This is Cadbury's home:
Dan and I, on the other hand, have higher expectations. As some of you know, we're in the process of trying to buy the house we've been living in for nearly three years now. As much as we'd like to buy in the Montrose or the Heights, it's just not realistic. A little house like ours would cost half a million over there, and we're just state university employees, with salaries that reflect our lowly status.
But this house is just our size, and it has a studio that we use for exercise and music. I'd like to upgrade the lighting so I can paint back there, too, away from the hazards of bunny fur, which tends to stick to slow-drying oil paint. We like the community here, and we save a bundle of money and stress by not having to drive to our jobs. When the rail line goes in, we may find we don't have to drive at all any more.
Anyway, we're almost there on the home purchase. We've signed the contract, my loan is locked in at a laughably low rate, and now we just need the appraiser to agree that the seller's price is fair. He won't be able to factor in the intangibles, like being able to go home for lunch each day, and not having to buy a new car. Lenders don't put a dollar value on community, or on having lectures, performances, a library and a state-of-the art fitness center just a short walk away. They don't care that we spend our days surrounded by friends who are our co-workers and our neighbors. These things don't enter into the financial bottom line.
These things matter to us, though. So wish us luck, folks, that the appraiser agrees with us that we're getting not just a fair deal, but a bargain.
Monday, April 26, 2010
This is Cadbury's home:
Monday, April 19, 2010
It's important to always put your best foot forward.
In keeping with that theme, today is the running of the 114th Boston Marathon! My friend Sarah will be running it today - she qualified as opposed to being a charity runner. Not to dis charity runners in the slightest, but qualifying for Boston is pretty darn special.
And may all the rest of you put your best foot forward this week!
Friday, April 16, 2010
There is also a blog interview where we talk about my writing at Flash Fiction Chronicles.
I've cross-posted this at my writing blog and at my main author site, which I'm going to be transitioning to over the next few months.