Greetings from California!
We got here on Wednesday night the 18th. Our living situation wasn't what we thought it would be when we first came here. We subleted a place through airbnb for a month. We were under the impression that we would be getting a separate place within the house but it turned out that we were actually living with this French family. It wasn't ideal and we were very anxious to get out. So in our hunt to find a place we were finding it really difficult. There were a lot of things we didn't think about including the application process. Josh hasn't started working and I didn't have a job. They don't take to that very well not to mention the cost of living out here is very high. So we were stuck. The weather was sad, it had been raining every day since we got there. Our internet was a HUGE issue. Josh has been relying on reliable internet because its his main source of income at the moment. It took me over 2 hours to get one photo to upload last week. So It just wasn't the best situation.
The Tuesday after we got here came around I had an interview at Starbucks. The interview went great. I was hired that day. Even though she said she was suppose to do a second interview she said she didn't want to bother because she liked me that much. I love working with my hands and I love coffee how could I go wrong? I'm looking to do some free lance work which already started off with going to Macworld to shoot photos for a couple websites. Going to macworld was so much fun. There is a separate blogpost of photos that you can go to. The day I got my job we received a phone call for a place we were chosen for. A small studio in El Cerrito which is outside of Berkley.
We moved into our new place earlier this week. Its not much but we didn't need much for now. All of our stuff fit in the honda civic. We didn't have any furniture and we didn't want to sign a lease in case we ended up saving enough to upgrade sooner rather then latter. Its a small studio in a house, with a small kitchen, a small bathroom, and an entrance where we could put a small dining table. The couple that lives upstairs gave us some furniture to use, a desk with a chair, a book shelf, a wardrobe, and a very comfy futon that we're using as a bed. Its small but it will work for now, its month to month, and just a 10 minute walk to the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). The couple that lives upstairs is really cool and we took to them great. We are saving money for NEW furniture and appliances like a Keurig! =) Nice things are worth waiting for. Josh is looking to move to North Bay closer to Petaluma where he will be working but we will see what happens! In the mean time we will enjoy our place and make the best of it. I definitely want to do a paint job in that bathroom because it sure needs it.
We went to TWiT last Saturday to talk to Lisa the CEO. She wants to use Josh to wear multiple hats. In addition to working on the content for their new tech guy website he will be working as a producer, being a sales assistant, being a community manager, and helping with the front desk. He's very anxious and excited to get started. One of their head producers is coming back Tuesday from vacation then Josh will be able to get started. Meanwhile he is working on his free lance work with audio editing and writing for a couple tech websites.
We are doing well and now that I have reliable internet I can update more consistently. Enjoy the pictures and thanks for the support.
Ceiling at the Westfield Mall in San Francisco
North Berkley BART Station... its very clean!
I really liked this chair
Our Room at the Frenchies
Our bathroom at the Frenchies
Frenchies Dinning room
From the rain
Pretty awesome having orange trees in the backyard
We have 2 mini fridges instead of a full fridge LOL
Our little kitchen theres a counter behind this with the microwave, coffee maker, and toaster
Our very small bathroom
Josh working on stuff
~Vanessa M. Martinez