So here we are a week later and still no real progress on the house buying situation, it's getting really frustrating. We have sorted out an issue with our mortgage provider (they had the wrong information from our mortgage adviser at one point) but we still haven't exchanged contracts or you know, actually moved. We are waiting on the current owner at the moment as we're done and dusted with the legal work; all we need to do is pay the solicitors and I'm not doing that until we have an exchange date. My solicitor still thinks we could exchange on 1st Feb, but I'm dubious to say the least. It's the half term break for us in three weeks, realistically I would like to either be moved by then or be actually moving during the week off. I thought planning a wedding was stressful, but it's got nothing on buying a house!
I've been feeling a bit under the weather this weekend, I think the stress from this combined with some additional work stress has got to me. I was supposed to spend some time with my sister and nephew yesterday, but I decided to rest instead and hopefully not pass any germs I may have on to the baby. Instead I had a leisurely visit to the library (who else does this when stressed?) and then baked some coconut and lime cupcakes (see above). We had this flavour combination on our wedding day so baking them always brings back happy memories.
Despite having a busy week, it's been a great week in terms of reading. I've been reading the following:
I finally finished part two of A Storm of Swords and I just loved it - expect a gushing review soon! I also finished book one, part one of War and Peace for the readalong I'm participating in and I expect to finish Property tonight as I've only got 40 pages to go. All three books have been very enjoyable.
Review posted: Mirror Earth by Michael Lemonick.
I love hanging out with books when I'm stressed or sad, whether it's at a library or a bookstore. I think that may be how I got my first job when I moved to Boston. I was stressed out before another job interview when I discovered the biggest bookstore I ever saw and ended up getting a job there instead a few weeks after taking refuge there during the stress of my job hunt. Here's to the soothing power of books. ;-)ReplyDelete
Hope you're feeling better soon and that those house-buying problems work themselves out soon, too!
Library is my first port of call when I'm stressed or depressed or even just lonely being so far from family. It always cheers me up! We're starting to try house buying in the next few months and I am so dreading it! My parents just went through a similar situation to you guys but eventually it turned out ok so I'm sure yours will too!ReplyDelete
I'm sorry it's been such a stressful week for you. Hopefully the house situation will be fixed sooner rather than later. However: I'd gladly help stress you out if it means you're going to bake cupcakes (and I get to eat them, of course). Those look delicious.ReplyDelete
I hope you get better soon!
I hope all of the details get worked out soon. I've never heard of that kind of cupcake, it sounds tasty!ReplyDelete
The anticipation must be killing you! and you are reading Property. Prophetic isnt it?ReplyDelete
Oh yes moving house can be so frustrating. I didn't like not knowing the date, I like to plan!ReplyDelete
Books are soothing, even sorting mine out and rediscovering some is soothing!
Good luck and hope you get some house news this week.
We are selling and hoping to move the first week of February. Hope things better for you soon. There are so many, many hoops to jump through, some are easier than othersReplyDelete
Nothing makes me feel better than a trip to my local library :) I hope you feel 100% soon and that your house buying adventure ends happily!ReplyDelete
All of this house buying craziness must be so frustrating. I think that cupcakes and a library trip is the perfect way to cope! I hope we will be hearing about a moving date soon. :)ReplyDelete
Ugh, that's a real bummer, Sam. I can only imagine the stress. I know you'll be so happy when it's all over. Here's to hoping you get better soon & great job with all the reading. I really need to read War and Peace.ReplyDelete
I didn't get the chance to say on your last post that Property is fantastic. Glad you are enjoying it.ReplyDelete
Good luck with your move and your mortgage provider and all of that fun stuff. Because it is THE WORST and how can the process be so frustrating. But at least when it's done and you are finally moved it, it's all behind youReplyDelete
I can understand you want to coincide with half term and there's this paperwork that is holding you back. I hope you will move in to your new place soon! I almost forgot my War and Peace commitment. May be next month I'll do some catching up. All the best. :)ReplyDelete
House buying is both fun and torturous all at the same time! I hope everything eventually calms down and y'all can settle into your new home. Also, those cupcakes look delicious.ReplyDelete
I hope the house-buying stresses are resolved soon... at least the reading has been good :-)ReplyDelete
Sam, this sucks - stupid bureaucracy! I hope the timing all works out beautifully with the half term break :)ReplyDelete
FYI, Meike from Peirene has commented on the last discussion post with a few nice closing questions, if you want to see/reply!
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Baking is a great way to turn from house buying stress. :) For that matter though, you're still in a better position than those who don't even have a prospective house yet. But do stay critical on things, especially if it involves monetary investment. Were you able to do the exchange on Feb 1st or at least within the same week? -->AvrilReplyDelete