Thursday, January 14, 2010

helping the recession

In being the good Americans that we are, we decided to take one for the team and make a purchase yesterday. We bought a house. In Elk Grove, CA. Don't know when we'll move in, but that's ok. As long as it can be the light at the end of my tunnel, it relieves me. Built 103 years after my current house (1900, 2003 in case you need some help with that), which can be good and bad. No antique character, but no lead paint charm either. Pool? check. 3 car garage? check. Bigger than 1200 sq feet? Check. (2900, to be almost exact). So moving.. when? Well, I have come to the realization that it's not going to happen this summer like I wanted. I can't seem to find a nursing school anywhere, that I can apply to until I completely finish ALL of my science classes. I have one left and am taking it this semester. However, courses 'in progress' do not count, so I can't apply until at least May 31. Therefore, aiming for admission in Fall of 2011. What about my big beautiful vacant house? Well, dad and Grandma will move there as soon as they can, we have just started the escrow count down, and keep it lived in until we can get up there.

Monday, January 11, 2010

It's all soooo exhausting

left at 830 this morning, got back at 445pm. Didn't eat breakfast or have any morning caffeine. Dumb, I know. DIdn't realize it until maybe 1pm when I was having problems walking up the stairs. What did we do today? House hunt. I can't remember if we went through 11 or 12 or 13. One wouldn't let us in (offer pending) one got added at the last minute, one had a patio for a backyard so we didn't go in, and so on. Got to our first house at 1015am, finished up just a little over 3 hours later. By the time we got to lunch and had it in front of me with the cherry coke, I was a wreck. Head felt like it had a giant hammer stuck in it, and I thought I was going to vomit in the restaurant bathroom. My lovely husband went to the grocery store next door and bought me some tylenol, then while he finished his food, I went to the car to lay down. Two errands later, we were at the hospital, but it was OK because we just went to check out where Lisa works. I was feeling better after the tour and even better at 5pm when I got to lay down for a nap, and bestest of all at 530 when the kids woke me from my nap.
We saw several great houses today, and got turned down from our last offer - by another ALL cash offer. I thought it was a recession, but apparently not for some. We are feeling optimistic though, because really, we saw several great houses today. Means we will offer on two, maybe three, tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed... This is really getting old and tiring already!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

end of December

I realized yesterday why I'm so tired. Here's a way too detailed list of our last 1/2 of december:
12/17 - My last final, I finished at 930pm
12/18 - Friday - dinner in Novato, with Santa
12/19 - I worked, then had friends over for dinner
12/20 - to Elk grove to look at 12 houses
12/21 - to Soledad (2 hrs south) to drop off kids with mom, then shopping in Gilroy on the way back
12/22 - to Concord to babysit 1/2 day or less, then late night shopping
12/23 - packing and wrapping and cleaning and baking
12/24 - hit the road to Santa Maria, plus stopping in Gilroy along the way for last min gifts
12/25 - not enough napping involved
12/26 - day after Cmas shopping and napping
12/27 - left SM to sit in car for 3 hours to arrive in Monterey
12/28 - monterey aquarium, dennis the menace park
12/29 - leave monterey, stop at aquarium, then moss landing for beach play, then gilroy for return of said gifts, then home
12/30 - Pump it up in the am for the kids, dentist in the PM for brandon
12/31 - house cleaning, dinner at a friend's
1/1 - early morning trip to Elk grove to look at 4 houses, eat lunch with sis/fam, then back home
1/2 - early morning trip for christmas in Modesto. Home at 830pm
1/3 - kids let us sleep in til 9am! then I worked this afternoon, and now, am waiting for the dinner fairies to make me dinner.
Here's to no road trips for a few days.