Its Ours!

The title company just called! The loan has funded and in 30 short minutes we will be holding two shiny new keys in our hands!! We have not been this happy or excited in a long time!!

Robbing Peter To Pay Paul

I am a if I see it and like it I am going to buy it kinda girl. Hubs is a lets compare prices everywhere to make sure we are not spending a dime more than we need to.  In the great appliance debate of ’07, I have picked up his quest to save a buck. We have surfed every store website and driven from one side of town to the other to find the cheapest price.

On top of finding the best bargain (including delivery, installation, etc.) I want to use gift cards. They have a program at school where you buy the gift cards and get a % back off of your tuition the following year. So along with finding the store with the best price I have also been trying to figure out the % we would get back at each store. We FINALLY decided which store to go with. The thing is gift cards from that store can only be ordered in a certain amount, to me it really doesn’t matter because I would happily hand over card after card to get money back for the school and for us. This store though will only take 13 cards per transaction. They said they would happily do more than one transaction, thing is there is an online rebate through GE but (dammit why is there always a but) everything has to on one receipt in one transaction.

This is what I am going to have to do. Take my 26 gift cards, to customer service , have them combined into 13 cards and then pay for the goods. In theory it sounds good. In my non-optimistic mind, I am scared to death I haven’t thought it through correctly and we will be stuck with all these gift cards at a store where other than to buy our appliances I would never shop at.

If it does work out, it should save us enough money buying the cards at school to pay for about a months tuition and with the GE rebate pay for one of the appliances.  If it doesn’t work out, everyone we know will be getting gifts cards to the same store for every birthday and Christmas for the next 100 years.

He Needs To Clean Out His Ears

Last night I said to Hubs “We are going to have to take a couple two three hundred dollar trip to Target”.

 Does this say to you:

A) We need to take a trip to Target that will be $200-$300.

B) We need to take a couple of $200 – $300 trips to Target. (As in more than one trip, each costing $200-$300)

I meant “A”, he understood it as “B”. 

I said it again. Again, he misunderstood.

I think its all in where you were raised and how you pronounce things .

 Which one did you think I was talking about?

The Countdown Has Begun

I spent the day on the phone turning all the utilties over to our names. Then I went and stood in line at the bank to get a cashiers check. Tomorrow morning we have to be out at the house at 8:00 to do the walk through. After that we drive clear across town to sign our lives away. They said we would get the keys Friday, I am hopefully optimistic that they give them to us before that, they will already have our money. 

I can’t believe that I can finally count the number of days on one hand. When we started this we were counting down months!!  It has been a long 5 months. 4 houses in 5 months is more moving than I would wish upon anyone. 

Hurry up Friday!!!

Rebel In The Making

Occasionally throughout the year they ask the school kids to wear their uniforms to Mass on Sundays. Today is one of those Sundays. Noodle is not at all happy about it. I told her she was wearing it if she liked it or not. As she stormed down the hallway to go to her room and slam her door, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree ya know she turned around and yelled at me “I WILL WEAR IT BUT I AM NOT TUCKING MY SHIRT IN!”.

That girl. Always living on the edge.  Not only will she be tucking her shirt in, she will also not be rolling her skirt. Poor girl, doesn’t stand a chance. I know all the tricks.

Go Now!!

Have you seen this website? Bossman showed it to me and I laughed until tears rolled down my face and  I almost wet my pants.  I made a set for the Mama B family and laughed out loud at the shop watching them shake their stuff and then when I picked Noodle up from the B  house we watched it again and Mama B  laughed until she cried.  Noodle and M1 were all over it and instantly set out making elfs of everyone that they knew.

Because I am in such a good mood and there is no better place to embarass yourself than the internet I give you Hubs and I, the dancing machines that we are. (Now, if you go and elf yourself send me the link, because whats fair is fair and if you get to laugh at me I get to laugh at you!).

Patting Myself On The Back

I had my meeting this morning that had me shaking in my boots. Because my middle name is Worrywart, I have done almost nothing but think about it since I set it up. 

It involved throwing someone under the bus, with me being the bus driver. I hate it when I have to do things like that but it came to a point that if I didn’t there may have been no fixing the situation.

I had a hard time at first getting out what I had to say but after I did and the other person was so warm and receptive I felt the weight of the world lifting.

The situation is not going to be an easy, nor a quick fix but I feel like the ball is in motion to fix things. I think  that after this morning that the ball is moving in the right direction.

Happy Thanksgiving

Today, I am thankful.

I am thankful that I have never had to spend a holiday alone.

I am thankful for my family.

I am thankful for our friends that have become our extended family.

I am thankful that we have a roof over our heads, and food on our table.

I am thankful we have good jobs to go to and that we have people there we care about.

Today, I am prayerful.

I hold those in my heart who aren’t able to be with their families and those who do not have families to go to.

I pray for our friends that are no longer with us, for our friends we have lost touch with and the friends that we have grown apart from.

I wish for peace for those who do not have a place to call home or food to feed their children.

I hope for those trying to find jobs, struggling with their jobs,  and for those who do not have the ability to have jobs that they find success soon.

May God’s blessings be upon all of you this holiday season.

The Calm Before The Storm

Up until about oh, an hour ago I was uncommonly calm. I don’t really know what changed it all but all of a sudden I am feeling extremely overwhelmed. Maybe because the work day is almost over and I knew that this would be my last “normal” day for awhile? I don’t know.

Maybe it is the fact that we are spending turkey day with the MIL? Or a very important meeting on Friday morning that has me shaking in my boots? Could it be the two days this week that will be 12 hour work days back to back? Possibly signing our lives away on a much bigger mortgage than we have ever had? Starting a great big project the middle of next week that lots and lots of people depend on me and team for? Moving in 11 days?

Naw, I can’t imagine any of those things have anything to do with the sudden butterflies in my stomach, the pounding of my heart, the nervous pacing or the lack of ability to keep my train of thought for more than .325 seconds. 

If my mind is racing now I can only imagine what it will be doing three days from now, or even 3 hours from now when I sit down on the couch and try to relax.