Thursday, September 27, 2012

Much to do

So I eventually went back to bed after my allergy attack.  The benadryl started working around 5:00 a.m.  I briefly woke at 7:00 but went back to sleep until around 9:00.  After I got dressed, I went to Lowes to see about my door estimate.  It cost me over $600 for the door, pet door, and installation.  But I think it will be worth it in the end.  Problem is that it may not get installed until Monday so I’ll have to isolate the dogs in the kitchen over the weekend.  While I was at Lowes dealing with the door, the Lowes delivery guys called because they wanted to deliver my refrigerator.  I told them I’d be about 20 minutes.  They said that was fine.  I headed back to the house and they were waiting.  The refrigerator is in and seems to be working fine.  After that, I headed to Lowes to get some paint, but the guy was really busy so I just bought some supplies and decided to come back later.  I then had to head back to the house because the sprinkler guy was going to come out and look at my system.  He got the leaking valve to stop temporarily and he’ll come back out and take a look at the system on a later date.  Then I waited for the pest control guy to come out.  He came and sprayed the house and yard so it should be bug free.  After that, I went to get more curtains but couldn’t make up my mind.  I was hungry by then so I went to Whataburger for a burger.  I then went to Home Depot to get my paint.  While there, I got a text for a house showing for my rental house.  So I rushed back to get stuff to take to the new house and then took Mollie and Max with me for about an hour.  I was called by the agency stating that the showing had been cancelled.  I headed back home and was gathering my painting clothes when I heard a car door slam.  Turns out the people wanting to see the house was just late and the agent wouldn’t wait for them.  I told them they could see the house if they didn’t mine my animals being inside.  They seemed to like the house but I don’t know if they’ll rent it or not.  I told them that I liked the area and it was a really good house.  After they left, I headed back to the house in the rain.  We got a nice rain storm briefly.  I started painting the living room and it took about 3 1/2 hours.  I need to do some touch-ups, but I really like how it turned out.  I chose a mushroom color that gives it more pop than the plain beige.  Tomorrow Matt is taking the day off so that he can help me.  I got paint for the garage but not sure if that is a priority or not.  I need to get some new curtain rods and get them hung so that we can have some privacy in the house since I don’t have blinds yet. 

Tomorrow is moving day.  One of the teachers from the school is bringing his truck and trailer and we’ll hopefully get the big stuff moved if it doesn’t rain.  Of course we have rain in the forecast for the whole weekend.  It’s going to be a long and busy weekend.

Allergies @ 4:30 a.m.

If misery loves company, I guess I should blog since I’m up at 4:30 in the morning sneezing my head off.  I took a benadryl about 10 minutes ago so it will be a while before it kicks in.  I’m slowly making progress on packing.  I already took a few things over to the house since I had to meet the door guy at 6:30.  He measured for my new back door.  It might not be until Monday before he can install it so I’ll have to keep the dogs in the kitchen of the new house until I can get the pet door installed.  I don’t want to risk them peeing on the new carpet. 

I met my new neighbors to my right and they are very nice.  They have lived in the house next door for 7 years – since the community was built and they said that they love it.  Tomorrow I’m having the pest control company come out to service the house before I move in.  My new refrigerator will also be delivered.  Tomorrow I will move other things that can’t really be packed like my sewing machine and other awkward items.  I may try to get my curtains hung as well since I don’t have blinds for the windows yet.  I went to Anna’s Linens today and bought more curtains for the house. 

I will try to post some pictures or maybe even a video of the house soon. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Got the keys

…but not without more drama.  I thought it would be a nice easy day at work while I patiently waited for the funding to happen so that I could get my house keys.  Well, the day at work wasn’t too bad.  I worked on processing some new books most of the day.  But mid-morning I got an email from the title company stating that they had forgotten to send a few of the documents that were supposed to be signed.  So I printed those out, signed them, scanned and emailed them back.  Then I was told that everything was done, except they were waiting on final inspection from the lender to ok the funding.  Then in the meantime, I got another email saying “oops, we forgot that you had to pay another $295 that we left off.”  At that point, my agent laid into the title company person but I think I’m still going to have to pay it.  Regardless of that outcome, I was able to get keys a little after 5:00 today.  I went to the house briefly, but then headed out to look at refrigerators. I think I’ve narrowed my choice and will go back tomorrow. I also made an appointment to get an estimate on replacing the back door.  I skipped band rehearsal tonight so that I could do all this.  Now I’m at home and I should finish my packing, but I just want to go to bed. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ready to be Moved

All this packing sucks.  I am so ready to be moved.  Today I got to go back to the new house to do a walk through.  Somehow the alarm system got set and there was no code to turn it off.  It eventually turned off, but you had to leave the doors open so it wouldn’t go off again.  I guess it will have to be checked before I move in.  I tried to wire the money for the closing and it turns out that my bank has a limit on the amount of money that can be wired electronically.  So then I tried transferring money from one bank account to the other and it will take 3 days to move the money.  I did a transfer just in case, but I will contact my bank in the morning and see if I can just have them wired the money directly to the title company.  It seems there’s always something to deal with. 

Tomorrow will be a full day.  I have English classes coming in again and I’m also closing on the house at some point – I hope.  They will send a mobile notary to me at the school.  I’m supposed to go to a library meeting after school, but I don’t know if I’ll make it.  It will depend on if they are showing my house again or not.  Right now it is in a very messy state with boxes everywhere, but it’s going to be like that until I move.  The only areas left to pack are my closet, Josh’s bathroom, the laundry room, and some of the stuff in the garage.  I do need to go to Orchestra rehearsal since I skipped last week.  I probably won’t go to band rehearsal this week though. 

I’m going to try to pack a little more tonight and be about 90% done if possible.  Of course all this packing means that I’ll have to eventually unpack as well.  But that’s another week or so. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Packing Sucks

If I could get everything to fit perfectly into boxes and they were all light enough to lift with little effort, then packing might not be so bad.  But things are never that way.  I made quite a bit of progress today in spite of taking a lot of breaks.  There’s still a lot to do, but I’m getting there.  Tomorrow I get to do a final walk through on the house.  I want to make sure that the air conditioning is truly fixed.  I also need to measure the back door because I need to get a replacement door.  I also need to get a refrigerator.  I think I’ve figured out which one I want, but need to do a little more shopping – just not sure when I’ll find the time for that.  I’m feeling a bit sore from packing so I took some tylenol including a tylenol p.m. I’m starting to feeling it so I think I’ll head to bed. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Dare I Hope?

Well, I think I will be closing on the house on Monday.  I haven’t gotten the confirmation of the time, but as far as I know it will happen.  I just got a call regarding the final amount that I will need to wire to the title company.  I’ve reiterated the fact that regardless of when things happen, that I must have keys in hand no later than Friday.  I absolutely have to move next weekend. 

There has been some active interest in showings for the rental I’m in now.  I have had to put the dogs outside and vacate the house for a hour most evenings.  That means I’ve done a lot of shopping.  Not necessarily a lot of buying – just shopping.  Now I have to really get in gear and buy a refrigerator, curtains, and a new door for the house.  I also need to decide on cable/satellite service and call the utility company for the changeover.  I think I will take Thursday and Friday off next week – especially if I can get keys by Thursday.  I would love to have a day to get some painting done. 

In other news, I did a presentation today at the Library Round Up.  I think it went well.  Several of my librarian friends attended and they seemed to enjoy it and said it was beneficial.  I went to some other sessions that had some good information so I think it was a worthwhile day.  Last night when I was trying to get ready for it, my wireless internet stopped working.  I was able to get connected with a direct ethernet cable, but I figured that my old G router was taking it’s last breath.  I went to Walmart after I got home today and purchased a new wireless-N router.  It took a while to get it going though.  I had the old router’s power cable plugged into my cable modem and I think that was the problem.  It couldn’t keep a charge.  I finally changed to the right power cord and everything hooked up wonderfully.  I love the fact that now I have a simple password to use for the network instead of the ridiculous long alpha numeric key that I had to use before.  The internet seems to run even a little better now.  I wonder if the constant hangs and freezes that were happening are because of the old router. 

Matt is coming over shortly and then I think we’re going to Red Lobster for dinner tonight.  He said he was craving seafood and I think they may be having an endless shrimp thing going on right now. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Rainy Day

Rainy days are very rare here it seems.  We had some rain about two days ago and then sometime last night it started again and it has been raining constantly since.  It’s a good thing but it makes me want to just nap and do nothing all day.  I did already nap a bit, but now I have to do some cleaning.  The house is being showed tomorrow so I have to tidy up.  I also have start getting in clean in order to get my deposit back.  Since I may not be moving until the last weekend of the month, I will have to get all the cleaning here done before then. 

Yesterday Matt and I took all the animals to the vet to get their shots.  For their ages, they all seem to be doing pretty well.  Max was getting another ear infection so we got medicine for that.  They were all very patient – even the cat.  When we finished, I got the dogs burgers from Sonic as a treat. 

Yesterday I spent almost all day working on my presentation that I’m doing next week.  There’s a library resource round up at the local region service center and I put in a proposal for a presentation.  I’m the only librarian in our district that is presenting.  I hope it goes well. 

I’ve also been working on a book order for the library.  I have to spend $5000 by this Thursday.  It’s harder than you would think. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Is tomorrow already Friday?

Where does the time go?  I’m back at the fast and furious pace with both work and play.  I stay busy all day long at work – but thankfully my day is about 1/2 and hour shorter now.  Evenings the rest of the week are busy.  Mondays I have orchestra.  Tuesdays I have band.  Starting next Wednesday I will be bowling.  Scrabble practice is on Thursday.  I have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off, but usually Matt I are doing something.  I haven’t been packing in a while, but it turns out I may not need to rush. 

My agent contacted me today saying that the air conditioner still had not been fixed and that the seller (Fannie Mae) wanted to extend the closing date to as late as the 28th.  I told her no way.  Closing on a Friday at the end of the month would mean that I probably wouldn’t get keys to the house until October 1st or 2nd.  I have to be out of my rental house by the 30th.  I told my agent that unless they wanted to pay me $1200 for another month’s rent or pay to put all my stuff in storage, that the 28th was not an option.  She reiterated that to the seller.  I conceded by extending the date to the 24th, however.  So I probably won’t be closing on Monday or Tuesday next week as planned.  I probably won’t be moving next weekend either.  It does put a cramp in my plans, but as long as I can get moved before the 30th, I’ll be ok.  I’ll have to do a lot of cleaning here at the house before I move so that I won’t have to do as much the weekend I move. 

That does make my extremely busy week next week a little better, so I guess it’s not all bad.  I have to put in a $5000 order by next Thursday.  I also have to prepare for a presentation that I’m doing at a workshop next Friday.  I also have classes coming to the library on Friday and Monday.  My library is finally looking like a library, but I still have lots of things to deal with. 

We’re finally getting some rain here.  It doesn’t seem to be raining as much as it is in town, but it’s better than nothing I guess.  I’m exhausted from today so I’m going to head to bed and hope I get a decent night’s sleep.  I think I need to put in earplugs tonight and ignore the animals if I can.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Working too Hard

It doesn’t help that I didn’t get much sleep last night.  The cat wanted in and out, in and out ALL night.  Today I shifted textbooks ALL day.  I’m trying really hard to get all the books back in the textbook room where they belong and have it where I don’t have to move them out into the library at the end of the year every year.  I’m finding that I can send quite a few books back to the textbook warehouse which helps. 

I have to say that I have the nicest boyfriend in the world.  Not only did he mow my lawn today, he brought me lunch at school and then he stayed to help me with all the textbooks.  I feel guilty that I didn’t go to Scrabble practice, but when I got home, I was completely exhausted.  I’m going to take a sleeping pill and put in earplugs tonight and hope I can sleep through the animal wanderings tonight. 

I’ve started packing but haven’t had time to continue this week.  I got a call two days ago about my rental company wanting to show my current house to a prospective tenant and I wasn’t ready for that.  I hadn’t had a chance to clean.  I rushed home at lunch at did a little cleaning and did more when I got home after school.  The prospective tenant, however, canceled the appointment.  At least the house is clean now so it can be shown.  The problem, however, is that I have to keep the dogs penned up the next few weeks until I move.  I ordered an X pen for them which they won’t like, but I have no choice.  The house has to be ready to be shown at any time.  I cannot tell you how ready I am to be moved and live in a house with a pet door.  Of course I still have to find someone to install the door, but I have a friend that can give me a recommendation.  It’s all happening pretty fast and moving day will be here before I know it.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Labor Day Weekend

It was great to have the three days off this weekend.  I finally started packing and got quite a bit done.  Most of the books are packed as is most of my Martian items.  I’ve packed DVDs, CDs, and office items.  I’ll start on the kitchen after this week.  I think I’ll be ready by the time I close.  I will move a few boxes at a time that week and then do the big stuff on the weekend.  I’m still debating on whether I should hire someone to move the really big stuff. 

Matt and I went to Schlitterbahn Water Park today.  It was a lot of fun, but the sunscreen I used didn’t seem to work.  I’m not sporting a pretty good burn and I look like a lobster.  I hope it doesn’t hurt too bad tomorrow.  I’m trying to keep it moisturized.  Matt brought some aloe spray so hopefully that will help. 

I have 3 1/2 days to get my library ready to open.  I’m not sure if I can do it, but Matt will come and help me on Thursday. 

Saturday, September 01, 2012


Now that it looks like I’ll be moving in a little over 2 weeks, I finally started packing today.  I also shampooed the carpet in the den.  I got almost all my books packed, all the cds, dvds, and some office items.  I gave my notice on Thursday evening and by the time I got home yesterday, they had a “For Rent” sign in my yard in front of the house. 

I got a little upset with Matt last night.  It was another time issue.  I had a long speech prepared to give him, but he finally came to his senses and apologized this evening.  It’s probably a good thing that he is not as stubborn as I am. 

He has been wanting to go to Schlitterbahn so I guess we may go on Monday.  I’m not keen about going out in public in a bathing suit right now, but it would probably be fun.