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So things are going full-steam ahead with the mortgage. My mom went and signed a bunch of paperwork today and her name will be added to other paperwork. Unfortunately, she's probably going to have to go to closing with us now. That is kind of shitty because now, in addition to everything else, we have to ask her to ask for a day off work. I FEEL LIKE A SHIT. I am losing points as a daughter rapidly.

Sue, our loan officer, is saying that everything will probably be ready by closing. The only damn thing I have to say about that is that it better fucking be ready or she had better leave the country if she entertains any dreams of escaping my rage. FUCKING HOMICIDE IS WHAT I AM GETTING AT.

The ancient furnace was inspected today and it's completely inefficient. It might be a miracle that it actually produces heat. The inspector/service man said that he expects it would use probably a gallon of heating oil an hour. LOLOLOLOL. GREAT. FUCK I WANT TO STAB MYSELF IN THE EYE. But I guess the sellers are apparently very willing to work with us on getting a new furnace installed. You bet your ass, they are. They are closing on 4 properties on the 30th, one of them being their new home. They might be in something of a tight spot. So yeah. Andy thinks we should ask them to go halfsies (halvsies?) but I don't know. I want them to pay as much as possible, of course. We'll have to pay at least $500, as that was what we marked for a deductible if there was work that needed to be done. Andy called Budd and Budd said that if it was available, we should get a natural gas furnace installed. Under the list of things we can't afford: A NEW FURNACE.

I am going to go slam my head in the cupboard door about a million times now. Someone bring me some wine.

ETA: I guess we're going to ask the sellers for $2,500 at closing, in addition to the seller's help we've already agreed to, to go towards a new natural gas furnace.


Kerrs Ave.

They verbally accepted our offer!

Tomorrow Bill will take our original offer with a letter from our mortgage lady, Sue, stating what we've been approved for to the seller's and their realtor. They will then reject that offer, counter offer with the offer we've agreed upon and then Bill will overnight the papers to me to sign. I'll then sign/initial where necessary and then overnight them back to Bill. Once I do that, Andy will go to Bill's office and sign/initial the papers. So we're not out of the woods yet but we're nearing the clearing.



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So I went to the realtor's office tonight. She called me this afternoon to let me know that she couldn't be there but that another agent was going to be there to go through faxing everything to Andy to sign and initial. However, we still hadn't talked price. I mentioned that to the agent who was helping me and so he called Eileen on her cell. I talked to her for a moment and she said she hadn't had a chance to pull a list of comparables but she was thinking we might list at $68,500. I froze. Obviously that is less than what we were hoping to get espeically considering she gets a 6% commission. I didn't know what to do, especailly without Andy there to chime in, so I didn't sign anything and we didn't fax anything to Andy and she is going to call Andy tonight to talk about pricing.

And Bill just called wanting to set up a conference call for 7:30 p.m. tonight. I don't know why. I didn't ask. He didn't sound happy. Andy things the seller's refused our offer but made a counter offer.

I don't know what to think. Or feel.

ETA: Bill just wanted to let us know he had met with the seller's realtor. She told him that they need to walk away with 80K from this house. He was expecting to hear from her before our call but hadn't. He expects to hear from them tomorrow.
Today bellasmommy went to look at a house in Carlisle for us. She met the realtor, got the low down and took lots of pictures. She's a peach and we are super grateful to her. We're fairly interested in the house. It needs a lot of loving but it doesn't look like it needs anything super intensive. So we're going to go down tomorrow night after the play and tour that house, along with five others, on Monday. If you want to see the pictures, they are here. Budd thinks that this house would be too much work and is more interested in some of the others we're going to see.

I feel like everything is moving so fast. It feels a little crazy and out of control.

I also got an email from a lead recruiter for one of the jobs I applied to. They said I had a solid background and they were forwarding my application on.

colleend came over on Friday night for a tour of our place. We've got to get on the move with selling it. We're going to list it with an agent soon because we just have to get the gears turning on everything if we're going to move before August.

Holy crap for crap. This is exciting and scary and crazy.


Darkening Star Boutique Auction


For shits and giggles, I've decided to hold an auction today of things that I've made for darkeningstar.com that haven't sold yet. I don't expect to make much money off of them but even if I made just a little and was able to clear some space out in our house... that would be good.

I will place photos, descriptions and shipping costs of the items I am auctioning in the comments of this post. If you'd like to make a bid, simply comment to that comment with your offer. The auction will be open until midnight tonight (eastern time). I will unlock this post so that any of you that are so kind and willing might direct your friends here.

Please bid in at least 25 cent increments.

Thanks. Happy Bidding!

(P.S. Buy my shit!)

ETA: 1 p.m. - 11 hours left!
WTA 2: 8 p.m. - 4 hours left!
Are any of you getting married or know someone getting married? Or do you need some jewelry for a special occasion of another sort?

I made this necklace and earring set a while ago. But it has not sold. I would really like to get it to someone who could use it.

All pieces were created with all sterling silver metal components, Swarovski crystals and real pearls (dyed and natural). The photos as a rule don't do these pieces justice. The pearls shine with a creamy glow and the crystals give off brilliant sparks of light. They're beautiful. The earrings dangle 1 and 3/4 inches from the earwires and the necklace measures approximately 15 inches. Original price was $95. I'm willing to sell it for $70 now.

Are you interested? Do you know someone who might be interested? Please pass the information along.


~ My knees hurt. I am not pleased.

~ I am done with work for the day in half an hour.

~ We're driving to York Haven this afternoon.


~ We're visiting Penn State University Dickinson School of Law tomorrow.

~ I hope opening night for the play goes well tonight.

~ I need to learn my lines for Act 2.

~ I am hungry.

~ I want to get my tattoo touched up before we go to California.

~ I still want to get a tattoo while in California but can't come up with any ideas that aren't large.

~ My nostril stud came out sometime during the night last night.

~ We pre-registered for Pennsic Wednesday night. We're going for longer than a week this year.

~ I need to get work done so I can leave.


Andy just got into an accident while driving home.

The part of Ohio that he is driving through right now is experiencing heavy snowfall. The vehicle in front of him slammed on their brakes, forcing him to slam on his and he lost control of the truck because of the weather and hit a concrete barrier. He's fine. The truck is a little worse for the wear but is driveable. It could have been worse. I just want him to make it home.

ETA: We think Andy's truck might be having a brake issue, which could have contributed to the accident. Also, his heater just stopped working. WTF.

ETA 2: He's home. We're off to Philly.


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Bridget needs a forever home.

As part of my job I receive press releases and such from the local shelters. I always put in everything they send me in order to help them out as much as possible. Some of the releases they send just break my heart though. Break it right to a million pieces. I wish so badly that I could make more animals' lives better. Here is one from today. I cried reading it. I hope that Bridget finds a wonderful home soon. if any of you in the area know of anyone looking for a dog, Bridget is looking for a good human.

Hi. My name is Bridget, and I would like very much to meet you. I am a young, medium-size female dog. They say I am a “labrador/pit bull mix,” but I don’t know what that means. As far as I’m concerned, I’m just a dog.

I came to the shelter last summer because my previous owner didn’t take good care of me. I had a chain cutting into my neck and it hurt a lot, but I am all better now. I’m healthy and looking forward to the rest of my life.

The only thing is, I would be a lot happier if I had a real home. It gets so lonely being stuck by myself in a cage all the time. I want so much to be with people; I really like them a lot. I’m very affectionate. I will stick right by you, give you kisses if you let me or even stand on my tip-toes to give you a gentle hug. Other dogs are okay too; it would be nice to have a playmate. I love to run and play with toys. Sometimes I am lucky and the people take me outside in the yard, and I just run and run. But then they have to put me back in the cage, because there are so many other dogs to take care of.

One time I went to a foster home. I think it was a test. They said I did really well. I got along with the other dog who was there; I was good in the house and didn’t make any messes. I was happy because I got to sleep right next to the bed. I don’t understand why I had to come back here. I’m working hard on my manners; I’ll sit when you tell me to and I walk nicely on a leash. I've even been told I’m quite attractive, especially the little white tips on my feet. Another thing that makes me special is that I like to sit up high on top of things, like my dog coop, so I can see all around. It makes me feel important.

I’m trying to not give up hope, but I’ve been here for such a long time. Other dogs come and go, but I am still here. I dream that someday I will be the one to be adopted. If you take me home, I would be ever so grateful. Won’t someone please give me a chance?

I can be adopted from the Bradford County Humane Society, Route 220, Ulster, (570) 888-2114.

Project Puppy Love

Project Puppy Love is a way for dogs and their owners to help other animals who have, unfortunately, not yet found their forever homes. The project is just starting up and will continue throughout the 2006 holiday season. If the project is successful, I plan on making it a year-round venture.

The idea behind the project is really simple. Warm dogs, warm hearts. Buy doggie coats from Project Puppy Love at $20 a piece and 50% of the cost of each coat will be donated to a local animal shelter. The coats are handmade, by me, from a pattern I drafted but they are very similar to other patterns you'll find out there. Currently we offer two styles. I am hoping to offer additional styles in the future.

The two main local shelters Project Puppy Love will be donating to at this point are:
Stray Haven Humane Society
Bradford County Humane Society

A third local shelter that I plan to donate to in the future is:
Happy Tails No-Kill Animal Shelter

The donations to these shelters will be accompanied by a letter describing the project and how it works. I would love if, in addition to the letter, I could accompany the donation with photos of owners with their dogs wearing the Project Puppy Love coats, so that the people at the shelters can see the people and pets that are supporting and loving the animals that are in their care. So, if you order a coat, please e-mail a picture of your wonderful dog wearing his coat. You can e-mail me at darkeningstar @ gmail. com.

When ordering a coat, please include your dog's chest measurement (around their torso, directly behind their front legs), their neck measurement and note the breed of dog. If the dog is particularly long or broadchested, let me know. Please also note what kind of fabric and fabric pattern/color, whether general or specific. Keep in mind that if you want a specific fabric and pattern, I may not be able to find it or may not be able to find it at a price that is reasonable for Project Puppy Love. I recommend fleece or flannel for the coats if they are to be a winter coat for a short-haired dog. (Fleeces that I know are available are: solid colors, cartoon characters (Snoopy, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse) and football teams.)

Shipping for each coat order is $3.

Currently, I will accept Paypal and money orders. Send Paypal payments to darkeningstar @ gmail. com.

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Please spread the word. Repost it in my journals and/or your communities. Pass the word on to your friends who might be interested. Link back to this post. Feel free to use the banner. Think of the good you'll be doing, the animals you'll be helping. Thank you.