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Jan. 31st, 2008

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WE HAVE HOUSE. (And mortgage.)

The notary stuff wasn't as bad as I expected. I usually dread notaries, because experience taught me to mistrust important looking people with a tie, but this went well, in part because the notary we blindly selected to Represent Our Interests[*] in this deal turned out to be a little middle aged lady with a pleasantly intelligent face and a way to listen that made me take an immediate liking to her; and she did a real nice job seeing us through the whole notarial business reasonably unbaffled.

I can't say I was very impressed by the guy from the investment company from whom we're buying the house, though. You know the style. Buy estate, divide estate, sell parts, profit. (Sadly *cough* in this case they can't seem to find someone to buy the small, misshapen plot they've sheared off what would otherwise have been our property. Not that I'm complaining -- that excision of part of the estate is why we got the house for a relatively good price.)

Things were wrapped up in under an hour, which WAS a pleasant surprise. Then, keys in hand -- OUR keys! -- we drove through the rising winter storm to go open OUR house and presumably fool around inside, seeing as it's OURS and if we want, we can, goddammit.

Under icy sleet and whipping storm winds, keys were tried in various order on various doors.

To no avail.

The estate agent gave us the wrong keys. Doesn't know where the correct set is.

We are NOT PLEASED.

We'll have them by the weekend, or I'll have that guy's balls instead, I swear. *grump*

In the meanwhile, unhappy. The week's been long and stressful, and in no small part spent kicking bank employees in the pants so the last bits of financial arrangements would be ready in time, and I was eagerly looking forward to it all being over, so I could sit in a chair and lean back and let out a long, long sigh.

Well, no go.

This feeling that no damn thing can ever go right might be entirely subjective, but it's becoming tiresome. Grahr.


[*] Such adult stuff. We have our own notary. For real. I have exactly no idea what to make of that.

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From:kelfstein
Date:February 1st, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
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If you cut them off you have to cook them and serve them back to the real estate agent on a platter. >:)
I am very happy for both of you, of course now that it is cold the champagne will not be warm!
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From:balinares
Date:February 1st, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
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No champagne yet. When we've bought a fridge, maybe. :)
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From:kangarunitarian
Date:February 1st, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry the week has sucked, but congratulations on the house. We bought our house 5 years ago and we are afraid to buy another one, even though this house is ridiculously small, because who wants to go through that again???
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From:balinares
Date:February 1st, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Hopefully the trauma will have worn off by the time we have too many kids to fit in this here house. c_c
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From:aloiis
Date:February 1st, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
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YAY! Wait, noes! I want to smash the guy who gave you the wrong keys.
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From:balinares
Date:February 1st, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Thankfully it's all sorted out now. -_-
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From:kefen
Date:February 1st, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
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Well, at least you're lucky the notary was reliable! I remember the one my mum selected when she bought her appartment messed things up so that, two days before the actual moving (and supposed date when she had to leave her previous appartment) she still didn't have the keys to the new one.

Hope you get yours soon, otherwise we'll smash the door to do the moving anyway, have it fixed with brand new shiny locks and squeeze the other guy's balls until he pays for it!

(Remember: "A good friend will cover your ass. A real friend will help you hide the bodies. Give me a call, I'll bring my shovel.")
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From:giza
Date:February 1st, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
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We have a slightly different wording of that phrase here in Murderdelphia Philadelphia. It goes like this:

"Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies."
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From:kefen
Date:February 1st, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Whoops, yeah, that looks better, I think it's the way I originally saw it -- blame my exhausted brain which only came up with the closest approximation it could find.
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From:balinares
Date:February 1st, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, at least we lucked out, notary-wise. c_c
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From:issarlk
Date:February 1st, 2008 10:19 am (UTC)
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That sucks :| but it's soon over. You'll have your keys and then you can fool around all you want.
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From:balinares
Date:February 1st, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
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Did today. So now we can start worrying about the moving. :)
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From:balinares
Date:February 1st, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
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On ne sait pas encore. On en fera sans doute plusieurs, parce qu'entre les collègues, les potes divers, les furs, les familles respectives, ça va faire un petit peu de monde à gérer. :)
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From:giza
Date:February 1st, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
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(insert wildly inappropriate joke about nationalities and invasions here)

I am so going to hell for even thinking of things like this. :-P
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From:balinares
Date:February 1st, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
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... Is this one of those things you have to be American to get? >O.o<
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From:giza
Date:February 1st, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
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Yes.

Or a German of about age 65 or older.
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From:balinares
Date:February 1st, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
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*still doesn't see what it has to do with house* %)

Okay, so it's been a long day. *flumps*
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From:luna_the_cat
Date:February 1st, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
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House: GOOD.

No keys: BAD.

The feeling of being all grown-up 'n stuff: weird, innit?

Good luck with that, and if you can get the body of the estate agent to Aberdeen I have the perfect place to dispose of it.
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From:balinares
Date:February 1st, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
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It's okay, it's all sorted out now.

And yeah, totally weird. Do you ever get used to it?

Also, we are now much closer to the Beauvais airport, where all the low cost airlines are, so come visit! :D
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From:luna_the_cat
Date:February 1st, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
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Lovely! You bet!!!

Oh, and no, I'm not sure you get used to it. Technically at least I've been a grown-up for ...um...yeah, a few years now. In my head I'm still 15, though, and I don't wanna think about how many years it's really been since then.

It still gives me a bit of a turn when I find myself doing things like sitting down and sorting out bills for the month, or doing a budget-planning sit-down with husband. That's what parents do, isn't it? You know, the older generation?

Edited at 2008-02-01 11:58 pm (UTC)
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From:balinares
Date:February 25th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
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Latest update: we've got a mirror up in the bathroom and are looking into getting a table for the living room, so things are slowly progressing toward civilization and tea at five o'clock. Meaning we ought to be able to host friends from those strange lands beyond the Channel any day now.

And yes, that's totally parent stuff, all of it. Although I have to say, if it still feels like my weekends are mostly spent lazying around 'n stuff (a dragon thing, I hear), when I look back at it, we really got a lot done. So perhaps the whole parent thing simply grows on you without your noticing. Perhaps all those things you're having fun doing are the beginning of parent stuff. Creepy. c_c
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