Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Big Day!

   I've spent the last few days stuck in writing land, which has been wonderful.  I've started working on a new serial and am coming up with new ideas for an older short story I've been working on for awhile.  So, all and all quite productive. 
   It was certainly better than the four hours I spent job hunting yesterday.  With so many private schools in the DC area you would think that at least one of them would be hiring a new history teacher for the fall.  What I'm finding is that maybe this private school thing is not as easy as I first thought.  Though everyone working at these schools already are less qualified than I am, I guess they have some special avenue through the prep school gates that I don't.  My sister went to private school and it seems that unless you went there or somewhere similar they just won't hire you.  I think that is sad and incestuous, but as an outsider I don't think there is much I can do to change the situation.
    On to some good news....We should have a decision on our house offer by 5:00 today (I was really hoping it would be earlier).  I am very ready to be on my own again (well Chris will be coming too).  I'll keep you updated as things transpire.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Good News (Finally) !!

   I just got off the phone with my real estate agent and things are looking good for our house purchase finally.   The banks will have an agreement to us by Tuesday and assuming that goes well, we should be able to move in twenty days later.  
   We are hedging our bets though and have decided to go ahead with looking at new properties tomorrow.  No doubt we will find something that we like even better for even cheaper and then be stuck with a really hard decision.  
   I can't wait for all of this to be over.

A light at the end of the tunnel?

Started my day with a call to England.  I've decided that there is no way I can bake and decorate my sister-in-laws wedding cake in the day and a half I will have after arrival.  With some quick thinking I called up the little Mill Bakery in Swanton Morley (who created such a wonderful cake for my own wedding) to beg and plead for a special favor.  I want a wedding cake with no icing, and no stacking, and well nothing really but cake (and they talked me into filling as well).     
  After that, I had my first teaching related interview today.  After dressing up in my new interviewin' suit I walked up to the steps of my local community college and offered a very kind and understanding man from the History department my CV.  Though we only spoke for about 15 mins I got a good feeling about how things went. Too bad I won't hear back until July about whether they will need a new History professor or not.  Still, it was nice to finally have someone respond well to my background.  I've vowed to become more aggressive with the search, but I'm not really an aggressive person.  I like to sit back and see where things will take me, steering myself to the right choice as I go.   These tactics are clearly getting me no where.
     The last thing I have to do to day is call my real estate agent, who is taking us to see more houses on Saturday.  After our last offer went into short sale (over three months ago), we are just about giving up on it.  We can't keep living under my parents' roof.  This was only supposed to last for three months and now we are working on seven.  I can't believe the mess the housing market is in.  We are offering almost 50% down on this house and secured a mortgage for the rest long ago.  The seller's bank won't even take our money, they would rather hold onto a house that no one has lived in for over a year.  It is crazy!