Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Posted by Liv at 7:31 PM
Now that all of my sewing equipment is packed up, I have no way to manage my stress. So I've been drinking a lot. No, just kidding. But not really. (cue phone call from mom...) The Rent-a-green box guys were really nice, and they gave us a lot of moving/packing tips. One that he stressed several times was to drink only water and Gatorade and to eat lots of oranges and bananas. Our friends are going to be disappointed because I'm pretty sure we promised pizza and beer. But Jeff and I have been heeding his advice and staying hydrated, although it's not quelling my crankiness. I'm pretty tired of this crap. For those paying attention, we were supposed to close escrow on the 26th which came and went. The banks f***ed up in my opinion and are lagging on several fronts. The seller's bank needs to get us the terms of the short sale approval letter for us to write up the loan docs, and our bank needs the appraisal back to write up those docs, which their appraisal management company for some reason is taking forever to issue. Delays mean extensions which means more $ so we're not too thrilled.
Again, I'm trying to put things in perspective to make me feel better. We'll have a beautiful home that we think is a really good deal, we won't have to move again for a very long time hopefully, our landlords/friends are being super cool about our flexy moving date, and we have several fun trips to look forward to. Another awful thing recently happened that jerked us out of our moving bubble and into a dark and sad place. But as these things usually do, it made us realize what is important to us (family and friends, life) and minimized everything not in our control and not really even that bad. I was embarrassed that a delayed moving date was making me so upset when others were going through something infinitely more upsetting. So I'm done with it. I'll be patient and focus on the fun of moving into our first home.
That's it for now! Hopefully the next moving post will actually be of us moving...
Posted by Liv at 7:06 PM
Monday, March 22, 2010
Posted by Liv at 3:35 PM
We went wine tasting at a few wineries (there are a million up there, all so scenic), ate a lot of good mexican food and Cold Stone ice cream cookie sandwiches, played Rock Band, and a rousing game of Monopoly that Matt kicked all our asses at. Best... weekend... EVER! Thanks you guys, we can't wait for Pacific Beach!!
Here's the link to our Fallbrook picture album...
Posted by Liv at 3:24 PM
I posted this on March 12th and my mom whipped these up with scary speed. She mailed us TWO of them last week! AND she made SIX more! Well, six more when I spoke to her last. It's probably up to 37 by now. Watch out family and friends, you're getting crocheted swiffer socks for your birthdays and Christmas.
Thanks again Mom, they work great!
Posted by Liv at 3:08 PM
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Here's another picture from Britt and Rui's home, isn't it gorgeous? The Danish furniture I mean, not the view. The view isn't too shabby either I guess. :) It's a good thing I can't fit furniture in my suitcase...
Posted by Liv at 7:07 PM
Friday, March 19, 2010
From Dog Milk: "The US Postal Service has unveiled its newest batch of stamps, Adopt a Shelter Pet commemorative postage stamps. The Stamps to the Rescue promotional campaign featuring spokesperson Ellen DeGeneres aims to donate 1 million meals to animal shelters across the country. DeGeneres co-owns Halo, Purely for Pets, a holistic pet care company. The stamps feature five cats and five dogs who were adopted from a shelter in New Milford, CT. The portraits were taken by stamp photographer Sally Andersen-Bruce. You can order them at the online USPS Postal Store now, or wait and get them at your local post office starting on April 30th."
Posted by Liv at 3:45 PM
Posted by Liv at 3:20 PM
This week (8 months?) has been an emotional roller coaster I tell you. We got great news yesterday morning when we heard that Jeff's 'Lost' pieces sold (AWESOME! Cha-ching!) which was promptly followed by a phone call from our BofA mortgage loan underwriters asking us to submit our 2009 tax return ASAP. Um... don't we have until April 15th? NO! We were waiting to submit them because we were going to use a CPA this year AND we wanted to cash in on our $8,000 tax credit for buying a home. Well no. Since Jeff is self-employed, they need hard proof of what he's raking in so we needed to get on it right then. It was painful. We did it together on H&R Block online (which was really easy to use actually and I'm glad we did that instead of shelling out $500 for a CPA) but it took awhile and we were hit hard. Hard enough to pretty much wipe out that $8,000 coming back to us. I guess it's a good thing that we owed that much, it meant that Jeff brought in a good chunk last year, but I need to get used to forking over a check like that every April. I was pretty grumpy last night. We saved accordingly during the year though so we're going to be okay, it just sucked.
Plus, because we submitted our taxes one week before we're actually buying the house, we couldn't claim it just yet so our tax credit couldn't pay our taxes, our poor savings account had to. I thought that meant we couldn't get the 8K until we filed 2010 taxes and I almost cried. A little internet research told me we can file an amendment after we get the house and so we'll get that money back pretty quickly. Phew.
Jeff keeps saying "Nothing is ever easy!! ARGH!!" and it's kind of true when it comes to being self-employed and buying a house. There are so many steps to this process and so many highs and lows. To have ridden this roller coaster for 9 months has made us both want to puke and we can't even fathom what it's going to feel like on March 26th when we sign that last signature and become members of the landed aristocracy...
Posted by Liv at 3:04 PM
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Posted by Liv at 10:39 AM
Friday, March 12, 2010
Posted by Liv at 7:17 PM
Posted by Liv at 6:17 PM
Jeff, Jenny and I went to the LB Museum of Art for their After Dark event which was so much fun! I haven't been able to go in the past because I did MRIs at the hospital on Thursday nights but not anymore! I scored the Tuesday afternoon slot which is much more convenient. We rode our bikes down the museum 1) because it was fun, 2) because we can always use the exercise, 3) it's ridiculous to drive anywhere that's within a mile or two of our house, and 4) the museum gives you a free drink when you show up on a bike. Nice! They have Chimay beers for $4 and lots of good wines and even serve little tapas. There was a band playing and the museum was showing part of it's permanent collection from the 60s. They also had this picture kiosk that takes four pictures and then emails them to you which was super cool and free! Here are some of the ones we took:
Anyone in SoCal... next one is on July 15th! Mark your calendars and come!
Posted by Liv at 6:04 PM
I'm emailing you the pattern mom so you have no excuses, but everyone else can download the pattern here at Craftzine.
Posted by Liv at 5:54 PM
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Maybe instead of paying $2300 to eradicate our termites, I'll pay $140 for these fierce (yeah, I said it) suede ankle boots from J. Crew and I'll wear them and stomp all the stupid termites to death. More eco-friendly and cost effective, with the additional bonus of being emotionally therapeutic!
Posted by Liv at 2:02 PM
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Posted by Liv at 10:34 PM