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July 9, 2004

Okay. Deep breath. That wasn't so bad.

Actually, her face WAS a little horrified a couple of times. There was a point at which, and I swear this is true, I considered sweeping all my papers off her desk and into my arms, and running away as fast as is possible with shin splints. Throwing over my shoulder as I left, "Psyche! I didn't want to buy a condo anyway!" Or better yet, yelling it out the car window as I sped away.

But I didn't. I stuck it out. And it got better as we went along. She realized that my insanely high student debt was from a school that just charges a damn lot, and she saw that my credit card bills, while high, aren't totally crazy. I've got money, stuck though it is, in a state 401K and deferred compensation. Give me about six weeks or so, and I'll be poking around Oakland for a cheap little condo. And I do mean cheap, and I do mean little. With our market, we're talking easy $225,000 for a 500 square foot place. And I would have to leave my new sweet wonderful huge apartment and garden (thank god I left everything in pots). Ack. That would break my heart. But only a little piece of my heart would chip off, and a whole 'nother part of it would grow, because it would be MINE. Mine and the cats', that is.

Oooh. Orange walls. Hmmm.

It's all up in the air. I'm finding myself to be in a fabulous place, actually, because if I buy a little place, I'm thrilled. If I can't, I love my present home. It's all good.

(whispered.... i really want my own own place, though....)

On another note, Very Big News. Astounding phenomenal news.

The Koigu has landed from the WonderBoys. Remember the *more Cr0marty I was making? This gal?

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And then I ran out of yarn because I'm a dumbass when it comes to calculating my crazy yardage, and this is what I got from the next dyelot?

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Welp, Rob is magic (but you knew that) and he had the Koigu divas dye this just for me. (Truthfully, this is the original Koigu photo, from back in February, but no one would ever know. It's the darn same.)

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I have to sleep with my Koigu again.

AND, it's flying to San Diego this weekend. So am I, for that matter. I have a date with the Indigo Girls at Humphrey's on Sunday night. Well, this time I'm not actually going to get to hang out with Amy, like last time (sigh....) but I'll be dancing in the early evening sun next to the ocean and singing along. You dance and sing, too, okay? I'll be back Tuesday, brown and happy.

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I'm glad it went well. (keeping my fingers crossed.)

congrats on stickin' it out!! We just bought a house and it is a scary friggin' process.

Just think, if you get sick of Cali, then in Ky, you can get a sweet sweet 1800 square foot house with its very own yard for $118K.

:)

Good luck, I'm sure you'll find something perfect.

congrats on stickin' it out!! We just bought a house and it is a scary friggin' process.

Just think, if you get sick of Cali, then in Ky, you can get a sweet sweet 1800 square foot house with its very own yard for $118K.

:)

Good luck, I'm sure you'll find something perfect.

Oh, I'm so glad it went well! And no matter how small, it will be yours. And when the real estate market goes up AGAIN you can sell it and get something bigger. You know, here in Brooklyn. We were able to buy the house because I had a one-bedroom co-op to sell... Think of it as a wonderful stepping stone to a bigger place (yep, in Brooklyn).

Wah! So expensive! You will find something great, though.

Have an awesome weekend. xo

We want to move back to the Bay Area from Denver.... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! As if selling my little house here even begins to get me something suitable in NoCal. Buy something if you can, doll, and know that it's the first rung on the ladder.

Oooh - Humphrey's.... color me green. Have a fab time and sing a chorus for me!

I wasn't able to hit the IG concert when they were here in Atlanta this summer. Sigh. Sigh again. I'm envious that you got to meet Amy Ray. I have seen them in concert about six times and hated not seeing them this time around. Sing loudly for me.

as a girl in one insane housing market (dc) to another, good luck! and it helps that you're in the best place to be looking- you'd like to find something, but you don't HAVE to find something, and you can always walk away when things aren't perfect. Maybe there's a seller out there that would take the downpayment in yarn? :)

as a girl in one insane housing market (dc) to another, good luck! and it helps that you're in the best place to be looking- you'd like to find something, but you don't HAVE to find something, and you can always walk away when things aren't perfect. Maybe there's a seller out there that would take the downpayment in yarn? :)

dance by the ocean and soak up some of that San Diego sunshine for me, okay? Sing. LOUD.
Koigu, hand dyed just for YOU? Lawdy.

And what's that lovely bright shade I see peeking out from those rich grey shades and tissue paper?

;)

Congrats on the loan approval. And yea for the Koigu! I love that sweater. It reminds me of Ireland. Have a great time this weekend.

Glad you hung in there! You'll find something just right! We are all rootin' for you.

What Cari said. Hee. If there were a knitting mafia (actually, there probably is), they probably do send errant knitters to sleep with the Koigu. Wait, that's not really a bad thing. Hmm.

OK, you're going to be in San Diego? Any chance you can skip over to La Jolla to see Suitcase? Hmm? Hmm? Is 10am too early to call you? Blast!

Egads, the housing market out there is just astounding! I am proud of you for sticking it out, I always feel like I am doing something wrong when I go through that kind of stuff. Like being called to the Principal's office or something.

Orange walls huh?

OUCH!! I'll third that.. housing prices are HIGH there, very high. Good for you though for considering getting in the market. And yes, nothing like living in your OWN home. I am sure it will only be a matter of time and you will be.

Wow, exciting news girl! Condo-ownership-a go-go!

Koigu, dyed just for you. Sigh.

You know, Cari's quite right. The place you buy should be a stepping stone to... Brooklyn! Peony is all a-twitter at the very thought of it.

What's that Prince song? "I Would Dye 4 U?"
Yay for Rob, Koigu and you, you lucky devil.

Ownership rocks the house, truly it does. And you might be surprised by what's out there, despite what's average for the market.

see, i told you she wouldn't throw you out. good luck.

Buying your own place is the best thing you can do for yourself financially. You'll finally be paying yourself instead of lining someone else's pocket. (Don't think about the interest; think about your equity.)

Buying your own place is the best thing you can do for yourself financially. You'll finally be paying yourself instead of lining someone else's pocket. (Don't think about the interest; think about your equity.)

Good luck on the condo hunt. I know what you're saying! We live in Burlingame right now and have been saying we want to buy something for the last few years. First it was no condo, we wanted land. Then it was maybe we'll move further south to Sunnyvale. Then we both have job security/hate issues. And now we're back to desperately wanting a crazy expensive house or condo but not being sure of our life situation. It's a constant and neverending saga for us! Hope you had a nice weekend! The weather was awesome for some outdoor knitting!

Tuesday just isn't happening fast enough. I'm in Rachael withdrawal.

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