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Home is anywhere you hang your head

It's a real pain to update LJ from this cupboard, but I'm awake and I may as well do it now. I've been online too much at work anyway.

I'm having qualms about the flat I want. Not because I don't like the flat itself, but because it would be so soon, and it makes the whole moving thing so much more real. The thought of packing all my incredible quantities of stuff fills me with horror.Yes, I know I'll have to do it sometime. But.

And there's always the other worries. If wedon't take this flat it may turn out to be the best option we had, and if I do I may find we should have waited (after all I haven't looked at that many) and that the flat of our dreams is just around the corner. This is stupid thinking - how can you ever tell how much looking is enough? Yesterday was such hard work, and two of the places I saw just sucked. The majority of places I've seen advertised weren't even worth looking at or else they were gone, so I imagine that if we don't take this one we'll be waiting a month or two before we find another as good. And it just can't be that central.

Ho hum, we still have to get past the landlords checks, so I have time to dither before we sign on the dotted line, assuming they let us get that far.

I bought the next Lemony Snickett yesterday, which cheered me up though, and am currently trying to resist the latest Artemis Fowl on the grounds that I don't want to buy to many hardbacks. Now that I have (some) money a few authors have been promoted to my hardback list. The problem is that once on that list it's very hard to demote them as I just have no patience to wait the two years or so between hardback of one book and softback of the next. So far only Terry Pratchet and Ursula leGuin are guaranteed hardback buys (Lemony Snickett doesn't count because I've never seen a softback version). Fortunately I only got into His Dark Materials when they were all out, otherwise that would have been another.

And Artemis Fowl is another series that I don't own the first book of, having read someone elses. This has happened a lot with me, and then it takes ages before I'm desperate enough to buy the first book just to complete my collection.

Gods, why do I have to have so many books. And will the landlord let me line that massive living room with shelves?

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juudes
30th Apr, 2003 00:55 (UTC)
I know that all-too-familiar 'shall I do it or shall I wait in case something better comes along' feeling.

My advice is: Go For It!!! It sounds good to me, and if it isn't meant to be then something will happen to prevent it. I also know what you mean by having so much stuff to move, but the sooner you start the longer you'll have, if Mir doesn't sell immediately.

I hope all goes well - good luck!
ex_pipistre
30th Apr, 2003 01:04 (UTC)
good luck- i'm starting to stress over moving too, especially with my tonnes of books.
again, good luck with the flat- it sounds ideal, and you can chuck rotten veggies out the window at all the nu-metallers hanging out on cockburn st.!
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babysimon
30th Apr, 2003 01:48 (UTC)
Take the flat. The things that are worrying you about having the flat would not be any better if you didn't have the flat...
gingiber
30th Apr, 2003 01:53 (UTC)
Take the flat. A large living room and on cockburn street. It sounds great.
djm4
30th Apr, 2003 01:55 (UTC)
In your position, I'd take the flat, and resist buying books until after the weekend.
lovingboth
30th Apr, 2003 02:16 (UTC)
Another "go for it!"
Most places aren't worth visiting, never mind living in, so when you find one, grab it quick.

Libraries are the answer to the wait. By the time the paperback is out, you can probably find the hardback remaindered or really cheap in a s/h bookshop. Virtually all my Pratchetts cost less than 50p.
pavlos
30th Apr, 2003 03:40 (UTC)
I'd take it. I can come and see it if you like, and pronounce it much beter than most rental flats I've seen. Also, instead of just dithering, you can keep looking for flats for a few more days. At the end you'll agree that your current choice is good and you'll be sick of looking at flats.

I don't understand the hardback/paperback distinction. It seems to be an artificial marketing scheme peculiar to the UK.

All the flats I've lived in with my family, as well as their friend's flats, had walls lined with bookcases. I was surprised when I moved to uni that this wasn't true of every flat. Anastasia's flat also resembles a library. So I think it's normal for flats to be full of books.

Pavlos
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