29 December 2012 @ 21:13
New year approaches so I thought I'd do a bit of a round up now before I forget.

This year has had it's ups and downs.

My health is better than 2011, though not perfect. I've still got lots of annoying little things which I think are probably related to lifestyle. I think I'd certainly not have so many problems if I reduced stress and ate more healthily. Right now I have what I thought was a cold at first but I'm not inclined to say it's my sinusitis flaring up again.

Work is going ok. I'm now working permanently as an analyst and I still like it. My CV looks quite good now so in a few years when I've got more experience I hope to springboard from this into another company on more money (unless I get a decent payrise this coming April!).

Study is also going ok. I passed my first year of AAT and am currently working towards the second. I'll never actually qualify because my job is doesn't have any accounting functions but it's has improved my knowledge. I think once I've finished AAT I'll do CIMA. I also did an OU course called Galaxies, Planets and Stars, which was mostly physics and was very enjoyable.

Tom and I bought a house. We ended up getting the first one we viewed- the two bedroom Victorian terrace -because it was priced well and we would have ended up doing work to any of the houses we saw, even the ones that looked finished. Tom has done a lot of work to it and has so far decorated our bedroom, the lean to, the downstairs bathroom and the kitchen. Even though it's not finished we've definitely added some equity to it and our mortgage is less than our rent was so it was a good buy.

2012 QuizCollapse )

In summary, it's been an alright year. There are little things I would change but the major stuff has all be fine.

Next weekend is my thirtieth birthday and I will be going to Oxford with Tom and doing some shopping. I've already bought loads of stuff in the Christmas sales today- two suits, two skirts, three vests, new shoes, a blouse and a top. Got to start dressing like a thirty something instead of a twenty something haha.

New years resolutions are:

Be an ethical shopper.
Pass all my exams.
Get my haircut (not had a cut in about five years because I hate going to the hairdressers).
Live a healthier lifestyle.
Current Mood: calmcalm
11 December 2012 @ 20:59
What the hell is wrong with LJ lately? First the update page looks all weird, then I start getting daily emails saying I'm logging in from an unknown IP and now my user info looks weird. The About link takes you to a locked entry in a community I am not part of and has moderated entry so I can't even find out what is going on from LJ.

The IP thing is the most annoying. I got scared and changed my password before realising all the log ins were at the times I have logged in. I can find no way of notifiying them that the IP is fine or of switching the notifications off.

To be honest, I think the updates look like wet shart and I really don't get why they would take a clean, simple design and fuck with it. I'd like them to update the layout of the help/FAQ section and make something that allows you to bulk download entries for back up instead of modernising the layout. But this is LJ after all and it's gone steadily down hill since I started hanging around in 2004. If I didn't have a lifetime paid membership and years of entries here I'd have fucked off ages ago.
Current Mood: crankycranky
15 September 2012 @ 23:58
Went to see the new Judge Dredd movie this evening and it was great. Super violent but it was a really enjoyable film. Recommended!
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
19 May 2012 @ 11:22
Soooo tired. It has been such a long week!

We started house hunting on Wednesday in the end and saw two houses. One Edwardian 3 bed semi with a conservatory, which was nice but a bit poky and needed work doing to it, and one 2 bed Victorian terrace that needed a bit of cosmetic work and some effort in the garden. I'm leaning towards the terrace so far because it was in a good location for walking to town/the train station but we're seeing another five next week, all semi's with driveway parking which would probably make them easier to sell later and nice big gardens which is important to us. Most of them don't appear to need anything doing other than painting our chosen colour scheme.

Also we saw a broker and got a mortgage offer in principle for the max we could borrow. Unfortunately the mortgage broker is part of an estate agents we probably won't go with because they've only recently opened and they haven't got a great deal of properties that fit our criteria. What they're trying to do is get us in something way more expensive than we want because they know we can borrow more than we're actually shopping for. We're very determined not to go over budget by more than £5k but yesterday he sent me a property that was £90k over budget and right on the cusp of what we can afford to borrow. It's just wasting my time! In the broker's defense I think he did the first quote to make sure we could borrow what we wanted and because we could get the decision with only a soft credit search. It was my own fault for telling the estate agent what we'd been offered when I should have kept my mouth shut.

Anyhow, we're going to see the broker again on Monday and hopefully get some ideas of monthly payments and rates. We spoke to another broker who was suggesting quite high rates based on the fact we've only got a 10% deposit, which is fair enough, but we've seen cheaper online for 90% LTV and we have good credit ratings and no current debts. I think we'll see what he offers and then go to the Yorkshire Bank -who aren't the cheapest to begin with but seem like they will be cheapest overall- and make an application ourselves. If we get turned down by them then I suspect we'll use the current broker as he's pretty genuine. I didn't give away the fact that I'd previously worked in the industry and he didn't do or say anything that was nonsense. He even cautioned against using the in-house conveyancers because they're not as quick or as cheap as picking our own solicitor which I thought was very honest. He called this morning and said he's got some other decisions in principle for us to chat about on Monday.

I just really hope we find the perfect house next week so we can make an offer. We need to be out of our flat at the end of August and I didn't realise how long buying a house actually takes- we probably should have started looking a month ago minimum! Oh well, I suppose I can always ring up the landlady and beg to stay on an extra month or two- last time we asked it was a no but maybe she'll be more amenable this year as we will have a moving date in sight by then.

The whole thing is going to be terribly timed because both Tom and I are anticipating being very busy at work in September so we'll likely struggle to get time off to actually move. I think this is going to be a very stressful few months!!!
Current Mood: busybusy

...And Tom has just started watching Eureka. He roped me into watching an episode and luckily for him, this chap appears. Damn!

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Current Mood: bouncybouncy
06 April 2012 @ 21:43
Have just come back from five well deserved nights away!

We had two nights in York, one in Manchester and then another two in Liverpool. It has been such a busy week!

York, I recommend highly. There's loads of history in York and lots of places to visit. We didn't have time to do everything we wanted to do so we'll have to go back at some point!

Manchester was... well, no offense to anyone from Manchester who reads this, but it was a bit crap actually haha. To be fair, it rained a lot which didn't help, plus there were screaming kids wherever we went so we weren't exactly in the mood for it! There just didn't seem to be much there for tourists, though I think it would be a great place to live as there was lots of shops and restaurants and things.

Liverpool was probably the best out of the three, or at least joint with York. The Walker Art Gallery was fantastic, and even the Tate up there was brilliant- amazing when you consider how much shit they've filled Tate Modern with! We also went to a mini exhibition about Wilfred Owen in Birkenhead, which was a sweet little thing, though it didn't have much content. We also went on the ferry and went to loads of museums. Didn't do any Beatles stuff so maybe some of that next time.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
24 March 2012 @ 00:51
I have had such a good evening! The company I work for signed up to be a call centre for Sport Relief and I volunteered to help man the phones and take donations. Our final total for the night is still to be announced but if everything pending goes through, we took calls totaling more than £40,000!

Do check out the Sport Relief website because it's a great cause and the money goes to projects all over the world.
Current Mood: excitedexcited
23 January 2012 @ 18:22
I've just removed a load of communities that were clogging up my friends list and decided to do an enormous friends cut at the same time. If you are one of the 100 odd people I removed and want to be re-added then please ask- I only removed people that hadn't updated publicly in a while.

If you want to be removed and I have kept you then let me know. I know I don't comment much but I do often read other peoples diary entries because I'm incredibly nosy haha. If you're wondering why you can't read most of mine it's because practically everything is available only to me, mostly because no one wants to read a long, rambling entry every single day about my boring life and I'm barely involved in fandom any more.
Current Mood: hungryhungry
01 January 2012 @ 00:22
Happy New Year!!!
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
31 December 2011 @ 11:39
Forty questions about 2011Collapse )

This really has been a year of highs and lows. Being ill for so long, even though it was minor ailments, made me so anxious and depressed that I felt like it took over my whole life. I know now that's because I let it. Obviously I've had blue days in the past but this lasted several months and was very distressing. I felt like I was a totally different person. Now I feel like I'm back to my usual cheery self it is an enormous relief!

The highs on the other hand were all brilliant. I've done lots of fun things this year and made a lot of time for friends and family.

I couldn't be happier in my job right now and have been pleased with the place for practically the whole year, even before I moved up. There's been the odd person who has spoiled it a bit but in general I work with a great bunch of people, including my two best friends (when one of them gets back from maternity leave anyway) and I have a good time there.

I went out to the theatre loads with my mum, my dad came to visit several times to go geocaching and even my brother, who is in the Merchant Navy and RNR so is at sea half the year, has been spotted a few times.

This has also been a great year with Tom. We had our third wedding anniversary and celebrated ten years as a couple. Together we paid off all our debts, started saving again for our own house and have actually achieved a lot together this year towards our long term goals. I am conscious of how lucky I am to have him.

Resolutions for 2012:

Lose some more weight.
Pass all my exams.
See my mum or dad at least once a month.
Go on holiday with my brother.
Be more organised.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful