Sunday, July 15, 2007

things proceed apace

Tomorrow is inspection day on both houses. We're not expecting any surprises either place, but that's why they would be called surprises if they show up.

I spent most of the week trying to get the various bits of paperwork assembled and filled out for applying for an IL teaching license. It's a pain, because they don't have a true reciprocal license agreement with anybody, and so it means that I have to go through the application and evaluation process all over again. This on top of teaching applications really meaning that you have to go through the whole things twice for every school, once for the district's HR office and again with the principal of the individual school.

We spent yesterday visiting some cousins of mine in High Point, plus my sister & brother-in-law. The latter two then came back to our house for some additional visiting that was always planned to be overnight. They generously offered to go let us have fun (by watching the film version of Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix) while they babysat. 'Twas a good adaptation, although Kirstin & both pity anybody who walks into it without a thorough knowledge of the previous films -- or even better the books.

Speaking of books, this Friday is Release Day for Deathly Hallows. The Leaky Cauldron (an excellent source of news, although less usable after they made it bright and shiny a couple years back) has a prediction quiz for events that may or may not happen during Book VII. This is the last week that you can take it, since after Friday night you'll (theoretically) have all the answers. Those who want insight into the Harry-er parts of my brain can go look here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

On houses and the hunting thereof

Under the assumption that nothing kills either deal in the inspections, we not only managed to find a house in Urbana, but we think we have a deal on our house here. The latter isn't yet signed, sealed, and delivered, but we think it's very, very close.

I'm now working on deciphering how, if at all, the process of applying for an IL teaching license changes for somebody who's moving in from out-of-state. I have a feeling that it's going to involve much time with a high-speed connection and playing lots and lots of phone jockey, since it really looks like I have to do everything that a newly graduating teacher does, plus.

somehow, that's just not right.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

busy, busy, busy

The extended silence in these parts is because Kirstin accepted a job at the University of Illinois last Thursday. I've since been frantically in prep-the-house-for-market mode, especially as we want to list it this weekend, before we head out to house-hunt.

We've repainted most of the house, with the last few bits trying to come together in the next 36-48 hours.

More details next week, after things settle down.