Archive for January, 2007

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

We're in backup position for this house. It was just put on the market and I saw within a few days of listing, but it was snatched up and they accepted the first offer (even though ours was set to be $3000 more than any competing offer GRRR!!!)... so if that falls through, we can get it. Send some good vibes/prayers that we can get it (or find something even better/bigger!). :) It was gorgeous!

Im happier news, I had Sirius radio installed today in my new Mazda5 Sport. Since I didn't mention it before... the backstory was my 2001 Jetta's transmission went out with only 75,000 miles on it!! Ya... I was pissed. Rather than pay $4500 to replace the transmission (nice huh!?), I was able to trade in my busted Jetta for $7500 (I owed $5000 on the note still) which was basically trade in value for nothing wrong with it, and got a new Mazda MZ5.

We bought it on the perfect day too, no one in the dealership, cold post-PortlandSnowstorm. We kept trying to leave, they kept sweetening the pot and giving me more for my car and adding features along the way (remote start, 6 disc cd/mp3 in dash, free sirius install with 6 months free - That's $700 alone, auto dimmer/compass, etc. etc.) Basically everything my Jetta didn't have... well except heated seats :( I miss those! It also has a 10 yr./100,000 mile all-inclusive warranty which was key.

I still would've rather not had to buy a car the same time as we're buying a house, but our mortgage broker said it wouldn't screw anything up and a drawback of the 'burbs is public transport sucks and a girl has to get to work. :)  

Anyways back to Sirius... I can now listen to Stern whenever I want. He's a sexist pig and I lurve him. :)

No house… back to the search.

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

We spent a pretty penny on inspections on the house... and they've turned up about $30,000.00 worth of issues. The worst of which is that the oil tank is leaking and needs to be decommissioned... so we're looking at $10,000.00+ just for that and a new gas furnace. So that blows our remodeling budget just there. There was about $10,000.00 worth of other stuff to fix, most importantly all the energy leaks OMG. Then the last $10,000.00 would need to go to cosmetic work (upgrading baths, floors, etc.) Not to mention all the sidewalks around the house were in bad disrepair and whenever the city wanted to they could come and charge us to replace them (hello more thousands of dollars).

The sellers were jackoffs in general and wouldn't negotiate AT ALL even though we settled on an offer (before inspections) $25,000.00 more than their original list price. The oil tank work was a total deal breaker. We could handle doing and paying for the other work over time, but the oil tank would've bankrupted our remodeling savings as it had to be done ASAP alone and we'd be stuck in a house that was majorly leaking energy (during the inspection, after 2.5 hours in the house...the house was still only at 50 degrees and the heat was pumping the whole time)! Even the new "energy efficient" windows were fitted improperly and wouldn't latch and none were sealed so you could see outside under the sills. WTF?! And the fireplace wasn't sealed either and needed to be replaced... Anyways, there were about 50 other projects of just fix-it things. We'd be exhausted.

It would be a pretty home if we had $30,000 capital to work with up front, but alas newp.

New house!?!

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

We accepted an offer on this NE Portland home, and just in the nick of time as I guess another higher offer came in right after ours became legally binding.

We still have to go through an inspection period, where the whole deal may crumble, so we'll see how that goes.

This was a flipped house on a huge lot (for Portland), and there are a few cosmetic projects we'll need to do (like removing the textured ceilings and wallpaper ICK!) but otherwise everything is upgraded or new.

View the Flickr photos (my personal photo gallery is down ick!) Peterson Manor


Sunday, January 7th, 2007

It's posts like these in LJ DamnPortlanders that make me NOT want to move into the city:

I spent time with some hardcore - Costco-shopping, plasma TV buying, SUV-driving, football-watching, lifeless and confused and zombied (the last 3 are my main focus) - suburbanites this weekend. And let me tell you something. I love living in this city. I love standing with 10 other bicyclists at bridge lifts. I love sitting behind someone at a restaurant who says "it's OK" and accepts a botched meal. I love people who don't loop around parking lots 50 times looking for "a good spot". I love seeing dreds, and nose rings, and stripey socks, and classy trenchcoats, and even the droopy emo kids. I love old black men in fedoras at the Safeway, and Dykes on Bikes, and smelly hippies dancing down the sidewalk. I love eating somewhere besides Shari's at 1 in the morning. I love walking through downtown with you all because you weren't too scared to come. My God. I don't know how some of these people don't just turn to goo and slide into a storm drain somewhere. And yes, even if they get mixed in with the raw sewage and nutria somewhere down the line, and all the people I described above are legally insane, and the tram crumbles - and this post sounds overly pretentious and I get flamed until I die - I still love Portland. Just had to share.

Being from semi-rural Minnesota, anywhere in the metro area was "the cities" and no one hated the others for living in Burnsville instead of smack dab in St. Paul or Minneapolis proper or Bloomington, or Lakeville, or any of the other kagillion 'burbs.

I seriously can't understand this attitude. :(

Better late than never

Monday, January 1st, 2007

1. What did you do in 2006 that you've never done before? Became independently employeed w00t 2. Did you keep your new years resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I kept my two main ones up until Sept. when business stuff took over and I got so behind, I said screw it. :) 3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Newp 4. Did anyone close to you die? My paternal grandmother. 5. What countries did you visit? None, stayed in U.S. 6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006? Inner peace (is that a cheezy one or what!?) 7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Hmm, events but not so much specific dates... 8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Business success 9. What was your biggest failure? Losing a best friend 10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Just recovered from the first cold I've had in 3 years! I also had wisdom teeth out and an elective procedure, thrills! 11. What was the best thing you bought? My own laptop 12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My boss for being so helpful with the contract negotiations! 13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? A friend who dumped me out of the blue 14. Where did most of your money go? Home ownership and electronic toys 15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Trips and snuggling kitties! 16. What song will always remind you of 2006? Entire albums... Shiny Toy Guns, Hot Chip, hmmm 17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer? Prob. the same emotional wise... goods and bads are equalling each other out now As of last weigh in, 5 pounds thinner. Richer FOR SURE! 18. What do you wish you'd done more of? More consideration for others feelings 19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Eating badly, complaining, stressing 20. How will you be spending Christmas? In MN 21. Did you fall in love in 2006? Not for anyone I wasn't already loving :) 22. How many one-night stands? Only with Max-kittah, on the couch watching mewvies! 23. What was your favorite TV program? Veronica Mars Flip This House House Hunters 24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? Nope 25. What was the best book you read? I definitely should've read more... 26. What was your greatest musical discovery? Shiny Toy Guns 27. What did you want and get? Laptop 28. What did you want and not get? Forgiveness from a friend 29. What was your favorite film of this year? Too many to list! I think Reefer Madness was the funnest (new version with Alan Cummings and Kristen Bell) 30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 25, tooth removal (ack!), had a late birthday party with Jeremy the next week 31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Not losing a best friend 32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006? More color! 33. What kept you sane? Jeremy's patience and understanding 34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Kristen Bell :) 35. What political issue stirred you the most? I'd rather not think about politics :( 36. Who did you miss? All my girlies from around the globe 37. Who was the best new person you met? Steph, Rob and Micah are pretty niftay 38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006. Being "right" doesn't equal being "happy." 39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. Girlfriend, I really need you... Don't go... Don't go... Girlfriend, I really miss you... Don't go... Don't go... -Shiny Toy Guns "Weather Girl"