Spud had some exciting news for me last night. He worked out, using an online calculator, that with my salary and his 'potential' salary (if he gets the job he applied for recently) then we can almost certainly get a mortgage and a house of our own. We have always been fairly confident that we would get on the property ladder before we get married, as between us we have saved up a good deposit already, but Spud's research yesterday dispersed most of the remaining doubts and uncertainties. Unless housing prices rise dramatically in the next two years, we shouldn't have a problem.
There is also hope for my novel. My mother gave me some excellent advice the other day. She said that I should send the first chapter and a synopsis to publishers (I was originally going to send the whole thing which would cost a lot of time and money!) If I was to send just a chapter and synopsis then I am nearly ready to do just that. The first ten pages, at least, are completed almost to my satisfaction. I still intend to complete my novel at some point, even if I only receive rejections from publishers, but I might as well get on and give them a preview. Perhaps someone will see potential in it!