This whole going out and having to be sociable and doing things in public can be soooo exhausting. Thank God we don't do it very often.
(I kid, for those of you needing the extra hint).
We were going to start the day off hitting some yard sales, but apparently getting up and on the go for 9am was just too much to handle this morning, so that plan died a quick death. However, we did have an appointment to go and look at a house at 10am and we really couldn't blow off that one.
After we didn't get the last (and first ever) place we looked at, several very wise people told us that we had to go and look at a bunch of other houses, just so you can get an idea of what you get for the money being asked. That makes sense. What does a $400,000 house look like? What should you get for that place? You don't need to buy them or even be seriously looking, just go and get a feel for the places.
That makes sense. So we arranged to look at this house this morning and we're looking at a condo for sale on Monday. All part of the plan so that when we started doing a hard look for places next spring we would have a better idea of what we were in the market to buy.
Except we looked at a place today and Cathy really likes it so we're off to the races again.
I'm trying to be a bit more reserved. For one thing, I think it's significantly over-priced and at the very edge of what we can afford. It's also not on the Utilador in town, which gives me pause. But it's a nice house, looks pretty solid and does have a bit of a view of the bay, which I like.
I guess I would feel more comfortable with all of this if I had a job. Although there is some small progress on that front as I have an interview this week. Not sure how that's going to play out, but we shall see. Prayers and sacrificial goats/lambs/virgins, as always, will be appreciated.
Next up was the $5 book a bag sale at the library. We walked out with several bags of books, so we should be good on the Chapters front for several months. Well, at least until after Christmas. There was a good turnout, although I don't know how much of a dent they made in the books they were trying to get rid of. They had a lot to try and get clear of between their own remaindered books and the donations people had given them.
I suggested a bonfire in front of the building to clear out the leftover books. It was suggested that perhaps that might not be the best image for the library to be putting forward to the general public. Oh well.
And then we had the big Cape Dorset print sale. I was trying to convince Cathy that the caribou print from the previous blog post would make a fine addition to our walls, but she really wasn't going for it. There was a whale print she liked quite a bit, but we both agreed it was far too large. Moot point on both cases anyway. Her whale was the first one to go and my caribou was the fourth or fifth one to be selected.
The crowd was huge this year, compared to other years, but I don't think it was a complete sell out. There were still two or three prints that didn't go, including one of Kenojuak Ashevak's. Granted, it was huge and cost $1,400, but it was still a bit surprising.
I've made my peace with not getting the print I wanted. At first I was tempted to go and talk to the curator to see if he could get a copy of the print from another gallery if it didn't sell out or asking someone from Cape Dorset to get it for me when they do their print sale. But the fact is, Cathy didn't love it as much as I did and when it comes to major pieces of art that you hang on your walls, it's helpful if both people like it. I can perhaps get away with a couple of pieces of art that Cathy doesn't care much for, but you have to use those times (art credits, for lack of better phrasing) up very carefully, and I don't think this was a print worth blowing one of those credits on.
Besides, I'll be hitting the Emma Butler Gallery when I go back to St. John's to see if I can find a nice David Blackwood for myself. That's an artist worth blowing one of those art credits on (Cathy hates Blackwood).
And that's our busy and eventful day. One in which we did a fair bit and spent $10. We should be so lucky on most days. Of course, if we end up buying that house, I think this could have been perhaps the most expensive day of our lives. So we'll see how it all pans out.
1. Photograph - Weezer*
2. Old enough - The Raconteurs
3. Dull life - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
4. Falling star - Jet
5. The prayer - Bloc Party