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Back to the Office

It was almost weird being in the office today. It seemed like it had been so long since I had been there – and it had in some ways. I did kind of enjoy my eleven minute commute to work this morning. It was weird not having to change radio stations, or even ham repeaters as I drove. Heck, the drive really wasn’t even long enough to talk to anyone, and I didn’t. I was at work extra early and then started going through my emails. I had amassed quite a few that I didn’t deal with on my phone as the days had passed, so I tried to catch up with those and get some bills paid which probably should have been paid earlier and then started to work through my stack of mail from the last week or so. I actually made a pretty good dent and then headed out to leave a bit early. I wanted to get some shopping done and keep moving forward with the house.

Tara (Tata) and I went furniture shopping after I went to Trader Joe’s and managed to get nothing that was actually on my list to get! How’d I manage that? We found a good looking table and sofa set at SK and then went to Ashly where we found even more good stuff. The things at Ashly did seem to be more expensive in general, but the dining room table was actually a bit cheaper at Ashly. I’m going to give a list to Sister Rodriguez and see if she can work on the pricing at all, although I really just want to get the furniture and get it in here. I’m tired of having an empty house with no where to sit and eat. I posted pictures on Facebook of all the things we liked and clearly will need some help narrowing things down. Once we get the basics there will be all sorts of other things to work on as well – like the theater.

Nathaniel came over tonight to check the place out and helped me get a few things done. We got a lot done in the kitchen and tried out some of the things I had bought previously at the store. He was able to get my shelf moved as he found the hidden latch and we unpacked the rest of the kitchen appliances. He also helped me deal with the ants that found not only the chocolate on the island, but the motherload in the corner of the family room. Those darn ants are driving me absolutely crazy. I’ve got Fowler Pest Control coming tomorrow to spray and hopefully that will help me to start winning the war. I’m afraid that things might get worse before they get better though.

Speaking of tomorrow, I’ve got the electrician coming in the morning to get going on the ceiling fans (which I don’t have yet), pest control, the washer and dryer being delivered and Angela coming by. It sounds like a pretty crazy day at home and I’m looking forward to making progress. The best news is that the day after tomorrow – I get gas so I can start cooking and will be able to have hot water!

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.

Final Inspection

Sunday went pretty well. It was weird being home all morning. I tried to keep the packing tasks light and spent some time reading which was nice. Church went well and all that jazz. Zach and I went home teaching and then went to branch prayer. I guess it was pretty much the norm.

This morning I got up at my regular early time (about 6) and got serious about packing. I went to the shed and got all the boxes for the gear that needs to go back in them and then tried to break my back lifting my 42″ LCD by myself at 7 something in the morning. I was supposed to have the final inspection on the house this morning, but they took the lockbox off the door and we couldn’t get in. Angela was able to get a key from the selling agent finally and we went back this afternoon. It looks about the same, with possibly a few more bugs. I can’t wait to get in there and get going. I am really happy we finally have a timeline of when things should be happening. Let’s just hope that we stick to the schedule.

It looks like I’ll be moving Thursday. I should get a key Wednesday evening and will then have to start scheduling all the things that need to be done. I’m thinking we’ll get a good start with the moving in the morning, so we can stop for lunch and then be moving in early in the afternoon. Once I hear that things are still on track tomorrow, I can start asking for help as I don’t think it will take too much to get escrow closed and recorded once they fund.

My room is looking really weird with nothing on the walls and all sorts of things missing. Not having the speakers setup is almost driving me crazy. It’s almost like I’m traveling as I will soon be living out of a suitcase. I’ve packed almost everything and only have a few more things to deal with over the coming days. Well, a few more things to pack that is. I have a lot of things to deal with over the next few days: Locksmith, appliances, switching utilities, moving, installing fans, buying furniture, and who knows what more.

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

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.

The Smoke Signal

As part of my move it or loose it campaign tonight I worked on cleaning out my filing cabinet. I found a bunch of stuff from the smoke signal which I guess was a student newspaper at Potter Jr. High of which I was editor during 7th grade. I don’t remember it at all. I called Larilyn, who was supposedly involved to some extent as well, and she can’t remember anything about it either. I remember most of the people who were involved in the paper, with the exception of one: Kristin Cubel. The name sounds so familiar, yet I just can’t remember her. It looks like she wasn’t there in 8th grade, so she must have moved away and that is contributing to why I can’t remember her.

I keep having this struggle over what is worth moving and holding on to throughout my life and what should just be thrown away now. Things like those student newspapers could be fun a few years down the road, but is there any purpose to having them beyond then? Is it worth actually moving and storing them or should I just let them go?

I was looking at pianos online tonight. Larilyn thinks I should just get the Costco special, without the player for something like $8k. The problem is, I started drooling over a Steinway Parlor Room model which is probably closer to $20k. I think I’d also like to get the player to provide some music when there aren’t people there to play the piano, but at $25k we’re talking a pretty penny. I guess it never hurts to have dreams!

Work was pretty quiet today. I could have used a bit more activity since I was there all alone. I think I was able to keep myself out of trouble though.