Tag Archives: home

Planning planning planning

So it’s 22 days until we close on the house. In that time the seller is making some repairs, putting on a new roof, upgrading the electrical, and installing a new furnace. Meanwhile, all Ellie and I can do is plan. We can pick paint colors but we can’t put them on walls. We can decide what goes where but we can’t actually move anything. We can dream about how things will be different but we cannot activate on those dreams. All we can do Continue reading →

I am so damn anxious

This house cannot come soon enough. In one month, we close. A few weeks after that, we officially move in. I just cannot wait to be so busy. Lately, Ellie and I have been just treading water in the evenings. We’re at a point where we don’t care to make our current place better, and we are unable to make our next place good. A lot of time for me has been spent on Pinterest. I want to find all the projects that we could Continue reading →

The old country

Sometimes I have dreams at night about people and places in Ukraine. They seem to be some of my most vivid dreams. I don’t usually remember my dreams, which is why these really stand out. I wake up, and the feeling of the dream really sticks with me. I wake up and feel sad. I never in a million years would have guessed that my time in Ukraine would have had such an impact on me. I knew I would change but I didn’t think Continue reading →

Jumping to Conclusions

For anyone who has seen Office Space, the thought of jumping to conclusions bings to mind the scene where one of the worst product ideas is featured on the silver screen. It’s funny, because the product is so terribly thought out. Like, seriously you cannot put all possibly solutions on a mat and you can’t possibly hope you’ll get a random solution because people will know where they are jumping to. It’s just flawed from the start. Personally, though, I take that flawed from the Continue reading →

Subletting

I think we have a desirable apartment. We showed it to six or seven people so far and already two people have handed in applications to sublet. A few more expressed interest in doing so. And who wouldn’t want it? It’s a steal at the price for a two bedroom apartment in such a great location. Not that I expect it to, but hopefully all pieces of the puzzle fall into place this week and then Ellie and I can start planning for the next Continue reading →

Subletters

I’ve been fielding a bunch of emails, texts, and calls from people who want to sublet our apartment. It seems like it’s going to be an easier deal than when we sublet the last one. But subletter are weird. I mean, they’re flaky but even before they have a chance to be flaky you can tell they’re weird. The first couple stopped by last night, drove from across town to see our place. Ellie had done a fantastic job tidying up and making it presentable. Continue reading →

Craigslist

Craigslist is a fascinating concept. It successfully digitized a part of the print newspaper industry. Some have argued that Craigslist is largely a part of newspaper’s decline, but at the end of the day what is important is that there is an online classifieds section for me to browse and post to for free when I need to offload some stuff. Fascinating. Ellie and I are currently trying to offload our apartment. Our lease is up at the end of July but for some reasons, Continue reading →

Safety

As a tall, white male there are few places where I do not feel safe. I feel comfortable walking around Madison alone at all hours of the night. Also, as a man who spent two years in Ukraine, where the office staff stressed safety, I feel even more confident in my safety. My understanding is that people are not out looking for trouble.  I am fully aware not everyone has the luxury of peace of mind like I do. There are far less confident people Continue reading →

Comfortable temperatures

What do you consider to be a comfortable temperatures in the winter? For me, it’s somewhere over 72°.  At home, we keep the temperature around 68 while we are there, but we make up for it by hiding under a pile of blankets. It’s rather comfortable sitting and watching TV that way. Alternatively, I’ll find a reason to bake. Having the oven on heats up our small apartment. Plus, something tasty comes out of it. At work, where I do not have the luxury of Continue reading →

Outbid

I said I wasn’t going to do it, but I got my hopes up. I knew our odds were bad from the beginning and I still let it happen. That doesn’t change that I really did want to buy that house. Ellie and I lifted our December ban on house showings to see one and go to an open house on Sunday. The showing was a real dud but the open house was exactly what we both wanted. It was the right size with the Continue reading →