Ann of Vries

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  1. Oh boy, I hope we don’t run into similar. We’ve had enough trouble! Our buyer’s solicitor got really hung up on the idea—and could not be convinced otherwise—that our extra parking space was a dues-paying leasehold (think like condominiums) instead part of our freehold property and seems to have gotten the buyers convinced as well. Our home was built by the same development company as the place across the street at the same time (which is leasehold flats and associated parking and managed by them), and because of that it’s mentioned on the deed. But our extra parking space is not on the property of the leasehold and if we owed dues, you think Mr would have heard from them in the last 18 years? It should be resolved now. I just hope there aren’t more problems.
  2. Welcome back to another round. I’m with you on not panicking. ❤️ Realistically this pandemic was never going to be a fast thing to recover from, but I feel like 6 months in we would thought we were making more progress. *sigh*
  3. Based on the handful of Tolkien scholars I know, that’s... basically a requirement, isn’t it? XD
  4. Right. It’s Friday. It’s been a really tough week. Everything is on fire. Enting is finally at nursery today—and hopefully will stay healthy this time—and I’m going to be busting my butt on this script. I was able to get an extension, but not as much of one as I’d hoped for. And I’m really hoping asking for it it won’t count against me when they choose among the writing candidates. I need to pull up my daily walking average, but that’s not going to be the focus of today, or even tomorrow. I’ll start worrying about that next week. We think we have a silver bullet for the buyers’ concerns now (it’s a long story, and has been a bit farcical to be honest) and we hope that will finally move forward. So we can move.
  5. UM GIRL I DON’T SEE THE WYE IN YOUR ITINERARY. Seriously (and with less caps) if we are moved by then (and jeebus I really hope we are), you are welcome to come stay with us for a bit. Our place is big and we don’t care if we’ve just moved in. ❤️ (I would be happy to have another American around for Thanksgiving, and our usual LARP con we do around that time of year is canceled. Just saying.)
  6. This week is already plunging into a nosedive. *sigh* On Monday morning, a 20 minute morning appointment went upwards 2 hours, Enting went down very sick and had to be collected early and has been home all day today Tuesday, and has an almost zero chance of going to nursery tomorrow. Caring for a sick child overnight hasn’t been great for sleep. And there’s the issue that usually when the child gets sick, one or both adults follow.... So... my grand plans to write that script this week?* Bust. Walking? Bust. By the end of the week we should know if our buyers are moving forward (there’s been issues), or if that’s going to be a bust, too. It’s been a very discouraging week and it’s only Tuesday. (*I don’t technically have a deadline for this one yet, but quick turn-over is definitely one of the qualities they are looking for.)
  7. The OP indicated that you could decide what counts for mileage. Personally, I just put in whatever mileage my FitBit reports at the end of the day because I’m all about keeping it simple. That is pottering around the house, errands, “rucking” my toddler, actual rambles and hikes, etc.
  8. End of Week Zero There’s been some challenges with our move. I don’t want to get into the details, but we are feeling less and less confident about our buyers following through. This is a blow. We should know in the next few days what’s what. The sellers of the house we are trying to buy are aware of this, and are so far showing sympathy and patience. A few days ago I somehow tweaked my back. (We suspect Enting-related.) I have chronic neck and shoulder pain, but I rarely have back pain. Compensating has caused problems down into my hip and knee. Good times. The back seems to be getting better, though, so hopefully the hip and knee will follow. I changed my walking goal to an average of 4 miles a day because I know there are inevitable days where I don’t manage that for Reasons (like the above paragraph) and other days where I smash it. I’ve had trouble hitting my walking goals the last couple of challenges so while I still want it to be a challenge, I want it to be one I have a chance of actually succeeding on. I will start tracking as of tomorrow. Starting tomorrow, Enting has full time nursery for the week and I will get working!
  9. I restarted this journey back in May, currently about 550 miles in. This is just by walking and pottering about on my daily day. There’s an app on iOS called Walk to Mordor that I’ve been using to tally my mileage and milestones.
  10. Or, When it Rains it Pours This particular challenge begins with two big things that may happen during it: 1) Finally moving to the Wye. (90% chance.) 2) Start my new job. (??!?!?% chance.) If that last one confused you, it’s okay. I’m a bit dazed myself! The short version is that an amazing contract writing opportunity dropped on me out of nowhere last week and Mr and I agreed that although the timing was somewhat less amazing (since we’re on the cusp of a cross-country move and we hadn’t really about thought of me going back to work before Enting started school), the career path it could open up for me (games writing) was too good to ignore and we’d made it work if it came through. I’ve since made it past the first round with the initial writing sample I did for them, and they’ve hired me to write them an opening script based on their game premise. If the script goes over well, it may turn into a longer term contract to develop and write rest of their launch content. (And after that, possibly ongoing content.) breathes (I told Mr that even if I don’t make it beyond this stage, the boost to my confidence has been huge. And I will still have a current professional credit on my CV.) ANYWAY. Goals during this challenge: 1) Assuming the move continues forward, the next stage will be choosing which removal service we’re using. There’s also going through and getting rid of misc. junk that has piled up, admin like getting mail redirected (I’m particularly worried about the timing of the move and my absentee ballot for the US presidential election), choosing a new surgery/dentist, etc. And if the contract pans out(!!!), I need to figure out a fast childcare solution for the Enting on the other side. (Luckily, his current nursery has been really flexible with us over the last couple of weeks.) 2) Finish the script. Submit it. Make it the best thing I can while showing them I can keep a tight deadline. 3) Continue the Walk to Mordor/4 miles each day (done by average of days). Since I will be, at least for the next several days, back to doing a lot of computer work, I need to make sure I’m caring for my body. I woke up this morning with my body feeling like I was 111 years old, and I don’t like that at all. I’m only 41! 3a) Mr has suggested we start doing pilates or something together. Give that a go. I also need to update the WtM app. It’s been a few weeks This has been done now. 4) Don’t drop my eating standards (too much). Things are busy, and I will not have as much leisure to cook elaborate healthy meals, at least in the short term. Compromises will need to be made, but don’t completely let go. Goals 1-2 are moving targets that will develop on how things both inside and outside of my control proceed and I’ll probably set objectives at the beginning of each week. 3-4 are fairly static. And that’s it for me... here’s to big awesome changes!