Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Several weeks later...

It would seem that the stress of the sale is nearly over. We got our house on the market a couple of weeks ago and had over 40 people come see it in the first several days (even though it was Easter weekend). We found some buyers and it looks like they'll be closing the deal in a couple of weeks. If not, there seem to be lots of backups.

It was a lot of work to get everything out of there (and into the new house) but I'm hoping it'll come to an end soon. Crossing my fingers, but if all goes well, by the end of this month, Heather and I will have sold our old home, moved almost completely into the new one...and even gone on our honeymoon!

It doesn't get much better than that. Unless of doesn't. That's why I'm crossing my fingers.

At the new house, we spent the first few weekends there doing a lot of unpacking. I have my office nearly set up and functional, the bedroom is about 50% unpacked. Heather worked a lot on the kitchen and got that liveable. Our living room has a couch in it and the downstairs room has the TV hooked up. Still to come are the Star Wars room and finishing the garage. Those are going to be the hardest rooms, but I'm confident with some work we can do it in a few more weekends and finally have that housewarming party. a month or so, we get to build a fence. Can't wait for that. :-)

Thursday, April 20, 2006

45 things you probably don't need to know

45 of the most random things you probably never needed to know about someone:

Whats your name spelt backwards?: Hsoj. I like how it sounds.
What did you do last night?: Came home, played a little Xbox, ate a great dinner, watched South Park, went to bed.
The last thing you downloaded onto your computer?: An iPod software update.
Have you ever licked a 9 volt battery?: Yes, ouch.
Last time you swam in a pool?: I am sad to say that I can't remember. It was probably at the pro-club doing laps. I shall soon remedy this.
What are you wearing?: Jeans and a blue T-shirt.
How many cars have you owned?: 5, but I've driven dozens more.
Type of music you dislike most?: Country
Are you registered to vote?: Yes, although I think I need to change my address.
Do you have cable?: Yes, but I miss my premium "all the channels" package.
What kind of computer do you use?: This aluminum contraption I built with neon in it that I never turn on. At work, a little Tablet.
Ever made a prank phone call?: Yes. Recently even.
You like anyone right now?: I like a lot of people.
Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?: I would love to bungee. I've already been skydiving.
Furthest place you ever traveled?: London
What's your favorite comic strip?: Penny Arcade
Do u know all the words to the national anthem?: Only as someone else is singing it (like at a game). I can't sing it on my own without forgetting something. And I don't know what a few of the words mean.
Shower, morning or night?: Morning. Sometimes both if I go to the gym or into the hot tub.
Best movie you've seen in the past month?: I haven't seen any new movies this month. I've been too busy. I guess I watched a TV movie here or there.
Favorite pizza toppings?: Pepperoni and lots of extra cheese. Beyond that, any meat works for me.
Chips or popcorn?: CHiPs
What cell phone provider do you have?: Verizon by marriage
Have you ever smoked peanut shells?: No, but sometimes I eat them.
Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?: No, but I've been in a lot of competitions based on ability.
Orange Juice or apple?: Apple if I have to choose, but I like them both. Orange when I'm sick.
Who were the last people you sat at lunch with?: Jay and James today in the cafeteria. favorite chocolate bar?: Either Reeses or the Milky Way
Who is your longest friend and how long?: David is probably the friend I've known the longest, since Jr. High.
Last time you ate a homegrown tomato?: NEVER
Have you ever won a trophy?: I've won a few, but none were those huge two foot tall ones you can drink out of.
Favorite arcade game?: Of all time: Street Fighter 2. Of today: DDR.
Ever ordered from an infomercial?: Yes. The Ronco Electric Food Dehydrator and Angie bought me a Magic Wallet. I bought the Miracle Blade IIIs because I saw them on TV and they are awesome.
Sprite or 7-UP?: Sprite
Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school/work?: I wore several uniforms during my food service days.
Last thing you bought at Walgreens?: Probably earplugs for a concert
Ever thrown up in public?: No.
Would you prefer being a millionaire or finding true love?: I have a true love, so how about a million bucks to go along with her?
Do you believe in love at first sight?: No but I believe in wanting to sleep with someone at first sight.
SPONGEBOB OR JIMMY NEUTRON?: I'll give you a clue. He lives in a Pineapple under the sea.
Did you have long hair as a young kid?: Yes. Unfortunately.
What message is on your voicemail machine?: First of all, what's a "Voicemail machine"? You either have voicemail or an answering machine. What a dumb question. I believe mine currently says that I am unpacking and to leave a message..
Where would you like to go right now?: Las Vegas.
Whats the name of your pet?: I don't have any pets that are exclusively mine. My wife has a few I live with. They are named "The dog" and "The stupid cats".
What kind of back pack do you have, and what's in it?: I own SO many backpacks from different trade shows that it's not even funny. The one I carry to work every day has papers and my laptop in it. Plus a toothbrush, some pens that light up, mints and some rubber bands. I think there's a thumb drive in there too.
What do you think about most?: I am a guy, science already knows what I think about most.

Friday, April 07, 2006

1 week later

On Sunday we moved everything out of the old house. A bunch of friends came by around noon and we filled the biggest moving truck I've ever used (24 feet) up twice. We started loading the truck around 11:30am and weren't done completely with the unloading until 9pm Sunday night. I've got some great pictures I'll have to post here. Aside from the truck, we also filled up the cars of John, Angie, Carol, Mike, Heather, Jean and Craig with stuff that I didn't want to put into the truck. Two trips each. Plus Heather and I were taking a few trips after the move.

I think it proved once and for all that we have too much crap and I really need to start selling or giving away some stuff. I sold two of our Halo TVs right before we left, so that counts for something. One of my desks is going to be sold soon, along with a few other pieces of furniture we will probably sell or give away.

Stuff is all still sitting in boxes at the new place, because we've spent just about every night this week working at the old house making it all nice so we can sell it quickly. Some highlights of the project:

One of Craig's friends is painting all the bedrooms and bathrooms for us.
We had landscapers out last weekend.
I ripped out the shelves in the Star Wars room, as well as one of the closets that I had "altered" to fit larger things like the shuttle. That put two holes in the wall, which had to be fixed.
Tomorrow we're putting new carpet in the Star Wars room (it needed it).
Heather and I have been doing basic cleaning and yard work.
Craig took a truckload of stuff to the dump yesterday.

Still to do:
More cleaning
More yard work
Paint or stain the front door.
Cleaning the outside of the house
Back Yard (clean up the basketball backboard)


I hope by Wednesday of next week, the house will be on the market. That's my goal.

Saturday, April 01, 2006


I'm hanging at the new house today, while cable and a new water heater come in. I've been here since 10am, mostly hanging around because there's not a lot I can do in this empty place all alone. I should be at the old place packing, but I've got wireless internet now and just had a pizza delivered, so I don't really know what else I need.

Check out the view from the deck!