Thursday is the day the maid comes to clean our temporary accommodation, so the dilemma for me is what time will she come and what can I do to get out of her way. In the seven weeks we've being staying here in Burbank, California, she's arrived either at 9am on the dot or alternatively from 2.30pm onwards.
Add to that the fact that her English isn't very good (oh how I wish I'd studied Spanish and not Italian in my last few weeks at work!) and Thursday's can be a bit odd.
To remedy this situation I've tried to get out of the house - either booking a driving lesson, going to the supermarket, for a run or to watch a film. Today I was up and out early, deciding to go for a walk around the neighbourhood as we're only here for another week and a half and take a few photos with Charlie's super-duper digital camera (so basically looking like a total tourist!).
Then I came back at around 11am (she still hadn't been) and decided to rush over to Downtown Burbank to catch the 12.05 showing of the new comedy, Baby Mama. I just made it in time, my feet are still sore (note to self: must get some new trainers), but imagine my surprise when I discovered that the cinema was still closed and that the 12.05 showing was actually after midnight tonight!!!
Oh how I laughed...
I could have waited around for another hour or so to watch something else, but the early showing would have been ideal. We've been invited to a cheese & wine tasting by our new landlords at our imminent West Hollywood pad tonight to introduce us to our new neighbours (which is very thoughtful), so I didn't want to be rushing back later on.
We're not really sure how much everything is going to cost and now that Charlie is being paid in dollars, rather than pounds (doh!) and on a weekly basis it's hard to get a handle on what disposable income we'll have once we start paying for utility bills, cable/internet/phone bundles, food and unfortunately for maid-less me, cleaning products!
We've gone from being DINKYs - dual (or double) income, no kids, to a SINKY - single income, no kids (but with a high maintenance boyfriend and puppy on the way!).
I'm sure we'll be OK once we're settled. It is strange suddenly not having my own income now (as well as not going in to work five days a week), maybe I will end up having to write a best-selling book to fund my Hollywood lifestyle!!