a ton of cash so of course we all want to do just that. But this website is notorious for rejecting american credit cards. over and over again. here’s what worked for me on renfe (in addition to following this great guide):
-use a debit card- a credit card never worked for me. Call your bank (I used Capital One 360) and tell them that you’re going to be making an overseas purchase. If you reach a kind rep, they will likely stay on the phone with you while you try and book. Eventually, he had to get a manager to finagle something with the security on my card.
-Do not select to choose your own seat. This is what prevented my first couple of bookings i think. Once I didn’t select this, it went through.
-You will be prompted to create a “Secured by Visa or Mastercard” by renfe…basically just an additional line of security. You’ll choose a password and continue on your way. If you get kicked off/timed out, don’t be discouraged, just refresh.
-Success! But not for long…after booking my first train, feeling all smug, I attempted to book my next train. Denied. L advised I try 2x per day from then on and one evening, it worked.
Advice needed: What are the must sees? Madrid, maybe Segovia, Seville, Granada… tell me!
my esl class is going really well. I’m trying to figure out how to make a go of it in a more full-time capacity because it’s really wonderful.
So far, I’ve mostly been creating materials but I know that there are much better resources in existence. so tell me, what am I missing? we’re finishing up a unit on places in the community/directions and are moving on to time and scheduling next month.
on to the life-changing link… or at least a really interesting one. have a great weekend!
the epitome of small-space living (and freedom).