Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Has It Been Two Weeks?

Time flies, time drags.

The house is still occupied by moi, since banks and lenders have gone from, "Sure, have $400,000 even if you don't have a job!" to "I don't care if you have 3/4 of the purchase price as a down payment, we have to fine tooth comb this application!". All is still moving forward, closing is set for tomorrow, it's simply been a long arduous process.

Half of my remaining things are at the new apartment, and half are here. Makes for interesting dressing, as I sent my clothes to the new house. Good thing I like these two teeshirts and my jeans...

Travel plans adapt, too... Yesterday, I happened into a chat program I never use, and there was Mellie.. one of my oldest and dearest friends, who used to live in the UK (where we met via chat rooms) and now is in the desert of Saudi with her husband. We've not seen each other for six years, with the move and me missing her by a week or so when I'd make my trips to the UK and she'd be coming home. Our children have played together, and remain good friends via the internet... her R had a huge crush on HRH, and they are the family I mentioned in my Thanksgiving tale this year.

One thing led to another, and in spite of a huge time difference, we spent 5 hours chatting with Skype... laughing, crying, gossiping... and the realisation we've not seen each other hit immediately.

So, from the UK, I'll journey to Saudi to spend 10 days... again, with a friend who is like a sister. With a family I've watched grow up (even if from a distance) and I can't wait. Weeks of friends and family, what more do I need?


Oh, right.. my clothes and suitcase to be in the same place, so I can pack it.

16 comments:

coastrat said...

So good to hear from (read) you again! Hope that your closing goes OK, and that your travel plans go as you want them to. How are you feeling?

coastrat said...

Hey, Quin:

Twice your blog dumped my comment, and on the third try, it finally posted...

Peter Varvel said...

Are you frickin' kidding me? I used to live in Saudi as a kid, in Dhaharan Academy. I made British friends, too, in the elementary school!

Peter Varvel said...

Oh, and you know the actress Frances Fisher? In an interview she said she and (former) boyfriend Clint Eastwood divided their time between three homes, so when she would buy three of the same item when she found clothing she liked, one for each household.
Gee. I wish we could all be that savvy and efficient.
"cough"

Bill From Gainesville said...

QB --- Missed you. Hope you are doing well -- sounds like you have some fun planned.

austere said...

That's a lot on the agenda...great to hear from you again.

Pack!

vinny said...

Where is your new apartment?

quin browne said...

cr~how weird. i promise, it's not personal!

peter~i remember that, and, yes, i wish i was that rich. even the trip will be interesting, going from two cold seasons to tshirts and shorts.

bill~oh, yes! she and i are as deadly as loo and i!! she's already planned a camel ride, and some place where we have to wear burkas... i fully plan on returning back to the us with no stone bruises and both hands.

a~to be honest, the trip after that i will save for is to this little country that starts with an 'i'. hmmmm...

vinny~a mile away. lol. but, i can walk everywhere, there is no deposit, and it's two bedrooms for $500 a month. booya.

harrietv said...

Glad to hear you -- and upbeat. I was ready to sing, "Sister, where art thou?"

Susan's Snippets said...

Quin - Safe travels to someone that is well deserved of good.

next hollywood

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gel(Emerald Eyes) said...

Hi Quin,
Your post made my day! To have connected with your friend in that way- wow! I know you'll have a splendid time with her.
All the best,
gel

Cormac Brown said...

Better to go now to Arabia now, before it really starts to warm up and hey, you'll be able to thaw out!

BobClay said...

Addi
I've finally worked out the thing with banks.
We give them lots of our money, which they pay to themselves in bonuses and perks, until they've used it all up. Then they ask the government to give them more of our money. Then we go and ask them for a loan and they say 'F*ck off'.

What's that word that rhymes with 'banker' again ?

Anonymous said...

You are coming to QATAR LOL!! I would NOT take you to Saudi, it would be too easy for us to end up in a jail....

Amanda.........x

quin browne said...

qatar, saudi... the both had an 'a' in the name!! (checked bookings, it's to the right place)

bob~i'm off to visit our melissakiss... and i think the rhyming word was sanker.

cormac~i get to ride a camel!!

gel~we've always stayed in touch, but, we've missed our daily chats... i simply can't wait to see both of these women!

susan~thank you!

sortamom~i want to hear that version.