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Oh my god oh my god oh my godOctober 27, 2004

The loan funded!

! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Hot diggety damn, Martha. My realtor told me while I was sitting in the parking lot, just pulling up to work, and I just about lost my mind. I went upstairs and did this wild happy dance all around the communications center.

Really, a huge part of me thought it wouldn't. And when I talked to my realtor's brother (for whom I hurriedly made a Cashmerino scarf last night), he said that they'd had problems. Lots of problem. This was the Deal From Hell. The more I hear about it, the more I'm glad I was kept in the dark. I couldn't sleep because I didn't know what was going on. Had I known, I wouldn't have been able to walk, let alone sleep.

So the last step is to record it. For those of you who don't know what that means, don't worry. I don't either. I think it goes to the County Recorder's Office, where it is writ in blood or Sharpie or koigu'n'elmers that I, Rachael Herron, an Unmarried Woman, does own the property. And that's the easiest step. It should just take the morning. They say. With my luck however, said my realtor, the recorder's office is going to burn down with my docs inside.

Barring that, I could have keys this afternoon. Or tomorrow. Oh, help!

This is a dream come true. One of my biggest, dearest dreams. I can't WAIT to show you pictures. Finally. I haven't shown them before for fear of jinxing it all. But soon. Oh!

Oh, oh!

You're all perfect dolls for loving me. You know that? I mean it.

(Oh, the Salvation Army boys actually laughed at my desk and left me with it. Sigh. Ask me if I really care at this point. I don't. I care that I'm going to have to move it out of the bedroom somehow in order to clean the carpet, but that's going to be a chop-chop kinda deal. Yep. Get me an axe! Whoop!)


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Woo-HOO! Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!

Oh, Rachael!! All bright and wonderful things for you in your new home!

uh oh....tears of joy for you!!!!!! I'm so thrilled for you! It is truly an amazing feeling...different from paying rent..knowing you are putting a roof..your own roof...over your head. Joy in my heart for you and your new home! I wish I lived closer so I could help you move! (and Steve would take care of the desk in short order!)
love you tons!

Congratulations, Rachel, Unmarried Woman! I can't wait to see the pictures!

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. We can all breathe a sigh of relief now.

Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations!

If I were anywhere near your coast, I'd go to the recorder's office and stand by with a fire extinguisher.


Woot woot!!

Writ in koigu'n'elmers. THAT would be some serious stuff.

Did you do the Unmarried Woman's dance? (In your underwear, to an old r&b song?)

Wow! I'm doing my own personal little happy-dance for you. That's so great! :)

I must say, though, that you might want to be careful bringing an axe around THE DESK. Remember, (1) it routinely draws blood, even without the aid of sharp metal objects, and (2) halloween is just around the corner. I'd so hate to hear about how the desk, after an improbable but vicious struggle, managed to wrest the axe away from you...

You will have the keys soon.
I am so very happy for you.
Now go pack that stash!

Fab,fab,fab !
Fan-bloody-tastic !


YES, YES, YES!! Rock on girl you got it!!

Oh Happy Day!

But, I'm concerned about the axe.

as long as that axe doesn't get anywhere near knitted objects or stash o' rachael, i'm all for it. :) congrats on all happy events as of late!

YAY! Congrats! I know this day rates as one of the best ever...enjoy it! Can't wait to see pics of the new place!

Oh! So happy to hear.

As for the desk, my roommate in my first apartment - we had a huge old sofa we bought from the previous resident and when we moved out, the landlord wouldn't let us leave it. I don't know how anyone got it in there to begin with but, but to get it out we had to bust it in pieces.

It took the two of us about 40 minutes to turn it into kindling. It was FUN. So have fun.

Congratulations! So glad this has worked out, those first home owning moments are freaky but you get used to it quite fast!

Happy moving in!



Woohoo! Yay home owning! I'd axe the desk too, I'm contemplating it with a sofa of mine. Or better yet, use a small chainsaw. A woman can never have too many chainsaws, especially when moving.

I hope that it's really a dream coming true! and don't mind about the Recorder Date - just don't forget, to ask, if you don't understand!
I'm whishing you sooo much happiness in your new appartment!!


Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! I want to hop up and down and flap my hands and make funny little happy noises!


yayayayayayayayay!!! I'm so happy for you! (and so jealous!) Congratulations!

I couldn't be happier for you...especially now that I'm relieved too. Reading your whole process took me back through the emotions again of doing it myself...next comes the reality of sitting in your place going "This is mine!" It's a great feeling. Relish it and celebrate! You did it!

Hooray for Rachel the homeowner!!!!

I too vote for the Chainsaw--sounds soooo cathartic.

However if you go the axe route, please do peer around the corner and say "Heeeeeere's Johnny" since it is Halloween and all.

I can't believe we're providing lethal-sharp object advice instead of knitting advice here!

Congratulations!! As for the desk, busting it up will be a great way to release all that tension you have been feeling throughout the process. Have fun!

Congratulations, mazel tov and all that!

I can't wait to see pictures.

Best of luck in your new home.

Congratulations! I am so incredibly happy for you and am doing a happy dance in my office! WOOHOO! :)

WooHoo! Yea!! Congrats on a dream come true!!!
Can't wait to see the new place! :-)

Hi Rachael!

Awesome news! Let's have a virtual House Warming party!

I didn't realize how 'invested' I was in your venture until you said it's all done!! Now I can breathe, too! Have a ton of fun with it...first getting rid of frustrations with the axe (wish I could be there! LOL) and painting your walls red!!!

congratulations unmarried woman homeowner you!

i'm very relieved and happy for you...

by the way, in mass if there had been problems with the loan, they would have made you suffer each and every painful moment...

Hootin'! Hollerin'! Hallelulia!!!! Can't you hear me all the way up there in Oakland?

Hee! Hee! Whoooooooiieeeeeeeeeee! Homeowner Rachael. I like the sound of that. BTW, if you need access to some breakin' up tools, we have a garage full of Saws-alls and other satisfying cuttin' and smashin' ones we're happy to lend.

You must post pics as you decorate. Congrats, and you will love it.

*SQUEEEE* Wonderful! Very best wishes on becoming a new homeowner!

Buying a home in California is tantamount to buying a small Balkan country...and You are like the Queen of that country...Wo-Whooo indeedy

What hasn't been said probably doesn't deserve to be said so I just say what's already been said. "Whoopee! Congrats! Wowzer(I think that one's new.) Feliz moving, y'all.

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Don't you feel all oddly adult-like now? (It happened for me when I realized that, for the first time in my life, my own car was as nice as the rental cars I get on business trips.)

And, I vote for a sledgehammer. You can sell swings for a buck to the neighbors and make some money. Who doesn't like a good sledgehammer?

damn -- you own a house! I'm so happy for you, that the anxiety about the searching and the bidding and the loan is over; the recording is nothing. If I didn't feel like crap right now I'd be doing my own happy dance for ya.

I know taking an axe to that thing will feel great, but be careful with it...

Wonderful!!! Awesome! All those adjectives - congratulations. Can't wait to see pictures...

Wahoooooo!! I'm so happy for you sweetie.
I'm waiting for Rachael, an Unmarried Woman the book...
or Rachael, an Unmarried Woman the movie...
or Rachael, an Unmarried Woman series on Showtime...hee!

You know we all would be reading or tuning in because we love the way you tell us about your life.

Wooty woot woot! Congratulations!!!!!

Congrats!! It's been a stressful haul for you, and I am glad it's over for you now.

When you move into the new place, don't forget to ditch your old broom, and buy a new one and bring it into your house first. You will bring none of your old problems/issues with you to your new home, and your new one will always be "clean" of bad things. (ancient tradition or something).

I'm SO happy for you!!!

Post pictures! Post pictures! Can't WAIT to see this place. Marvelous, dahling, just bloody marvelous.

(Pops virtual champagne cork...) Cheers! You did it!

Congratulations!!!!! My sense of the world has restored itself because good things do happen to good people. I was beginning to worry a bit. You can exhale now!

YAHOO!!! Yay for you, Rachael! I'm so happy to hear this happy conclusion to the horrible financial cliff-hanger. A big kiss and hug, I'm so excited for you. :)

CONGRATULATIONS! What a relief. Your realtor must LOVE you to go through such hell (and you said she's not making much off the deal, right?). You need to finally BREATHE and CELEBRATE. Olallieberry feast, anyone?
Oh, as for the desk, yes, you should smash it up. My favorite scene from Office Space was when they killed the fax machine in super slo mo.

Congratulations!! Wow, how exciting for you! Welcome to the world of home-ownership!

I knew it would come through!
Ok, so maybe I didn't really know but I certainly was cheering for you!
I'm so happy for you.


Now you can have a fabulous desk destroying catharsis. Give it one for me!!

Hot damn, that's good news! Of course, we never doubted it would end well.

Wish I could be there for the desk-bashing party. Have a little fun first, and paper it with Bush-Cheney signs.

Yay Rachael, Unmarried Woman Homeowner!!!!

I've been out of the loop for a while, so I'm happy to see that you've (just about) gotten the place! Yay!!!

Oh good - I can uncross my eyes now!Hmmm..should I be worried if they seem to be staying that way??? he he he

If your keeping track of desk destruction I vote for a trip to the local hardware store where the purchase of a very fine sledge hammer is made and then you and LaLa can blast that thing to bits! I'll brace myself here in the Midwest, because from what I've heard it'll take one hell of a blow to get that thing broken up!

hoorah!! So happy for you!! Homeownership is a whole new stressful world, but it really rocks at the end of the day when you know you don't have to decide whether or not to stay at the end of the year.

YAY, Rachael!!!

Oh, so freaking fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations!!!!! You absolutely deserve it!!

(P.S. This is my favorite knitting blog. Just thought I'd share that with ya.)

seeee! i knew it'd all work out :)

Yippee! This is been an absolutively awful week for me, and your good news is the only that I have heard. So THANK YOU for making my week a little better. I know that is why you decided to buy a house in the first place, right? To make me feel better... Oh and by the way, congratulations! :-)

Woohoo! Yippee! I can't wait to see pics! Congrats Rachael!

Your excitement is contagious. Congratulations! I'm so so so so happy for you.

Yeaaaahhh!! Congrats to the new homeowner! Wooohooo! Can't wait to see your new place! Do you have a fireplace at this new place? Your desk can serve as firewood for the cold nights we're having.....unless you're attached to it.


Congrats and the feeling of sitting in your own place, un-packed... amazing!

happy happy for you!
this is so awesome.

you know you have to get some sage to burn and do that cleansing thing in all of the corners...
: )

CONGRATU'FREAKING'LATIONS~~ Wow.. you are now a true independent, responsible, home owning WOMAN!!!

WEEEEEEEE! Wonderful! SOOOOO Happy for you.
P.S. We lock all the documents in a fireproof safe, so they won't burn ! ;)

YAY Rachael! A homeowner, that is SO exciting (and scarily grown up, but in a GOOD way)!!

You must post an addy where we can send the Home Warming presents you know... I know you love color and may just have the thing...

Look at all the Love people have left for you in the comments~isn't the blog world amazing? If Kerry defeats Bush on Tuesday, all will be well in my world. Please provide address. Am sending a housewarming gift~YAY!!!!


And gee, I'd think in somewhere enlightened like California, they wouldn't still feel the need to trumpet An Unmarried Woman (like there's something wrong with that?) on the paper. I mean, they did that to me where I live when I bought my house - I seriously expected the lawyer to hand me a big scarlet U and tell me I was supposed to wear it - but then I live in a very traditional and "family friendly" area, where those who have not hitched their wagons to someone of the opposite sex, and (ideally) popped out a few young'uns, are viewed with considerable suspicion.

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