April 5th, 2004


no useful updates here

Some people are probably reading my journal hoping for an update about my colleague's baby. The problem is, I can't give you an update because I don't know myself. The school term has finished, so we're all a bit out of the loop for a couple of weeks. I don't know Franklin well enough to ring up and ask (to say nothing of if it was bad news) and with Carmen (his twin sister, who I do know quite well) having rushed back to South Africa, I can't find out from her. I will continue to think good thoughts because they are probably still needed, and tell you more news when I know it. The baby's name is, btw, Keziah - I'm not sure about the spelling.

Some people have asked where I've been lately. I will spare you from the not-literally-true disgusting mental image I came up with and tell you the truth. I've been dealing with unpleasant personal stuff. Some of it is now sorted, some of it will not be sorted completely... for months. Cryptic, I know, but that's the best you get in a public entry.

Or even in a friends-only entry, because the reason I haven't been talking about it is that I haven't felt up to talking about it. But I'm still alive, which is the main thing, I think.

How not to sell a house.

In case you were somehow unaware, Richard & I are trying to buy a house. We started looking over Christmas. Now, although neither of us have ever tried to buy a house ourselves, I spent enough of my childhood in estate agents and/or going round showhouses to have a pretty good idea about things. (You think I'm exaggerating? We tried to move to Guildford for four years, and we spent something like every other Saturday in estate agents). So I figured that buying the second house we'd looked at was a Bad Idea. Fortunately(?), although we tried tons of lenders, we couldn't afford it.

So we put that aside, and instead looked at houses we could afford. Which meant ones a lot smaller, and ones that needed work doing. Hooray. After much trudging up and down bloody New Malden bloody High Street and looking at another dozen houses, we found one we could stand. We put an offer in during the last week of January. They accepted our offer... in the second week of March. Collapse )
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