I watched this movie over the weekend. I think that watching movies online is one of the things I appreciate about being in the Caribbean. I watch movies that are still in the theatre currently. Usually the movies that I watch aren't bootleg versions, either. The movie is just online.
In addition to watching the Perks of Being a Wallflower I also watched Pitch Perfect, This is 40, Here Comes the Boom and a few others that aren't exactly worth noting.
I watched Catfish, the movie, too. I'm pretty sure I would have had a harder time watching these if I were at home. Some movies are clearly better than others and the movie theatre here gets some movies. We were able to watch Taken 2, which is cool. But, it's also just OK. It's not really necessary to take money out of our budget to do things like that. Moe doesn't have a whole lot of time, either.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower was a nice movie. I liked it. It was a bit sadder than most of the movies that I prefer to watch but it made me think.
When Moe and I found out that he was accepted and he was coming here, I made proper preparations. I signed up to get a footsteps buddy and got one. Someone who was pretty similar to me, actually. She lived in Michigan, she is in the human services field and she was in a long time relationship with her student. She's been such a nice resource here, too. When we have any kind of questions, she's kind of my go-to person because I know that I won't get faulty information, or the information that I attain from her won't be slighted or anything like that. Some people just don't know, and are afraid to say it. Lindsey seems to know everything. I think she's been here all but one term with her, now husband. She's leaving soon.
It reminds me of the movie. Charlie is a freshman and his friends, Mary Elisabeth, Sam, Patrick and Alice are seniors in high school. Charlie stays behind when the people that he relies most on moves on.
I haven't created bonds with anyone on this island that I think are super strong, but, it's very different to see people come and to see people go. I think the hardest part about this was watching people leave at Christmas and to know that I wasn't leaving too.
Charlie was the resident outsider. I can understand this feeling more than I can even express. This whole feeling of finding something that makes me happy on the island is something that I can't help but feel is missing.
Since my trip home in October, I've had a better attitude about everything.
I get mosquito bites- or I was getting them- in our new apartment there are a lot less mosquitos. But, there are other problems in this apartment. Our plumbing problems continue. It's quite possible that they're even worse than they were before. Moe and I were at the hardware store, looking to see if we could find any kind of a plug for the drain, or anything like that, but, nothing. There were somethings that claim to be the "fix all," but are generally quite expensive. I discouraged Moe from wanting to buy anything like that to try to fix it, because it's not our financial responsibility. Our landlord has been proactive about the problems, well, mostly.
Today he came, to find that Moe and I had laundry hanging on the line, he asked whether the washer was working or not. I explained to him that it was not working (the clothes on the line basically were placed in water, and "washed" and then the water was mostly drained from the washer). But, it was not.. really washed, to me, I mean, they need to be drained and rinsed and stuff again, but, we put them on the line in an attempt to not listen to the washer come on every few minutes during the night. But, this is really getting ridiculous. He said someone was going to come with a motor, but then, no one came.
The manager last night told us that the plumber should come today and get this whole situation taken care of. She said that they put acid down the drain (When they say this, it's seriously like "drain-o" gel, or "liquid plumber" at least three bottles have been poured down the drain in our shower. there's a bigger problem. A problem that hasn't happened since we arrived, but long before. It has been building up. It needs to be fixed.
This can't keep happening to us.
I feel awful that we've invited my mom to come visit and she will have to deal with this same bullshit that we've been dealing with for about.. three weeks now? This is just nuts. I would prefer that we just have the laundry discharge rather than whatever it is that we are having come up in our drain. It looks and even smells an awful lot like puke. Seriously.
Unfortunately our bathroom sink is a little small, or I'd just take myself a "ho bath" in the sink. I don't even think that my head would fit under the faucet though.
Our landlord came about three hours ago, looked at the laundry, looked at the washer and did something and then the next thing that I know Moe and I hear the landlord and our neighbor yelling at each other. He's Italian, not Spanish as I thought. What the heck, though!?
Then our landlord left. WHAT THE HECK?!
Where's this plumber that we've been waiting around for all day?
Where's the resolution to this seriously huge problem? I'm just so over it. Seriously.
Moe received an email from the unversity saying that they are accepting applications for the RA position. There's an RA position for married housing on campus too. We're probably going to apply for it. Why wouldn't we? We are having the worst time ever and living on campus would aleviate a lot of problems that we're having. Not to mention, campus housing includes everything. EVERYTHING. There's all the air conditioning that we could want. There's a washer and a dryer on the same floor as the dorm, maybe more than just one?
I think the best part, we wouldn't have to buy toilet paper anymore.
I know, most people don't mind buying toilet paper. I'm not one of those people. I really hate to buy toilet paper. I hate to buy it every week. At home, we buy the big one from Costco and then I don't have to even think about it. I like that.
Here, it's too difficult to buy the big one and carry it home along with the rest of our groceries.
Moe and I don't exactly want to move. Moving is exhausting, especially here. There's a whole new set of issues that accompany moving. Finding out what the apartment has and doesn't have, and what we would be required to get and what we wouldn't need to worry about getting. An example of this is when we went a few weekends ago and bought Moe a desk chair because we have two chairs in this apartment, other than the "love seat" and "chair" to match the "love seat." which are not conducive for studying. Actually, all five of the seats that we have are not "study friendly" and therefore we invested in a chair for Moe to use while studying.
But, there's a lot of annoying problems that keep happening to us here. The shower is the biggest, and, we just can't live like this. I want to take a shower, not at the beach or the gym, or outside with the garden hose. (I have not done this garden hose option- but Moe offered because he knows how I feel about not showering. Moe took a shower on campus yesterday. I cleaned the shower yesterday, but it was just a little dirty. Today, and yesterday afternoon it was much more like vomit than any time before).
I want to take a shower the way that most people shower. In a shower, in their own home. Seriously.
Is that so much to ask for? I don't feel like it is. But, it might be.