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We Have a House. And an Archive. Oh My.

The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

We Have a House. And an Archive. Oh My.

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I've wanted to write for days, but this is the first chance that I could grab. We got the house. Sunday evening, we were over my parents' house and Pat (my cousin's fiance and our real estate agent) called to say that the owners had made a counter-offer; it took Bobby and me about thirty seconds to decide that we could live with it. All of the final contract paperwork was finished today. So, pending inspection, it's ours!

This is all very exciting. We settle on 29 June (my sister's birthday!) and will move in that weekend.

Now that the place is definitely ours (pending inspection), every little detail about the apartment that annoyed me but I could live with suddenly seems one hundred times worse. Interesting psychology going on here. Coping mechanisms. ;) Today, I came off of Route-29 onto Route-40 and traffic was backed up at the light. I had to cross three lanes through this mess to turn onto my street, like I do every day. I deal with it; become proud of how good I've gotten at this task when it used to be ulcer-inducing to a bumpkin like me. Today, I thought a string of profanities and realized that I just didn't want to deal with this anymore. That I'm just not suited to this area. It's gorgeous and I adore the historic district to an unhealthy degree, but the rude, pretentious, self-absorbed people who live here; the constant press and hustle and endless congestion; the cost of Howard County just to boast, "I live in Howard County," with my nose in the air ... I'm sick of it. And every time that f***ing dog next door starts yapping or something falls from a bookshelf or the refrigerator or the washing machine and clunks me on the head because we have no room and have taken to storing dishes in the oven ... I think, Only a few weeks left, and am so relieved and happy just to be gone from here.

Because I don't want to feel this way. This was Bobby's and my first home together, and I want to remember it fondly.

In less important (but still big) news, the beta-test for the SWG archive is well underway. I had in mind all these very efficient plans. May, I was going to do the grunt work on the archive and start testing. June was going to be the first month of public use, which will likely be rocky. Inevitably. July, we were going to start looking for a house. But the two should not overlap. Riiiight.

As it was, we did the bulk of the house-acquisition at the same time as I finished building and started beta-testing the archive. Not the best setup, but I can't put off the first and don't want to put off the second. As it is, we're over the worst of both hurdles. We have inspection and settlement looming for the house, and that's it. All the financial stuff is done, and the contract is signed. And I've worked out the worst of the bugs in the archive; what is left is mostly aesthetic and could really be accomplished beyond the testing period as well. I'm looking forward to writing and watching movies and sleeping. All good things. :)

In less pleasing news, we've canceled all travel plans for the year, which include our trips to Toronto, Bermuda, and England. Bobby and I can travel on a shoestring, but the shoestring's been a bit frayed as of late and almost coming apart.

Alex decided to act like an asshat at the end of his walk tonight. We're changing headcollars because the one he has now pops into his mouth whenever he pulls back suddenly, at which time he happily gnaws through it. He's almost through this one, and it's his second in a month. While removing it from his mouth, as he happily jawed away, he punctured my hands in two places. Ouchie. Both ache relentlessly. He barely broke the skin, but they're swollen and sore. I can't wait to move. He'll have a yard; I'll have a place to train him again. A tiny apartment and 80-pound dog just don't work for training purposes anymore.

Did I mention that I can't wait to move?

(And I'll answer my comments very soon. Right now, it's off to bed to enjoy a bit of reading before dying for the night.)
  • So you are acquiring a physical home and creating an electronic one at the same time. How very fitting. I try not to use words like "synergy," but I think it does apply in this case.

    And I am so with you on how you are noticing all the little flaws of the apartment now. That's happened to me every single time I've moved. I think part of it is that, while you're living somewhere, you accept that it's not perfect, and the imperfections become "quirks" because you have to live with them. But, once you know that you have a new home awaiting, all the "quirks" quickly become "flaws," because you've given yourself permission to see them that way.

    I've been spending today committing ethnomusicology, doing chores, doing reading for 20th-Century class, and working on the syllabus I'm doing as a final project for that class. It turns out to be surprisingly easy to come up with listening assignments, much harder to find reading assignments. But fortunately, here's that word "synergy" again. I think I'll have one class in which we explore, in depth, the work of Regina Harris Baiocchi, in which we listen to a recording of her second piano Etude, read a chapter about her from a book on African-American women composers, and then (because this is my fantasy university) she comes to speak to the class. I met her at a party once. I bet she'd do that if I asked.
  • Another "Yay!" from me. :D

    Though I'll say as someone who's moved twice in her life (not counting study abroad), I think I'd prefer starting to notice annoying things about my old house and itching to move than starting to love everything about it and not wanting to move. ;) And I'm sure it'll be much easier to remember the apartment fondly once you're not there anymore (not to sound negative, of course...)
  • Yards + dogs = love. Except that Louis is very nearly able to slip through the wrought-iron fence. Luckily, he can't quite, and isn't inclined to try. *phew*

    I nearly was like O_O over your little bite wound, then I remembered that you are, in fact, allergic to dogs. xD Still, ouch. Though, being non-allergic and having a high pain tolerance, all my wounds don't bother me. It's the gnawing-on-Tarion process that's painful! ;)
  • yay on your house-ness! awesome! *is jealous*

    i want my house back. i had room there! i honestly didn't realise just how much stuff i had until i moved to a large one bedroom apt. now, there's not enough room. all i'd really like is another bedroom. it can be a small bedroom... closer to a bedroom sized closet, really. Then I could toss stuff in there, and have room for the stuff I have now.

    the dog had a yard to run about in. granted, it wasn't much of a yard after the trees fell in it, but I could at least let him run around without a leash.

    I could do without the herd of elephants living upstairs...

    *and*... i still haven't unpacked all my boxes. I've been here nearly 10 months, and I've still got boxes in my living room.

    but... there's air conditioning, heating, no fleas, a laundromat on site, and a swimming pool. that almost makes up for having no room, no yard, unpacked boxes, and a herd of elephants.

    Congratulations Again!!
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  • Congratulations! We're very excited for all three of you! *Doing the happy dance*
  • Huge admiring congratulations! That's such a big deal (especially for someone so young) and such a smart thing to do. Lucky Alex--what a good mom he has!

    The archive is looking really lovely and I have found it a dream to use so far. That's a very exciting event for all of us Silm freaks. (I'm ready to hit-up (nag, nudge) people to post some superior stories as soon as it is fully operational.)
  • Huzzah for the house! *confetti* That's wonderful news! And I know just what you mean about storing dishes in the oven. Had the same issue here; then we got another one so now there's *two* ovens. Kitchen-->cramped. But there's lots of storage for pans/pots/plates now. And I can go on wild baking sprees!

    (I just headed to the site right now and noticed a little thing: in the Chapter Listings, the link to "Of Túrin Turambar" is faulty (http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/reference/silmsummaries/oftturin.php)
    but if one takes out the extra 't' (oftturin.php) it works fine.)

  • Congratulations on the house, I hope the process goes well.

    The apartment memories will change over time, it is after all, your first apartment with Bobby, and not-so-good memories lose their edge eventually too.

    Having just cleaned out my living & dining room so that I can paint this weekend, I can definitely chime in with those who have too much stuff. It does seem to expand to fill the available space if you aren't careful.
  • Congratulations on the house! *applauds*

    Speaking as someone who bought (... well, whose boyfriend bought) an ancient house with a lot of renovation to be done, I hope yours is already pretty much ready for moving in?
    (We have to be moved in for good by June 30th. Until then (and after, too) there's a motherload of work to get done. Currently one of the rooms is lacking a wall... o.O)
  • *pops bottle of champagne* Yaay for new house! You're on for that LJ party, then. Will Sharon be able to fly to the states with Kirsty for a real house warming party and her birthday?

    I bet you are more than anxious to move and yes, the annoying things about your apartment tend to annoy you more, but, as moving day approaches, you are probably going to have more fond thoughts toward the first home you and Bobby have shared.

    Get as much rest as you can and brace yourself, because the end of June is only a month away and you're going to need a lot of energy by then.

    Congrats on getting both the house and the archive running. I shall have to go to SWG and take a peek.

  • Congratulations!!! Owning a house is one of the most exciting things that can happen in your life! You do realize that now I'll have to come and visit you, eh? But seriously, it'll be a lot better for Alex with more room to play in. June 29 is not that far off!

    You'll have to excuse me for being offline for the past 3-4 days or so. I've been sick...first a stomach thing and right after that a head cold-sinus thing that fried my brain.

    I will get back to you on all the other things you e-mailed me about very shortly--probably tomorrow!

    And again--congrats and go celebrate for me! Have a drink and some chocolate or something!
  • Congratulations!!! We're all looking forward to the photo tour.
    It's amazing how things that you overlook until you decide to move become unbearable once the search is on. And it also seems that storage place is a scarce resource everywhere.
    Just out of curiosity, what's inspection and settlement? (no, you don't need to answer now you have millions of other things to do)
  • Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your new home.
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