It's summer and most of the librarian blogger celebrities have slowed their posts down. Probably a lot of them are off for the summer... oh wouldn't that be nice. Not that I can complain, my boss is being great about all of the personal stuff I have to take care of during work time, and trusts me to make up the hours as needed.
Anyway, I hope you don't mind if I stray from being strictly a professional activities blog. I've stretched a bit in the past to include novels I read that are particularly good, and after all, librarians are all about books, food, and cats. So I have a funny story that relates to what librarians are all about.
My fiance and I are in the process of buying a house that was for sale by owner. But we're trying to figure this process out, and the seller is too. He is very accommodating, but his lawyer isn't. My lawyers are my parents, who aren't licensed to practice in PA but can give me some advice. We gave him a contract last week but his lawyer flipped out, and on closer inspection yesterday, I understood why. I made corrections as far as taking on more responsibility of paying the closing costs, re-printed the contract, and my fiance and I signed the heck out of them. I also printed off a third copy where I highlighted who is responsible for what, and annotated it to help the seller understand the gist of the contract that is 16 pages of legalese. This took me a long time and we don't have good computer access at home, so it meant a 20-mile round trip to print it last night...
... then overnight one of my cats peed on the contracts that were neatly stacked in a Morningstar tote bag by the door. I have had my older cat (the one I suspect) for nearly 6 years and she has only done her business outside of the litter box once before. What are the chances? Fortunately, he's a pet owner, and he laughed when I told him what happened and I was able to get him the better-smelling contracts only an hour after we had originally intended.
If this is only the first disaster of a long process, I'm not sure I can handle the rest! Don't worry, no cats have been harmed as a result of this incident, as tempting as it was.