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I got word yesterday that my home loan was officially approved. The paperwork is being wrapped up and sent to the title company for closing. One step closer!

In other news, the packing is going reasonably well. We’ve got a lot of the books and appliances and things we don’t use daily boxed up, but there’s still a long way to go. Tomorrow I’m going to have to get a couple of large boxes for framed artwork, so that’ll mean a trip to U-Haul. Once we get the art off the wall in the living room, we’ll set about repainting it (it’s cobalt blue now; it needs to be white when we leave). To that end, we’ll be picking up some primer tonight at the store.

Jenn thinks we’re working way too far ahead of the packing game as it stands. I think, though, that it’s more accurate to say we’re right on schedule. What I’m trying to avoid is the stressful mad-dash-of-packing at the last minute. What I’d rather have is one or two boxes packed each night until all that’s left that last weekend we’re in the apartment is the stuff we use on an absolutely daily basis. Especially since we’ll be busy most of next Saturday with a pyrotechnician training class.

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As requested in comments, here’s the Official Housewarming Gift Guide. Buy me stuff! We will be having a party at some point once we’re unpacked, and the price of admission is a gift.

(Okay, I’m joking about all that, but for the people who actually do want to know what we need, here’s a list. I’ll keep this constantly updated with new and changing things, so check back before you get anything. I’ll also be updating the registries constantly.)

THE LIST

Gift Certificates

Online Registries

I wrote yesterday about some eBay troubles I was having where an item I sent to someone in Australia got shipped to the wrong person.

I contacted the person who got the shirt and asked them what we could do to get the issue resolved and got back the following:

Yeah, i have the t-shirt that you tried to send to Michael. The mistake that was made was that you didnt put the suburb on the packaging. This caused the mix up and it has been sent to the wrong address…mine. The package had the postcode on it. So i think i have determined the correct address. I wrote “Vermont Sth” on the package and am going to re-deliver the package.

I wrote back to the guy and thanked him for doing that. I got:

No problem mate, next time make sure you have the correct mailing address before sending stuff away. Poor Mickey almost paid US$12 + postage and handling for no reason.

I figure it’s beside the point that I used the address I was given by the customer. It’s stuff like this that sort of restores my faith in humanity. Some people out there are good.

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I got my copy of the CC&R document for the neighborhood I’ll be moving into. I have mixed feelings on the whole thing. On the one hand, as a homeowner I’d like to be able to do whatever I want to my own house. On the other, there’s no accounting for taste, so I’m glad there’s at least some sort of checks and balances going on.

I wish there was an English version of the thing, though. It’s all written in Legal, which is difficult to understand at best. I get the basic gist of it, but the particulars are a little more difficult. Do you have to ask before you plant stuff? It sure looks like it. I suppose it depends on whether it’s in good taste or not. And who defines good taste? The “committee” (which is like something out of a James Bond movie… sort of ominous sounding… some nebulous entity that may or may not truly exist, and if it does exist, it may not be for the forces of good…).

I can live with it. I wasn’t about to put up a pole barn in my front yard anyway.