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Martin Tithonium
27 July 2016 @ 10:37 pm
Woooooooork. Real estate agent. Heat. Finished Just Cause 3 story mode.
 
 
Martin Tithonium
26 July 2016 @ 09:57 pm
more work. always more work. Some cleaning. Some just cause 3.
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Martin Tithonium
25 July 2016 @ 09:28 pm
worky things, nicki overheating. made an appointment to have my wrist looked at next monday.
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Martin Tithonium
24 July 2016 @ 10:03 pm
original pancake house, then ghostbusters, then withering in the heat. then some just cause 3.
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Martin Tithonium
24 July 2016 @ 12:11 am
Saturday cancelled on account of headache
 
 
Martin Tithonium
23 July 2016 @ 12:26 am
usual work. started just cause 3. wrist hurts.
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Martin Tithonium
22 July 2016 @ 07:50 am
Nothing of interest to report
 
 
Martin Tithonium
20 July 2016 @ 10:48 pm
Talking bloody revolution. Writing pretty damn good code across several repositories at once. Talked to a Realtor. Selling the house is going to be expensive.

Saw Ghostbusters. My review.
 
 
Martin Tithonium
19 July 2016 @ 10:23 pm
Ever stand at the base of a mountain, look up at the peak, and say "wait, you want me to WALK up that shit?!?"
This is why the house is not packed or getting packed quickly.

Meanwhile, work continues.
 
 
Martin Tithonium
18 July 2016 @ 09:50 pm
eh. worky stuff.
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Martin Tithonium
18 July 2016 @ 12:42 am
Looked at some houses. Went to a birthday party. Played a lot of Sunless Sea.
 
 
Martin Tithonium
17 July 2016 @ 12:53 am
video games. looked at a couple houses. This one is perfect in terms of parking, pretty good in terms of commute, perfectly adequate in terms of layout and space, and has a crappy main bathroom, which we would totally have to replace.
Then fish&chips for lunch, and home for some packing of offices and chilling. I've been playing Sunless Sea.
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Martin Tithonium
15 July 2016 @ 11:17 pm
wrapped up a few things. left early. hit uwajimaya.
As I was approaching, a car honks. It's my boss driving the other direction. Me: "Shouldn't you be working?" Him: "Shouldn't YOU be working?" me: "Shit. uh... We didn't see each other!"
The chicken powder I like is 2/3 the price there as on Amazon. So I bought two.

We cleared out most of the harem pit. All but the two biggest pillows are packed into space bags and compressed down. There's now enough room to use it as a staging area for things being moved out of all the other rooms. Need to clear the path a bit, then we can start emptying out the upstairs rooms.
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Martin Tithonium
14 July 2016 @ 09:42 pm
Eh. Work. Skirting the B word, I fear.
 
 
Martin Tithonium
13 July 2016 @ 10:31 pm
knocking down issues. refactoring things. plotting housework. some video games. some (entirely pointless at this stage) house shopping.
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Martin Tithonium
12 July 2016 @ 09:41 pm
Meh. Work and stuff
 
 
Martin Tithonium
10 July 2016 @ 10:22 pm
Some packing. Some cooking. Some trying to fix the TV.
 
 
Martin Tithonium
09 July 2016 @ 10:00 pm
Breakfast at Luna Park.

Then met with a mortgage broker. He went over a lot of things, and it turns out I've been /overly pessimistic/ in some of my calculations, which is weird, because I thought I was being overly optimistic. Apparently - based /solely/ on income - we could qualify to buy a house for as much as $1.6M. I thought looking at $950k was a stretch. Now, we could only /just/ afford the actual mortgage payment for that $1.6M, and it's half again what I'm looking to be paying, but it at least points out that we have a lot more flexibility than we thought we did. He didn't have a solid answer on the capital gains issue, since we're not married and he's not sure how that would divide up. For now, I'm just assuming a flat 15% on everything above our original purchase price and hoping that's sufficiently pessimal. Based on all of that, I've put together a spreadsheet showing how much we get out of selling the house for various amounts, and how much we need up front to buy a house at various amounts, and it looks like we'd need to sell somewhere between $680k and $780k to afford houses ranging from $500k to $1M.

The downside of ALL of this, however, is that it's assuming we have slightly better credit scores than we currently do. In other words, we more or less HAVE to sell the house FIRST, pay off our debts, wait for our credit reports to update (~45d) and THEN apply for a loan on a new house.

This complicates things massively. We can /probably/ sell this place with a two month rent-back clause (meaning we rent the house from the buyers for two months while we try to buy a new place), but that could get tight. And if we don't find a place quickly, or can't close on it fast enough, or - gods forbid - the place we want to buy ALSO have a rent-back clause, then we'd have to find a place to rent between when we have to be out of this house and when we can get into the new. And finding a place that a) is big enough we won't kill each other and b) will rent month-to-month from the start and c) will accept two large dogs... that's gonna be tough. and expensive. A cursory search turned up /two/ places within reasonable areas that met the criteria, and both cost half again to twice what we're paying for our mortgage now. That'll hurt more than I'd like. It's not /impossible/, but it sucks.


Anyway, then we went to look at some houses that were open today but not tomorrow. The first was tiiiiny. Not even big enough for the two of us. The second looked GREAT on the redfin listing. It was not so much in person. It could be MADE awesome, but it would require moving some walls around and turning what is basically three units back into two, deleting a kitchen, expanding another kitchen, and replacing a bathroom with a Bathroom. For the price, that's WAY too much work. The third was much better than I was expecting. Great parking situation, WEIRD layout. But we were able to figure out how we could make the layout work for all four of us, and it's cheap enough we could easily afford to do the remodeling work we'd want.

Then we drove thru downtown Edmonds, past a house we'd looked at previously which seems to have been taken off the market, and drove south thru Woodway.. Saw an open house sign and turned in and looked at a very nice $1.3M house on >2 acres with its own creek. I was quite charmed. But, sadly, the layout would make it unworkable for the four of us, and it's too expensive anyway. Which is a pity, because it's got a lot of awesome around it, would be /amazing/ for hosting parties, has a ridiculous amount of parking, and is just wonderful.

Then we went to Fu Man Dumpling house for lunch and came home. Very sore. Very tired.

We need to start packing the house. We can't show it until we get most of the crap we own /out/. If anybody wants to help with that, it'd be greatly appreciated. Especially seeing as neither loree nor I is any good for carrying heavy things anymore. ::/
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Martin Tithonium
09 July 2016 @ 08:32 am
knocked down several things at work, then came home and installed the TiVo. Pretty happy with it so far.
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Martin Tithonium
07 July 2016 @ 09:10 pm
day was fine. then I caught up on twitter.

fuck it. burn the whole thing down.
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Martin Tithonium
06 July 2016 @ 10:02 pm
stuff. things. izombie.
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Martin Tithonium
05 July 2016 @ 09:33 pm
I've spent all day zombified after taking 50mg of doxepin last night. got some work done. tried and failed to read. managed to finish an audiobook. trying to watch izombie now.
did not get around to calling comcast. need to do that tomorrow.
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Martin Tithonium
04 July 2016 @ 10:11 pm
Been doing a bunch of work writing code and cleaning up data to make my movie and tv collections work with Plex. Did some dishes.

Went to install the replacement DirecTV receiver. Knocked over my favorite mug. The big purple one with the dragon. That thing was amazingly well built. It only broke into /four/ pieces. Le sigh.

And then discovered that they sent us the same model of receiver that we already had.

See, Loree had called to ask for a replacement because it's been flaking out, and also I wanted a slightly newer model that supported their new moble dvr service. The need for a newer model was made clear repeatedly.
So they sent us an empty box, and left a voicemail saying we'd be charged for not returning the hardware if we didn't do it soon.
She called them again, clarified that they needed to send the new hardware /first/, and also that it needed to be the newer model.

So, after screwing up twice, and my general dissatisfaction with them (among other things, I'm tired of paying fees for service 'features' that shouldn't have fees, and don't cost them anything), I've decided to switch to Comcast and buy a Tivo. I'll be calling comcast tomorrow to start that part rolling, and once I've got confirmation, I'll order the Tivo.

Oh, and people are setting off explosives outside our house.

So, kind of a crap day, as it turned out.

Grump.
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Martin Tithonium
03 July 2016 @ 09:30 pm
watching tv. made potato soup. came out ok.
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Martin Tithonium
02 July 2016 @ 11:31 pm
5 errands run in 2 hours, before noon. m&o over for food.
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