Thursday, June 30, 2011
Today Chris conquered the ping pong table. We needed to disassemble it or will not fit in the u-haul. Look how organized all the parts are! He was one determined man.
Over this past weekend, the house got a new roof! If you read Chris' post about the pains of selling the house, you know the full story behind having to get a new roof to sell the house.
Chris is currently playing racquetball and when he gets back we are heading to trivia with Hank. They've gotta get as many days of trivia in before we head down to Texas. Ohhh and let me just say, last night they got 1st and I knew the answers to maybe 2 questions--Go ME!
Wish us (them..I am no help) luck!
Until next time,
Friday, June 24, 2011
Well let me just tell you in the past TWO days we have sold...
Chris did such a great job with setting up times for people to come get the items. He had about 10 people email/text/call him about the wicker...it was craziness!
Through out the craigslist dealings, we were able to fit in some fun things. Last night, Chris took me to a place that had a spectacular view of the sun setting behind the mountains. It was so beautiful!
Thanks for stopping by! That's it for today :)
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
So, when Sarah said she wanted to start this blog to help friends and family keep up to date with our happenings and such, while to the layman, or say, any normal person, that would come across like, "Oh wow, what a nice idea, I'm sure since you are at such a distance from said friends and family, that idea is really a good one." Well, I am no layman. I immediately seized upon the opportunity to rant and rave to what I am sure will be a mostly uninterested audience (specifically uninterested in my pontification, Sarah's very entertaining, I anticipate interest in her postings)
For those of you who have never sold a house before, I envy you. You still have a childish innocence that I feel for me as been ripped asunder. Buying a house is a delightful process. If you have only bought, but never sold, I am sure that in your mind it has been a stressful process, quite exhausting. In the words of Elanor Roosevelt, "Cowboy up, wuss, you don't know the meaning of pain." Ok, maybe she didn't say that, but I promise you she thought it. When you buy a house, you have an agent who does all the hard work, for free mind you, and wants nothing more than to make your sale happen at no cost to you. You have pick of the litter for which house you want to buy, it can be anything! Yes, getting approved for a loan and all that crap is a pain, but really that's about it. But there is a darker side to the real estate aisle.........selling a house.
Selling a house is akin to medieval torture, or imagine being stuck in a chair in a white room airing nothing but reruns of Kathy Griffin standup. My experience has bordered on nightmarish. I would imagine the story of selling my house would have been rejected as a potential screenplay for "Saw 7" based on the theory that they couldn't keep an R-rating. I'll save you all the gory details, but let the record show that selling a house is a pain. Not only do you need to keep the place in immaculate shape during your showings, which for me was months long (while I tried to leave as small of a daily footprint in my own dwelling as possible), but you are forced into random escapes sometimes with almost no warning. I've been sitting on the couch, covered in my own disgrace and pretzel crumbs, laundry all over, and gotten a call where I was informed at say, 11:18 that a "showing was scheduled from 11:30 - 1:00." This is a human rights violation as far as I am concerned. This is the Highlands Ranch version of war crimes.
But, one day, someone said, "Hey, we want this place." Now, if you've only purchased a house before, never sold, this would come as delicious news. But now that I am knee-deep in this business, I've realized that is only 1/3 of the battle. Inspections have come and appraisals and the like, and we were asked to replace the roof. If you have Farmer's Insurance...run. RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN. I tried to get my Farmers adjuster out to my house, and keep in mind this is a fella who does NOTHING except inspect roofs. That is his niche. That's his thing. It took a week to get him out here, but he finally did...and it shows up and then says, "Hey, btw, I don't own a ladder. I will came back in a week with one." ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Its his job to inspect roofs! Roofs, I've learned, are not located on the ground. What an idiot. So anyhow...turns out they aren't going to cover anything, because all their capital is going to be appropriated for pictures of ladders, not actual ladders.
Insanity. Anyhow, the closing has been pushed another week, and I am ready to perch myself atop a tower with a series of NERF weaponry. I don't want to hurt anyone, and that would be a hilariously insane way to go out.
So yea, anyhow...things are still moving along, but Lord almighty, is it stressful. But soon we'll be departing for the shores of Waco, and Sarah will start teaching, I'll be doing voice stuff as much as I can, and GutPaks will flow like wine. Pardon the rant, and it most assuredly won't be the last, as I have a wide range of opinions that I am tired of yelling at my dog, because he doesn't care that I think that the fact that "The View" is still on the air technically violates the Geneva Convention, so, I will share with you. I apologize in advance.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Today Chris and I, well more so Chris, ventured into making wings! On Sunday we went to the local Farmer's Market in Highlands Ranch and bought some delicious sweet and spicy bbq/wing sauce. We intended on getting fresh strawberries, but ended up with bbq sauce and a new adventure of making wings.
We first boiled the wings for 15 minutes (I did that!) and then Chris put them on the grill and worked his magic with the sauce.
Below is the almost finished product :)
They were so tasty---Way to go CHRIS!
I can't wait to see what else we decide to cook up! We've been pretty creative so far.
Until next time,