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07 January 2015 @ 08:04 pm
Not how I wanted the earth to move  
Finally it's stopped... for twelve hours solid today my house has been shaking, windows vibrating in their frames, from the heavy machinery doing roadworks in my street. I had the day off due to a light workload and my boss' suggestion that now would be a good time to take a day, so I've been here all day to endure it. 7am they started, and it was 7pm before the last beast was powered down, still grumbling and clattering as it switched off for the evening.

Still managed to get a lot done, though. It was good timing; just yesterday as I rode the bus to work I was thinking of the cat show I'm running in July, and making plans, and wishing I had a whole day that I could devote to it. As a result I was really quick to put my hand up when the email re work came around! So today I've drafted all the judges' contracts, and emailed most of them off; put together the schedule for the show; I've chosen the rosettes, and worked out a budget. That last item is still subject to revision as my break-even point is about 25 entries more than we usually get - I'll have to either cut my expenses (only use local judges? Find cheaper rosettes?) or boost my revenue (raise entry fees?). Or both....

Also caught up with a lot of the council correspondence that got pushed to the side due to Christmas, but now needs to be dealt with as our next meeting is on the 24th.

And took the opportunity to sort out my finances for the last month. Do you know how much interest I was charged on my home loan last month? $3.45. I'd like to say it's because I owe bugger-all, but in reality it's because all my holiday money and savings are sitting in the loan account, reducing the balance way down. It has, however, given me the determination to keep going strong and pay the bloody thing off properly - by June next year, by my calculations. Provided nothing untoward happens between now and then. I've marked the fortnights remaining on my calendar, on every pay-day - 39 remaining right now. The end is in sight!
 
 
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Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on January 7th, 2015 06:42 pm (UTC)

Egads! I'd have had to leave the house. My eyesight's terrible but I have the hearing of a bat and I'd have been driven insane.

It sounds like it did work out really well for you though. I would imagine you need quite a bit of advanced time to get entries, etc. so it's nice to be getting started now. I hope you get enough extra entries that you won't have to scramble the budget too much.

I'm looking forward to having the house paid off myself so I can imagine the glee of the end being in sight. \o/
miwahnimiwahni on January 9th, 2015 08:49 am (UTC)
I would love to have left the house in the afternoon once all the cat stuff was done - however a dirty great tip truck was blocking my driveway, and when it moved away it was replaced by a clanky caterpillar-type thing that dug a hole in the road right outside. So much for that good idea... *sigh*

If all goes to plan, house will be paid off in 12 years and two months since purchase, instead of the planned 25 years. I'm happy. :D
sunray45: Bodie Gun Kickbacksunray45 on January 8th, 2015 01:57 am (UTC)
What a bugger! Thinking you'll have a nice quiet day at home doing all your catty things and that happens. I hate noise.

It is a great feeling when you can see the end of house payments - go you!
miwahnimiwahni on January 9th, 2015 08:50 am (UTC)
It was a bit frazzling when the windows started rattling in their frames, I can tell you.

Like I just said to Drayce above, I've cut nearly 13 years off the term so I'm pretty pleased with myself indeed!
a honeyed wine at night: Nude Doyle artworkmoonlightmead on January 8th, 2015 01:47 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, brilliant on the payments - congratulations and good luck.

As to the roadworks, though: bum! We were once woken at 3am in old house by BT digging up the road outside our window. Couldn't believe it. Turned out they had been trying to get to a particular point for several days, but it is a main road which always has traffic on it through the day (and a fair bit at night), so 3am was the best time they could do it!. Ugh!

Impressed at what you got done despite it, though.
miwahnimiwahni on January 9th, 2015 08:52 am (UTC)
Thank you - I'm pretty pleased I must say. All that squirreling away in the early days has paid off.

3am?! Someone would have died, especially if it were a weekend! Me, I'm dreading their 7am start tomorrow morning - why do they consider the tarmac right outside my bedroom window as the best place to rev their machines? Boys and their toys, I tell you!

*edited to correct tense, it's tomorrow morning's early start I'm dreading. Was up at 5 today anyway.

Edited at 2015-01-09 08:53 am (UTC)