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And now we wait - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
And now we wait
I haven't updated much lately; life has taken on a comfortable routine and there isn't much to say. There are things I'd like to work on - getting back into the walking again is top of the list. The oppressive heat makes that tough now that summer's here, and don't think you can avoid it by getting up early and starting your walk at 6.30am, oh no: this is QUEENSLAND heat; this is heat that works overtime.

So I'm juggling the notion of whether it's worse to arrive at work sweat-drenched and exhausted, or worse to get up at 5.30am and arrive at work relatively cool but, you know, an entire hour before I'm technically allowed to unlock the office. I suppose I could ask for special permission to do that, but our flexi-time isn't completely flexible (we can't leave before 4pm) and besides, I'm about to request something much, much bigger...

Which brings me to the next point. Joey and I are quite serious about this apartment-buying idea. We've run it through the calculators, run it by his parents, run it by my mum and will shortly run it by my dad too, just to collect all available home-owning adult opinions. We already have a ten grand deposit in the form of my block of land, if - and it's a big if - we can sell it. If not, the 10k is still there as equity, but so are the mandatory repayments, which would just be too much of a stretch on top of another mortgage. There's the 14k First Homeowner's Grant from the government (bless you, government... blovernment) and with what we're both earning, repayments would be manageable. The idea would be to try to pay it off as quickly as possible while interest rates are low. Joe thinks we can do it in ten years; I'm not sure we can manage it that fast, but that'd be nice - after that point, no more rent and no more mortgage = time to traverse the globe. ;)

But yeah, Requesting Something Big At Work: I wouldn't want to commute back and forth between Caloundra and Brisbane daily. I'd much rather work down here a couple of days, and work from home the remainder of the week. Telecommuting. So I've got to pitch this idea to my boss when he returns from overseas, complete with a list of benefits, potential issues and my suggestions on how to control all these factors.

I really hope they say yes. It's pretty much the only way we can move to Caloundra - I'm unlikely to find a graphics job that pays this well up there. As for Joey, once I've secured telecommuting permission from work, he's going to start jobhunting up on the coast... he's getting tired of the downright bizarre management techniques at his current job.

So that's why I've got no interesting entries to make at the moment! Day-to-day life and the near-future are in charge at the moment. For fun, I'm editing my short story (due December 6th) and watching bad old Doctor Who with Joey. I'm painting again at work. All's well.
4 have fought ~ fight the power!
From: dawnstar_au Date: November 11th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Allegdly house prices in and around Brisbane have already dropped 5.5% and various wild prediction state maybe as much as a 10% drop within a few months time.

Wether this actually impacts on apartment prices is yet to be seen as with 5 universities apartments will remain a bit of an investment cashcow in/around Brisbane for a while.

Edited at 2008-11-11 08:20 am (UTC)
sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: November 11th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Are you sure you want an apartment?

House / land is a much better investment long term.
master_haakon From: master_haakon Date: November 11th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
And no body corporate political machinations.
tania From: tania Date: November 11th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Out of our price limit - 300k. Also, we dearly want to be within walking distance to the beach.
4 have fought ~ fight the power!