Happy New Year - my resolution is to move into my new house and make it a home.
This green saran wrap stuff from UHaul is the bomb. I am wrapping everything. The cats had better look out.
I bought the dining room table that I was ogling at Cost Plus World Market. And two dining room chairs. The table has a wooden top and a metal base, I really like the juxtoposition of styles. And the chairs are like French cafe chairs. They were having a huge furniture sale, so I'm glad I stopped in today.
The table (in its box) is currently in the back of my car, since it's way too heavy for me to get it upstairs. It may just stay there until I move.
While I was at the spa (the spa!) getting a much needed facial, Elizabeth left me a message asking if I wanted to swing by for a pre-New Year's BBQ at her house. So of course I said yes - it was a beautiful night to be outside with friends.
I've decided to rerarrange my decorating plan, and just put a futon on the floor in front of my future fireplace. It is so beautiful, with stonework floor to ceiling. Love it.
Got so much done today - haircut, drugstore, picked up a package from the office, went to Target (but didn't find any xmas trees), went to UHaul to buy a mattress bag and some saran-wrap-stuff for holding furniture drawers shut, and of course, went to see the house. In addition to the fireplace wall, the cabinets are in place, too, and the kitchen and dining area lights. It looks so good.
Booked the UHaul and the movers for Feb 7th, it's getting closer! Next up, I'll have to deal with scheduling the utility companies, going to doublecheck which companies service the area when I go out to see the house tomorrow. And then after Mom flies back to NJ, I can begin packing the rest of the apartment in earnest - taking the rest of the stuff off the walls, taking the curtains down, rolling up the throw rugs, wrapping the cats in bubble wrap.
I always get teary-eyed when Ralphie unwraps the Red Ryder BB gun, just saying.
I would shoot my eye out.
Small world moment - I got an email on Wednesday from a long-time suck-my-big.org reader (Angus, who no longer needs to add "from Ottawa" to his signatures), who happened to be in Phoenix visiting family. So we met up for lunch at El Encanto up in Cave Creek for lunch and had a great time. I swung by The Town Dump afterwards, but didn't see anything I absolutely had to have. I do love that store.
Today was a useless day - probably because I stayed up late watching Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the extended edition, and then I slept most of the day. But I'm awake now and ready to head downtown to see The Nutcracker.
later on 12/21/11
So I said to myself, at least it's just the tile that's on backorder, and not, say, the wood floors. Well. The wood floors I picked out are no longer being made! So I spent a good hour or so at the design center looking at wood and tile and wound up with some really nice selections. And the designer said that the design company would make it up to me with a gift card or something nice, for my troubles.
The house is painted on the outside and inside, and today they're installing all the interior doors. It has that new-paint smell. Love it.
Also got all of the bank information faxed to my loan officer, so that's taken care of.
The designer that I worked with for the house called last night. The tile for the kitchen backsplash is on backorder (it must be really popular) - so I'm going over today to look at some similar options and colors. Bummer, because I really liked that tile, but cool in that I love the design center. Then I have to swing by the builder's sales office to get some of the bank papers signed, and of course look at how the house is doing.
The bank was kind enough to send me a tree, in the form of many papers about the mortgage application. I took one look at it and figured I should have saved up the $170K in cash. Whew. I called the loan officer this morning after work and he went through a lot of it with me. I said thank goodness he understands it all! I have to sign a slew of papers, have the builder sign a slew of papers, and get them faxed back over. I'll do that this week, since I'm planning to go out to the house tomorrow anyway.
What a beautiful day! It's 70 out, a nice change from the cold snap, so I have the windows open and the cats are out sunning themselves on the patio.
I went to IKEA and gave them my second-born in exchange for some furniture for the new house. They're having this promo where if you buy Ektorp brand couches and chairs, you get a gift card for 15% of the purchase price. I happen to love Ektorp. I've had my Ektorp loveseat that I'm sitting on right this minute for about ten years. So I bought a sofabed for the guest room and two armchairs (they were out of the ottoman in the color I want, so I didn't get that) - and walked off with a gift card for $236 (you do the math). And a discount coupon for $18 off my next purchase because I used my debit card. So I used the new gift card to pay for the "picking and shipping" fees, and they'll deliver tomorrow between 9am and 1pm. I hope it's earlier, so I can go back to bed for a nap before work. I'm sure I'll get a nap in, anyway.
So yes, love IKEA. I went back through the store and picked up some small wall shelves and brackets, and some new pillowcases for the sofa pillows, and a picture frame to replace the one with the broken glass from a few months ago. All on the gift card. Win.
So in preparation for the boxes being delivered tomorrow, I'm straightening out the already-packed boxes in the den to make room. I took down the curtains in there, and boy, does that make a difference. The curtains really make it homier. I have boxes everywhere, trying to straighten it all out.
Oh - and I got gas for less than $3/gallon today!
It's hard to feel the holiday spirit when it's 60 and sunny, but you know what? I'm OK with that. I have my xmas-tree scented candle burning, carols on the TV, and have tucked change-of-address cards into my holiday cards. That's pretty spirited.
Movin' right along. The builder confirmed that close of escrow is set for February 6th. My mortgage guy from Bank of America called to review the numbers and get some updated information from me - everyone was right, when they need money from you, they'll find you. And it looks like closing costs will be less than the deposit amount I put down, so I'll get a refund at closing. Can't beat that. Bank of America also offers a program - free for the first year, $60/month or so after - whereby if you lose your job or are hospitalized etc, they'll cover up to six months of mortgage payments. He also said that no, there's no penalty for pre-paying off the mortgage, you know, if I should win the lottery next month.
And then I talked to the homeowner's insurance folks to get that squared away.
The house is all stuccoed and plastered inside and out, now it looks like it has real walls. Yay!
So my supersmart coworker says, "you probably inhaled some chemicals at the house site and are having a systemic allergic reaction." God bless her, that makes sense. I totally took my Neurontin today - the shoulder and elbow and leg were hurting so much last night. My feet are still hurting, but that's because of all the walking around all shift. Ow.
I didn't realize how much the Neurontin was helping me until I stopped taking it for a few days. Ow ow ow. Nerves hurt - feels like burning, like when you put on Ben-Gay, plus pain. Shoulder and elbow and right thigh. I really hope I'm not allergic to the Neurontin. The rash seems to be clearing up mostly, which is good. And I walked my feet off at work last night. My callouses have blisters. Time for a bath and a benadryl-ambien cocktail.
Not as itchy, but still - itchy.
I booked my plane tickets to NJ for May. While there was an option to fly into LGA and land at midnight, and it was less than $300, I paid a little extra to land at EWR at a normal hour. I guess that means I'm getting old.
The Yankees are playing the Rays the week that I'll be there - if I buy tickets, that means I'd have to pack my umbrella. Hmm.
later on 12/8/11
I tried to get in to see my work-clinic doc, but she was all booked up for today. So I went to the Urgent Care across the street - the doc doesn't think it's bedbugs or scabies or ringworm (!) but thinks it's probably an allergic reaction to something - tho I have no idea what it could be. He said to keep taking the Benadryl and pick up some hydrocortisone cream for the itching.
I'm miserably itchy, so I'm not going out tonight. I think next year, I will not subscribe to any theatre season ticket things, since I've managed to miss every show so far. Will sink into Benadryl-induced coma instead.
I could never work in dermatology - I can't think of anything worse than seeing people all day who come in and say, "here, look at my rash."
5am and I've been itching all night. I took a Benadryl every four hours and slathered my arms and legs in anti-itch cream, and I'm still itching. I have no idea what it is - I don't have any allergies. I haven't changed foods, clothes, detergents or bath products. I haven't seen any bugs. The cats aren't scratching. Maybe I'm allergic to ASU Gammage, since I have a ticket for White Christmas tonight. Annoyed.
My apartment and my future house look pretty much the same - crap everywhere. The apartment is slowly being put back into boxes. I'm trying to get all the unneeded things packed away (which makes one wonder, what does one really need) without it looking like a dump. Mainly succeeding. And I'm trying to make room in the den for stacking the IKEA boxes, once I go next week. And the new house has the beginnings of drywall up, and the scraps of drywall all over the ground. It's starting to really look like a liveable house, with rooms and such.
I think some of the dust got through my clothes (long pants? long shirt? winter coat?) because when I got home, I was all itchy, and am sporting a funky red rash down my legs and arms. I popped a Benadryl and hopefully it'll get the itching under control.
It's 34 degrees out! I moved here to get away from that!
Pricing homeowner's insurance makes one feel very grown up. What I especially like about the whole process is that the realtor and builder both said, "Don't worry, if you're missing something, or have a bill due, they'll tell you."
later on 12/2/11
Nope, can't keep eyes open.
Happy birthday, Eve!
The house is insulated - yes, Dad, I went to doublecheck. Walked around the neighborhood for a bit, too, in the nice, brisk 60 degree cold. I need to get moving more, my jeans were tight.
I have a bad case of "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" regarding my Phoenix Symphony ticket for tonight. I think I'll nap for an hour and see how I feel.
The IKEA trip will have to be in two weeks, after the next paycheck.
Super excited about the house, which is moving right along. Today I met up with the project manager to do a pre-drywall walkthrough. All of the plumbing, electrical, AC, wiring for the cable and phone and internet - all there. It looks super. Tomorrow is the insulation day, Monday is an inspection, and Tuesday starts the drywall installation. The house should be done by Jan 31st (eek!) and most likely I'll be able to move in about a week into February.
Yes, I am packing like crazy. IKEA trip next week. Or tomorrow, we'll see how tomorrow goes.
We have a cold front here for the weekend - the high today is 62. Brr.
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