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Moving Day

So the day came and I have spent my first night in my new house.   I am so sore and I took a 2 hour nap today which is really unusual for me.  What a 24 hours I’ve had!

It all started on Friday with finishing up the packing.  My friends Rachel and Adry came over with my sister Anna and we got the kitchen and final clothes boxed up.  It was more work than I would have expected and you wouldn’t believe how much stuff I have!  Kind of shocking!  I guess when you think about it I have all the stuff for a home and that adds up.

Exhausted I went to bed Friday kind of dreading the next day and the big move.  I was in a lot of pain and so worn out but I was determined to not show it at all. I put on a smile and got the U-haul truck.  Anna and I started loading and then one person showed and then another, and one more.  Before you know it there were a dozen or so people!

To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement.  I was truly touched that so many people love me enough to help me move (something I have come to understand is the greatest example of friendship).  There were even 3 or 4 people that I didn’t even know from my old ward and friends of friends.  I figure you have to be an extra special person to help someone you don’t know move!

With so many people we finished the loading and unloading in like 2 hours!  I was blown away.  I wish I had taken photos of everyone who came but it was just too nuts.  We got home in enough time for my sister, cousin and I to start unpacking.  Believe it or not today I finished all the kitchen, most of the living room, and a lot of clothes.  When I saw all those boxes I never thought they’d be emptied as fast as they have been.

Take a look at all the boxes!

539698_10151409625902239_711202550_n 11273_10151409628632239_167993758_nLast night I wearily laid down in my house.  I felt overwhelmed.  Overwhelmed by all the love showed me.  Overwhelmed by the months of work and anxiety.  Months of frustration, tears and excitement.   It will certainly go down as a landmark occasion of my life and it felt SO good!  I feel blessed and I LOVE MY HOUSE!  It was super hard and I’m not going to claim to have handled everything in the best way but I did what I could and am grateful for the learning experience.  It was a huge test and I think me and my friends have passed.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

The house is done!!!!

Countertops!

So they finally came!  The countertops were installed yesterday.  So excited!  I think the townhouse looks great.  The tenants are looking at the basement apartment today and I think they will love it.  It’s a small apartment but very classy.  I think they will love it and they’ve been so great to work with that I’m looking forward to the next year!

I can’t wait to move and get in my house.  One step closer with the countertops!  Wahoo!  Tomorrow I am going to my new ward so that should be exciting.  It’s been a hard process since I started in August and I am so ready for it all to be over and done.

Now it is just the final steps, appliance installs, fixtures, carpet etc.  Then there will the loans and FHA to finish.  Can’t wait!

kitchen counters
kitchen countertops in all their glory
me and counters
Finally here!
basement counters
Basement countertops!
bathroom counters
Master bathroom countertop

Goings on

So I’m doing this awesome Wellness challenge started by old friend Heather.  The challenge is based on a point system where you get points for healthy eating, exercise and spiritual reading/goal setting.  I like that it isn’t solely focused on weight because as I well know sometimes the lbs can be out of your control.

“This challenge is based on a daily point system with each of the following categories awarding one point per day. At the end of the 21 days two winners will be chosen: the person who lost the greatest percentage of their total body weight and the person who has the highest total number of points. Be HONEST!!!

1. Drink 48 ounces of water a day.
2. 45 minutes of exercise (doesn’t have to be consecutive)
3. No soda or alcohol
4. No sweets a.k.a. desserts, pastries, candy, etc. (Sugar-free alternatives are okay)
5. No fast food or unhealthy snacks
6. Consume two servings of fruits and veggies each day
7. No eating after 8 p.m.
8. Read 15 minutes of spiritual or motivational text
9. Write in your journal or blog.
10. Make a personal goal everyday (getting 8 hours of sleep, organizing a closet, reading to your kids each night, etc.)

**You get ONE FREE POINT PER AREA, PER WEEK. For example, you can skip exercise for one day a week and still get your point or you can have one whole free day!

Pretty cool hah,
Well, the challenge #9 means I will be blogging a lot in the next 21 days.  Gotta get my points. 🙂

Luckily I have a lot going on.

As I said yesterday I made an offer on a condo but the sellers have been strange in counter offering.   At first they offered too high and included a bizarre contingency that they had to buy a house or the offer was void.  I thought that was crazy.  There is no way I would do something like that.  Forget it.  I could end up without a house.  Then they sent a counter offer that was less without the nuts clause but they took out closing costs so it was basically the same.

The truth is the sellers over-improved their house for the neighborhood and now they are expecting me to pay for it.  They said in their offer that they couldn’t go any lower because they would lose money.  I said I’m sorry but what they have into the house is not my problem.  I am concerned with what the house is worth.  I can’t pay more because they have over-spent.

I’ve gotten a lot of advice and am okay if I lose the house.  I love it but there are other homes, other days.  We will see if the sellers wake up and get it together.  Nerve wracking!

The other craziness in my life is next Saturday is my swim!!!  My practice 5k seems like decades ago.  I can’t even believe it. Lately I’ve felt weak in the water.  I felt really strong after my Great Salt Lake swim but lately I’ve been dragging.  I can’t explain it but its been very frustrating and makes me nervous for next week.  I wish I had time to do a practice 5k next week to feel more confident but there is just no time.

I’ve been trying to change my breathing so I’m taking shorter breaths but in the meantime it leaves me feeling weak.  Just frustrating and nerve wracking.

I wish it was this weekend, and I could just be done. 2 weeks before any goal is done is the worst.  It just about makes me crazy.

https://smilingldsgirl.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/when-goals-make-you-nuts/

 

At least I have end of the month next week so I should be kept hopping and hopefully the week will zoom by and I will be a finisher at a 5k swim!

So, that’s my rambling post for the day.  Let me just end by saying what a crazy Olympics this has been.  Great job Gabby Douglas, Rebecca Soni, Tyler Clary, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps.  Wow!!! Its interesting because in Beijing Lochte and Phelps won everything but in London a lot of different swimmers have made gold.  It’s like they all just met together and said ‘let’s give everyone a gold’.  Pretty fun to watch.

I was watching Phelps race today on BBC and with about 15 meters left the coverage stopped! Talk about leaving me hanging! So I’m watching it now.  He did it!  Hurray! What an amazing accomplishment.  3 time gold medal winner in 200 IM.  So great!

They are all so amazing and inspire me to be awesome in my little effort next Saturday.

Let’s do it!

Ok.  So that’s my ramblings for the day.  More to come tomorrow.