Quick(ish) Update

So, if you follow my Twitter stream, you probably already know that my retroactive UI checks DID finally show up last week in the P.O. box (wooooooot!)

Some of it went towards practical things such as paying bills, but I have reopened one of my old checking accounts (the credit union one, with the great interest rate) and shoveled the rest in there, to hopefully accrue and amass enough to buy a house.

Ah, there’s the other thing.  The house that I had been working towards was pulled off the market (not sold); I’m assuming due to the California 90-day foreclosure moratorium that recently took effect.

Oh, well  :(

Matt and I have found another house that we absolutely adore.  It is still a fixer, but it is in much better condition and it costs much less (Asking price is in the $190K range).  If we can just get a mortgage for this, we’ll be set.  I have a few thousand already; we’re on our way!  I’m not going to post pictures of/info on this house because I’ve started getting paranoid that someone else will see it, think “ooh, that’s a great deal!” and it’ll get snatched from under our nose like the last one did.  So, sorry… if we get it then I’m sure I’ll be posting pics galore!

Other than that, Matt returns to Cali on Friday evening and I can’t wait to see him.  He’ll be here for 3 months this time, which is awesome.  We’re going to be spending a lot of time with Fezzik, and taking on extra work to bring in extra income, because right now we are super-focused on this house thing.  It’ll be a major bummer if we lose it, so we’re really gonna be cracking down.  It’ll be interesting to see how it all unfolds.


P.S.  I am wearing a pretty, sparkly, antique Edwardian/art nouveau diamond and platinum piece of jewelry on the ring finger of my left hand…  Hmmmmm…  What could that be?  Pictures soon, I hope.  Actually, I may soon go looking for an affordable Wal-Mart camcorder/camera in order to document my life with Matt, since the one on my phone sucks.

P.P.S.  “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” is holding open auditions.  I have decided that I should totally do this, because:

a) I need money for our house.

b) I have watched this show and have a hunch that I am at least as smart as a 5th grader.  Hell, I was one not too long ago…  Maybe 13 years ago?  And I was a smartass, too.  I was the kind of kid who looked down my nose at all the other kids reading fluffy young adult novels, because I was busy toting around “Gone With the Wind” and “Shogun”.  Hell, “A Wrinkle in Time” was my first novel.  I was 6.


  1. hey honey this all sounds like a positive plan …….

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you sweetie xx
    Biggie sends kisses

  2. Congrats on the new bling! and time with Fezzik, maybe you can include a pic of Fezzik. Good luck with your house hunting!

  3. Huzzah on your darling coming to spend time with you and Fezzik for 3 months! Long distance relationships are laaaame.

    Great luck on the house! I would LOVE to get a house of my very own for myself and my hubby but it will be a few years yet. Thus, all of my immediate hopeful wishing goes to you! :D

    I’ve never been a watcher of that show but if you go on it I will SO watch, lol.

    And your ring sounds fabulous! My engagement/wedding ring is antique style with a sapphire. I love Edwardian style :)

    Happiness to you!

  4. Hi Vicki! Thanks so much, I’m really looking forward to visiting England and meeting you and Biggie in person. I suspect I shall have to have Matt take me there to meet his mother ;)

    Hey Jody, I’m attempting to figure out how to upload photos/video of Fezzik, per request. I have some from before becoming homeless. I will also try to get some newer photos/video of him bonding with Matt – he’s filled out a bit (Fezzik, not Matt!) I suspect I shall have a few arguments on this score; like me, Matt is a little shy in front of the camera, but if he wants me to ever have his children, I suspect he may need to grin and bear it for the camera, since I want memories for posterity and all that lovely stuff.

    Hi Caitlin! I agree, long distance is nowhere near as fun as the alternative. We’re hoping hard on the house too, but I get the feeling it will take a lot of work yet. I would love to see your ring! Do you have a photo? I’m going to try to get one up soon-ish, but I’ve already tried taking pics of it with my camera phone and it’s a major fail – the low quality does it nowhere near justice. It’s 109 years old and I love it sooooooo much :)

    Thank you all for the well-wishes and support!

  5. I’m popping back in to let you know that I posted a blog entry featuring my ring just for you! haha :)


  6. Hi Caitlin,

    I left a message on your blog. Your ring is gorgeous! I’m totally gonna try to get photos up this weekend of mine :)


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