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Ok, so things have been pretty busy since we moved into the house and I haven’t had the time or inclination to get around to posting properly. But these past few days I’ve come down with a pretty bad cold and I can’t leave home lest I infect the innocents (or inflict my sickly appearance on them).

Being in a house we can call our own has been great so far. There’s just something about it being yours that makes it more “homey” i suppose. We have a few things we’ve been planning like tearing down the cheap curtains in favor of timber blinds and having a verandah put up. But we’ll take our time because now that we’ve moved in all our stuff and new new furniture has arrived (whoopee) I’m feeling rather lazy. After all the anticipation and running around it’s nice to just sit around and enjoy what we’ve finally bought ourselves. The various family members have come and gone and overall the responses have been very positive and I’m relieved. The dog even settled in like we had lived here all the time. I was very worried we’d be cleaning lots of “mistakes” off the cream carpet but all has been well in doggyland and no such thing ever happened.

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Just so many things going on lately. No time to blog!

  • The melbourne storms yesterday, i was stuck outside in nunawading then they happened. Hubby and I quickly ducked under cover to wait it out. Lucky too because just as we got under the giant hail stones started coming. Our rental place in Maidstone was ok on our return but it took a very long time to get back there  because all the usual routes were either flooded or blocked up by people trying to get out of the city. We ended up hiding out in a restaurant until things settled down but in the meantime i was very worried about my dog back at home (she was ok btw).
  • We did the final inspection for our new house yesterday! Only one week to go until we take hold of the keys. I’m counting down the days and bouncing around with excitement! Finally, a place of our own where we can make the modifications we want. After 7 years of renting I cannot wait. Some of the new bank cards associated with the mortgage package came last week and it’s all starting to feel more real. Hello ball and chain. I’ve been sitting round working and reworking a budget and am glad we’re good for rates to rise 4 or 5% before we start stressing.
  • Set down a chunk of funds for a bed set from Focus On Furniture 🙂 After looking for months i finally found something i liked, and I think my husband has been getting tired of me saying i didn’t want anything i saw. It’s due to arrive next monday so no more sleeping on a mattress on the ground for us anymore. And matching side tables. Oh how i loathe the old furniture.
  • The real estate agent found someone to take over our lease at the old place a few days after we move out! So i don’t have to keep paying rent, we were very worried about that as we are breaking contract and it could have been very expensive if no one had wanted to take the place for a while.

Hope you’re all heaving a great Chinese New Years and Valentines today 🙂 We celebrated Valentines with takeout because we’re lame and didn’t organise anything. Our weekend was full of other things this week

1. House inspections were going on at the place we’re currently in. We’re hoping someone will want to take over our lease when we move out because we’re breaking lease. A lot of people came so hopefully one of them will apply. It’d ease my mind a lot as if we don’t find anyone we have to keep paying rent after we move out until someone applies.

2. Land measurements were carried out for the new house. We can now sign all the papers our conveyencer has sent us and return them. I’m so excited!

3. New years dinner and lunch spent with the Inlaws. I’m like a tub of lard after eating so much roast pork. I can’t help it, mum in law makes it so good!

4. Our ebay sales for our furniture finished around midnight last night and everything sold. Most of the stuff went for a good price, but I’d have liked the couch to go for a bit more then $75. Ah well. A lot of people showed up today for pickup and I feel a little lighter being rid of unwanted furniture. We’re starting to list some more things now. Our ebay ID is eggy99 if you’re interested. I’m trying to sell my mens size 4 doc martens, only worn twice!

5. We’ve booked the movers and the steam cleaners. yay. I feel progress. Half our home is also in neatly packed and labled boxes.

This song has been stuck in my head all weekend after sitting around the Inlaws watching Foxtel. It’s the song they use on the Lifestyle channel ads.

p.s. an update on the market thing. I’m never going again. we went twice and both times we only made about $80 profit. People only wanted to buy things for $1 or $2. Someone tried to bargain the Guess bag i was selling down to $2… i had only put it as $5 cos i was trying to get rid of it but cmon…

Since we signed on the dotted lines for the house I’ve traded Saturdays looking for a new home for Saturdays looking for furniture to put in our new home. My husband has been dragged from shop to shop and listened to my dissatisfaction about this or that but we’ve finally plunked down some money for the sofas, dining set, coffee table and tv cabinet. We got the marcus leather 3 seater and armchair from freedom in cocoa and the following items in tasmanian oak:

highett coffee table

highett coffee table

highett tv unit

highett tv unit

highett dining set

highett dining set

Very excited! The dining/tv unit/coffee table will be delivered the day after we move but the couches are on backorder and won’t come until mid april so we shall be sitting on the beanbags until then. I had best make sure we sell the old couch and dining set before we shift! We just need to tidy things up a little and put it up on ebay or the trading post. I’m very happy about buying furniture to our own tastes and getting rid of the student furniture picked by my mother.