I was in the throes of house-hunting. I even found a house (two, actually) that I wanted to buy, but they each needed a lot of work, and I offered much less than the asking price. I will write a post about that whole thing. All I'll say for now is that neither seller went for it. The first one may have come down to $20K more than I was comfortable spending, but I'd have to spend $15K-$20K to fix the damage in the house. So, I continue to rent in my lovely little house near the town center and only seven minutes away from work, and I'll keep looking. In one way, my options have expanded in that I can think about going for a short sale now (those take forever to come through).
Work has been very busy, which is good for job security.
I have been reading a lot of books, and they have irritated me no end. Well, not all of them, but two of them. Maybe I've had my fill of "I will try to do this impossible thing for a month/a year and then write a book about it" stunt. I'll review them at one point but I have to stop throwing them across the room in frustration and surliness. Here are two tips, one inspired by each book: If you set out to prove that something is stupid, you will do everything you shouldn't do and prove yourself right. And if you chirp on and on about how easy it is to spend $30 for a free-range chicken and everyone should do it, you're showing everyone around you that you're a clueless dolt.
How have you all been?