We bought a house in mid-September. =) It wasn't the birds. We didn't get any complaints, but we're just very much house people, in the end. Although we did worry when Skippy and Sid went crazy in the evenings. Apartment living has its advantages. 5 sushi restaurants, one small independent, constantly packed but excellent coffee shop, other McCoffee[tm][R]-type ones that shall remain nameless and just about any kind of food you could ever want, all within 2 minutes walk in any direction. In the summers, when our windows were always open and right above the entrance door, I'd stand outside the door fishing for my keys in my purse. I'd whistle up to our window and the birds would get super excited and squeep and chatter back at me. The passersby would always be amused =)
We weren't going to buy a house until after the 2010 Olympics when we were predicting a housing market slide in Vancouver. We were going to get something nice for cheepz... or as cheap as it can possibly be in Vancouver anyway. But the Brother-In-Law got married at the end of September and we needed somewhere for the out-of-town guests to stay. It was either, rent a house for them to stay in for a few weeks or buy a house ourselves and have them stay with us. My Mother-In-Law wanted them to stay with us, so we began an all-out house-hunt.
We started the house-hunting in earnest around June/July and scooped a good deal. =) It's a property that most people would pass up just on principle. It's on a major street and it has a strange shaped lot. Judging by the circumstances before we went to see it, it's not an investment property at all. It's solely a personal residence, which is exactly what we want; we just wanted something to live in. The building itself is almost brand new, as far as houses go. It's lovely, open and bright. It's surprisingly very quiet inside. It's naturally hidden behind trees and foliage, so privacy is maintained without being severe or walled off. We've driven by it regularly for over a decade and have never really noticed it.
Almost everyone tells us it's so much better than the previous house. I'm much happier with the size and overall floorplan, even though it's actually smaller. It's spacious without being a waste of space. It feels well-planned with everyone in mind, not just one person. The room sizes are well proportioned for their designated functions and the basement was built to be rented out as a separate suite. All the utility companies that we talk to, kept asking us if we were the basement suite of that house. XD
September was a zoo. We packed up the Kerrisdale apartment and moved into the house. And I can't believe all that drama fit into the less than ten words of the previous sentence... We had barely moved in and barely set up the the guest rooms when the family members from Taiwan arrived. Barely unpacked the kitchen stuff in time for the groom's family luncheon on the Brother-In-Law's wedding day.
I'd stopped raiding in WoW since I last wrote. I wanted to get my hunter up to 80, which I did... and then didn't feel like asking for my raid spot back. I was asked to join another friend's guild. I really wanted to, but the problem is, she's on a different server. It's $25 to transfer one character across to another server. I'd be paying $50 for both level 80s. W also wanted to move one or two characters over if I went. We couldn't justify spending the money, so we said we'd just power-level two new characters to 80 on her server to play with them.
Since we had no other characters on her server, it was going to be hard with no money and no resources from high level characters' professions. I started selling things on the Auction House to make a little bit of money to help with the cost of training, repairs, better gear and what-not. The Auction House business just took off like a shot. =D I've been making money hand over fist. In about a few weeks, I've made over 12,000 gold. That's just doing it in the evenings and weekends. If I were doing it all day, I could probably be making a lot more.
I was bitched out by a competitor for selling things at a much lower price. =} I've seen this kind of behaviour on Etsy as well. Some people just don't seem to understand that they're not entitled to exclusive selling rights and charging exorbitant prices. I didn't see why she was charging insane prices for things that were easily purchased from an in-game vendor for much much less. My mark ups were based on the cost of travel and a little extra for the 'convenience' factor.
I just said to her that if she thought I was doing something against the terms of service, then report me. I think she did try to report me because a day or two later, she asked to form a partnership with me. We were both to sell at her insanely high price and each were to, somehow, receive half of the proceeds of sales. I told her to buy out my auctions and put them back up for double. Lol... XD
Meanwhile, it's been the SLOWEST power-leveling EVAR XD ... and that's with a Druid and Warlock pair. It's easier to level in a pair to begin with and those two are high damage output classes which is good for killing things fast. XD
But I figure, by the time we get to about level 40, I'll have made enough to get Traveler's Tundra Mammoth which costs 20,000 gold without reputation with the Kirin Tor. We've already negotiated a summon to Dalaran by level 11 or so. But I can't get someone else with reputation to buy it for me at a discount because it's only usable by the same person who buys it.
From the WoW Wiki article:
This mount comes with two vendors: Drix Blackwrench <The Fixer> and Mojodishu <Traveling Trader>. You can dismiss one or both of them to free up a spot for a friend in your party or raid.
That is ... one ... sweet ... ride ... =)