Friday, December 29, 2006

christmas recap

I've finally gotten caught up with all my favorite blogs. It seems that I'm not the only one who had mixed feelings about Christmas this year. And I'm not the only one who is glad it is over.

I'm not sure how it happened (what with society forcing the holidays on us since mid-November) but Christmas snuck up on me. I had a feeling it might so I tried to get all my shopping done before the move. Yeah, as always there were those last minute gifts to buy. I think I finished shopping with 3 days to spare.

Christmas eve is reserved for my Hungarian family. (Yeah, I know, I'm not really Hungarian. Can you be an honorary nationality?) It's fun to see how traditions evolve. Who would have thought that I would spend the night before Christmas eating stuffed cabbage and other traditional Hungarian food? Crazy stuff.

My brother and I exchanged presents on Christmas morning. We got some pretty nifty gifts but the funniest thing is that we both bought each other the same gift. Yep, identical box and present... What are the odds? We spent most of the day with his girlfriend's parents. It was a lot of fun, too. We opened presents and ate and played games and ate and ate some more. And I had a stocking for the first time in ten years.

Like I said, fun but I'm glad it's over. Next, a house update.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

heels dug in

There's been so much change lately that I'm refusing to switch to the new version of blogging. I may be the last one to do it...

Other than that, I've been busy with Christmas and moving (still). I think I'm now about 95% moved in. Tonight is my first night to sleep here. Wish me luck.

I'll write more soon about the goings on and my reactions to it all. For now, though, I feel the call of the unpacked boxes. Hope y'all had a great holiday!

Monday, December 18, 2006

quick note

So what's more fun than moving around Christmastime? Getting sick while all that's happening. I got whatever virus is going around. I blame traveling. I think I'm feeling better today but am drowsy from medication.

Just one more quick 2-day trip to the Big D before I get a 2-week travel break.

And I'm posting from home. Yea for internet access! I'm about 75% moved in (meaning boxes everywhere--props to the friends and fam who helped). I have all the necessary utilities except phone. Please, God, let them come soon. I'm trapped here with only cookies and Cheez-Its to sustain me until AT&T comes.

Am I the only one not finished with Christmas shopping?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

wuv, true wuv

it's what bwings us togetha today... (Love that Princess Bride.)

I love my house. I'm maybe in love with it. I think about it before bed and wake up thinking about it and it makes me happy. And since Friday I've wanted to work on other areas of my life to make myself better. From what I remember about relationships, I think it's love. And speaking of love, I love the brother's girlfriend's mom. Well, I kinda dig her whole family but I really like that her mom sees things the same way I do. What a single person needs (or maybe any person or maybe just me) when she buys a house on her own is encouragement and affirmation. That's what I got from the girlfriend's family--an appreciation of what it is and the vision of how much more it could be. They're nice peeps.

So all this has made me realize (again) how important it is to support people.

It's been a crazy week so far. I had a quick trip to the greater Dallas area (full of stress and unexpected setbacks). Then off to San Antonio and the Menger. It's nice here but somehow I was expecting more. One cool thing, however, is that the restaurant here is painted the same color I want to paint my kitchen/breakfast area. It looked good. It was like a preview.

And the totally random thing for the day... There's a restaurant in a small town south of Dallas called Bubba's BBQ. It's slogan? "You never sausage a thing." Love that, too.

Friday, December 08, 2006


When I posted about cattywampus the other day I realized that the next post would be #100. Since that's a little milestone, I decided to wait until today to post again (regarding a bigger milestone).

I'm now allegedly a homeowner. I know, anyone I've talked to recently I've said "allegedly" to about a million times. The jacka$$ male homeowner still needs to sign and all the money still needs to clear. I, however, have officially signed my life away. I'm very pleased at how nice everyone agent, my loan lady, and the title company woman.

As I was warned, all my documents said "cjh, A SINGLE WOMAN." Seriously, with bold and capital letters. On the upside, the title company woman said she has a 31-year-old son and that I was just a doll. I told her that she has all my contact information (and then some) so she could pass it along.

Hopefully I'll be able to move some things in this weekend but I probably won't be fully moved until the week of Christmas. Thank goodness for a flexible moving schedule and some time off.

So, yeah, it feels like all the stress is over. Until February 1st, I guess. That big ol' check I'll be writing then will likely freak me out. In a good way...

I'm excited. I feel like I'm finally getting somewhere. Like all the crappy jobs and the second jobs and the paying my dues and the crazy employers have gotten me to a good place. So thanks for putting up with my crap over the years and especially these last few months.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


Topeka's version of "cattywampus."

Monday, December 04, 2006

it's the most busiest time of the year...

First, I know..."most busiest." This is both to emphasize just how busy and to fit with the appropriate number of syllables for the song.

Who thought the Christmas season was a good time to buy a house? November was my worst travel month since April (which was my worst month ever). It worked out ok that I was able to do the in-person house-buying things while I was in town for a day or two. But my personal "to do" list is once again a mile long. On Saturday you don't really get going until the afternoon and on Sunday not everything is open. Would someone like to take my car in for an oil change? We could peel off that little corner windshield sticker in advance so you don't get berated for how long it's been. Anyone? How about going to the post office? Like that chore isn't always horrible let's throw in the holiday season. Anyone want to be a personal shopper for hard-to-buy for friends? Or take my computer in to get fixed (yep, still haven't done that)? Or shop for a new cellphone since the one I have lasts about 17 1/2 minutes per charge and then gives no warning before giving up completely?

Or pack boxes? Yeah, I've done zero packing. However, the upside to that is that lots of my things are in storage (meaning pre-boxed). The rest of my things have no due date to leave. That definitely helps. And as it's looking now, I may be officing at my brother's house for awhile after the move. I will, however, have electricity and water on Friday. Gas is up in the air. I'm trying to get cable/internet that next weekend and I haven't even called the phone people. Oh, and I haven't notified my job that I'm moving. That's probably a big one.

And speaking of my job, there's a whole other list there. I'm so behind on things I need to do when not traveling. The post office is on that list, too. And buying a few supplies. And maybe preparing for this week's trip before I leave around, oh, 12:30 today. No rush...

So what am I doing? Blogging. Is that on any list? Of course not. I just wanted to tell you all in advance that I'll probably be out-of-pocket a few days. I am still allegedly closing on Friday. Maybe after I get a few things in there you can all come over. There will be a $5 cover payable in Home Depot gift cards.

Friday, December 01, 2006

one week

So I woke up this morning thinking that this time next week I'll likely be vomitting next to my car after closing on my house. Seriously. But then, I can vomit here (possibly because of that tacky wallpaper):

That's my bathroom! That's my bathroom! MY bathroom! heehee