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About nightwolf

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  • Birthday 06/19/90

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  1. House buying is the worst

    "Small" you know it's going to be a pretty penny given what you've said. Run!
  2. House buying is the worst

    Imagine, if it were actually next door, we have about 2 feet between the walls, I'd just make a mega mansion
  3. House buying is the worst

    I don't want to sound too rude here, because I do understand the need to keep things "in the family". I've recently dealt with a similar thing with both my parents and grandparents properties. However, there's literally no reason for the family to keep what is effectively a run down property in the family. Why can't they purchase it? They surely know your situation right now. It would be from the sounds of it, much better to do it up as a group effort, sell it to someone who will ultimately appreciate it and the proceeds go to all of you who worked on it. Yes you'd lose the property to someone you don't know (as I've come to terms with myself) but would anyone really benefit from you both owning it? Except to say that it's still part of the families property(ies)? ------------------------ I've been keeping an eye on house prices recently, because we've been here now for gone 8 months, neighbour is selling their current property which is a match for ours and needs a lot of work doing for 10k more than we originally bought ours for. I almost want to say what ours would be evaluated at now we've done some work and repairs too it.
  4. Job woes/wins

    Looks like the promotion is coming through, I'll be managing 7 people, plus an external team in the coming months. I'll be accepting on the condition of compensation and whatnot, but so far so good. Exciting but also kind of scary. edit: words are hard
  5. Possibly just old and drunk (or perhaps hungover by this point of my posting).
  6. Home Improvement / DIY

    I currently have several of those to change over, on the long list of things. Very nice!
  7. Feels relevant these days.
  8. Home Improvement / DIY

    My desk currently has a tower, two 27inch monitors and a laptop (with stand), due to my work. So it's full already! My partners has his desktop on the main area and his drawing tablet on the bit closer to the door. So he'll be able to use both sides depending what he plans to do. Eventually he wants to get monitors similar to mine in size, so he'll need the space. Both sellers made much much smaller sizes, we're just...extra
  9. Home Improvement / DIY

    @Will you might appreciate my partners and I new desks given your choice of dining table there (beautiful by the way, love it) My new one, it turned up Monday! I've had a 200cm x 60cm desk from ikea, so I upgraded to this 200cm x 70cm from etsy. My partner went for a slightly different approach: We're really big gamers in this house (go figure) plus with my WFH, we decided it was time.
  10. House buying is the worst

    I went with a broker who was in Manchester (I'm in Cambridgeshire), they were recommended by my parents as they had recently purchased after living in France. My broker is worth her weight in GOLD and I will not be told otherwise. She navigated some serious crap for our house buying (we nearly lost the mortgage and then later nearly lost the house). She'll also be there to help us remortgage later down the road. We also used a solicitors in the same area as her and because of covid it didn't matter we weren't near one another. My solicitor used an app to help us keep track of the whole process which I strangely ended up loving. Weird process though. I'd say it really depends on you and your circumstance, in ours we felt it would be relatively easy to buy, but went with a broker anyway as I'm quite unwell. As you can read above, it was worth the money and I've been telling people to get brokers themselves if they can afford the extra cost. For us she was £495 for her time and our survey was more expensive! Which is insane. Friends recently bought at the same time and went through it with Nationwide without a broker and found them lovely (our mortgage is also with them too). So I'd say a solid choice if you want to go that way.
  11. Home Improvement / DIY

    I love that green in your bedroom Cube! I think at this point 75% of the house has been painted as the colours they previously had were awful. I wish I had taken a lot more photos of before..
  12. Home Improvement / DIY

    Given so many of us are making changes to our homes, here's a thread to showcase. From painting, small DIYs and beyond, show me all your homely changes!
  13. House buying is the worst

    Nice, part of me wonders if we need a DIY/home changes thread, I know we've done a ton to show (and a lot of lessons learned too)
  14. The original is a nice enough song, but the emotions in her live performance are wonderful.
  15. Job woes/wins

    I haven't posted in here for a while, but given I've just had my end of year review, I might as well. This year has been mad, the role was a step up for me way back in 2020. But I decided to really go for it and push hard to learn everything I could. So this past year has been really interesting and I've had to really try to find a voice. On the other hand, I've had a few (men and that is relevant given the field I am in) really speak out against me, not understanding why I was hired, why I wasn't doing x, why I was doing y. Putting me down about my role and the things I was or wasn't doing. I told my manager as such in my end of year, to which he was surprised. He's heard nothing but "amazing feedback about you, everyone speaks of you highly". I even later found out that I've been put forward to my director as one of three (out of 50+) to be outstanding. He's pleased I was able to deal with it on my own, but very unhappy that it happened. He's a good chap, which is rare from my own experience of managers. This also means I'm getting a promotion, my first internal one if it gets signed. I was thankful I got to chose whether I wanted to continue my career path as it currently is (which was absolutely fine with my manager) or take the step up. I chose to take the step as I want to see what happens. So that's neat. Will hopefully see more about that in the coming months. Honestly working in a male dominated field is really, really hard sometimes. I'm the only senior woman in my particular team and the only person in my role in the whole company. I'm glad for the chance to prove myself and people think highly of me, but good lord I need to shake some of this imposter syndrome off. Perhaps 2022 I can finally gain some more confidence...and perhaps the new title.