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The Flat List

There is so much still to be done in my flat that I can’t even remember all of it, so I’m writing this post as a reminder to myself about all the things I need to do.

I’m about to take a week off to try to get some of it done (although by the time you read this it’ll already be the week after that) so hopefully this list will get a bit shorter. We’ll see.  Continue reading “The Flat List”

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Staying Accountable Via The Blog

I’ve been thinking about the purpose of this blog for a while. Partly it’s just a dumping ground for my general musings, partly it’s a place I can go when I’m trying to remember the name of that good book I read six months ago. Partly it’s a way to look back on the year at the end of it, work out what went well and what didn’t, and plan the following twelve months.

But one thing a lot of people use blogs for is something I haven’t done so far: a way of staying accountable.  Continue reading “Staying Accountable Via The Blog”

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So it turns out I just want to live underwater

Since I moved into this flat four years ago, I have told people that the plan is to buy it, then sell it in a few years’ time and move to a little cottage in the middle of nowhere, probably in the Scottish highlands. I mainly told people this because it shut them up about my life plans, and because it’s the kind of Sensible Plan most people seem to approve of, but in reality I’m not convinced I ever actually wanted to do that.

I called my landlord a couple of weeks ago to find out whether I could buy the flat, and they said I am eligible to buy a flat from them, but not this flat, because it’s not for sale. Which is a pretty good reason.  Continue reading “So it turns out I just want to live underwater”

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The Flat Saga

In December 2014, I moved into a flat. Since then, various things have gone wrong with it, and it’s needed a lot of work. The work is now almost complete, and when it is I’ll post an update here with a sort of “tour de flat”. But in the meantime, this is what happened.

I had to write it all out for my landlord, who was trying to work out how much compensation they needed to give me in order to make me not take them to court. Once I’d written it all out, I looked back over it and thought, “Holy shit, no wonder I’ve been so stressed.”

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A Year Of Celebrations

I was a little scared of 2016, for entirely superstitious reasons that make no sense. The worst two years of my life to date have been 1996 and 2006, during both of which I had brushes with death that were less like brushes and more like full-blown fights.

2015 was a good year, following an awful one in 2013 and a half-half one in 2014, so my brain naturally decided to tell me that this meant 2016 had to be completely awful. And the year did get off to a bit of a stressful start, it’s true. But over the past couple of days I’ve realised that I have a lot of causes for celebration this year.

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List of Little Jobs

A few days ago, I read a post on The Peacock’s Nest entitled The ‘Little Job’ List. I liked it because it was relatable: when you’re renovating, there are so many small things that need to be done alongside the bigger things, but these get swallowed up by dealing with broken boilers and bathroom floors falling onto downstairs neighbours’ beds.

But that’s a story for another time. Here is my Little Jobs List.

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Investigation

Why doing an investigation is like crowbaring up a floor

I’ve been doing some work in my study over the past couple of weeks: crowbaring up the carpet tack rails around the outside, clearing everything, trying to get underlay to lie flat, putting down some of the flooring and then realising the rest required an electric saw and calling someone to come and finish it for me.

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