Decisions… 3 down, 1 left

Posted on August 9th, 2007 @ 16:25 in Uncategorized
  1. I’ve told Jeff I’m not going to do the translation. Not even “I’d rather not do it, but can do if you can’t find anyone else”, but just “sorry I won’t do it, I’m sure you’ll find someone else.” He’s not replied but he did invite me out with him and David yesterday so can’t be mad (I didn’t go).
  2. As I said in the comments of the previous entry, I have bought a k800i again, so the same phone I lost. Am happy with that for now tho long term I’ll need to find another solution as now I am using 2 SIMs (my normal T-Mobile # that people know, and my “temporary” O2 one for free texts) and of course my very-old-Sony is, well, very old and very shit (esp. the battery). So that’s really just an interim decision, but a decision still.
  3. I have applied for the permanent position after all. I was undecided til the very last minute… in fact I was quite decided not to apply then suddenly considered that having a permanent job may be quite a good thing in case I need a mortgage, depending on what flat I go for.

So that’s that. The only decision left then is the flat-buying, and that’s probably the most daunting. I considered going to estate agents after work today, but then found it too scary – and thought it was still too early, but really why is it too early? I have to start at some point. So maybe tomorrow. Maybe I’ll look online tonight.

The cat vs burglar dilemma still applies as well, and was, um, intensified today when I found a letter from the police advising us to be extra-careful as the number of burglaries in our area had recently peaked. *sigh* Not good. So maybe no cats? But still NYC. 😡 🙂


BML said on Aug 9, 2007 at 7:28 pm

Oh good @ permanent and eek @ burglars. That can’t be good. And well done @ Jeff. Knew he’d be ok with it 🙂

stagiaire said on Aug 9, 2007 at 8:08 pm

I do not really know what the problem with the cats is. I lived on the fourth floor when I had my cat, and I didn’t have trouble with it at all. He went outside a lot and got back home when he shouted from downstairs or neighbors let him in.

Clarissa said on Aug 9, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Yeah I remember you did but that only works if your neighbours co-operate, and if you’re mostly home. And because I also tend to be away for weekends from time to time I wouldn’t even be able to let them in at all.

I like my animals to have the choice of what they want to do at any time. So if I can’t provide that I’d rather not have any cats at all.

stagiaire said on Aug 9, 2007 at 9:40 pm

Well, then I think you should make up your mind in general, because you can’t keep your doors open when you’re gone for weeks, too. One reason why I do not have pets at the mo is, that I want to be independent and not have to think about where to put my pets when I’m gone. Though that’s a problem you have no matter what floor you’re living on.

Clarissa said on Aug 9, 2007 at 10:04 pm

Well yes I do believe I have given this quite a lot of thought “in general”.

This is why living on the ground floor / in a cat-accessible area was a prerequisite for getting cats (you have heard of cat flaps yes? we used to have them for our cat).

I’m rarely away for more than a long weekend, during which time they’d be fine with a timed cat-feeding thing if they can get out. The few times a year I’m away longer I’m sure I could find someone to feed them twice a day (esp. living as close to work as I do). I am never gone for weeks – the longest I am away is 10 days.

And this is also why I am now potentially giving up on the idea – because I realise I may not be able to provide them with the freedom I would like them to have.

So I think I am being pretty good at making up my mind and thinking of their well-being. 😕

BML said on Aug 9, 2007 at 10:13 pm

I could always lend you Suki…

On the understanding that she would still be very much MINE of course.

Clarissa said on Aug 9, 2007 at 10:13 pm

😀 Ok! 😡

stagiaire said on Aug 10, 2007 at 1:25 am

I know cat flaps, but still I’d consider them a risk when I’m gone for a longer period of time. Though yeah, if you want to find someone to feed them I still think it doesn’t really matter what floor you’re living on. It’s more a matter of the hassle you want to invest. Of course, it’s more work if you have to walk downstairs and open the door and all. I personally do not want to watch out for my cat all the time right now. But I’d not move on a ground floor just because of a cat. I do not find ground floors cool for several reasons – people looking into your apartment, cars passing by, their gas smell, always hearing people coming inside the house probably banging the door, less light and all that.

Clarissa said on Aug 10, 2007 at 12:15 pm

Yeah, you’re right, those are all more reasons to avoid ground floors (tho there are ground floor flats facing out back of course).
But most of the flats I’ve seen (in ads, not viewed) so far were ground floor actually. I guess I’ll start viewing places first and see what’s around. 😛

stagiaire said on Aug 10, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Show pictures then! We will decide for you, then it’ll be easier, hehe.

BTW trash my email, I solved the problem.

Clarissa said on Aug 10, 2007 at 3:20 pm

:)) Yeah I was actually thinking of posting some links here for people to advise me. Viewings will come… a little later. I’m finding it scary somehow. 😐

(and ok @ email)

Mon said on Aug 10, 2007 at 3:37 pm

Damn my planephobia, I wanna come look with you! :(( Is fuuuuuuuuuuun looking at houses (when you’re just coming along and don’t have to make the scary decisions).

Btw always wondered about those cat flap thingies; don’t other people’s cats also go in there? Or other animals :-s

Clarissa said on Aug 10, 2007 at 4:04 pm

Oooh yeah would be fun if you came!!!! 😀 You can overcome phobia, you did to go to London and stuff. :no

And yeah, other cats do go in there lol. We used to have frequent visits from the neighbourhood cats.


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