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Hiatus

I took an unplanned hiatus. At some point in the late winter and early spring, I stopped riding the bus and I started being busy with the house. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and sort out my thoughts. Now, I have a moment, as I wait for Ellie to wake up and we can get ready for a wedding in the Minneapolis area. I don’t think the work that comes with owning a home has dipped into my time as much as Continue reading →

Owning a House – Day 2

If you decide to buy a house, you’ll certainly think you have everything under control. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting yourself into and you’ll be confident nothing could really be thrown your way which you won’t be able to handle. That’s what I thought. The buying process was out of the ordinary in how complicated it became. We dealt with sellers who agreed to a long list of changes and signed off on the amendment to the contact for said changes. Come final walk-through, Continue reading →

OMG I cannot believe this happened again…

Ellie and I close on our house on Friday, and it cannot come soon enough. Guess what we found in our apartment again last night. Mold. A big old pile of it. Take a look: Gross. We had the final walk-through today on the house. We were checking to make the seller did everything they said they were going to do to guarantee the sale of the home. Not everything was up to our standards or was even addressed based on the list they gave Continue reading →

Biking

So we are closing on the house next week and then moving in a week later. At that point, I’ll have a 6 mile bike ride to work or a 45 minute bus ride, with a transfer. I’m going to opt for the bike ride. I’ve biked year round before, when I worked for the UW Arboretum and it was a five mile bike ride to and from work. The distance doesn’t bother me, the roads do. Madison is all about keeping the lakes surrounding Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →