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16 February 2002 @ 05:44 pm
Went out for dinner last night at the Kwan Thai. Tis one of my favourite restuarants - and it was nice. We need to go there more often (but not too often as it was quite expensive). We had the 'Kwan Thai Recommend' selection of starters, followed by Sweet and Sour Chicken, Beef with Oyster Sauce and Pork Phad Prig, accompanied by boiled rice and Phad Thai. And a nice bottle of white wine (La Place Sauvignon Blanc iirc).

Did scary things today - went to estate agents and got on mailing lists and such like. Also talked to a mortgage advisor chap, from Mortgage Direct. It's a little disconcerting when you walk into an estate agents and ask for details of properties that you can afford and that aren't terraced and watch their faces fall. We're on the cusp of being priced out of our chosen market :/ But we've got details of a few places that look nice, so we're going to try and organise visiting them.

Felt ill when we got home, but feel better now - too little water I think. Oh and that time of the month. The combination often seems to make me nauseous. Yeah, TMI.

Going to Sonic Flower later on, which should be fun.

In other news, work is still stressful. But it comes and goes, and I'm outa there soon enough.
Current Mood: indescribableindescribable
Current Music: Cooper Temple Clause "See This Through and Leave"
Ceci n'est pas une viemarble on February 16th, 2002 10:54 am (UTC)
Maybe consider end-terraces too? They're still a little cheaper than semis.
Margaretpling on February 16th, 2002 11:04 am (UTC)
Yeah - in estate agent speak end-terrace seems to fall into the same category as semi. We're definitely interested in those - it's purely minimisation of number of adjoining neighbours that we're bothered about ;)
Ceci n'est pas une viemarble on February 16th, 2002 01:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was after the same thing:) Modern houses have pretty good soundproofing though - I've only once heard anything at all through the wall from my neighbour, and that was just some very quiet bass.
Philvento on February 17th, 2002 04:08 pm (UTC)

Our old house was an end terrace built in 1987, and the soundproofing was virtually zero - depends where you are, really. However, York is full of Victorian terraces, with huge thick walls - some friends used to own one of these, and would throw parties with very loud music (once they even hired a local DJ and all his equipment) and there were no complaints (one of the neighbours was a deaf-ish pensioner though!)
Margaretpling on February 18th, 2002 12:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, twas your house that made us think of the realities of sharing walls with other people ... being unable to have a reasonable (OK, rowdy ;) ) conversation with friends at 2am if we wanted to would be a tad tedious.

I think the places we're looking at tomorrow all say stuff like 'Victorian' or 'Edwardian' in the description, so hopefully they're well sound-proofed. We're also hoping for front door + hallway on the joining wall so that the stereo isn't near a joining wall.
Philvento on February 18th, 2002 01:26 pm (UTC)
I think our old house had thinner walls than average - plus, the staircase was 'inside' the lounge, so I had to have my stereo up against the other (adjoining) main wall, which was a bit of a shame when we were an end terrace and we couldn't take advantage of the lack of neighbours on one side.

Good luck with your searching - it's great fun, honestly :) I just love being in a detached house now, it still feels like the last word in freedom to be able to crank my amplifier up to 11 (a la Spinal Tap) at any time of day or night, without worrying about paper-thin walls. Muahahaa :)
Jonathanmcurtains on February 18th, 2002 02:09 am (UTC)
Most modern houses I've been in have terrible sound proofing; the older the better I reckon.
Dai Akustipe on February 16th, 2002 07:02 pm (UTC)
What does "terraced" mean? I get the impression it's "attached to other houses", but I've not heard the term before.
Margaretpling on February 17th, 2002 04:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's a row of 3 or more houses joined together. So in the middle you have two neighbours that you share walls with.

Though there are some terraces that have two rows of houses, so you share your back wall with someone too ... Gushie (off mba4) lives(lived?) in one of them, in the middle one, so had three adjoining neighbours and another two that he shared corners with. But he's a quiet soul and so didn't have any problems ;)