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i am in a constant state of mild to severe anxiety about the house market. basically, every time i think about houses or hear the word house or see a house, my teeth grate and i seethe.

omg i need roxio re-installed now now now i need to send out cds this week! i may have to settle for the nero that came with my rw drive, bleh.

i want to smell nice things. now. i'm so spoiled and demanding. also, re-reading A Wrinkle In Time.



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May. 12th, 2004 06:00 pm (UTC)
A Wrinkle in Time and actually the rest of the series was one of my favorite stories ever. Aww I am getting misty just thinking about it.
May. 12th, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
I /still/ cannot find my copy. Am flying through Da Vinci Code, Slaughterhouse-5 will be next, then I think I need to borrow the L'Engle. I /did/ find my copy of "A Wind in the Door," the second in the series.
May. 12th, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC)
Did you know that there are actually FOUR books to the series? And that it interconnects with two of her other series?

I found that out when I ordered a "box set" of all four "Chronos" (I think?) books... There's a "family tree" in the front of it!
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May. 12th, 2004 06:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I meant to say re: house anxiety - you guys are both young and have a lot of time. I know that you really want a house and that it's tied in with when/how you might actually do a marriage ceremony. However, if you have to rent for an extra year, or six months, or two years, it's still a small drop in the bucket of time you guys have to spend together.
May. 12th, 2004 10:19 pm (UTC)
I know, it's a little ridiculous for me to get so bent out of shape about it. I am so blessed and really have so much. In a way it's a sort of fruitless rage at no one in particular, at the general injustices of the world that makes it so hard for affordable housing to exist for everyone. You know, the idealist thing.
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May. 12th, 2004 06:49 pm (UTC)
1. what nice things do you want to smell? (because, as you may or may not know, i have a whole crapload of essential oils, and am always looking for willing victims...)

2. chadu just posted this snippet of an interview w/ l'engle. (link to article is in his post)
May. 12th, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC)
All KINDS of things. If I thought I had time to stop and smell the sandalwoodambermuskcucumberfreshmorningrain I'd do it. Bleah.
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May. 12th, 2004 07:09 pm (UTC)
Being a wet blanket
I hear the house-buying blues.

The market here is insane. Interest rates fall, house prices go up. Interest rates rise, house prices go up. See this Washington Post article if you want to get as crazy as me.

It's coming up on my one-year anniversary of house-hunting. I've already fired two realtors and I'm considering ditching my current one. This market sucks for me and I'm pretty damn sure that I'm priced right out the market. Y'all should have a little better luck than me because you'll be working with two incomes.

I totally empathize.
May. 12th, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Being a wet blanket
Hell, _I_ might be completely priced out of the market. I thought my price range was fairly sane. It's too high for first time home buyers and too low for people who have serious money to spend. But no, it's crap, too.

Reality is that houses seem to be starting at 500K, which prices me out of the market. Everything under that either has 15-20 bids (!!!) being offered, or are crumbling bits of utter absolute junk.

I'm sending ect out during the week. We're hoping a week bid might change things. If he sees a tons of properties and sees one that is totally viable, then I'll look at it. If we agree, then we'll bid. I have $1500 to put down in earnest money now, so we're good to bid, and we'll just keep rotating the money through. And I'm just too sick right now to go out day after day after day.

I want to live in Columbia. Feh.
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May. 12th, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
Is it too late for me to read A Wrinkle in Time? 100% of my knowledge of it prior to this week comes from a Dragon magazine article on tesseracts. Tangentially, is there a character called "Kikaha the Trickster"? If not, do you know what book that's from?
May. 12th, 2004 08:21 pm (UTC)
I am certain it's not too late to read "A Wrinkle in Time."

Though that Kikaha character must be in something else...it's not familiar sounding at all.
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May. 12th, 2004 07:29 pm (UTC)
pshaw. Nero kicks Roxio's candy ass allllll up & down the strip anyway.

A Wrinkle In Time is one of my favorite books ever. I am going to reread it now just because you mentioned it.
May. 12th, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC)
See, I'm stubborn and can't be taught new tricks. Although, your advice about cd-ex was spot on, so perhaps I should listen! :)
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May. 13th, 2004 02:24 am (UTC)
Oh man the whole house-hunting thing is a real mind-screw. Believe me, if you aren't ready to buy right away, I wouldn't get too caught up in worrying about it, because prices and rates will change by the time you are ready to go. Nothing wrong with some general neighborhood shopping though...
May. 13th, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC)
Sadly, it's getting into the general neighborhood shopping that's got me so stressed out. Seeing the prices in the neighborhoods I want so badly just balloon up...
May. 13th, 2004 11:52 am (UTC)
All salesmanship aside, what a lot of realtors aren't telling their customers is that the housing price boom is probably not going to last, and that in the next couple of years your probably going to see this 'sales price bubble' pop and you just might be able to find a steal of a deal then.

Oh, feel free to comment in my journal anytime... I've been posting lots of good stressy real life stuff lately.

May. 13th, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC)
I just can't win! Probably August/September 2004 will be the number one worst time in history to look for a house, and I will get screwed.

Pessimist much? ;)

I'll go back and check your journal again for commentable comments. :)
May. 13th, 2004 06:59 pm (UTC)
Hi! I saw your reply in chuckdarwin's journal and came to check out your journal (based on the incredibly shallow premise that I really liked your user name). Lo and behold, I like your journal, too. Do you mind if I add you?

P.S. I know roughly nothing about the housing market but I am all stressed out about it anyway because all my coworkers bought houses/condos/whatevers in the last year and a bit and I am the ONLY one still renting which makes me paranoid that I am falling behind even though "ahead" and "behind" are somewhat silly concepts in the grand scheme of things. I do know that buying a house = crazy stress regardless of the situation so I wish you well in that regard.

P.P.S. Nice smells make A LOT of things better. I like lemon + grapefruit + lavender.
May. 13th, 2004 10:46 pm (UTC)
You betcha! I accept all manner of friendings.

P.S. I know what you mean, sometimes it is very very weird that a bunch of my peers own already. And I get competitive, and it sucks.
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