Thursday, June 28, 2012

My Big Giant Moving List

Truth be told my Big Giant Moving List isn't all that big right now, and I haven't blogged about it because I wanted to make an all-inclusive list before doing it. Then I realized that's not really possible. So I have created a separate page so that I can add and check off stuff at random. I may have even created a little sidebar to see how far along I am. ;)

In case you missed the other links, click here to see the Big Giant Moving List. ;)

Just wait, after we move I plan on creating a Big Giant House List. I do love lists. Mostly because I feel totally accomplished when I check things off. ;)

Some updates...

Wow. Things have been incredibly busy around here lately. I feel like every time I turn around there's another To Do list a mile long waiting for me. Remember my Big Giant Moving List I mentioned? Yeah, still need to blog about that...maybe tomorrow? So now for the updates...

1. As I mentioned here, the sellers finally decided to put a new roof on the house. But now we're in a mad rush to get our loan closed on time. *fingers crossed*
2. Still waiting on the next appointment for my hip. But in the meantime I've started exercising again. Yay!
3. I've packed a lot but still have a ton left. The first part of packing is easy, it's when you get to all the random little stuff that really doesn't fit anywhere that gets really tedious.
4. I still need to finish painting.
5. Manny is home from training!!! This makes all the other stuff a lot easier. :)


I guess I should get off the computer and go do some real work now... :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Home Buying Isn't for Sissies

So there was this time. And I was having this phone conversation with my step-mom. And I was all "I don't know why people think buying a house is so stressful, this is so fun. I've heard so many people complaining but, seriously, it's not that bad."

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I want to go back in time and say "Just wait, honey. This is going to bring you nearly to tears."

You can read a little about where it started here, but that is so just the tip of the iceberg. We have been going back and forth and back again regarding the results of the home inspection for over a week now. As to be expected from a house that was built in the seventies, there was a little wear and tear. It was the kind of stuff that *probably* should have been taken care of over the years. However, the sellers were less than enthused when we requested they address the majority of problems that were found by the home inspector.

The big one was the roof. The inspector said it needed to be looked at by a roofing contractor. Roofing contractor said we need new roof. Sellers' insurance company won't pay for said roof replacement. Sellers don't want to pay for it. Don't care. The roofer said it needs to be replaced, that's what needs to happen. That's one of the things they had already agreed to take care of.

What you see about is 8-10 days worth of conversation. I don't care if I never hear the word roof again in my life. I was about ready to let the house go completely when we made a decision to send one final email that essentially said, replace the roof or we're done. Fortunately the sellers realized we were serious about getting that taken care of and have agreed to replace it.

Honestly, I'm not nearly as excited as I should be about the news that we're getting a new roof. Rather than excitement, I felt relief when I got the email saying they would replace it. I'm over talking about it. I'm over negotiating and nitpicking over every detail. I'm exhausted. Manny, however, was still very excited which is good. (He's been in training and hasn't been dealing with the day to day negotiations.) He told me to go look at the pictures of the house online again, that maybe it would raise my spirits. It did, somewhat. I'm still recovering from the emotional roller coaster.

But today yesterday as I packed more boxes and the reality of moving comes ever closer, I started to get more excited about the house. I keep going back and looking at the online listing of the house that will soon be ours and that definitely is helping. I'm sure once we actually get there and get in the house I will be just as excited as when we first went through it.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I ran...

...one whole mile today. And it hurt (but not my hip, I'm sure that will come later). Doing nothing for almost two months has really taken it's toll on me. If you're confused, you can read here about my stupid hip problem. I'm still calling it this because we're still not 100% sure what's wrong with it. I did, however, finally get my MRI reviewed and saw the orthopedist last week. Of course, my hip felt fine that day and did not pop or crack as it usually does during the exam. Not. Once. He also said my MRI didn't show anything alarming. Sigh. So we decided to do several things....

1. Resume activity. Hoping that this will irritate my hip a bit and help us get a better idea of where the pain is coming from during my next appointment/scan.
2. Have MRI-arthrogram. (It's basically an MRI where they inject dye into your hip first to look for other things.)
3. Get cortisone injection at same time as they're injecting dye for arthrogram.

Yes. You saw the word injecting twice. Like into my hip. Not the surrounding areas, into the joint. I do not like needles. Forget the fact that I have 7 holes in my ears and a tattoo, I hate needles. Just thinking about these injections give me anxiety. I've heard they hurt, a lot. And I'm really not looking forward to that. :/ Fortunately, Manny will be home from training so he can come with me. I've already forewarned him that I will probably cry.

For now I'm trying not to think about it and being happy that I can start exercising again. :)

Sorry for the (probably) boring post, but hey, it's what's going on. :) Stay tuned, an update on the house drama soon...

Monday, June 18, 2012

I'm Still Waiting...and Still Annoyed

Remember a couple weeks ago when I ranted about my stupid hip problem? Well I finally had my MRI last week. Then after calling the doctor's office incessantly (I know that doesn't make it go faster, but it makes me feel better, k?) I finally got an answer today. There's nothing on my MRI to explain my pain. Make another appointment, with another doctor, who will hopefully have more insight. Oh. Great. Thanks. Totally the answer I was looking for.

So here I am, still waiting to hear what's wrong. And being a medical professional with lots of experience in orthopedics I have lots of ideas about what could be wrong but it turns out it's a lot harder to diagnose yourself than other people. :/

Add to it that I'm waiting on lots of other stuff too. And patience is not my strong suit. Like, at all. When I want something done I want it done quick, fast, and in-a-hurry. Just ask my mother, it's why I'm sometimes mistaken as "demanding." ;) So I'm going to make a list of all the things I'm waiting on. The most annoying bit of all these things is that I've done all I can from my end on all of them and am resigned to waiting around for other people to do their thing. Not cool.

1. Waiting for an answer on my stupid hip. (see above)
2. Waiting for the "official" response from the sellers regarding our addendum. (too long and annoying to detail, sorry to friends/family who have had to endure me complaining about this ad nauseum)
3. Waiting for someone to call back about a job I applied for. (they seemed really interested but I haven't heard from them in a while)
4. Waiting to find out what's wrong with my car. (more on that later)
5. Waiting to move.

Ok Ohio friends, don't be too mad at me for #5. I'm going to miss you all terribly it's just that I feel like we're in that weird phase now where we're close to moving but not gone yet. It's kind of like right before hubby leaves for a deployment/training. There comes a point where you just want him to leave already! There's all this anticipation and anxiety and I just wish it would get a move on. That's how I feel about the impending move. Except that I'm really excited about the move and am never excited when Manny has to leave. Right.

Anyway, thanks for listening to me rant. Again. It seems that I'm annoyed a lot these days. I'm not so much in real life, but these are the only things going on that make for good blog fodder. Or did you actually want to read about how I've watched almost 4 seasons of Gossip Girl in 2 weeks?...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

We Don't Visit, We Conquer

Fair warning: This post contains lots and lots of pictures. Not saying they're good, there's just a lot. ;)

When my family visits a place, the don't just visit. They want to see and do as much as possible. This last visit from my dad and brother was no exception. The first day they were in town we had breakfast, visited the base, went to the Commissary (more on that later), and drove to Cincinnati to go to a Reds game. Our seats were wayyyy up there but we had an awesome time! :) I even got to eat some cotton candy. I love cotton candy.


On Saturday we started early(ish) and headed to the Air Force Museum. Our town happens to be home to the National Museum of the US Air Force, and it's pretty spectacular. Both of the boys loved it but my dad was especially enamored. He loved the WWII section more than anything. I got brave and brought the camera along because I decided I'm never going to get better at using the thing if I don't start making some mistakes with it. ;)

Dad and Middle Brother at the Museum


A father-son moment.

Being the typical 14 year old he is, Middle Brother decided he was interested in anything and everything explosive.


Oh look, more explosives.


I'm not 100% sure whether they're saluting, or shielding their eyes from the sun. :)

We actually spent the whole morning at the museum, took a lunch break, and then went back for another couple hours. It was awesome! I love the museum and find something new to ogle at every time I go.

When we finally called it quits on the museum, we headed out for a little shopping and sushi. I took Dad and Middle Brother to our favorite sushi restaurant. After dinner we were pretty exhausted and decided to call it a night. The three of us decided that getting more than 5 hours of sleep was really necessary.

On Sunday, the dogs and I picked up the boys and headed to the dog park. We learned that Ella likes to play fetch with a frisbee and that Louis is more interested in barking at other dogs and rolling in smells than playing fetch. We then headed back to the house for a final round of doggie good-byes and headed out for lunch before going to the airport. Dad even snuck some more shopping in there. He knows I'm a sucker for office supplies.

Oh? I forgot to tell you about the Commissary. Ok, so my dad has this thing, he loves grocery stores. I'm really not sure how this came to be but, seriously, the man loves nothing more than a new grocery to explore. He actually told me on Sunday at lunch that his favorite part of the trip was visiting the Commissary. Whatever makes you happy, Dad. :)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Weekly Money Check Up: 6/11/12

As always, linked up with the lovely Ginna over at My Pretty Pennies.


1. The most I've spent this last week was on some vitamins. I really don't "drink the Kool-aid" when it comes to vitamins and supplements but given my recent joint problems I thought it might be a good idea to start taking a little better care of myself.

2. Today I am thankful for my amazing puppy dogs. They are such wonderful company when I am lonely.

3. Money can't buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was take the dogs to the dog park with my dad and brother. I'm not sure who had more fun, us or the dogs.

4. I will consider this week a success if I start packing and blog about my Big Giant Moving List, and also blog about my dad and brother's visit.

5. I am currently reading No Turning Back by Tiffany Snow. It had 4.5 stars and I could "borrow" it from Amazon free on my Kindle. Enough said.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Old Habits Die Hard

It's the same pattern each time. It doesn't matter whether it's a short bout of training or a nice long (to us) 6 month deployment. For the first few days I just mope around, continually surprised by the quiet that fills the house. I watch a lot of trashy television (Gossip Girl anyone?), eat junk food (does a whole bag of Everything Bagel Chips count?), and basically try to ignore the fact that he's gone.

Eventually I find my groove. I clean, a lot. (Which is good since I have family coming in town this week.) I put everything back where it belongs. (We tend to destroy the house while packing right before he leaves.) Then I settle in to wait. I find a routine. It's usually quiet and involves me spending a lot of time with my dogs. I don't cook real meals and only do laundry once per week.

I'm still watching trashy television, but have moved out of the moping phase. I'm setting into the routine of it being just me. :) Tonight I'm having dinner and doing some shopping with a friend and then my dad and brother are coming to town! But I did eat Cheezits for breakfast...

It Hurts, and I'm Annoyed

My stupid hip. I can't do anything. Running hurts. Biking hurts. Sitting at my desk hurts. Walking, surprisingly, doesn't usually hurt.

I even took about 3 weeks off after seeing the doctor for the first time. Then I tried to go on a short bike ride. And my hip was really sore the next day. I haven't even tried jogging since going to the doctor because I know it's going to hurt. Yesterday I didn't even do anything and it was sore all day.

I know I need to be patient (my MRI is next week) until we find out what's wrong with it, but it really bothers me that I can't do anything! The weather has been so nice and I would really like to be out on my bike. Or have the option of going for a jog in the morning. I have been trying to take the dogs for more walks to at least get a little exercise. Because I guess walking is better than sitting.

Basically, my hip hurts and I'm annoyed at how limiting it is. Cross your fingers that we'll find out what it is soon. And thanks for listening to the rant. :)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Weekly Money Check Up: 6/4/12



1. The most I've spent this last week was on can't tell you! It's a surprise for someone who reads my blog. :)

2. Today I am thankful for summertime! Even though we actually had a little cool spell, I just love the warmer weather! It makes me want to be outside all the time!

3. Money can't buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was take the dogs for a walk with Manny.

4. I will consider this week a success if I do some serious packing!

5. One craft I'd like to master is crocheting! I've started, and I can do a couple stitches (is that even what they're called?) but I'd like to get better at it!

Linked up with Ginna over at My Pretty Pennies!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

June Goals


1. Have an awesome time when my dad and brother visit!
2. Create and get started on My Big Giant Moving List. (post coming soon)
3. Find a way to exercise that doesn't hurt my hip.

I think My Big Giant Moving List will give me quite enough to focus on this month so that's all for now.

Are you setting goals for June? Do any of them include fun summer plans?

Friday, June 1, 2012

May Goal Review


How is it time to review my goals already?! I'm pretty sure I haven't looked at them in a few weeks...oops. :)

1. Set weekly goals to accomplish smaller tasks. 
I think I did well enough with this to consider it accomplished but there's always room for improvement!
2. Enjoy my birthday.
3. Enjoy visiting with my step-mom and sister!
4. Continue exercising regularly.
Not so much. Though part of that is due to my hip problem. But I did go out on my bike Thursday morning!
5. Buy a swimsuit.
This was accomplished for me by way of an awesome birthday present!


Phew. That wasn't so bad. :) Though let's be serious those were pretty easy goals. Oh well, it still feels good to accomplish them!

Did you set goals for May? How did you do?