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shadows of echoes of memories of songs
Hello, I'm not dead. I am a bit more alive on Twitter than on here, because I am consistently failing to find the time/effort to compose a post longer than 140 characters. I'm sorry if anybody was mildly alarmed by last night's despairing tweet; it was just a late-night non-specific headachey emo attack. You can't say "despairing tweet" with a straight face, can you? Thank you to the people who messaged me kind things.

The main thing on the agenda at the moment is that addedentry and I are trying to buy a house. I wish I'd blogged that as we went along, as much for our own benefit as anything else, but I didn't. I did say a bit about it on Twitter, but for some reason the Twitter search won't show me tweets from before the beginning of May or thereabouts even if I explicitly set a since: date. Weird. We are at the surveys stage; addedentry is doing all the hard work, as always.

I am working hard at my actual job, though; I have finally achieved some kind of Procrastinator's Nirvana where so many other things are stressing me out that I can actually use work as a displacement activity from those things. Can anybody say "work/life balance"? No, nor me. Other things that are stressing me out are mostly a) low-level ill-health, and b) the state of the world, neither of which I can do much about. I'm doing what I can: tweaking ways to fix the symptoms for the former, voting tomorrow for the latter.

There is non-stressful stuff too: I am still running a bit, singing a bit, playing violin a bit, volunteering for Oxfam, decluttering a lot (but failing to write it up for unclutter_2009), and reading quite a lot. I have my books and my poetry to protect me. It'll be all right.
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the_elyan From: the_elyan Date: June 3rd, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
In my experience, rocks do feel pain, and islands sometimes cry. At least this one does.

Glad to hear you are alive...
juggzy From: juggzy Date: June 3rd, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Surveys always make nightmare reading; the surveyor has to cover himself for the worst contingency. It's up to you to decide if the floors are too uneven for you or not. If you think that the faults are too much for you to live in the house as it is, you can negotiate with the vendor for a reduction in price before closing. Otherwise, use the surveyors report as a list of things you might try to fix when and if you get enough money.
j4 From: j4 Date: June 3rd, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's up to you to decide if the floors are too uneven for you or not.

Sadly I don't think that's true in this case -- the valuation report done by the mortgage lender said that it was a condition of the mortgage. :-/
juggzy From: juggzy Date: June 3rd, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah. I think nja had something similar - best to ask him about it.
nja From: nja Date: June 5th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Damp in the front wall. They knocked something off the price I paid so I could have it fixed, the independent surveyor said it wasn't worth doing as it would dry out by itself, and he was right. They never check, according to the surveyor.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: June 3rd, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hug* Good to see you posting again, and I think supportive thoughts t the possibility of house and at the work/life balance.
miss_newham From: miss_newham Date: June 3rd, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry that you looked very stressed at Andrew and Emma's party. I shouted at the people who were all "Let's let a ferret run around the room and yell at anyone who tries to come in!", but a bit too late. Books and poetry are better than people and ferrets, anyway.
From: taimatsu Date: June 3rd, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Many hugs. If I can do anything, I will - though I suspect the best thing I an do will be to leave you in peace to get on with things :}
atreic From: atreic Date: June 3rd, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

I hope things settle down to more comfortable stresses soon!
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: June 4th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Do know that things will get easier; house purchase and movement are among the most stressful things you can do, but they get done - and the stresses that replace them are much less bad. Glad to hear that you are doing what you can about your other stressors, though.
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