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Okay, western PA has seen enough of the fluffy white stuff. It can stop now.

No really.

We have about 2.5 feet of snow.

For the record, moving in 2.5 feet of snow is not the most brilliant plan I have ever come up with, but we did it with a surprising amount of success! We are about 95% moved into the new house. We still have one couch left at the apartment, a computer desk, and some other random things that didn’t fit into any categorized boxes. Right now we’re basically cleaning the house and the apartment and we can officially say goodbye to the place that had been our home for the last two years. It’s oddly bittersweet.

Owning a house is all kinds of amazing. Right now it is a project in itself to just put things away and explore some more, all while trying to find everything a “place”. I’m so glad we got ourselves a three bedroom house, and I’m shocked at how we already have a fully furnished place. I’m not sure how everything fit in our apartment, but it looks much better in the house!

Being the listy sort of person I am, I already have a list for just about every room in the house and what all needs done. When Justin and I were looking for a house we knew we wanted something we could turn into our own. We certainly got that with this house! We did get two really important features though, hardwood floors throughout and three bedrooms. The whole house has hardwood, save for the master bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom. I love these floors. I think we’re going to put hardwood in the kitchen and master as well, but we are still deciding.

Just to give you an idea as to what we’re going to be in for for the next few years, here’s my To-Do List for the bathroom:

  • Spackle holes (Oddly there are numerous holes, like the previous owners hung a ton of…art? in the bathroom! haha)
  • Repaint or replace tub (The previous owners PAINTED the TUB. I don’t know what possessed them to do that, but there’s peeling paint and dirt got underneath. Eventually it will be replaced, but for now I am going to try to make do, seriously….who paints a tub??)
  • Replace handle hardware. I learned from HGTV that if you want to change the entire look of a room, start with the handles/knobs/hardware. Right now they’re a brassy gold, I’m thinking tarnished brown.
  • Repaint entire room. (Again, the previous owners…. the room is day-glo ORANGE. It’s like walking on the surface of the freakin’ sun!)
  • Check/clean exhaust
  • Repaint/re-stain cabinets
  • repaint/re-stain mirror
  • Repaint/re-stain wood trim
  • install a towel rack (they had one hanging behind the door, it lasted about 5 minutes with me. Annoying!)
  • Find some material for curtains. (I have a Martha Stewart Complex. I want to create!)

    The floor in the bathroom is kind of up in the air right now. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it. I think it’s probably because it’s overshadowed by the orange monstrosity that it the current paint job. If we hate the floor later then it will be replaced, but it is not a priority at the moment.

    I actually think I might start another blog specifically for documenting out decorating and renovating projects, which will include absolutely every room in the entire house, starting with the bathroom. The living room is next, but a nice coat of paint will transform that room completely. The living room is like swiss cheese though, the previous owners went to town pounding holes in the walls. Oh well, at least now it’s our swiss cheese ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I thought it might be fun to fill out this survey at the end of every year. You can see 2008’s version >a href=https://mylimbo.wordpress.com/2008/12/31/222/ target=”new”>here

    1. What did you do in 2009 that youโ€™d never done before?
    I got married and drank tequilla in Mexico ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. Did you keep your new yearโ€™s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    I did not make any in 2009, but I have a few in mind for 2010

    3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

    No one close to me.

    4. Did anyone close to you die?
    No, thankfully!


    5. What countries did you visit?

    Mexico, on an amazing honeymoon!


    6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

    A home of our own, patience, and presence with the people in my life.

    7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    Our wedding day, hands down. Also our week in Mexico with all the swim up bars, sand, and sun we could handle!

    8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    I wrangled me a husband, haha. But in all seriousness, I guess it’s an achievement in itself to plan and execute a wedding without going insane. Justin and I also agreed on our first house, so that’s a nice joint-achievement.

    9. What was your biggest failure?
    I don’t think I failed big-time at anything major. Probably exercising regularly.

    10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    Nope!

    11. What was the best thing you bought?
    Wedding bands =)


    12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

    Justinโ€™s

    13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
    ah, I plead the 5th here.

    14. Where did most of your money go?
    Wedding and honeymoon! It is expensive to make an honest man out of someone!

    15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    I think honeymooning in Mexico trumped the wedding part, is that bad? Also, starting to search for a house.

    16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
    My Best Friend – Tim McGraw
    You’re more than a lover
    There could never be another
    To make me feel the way you do
    Oh we just get closer
    I fall in love all over
    Everytime I look at you
    And I don’t know where I’d be
    Without you here with me
    Life with you makes perfect sense
    You’re my best friend

    Self explanatory ๐Ÿ˜‰

    17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

    a) happier or sadder? happier
    b) thinner or fatter? fatter =(
    c) richer or poorer? richer

    18. What do you wish youโ€™d done more of?
    Exercise

    19. What do you wish youโ€™d done less of?
    sleep in late

    20. How did you spend Christmas?
    With both families, amazing!

    21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
    Every day =)


    22. What was your favorite TV program?

    True Blood and Greys. I also have fallen in love with HGTV

    23. Do you hate anyone now that you didnโ€™t hate this time last year?
    I donโ€™t hate anyone.


    24. What was the best book you read?

    Still the Twilight series, I have to admit. ha

    25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    I have really been branching out, there’s a few!

    26. What did you want and get?
    The Wedding of my dreams to the man of my dreams ๐Ÿ™‚

    27. What did you want and not get?
    A house, come on 2010!

    28. What was your favorite film of this year?

    New Moon!


    29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

    I went out to to see a show (I love you, you’re perfect, now change) in Pittsburgh with Justin, Bree, and Vince. I was 22.

    30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    hmm, getting my degree. May 2010!

    31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
    Getting more lazy as I get older. I want to work on this in 2010.

    32. What kept you sane?

    Justin, booze, writing, reading. In just about that order too.

    33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    err. Well, I have a pretty standard crush on a vampire named Edward Cullen, does that count? Not much changed here since last year!

    34. What political issue stirred you the most?
    Healthcare reform has everyone’s attention now. I truly hope everyone can get covered now.


    35. Who did you miss?

    So many friends. We all live pretty spread out. And my family is too far for comfort.

    36. Who was the best new person you met?
    I actually did not meet too many new people this year.

    37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
    Stop. Breathe. Relax.

    38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
    “Regardless of warnings the future doesn’t scare me at all, nothing’s like before.”

    If you’re in the mood for a bit of a tear-jerker, listen to Same Auld Lang Syne, by Dan Fogelburg. This time of year it always gets to me, it’s a beautiful song.

    Merry belated Christmas =)

    The holiday season treated us well this year. For the first time in three years I got to spend Christmas even with family I don’t get to see that often, so that was pretty fantastic.

    alternate text On the 16th Justin took me to see the Trans Siberian Orchestra, which was beyond phenomenal! There is honestly no way to describe this show unless you have seen it. It’s a rock concert, complete with electric guitars, drums, and even an electric violin. The show’s first part is Christmas-related, all classic Christmas and holiday songs set to a hard rocking beat. There’s lasers and lights and pyrotechnics that will blow your mind. Even Justin admitted that he wasn’t sure he would like it (the word orchestra had him running in the other direction) but after the show we’re already planning going back every year. It is worth the price and the fight through evil Pittsburgh (or any city) traffic to see this show. It is an excellent way to kick off the holiday season!

    alternate text On Wednesday before Christmas we went to have dinner with Justin’s family. I still don’t know everyone terribly well, but we’re getting there. After dinner we headed to Justin’s parents house to open up gifts with them as well as John and Lori. Aren’t they cute? Poor John and Lori, I’m pretty sure Justin’s mom got the baby bug from all his cousin’s babies, and she knows she would be barking up the wrong tree with me just yet, so now we’re just waiting on them! It would be pretty wonderful to have a little niece of nephew, but I won’t push it…much ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Christmas eve was a lot of fun, My parents, brother, Justin and I went to church. Christmas Eve is my favorite church service out of the year, and I’m so glad I was able to make it this year and bring my shiny new husband ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha. alternate text After church we went to my aunt and uncle’s, caught up with them for the first time in forever. My brother and I are the youngest of my cousins, so growing up we were never really all that close. Now I notice it is a lot easier to talk to them simply because we have more in common now. I guess the older you get the smaller the age gap appears. It was also nice to finally fully introduce Justin to this part of the family besides the hi, hello, congrats at the wedding.
    After the party we went back to my parents house where we were spending the night. Justin and I stayed up with my mom and had a couple more drinks and had a good time, and then went to bed to wait for Santa, haha.
    alternate text All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better first Christmas with my new husband ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully our second Christmas together will have us in our first house, the place may be torn apart at that point with all the remodeling we have planned, but it would certainly be amazing! I was grateful to not have to do a ton of driving this year in trying to squeeze in all our family time in one day. We got to spend time with each family each day and then had Christmas day fully to ourselves.

    All in all, I could ask for a better family, new and old ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a lucky girl!

    I don’t really like the cold, the snow, the ice, or the crazy PA drivers who forget that it gets like this every year…but I do love holiday parties!

    Last night Justin and I went to our first “formal” gathering as husband and wife, and I was introduced all night as “my wife” by Justin. It was pretty awesome, I have to say. Justin’s department at work had their annual Christmas party last night. It is always so much fun to dress up and go out!

    I don’t have much of an update from our contingency news from Thursday. We scheduled the home inspection for this coming Friday and it is basically a waiting game until then.

    The whole process of buying a house has been very educational. You have no idea what goes into buying real estate until you’re knee-deep in paper work. Here’s the cliff notes version.

    First, you find a house. Not just any house, but one you and your spouse can actually (freakin!) agree on. (kidding honey ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) You think that’s the hard part. When you find a house you both love, you immediately start the process of mentally moving in, which is such a bad idea on so many levels. Your husband will deny any such mental move in on his part and tells you it’s not yours yet.
    The next part is putting an offer in. In our case the house was in a very comfortable price range, just came on the market the day before we saw it, and to us seemed like it probably wouldn’t last long, even with the market in the toilet right now. We offered full asking price and that the seller pay closing. The seller counter offered for a slightly higher price but would still pay all closing costs. We accepted and are now sitting at contingent. Contingent basically means we will buy the house if _____. In our case we have two things we need to secure the house. The house needs to pass a home inspection so that the lender will give us a mortgage, and then we have to secure the actual mortgage. As far as credit goes we have the money ready, but the house basically needs to be worth as much or more than what we want to take the mortgage out for. It all makes sense in a round about sort of way, but it’s a nail-biting experience.

    Our inspection is scheduled for 9am on Friday morning. We’ll meet there with our realtor and the inspector and basically he’ll tell us what all is wrong with the place. We if there’s something minor that needs done we are not afraid of a little work, but one concern our realtor had was the roof. She seems to think that it might need replaced and may not pass inspection. Justin didn’t see anything wrong with it and I have no idea what I would be looking for so I don’t count, haha. The suspense is kind of killing me.

    It’s not even that I would be against putting the work into replacing a roof, it’s the fact that it would need to be done before we could buy the house and it is the middle of winter in western PA. Not exactly roof-replacing weather by any means.

    If the roof passes then our last hurdle is the assessment. As long as the house is worth as much or more than we’re paying then we will get the money to buy it.

    I’ll admit, I’m already halfway mentally moved in. I have big plans for the kitchen and the bathroom is half painted. A garden is almost planted in the huge back yard and Justin and I are already arguing over all the color options for the extra bedrooms (haha). The point I’m trying to get to is that it is hard to not let yourself mentally move into a house that you love, and the closer you get to obtaining it the harder it is to reel yourself back in.

    This week will probably be one of the slowest of my life, I hope it goes by quickly!!

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