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Virgin365: day two hundred and seventy-four…Elevator Emergency Stop


Virgin365: day two hundred and sixty-five…Apartment Marathon Training


Virgin365: day one hundred and twenty-seven…Mango Message


365 ONE: day 228…Ikea Exhaustion

Day 228: August 23rd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Carrying Ikea Items Home

Dance of the Day was = “Don’t Mess With My Man [Mood 2 Swing Edit]” by Lucy Pearl

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Snuggie”

Anything to Note =

It was Ikea day today!

Literally the whole day was at Ikea! We left home at 10am to meet family friend at a bus near hers that goes to Ikea, so we had a proper schedule! And we were not back until after 5pm!

Exhausted!

I turned into one of those people that push the trolley around and then when others are looking would find a piece of Ikea showroom furniture to sit on 🙂

Sadly my back was hurting and my feet are swollen so they started to hurt…so I became like an invalid! I am not used to not being able to keep on trucking! Although my mum made some comment that I may be bigger! Or that she thinks I’ve got bigger since I have been here…I say there just isn’t any more room in there!!! But it may be the case since I have ONE MONTH TO GO!!!!!!

Holy schenfaefkjnflakjveajkvbjkaenvjkdarnfvjkdnvidnvnkljeafiuvh!!!

Yup, that is a real word! Haha!! It is Swedish to go along with the Ikea day haha!

Anyway, we did end up getting a few things and our family friend bought us some as our baby shower gifts…so I think now we should be set for the essential UK baby items thanks to all our days of shopping, online research and purchases and some more gifts!!

Am hoping anyway that the baby shopping can now come to an end! Although that covers the UK and we have yet to even come close to being done for the NYC baby room….which we have time with I know as I don’t come back until January, but that is the main room, so…..will need to figure that out soon too. Ugh!

Am waiting of course on whether we get this new apartment and the mortgage to know if we even have a baby room first! Then I will deal with it…or rather help Stuart deal with it as I won’t be around. Methinks there will be a lot of Skype-ing so I can see what’s going on!

Not that I don’t trust the baby room with you Stuart!! I do!! 🙂

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Anywho….

The highlight today was of course the Swedish meatballs at Ikea haha!!


365 ONE: day 157…”Free” My Butt!!!!

Day 157: June 13th, 2012  = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Hoodoo Voodoo” Billy Bragg & Wilco

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Fat Joke References”

Anything to Note =

I took Stuart to see the Briarwood apartment today as it seems to be something we (me) are very interested in. I did take that video of the apartment but figured he had to see it with his own eyes. We actually saw two apartments in the building as coincidentally another similar unit came on the market just yesterday – so now we have to really think…

Most of today was about me gathering materials and submitting them to a mortgage broker that we use at work to see what we could be pre-approved for. No idea what they will come up with from us paupers!! Speaking of that – it just made me think about the lottery we played yesterday so must check that ticket!!

So we were asked to check our credit scores online today to give them a sense of what scores Stuart and I have. I’ve never actually checked my credit score before – everything turned out ok though as was waiting for something bad or random on there – glad I paid off my credit cards a few months ago!

BUT…

…I didn’t read the fine print on this website I was on and managed to get signed up for a monthly credit report membership instead of the advertised “free” check. I was rushing as had so much I was also doing at work at the same time and then as it was loading I briefly saw the $17.95 at the bottom in teeny weeny writing…and it was one of those “ah crap” moments 😦

I’m glad I saw that figure in my peripheral vision as wouldn’t have known. As after my free trial I would have been charged almost $18 a month to an account that would not be able to accomodate that!

So then I had to search for how to cancel this sudden membership – which of course could only be done via phone! And on the phone it took forever as she (the salesperson) of course wanted to sell me every possible option – long read out speeches, one after another, of options I could still have if a member. After the fourth courtesy listen I then kept interrupting  with “no thank you” every time she revved up for another speech.

Finally she said “I guess you have your mind made up to cancel everything”

YA THINK????!!!!!!

Sidenote: I wrote some notes about this blog on my blackberry, as I do every day along my day to remember things to 365 blog about later, and I ended up on the wrong subway train at the wrong stop! UGH!!

Lesson today then – don’t take things for granted. Don’t take things at face value!!


365 ONE: day 155…Dreamville to Ville BUT Still a Ville

Day 155: June 11th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Cecilia” by Paul Simon

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Apartment for Stuart to See”

Anything to Note =

I had my first subway tip-toes tunnel experience on the E train today as had to go out in Queens to see some apartments. I was expecting a long tunnel but actually it wasn’t so bad at all. So far then the worst is still the bloomin’ R train!

I went out to parts of Queens I had never been to today in order to pick up keys at one location to an apartment and then to see two apartments that were the next best on my list. So today was my first trip to both Forest Hills and Briarwood! A little exploring 🙂

First stop was Forest Hills to get the keys from a realty office. I got off the subway and entered….DREAMVILLE!! It was amazing!! It was 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan and there I was suddenly walking down green grass paths with countryside road signs and beautiful rows of chalets down the roads! It was dream house after dream house! I’ve never seen anything like it!

I took two photos of two houses but only one would upload so here is a little something of what I am talking about…

This photo doesn’t do it justice! It was incredible!!!!

I have to start playing the lottery as this is truly DREAMVILLE!!

So after a trip down DREAMVILLE to get the keys I had to go out to Briarwood, further out in Queens, to see the two apartments, and it was a little sad after coming from amazing greenery…I got off the subway and was a little disappointed….certainly not DREAMVILLE 😦

BUT…then saw an apartment that was kind of exactly what I have been looking for or had more of what I am looking for at a cheaper rate – which realistically I need to consider as this whole upfront cash downpayment thing is going to be the death of me! AND…I kind of like it actually….more than like really…

I had to take a video of the apartment for Stuart to see as he couldn’t make it – so you can see the upload of it on my other blog 🙂

So now need to think. Really think!


365 ONE: day 154…Apartment Search

Day 154: June 10th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Beatles Much?”

Anything to Note =

Yesterday was a day of looking at Astoria apartments – ugh – exhausting!! I put in a quick search of cheapest two bedroom apartments for sale in Astoria, to see, as we kind of would love and prefer to stay in this area as we love Astoria – and five came up so managed to see them all yesterday!

And there is one we like but it all comes down to the friggin’ downpayment and coming up with money upfront for it…super annoying as really we can’t afford what they were asking for….

So then spent last night until late looking for listings further out in Queens that is cheaper but still have the subway nearby and still two bedrooms, and made notes on about 26 listings!

All morning I have been emailing the brokers my questions about these listings and now down to 19!! But still! This whole process is just annoying! And I am a licensed Real Estate salesperson and its still annoying!

One of the ones we liked yesterday in Astoria got an offer on it we found out and real estate moves so fast so I feel like I am in a time crunch!!! And its just building and building – you can get lost in real estate and looking and searching and questions and listings….ugh!

I wish there was some way to see all the apartments, all 19 of them left on my list, in one day without moving haha! So I can compare and  figure this out!! I need to invent a teleporter 🙂

And how to grow money on trees!!!!

Or on houses?? 🙂