Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Before I left I had seen a number of condos on Saturday and decided to put an offer on one. The owners countered and I accepted this evening, by the end of July I'll be in my own place - yippee! A lot of people have commented on how quickly I moved and I did but then again I've been looking at a lot of places on-line and in the end I knew what I wanted. There was a lot of fixer-uppers out there and unrealistic prices on tiny places I think I really lucked out. I'll be doing the inspection on Monday and will take pictures. Speaking of pictures I know I promised them in my last post but haven't gotten around to that yet. I'll get that taken care of this weekend.
The house buying process in the US is quite different from the UK from what I've been told. There's no need to worry about chains and wondering if somebody is going to drop out. I will be in the condo no later than July 30th, potentially sooner depending on how long it takes the financing to come through. There is also no need to worry about gazumping or gazundering they've agreed to the deal and there will now be penalties if they decide to take another offer.
It's surprising the things that I'm having to re-adjust to being back in the states. As I was signing and dating the offer for the condo today I was writing the date sometimes the British way and sometimes the American way. I very frequently have referred to condos as flats, luckily people know what I mean. The strangest thing though is the money. I've gotten so used to money being different shapes and sizes for different denominations I find myself spending much longer trying to figure out how much money I have and if I have the correct amount to pay for things. I've also found myself opening my change purse when I'm expecting less than $5 change so I Can put the coins away. I then realize that I'm getting dollar bills back. I'll get readjusted eventually.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The flight over from London was good I actually managed to sleep for a couple of hours on the plane and arrived feeling rather refreshed. I thought to myself this is good maybe I won't have jet lag. No such luck I've been getting up at 4 or 5 am every day since I arrived. Today I was shocked I actually slept in until 6:30.
The place I'm staying is very nice, I'll take some photos one of these days and get them uploaded. The only drawback is that the place is on top of a very steep hill. The last 3 blocks are the worst and am usually out of breath by the time I get to the apartment door. Of course by the time I get to the door I have also walked quite a distance. As I didn't rent a car I've been walking everywhere - earlier this week I was in training that was 1.7 miles from my house a nice 40 minute walk in the morning. I did cheat in the evenings and take either the bus or monorail to the Seattle Center and then walked from there.
Some of the many things I've been up to:
- On Monday I traded in my UK mobile for a US mobile
- Finding the important places grocery stores, restaurants, bars, etc.
- Looking at condos a rather discouraging endeavour - there are a few possibilities though
- Getting pre-approved for a mortgage
- Figuring out the buses
Today was my first day officially in the office. It is a little odd being in a cube. I haven't worked in a cube ever! All of my previous companies I was either working from home or there was an open or semi-open floor plan. Some of the perks of being in the office today I was given a $10 gift card to the cafe across the street as a new employee.
Friday, June 12, 2009
My adventures by the numbers:
253 Blog posts
20 New countries that I had never visited before
4 Different continents
50 Different cities
112 Passport stamps and visas
I consider myself incredibly lucky to have visited places that I never would have dreamed possible. Some of the highlights:
- My masseuse - I'll just have to find a new one
- Jetting all over Europe
- British Music
- Richmond Park and The Thames
- All the great people I've met
What I won't miss
- British customer service
- The sound of planes constantly flying over my flat
And of course there are the things I'm looking forward to about being back in the states:
- Watching the Superbowl at a reasonable time
- Exploring the west coast
- Being able to get Diet Dr Pepper whenever I want
- Finishing my state quarter collection (The Denver Mint)
Thanks to everyone that's made my time here so much fun. I must go now before I get too emotional.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
When are you leaving?
Friday June 12th at 3:15 PM.
Are you happy to be going home and being closer to your family?
I'm not going home. Home is on the east coast. I'm going to Seattle, that's on the west coast. I am no closer to my family in Seattle than I was in London. Still a 6 or so hour plane ride. The time difference is a little different instead of being 5 hours ahead I'm 3 hours behind.
Are you taking any time off before you start?
No I'm crazy and start working Monday. I have a 2 day training and will be in the office on Wednesday morning. I will have the weekend to get adjust to Pacific time. I'll probably take some time off over the summer just don't know when.
Do you have a place to stay in Seattle?
I have a temporary place lined up for 30-90 days. I am hoping to be in my own place by mid-August - yes this is quick but there's no need to drag things out.
I received 1 question after I posted the quiz on Monday asking what size the boxes - luckily I took a picture - I didn't measure them.
And the answer to the question you all want to know - the answer from the quiz on Monday. How many boxes were my belongings packed into?
33 - Dad was the closest with his guess of 30 congratulations you get to help me unpack them - HAHAHAHAHA
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
- Landlord not responding
- Top 10 things in Copenhagen
- Adventures of Delvish
- Custom Fees
- Expat Boston Blog
- Kangaroo pyramid / Kangaroo Tudy
- Expat problem
- Lease Renewal
Monday, June 8, 2009
Not only was I moving today but so were my neighbors so my tiny little street had 2 big moving vans parked on it. I have never seen the parking police patrol my street but they were there today. I can only guess that somebody called to complain that they couldn't get around the corner.
Anyways you may have noticed that I didn't actually mention how many boxes were packed that's up to you - can you guess?
Friday, June 5, 2009
Between now and next Friday there is still a bit of stuff I have to do but it isn't much.
- This evening I will be packing as much as I can into my suitcases and prepare for the move to my friends for the final week.
- I'm still hoping that Virgin sends me the bag to return the set-top box so far no luck.
- Monday the movers come and package my belongings for the long trip to Seattle.
- Pay the final bills.
- Professionally clean the flat on Thursday.
- I've also managed to take some time on Thursday to relax a bit and then have one last goodbye drinks and dinner with the guys from the office.
Tomorrow is the big goodbye BBQ, I am using the power of positive thought to make sure there is no rain tomorrow. The Q is happening rain or shine, I would just really like for it to shine.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
What makes this even more frustrating is that when the call came in they asked to come over and take pictures, I am 4 days away from having the movers come and pack things which means the place was a real mess. Things on the tables, and everywhere I spent about 45 minutes running around putting things away so that the place would be relatively tidy for the pictures and now I have to make sure the place stays tidy for prospective tenants. It will be interesting to see how long it takes them to post the flat on the site and start actually showing it to tenants.
In other news I walked outside today to see the parking ban sign posted for my move. Does this make it real?
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Of course what I want to know is what is he moving that he needs £500K. With my package I'm managing:
- To move all my belongings from the UK
- To move all my belongings in storage
- A first class flight from London to Seattle (OK so it was using miles but it still counts)
- Rent for temporary accommodation while I find a permanent place
Isn't it something how the other half lives.