Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Home sweet Home

Today I am waiting around for 'the bug guy'... again. Let me rewind...

Everything in the house is going great, we have all the boxes unpacked, we are making what little additions or changes that need to be fixed. I believe I was opening the dishwasher when there.. crawling on the inside. .

Is a roach. Gross.

I might see one here, and then another on the next day.. so nothing horribly bad. But to think of them crawling around at night, touching the counter tops.. .I should stop before I give everyone nightmares.

Of course I am freaking out, Mr. being cool as he always is, tries to address the situation logically. We start out by buying the traps and gel, the package says it will take care of the problem within 24 hours. Nope. So instead of me being in hysterics all the time, we opt for professional pest control. So I can say goodbye to eating out at all for a year, but can hopefully cook peacefully in my kitchen.

They sprayed, and we saw things die, we never knew were crawling around. Then two nights ago I saw a baby roach crawling around. No way, so with the 'no bugs guarantee' they are coming back to spray again.

I guess it is just one more thing to worry about with new home ownership. Thankfully I turned my utter fear and disgust into pure happiness in revenge everytime I sweep up dead bugs from around the house and almost get giddy about seeing them.

I got off my lazy bum and actually took some pictures of the place.

The living room.

The dining room

Our small little kitchen, thats it.. all thats right there..

our large back yard and covered patio. Mr. actually built that table the other day!

My creative work space.. a disaster as always, its how I work
There is one other bedroom being used as a 'Man Cave' plus the master bedroom with on suite bath, plus a guest bathroom. It fits us perfectly for now, I promised not to paint for a while...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Miss Becca Turns 87

It feels strange, this familiar screen, talking to myself. It has been way too long, and it feels foreign again. Once you skip a post, you tell yourself you'll get back to it. Slowly it just becomes habit not to. It feels like a cop out to say life got busy, isn't everyone around this time of year?

The last time I posted, and took my long hiatus, we (Mr. and I) were on a mission to find a place to live. We found a house, went through escrow and now we are comfortably settled into our new place. A cozy 1200 sq ft place, finally to call our own. It has its charms, its spacious covered patio and yard, and has its downs. Like any homeowner knows, your list of to-dos never end. From replacing the pumps in the toilet to pest maintenance. We are tackling the challenges together, cutting back on random unnecessary things, knowing our money is in a better investment now.

Just a week or so after we finished moving in, I had my 22nd birthday. Nothing to really throw a grandeur party over. The morning of, at school, I got to wear a pink tiara and had all the kids sing happy birthday to me.

We let the kids guess how old they thought I was turning. The first guess was 10, so I told them a little higher. So all together the kids knew... 87, they shouted and all agreed, that was the right age. Even when their parents picked them up, the kids were so excited to tell their parents that today was my 87th birthday, which then brought on many 'it doesn't show' and 'you hide it well' jokes.

Mr. asked me if I feel old now. At first I said that I did not feel any older, for a couple years now I have felt the same after every birthday. The more I think about it, the more I really do. I am finally breaking free of that 'young' age group, we have a house. And as Mr. likes to point out, we now have a Costco card, thus we are officially middle class. Not quite yet though, when we finally have a mini van sitting in the drive way, that's when we know we made it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Driving around aimlessly

After work today, I stopped by Mom's place. Hung out for a little bit, and then was on my way. Way to where, I do not know.

I thought I knew, but I was wrong. I got in the car and was driving. I don't think I've ever driven, without purpose. I must of been in some kind of clouded funk. I thought maybe I will go here... As I pass it I think maybe not. I don't really want to get out of the car and park.

Then I think maybe I will go to target, pass by and think 'I don't really want to spend money right now' so I keep driving. Soon I am just driving, really going 3-4 miles out of my way just because I am too stubborn to go home.

Mr. is not due home for another 4 hours. I do not want to start packing, I am not motivated to do housework. So instead I am driving around, and when I see the indicator get closer to E, I am so unmotivated to get out of the car, I am forced to just drive home without getting gas.

It was the strangest feeling. I really wanted to go do something, yet did not want to spend a dime. Did not want to drive around but did not want to be home. Maybe it's the state of home limbo I am in. Calling this place I am in now home, and soon calling another.

All that aside I did come home and finally had to do something with all my nervous energy. So I plopped down at the computer and did something I have not done in way too long.

Art. And thus a finished painting. I really want the weather to cool back down so me and mom can go on walks, else I see many more pointless drives in my near future.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Chores In High Heels

This weekend I have a cocktail party and wedding to go to. Although I don't really ever dress up, I have a few dresses in my closet. The only problem, I don't really have any good heels!

So yesterday I spent 3 hours at the mall on my search for the holy grail, the perfect heel. Perfect for me at least. Because I do not wear heels often.. maybe never ,they need to be comfortable. When I do wear heels I love pointy toe, rounded toe makes my feet look even more small and squatty. Then I would love it to have a strap, so when I am walking around my feet don't slip and POP right out, which happens a lot.

My search did not go well, I dislike the mall already and now I just spent 3 hours too long there. I stop by Mom's and I ask her, " Have you ever seen.. a pointy toe heel with a strap?"

"what color?"
What do you know, she has a pair and only worn once. A life saver!!
So now to break them in and practice.. so I don't look a girl clomping around in mama's shoes

I am doing my chores in heels, which is not easy when you have slippery tile in the whole house. Sweeping, mopping and laundry. So lets hope by tonight I am a pro and my feet don't hate me!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Huge News!!

Okay I feel like am about to burst. The past couple weeks have been very rough on me physically (dealing with a cold) and emotionally.. and that's a big long story, So most of this has happened in just a weekend! So skim to the good part at the end or get comfortable.

So we knew that eventually the time would come for our little gang to break up, for the roommates to move out on their own into the world. I just didn't think it was going to be any time soon. So when one of the room mates says that they are wanting to move out, my world starts into a tailspin. Currently we can not cover what the rent is on our own or with only one roommate.

This leads us to start looking for a place to go. So first we are considering condo's. We look at some, really love some and then we find out about the HOA's per month. Nearly 250$ just in HOA thats not even covering anything else. Even so we still really like them, but we find out that the banks are not financing them.

So plan B. Friday I am set out to look for apartments. Me and mom drive around to all the apartments in the area, getting pricing, scoping out areas and layouts. All apartments are saying we are looking too early for the timeline (the end of November is when the roomie leaves) And all places are 99-100% full. Great!!

All along Mr's Dad really wanted us to look for a house. Both of us though that it would not be possible within our price range. Or that all of them would be old and gross and need too much work!! But to entertain the idea...

Saturday we start out early in the morning looking at places. The first one is a bust, WAY too much work to be done. I really feel like we wont find anything special. Our timeline does not really allow for short sales homes (as they can take forever to close on them). The second house we looked at was promising from the outside. The yard was nice, where most we looked at had dried up lawns. The paint on the outside was fresh, new and clean.

It was an investor who bought the house to flip it. New tile floors, freshly painted walls and new carpet. A lovely back yard with a covered patio, beautiful lawn and mature grown trees, adding shade and privacy. It was really nice. We went to look at several other places but none of them even came close.

Sunday we go in to make an offer...

And Today Monday, They accept it!

Me and Mr. Are buying our very own, First house!!

How exciting and scary all at once. So much to do and get done. Packing, moving, changing our address, cleaning. All while working and right before the holidays!! I've been made to keep it a secret for a couple weeks now, so that's why I have been MIA from the computer and the blogosphere, too much going on to handle. I have had emotional breakdowns, and ups And its only the beginning!

Sunday, September 19, 2010


I just completely disappeared from the blogosphere. I really don't have an excuse for myself, as to why I am not posting. Not like it matters one way or the other, but I mostly made a promise to myself to keep at it. Then I slip into missing a day, then it becomes easy to not post anything, easy to not even get on the computer.

I have been so wrapped up in my daily life this past week or so, that I completely even forget to check my email. This is pretty normal for me, time to time. I lose interest in being social and keeping up 'appearances' online. I just say the things I need to say to people in person, or don't feel the need to say anything at all. Then all of a sudden ,I will be on the computer all the time, addicted.

We finally have some semblance of fall weather now, breezy and cool. Even being over cast puts me in a better mood..usually. Right now (and I can't say what.. sworn to secrecy) I am super stressed and thinking about "stuff". Super vague I know, but when the time is right I will find solace in the Internet. I think even that, has been putting a damper on my blogging mind, If I can't say what major things are happening in my life, what do I have to talk about? So I just give up on saying anything at all.

Hopefully this will all be over soon and I can return to normal. Instead I will tell you this from class.

At our pre-school site, which is located on a school grounds/ campus, our bathroom is a walk from our building. So it is usually my job to take our kids on bathroom runs. This time my teacher went with us, all the kids needed to go, yeah that crazy! One little girl did not have to go, so stayed next to my teacher and told her "Why do we have to be out here? I just want to go back to your house!" The little girl thought the classroom was our house, well why not? It had a play kitchen! She then continued "Why don't you have a bathroom in your house? Why do you have to walk to get to it?" Kids really are too funny, and amazingly perceptive.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I am a Genius!

Yes I am going to slouch and sink into obscurity, I am beating myself up in my own mind. I did something today which earns me this lovely dunce cap.

Shopping day, again, it always seems to be shopping day. There is just me and Mr. to buy for, but that boy sure can eat. So I am set on the task of making the dreaded menu and list. Why is it when I am put on the spot I can not think of anything?! So It takes me an hour to make a small list for two people.

My first stop is Trader Joes, they have some really yummy frozen meals. I do love an easy dinner, especially when I am feeling below the weather..(is that a real term? I don't even know anymore). Then it is off to the worst of it all, the mother of all places I despise the most... *insert scary music here*

Walmart. It is actually not as bad as I try to make it seem. I always hype it up to myself, and I always make it through rather painlessly.. other than the bottom of my feet from those long lines. We really do save a lot from shopping there.

We usually don't get soda very often, I consider it a treat when we do. So I decided I was going to treat myself to something I don't allow myself often. I make it through the line, and when it gets checked out last, there is no room in the top of my cart for it to fit. So I stick it on the bottom..

Biggest Mistake! (I bet you see where this is going)I make it out to the car, load everything up. Drive the 10 minutes home, unload everything ...sit down to relax and...

I forgot the soda on the bottom of the cart. So I better get some good karma in return for giving someone a free pack of soda. I guess someone was trying to tell me I didn't need it in the first place.

Lesson learned, never go shopping when you feel like you need a nap, feeling ill and never ever place anything on the bottom of the cart, if you do not normally do so.

So there, my lovely dunce cap earned.