Gentle readers, I advise you to look up into the sky to see if there's a flaming ball of DOOM headed for the Earth. No, really. Because I apparently landed both an apartment AND a lucrative second job today. And the reason why I say "apparently" is because these things have both actually happened, but I have been so unlucky in the areas of housing and finance for the past year that I am not going to believe either one of them are true until I have a) my new keys and b) my first paycheque both clutched tightly in my grubby little paws.
So the story, in brief, is this:
Home: a colleague at work told me a friend's apartment in Montmartre would be available for rent in July and that she would put in a good word for me. It all seemed fine until it fell apart two days ago (cue panic attacks about finding another place to live in just two weeks - aieeee!), but I met with the landlady today and basically begged her to let me rent it until she agreed. Yes, this is how competitive the market is in Paris - if you want a home and you don't earn eight gajillion euros per month, be prepared to grovel. And possibly barter one of your kidneys. My negotiations didn't go quite that far, but I was ready to offer it up. Just saying.
Work: I love my job and they pay me well for it, but I just don't have enough hours to really get by. So I have been looking for something else that has flexible hours and is in English (someone suggested I'd be a great dominatrix and if this doesn't work out, I might just have to think about that...), so the always-awesome Tiny Dancer mentioned me to a firm she's doing some voice work for (as she is a radio journalist and her dulcet tones are in high demand) and I also met with them today and they're giving me a trial run. So I will be spending the whole weekend recording technical specs to be narrated onto a PowerPoint presentation, but in my current state of poverty, that actually realllllllly sounds like a good time.
So there you go - an extraordinarily lucky day for Miss K. So lucky that I might just have to buy a lottery ticket as well. Before I get hit by that meteor, of course...