Ken Larsen's website - House guest


2019 has been a bizarre year for me.  In January I met a young lady at a swing dance, and on May 18th, she moved in with me ... to occupy an upstairs guest room in my house.  This web page explains what happened.


The lady is Ecaterina "Katuisha" Staricovici.  She was born in Moldova/Russia, but has lived in North Carolina since 1999 when her mom brought her here as a 5 year old.  She is a very sweet lady who has an infectious smile and laugh.  I danced with her about six times at a  January swing dance and another six times in February.  She did an excellent job of following my quirky dance moves.  I looked forward to dancing with her at future dances, but she told me that she was moving away ... to live with her mom and younger brother in Hendersonville, North Carolina.   She then said that she might return occasionally for a visit.  I gave her my card and told her about guest rooms in my house that she would be welcome to stay in.  The guests rooms are upstairs in my two story house.  I sleep downstairs.  Each level has its own full bathroom.  It's great for guests.  It gives them privacy.


March 19, 2019:  To my surprise, I get a Facebook message from Kat asking if she can stay overnight at my house for a couple of days while she meets with an old friend who was visiting from China and thought that Kat was still living in Chapel Hill.  I agreed.  Kat arrives late on March 22nd and leaves midday on March 24th.  I give her my upstairs Master bedroom which has a large walk-in closet. 


During Kat's March 22-24 visit, I left her alone ... to give her privacy and to make her feel as comfortable as possible, but we did get to chat for a few hours on Saturday evening.  During that chat we discovered that we share some habits:  We both keep diaries, we both highlight stuff in our diaries, we both prepare "talking points" prior to meeting with someone, we both prefer to learn via video rather than classroom education, and we both are runners.


We laughed about the odd habits that we shared, but I cited one thing that we were polar opposites on [besides our age]: religion.  At the February dance I noticed that she wore a cross.  Well, I'm an atheist.  I document that on my website.  She said she didn't see that on my website.  I asked her what she read on my website.  Her response was "your cat pictures".  She loved them.  I joked, "When you read a guy's website, you have to view more than just the cat pictures."  She laughed. 


On May 13th Kat sends me a very distressing email.  For a variety of reasons, her stay with her mom and younger brother became a very toxic experience, and Kat's only recourse was to move out.  She needed a place to stay and asked me, "Is there anyway I could stay at your house for a while, until I find a place for myself?"  I agreed.  It would be nice to have some company + my house could definitely use a female touch. 


Kat arrived at my house on May 18th just shortly after I had left for a Godiva Track Club Awards banquet.  I joked to some of my friends at the banquet, "When she visited me in March, she brought one backpack's worth of stuff.  I fear that this time she's hired a moving van, and I'll find all of my stuff moved to the crawlspace."  That drew a lot of laughs, but my assessment wasn't off by much.  It took her 10 days to unpack!  LOL


Day 2 of Kat's unpacking - May 20, 2019


Kat finishes unpacking - May 28, 2019


Food that Kat at bought for us on May 29th:


Note the Periodic Table of the Elements.  I'm a geek.

My house has never had so much food!


Thus far, Kat has been a delightful guest.  She cooks (example), is very clean, plays the piano (example 1, example 2, example 3), juggles (example), is an excellent sprinter [ran the 100 meter dash in 15.41 at a June 12th Carolina Godiva Track Club meet], and can walk on her hands


Status as of June 15, 2019:  Today is day 28 of Kat's stay with me.  Her long term goal is to get a PhD in psychology, but before she applies for grad school, she wants to get a job and pay off some of her undergraduate school debt.  Her ideal job is as an office manager with a psychology department.  That type of job would provide both learning and funding for her.  Here is Kat's resume.  Today she begin a temporary job as a sales associate for Victoria Secret at Southpoint Mall in Durham.


Here is a web page that I created which contrasts how easy I had it growing up versus someone of Katuisha's age.  Katuisha's generation is having a rough time. 


Father's Day 2019 - Katuisha bakes me a large brownie.


June 19, 2019 - Katuisha runs the 200 meter dash in 30.97 at Carolina Godiva track meet



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