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So! Yes, true, I haven't actually what you might call POSTED here since ... um ... *checking calendar* ... uhh .... April?

But hey! Not dead! Not even sick! Just -- busy, happy, busy, intermittently frenzied, intermittently slothful, same old same.

Anyhoo, I wanted to do the Check-In Of Complete Randomness, to say:

a) a week from now I will be at VividCon (YAY!) and I will see at least some of you there and watch vids and dance at ClubVivid and talk talk talk and jeeezus it feels like at least a DECADE since the last VividCon;

2) You guys (*making sweeping comprehensive arm-motion at the entirety of the flist*) are the coolest and just because I've been utterly incommunicado doesn't mean I don't love ya all; and

iii) In breaking news: I am --

*discordant blatting of trumpets, crumhorns, and sackbuts* --

-- buying a house. Yeah.

(OH. EM. EFF. GEE.)

Not, I hasten to add, that the house purchase has actually been *consummated* yet. But I'm meeting with my realtor tomorrow to put in an offer on a property that is gorgeous, in great shape, has wonderful garden space, is significantly underpriced, and -- is a short sale! Because I am clearly insane and need that kind of hassle!

(Cliff Notes: a short sale means the seller is upside down, or perhaps in default, or about to go into foreclosure; the property is being sold for less than what the seller owes on the mortgage, and the bank that holds the mortgage, in an understandably testy humor, will be sticking its oar into the proceedings throughout, vetoing perfectly good full-price offers in the hopes of somehow extracting more cash from the situation. Short sales tend to take quite a bit longer to close and are significantly more likely to fall through.)

So, it'll likely be a couple of months until I know if my offer will actually be accepted, closing will actually happen, etc. etc., and in the meantime I will continue the intermittent viewage of houses which has been the main feature of my life the past few weeks. Good god, the tales I could unfold about some of the places I've seen -- housebuying at the low end of the price scale is truly an adventure in wackiness.

And -- well, what else? Fannishly, I am well-nigh totally disconnected, having so far not seen either the new Star Trek movie, nor a single episode of Leverage nor Merlin nor -- what the hell IS everyone watching nowadays? I don't even know.

Which will make vid-watching at VVC even more befuddling than usual (at Premieres, I am something like 3 for 74 in "having any idea of what show/movie this is, who those people are, or what the Sam Christ is going on").

So! Some of you I will see soon, the rest of you I wish I could see, and -- maybe, just perhaps, I will post again sooner than I DON'T KNOW FOUR MONTHS MAYBE??!?!?

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Date: 2009-08-09 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] violetisblue.livejournal.com
Yay, you're back! Yay, house! See, I'm easy to please. ;-)

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Date: 2009-08-09 12:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
Plus, in further "yay!", it is no longer above 90 degrees here!

(And yes indeed, when I think of you, "easy to please" is the first phrase that springs to mind. ;>)

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Date: 2009-08-09 12:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
I'm really surprised at this one being so underpriced for the condition it's in (well-nigh immaculate). My fear is that someone will come in with an offer above asking price, which I wouldn't be able to beat, but -- we'll see, I guess.

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Date: 2009-08-09 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerye.livejournal.com
HI, KAT!!!!!!!!!!

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Date: 2009-08-09 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
HI S! I HEAR YOU WENT TO NEW ZEALAND AND STUFF! ON TOP OF HAVING A KOOL GIRLFRIEND!!

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Date: 2009-08-09 12:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurashapiro.livejournal.com
I LOVE YOU.

OMG, a house! I can't wait to hear. And glad to see you're happy -- we worry, yanno, when you don't post. Want to hear about THAT, too.

You realize you are rooming with me so I can have you all to myself, right?

Also: at VVC there is a Leverage viewing party. I do not have details but it is a show you really might enjoy checking out.

But mostly: EEEE I GET TO SEE YOU IN A FEW DAYS!

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Date: 2009-08-09 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
REALLY! DAMN! SOON!!

*twirls you wildly*

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Date: 2009-08-09 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dine.livejournal.com
good to see you surface, and that you've positives to report.

I hope you have a terrific time at VVC, and that the house thing works out *crosses fingers*

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Date: 2009-08-09 12:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
And I in turn am very glad you lived through the Massive Heatwave of Misery -- in the worst of it, I had a hard time encompassing the fact that it was EVEN HOTTER in Portland.

Thanks for the good wishes!

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Date: 2009-08-09 12:31 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] akite.livejournal.com
Good luck with the house! Glad to see you doing so well. What am I watching? I did go see the Star Trek movie, but I haven't been sucked back into the fandom at all. Actively, right now? I'm watching Eureka every week and Ghost Hunters International. I'm reading the [livejournal.com profile] midsummer2009 stories, I haven't made it through them all yet.

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Date: 2009-08-09 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
Ooh, Midsummer 2009 -- I should go check those out, thanks for the reminder! And yeah, I really do need to see the ST move, at *some* point....

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Date: 2009-08-09 12:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] umbo.livejournal.com
Yay for you being alive! Yay for buying a house!

Also, I think you should watch Southland. Well, I think everyone should watch it, but I think you, in particular, would like it. It has a canonically gay cop, it's well-written and well-acted, and I love it more than anything since Homicide.

But mostly, yay for a post from Kat!

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Date: 2009-08-09 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
Wheee! Yeah, life is good. :)

And I'd seen your mention of Southland in your entries, and definitely have it on my "stuff to see" list! (Currently I'm making some attempt to work my way through Season 1 of The Wire, but damn, it takes a lot for me to get myself to sit down in front of the screen and actually WATCH stuff...)

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Date: 2009-08-09 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nestra.livejournal.com
VIVIDCON YAY!

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Date: 2009-08-09 03:08 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] dsudis.livejournal.com
SECONDED!

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Date: 2009-08-09 01:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] china_shop
HI KAT! *waves wildly* Yy house! I hope it all goes smoothly and easily!

My weekend's been eaten alive by [livejournal.com profile] midsummer09. And I haven't seen any Leverage either. :-)

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Date: 2009-08-09 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
*waves back* Thanks! I now have Midsummer open in a tab and am going to head there for some leisurely de-stressing after the big session with the realtor.

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Date: 2009-08-09 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tracy-rowan.livejournal.com
I'm thinking great property thoughts for you.

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Date: 2009-08-09 02:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! I never really anticipated that I'd be able to buy a place, so -- much trepidation, but much excitement! (I'm already ordering garden catalogues ...)

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How does your garden grow?

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Re: Hey, congratulations on your new home!

Date: 2009-08-09 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
Dude, I tell you, if I get this place, you could have a room, Pan could have a room, and there's be plenty of space for all. (It's *rilly* way bigger than I, strictly speaking, need.) And hey, it's only a couple of blocks from the train station, so -- hop a freight, c'mon down!

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Date: 2009-08-09 02:46 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] the-shoshanna.livejournal.com
oh em eff gee indeed! I will demand to hear all about it at VividCon -- and then I will squeeze you so hard you can't talk!

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Date: 2009-08-09 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
Big squeezing, coming right up! (I will have pictures also! Whee! OMG YIKES! Wheee! *is fraught*)

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Date: 2009-08-09 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nagasvoice.livejournal.com
Best of luck on the house(occasional cluebats to the bank on "Who else do you think will buy this anyway??" can be reworded in several useful ways) and it's always good to hear things are good!

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Date: 2009-08-09 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! I've been reading some scary stuff on line about the many ways short sales can go awry, but luckily my realtor is very good and has experience with such situations, so -- keeping fingers crossed!

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Date: 2009-08-09 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blacksquirrel.livejournal.com
Hi! See you at VividCon very, very soon!!!

And congrats on the house - so exciting :)
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Date: 2009-08-09 02:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
Thanks, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing you -- I'd love to hear about your travel adventures!

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Date: 2009-08-09 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lynnmonster.livejournal.com
::waves enthusiastically hello::

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Date: 2009-08-09 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
Hey there! *waving back* And I totally neglected to post a big THANK YOU in your LJ for the apricot pasta recipe, which I made last night (having both apricots and leftover grilled chicken lying around) and was FAB.

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Date: 2009-08-09 07:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flambeau.livejournal.com
Posting every four months is a perfectly reasonable way to go about things. ;) I second everyone else's yay on the house!

Short sales tend to take quite a bit longer to close

Heh.

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Date: 2009-08-09 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
I will simply think of this as a *leisurely* posting style.

(And yeah, the first time I heard the term, I thought "Oh cool, a way to get this over with fast!" Heh heh. Luckily my realtor is experienced with this kind of stuff, and with peeling stressed-out buyers off the ceiling.)

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Date: 2009-08-09 01:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thisisbone.livejournal.com
I bet if I went to Vividcon, I'd see all kinds of wonderful people, wouldn't I? *sigh*

Good luck on the house! We are in the midst of selling our house, and OMG, the drama. If all goes well (fingers, toes, knees and eyes crossed), it should close on August 19th.

Keep us posted on how things go!

*hugs*

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Date: 2009-08-09 02:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
*hugging you back* I loved the photos of your Little House, which is bee-youtiful, and clearly, the smart thing for me to do (could I but afford it) would be to fly you out here for a couple of days to be my decorating consultant, assuming I actually do manage to close on this (or some other) place.

I will also cross all digits for your successful closing, and am totally right with you on the "OMG DRAMA." I do not understand how most people go through this whole process without complete mental breakdown. (Or raising teenagers, come to think of it. People are tough.)

Oh, and you really should do VVC some year. (Some year when you are not in the midst of Real Estate Drama, that is...) It's huge fun!

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Date: 2009-08-09 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vagabondage.livejournal.com
Oh man, good luck with the house, I hope it works out for you, short sales can be tricky. I'll be thinking happy house thoughts for you!

I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU!!!!!!!!

There will be much hugging and hanging out.

Oh, you should totally get your hands on Leverage, because it is absolutely WONDERFUL! (Zen points at her Leverage icon)

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Date: 2009-08-09 02:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
Zen!!! *tacklehugs* ONLY A FEW MORE DAYS!!! CANNOT WAIT!!!

Edit to add: Oh, and I got Seas. 1 Disk 1 of Leverage from Netflix yesterday, so -- leaping in! Don't know how much if any I'll get to see before the con, but I think alternating this with The Wire should make my head explode in interesting ways.
Edited Date: 2009-08-09 02:34 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2009-08-09 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kassrachel.livejournal.com
Hi hi hi! I can't wait to see you!

*hug*

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Date: 2009-08-11 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
Hey there! *hugs* You! with your life in which wonderful things are happening! It will be so good to see you!

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Date: 2009-08-09 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arallara.livejournal.com
Hiiiiiiiiiiii!! *g*

This is my plug for you to come to Escapade this year! Because it's the 20th anniversary con, and they want to make it a big fun deal. And because you haven't come to Escapade in a while. And because then you can hang out with meeeeee!! This plan brought to you by those of us who have never managed to make it it VVC. :(

Have an awesome time at the con, though! And very exciting about the house, good luck! {{{{{Kat}}}}}

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Date: 2009-08-11 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
Aral! It's your birthday, right? Hope you are having a wonderful and fabulous day!

Re: Escapade -- I'd love to, and I'll just have to see how the $$ situation stacks up this winter, what with insane ventures into homeownership, etc. Of course, it is not actually necessary for me to travel to SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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Date: 2009-08-10 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brooklinegirl.livejournal.com
you're buying a HOUSE! DUDE. YAY. that is so so SO entirely awesome! Please please post about any trials, tribulations, and SUCCESSES therein - we're going to be doing that in a couple of years and I am A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS ABOUT THE WHOLE THING. I want to hear things from you!

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Date: 2009-08-11 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katallison.livejournal.com
Tracey, OMG. Actually, housebuying is this brain-spinning mix of REALLY COOL (the actually looking-at-houses part, which satisfies my inner voyeur, and gives ample scope for evil snarking at other people's decorating choices/furnishings/personal hygiene/etc.) and UTTER SUCK (the whole money end of things, the wheeling/dealing, and then the insane suspense of waiting to see if one's offer has been accepted or if one has been SNIPED).

I will indeed post more about it, as I have time and sanity, but I really wish we could sit down together over a round of Mai Tais and I could tell you alllll about the whole adventure (including the house with the lady with SEVENTEEN CATS and the bedroom that had MUSHROOMS GROWING OUT OF THE CARPET I ONLY WISH I WERE JOKING).

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