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So, this week has not been the best so far this year.

I got shipped from Computer Services to the Web Design office so I could do some designing (instead of the usual developing) which is all fine and funky, but I’m so used to designing for my own specifications I end up braindead and looking like a right twit. (Nothing new there then, I hear you mumble…)

Karl and I finally found a house that he liked in the right area with a low enough monthly rent — i.e. perfect for us. So we visited, it was great. Filled out the application forms (I reckon the only thing they didn’t ask was the colour of my pants) and Karl dropped them off this morning along with

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29 comments so far

  1. Karl said:

    Well, we DID NOT lose the £200. No transaction is happening. So, we really have lost nothing apart from the house. It’s a setback, but we’re still only back to step 1-we have a roof, we have time, we have the chance to get better prepared for next time, and we’ve got some experience now so we can move faster next time. It IS crappy luck. I was quite looking forward to it as well. However, life goes on… Chin up.

  2. Jem said:

    I’ve got shitloads of design ideas though Vera, it’s just none of them are practical for the shit I’ve got to design. It’s got to include SO much stuff, and look ‘friendly’ yet professional at the same time.. without looking too cluttered but not being too simple. It’s bollocks, but it’s something I’ve got to get used to if I want to continue in this line of work. Although I’m having second thoughts about design and might end up actively pursuing (sp?) more developing-orientated shit.

  3. Karl said:

    Love, you have the talent. Work means you need to develop the skills to water down your abilities and sacrifice your “perfect” work mode, even though you grit your teeth by doing so. It’s frustrating, I know. I could do so much here, but we’re forced to tie our own hands and do what could passably be called a “less than stellar” job, as long as it works. Keep trying…it’ll catch you when you’re least expecting it…

  4. Stephanie said:

    Well, I’ve just linked a fantastic website on my blog that is like the ULTIMATE resource guide for webdesigners. I would recommend going and looking at it, because it has a huge list of places for design inspiration and creativity, etc… Though, I quickly found a template site for you with a list of business-style thingers… I have that as my URL rather than my normal one so you can go browse if you like.

  5. Jem said:

    Thanks Cherr. The problem is that my idea of a business-y site and the kind of professional looking they want completely differ.

  6. Mia said:

    Aw, I’m sorry things aren’t going brilliantly at work, I hope they get better. I’m sure that you don’t look like an idiot, though! I honestly think designing professionally must be extremely difficult, just thanks to the obvious subjectiveness of it all. I don’t envy you! As for the house, as mean as it may be, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the other applicant ends up not getting it! :D Either that, or something else comes up for you as soon as possible! :) *hugs*

  7. Daniel said:

    Well, it sucks that you didn’t the place you wanted, but at least you didn’t lose that fee. Just wanted to inform you that on the lj feed for this, though, for some reason it translates every “-” into a “

  8. Stephanie said:

    And I forgot to mention that I’m sorry you didn’t get your home. I’m sure something else will come up… there always is. And like everyone else said, at least you didn’t lose the fee costs.

  9. Tiddley said:

    Heh, thought you said something else then. xDD *coughs* Anyways, sorry you didn’t get the house. *hugs* May many more prettier and cheaper ones come your way. =) And I’m sure you probably already knew or had someone point it out or something, but anyway, were you aware that all your long liney hypheny things seem to come up in the LJ feed as “

  10. Vix said:

    If you didn’t get the house it’s because it wasn’t right for you. No point thinking any other way – your brain’ll merely leak out of your ears. :) Take care. *hug* V xx

  11. Claire said:

    I’m really sorry…maybe you’ll find something better? :/ Maybe that house’s roof will cave in. I mean, no. ;) As for looking like an idiot…it happens to the best of us. Don’t worry yourself over it. Or maybe you could go cave their roof in for them…XD

  12. Frosty said:

    Wow, I’m sorry… What can I say, better luck next time… I’m about ot move, and we went through 3 potential builders and almost-sales until now, so, like Karl said, chin up! Things can (and will) get better for you, just be patient.

  13. Elea said:

    Bugger, that really does stink. I’m just going to keep my fingers crossed for you and Karl that a better house comes along. As for designing sites for work…I think it’s perfectly normal to be used to just doing things your own way. It’ll probably just take a bit more time, and then you’ll adjust and become great at catering to the customers’ wishes (or if not great, at least a lot better).

  14. patty said:

    I’m sorry about the house :( I really hope you two will find your little palace, better sooner than later. So now you’re Jem the webdesigner! I know just what you mean… I’m working on the site of a paying customer now and it’s getting on my nerves because my coding isn’t my best feature and I want it to be perfect. Besides, I’m used to make happy little websites with hardly any content, and now I have to design for a company. It’s strange.

  15. Jordie said:

    Oh, that sucks Jem… I’m sorry. It’s also pretty impolite of the real estate to treat you and Karl that way. You had the house in the bag and instead they give it to someone who can give them the money quicker. If it makes you feel any better, I haven’t been having a good week either. Dad recently told us that we won’t be going to Bali in the term holidays because we couldn’t get a booking. I was unbelievably irked, I was really looking forward to that trip and now we’re going to have to wait until NEXT YEAR to get a booking. Rawr, that seems like an age to me. I hope you and Karl can find something just as nice. I wish you luck.

  16. Amelie said:

    Argh, sorry it’s a bit late, but… the same thing happened to me last year. You weren’t with an agent called Jordan’s, were you? They screwed us around left right and centre, and every single house we applied for (even with guarantor who had signed a note saying we could pay 6 months in advance) mysteriously got rented out the next day. And our admin fees (£117) were never returned. Nor were we ever contacted about said house being rented – we would phone up to ask how the process was going, then we’d be told. Even though the point of the £117 was (we were told) to reserve the house in our name. Gaaaaaaaaah. Renting houses sucks.

  17. Karl said:

    It seems it wasn’t the agent that screwed us about, as much as the landlord and his wife. Basically, we submitted our forms, a guy submitted his with 12 months rent up front, and when the agent called the landlady, she told them that she had a friend coming in who “was to have first dibs on the house”. It seems the landLORD (husband) disagreed, and went for the guy with the money up-front (which makes sense). The wifes friend turned up in the agents about 20 minutes later to apply for what she thought was a dead cert house, and found it gone..so although it was a shame, it was quite funny..;) The agents themselves were extremely apologetic!

  18. Gemma said:

    Sorry to hear about the house. I was messed around by some estate agents while flat-hunting last year, but ended up getting something nice when I’d just about given up. I hope you have the same luck.

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