Friday, March 31, 2006

Bring it On, I Can Take It!!!

Did you ever have those days or weeks where you feel like your standing in a whipping thunderstorm, screaming to God at the top of your lungs, "Bring it on! I can take it!" That was this week. Very hectic, a total rainstorm of issues, but the weather is nice now, and I'm taking a deep breath of the clean air.

It started with my need to cut off my hair on Monday. I'm so glad I did that. When I said I cut my hair, I meant it. It's above my shoulder now, very Keira Knightley, easy to blow dry. I'm very happy I did that on Monday. I called for a hair appointment that morning thinking I wouldn't be able get in until next week. When they said she was free that afternoon at 4:30, I was ready to scream "Woo hoo!"

Work has been piled on me pretty high since the beginning of the year, which has been tough since I've been distracted with the whole moving and selling of the house thing. So I worked really hard on Tuesday, with the impression that I was going to take Wednesday morning off to get my new PA driver's license, so I can register my car in PA as the DE tags expire 3/31/06! I'm feeling all proud of myself and how I was going to be a bit proactive and had everything planned out.

Then 5 PM on Tuesday hit.

My boss called me first with an issue. He was in Toronto for a business conference and he was getting emails on his Blackberry about an issue in the office that I needed to research, so I start leaving messages for people at work to call me on my cell in order to get more info on the history of the issue.

Then, Tom (DH) calls from home. The dog has a bladder infection. She had an accident in her crate, it smelled horrible, and she was outside squatting every 2 minutes. I wasn't planning on taking her to the new vet until next month when we run out of heartworm medicine. I stop and take a very deep breath .... So I make a phone call to my friend at work who had the new vet recommendation information, get the number, make the call, leave a message, call the old vet about how to make the dog comfortable until I can get her to the new one. The new vet office did call me back and gave me an appointment for 9 AM Wednesday morning, and agreed how to make her comfortable until then.

Next, I get a call from my realtor that someone put a ridiculous offer for our house on paper and sent to him. We're currently under contract with a contingency, so we can still take offers on the house without contingencies. This offer was for $40k less than our asking price and they were only looking to put down a small deposit and they were doing 100% financing with a pre-approval letter from their mortgage company that expires on 4/1/06! I told the realtor I'd call him back in the morning, after I talked to Tom.

The whole way home from work and picking up Phoebe, I'm on my cell phone (I use a headset! Only dial at red lights! I'm a safety girl!). It was truly nuts, but I think I handled it OK.

Wednesday, instead of going to DMV hell, I got to take Phoebe to school, rush back to the house, and take my poor dog to the new vet. Get her squared away with antibiotics, full physical, transfer her records, new heartworm meds (why go back next month?) and we're off to go back home. Then I went to the old house to find my marriage certificate, because I've heard of the DMV asking for them often lately. I haven't seen my marriage certificate since I changed my name on my social security number 11 years ago. I finally found it after looking through 3 boxes of old papers. Then I rush back to work to go to a meeting to test some software.

Thursday, lots of meetings at work, really busy. And I scheduled the moving company to come on Monday (yes, April 3rd!) to move our furniture. The home inspection for our old house was this morning too. We haven't received the write up yet. They might not ask us to do anything. The house is only 11 years old, and we maintained things pretty well.

Friday, went to DMV, got my new driver's license (they never asked for my marriage certificate), got my car registered at auto tag place (no, you don't register your car at the DMV in PA!). I'm now at work. I realized last night that I've gotten a lot done at work lately and my workload is starting to become manageable, which is good since I'll be taking Monday off to move furniture. We have girls night tonight (that would be Phoebe and me), Tom's at school until tomorrow night.

I feel like I've been through the wringer this week, but so much got accomplished! I think I weathered this storm with flying colors. On to the weekend! Monday will be awesome. I can't wait to sit on my couch in my new living room and veg out to movies on my big screen TV.

Monday, March 27, 2006

I Cut My Hair

Really my stylist did, not me. Yet again another of a thousand things I owe pictures of. I love it!!!!

BTW, if I forgot to make it clear, we're under contract with the old house. May 10th is the closing date. They have a contingency for them to get a contract on their house good until April 20th. They have to have the home inspection done by this Friday.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Nice Quiet Day

A nice, quiet day was had by all. We went to the accountant this morning. Lots of fun there. We owe money this year because of the investments we took out to put the downpayments on this house. We're trying to make sure we don't end up owing next year. We're going to be sending the accountant some paperwork to make sure we know if we should pay some extra taxes this year or if we'll be OK.

Phoebe started the new session of ice skating. She was trying out some new skates that someone gave to us for free, but we don't like them. They aren't the "good" skates that have lots of support in the ankles. Her right ankle was giving in after she was skating awhile. I'm going to have her try on the size 2 that I bought second-hand for $30. If they don't fit, she'll go back to renting again. It's only $2/week, and they have very good rental skates.

After that, we went to the old house and loaded up some more basement storage stuff to bring to the new house and started a load of laundry since the washer/dryer are still there. Then we went over to the mall. Tom got a new pair of jeans on sale and a sweater. I got some really nice bra and panty sets at Victoria's Secret. Quite cute aren't they? Then we went to Costco's to pick up some veggies and other food stuffs, back to the old house, tossed the clothes in the dryer and went back to the new house, put away all the stuff, had some dinner (rotisserie chicken from Costco's, roasted potatoes, and steamed baby carrots and sugar snap peas).

I also got to walk the dog three times today. We went down the street and back each time. so total I got to walk about 45 minutes today, which is good for my mental state. I've also been temped to cut off my hair lately. I've been thinking of something like Keira Knightley in "Love Actually." It's not too drastic, but I think a lot faster to dry than all the hair I have now. I might need a straightening iron to get the ends good. Let me know what you think. I know I need to update my picture, but my hair really is the color of hers right now. Hard to believe with the blond pic of me from last summer in the corner. Well it's getting late, and I want to write out some of the moving cards we're sending out.

Friday, March 24, 2006

It Should Be Official Soon

This has been as bad as dealing with infertility treatments! We signed the contract with some agreed upon changes on Tuesday at 8 AM, but the other party finally signed for the changes last night. They made one last change last night, that is being sent over to us to initial right now via fax. This does still have a 30-day (expires 4/20/06) contingency on them getting a contract on their house. They have to do the home inspection prior to 3/31/06. The closing date will be 5/10/06. The realtor said we should be fine moving all the furniture after the home inspection is over, so I'll be calling to setup a date for the first week of April.

On the other front, AF started today, right on time.... Ack! I didn't expect any different. Tom and I were fighting a lot during the big O timeframe this month. All moving stuff. Just want it to be done. We're all better now.

And we got our Phoebe back on Tuesday night! We missed her so much! It's so nice to have her back with us. She starts her next session of ice skating tomorrow, right after we meet with our accountant...

Monday, March 20, 2006

We're Accepting the Offer

We're signing the offer at 8 AM tomorrow! Woohoo! They are offering a very nice price, only slightly lower than what we are asking. They do have a contingency in the contract for 30 days for them to get a contract on their house. It's pretty standard, I'm told when you are working with people not buying their first house. The "Jamaica people" say they are going to put in an offer tomorrow. Good for them. Then they'll have to give us at least 72 hours for the other buyers to decide to back out or drop the contingency. They could've put in an offer today and had an answer, but I guess they aren't that much in love with the house.

Tom's installing our dishwasher here at the new house now, so I better go help, unless I want to wash a lot of dishes tonight!

We Have an Offer!

We have an offer on the old house. It is very attractive (close to our asking price), but there is a contingency on them getting a contract on their old house. It's not from anywhere that we were expecting, so our realtor is calling the other agents to let them know that we've received an attractive offer, but with a contingency. If they want to put in an offer, they need to put it together today. What I mean by not from somewhere we were expecting, is that this is a local family, and we've had a lot of activity from relocations. The people that went to Jamaica and said they would put in an offer when they got back are also a relocation. At first I thought the offer was from the "Jamaica people" as we like to call them these days, but it's not.

Can't wait to see what the next 24 hours brings!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Ugh!

Yesterday was my birthday, and it was a tough one. Not that I'm upset that it's my birthday, just that everything is so out of whack. I can't wait for things to get back to normal. I keep trying to tell myself that we're living out our dream and dreams take work, but I constantly feel like I'm taking 2 steps forward and 3 steps back. It'll get better I know.

Today, my goal is to work my butt off at work today. Tom's at school today and won't be back until tomorrow evening. I borrowed his SUV instead of my sedan, so I can go over to the old house and seriously move some stuff to the new house. I've contacted two moving companies to get quotes to move just the furniture. We'll see how that goes.

There are also so many other things that I want to do this weekend. I want to put our menu together for this week and go grocery shopping, because we need to stop eating out so much. I also need to do some bills, and straighten up at the new house.

We still don't have any offers on the old house. Found out that the people that were going to make an offer last week went to Jamaica and won't be back until this weekend. We'll see what happens.

Hopefully, I'll also find some time to take some pictures at the new house (after I straighten it of course!) and get them posted. Can't wait to show everyone pics of the stove, whole kitchen, bathroom, new dress (I got one in the mail yesterday), and doggie.

Doggie (Corona) will be keeping me company tonight as Phoebe's still in Wisconsin with her grandparents, aunts, uncle, and two cousins. She did call me for my birthday last night and she started crying and saying she missed me. She's never done that before. I was completely floored and started crying in Borders on Tom's cell phone. We were in there buying a Van Morrison CD as I'm in love with the song "Moondance." We got a Greatest Hits, so it also has "Brown-Eyed Girl." I sing that to Phoebe whenever it's on the radio, as she is my brown-eyed girl. She likes the sha-la-la's. We having a good time singing that together. I miss her something fierce. Just a few more days to go. I think they are leaving Sunday evening. Not sure how long it will take them to drive to New Jersey from there. It'll either be Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on how many overnights they make it. They try to take their time, so my FIL doesn't overdo it.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Post-Long Weekend Updates

The guy never put an offer on the house. He came back late from work and said he was going away the next morning with his aunt and mother and didn't want to rush it. We had more people see the house this weekend, and one couple in particular loved our house, we've been told. We'll see what happens. Our realtor is back from vacation today and he was going to follow up with the realtor of the first party and see when he's getting back from being away and if he still wants to put in an offer.

We had a so-so long weekend in Phoenix. The weather was cold and rainy. It hasn't rained since October last year in Phoenix, and it picked the weekend we were there to do so. Aaaaackkkk! And it was with Tom's work collegues, so it wasn't like we could really let loose or anything. Oh well.

Phoebe's with her grandparents on their way to Wisconsin to see the new baby. She's having a great time. Corona was at a new kennel over the weekend while we were away. She seemed to like it. Was very happy when we got her, but the owner of the kennel loved her of course, saying what a sweet dog she is and she let her run on the farm a bit. She seemed pretty nice. Anyone that likes my husband, kid and dog are OK with me.

BTW, I got some great clothes in Phoenix. I got a Dolce & Gabbana dress. A big first for me! It is so fabulous!!!! Black satin tight dress with lace trim at the waist, built in bra with lace that peaks out of the top of the dress. It is to die for! I also bought this fabulous white number that reminds you of something you would wear in Greece. It'll be a great summer dress to wear out. We had them shipped back, so I can't try them on and enjoy preening in them right now. I have to wait a week until they get here.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

No News on the House Front

This is worse than waiting for AF to show! Found out yesterday afternoon that they hadn't made a decision as the boyfriend is waiting to find out which of the two houses she prefers. They were strongly leaning towards our house I've been told. Just got off the phone with my realtor and he said that last he heard from the other realtor last night was she was having the power company pull our heat/electric costs. He hasn't heard from her yet today. Our flight leaves tomorrow at 11:30 AM. Want to guess when I think we'll get an offer?

Phoebe got off without a hitch with her grandparents last night. I miss her already. You get used to the constant happy chatter. It's like my background noise these days. I need my background noise!!! I'm going to try to get a lot done while she's gone, so we can have lots of fun at the new house when she gets back.

Registered her for Kindergarten this morning. Tom could tell I was a little cranky about the whole thing. Mostly I was cranky, not because of giving up coffee, but I get cranky when I want to cry and I'm trying not to in public. How can these people calmly register their kids for school???? I was dying inside. I can't believe she's that old yet.

Oh, and the new love-of-life stove is being delivered next Tuesday!!! I think it's my birthday present, which is two days later. I have to come up with what fantastic 35th-birthday meal I want to make on my new stove!!!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Real Quick

I have a ton of work to do, so this needs to be quick, but lots to say!
  • A couple that's been looking at our house was supposed to be making a decision last night between our house and another one. Let's hope I hear today that it's ours! Our realtor is on vacation this week (I'm working with his backup this week), and we're going away this weekend, so that should make an offer come in right?
  • Yes, Tom and I are going to Phoenix, AZ this weekend for an awards banquet for his work. They are paying for me! We leave Thursday morning and come back Sunday afternoon.
  • Phoebe will be with her grandparents while we're away, and then they are taking her to Wisconsin to see her new baby cousin and her other cousin that's 6 months older than her. We won't see our little girl for almost two whole weeks. They are picking her up tonight. I will miss her terribly, but I'm going to try to get a lot of things done with work and home, so things will be more normal when she gets back.
  • I'm ordering our Wolf 1 1/2 oven, 6 burner and griddle stove during lunch break today from my new friend, Christine.
  • Tomorrow morning I'll be going into work late, as I need to register Phoebe for Kindergarten.

That's it for now!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Lots to Say, Not Enough Time

Things have been crazy around here. Still have no offers on the old house. I'm starting to tune it out, as I have lots of other things to get done. Work is really busy, and this week we got a lot of stuff done of canceling the old phone service and cable, moving all our clothes (still no furniture, though) and planning what other things we need to get done. I've had a lot of reasons to write though, so I'm going to ramble through a few of them.

I'm very lucky to have such wonderful women looking out for me. They may no longer be with us on this earth, but they are watching out for me and I'm very grateful. I could use all the help I can get these days. The reason I know this is both my mother and I are having very vivid dreams. Mine are extremely strange, and I try not to remember them. Mom told me one of hers that involved me this weekend, and we both agreed on it's meaning. BTW, Mom and I live 3 hours away from each other, so isn't it weird that we are both having vivid dreams??? Anyway, we were both at my grandfather's 80th birthday party on Sunday, and she told me she had a strange dream that I had died. She said she woke up in her dream in my Noni Trini's house (she died in 1975) and was looking for me. She was talking to Noni who was very calm and said that I had left with my mom's Aunt Joan (she just passed away in fall 2004 from breast cancer) and that Aunt Joan and I had died. My mom said she ran down to my room at Noni's and she could still see that the bed was unmade and the imprint of where I had slept. Noni told her not to be upset and that everything was fine. My mom then woke up. We agreed that the dream was that Noni and Aunt Joan are looking out for me. These two women were very powerful in my life. My Noni watched me everyday until she got sick and passed. All my memories of before I was 4 years old have her in them. Other than my parents, she was the first love in my life. My Aunt Joan was very key in becoming the woman I am today. She used to really push me to be more, study harder, keep on the right track. The other cool thing my Mom said is that when she said she thought the dream also meant that I was going to have a baby. When I told her that we were planning to start the adoption process, she said, "Well, there you are! You are going to have a baby!" Not "Oh, you'll get pregnant on your own then and the dream will be right." It was nice to hear the right answer for a change. That adopting is truly still "having a baby." Glad to know if my mom got it right.

Also, my DH brought me flowers last night. I haven't had flowers since before we got married. Mostly because I told him not to, to bring me chocolate instead. I think I've changed my mind. It was so nice and special to get flowers, and I can really use that uplift these days.

Also, update, I've given up coffee (even decaf) for Lent. Please note, I did not say I've given up caffeine, just coffee. I've been drinking tea lately. I bought some new tea bags last night, they are a vanilla chai. I'm drinking that in the mornings. In the afternoon, I'm drinking green tea. I have 39 more days to go.