House Hunting Update

We’re still looking for a permanent place to live.

The four of us are ready to shed our temporary digs, especially now that we’re squarely stuck in mid-winter and figuratively on top of each other in our tiny rental house.

Weekend days are long.

We dipped our toes into the real estate market about a month ago. We initially planned to start looking for a place to buy in early spring, but an open house in mid-December caught our eye.

I don’t want to post pictures of the house we looked at, but it’s a funky 1970s gem, replete with popcorn ceilings and un-retro-cool brass chandeliers.

It needs some work.

On the other hand, the proximity to work and the school district are perfect. The garage is huge, which is a major deal considering a lot of properties we’ve seen have two or even one car garages. Three is a relative anomaly, but this garage is even bigger. This is a major selling point for Spouse.

The kitchen appears to have been remodeled about ten years ago. It’s definitely not to my style but too nice to rip out.

This house is also spacious, probably to the point of being too big for the four of us. We wouldn’t have enough furniture to fill half of it at this point.

And then there is the pool. While I wouldn’t build a house with a pool (this is Minnesota, after all, and a pool is useful for about ten minutes per year), I have to admit I am intrigued about the possibility of buying a house with one already in place.

We’ve been going around and around about this property, and I’ve been scouring real estate websites for anything and everything that comes on the market. Nothing’s been right so far, even when I dream and stretch our budget beyond what is realistic.

Fortunately, we’ve got 4 1/2 more months on our lease. This sounds like a lot of time but when I do the math, it could easily take a month or two to get an offer accepted and take possession of a house.

And if the house we buy needs some work, that cuts our timeline closer to have it done by the time we need to move in.

Final thought: at least buying a house seems easier than selling a house. Spending money has always been much easier for me than making it.

Fingers crossed to find something that feels like Home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheap and Cute, #3

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This headband has proven to be a really useful item.

Technically described as a “beauty band,” it’s meant to hold your hair back and keep it gunk-free as you apply makeup or skin care products.

On Sundays I often use face masks – sometimes several in a row – and this keeps all the weird bits out of my hair as the masks dry.

This is a slightly different concept. It’s an absorbent hair wrap that is supposed to help dry your hair after washing it.

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I saw this on another blog last fall and was excited to order it, since it suddenly seemed like something I needed in my life.

Turns out I haven’t quite gotten the knack of twisting it into place, so while I still like this in theory, I haven’t been reaching for it that much. For people with really longest hick hair, though, I think it could be a game changer.

 

 

The Slipper Incident

Last week I said goodbye to an old friend, my five-year-old pink Ugg slippers.

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This is a small glimpse of them, taken last year while watching, I think, an epic rerun of “Fantasy Island.”

My brother-in-law brought these back from Australia for me as a Christmas gift, and man, did they see some use.

I strongly dislike being barefoot due to multiple toe stubbing/breaking incidents over the years, as well as the fact that I just don’t like having dirty feet.

Slippers are always nearby.

What I liked about this Ugg pair:

  • They were warm
  • They fit well
  • They had a sturdy bottom that allowed for quick trips outdoors

About that sturdy bottom: it also was patterned with an intricate design, a feature that proved to be a big problem when I accidentally stepped into dog poop last week.

Yep. Glamorous me, back again.

And not only did I make the initial step, I didn’t notice the problem until about three steps later when that intricate design basically turned into the world’s worst rubber stamp on our floor.

After gagging and clean up of the floor, I inspected the slippers. The pattern was so delicate that it would have required something as fine as a pin to clean out all the grooves. When I noticed a big hole in the left toe (how had I missed that?), the decision was clear: the slippers were getting tossed.

Which meant it was time to shop for new ones.

I decided to stick with Uggs and couldn’t believe my luck when I found this adorable pair on sale:

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These are currently half price at Ugg. I ordered them even though the site said they are backordered, although the expected ship date is in a few days so I am not worried.

And good news: the pattern on the bottom seems easier to clean, although I hope I never find that out the hard way.

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Sigh.