Tuesday, February 19, 2008


- We put an offer in on the 2-flat. The seller's sent over a counter offer. We countered yet again and they accepted. So, we are officially second in line. I'm pretty bummed and about 95% certain we won't get it, but oh well. We heard from the seller's realtor last night that the first set of buyers had their inspection and they hadn't heard from them since that inspection. And so we wait. Contract expires on Feb 26.
- H's birthday party was a success! It was absolute chaos with so many people in our tiny condo, but we had fun. Poor H was SO worn out!
- We had H's 1 year check up today. He is still in the 95% for height, but below 5% for weight. Skinny man! Going back for a weight check in 6 weeks.
- I'm blowing out of here on Thursday. Spending Thursday evening through Monday afternoon in Colorado with 11 of my college friends. Cannot wait to sleep, spa, drink cocktails and did I mention sleep?!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Interesting interpretation...

I like to read Jen Lancaster's blog, Jennsylvania. She was discussing Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir Eat, Pray, Love. I love her interpretation of the woman's enlightening tour:

"...Eat, Pray, Love inspired me to do the same thing. That is, if you substitute "find enlightenment" for "not be so tightly wound I'm going to punch the next asshole I run into right in the throat." "

Given how tightly wound I've been in the last two days, I think I need to follow Jen's lead...

Monday, February 11, 2008


Our realtor just called. Someone else put an offer in on said 2-flat and the owners accepted! Grrr!!! What I don't understand - our realtor said she never got the seller's realtor to call her back! She talked to his assistant multiple times, but never the realtor himself. So...as someone selling a house, if you knew you had a second buyer VERY interested, going back for another look today, wouldn't it be in the best interest of your seller to wait for another offer to come in?! I mean, I'm not saying we were definitely putting in the offer, but why wouldn't you wait? OR at least call the realtor back. I almost feel like something shady has gone on. I'm totally pissed.

Freaking out...

So, really all of this is good, but it's just...so much...all at once...

  • Our nanny, Katie, called in sick on Friday. Something seemed a bit off, but I just shrugged it off. Sure enough she tells me we need to talk this morning - she's pregnant! I adore Katie even just as a friend, but this means she and her husband are moving back to Poland at the end of April and we are nanny-less! Ugh.

  • We looked at this fantastic vintage two flat this weekend. I'm possibly going back this afternoon with our contractor to take another look.

Home Sweet Home?

  • The first floor and basement are totally finished out and in move in condition. The third floor is rented out and the current renters are leased through May. Our thought is to eventually add a master bath and turn the entire third floor into all bedrooms, making this two flat into a single family home. We would probably wait a year or two to do the conversion because the first floor & basement is definitely enough space for us now and if we collect rent from the upstairs this entire building would only cost us about $500 more a month! It has a nice small yard out back and a big 2 car garage.

  • I need to get tons of work done, but have ZERO urge to do so. Like none. I've been dealing with real estate nonsense all morning.

  • H's 1st birthday is Thursday! My entire family is coming on Friday, including my sister, her two boys & husband, who are staying at my house. Our hotdog themed birthday fiesta is Saturday and it will be my family and Z's.

Really I'm excited about all of this, but I kinda feel like I might explode!!!! Yikes!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

H's Hot Dog Birthday

It's hard to believe, but H will be 1 on Valentine's Day!!! My sister, brother-in-law, my two nephews (ages 3 and 6), my parents, Z's parents, and Z's brother Will are coming to help us celebrate. We are having a whole hot dog themed fiesta!

We have yellow & red plastic baskets for serving dogs, red checkered table cloths, red & yellow plastic ketchup/mustard bottles, instructions for making the "authentic" Chicago dog, Z will make chili for chili cheese dogs, hotdog shaped hats for H & my nephews...I can't wait!

Naturally the birthday boy has a special ensemble to sport...we have professional photos of him snapped in it over the weekend and I think they turned out really well!

I know some people would be sad to see their 'baby' turning one, but I'm actually quite excited about it. He can still be a crabbypants from time to time, but mostly, he is a fun little man now! I don't miss the tiny baby days - they aren't nearly as fun!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Hmmm...where have I been?

Where have I been? I suppose the holidays were a bit crazy and I just sort of fell off the map. And, shortly after creating this blog, I was pondering why blog? Who is going to read this? Who do I want to read this? Is is weird to have random info about myself floating 'out' there. Hmpf...still not totally sure, but I feel like I need to do some updating...where do I start?