We bought a house!! and a bunch of other updates

Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
Trip End Dec 31, 2010

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Just a warning, this is going to be a long entry...

Ever wondered what it feels like to be an alcoholic who's fallen off the bandwagon?  I'm sure that not updating your blog is like a lite version of that.  I had meant to give everyone an update as soon as our offer was accepted for our new house...then I didn't upload the photos and publish the post.  Then I was somewhat ashamed that I hadn't posted it when it first happened.  Then I was ashamed that I had been ashamed and it was just one big feedback loop and it just never got posted. (Plus I was really busy)

:::From April 22:::

We bought a house!!  Well it's a townhouse really...  But it's not really a townhouse because it's governed by condominium rules.... it's complicated.  BUT WE HAVE A ROOFTOP PATIO!!  I just want to scream that from my ROOFTOP PATIO.  That was never in our original needs or even wants when we started making lists of what to look for in a new place....but how awesome is that?!?

Now we've been handling all the details...mortgage, insurance, new paint colors, home inspection, picking out new furniture.  Some of it is fun (figuring out what colors the inside should be painted, picking out new furniture), and the rest of it is tedious (mortgage shopping, insurance shopping, ALL the paperwork).

We're going with a very modern look in the new place...considering it's right in downtown and is supposed to be a "hip" neighborhood, this should go well.  So for the main living area, including kitchen, living room, stairways and main hallways in all 3 floors, the color is going to be High Strung (a green).  The master bedroom is going to be Intense Teal (self explanatory).  The guest bedroom is going to be Framboise (a raspberry purplish).  All the bathrooms will be Dovetail (a very calm gray).  And we haven' settled on it yet, but I want the office to be Fireweed (which is a dark rusty red...and it would have been cool to have the office a bright metallic red but that got vetoed...plus it would have cost too much and would have eaten into the rest of the decorating budget)

If you go to this Sherwin Williams page and click on "Explore Colors" in the top right of the screen, then you'll be able to see what the colors will look like

With the furniture, since we're going for a contemporary look, there aren't too many places to look at that kind of furniture...well there are, they're just mostly out of my price range.  We did end up finding some good floor model furniture at 2 Danes so we bought our dining room set, side bar, and office desk and bookshelf from them.  You'll see them in the pictures below.  The table is cool, it has an electric motor so that I can raise and lower it at the push of a button.  Especially cool for if I'm working on a large engineering drawing and I want to stand up to mark it up.  And it looks like I can get it in a light maple finish so that it won't clash with the room.

::: End of April 22 :::

Before I start filling you in from that point, I do want to tell you about a funny happening as we were preparing for the cross-country jaunts.  So in the first half of April, I'm getting the Subaru ready for the road trip (involving driving from Utica, NY  to Rochester, NY to Cornelius, NC to Atlanta to Nashville to Huntsville to Roanoke to Doylestown, PA and back to Utica.... somewhere around 2700 miles, not including side trips) and as I'm cleaning the inside, I decide to check the spare tire to make sure it has pressure.  When I open up the compartment, its stuffed with fossils...real fossils.  Apparently they're from a trip that Jacqui's dad had made back when her parents owned the car...in like 2001 or 2002!  These fossils have been in the back ever since!  I've never had a reason to go in that compartment and I guess no one else had either.  Not a normal thing to have on your check list.  Oil...check.  Tire pressures...check.  Spare tire....check.  Fossils...che- wait a minute!

Oh, and we were in Rochester for my buddy Jim and his fiancee Jen's engagement party (CONGRATS YA'LL!).  I won't be able to make his actual wedding 'cuz I'll be in Switzerland so I was glad that I could get to the party.  And I am proud to say that for a wedding present, Jim got a 10lb sledgehammer and chisels from me :)  Then we got to stay at our friend Karolyn's place for the night (THANKS CHICA!).  She's in several of the pics from the wedding in St. Louis back in February.  I do miss my friends from RIT....

Then Jacqui and I drove down to Cornelius to look at townhouses there.  And there is a lot of nice stuff, but it's just too much of suburbs for Jacqui to stomach.  We need an actual town with sidewalks and places to walk and shade trees and the whole bit.  So it got knocked out of the running for too many strip malls....  And we had already planned to head down to Nashville so we just moved that up a few days.  And if we hadn't found anything in Nashville we'd go back to Charlotte and look in the downtown there.  We did at least get to visit our friend Pete and stay with him while we were there (THANKS SMITHERS!).  I hadn't seen Pete since Jacqui and I got married.  If you ever visit Cornelius, you'll know you've found Pete because you'll see the only VW Jetta with (functioning) keg tap coming out of the trunk...

While we were in Braselton, we stopped at a winery called Chateau Elan.  Really tasty dessert wine made from Muscadine grapes.  I grew up in the south but I had never heard of those grapes until this visit.  And they are awesome.  I can see myself buying more of this wine while I'm living in Nashville.

After getting everything arranged for buying the place in Nashville, we headed down to Huntsville to visit my family and friends and to visit the Unclaimed Baggage store in Scottsboro.  I got to get out the motorcycle for the first ride of the year to go ride around the hills of North Alabama.  Got to hang out with friends I haven't seen in a while...and relax.

On the way back north, we stopped back into Nashville to check out a furniture store....and on the way into and back out of Nashville, we were driving through the storm that ended up flooding most of Middle Tennessee.  Luckily, our house did not see any water, but it was a tense couple of days as we kept getting reports from my cousins and the realtor about the water still rising.  Enjoy these pics of the house and stuff....there will definitely be a lot of "after" pics

We also stopped at Jim and Jen's house in Roanoke on the way back up (THANKS YA'LL) and played games and talked for a while.  Then we stopped at Jacqui's grandma's house in Doylestown, PA (THANK YOU!) to have dinner and show Lil' Grandma and Uncle Charles the pics of the new house.  Then it was onwards back to Utica for a bit.

With the flooding in Nashville, our closing got pushed back so we couldn't do it today like we had wanted.  The bank could have been ready next week, but I have to leave for Switzerland tomorrow.  So over the weekend, I flew my brothers Derek and Jared up to Utica to help me pack up the stuff that was at Jacqui's parent's house, and then unload the PODS container and repack everything into the HUGE Penske truck.  So Tuesday and Wednesday, we drove down the height of the country in our little caravan of the huge Penske truck and my brothers drove my Subaru.  We had that truck loaded to the gills so that it could barely make it up the hills.

So now I'm in Huntsville, been getting together visa stuff and car info for the Mongol Rally, taking care of some work issues, and trying to relax before I head off to training in Switzerland.

Lastly, I want to give a huge thank you to my parents and to Jacqui's parents for helping us in our transition....letting us store stuff at their houses, letting us stay with them, and eat their food.   And the same goes to Julia and Paige and Smithers for opening their homes to us during our search...especially on such short notice!  And I really want to thank my brothers for using some of their vacation time to come up to NY and help me pack up everything and then drive down the country with me.  And a future thank you for coming to help us unload everything into the new place! And thank you to Paul and Theresa, our old neighbors up in Glens Falls for all the help they gave us when we were traveling and the help they're still giving and for being such great friends.

I hate to impose on people, I really do....I like being independent, but it is great to know that we have so many people who are there for us when we really need them!
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Kathy Pittenger on

You are very welcome. We would do anything for you and Jacqui--all you have to do is ask. Love you.

Sara Stump on

Congratulations to both of you!! The place looks awesome!

Dave Belden on

The place looks great! We will have to come see you once you get all moved in!

big_red_truck on

Once we get moved in, everyone is welcome to come visit!

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