Friday Houseday

The end of another week. But this Friday marks something very special for us. Today is the day we get to go around our newbuild house for the first time.

For the past few days, I’ve been resting up and have spent most of my time playing various games – mainly Oddworld: Soulstorm, Borderlands 3 and Detroit: Become Human – so that I can walk around our new house without being in a lot of pain from my hip.

As the days have gone on, we’ve been getting progressively more excited about finally being able to see our house, and it’s finally starting to feel real.

Today is our house demonstration. I’m not entirely sure what it involves, but I believe it’s where they show us where everything is and how it works. We also get the opportunity to ask any questions or point out any issues we may see.

We pick up the keys a week today, and we can’t wait.

Unfortunately, we can’t move in straight away as soon as we get the keys – we have to wait until our flooring/carpets go down. Although we just want to start moving stuff in as quickly as possible.

This journey of house ownership started around a year ago and has been a long and difficult saga. Moving house is stressful for ‘normal’ people, but when both of us have a mental health issue, it adds that extra bit of stress.

You’d think that now we have a date that we’re getting the keys, and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel that it would be easier, but we just want to move in now.

We can’t wait to be done with solicitors and our landlords. Both of which have been a pain in the ass and pretty useless at times.

We’re aiming to get out of our current rented property in a couple of weeks, giving us a week or so spare to clean and sort it out to the stupid exacting standards that the landlord wants. We know – because they’ve always been a pain in the ass – that they will be extremely picky about stuff, so they won’t have to give us our full deposit back. We’ve entirely accepted that we won’t get it all back because we know they’ll find something to complain about. We’re just doing everything we can to limit it…but there’s only so much we can do.

With the move imminent, I haven’t done any writing work since the release of Blindsighted. I just can’t focus on anything because we need to do things around the house, and we’re surrounded by boxes. I’m hoping that once we get in the new house, I will be able to jump straight into my next WIP – which may be the sequel to The Next Stage.

I can’t stress how much we’re looking forward to decorating and making this new house our home. I’d be lying if I said the main thing I was looking forward to wasn’t setting up the new games room. We’ve already been sketching some layouts and looking at things that we can do with it. I’m excited to get all my consoles back out, on display and usable. It feels like they’ve been packed away for decades. The only problem I will have is what I play first – because, of course, they will all need testing.

I’m hoping we can get loads of photos this afternoon when we visit the house, so be sure to check out my Twitter and Instagram and our house Instagram.

I hope your Friday goes well and that you have a good weekend.

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