Monday, August 04, 2008

Adulthood, here I come... maybe

So, it looks very much like I might actually be buying a house. This terrifies me.

The house is up in the Catskills. It is small and beautiful with a pool and a wonderful screened in porch and the inspector says that the gorgeous emerald green moss growing on the roof isn't even damaging the shingles, so we can keep it. Oh, and we saw a snake on the property, big long black thing, probably three feet long or more, beautiful. So that's a good sign, right? And for breakfast I'm going to eat a tomato I stole from the garden.

Terrified.

9 Comments:

Blogger O'Reilly said...

I was terrified when I bought my first home too. Now I've been in it 16 years, gulp. I paid it off in 14. The mortgage was for 15. The shorter the loan, the less the interest.

It's a good time to buy, the real estate market has been down substantially for the last two years. You should be buying at about 30% off its peak price.

Nice neighborhood. Location, location.

Enjoy your new place. It's a little extra work but its all yours.

Will you plant tomatoes next year? and basil and thyme and every spice you love to cook with? You'll have to keep the critters out of it.

6:21 AM  
Blogger Kimberly Kelly Santini said...

Julie, I am proud to be a new bleader. :) I love your voice, adored your Julie/Julia book, and am working my way slowly through mountains of posts. Thanks for having the balls to share what we all are thinking but are too scared to say.

PS You will LOVE being a homeowner, including the perk of having your own little garden and the luxury of being able to let the dog out the back door to do his thing.

12:09 PM  
Blogger katja said...

Oh, congratulations to you & Eric! (Longtime Archaeology subscriber here. Loved you on Salon, too.) Snake is a very good sign! You made the right choice! And the tomato? It was delicious, right? I'm so happy for you ... and looking forward to reading about your herb garden!

8:53 PM  
Blogger pinky said...

Matty and I bought our house and moved into it just one month ago. It is scary and a lot of work and expensive at first, but after 18 years of apartment living, the peace and privacy is so luxurious and relaxing. We bought a house we could, in reality, afford, and when I freak out about money I have to remind myself that a mortgage is in place of rent, not in addition to it. It is easy to freak out over debt, but I seem to have owed my landlords a shitload over the year, and what have they done for me lately? And its yours. Hard to put a price tag on that. I am amazed now to realize how aware i always was that I wasnt in my own place all these years, just borrowing. It is a liberating and worthwhile enterprise! Enjoy it!

8:06 AM  
Blogger Marilyn said...

Yes, buy the house. And the snake is a good sign. Just don't eat it. It's wonderful to have non-human living things around you. After all, Mother Nature intended for there to some of every thing on this earth.

You should find much joy and peace watching and communing with them. Even the snakes.

I wish you much happiness with your new home.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Girl con Queso said...

Yay for moss!

10:33 PM  
Blogger Brittney said...

Julie, I just read Julie and Julia and it's my new favorite. Well, actually, I listened to it. I spend an hour and a half every day driving to and from my internship, but the book made the drives fly by. Although it did probably earn me some strange looks from other drivers, particularly as I banged my steering wheel and grimaced during the whole chopping a lobster alive debacle. But I am looking forward to your next book and the movie, although I'm scared it won't do it justice (I hope they leave all the 'fuck's). Well just wanted to tell you I am a fan and keep up the blogging!

10:50 AM  
Blogger lauregueury said...

Hi !
I'm a new french "bleader" so excuse my terrible awfull english.
thanks for your book (my husband just offer me the julie/julia book)i'm so glad there is other mad peoples like me on earth ! (some situations / reflexions with/on food, sex, husband or family sound realy familiar...)
good luck for the house Project;

12:59 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Does this mean that you will be leaving your apartment in Long Island? Or will the Catskills house be a second home?

6:13 PM  

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