Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Our House Is A Very Very Very Fine House

What a weekend! We had quality help in both OKC and Tulsa, so thank you - everything went so quickly!
Saturday we got everything in the house and a lot of things put away. We even entertained that night. Well, we brought the only constructed chairs into the living room and had coffee among boxes, but it was fun!
Sunday we painted the TV room. It. Is. Yellow. We taped ourselves into the room and said we wouldn't leave until it was finished. Unfortunately it took a lot longer than we planned, and we started to go a little crazy. We had to cut our way out and take a break.
Monday we put together the last of the furniture and kind of organized everything. Things are mostly in place, we just have to put stuff on the walls and load up the attic.
It's exciting having a home! We have a place that people can drop by anytime, and our stuff looks so much better than it did in our retro-ghetto condo. Not to mention we have squirrels, birds, and rabbits that run around our yard - it is awesome.
I want to go back and live there right now. But first I have to finish work, then we can go to Chicago, then we can go to PORTLAND, and then we can finally call it home. Then you can come over.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Moving Day(s)!

If anyone would like to help us load or unload, here's what you need to know:

Today (Friday) we'll have the truck starting in the late afternoon. If you'd like to call or swing by, we could use a little extra muscle getting stuff into the moving truck. I promise to have Kool-Aid for all volunteers.

Saturday through Monday we'll be in Tulsa. Stop by 1135 S Sandusky to help carry stuff in, unpack boxes, or maybe paint a room! Or, if you're not into the unpacking thing, give us a call and we'll do a coffee break. I'm sure we could use several during this adventure. I will keep a lemonade pitcher full at the house for all helpers.

Give us a call or show up if you want to do anything! Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Almost There

Well, we didn't go to Tulsa last weekend. So all that worrying and rushing were for naught. I did get almost all of it done though; I still have to go to Tmobile, which I'll do today.

I only have six more days at work. It's kind of sad. I started training my replacement this week, which means I have someone shadowing me all day, which means no blogging, blog-reading, or internet-surfing.

Nothing yet on a Tulsa job. It's just been tough interviewing and contacting people from OKC, and asking them to wait until June 9 to let me start. I figure it'll be nice to have a couple days to settle into the house and devote to the job search when we get back from Oregon. If nothing turns up after a while, Starbucks here I come!

And in case you were wondering, Josh and I had shark for dinner last night followed by some delicious chocolate mint brownies. It was tasty.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


We're getting ready to move in a couple weeks, and I'm pumped! But this week is so action-packed, I don't know how I'm going to get everything done in time to (maybe) take a load of stuff to Tulsa on Sunday. Here's the low-down, in no particular order:
I'm working on a secret project for a friend of mine. I need to finish phase one tonight.
I need to take my phone back to T-mobile again so they can fix it again.
I need to sew curtains for the soon-to-be-wed Vandervorts and somehow get them to the honeymooning couple before we move.
I need to make cookies (yes, need) so our houseguest will have a snack while I'm at work.
I have a client seminar Thursday that will almost make me late for TV night at the Ibanezes.
I need to enjoy the Vandervort wedding and see all the visiting Oregonians there.
I need to pack up my sewing stuff and other things for a moving trip to Tulsa.
I need to see the Herberts while they are in town.

Save the T-mobile trip and the work deal, these are all things I enjoy doing and am excited about. So, needless to say, it is not a mega-stress situation like a med school test block might be. The only challenge will be fitting everything in before Sunday!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Working for The Man

I had an interview yesterday with the Bank of Oklahoma. I think it went well, but I need to decide what I'll do if they choose to offer me the position. The people were nice, and I could definitely do the job, but I don't know how comfortable I would be with the change of environment. I like working in a small office; I don't know how I'd feel about working in a cubicle, at a corporation, for The Man.
Maybe the pay and benefits will help me make a decision. My loyalty and good attitude can be bought, I'm not ashamed to say it.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Downs and Ups

Yesterday was the big day - Closing Day. We had been in constant communication with our realtor and thought we had everything taken care of. We even had a load of stuff in the truck to drop off at our house once it became our house. We Reeses are on top of things.
Then at 12:30, with our closing scheduled for 2:00, as I am saying goodbye to my coworkers, one of them mentions the cashiers check.
The what? You mean we can't pay with a check of our own? Apparently this is common knowledge, gained by the experience of purchasing a home. Wait. This is our first home, that is why we have a realtor - to tell us things we wouldn't know offhand.
So I call our realtor, who says yes, we need a cashiers check, and she is working on getting the amount and will call me back. By 12:40 (cutting it a little close, aren't they?) I had received two phone calls telling me two different values for our check. One from the realtor, and one from the mortgage lender. So, we try to get to the bottom of this, as our chances of making it to closing on time are growing slimmer. Our realtor neglected to pass on addendums to the title company and mortgage lender with necessary information, like who is paying closing costs. After some lecturing from both sides about the others' failure, we get our hands on what we are told is the correct number. By the time we got our check and got to the meeting, it was 2:30, but everyone was just starting to be ushered into the conference room. All we missed was the waiting.
Ahh, that mess with the check is over... or is it? The paperwork we are signing has another amount on it. Arrgh, our confounded realtor! It worked out, as our cashiers check was made for a higher amount, they just gave us a refund for the difference.
Thanks to our realtor for helping ease the stress of buying a home.
On the plus side, we own a home now! Cheesy first-time-home-owners pictures to come.