21 February, 2008

The biggest small month [Reposted from Facebook]

Location: in the thick of it

Well… you could argue that this February IS in fact the biggest February that we’ve had in 4 years, being a leap year, and all. But for me, this has truly been the biggest February of my life.
In the next week, I will be closing on my first home, ever. And there are so many expenses, and pressures associated with it, that I have been pretty much hanging on for my sanity for the last couple of weeks.
The interest rates were phenomenally low, and it turned out to be a great time to buy a place. And I guess I was just ripe and ready to go, because my realtor only had to go out with me on 2 days, for a total of about 3 hours, and I had found a place, made a decision, made an offer, and that was it. Done. Contrast that with back in 2000 when Edna and I looked for over a month, probably at 40 or 50 houses. That being at a time where market prices were about HALF of what they are now.
I’ll be living in the Central District. Cool. I like the idea of being IN Seattle, and close to downtown. It feels right, and I look forward to the new location. Hard to believe something will be *mine* (or, more accurately, the BANK’s). But this is better than giving my hard earned cash to a landlord.
In addition to the whole house thing, I sold my car this week. So now I am carless, and borrowing a vehicle. I cannot afford to buy a replacement until I receive my next paycheck, which is rather pathetic, I realize. But that’s the way it goes!
So I have the house thing, the moving, the car, the other car. And then, eventually, the landlord debacle, which I am presently hoping will magically work out okay - though the complete lack of communication from him suggests that this may not be the case.
Busy busy busy.
Oh, and I have been spending lots and lots of time with a certain special someone…

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