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People say life is the thing, but I prefer reading*
 

I was going to call this post Stress#5 but I'm not really stressed. YET.

We bought a new flat yesterday. After much time spent surfing the ESPC, we found one we liked, and yesterday they accepted our offer. It's subject to a satisfactory survey of course (which we're totally paranoid about after the last fiasco) so I'm not allowing myself to get excited.

I'm also not excited because I am a property tart. Now this may sound bad, but let me explain:

I'm quite impulsive, and as soon as I walk into a nice property I immediately picture myself living there - walking around in my knickers, happily chatting on the phone, watching the TV or erm, surfing the web (not that I'm sitting in my pants right now, but only cause I'm at work and I'd get funny looks). It doesn't matter whether I'm contemplating a long-term relationship, or just a one night stand, if I like the look of a property I get dangerously obsessed, and start to calculate just how much I would get for one of my kidneys - would it be enough to buy this house?

So we'd seen our new flat, liked it and decided we wanted to make an offer. Unfortunately, I then saw a lovely old terraced house in Corstorphine (exactly the area that we like). And here's the thing - IT WASN'T COMPLETELY OUT OF OUR PRICE RANGE. Cut to happy images of pant-wearing web-surfing again, except this time in a POSH HOUSE, and with only one kidney.

So that kind of ruined the flat a little bit for me. But only a little bit, because it was delusional to think we could ever afford the posh terraced house without actually having to sell all our belongings, and some major organs. Our solicitor has now confirmed that it's definitely out of our league, and we've had our offer accepted on the nice flat (again, in Corstorphine) with a bay window and a garden front and back. Ooh, and a rhododendron bush! How exciting! I'm going to have to learn how to garden.

The only drawback (and it's a fairly big drawback) is that we can't get into the house until the 25th September (and we're homeless as of 28th July), so we're going to have to rent for two months, with our TWO CATS.

We may end up living in a tent this summer.

(Anyone reading this who can recommend a landlord in Edinburgh looking for a short term lease, and is happy to allow two very well behaved cats, please leave a comment.)
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