Some OT news (and a little venting)
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|Tue, 05-20-2003 - 8:54am|
Second -- I finally got my new laptop on line with OS X and AOL for OS X --- and it WILL show me formatted boards in iVillage with a reasonable load time! WOO HOO! What is more, sinc the CD I loaded the program for AOL from was a freebie from a British Mac magazine, it welcomes me online with the British female voice, rather than the usual American male voice like the one heard in the film, "You've Got Mail"! LOL "You've got mail!" in a very proper public school accent! Now to play with it and see if it will load to the web page builder, etc. If so, I can upgrade/update my web page, finally!
Third -- Mary and Kat know this already, but we made an offer on a house (AAARRRGH!) on Thursday last, and it was accepted on Friday (after a little haggling). We've already signed the papers and handed in earnest money and are playing telephone tag with a man to do the inspection (we had ten days from 10 AM Saturday -- so this phone tag is rapidly getting pretty close to the wire!).
The house is what Charlie fell in love with (while it doesn't offend me -- except for the fact that it's in Ohio -- it didn't grab me either) in a development about halfway between Grand Rapids (I think Charlie said it was about 6 miles) and Bowling Green (five miles?) -- called Williamsburg on the River. It isn't exactly on the river, though -- more like on a pond created from damming a creek that feeds into the river! This house has it's own dock on this pond -- which is partly what Charlie wanted: a water view! All I can think of is mosquitoes!
It is on city water (less sulfur smell, I hope) and sewer, can receive cable telly (which means I might actually be able to get broadband!!! and certainly digital television with BBC America!!!) and should be big enough to hold all our stuff (although we MAY have to invest an additional pile of $$$ to finish out the basement so we can arrange it with less clutter...).
I'm of two minds here.
On the positive side, I've long wanted out of this house (with the niece, the living out of a suitcase, and the increasing tension between SIL and Charlie -- she sees him as a threat in that she hasn't told HER DH about her illnesses and Charlie found out by accident since she DID tell someone at AA who then asked Charlie how she was doing... I think she feels that Charlie will let it slip to his brother (and he MIGHT - Charlie isn't too swift about things he should say and not say lately). Anyway, I'm tired of lying to her family and friends to cover for her (I'm the one home all the time to take phone messages) and I'm tired of the niece (I'm the one home all the time so everyone ele can go out to golf -- BIL three or four days a week; AA and all the AA social stuff twice a day seven days a week -- SIL and DH; etc. without leaving the 12-year-old completely on her own), and I want my own things and to cook for myself food *I* like, etc.
On the negative side, I DON'T want to spend the rest of my life in Ohio (I'm not too keen on the weather, which has recently meant constant headaches and a resurgance of my bronchitis; I don't have family here -- and it's still too close to Charlie's family!!! -- nor do I have friends -- except for Mary now... and I don't really have any "connection" to this place!); and I can see the chances of moving back to our house in CA fading rapidly! (Last night I dreamed about that house!) The house isn't my *style*, there is no place to plant a veggie garden (Charlie suggests tubs --- blechh) or an annual or perennial border, we practically live in the pockets of the neighbors (and this part of the world does NOT build fences like they do in CA or TX to divide property and provide privacy), and there is a homeowner's association (an unknown quantity which makes me a little nervous -- even though the houses are not cookie-cutter, there may be restrictions we don't know about yet...).
So, there we go - some good news, some not so good news...
And Charlie still hasn't committed to retiring yet -- so the 401K remains in the hands of the company and the cash flow is becoming a concern to me (if not to him and that pinhead, burr-cut twit he hired as a financial advisor -- can you see I don't like the man?).
Oh yeah, and my international driver's license expired on May 12 so I really have to study for a driving test (AAARGH!) and probably buy a car (more $$$) if we are going to be five miles from anywhere! Can't keep waiting for Charlie to fit my life in between his AA and doctors...
Sorry this turned into more of a vent than I intended.
Thanks for listening, though!