Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Nose to the Grindstone

So, yesterday's house inspection did NOT go well. Guess we should have listened to Ed & Gary in the first place, but we liked it so much we just had to find out for sure. And it sure needs more work than we can afford to put into it, at least at the price they're willing to sell at. So, back to searching the listings, day in and day out. Waiting for price-drops and new properties to pop up. Got a list of houses to take a look at after the holiday. Sure would have been nice to achieve our goal of being in a house before the year was out, but in a situation like this where you don't control all the circumstances you can't really do much about it. I just hope that we can find something that will work for us. Strangely, the more houses we take a look at the longer my 'wants' list gets, instead of becoming more lax and willing to compromise on more and more stuff. That probably doesn't bode well for us, but we'll do what we can.

Friday, November 21, 2008


We made an offer on a house we both really liked and it was accepted! So now my brain is about to explode. So much to do. So, so much. I don't want to share anything about the particular house, mostly because I'm superstitious. We have to meet with our lender tomorrow to get stuff going on that end, and schedule the inspection ASAP. We think there will probably be an issue or two to come up in the inspection, so we need plenty of time to discuss anything that might give us pause. So much to do and so little time. Seriously, we set a super early closing date to show them we meant business. Yoinks, I could use a drink. Or at least a cherry coke.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Christmas Wish List No. 2

Like I mentioned before I broke my wish list this year up into four categories- Want, Need, Wear, Read. This item is from the Need category. Now, I know what you're thinking. I need the Expandable Bamboo Cutlery Tray from Crate & Barrel? Yes. Yes I do. And I'll tell you why. Because I have searched high and low for an attractive tray that will allow me to organize my flatware the way I wish to, and this is the first one I've found that looks like it will fit the bill and fit my taste. And I am so ridiculously neurotic and particular about things that I won't use our new flatware until it has a nice home to go to after washing up. And I have such regard for the new flatware that I refuse to put it in the cheap plastic tray I bought many moons ago when we moved into our apartment. Not to mention that the plastic tray we have won't let me organize the utensils just the way I want. Again, with the pickiness, I know. Anyway, that's the reason it's a need, not a want. I really need to put my pretty forks, knives and spoons to good use and to rest in a good home.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Weekend Roundup

-Up early
-Toast and coffee for breakfast
-Brush and floss
-Off to dentist
-Halcion, take me away
-Dentist over, three fillings later
-Sleep 5 hours, I heart you Halcion
-TV time in bed, finish Gilmore Girls S6

-Sleep in
-Coffee, toast and Rick Steve marathon on PBS
-Play a little dvr catch up
-Grocery shopping
-Prep salad veg for week
-Make pumpkin bread
-Make my own pizza for dinner
-Start Gilmore Girls S7, last season!
-Fall asleep watching 30 Rock

-Up early
-Meet Ed at Winfield house- cute but small and what up with the fire damage?
-Fuller house- needs too much "TLC"
-Melita house- too much gun paraphernalia and booze, creepy
-Overton house- foundation sucks
-Staples house- foundation sucks, smells like mold, blech
-Home to be depressed about no house yet
-Pumpkin bread and coffee during more Gilmore Girls
-Quick trip to store
-Make salad
-Make roasted carrots
-Get ready
-Head to Hoovers for early Thanksgiving dinner
-Visit, eat, vent to Kim about house hunt, play with Griffin, fix John's TV, etc.
-Head home
-One more GG episode

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My Christmas Wish List No. 1

With such a short amount of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year people are already asking for gift ideas from me. So, I've been working on my wish list lately. I've separated it into 4 categories- Want, Need, Wear, and Read. I got the idea from dandee via stephmodo. At the top of my Want list is a fun little camera.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Everyone tells me that house hunting is supposed to be fun, but for me it's just been a big ball of frustration. We'll be going on our third round of house viewings this weekend in as many weeks. The house that we both loved has problems. Problems that make everyone tell us to not like it. The house that everyone else likes I grow to dislike more and more. You have to make compromises in choosing a house, I know this. But how do you know what compromises to make? How do you know what stays and what goes? I want a house that I'm happy to live in, not one that I count the things I need to change every time I walk in. I hate having to give up so much of what I've been looking forward to in having a home just to get one. I'm starting to wish I could just give a picture to Santa, like Natalie Wood in Miracle on 34th Street. For a girl who has to flip a coin to choose an ice cream flavor, who has spent 20 minutes debating frozen pizza options, who would usually just chose the status quo to avoid making a bad choice, this whole thing is just brain-meltingly hard. Blerg.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Weekend Roundup

-Sleep in, oh yeah
-Coffee and breakfast
-Clean bedroom
-Clean bathroom
-Clean coffee table
-Clean kitchen
-Grab Sonic for dinner
-Eat and watch TV
-Tear articles to save out of Real Simple
-Get clipboard ready for house hunting
-Josh home
-In bed for some reading

-Up early
-Start coffee
-Have coffee and get ready
-Meet Uncle Gary in the parking lot
-Meet Ed over at Martin Lydon house, lots of awkward stuff on that house
-Cockrell house, everyone likes it even as I like it less and less
-Morrell house, slanty floors, front door won't close
-Melita house, teeny kitchen, birds nest, etc.
-Willing house, well done re-do but not to our taste in a bad neighborhood
-Westfield house, are you kidding me? So weird
-Back home, bummed out
-Grab more Sonic and eat
-Had to Steph's to help prep for Rylee's party
-Party time
-Big time tummy troubles, make an early exit
-Home sick and resting
-Look over house stuff
-Hit the hay

-Sleep in
-Catch some CNN while looking at house stuff some more
-Coffee and cheese toast
-Couple episodes of Gilmore Girls
-Get ready
-Grocery shopping
-Unload the cargo
-Gumbo for dinner
-Prep bread for freezer and week's salad while watching Good Neighbors
-Some more Gilmore Girls and house research

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Well deserved

I Heart America

I got up bright and early this morning, donned my white shirt, favorite red hoody and best blue jeans and walked down to my polling place. I saw a lot of familiar faces from the caucus and convention earlier this year. Being there early allowed me to witness the poll workers take their oath, which was actually quite moving to me. And now I'm sitting here in my red, white and blue pajama pants watching election coverage. I love election day. Nothing makes me so proud to be an American like participating in the political process that marked us as something new and different in the world. Go democracy!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Weekend Roundup

-Sleep-in, no work yay!
-Tidy up
-Watch some Ghosthunters
-More Ghosthunters and paint my nails
-Run to Walgreens for more pantyhose
-Finish getting ready
-Head to Club Dada
-Load in and help set things up
-Grab some grub at Cafe Brazil
-Rock out to Sunward as The Flaming Lips
-After party at John's
-Head home
-Totally crash on the couch

-Recuperate from Friday night while watching a lot of television, oy

-Lay around an extra hour- thank you Daylight Savings!
-Get ready
-Meet our realtor Ed
-Tour 5 house possibilities, eliminate 3 of them (are you kidding me with that broken down hot tub and handmade shack?)
-Grab some Sonic
-Head home for eating and discussing
-Make menu plan and grocery list
-Stop by Deana's to drop some stuff off
-Grocery shopping
-Unload cargo
-Tidy up
-Catch most of All The President's Men and half of Clue on the telly while looking over house pics and info
-Hit the hay