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Mail

I got my mail keys today. Now I really feel like a homeowner. At least there was only good news in the mailbox today when I went to get it including a check from escrow for about $1000! That will help pay for a small fraction of some of the things I have bought recently. I was expecting the refund since they overcharge you for everything; I just wasn’t expecting it so quickly. I figured it had to still be a few weeks off.

Work went fairly well today although it was a little too quiet for my taste. The shop smells like wood from all the new pallet shelving, which was actually a nice smell. I went to a new dry cleaners today, Green Cleaners, down the street from the shop and dropped off some ties that I have some incidents involving chocolate with recently. I guess we’ll find out on Wednesday or Thursday if they were able to recover them.

I went to FHE tonight for the first time in a few months or so it seems. I stopped going when they pushed the time back to 8 as I figured that was just too late or too long to stay in Murrieta. Now that I live here, and only five minutes away, I can’t really complain much about something starting at 8. I doubt I would have done anything more productive at home anyway. We just watched a video and then talked about it. I was thinking about how quickly people changed from praising Jesus to wanting him to be crucified. I wonder if the slippery slope really happens that quickly to some of us today. Could I go from A to B that quickly?

I spent some time ordering stuff from ldscatalog this evening for the house. I’ll have to go get frames for the proclamations and pictures of the first presidency and quorum. I still can’t find any good temple art – can someone point me in the right direction? I really love the picture (painting) of the Rexburg temple in President Mattson’s office at the Church. I don’t know if it would really work above the fire place (I think it is the wrong orientation) although I am sure I could find it a home in the house nonetheless.

I also got some letters written to Tara and Stephanie and got some errands done today. I got the rest of the ceiling fans for tomorrow at Lowe’s, returned the kitchen lamp to Target and bought a few things on my list, including a birthday card for Susan. It is going to be really strange to be putting that in the mail to her instead of just giving it to her or leaving it at the house. I updated my address with Netflix and that was about as far as I got. I can only being to imagine the nightmare of changing addresses ahead of me. The worst part is when you are ordering something and you can’t figure out if you have updated the address for the credit card you are using yet.

Well, I should probably get to bed, so good night to all!

Moved

Wow, things got kind of crazy last week. We didn’t end up closing until late Thursday, as I kind of imagined to begin with. I’m still not happy I signed something saying I would be in Tuesday when I didn’t get in till Thursday, but this is all past now and I should move on.

Batch and Bouse helped me move Thursday. I was all packed up and ready for them when they came and we knocked it out in under two hours. Bouse did a great job loading the truck and we could have fit everything in a 14 ft box van the way he packed it all! We did some shopping, worked on getting the garage fire door replaced, ate and some other misc stuff while we waited, hoping it would cool down and for someone to confirm that we had at least funded, if not recorded yet. We finally got the funding notice at lunch and got the call that we had recorded just as we were getting ready to unload the truck.

The first night in the house was interesting. The AC upstairs didn’t want to work. I had Gardner Co. come out and take a look at it in the morning and of course it worked fine. He thinks that maybe it is something wrong with the ball bearings in the fan on the compressor. It seems like it doesn’t want to work when it is hot. Well isn’t that when I need it to work? That made the first night interesting, but it has been working great since then.

I became a locksmith when I had to essentially disassemble the front door to get the new lock on. I’m glad I was finally able to get it to work because at one point I couldn’t get the dead-bolt off and I’m sure I had broken it beyond the point at which it would have functioned. Once I got things figured out, I was able to do the other two locks in a matter of minutes – although they functioned like they were supposed to instead of not wanting to come apart like the front door did. I did decide to drive to Hemet to get the Medeco locks, and I still have my front door one on order due to a custom color issue.

I’ve been to Costco at least three times to get stuff. I filled up Bouse’s truck once and my car twice with stuff. The pantry is getting stocked slowly as well as the fridge and freezer. The fridge came on Friday and is beautiful. I had a heck of a time shopping at Albertson’s – actually just the self checkout was a hassle. I don’t think I will do that again with a full cart. To top it off, I forgot to type in my phone number for the preferred card savings which means I got totally ripped off on what I bought!

It was great having a five minute drive to church this morning. As I was getting ready to walk out the door I remembered I hadn’t read yet and decided to search for something to read. I ended up at Mormon 9, reading about worthiness. A few minutes later when I walked into branch council, President Mattson asked us to turn to Mormon 9! That was kind of interesting. I started getting antsy towards the end of priesthood this afternoon. I haven’t been sitting for that long for a few days now and while it felt good at first, it was starting to bother me.

I’ve been cleaning like mad. My hand hurts from vacuuming, washing surfaces, mopping and killing ants. The house is starting to come together. Some of the boxes have been emptied, there are clothes in my closet, food in the pantry, dishes in the cabinets. I couldn’t find my silverware after moving and it also seems like I am missing some of my glasses. Either we lost them in the move, didn’t bring them or they were stolen out of the shed with the mower a few years ago. I’m starting to lean towards the stolen aspect, although they could easily have been left in the shed and covered up with other items. I went out and bought some new silverware, and will probably need to get some more glasses and flatware soon.

It has been kind of quiet around the house. I’ve had music going almost nonstop, but that doesn’t take away the loneliness. I almost feel like I need to be listening to the radio or something so I at least can hear another human voice that hasn’t completely been prerecorded. I think I’m starting to understand why people have pets.

Hopefully my new sectional couch should be coming tomorrow. I can’t decide if I should try and get it reversed from what they are probably sending me so the longer side can go down the wall instead of across the back or if I should just take it. There are advantages both ways. From looking online, it looks like it is also a sleeper, but I didn’t know that. I guess I should just be happy that I won’t be carrying it in as I paid for in house delivery. It sounds like my kitchen table won’t be in for a few weeks though. I’m hoping to order furniture for the rest of the house soon – at least the dining room and probably living room this week. Sister Rodriguez has some catalogs I can look through to get stuff at close to wholesale cost. I think Mandi said she would be available tomorrow to look at furniture, so we may just have to see. I do need to get some (office) work done tomorrow, but maybe can make it a half day or something.

I’m still not sure what to do with the upstairs bonus room although I am leaning towards theater. That will take away the hassle of pulling wires downstairs which will be nice. I’m definitely calling about the ceiling fans tomorrow and hope that I will be able to get them installed late this week. In addition to the fans, it will be nice to actually have light at night instead of relying on lights from adjoining hallways or bathrooms to work. I’m trying to decide where to put the fans and am almost thinking of just asking him (the electrician) to go to town and prewire all the rooms. I might not need one in the living room as I think that would just look strange.

Can’t Sign Anymore

If I never have to sign my name again it won’t be too soon. i think my hand still hurts from having to sign all those documents! I signed all the closing escrow docs today. It took almost an hour and a half to go through the ream of paper. She made me sign everything with my full name which I never sign either, so that added extra confusion to the ordeal. The docs I signed seemed to indicate that escrow would close Monday and I would take possession Tuesday. That seems a little fast for me to believe, but I won’t complain if we close early.

I think the ham radio class went well this morning. We didn’t get through all the questions, only about 3/4 of them so either I need to talk less or we need to extend the class. I wouldn’t really want to go much longer than we did, but maybe it could turn into a two day class with the exam on the second day after we finish up and so forth in the morning. I was also thinking about offering the class at my house instead of the stake center so we could do lunch there and maybe be a bit more comfortable. I could argue it might be too comfortable, but it could save me the effort of lugging things to the church and maybe they could actually see a bit more in the house situation.

i came home and worked on continuing my packing & cleaning. It still continues to amaze me how much stuff I have kept for years that should be have disposed of a long time ago. I also found it interesting how much easier it is to throw things away when you’re moving than it is on a regular basis. When you have to think about packing, moving, unpacking and continuing to store something, it suddenly seems a lot less valuable. I am slowly making progress, although it seems like a task that is going to take forever. I’m sure once I actually have a date confirmed or as we get closer it will start really coming together.

Escrow Moving!

Whoa! Today was crazy! It started off pretty quiet, in fact I was thinking about heading home after lunch cause there really wasn’t much that I could do. I guess all that started to change when I started giving escrow a hard time about not progressing with things. They still hadn’t received the docs from the seller, so they couldn’t fund the loan and so forth. I guess I lit a fire under them or something cause not five minutes later I had a response about having received the docs from the seller. Then the loan docs were being worked on and would be sent over. Then I was being asked if I could sign docs tomorrow!

So, I’m signing docs tomorrow afternoon. I think I understand they have to go back to the lender for approval and then they fund the loan, the sale has to be recorded and we are on our way to craziness! I’m hoping that we can get recorded on Wednesday and take possession on Thursday so I have the weekend to worry about moving. It would also work out cause I think I could use the truck we’ll have on the days it is sitting to move and then later to get furniture and stuff.

Things also started getting busy in the office beyond my home buying. I don’t remember exactly what was going on, but I didn’t get home till 6:30. I guess it didn’t help that when i got home the first time I realized that I forgot to go to GT to drop off mics for this weekend. I also stopped by Pacific Sales and ordered my washer and dryer. They’re scheduled for delivery a week from Monday. I ordered my fridge from Lowe’s – I ended up getting the Samsung RFG297AARS. Mandi will appreciate that it is stainless steel and I found that while the Samsung and GE’s seemed identical, the software on the Samsung seemed to make a bit more sense. Primarily, there are two buttons for water & ice instead of the one that you have to constantly cycle through on the GE Profile. It seemed like a lot of wasted work to have to keep cycling through to find what you want. I also discovered from a guy at Lowe’s that Samsung makes the GE Profile’s, so that is why they look so similar. I guess that makes sense as GE was trying tou outsource and changeup most of their appliance division and now is working on selling it off completely.

I’d love to get in and talk about institute last night and the jubilee years, and all that, but I really need to get to sleep. Hopefully Sister Dowden will post a hub or blog on it!

Or Maybe Not

I tried to get a straight answer this morning as to when we would be closing escrow. Angela is still pushing for Friday it seems. The escrow officer was trying to tell me the 15th, but the loan people want to push it through by the 7th and that was all she would say. I’m kind of hoping that if we push hard enough to close this week that maybe we can actually close mid next week. If we closed Wednesday, it could actually be nice, giving me Thursday to get appliances in and the long weekend to move. I probably won’t be that lucky, although it is only really two business days ahead of the day we need to close the loan by, the 7th.

Other than that it was pretty much just the typical work day. Toman came by and got the weather station server up and running again – the hard drive had failed. I did stop by and measure the washer for the house. I think I’m just going to go with the top of the Whirlpool that probably has more features and is bigger than I will ever need, but is rated the highest. I think I’m going to call of go back to Pacific Sales tomorrow to order the refrigerator, washer and dryer and see what I can work out as well as delivery at a yet unknown date and time. I also returned my Time Warner DVR, so I am HDTV less until I decide to cough up the money at the new house.

P.S. I seriously enjoyed the cooler weather today. I really need to invest in a ceiling fan for the office. I just can’t figure out how to do it…

Week of Waiting, Rodeo Tomorrow

Week of Waiting, Rodeo Tomorrow

I don’t really have much to report tonight. This week has been good, just not very entertaining I guess you might say. I’ve been home every night just causing trouble. I haven’t even really been all that productive and it is getting awfully close to possibly the time at which I really need to be packing. We still have no answer back from the bank on our repair allowances. I would seriously consider walking away if they don’t take our concessions. There hasn’t been anything better on the market, but I’m sure there could be down the road.

Rodeo goes in tomorrow and kicks off tomorrow afternoon. It’s going to be one crazy day. I’m not scheduled to be there fortunately, but will probably be around in an administrative capacity and may become a runner. I already see a trip to Guitar Center in our future if the backline guys don’t bring drumsticks. I went shopping tonight to get goodies for the boys since it is going to be 109 or so tomorrow.

That’s about it. If you’re reading this and still don’t know… come check out the Lake Elsinore Rodeo this weekend. There should be some good acts to enjoy as well as games and rodeo stuff:

Escrow

I understand that we actually opened escrow today. I wonder if anyone else has ever had their loan approval held up by escrow instead of having escrow held up by loan approval. I guess on the plus side we will be ready on our side to close escrow this week although I’m sure the bank isn’t even going to make their own deadline. The listing agent seemed to hint that the bank wasn’t going to take our request for allowances to make repairs as they house is listed and will be sold in as is condition. I’m not questioning that, I’m simply asking – or rather telling – them that we are reducing the price we offered by the dollar amount it is going to cost to make the necessary repairs. They would be stupid not to take the offer as I’m sure it has already cost them that much in time. I would seriously consider walking away from the house if they don’t accept out allowances and just wait for another one to come along. I guess that is the joy of not being under a deadline.

I got a message tonight from Travis (B / Mr. B) who said he quit his job, is renting his house and moving to South Carolina! I don’t know where that came from or what the story is as I was never able to get a response to my response. Maybe his wife is getting transferred or one of them got a new job. It’s crazy how life can change in a matter of a few minutes.

I didn’t accomplish much this evening as I was pretty much exhausted still. As a matter of fact, it’s barely after nine and I’ve been ready for bed for about an hour. Maybe by getting to sleep early I will finally get the rest I need and can get back to work.