That was the year that was 2013 – a summary

So another year has gone by and more so than ever before, it feels like it has flown by. Following last year’s structure, I have broken the year-up by month and called out the top highlights (of varying degrees of interest!) for each. I decided to start this entry with a new section though – some ‘Of the Year’ callouts – it’s the sort of information you quickly forget and I wish I had for the last 4+ years, but

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Really, why are girls toys pink?

I was browsing twitter after tea just now and procrastinating from writing my end of year blog (it’s voluntary and for my own benefit but yet still I put it off!) when I came across an article which referenced something that intrigued me; What the article (‘No Girls Allowed‘ – I didn’t make it through the whole thing but what I read was interesting) referenced was a video of a young girl in the U.S. named Riley who, faced with

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The 5 Best Things About Christmas

After my last blog post, Room 101: Christmas Craziness, it felt right to do a blog post which showed I am not in fact all ‘Bah Humbug’ about Christmas. So I have had a think and here is my top 5 for the ‘Best Things About Christmas’: 1. Christmas Films – highlights for me include ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol‘, ‘Home Alone‘ and ‘Home Alone 2‘, but the film selection on TV really opens up in all genres at this time

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Room 101: Christmas Craziness

It’s been a while since I have done a ‘Room 101’ post, mainly because I was trying to grumble less (me being me, I haven’t done well and have just grumbled more verbally to people / myself instead). But something has happened to the British nation in the last fortnight which has prompted me to revive the ‘Room 101’ posts: they have all been hit my ‘Christmas Craziness’. I am typing whilst working from home, safely tucked away from the

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On the move, or perhaps not…

Back in May, Sam and I decided to put our house on the market and look to buy our next house. We started the process at the start of June and I blogged about the process along the way to act as a ‘reminder’ of everything it took. However, being the private people we are, I held the blogs back until such a time as the process was complete. Just when we thought we were getting close to exchange, something

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On the move – part 8: And it drags on…

It has been a while since my last update and we are now well in to September (Thursday 19 September). Things have progressed but perhaps not as fast as we might have liked. After the survey came back, we found there were some damp issues with the property. So, we requested a follow-up survey which identified some work that needed doing. After some to-ing and fro-ing, we agreed a price reduction and it felt like we had reached the final

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On the move – part 7: Feeling out of control

We are now in to August, Wednesday 7 to be precise, and things are ticking along. Our house (as in our current home) was surveyed on Monday as was the house we are looking to buy. This resulted in an ‘acceptable valuation’, thus allowing the mortgage to be confirmed. There is something weird about being happy that you can borrow a scary amount of money which you will pay back a gut-wrenching amount of interest on, but anyway… We’ll have

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On the move – part 6: A considerable amount of paperwork*

A couple of weeks since my last moving related post (18 July) and the chain on our sale is now complete. Last week we got all of the forms from the solicitor and I spent numerous hours over a few nights, with help from Sam of course, completing them and collating supporting documents. Tedious but necessary of course. The purchase forms were much shorter and easier to complete. Of course, the purchase will come with a lot more reading. We

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On the move – part 5: Progress

It has been a few weeks since my last post (it is now Friday 4 July) and things have progressed since then. After my last post, we had further viewings in the week and in to the weekend. On Saturday 22 we even had a couple mooching round for a good 20 minutes. Come Monday morning, we had not one, but two offers. Two offers! Unfortunately, for different reasons, by Wednesday neither we go-ers so we were back to viewings

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On the move – part 4: Viewings

Now the Open House is done, we are in to normal viewing mode. It’s Wed 20 June and we had our first ‘normal’ viewing today. We dropped the key at the EA yesterday and it felt quite strange giving my key to some random people. It also felt odd knowing that at some point when we were heading home from work, people were in our house. Having viewings in the day is slightly different to the Open House because there

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (3 & 0). I'm a Techie, Gardener, cake lover and tea addict. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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