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1/31/12
I did the New Home Orientation walkthrough today, and learned where every switch and outlet and water shutoff and fireplace gas valve is. Love the house. There are only a few spots that need paint touchups, and those will be done tomorrow. I'll get a binder full of "how to use your irrigation system so your plants don't die" and "how to change the AC filter" etc. to take with me, too. I would have brought it with me today, but tonight is the crazy busy night at work and I won't have time to look at it.

So excited for the final walkthrough on Friday morning and the paperwork signing on Friday afternoon!

1/28/12
Got the car back (with new tire, and 30K service done). The phone was on the passenger seat.

Lousy sleeping day. Off to work now.

On the plus side, it was 80 out today, so I got to wait for the shuttle guy out in the sunshine.

1/27/12
The era of no-stress has come to an end.

I went to get in my car to go do some shopping (since I just couldn't manage to make schedules mesh with the cute guy from Vegas, who's over in Scottsdale for a convention of some kind), and my car indicator blinks "low tire pressure." I get out to look at the tires, and bam - rear right tire is flat. Sonofabitch. It's 6pm, so I run back upstairs to see how late the Ford place is open. They're open til 9pm, so I slowly drive over, only to find out that the Service dept is closed (but if I wanted to buy a new car, they'd be happy to sell me one). One of the sales guys said he'd give me a ride home, so I left the car until the service dept opens at 7am. I'll figure out getting back there in the morning - I think they have a courtesy ride service, I'll ask when I call.

So, no shopping, or going anywhere. And to top things off, somewhere between sending a text to the cute guy (en route to the Ford place) and dropping the keys down the unlockable dropbox, my phone went missing. I'm hoping that it just slipped out of my pocket and is on the car seat or floor, since I kind of need it.

Time to pop a xanax and cry a little.

1/26/12
My bad - it isn't hunter green, it's pewter gray. That's what I get for living in a state where the sun shines all the time (it was 76 today). After I admired the blinds and the lighting and the house in general, I went to Lowe's to look at curtains and rugs (I have a 10% off coupon for my entire Lowe's purchase) and paint (to do the kitchen island). Love moving, hate committing to curtains.

1/25/12
The house builder was closed today for a "corporate event" so I wasn't able to get in to see my house, but I can report from the outside that the door and garage door are painted hunter green, and the screens and the blinds are up. Tuesday (Tuesday!) is my orientation/walk through. I can't believe the time went by so fast, as they say.

Bought a pair of rollerblades today, with some of my Vegas winnings. Also went and got my nails done and took myself out for sushi, for no reason at all.

The President is in town, to visit an Intel plant that's being built. The son-in-law of one of my aides is working on the plant construction, he said the security was just nuts yesterday. While I was at the nail place, the news showed Air Force One landing. Pretty cool.

Gonna go curl up on the couch now - Sweeney Todd is on TCM. The good version, with Angela Lansbury and George Hearn.

1/24/12
The house passed its final inspection and has been issued a "Certificate of Occupancy," the (hopefully) last piece of paper that the bank needed before funding the loan. I think the rest of the house stuff is cosmetic - screens, paint touchups, blinds etc. I'll check it out tomorrow on my weekly visit.

1/23/12
Yay Giants! I only got to see parts of the game (due to sleep and work), but I'm happy to see that Eli Manning will crush the shit out of the Pats again in the Super Bowl. Which I will also only see parts of. I would tape it (for the commercials), but with moving that week, I'd never find time to watch any of it.

later on 1/19/12
Ha - one of the utilities said that there's an "$80 deposit, which we return to you plus 6% interest, at the end of the year." I asked if I could give them all of my money to invest at six percent.

1/19/12
Movin' right along - literally. I did half of the utility part, my least favorite part of moving. I called the electric and cable companies to have my services here shut off. And DirecTV, who I LOVE because of the MLB Extra Innings package, has an easy way of handling moves - you pack your receivers, and they have a technician come over to re-install everything. That makes me happy. So now I have to call the Buckeye utility companies to have everything turned on over there, and I'll do that after my nap.

The house is also moving right along! The floors look great, the appliances are shiny and white, and the ceiling fans are in. Love.

I called the builder to schedule the appointment for closing, we're all on schedule.

1/18/12
Swung by the urgent care after work (since I couldn't get a clinic appt til next week), and the x-rays don't seem to indicate a fracture. But the doc did say that rib x-rays were hard to read, and if it still hurts by the time I see my primary, I should probably get a CT scan. But yeah, there's not much you can do for a fracture (or a sprain in that area) other than rest, medication, and heat/cold to one's liking.

1/16/12
So after a fantastic week here with Mom, I extended my days-off by a few more days. Missy, Jen and Dona had planned (and invited me to) a Vegas trip this weekend, but I had told them "no" because of the timing and because I didn't think I had enough vacation hours. Well, I got it worked out, called Dona to help me arrange it, and surprised Jen and Missy in Las Vegas! We had a blast, won at blackjack, bet (and won) on the Giants game, ate some really good food, saw Peepshow (we were impressed with the pole dancer, not so much with the ta-tas), and just enjoyed some good girl time.

Oh and this guy (from NYC of all places!) told me I was the hottest girl he had ever met - and since he said it for about 24 hours straight, I believe him. I am hot hot hot, even when I am wearing my shorts and a t-shirt and am sweaty from the four hour drive back. He's going to concidentally be in Scottsdale in two weeks, so we have a date.

And my hardwood floors are down and the carpeting guy was there today! The floors are covered with cardboard to protect them, but I just had to peel up a section to look and drool.

I've had this pain on my right side for about a week and a half now. Not that I'd know specifically, but it feels to me like a broken rib when I palpate the area. I can't remember hitting it, and there's no bruise, but it just hurts when I move or touch it. Gonna take a percocet and see if that helps. After all, there's nothing they can do for a broken rib. If it still hurts next week I'll get to the clinic doc.

The cats missed me. I was surprised they didn't eat all the food I left out - maybe Pippin was thinking I would never come back and maybe she should ration it.

Anyway - resting, doing laundry, and then I'll do some packing. I was supposed to work tonight and tomorrow, but my coworker Carol is going to switch with me so I can be off tonight, and work Wed for her.

1/13/12
We drove out to Tempe yesterday to see the tour of South Pacific, which was just as good as the original Lincoln Center production. Also walked around Scottsdale a bit and went to IKEA.

Today was the zoo - and the giraffe feeding - and then we went to Verrado to look at the house. I thought the building project manager said they were doing the wood floors today, but they weren't started yet. The kitchen looks less brown with all the lights on and the sun coming in. We were going to go down to Tucson to have dinner with Jolene, but after running around all week, I cancelled - too tired to drive there and back. So instead, we did some shopping for the apartment and came up with some nice glass candle holders, a wall hanging, and the longer bookcase/shelf from Pier 1 that matches my smaller shelf I bought before I moved.

1/11/12
Well, the apartment looks a lot like when I moved in - boxes everywhere, bed frame apart (fingers crossed that it will reassemble), mirrors off the walls, curtains down.

I met my (hitherto unknown) Arizona family today - Mom's cousin Marie (who lives down in Casa Grande) came up to Phoenix, and we went to dinner with her grandson and granddaughter-in-law and their little girl. My somewhat-cousin Chris looks so much like my cousin Donnie and my brother, he definitely got the blond and blue-eyed Ewald genes. We went to Haus Murphy's, the German restaurant in Glendale, and I will never eat again. Mom and I split the "combo plate," which had two kinds of bratwurst, snitzel, pork chops, meatloaf, spaetzle, fried potatoes, red cabbage and sauerkraut.

1/10/12
Bobby Flay is co-hosting Worst Cooks in America? Can't stand him.

We drove up to Prescott (where it was still a balmy 65 degrees) and did some shopping and walking around. Took the scenic route home through the mountains. Then went downtown to a gala (I didn't know it was a gala, or I would have dressed up) for the Phoenix Opera, featuring baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who was just fantastic.

That was really it for the day.

1/9/12
So I picked up Mom and off we went to see the house. The kitchen and bath hardware is in, and the backsplashes. I have to say, the kitchen looks awfully brown. I really wish I'd been able to get my original backsplash, because it had more color to it. And once the brown blinds and the brown floors go in... well, I can accessorize. And the bathtub tile is beautiful, but it's in such lovely white and icy blue-green tones and it does not go with the taupe walls (the entire house is painted one shade of taupe) at all. I think before I do anything to the master bath, I will have to paint it white.

I'm not unhappy with any of it, but it's so different seeing it in real life-size than seeing it on a sample card or in my head. I'll get over it.

Had dinner at the pizza place in Verrado, really good stuff. We also toured the health club and pools - there were some hottie guys working out, I may need to fit "gym" into my monthly budget.

We swung by the Cost Plus World Market and found some gorgeous prints for the larger of the two "art niches" in the great room - three botanical paintings of cherry blossoms and branches, and the colors will pick up my furniture and floors nicely.

And joy of joys, the fro-yo place had "maple bacon" flavored yogurt tonight. Topped with crushed-up Snickers? The bomb diggity.

And in unexpected news, my coworker Margarita (I help her with her English, she helps me with my Spanish) said that if I need a housekeeper for the new house, to let her know. Oh it would be awesome to hire someome I *know* to help me out. Gotta see how the monthly bills are going to stack up first.

1/8/12
Happy birthday, Mom! And Elvis! See you tomorrow (Mom, that is, not Elvis).

It's been a year since I moved into the apartment, and a year since Gabby Giffords was shot point-blank in the head. A year ago, my only friend in Phoenix - Michelle - called and asked if I wanted to go to a memorial service for the shooting victims, and I had no idea what she was talking about (having no radio or TV or internet). I am so happy to see Gabby's remarkable recovery, you have no idea.

1/7/12
Two more nights of work, and then I'm off for a week while Mom is here - yay!

1/6/12
Culture time! Slept all day, and now I'm off to Symphony Hall for Rhapsody in Blue, one of my favorite pieces. I am so happy with the quality of the arts here in Phoenix, it's been a nice surprise to have the symphony, theatre, opera, concerts etc. I am so happy here.

1/5/12
Behold the power of pharmaceuticals. My cholesterol is down to 163 (from 225) and my vitamin D level has risen out of the "vampire who never goes in the sun" range.

I think the apartment is as clean as it's going to get for Mom's visit next week. There are so many boxes in the den that I'll have to set up the aerobed in the living room. I hope the bright, warm sunshine streaming in the windows doesn't bother her too much.

I picked up an overtime shift for tonight, so I'd better go back to bed now.

1/4/12
The kitchen countertops, I made a good color choice with the laminate. Looks great. I also cleaned up the apartment somewhat today, vacuumed and swept the bathroom. I know - exciting day off. I made chicken and rice for dinner, and am watching The Two Towers.

1/3/12
Packing packing packing. Working working working. I was so worn out yesterday from the weekend that I fell into bed with my scrubs on and slept all morning. I'm about to do the same, except that I managed to get into my pajamas. Oh, and had to get my labs drawn this morning - I'll know on Thursday if the cholesterol and vitamin D levels have reversed themselves to their proper values.

One year ago today, I left the cold east coast for sunny Arizona, and I have had such a wonderful year here.

1/1/12
I hope you enjoyed your New Year's celebration, because if the Mayans are right, it was the last one.

-catherine

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