Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Upstairs Office

Over the past few days, my home office has moved from the basement nook to the upstairs spare bedroom. This is exciting because the dog seems to get a lot less bored when he's upstairs and can look out the windows, which means I might be able to use my computer a lot more often! Not that I haven't enjoyed watching tons of Netflix on the living room sofa, but I'd usually rather be online.

Also, only 10 days until I get my new phone!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

pUpdate

We've lived here in our new house for... three and a half months now. Where as my last post said life and habits hadn't changed that much, life today is certainly different for me. In early July my phone was stolen, right out of my hand as I walked down the street toward the bus stop. Being someone who really likes the internet and being aware of viral memes and such, it has been really weird to be so disconnected. Yes, I could have bought a replacement right after it happened, but our contract is up now and the Note 4 is just around the bend so I'm waiting until October to buy that phone.

The other thing that has changed life a great deal was getting our dog, Sherman. He's a mutt, possibly part beagle and part mountain goat, and about a year old so he's got the mental capacity of a toddler and energy level of an 8yr old boy. I was excited to get a dog, I was, but the reality has been... not what I'd hoped. I knew that guilt was a major component of parenthood and that's part of why it has not appealed to me, but I did not expect it to also be such a large part of pet ownership. To date, the benefits of having a dog have not outweighed the consequences. Hopefully time will help.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

All Moved

We're all moved in to the new house, have been for a few weeks now, we're just not all unpacked yet. It's... not that much different than the apartment, to be honest. So far there have been no big changes to our habits. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Only a few days left!

Things I'm really looking forward to about our new house:
  • No more smell of cigarette smoke wafting into our living room from the neighbor downstairs.
  • No more quarter mile hike to the laundry room.
  • Being able to turn the music up when I'm doing chores.
  • WE CAN GET A DOG!
  • Being able to hula-hoop in my own backyard.
  • And being able to belly dance on my wood floors.
  • Having a fireplace to decorate at Christmas time (no using it until we get the inspection results, though.)
  • Being able to paint walls and install shelves without worrying about what's written in a lease.
  • Having my own office that's in its own room instead of stuck in the corner of another living space.
  • Just generally making it a home. :)
I will miss the underground heated parking, the nice old people who live in nearby units, and the jigsaw puzzle table in the lobby, but... not really that much.

I'm so excited!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Six Weeks to New Home!

We're buying a house! It's not quite our dream home, but it'll be a great place for us to learn the ins and outs of ownership, and the location is just about perfect for biking or riding the bus to my job. The offer and inspection are completed, so now we're finishing up the loan application and hunting for an insurance provider. We close in about 4 weeks and we'll move in a couple weeks afterward!

It's been nearly 5 years since we've moved in to this apartment and we've acquired a lot of stuff while living here. It'll be interesting figuring out what things will come with us to the house and what things we will let go. I think the only thing we've already agreed to let go of is the sofa. It was pretty cheap when I bought it +10 years ago, and the quality has not improved any. Finding a replacement that fits well in the new house should be fun!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Parts Involving Decisions

Only about a week and a half until our first realtor meeting! We've also got our bank pre-approval so we'll know roughly what homes are in our price range! So... the easy stuff is all done. The parts that come next involve decision making.

Patience in these situations is not something I'm good at. When things are undecided, like not knowing where I'm going to be living in 6 months, it stresses me out and I just want to barrel ahead and get everything decided so I can move on to the next focus. As far as I can tell, this is the opposite of how my husband feels about these sorts of things. Undecided means there's a world of possibilities open to him.

However, there aren't so many possibilities in the house game because I need to live somewhere with good bus route access and most houses we drive past are not on the market, or are out of our price range, or are in areas we wouldn't feel comfortable living for 5+ years. We're stuck half way between him disliking the limitations on our possibilities and me disliking that we aren't a few steps closer to a decision already. We're not quite halfway there, and that's not where either of us likes to be.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Terms

The trip to the bank was good, and my boss gave me a card for her realtor, so it seems like we're on our way. Once we have our W-2s from 2013 I'm hoping we'll get a little more ambitious. I've been keeping a close eye on the MLS listings, just because I can't help myself. It's nice to dream about the expensive homes, but I've found a new way to get excited about the more affordable ones - seeing what our payment would be if we had a 20, or even 15yrs mortgage instead of a 30yr. It seems like a pretty good idea to go after a shorter term so that more of each payment is going to principle, as long as the payment is manageable of course. It's pretty tempting when there are smaller homes that'd only cost about $300 more than our current rent each month on a 15yr term mortgage.