Monday, June 30, 2008

Why Sprint Is Bad

Sorry I didn't actually call all of you I promised to over the weekend, my phone is all goofed up. The phone number I was given by Sprint for Idaho is in the same area code as Boise, but apparently the entire state of Idaho only has ONE area code, so the phone number they gave me is for a city five hours away from Boise, and that wont be cool when I get my massage business started. Add to that the first time activating the new phone didn't work, and I couldn't use it for most of the weekend, and you have a recipe for a no call no show Karen. Super sorry to all, don't think I don't love ya!

On a brighter note, I did manage to get my craft room/office set up this weekend...boy do I have a lot of yarn! This is not a bad thing, just so you all know. We went to the Lowes and got a lawnmower and weedwacker Saturday and the to Target to get a vacuum yesterday - super home owner-y fun! And, I discovered this weekend that my handsome fiance looks really cute pushing a lawnmower, lol! More details later, this is kind of a post and run...catch you all on the flip!

Friday, June 27, 2008

All is Well

My first day at the new jobby-job went VERY well...I met a lot of really nice girls that I will be working with, and all of the Doctor's I met were pretty nice too. It seems kind of easy as far as what my job duties will be, and they said they are going to cross train me right off the start so I can do all the front end duties no matter which office I am in...sounds like the beginning of something loverly.

The move went well. The house needed a lot of cleaning/servicing of the major things (heating, air conditioning, all the ducts, the carpets), but we got that all done, the cable/Internet turned on (obviously!) and we went last night to get a new TV (you should have seen the twinkle in Chris' eyes - super cute!). The TV and the new living room furniture will get delivered some time next week, and then I think we are all set with everything we really need for the house.

With the exception of our books and DVDs, everything is unpacked (we have no place to put them yet, don't worry, I went through and separated all the important books from the rest for easy access). All the rooms are pretty much set up except for my office, and the linen closet needs some work. Still need to figure out a landscaping design for the yard, but we need to wait a while on that. Other than that, we are pretty much set - might need to get some bookcases and bar stools, but those can wait too.

The house is great, it looks even better with our stuff in it, and the dogs seem to like it which is very important ya know! Well, I have to go get in the shower...the thing about having a job is I guess they expect you to be there on time and not smelling like yesterday when you get there...its been so long since I had a job, I almost forgot ; )

Sorry for putting this at the end, but my phone number has changed. For obvious reasons I am not putting it on the blog for the world to see, I wont be able to call everyone today, so if it is an emergency, call Chris' phone and I am going to try and get an email out to as many of you as I can. I'll be calling everyone tonight and tomorrow with the new number.

Now, how about a tragically ironic tale of mystery to top off your Friday. This is the first bag of potatoes we purchased when we moved here (the only bag of potatoes at the store, mind you)...notice anything funny about it???? Did I mention we live in IDAHO??!! Have a great weekend everybody!

Friday, June 20, 2008

This One is for The Cute Guy Who Bought Me a House Last Night

"I'm an otter, I lay on my back and do cute little human things with my hands."

Sorry for the private joke. This is something Chris and I were talking about last night. The cartoon is from a great comic artist called Natalie Dee - if you have some free time, you should go check out her site...super fun! The words are from a comedy show that Dennis Leary did that Chris quotes all the time (he did it last night as a matter of fact). I'll have to ask him tonight if there is a YouTube video of it so you guys can see. Its all about different animals and seeing if they should be saved from being hunted/killed/eaten. An otter, since it does cute little human things with it's hands, should be saved and protected. A cow on the other hand, should get in the slaughter truck because it is just a baseball glove, waiting to be made. It sounds much funnier when Chris says it, and I am sure it is even funnier when Dennis Leary says it, because Dennis Leary is way funnier than my fiance ;)

The closing was yesterday, and it went great. It only took thirty minutes. In Idaho, you don't need a lawyer, maybe that is why it was so much faster (ha, ha Nicole and office staff of Albany, NY law firm that shall not be named, lol!). Just kidding, but seriously, the closing was quick and you don't need a lawyer in Idaho.

I am just waiting for the real estate agent to call to tell us the deed was filed with the clerk's office so I can get the key and start weeding! This will be the first (of many to come!) weekends of home improvement projects because, who just bought a house?????

These Kids Right Here!

Enjoy your weekend everyone, and if anyone wants to come to Idaho to pull some weeds, give me a call!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

30 Ain't So Bad

Well, I turned thirty, not twenty nine again as I had been previously promising everyone. It wasn't so bad. I got a Slurpee and went to the pool in the afternoon. Chris got done work a little late, but then we went to dinner. I had Elk Chili and it was fantastic. We also had this dessert that was an almond toffee shell filled with fresh strawberries and ice cream with strawberry and white chocolate sauce and home made whipped creme....yum! And the best thing was that my wonderful fiance got me yarn spinning lessons for my birthday!

Saturday, we went to Nampa, Idaho which is about 20 miles from Boise. It is a cute little town with a nice downtown area which they use for a Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. Not much there, but it was fun to walk around. I went to the two yarn shops in the town, Puffy Mondaes (which is my new favorite yarn shop...if I can't be at Trumpet Hill, it is the next best thing) and Ewephoria (best name for a yarn shop I think I've ever heard, but I didn't see any yarn there that I liked). We had lunch at this great Italian deli, we both had very tasty subs! Then it was off to look at furniture and go to the pool.

Sunday, we went for a motorcycle ride and then to the pool again. We also got some bad news about one of Chris' friends being in a car accident, but the blog is not really the place to talk about it.

Yesterday, I gave blood and then spent the rest of the day feeling like I was looped on drugs because of it. I went to the Fred Meyer store near the new house to get groceries, and then Chris and I went to buy a new bed and living room set. We got a great deal on them and I can't wait to sleep on the new bed. It is a king size, so I won't get clocked in the head anymore during the middle of the night as Chris rolls over.

Today, I need to call to get some stuff scheduled for the house - locks changed, carpets cleaned, cable turned on and air conditioning/heating serviced. Closing is on Thursday afternoon, so we get the keys on Friday! Probably not going to be moving in until we get a refrigerator which we are going to look for on Craigslist. Lets just say we have a lot of yard work to do this weekend and fence mending to do. I might be a little absent for the next week or so, nothing personal. But just think, the next post might be pictures of what the house looks like with all our stuff in it, or maybe me rolling around nekkid' in my yarn....till then!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Guess What I Got!!!

I have a job!!! I start in two weeks as a receptionist at a local Orthopedic practice in downtown Boise. The pay is a little less than I was making in Albany at BCBS, but they pay for my benefits entirely so it works out.

It also works out because the closing on the house is next Friday! After that, we are going to get the carpets cleaned over the weekend or on that Monday, then the movers are coming Tuesday to bring us back all our stuff! Hallelujah! We will take that weekend to do goofy little fix ups around the house and start the gardening. I'll have all day Wednesday to get things put away and organized, and then its off to work for me!

Thanks for you comments from yesterday - you guys rock! As a way to say thanks, here is a cute doggy picture, just because!

"I'm Ursa, and I'm pretty!"

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Inside!

This is the view as you come in the front door. The door straight ahead goes to the patio in the back and the fireplace is gas, there is a super nice mantle too. The coat closet is the white door to the left.A better view of the full living room, I love the giant window on the right hand side of the fireplace - it will be so nice for the dogs to look out and bark. You can't see it but there is a ceiling fan hung up off the cathedral ceiling.
Speaking of the cathedral ceiling, don't have any ideas what to put up there, but I have told Chris that whatever it is, it will not be mounted and/or stuffed ; ) This is to the left as you come in the front door, and the hallway goes down to the rest of the house. To the right is a gigantic linen closet and to the left, a good size laundry/mud room and a door out to the garage. The open door you can see goes to the spare bedroom.
This is the view if you are standing right underneath where the last picture was taken. You can't see it that well, but the window above the window with the red curtain goes all the way up to the cathedral ceiling and lets in a lot of natural light. This is where the dining room will be. To start, we are just going to get some bar stools for the little breakfast bar off the counter. The only thing we ever use a dining room table for is to throw all our crap on anyway, so that is an investment that can wait for a while. And how much do you love the red kitchen!!!!!! It almost makes me want to cook. Almost....
The pantry is the door to the right, and the refrigerator will go next to it closer to the windows once we procure one. The sink looks out to the front yard.
And this is a view of the whole living room/dining room/kitchen from the sink. You can't really see it, but next to the pantry (white door on the left here) there is an alcove thingy and a curved ceiling above it that is open to the cathedral ceiling. It is a cute little nook and there is room to put some nice plants up there. Not sure what we will decide to put there, but I like it!
This is the guest bath. Down the hall, to the right as you are on the way to the master bath. There is a sink too, don't be concerned if you come to visit you wont have a sink to use, lol!
This is the closet in the guest bedroom (the open door from the picture before). Apparently the owner's mother has left some of her stuff here - she left her giant honking SUV in the garage too. The real estate agent said she dropped the car off and went to the airport but isn't actually staying there...Um, yeah...not so happy about that.
And this is the view from the door way. I forgot to take a picture of the other bedroom, but it is the same size, except the door is on the left side instead of the right, and the closets are flipped too. The other room is blue, and will be the office/craft room.
This is our master bathroom - double sinks, LOTS of storage space (which is not normal for Boise). The toilet, is to the right, close to the window. There is a medicine cabinet hanging on the wall behind it (kinda weird, but there is a giant mirror that goes over the whole vanity). The tub is immediately to the right. All nice new metal fixtures.
This is a view of the master bedroom - the bathroom is to the right and the walk-in closet is to the left. There are two sets of hanging rods (a high one and a low one) on both sides of the closet, then there is one tall bar that goes the length of the closet. There are also shelves and room for a dresser or two in there. The only thing we will need to put in the bedroom will be the bed and nightstands.
This is the view of the master bedroom from the master bathroom door.

And that's our new house! The inspection went well, no major problems but a few minor repairs do need to be made. Most of it is stuff Chris and I can do ourselves. We are so excited. Now that the inspection is done, we should know when the closing will be - it might be as soon as next week!

On the more good news front, I have THREE interviews tomorrow. Figure I have to get one of them, right? Oh, in case anyone wants to comment, I fixed it so you don't need to register and you don't need to play the "Lets Identify These Random Letters Written In A Bad Font That You Can't Read" game. Just in case anyone wants to leave a comment, or something ; )

Monday, June 9, 2008

It Is Time I Told You...

... I am also probably going to be using this as a "knit-blog" also. Those of you who used to read my previous blog will enjoy the lovely pictures and yarn, those of you who didn't read the old one will have to learn, lol ; )

Anyway, all of my knitting needles are in storage, as is the majority of my yarn. Lets not talk about it anymore, it makes me sad. I told Chris when we get everything out of storage, I am going to put all of the yarn on the floor and then roll in it. I can't tell if the laugh I get when I tell him that is because he knows I will do it, or because he thinks I won't....

Anyway, our friend Nicole (who coincidently is partially responsible for introducing us) sent me this joke today, and it made me smile, thought you might enjoy it too:

A highway patrolman pulled alongside a speeding car on the freeway. Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the blonde behind the wheel was knitting!

Realizing that she was oblivious to his flashing lights and siren, the trooper cranked down his window, turned on his bullhorn and yelled, 'PULL OVER!'

'NO!' the blonde yelled back, 'IT'S A SCARF!'

Happy Monday!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Look What We Bought!

Well, here it is, our first house! I found it while out looking with the Realtor on Tuesday, Chris came at lunch to look at it kinda quick. We went back over on Wednesday so Chris could thoroughly inspect the house with a big flashlight, and we put the offer in and it got accepted on Thursday! The owners want the closing by the end of June (!) so our stuff will soon be out of storage. The house is currently empty, so they want us in there as quickly as we want to be in there!

The basics are - 3 bed, 2 bath, 2 car garage. The living, kitchen and dining rooms are all open to each other, but clearly defined. There is a gas fireplace, and the floors are a beige-ish carpet or stone tiles in the dining room/kitchen. Lots of nice colors, earthy but still bright. The master bedroom is HUGE, and has a ginormous walk-in closet. There are cathedral ceilings in the main living area and what I think is a pretty large attic storage space over the rest of the house (its one story). Its on a quiet cul de sac on the west side of town on a dead end street - super quiet.

The pictures got loaded up backwards to the blog, so sorry for the inconvenience. This is the backyard, the nice side with the curved concrete border (which apparently is a very nice and an expensive upgrade to have around here - I dunno). I'm thinking we can put some flowers in there once we get settled.

This it the other side of the house, the side the garage is on. We have an idea to fill this area in with concrete and have this be where Kendall and Ursa go potty so they don't ruin the lawn. Apparently, also a popular thing to do here in Boise. Word is it makes picking up the poop easier, then you just clean off the pee with a water and bleach mixture every few days or so.
This is the back patio, the door goes to the back of the living room, right next to the fireplace.
Here is our view of the foothills! Oh, did I mention that our back yard neighbor is an elementary school? We are going to put up some privacy wooden fencing so the dogs don't spend all day trying to eat children through the chain link fence.
Here is the front of the house, you can see the yard work has been neglected for some time. I told Chris he should get me some gardining stuff for my birthday, lol.
No idea what to do with this area. It separates us from the next door neighbors, so I kinda want to maintain some height with the landscaping for privacy. The front yard will probably be where we will spend the most of our time since it is much nicer than the back. Plus, lets be honest, the dogs are going to probably ruin the back yard no matter what we do. Also, we do have ideas to maybe do some gardening back there, and there isn't much room.
The front of the house as you look from the right. The right side of the house, the bay window part is the kitchen (the sink looks out the main window). Pretty much everything growing with the exception of the overgrown bush is a weed - I kinda wanted to pull them while we were there today, but technically, I guess the house isn't ours yet.
And one last picture of the front of the house.
We'll start taking reservations for August in the next few weeks, so let us know when you want to come out for a visit, we'll get you on the guest list!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

What a Difference a Month Makes

Hello everyone - sorry I am a super slacker and there hasn't been more on here lately. Most of you know how I am: the less I have to do, the less gets done; the more I have to do, the more I get done...tales of tragic irony as Christopher would say : ) The good news is, we are now only half unemployed and uninsured, but still fully homeless (in that we haven't bought a house yet sort of way...I assure you we are not living on the streets of Boise!)

Anyways, things are great in Boise! We both really like it and the more we explore, the more we find to like. For anyone considering a trip out here (!) we have LOTS of great restaurants to bring you to. We took a motorcycle trip up to the local ski mountain, Bogus Basin, this week, and it was a nice trip (Chris went very slow up the mountain) and we got to see lots of wildflowers.

Over the weekend, we took the dogs to a very nice dog park and let them run around for a while - they loved it. It was just like being at Grandma's house in Middleburgh except there weren't any chickens to kill for Ursa, and instead of Jordan trying to hump Kendall, another little dog followed him around all day trying to mount it wrong that it made me laugh?? They came home tired and slept for the rest of the day, which was nice!

I have been sending out a zillion resumes, and have had two interviews so far - nothing concrete but I have a second interview with a chiropractor for today in about an hour. It seems like it would be a good fit for me, he is looking for a receptionist, but I think I might be able to get some massage clients from him, maybe even at his office...we'll see! Think happy thoughts because this not having a job crap is driving me nuts - ask Chris, he'll tell you!

We also have been looking at a lot of houses. A great number of them smelled terribly and I walked out as soon as I walked in (I am looking at houses during the day while Chris is at work, ruling out the yucky ones, and then we have been going back to look at the good ones together later). I don't want to say too much in case it doesn't work out, but we may have found something that would be just about as close to perfect as it could be for us. Again, please think happy thoughts!

Well, that about it for now, I have to go get pretty for my interview! Pictures soon, I promise - Idaho is beautiful and there are all sorts of funny local things to show you. Happy Wednesday everyone!