Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Well, we put in an offer on Tuesday evening to Centex Homes for them to build us a house... and today the offer was accepted. We're ecstatic because we will get a very nice new home (where I get to pick all of the finishes) for $60,000 less than we just sold our Utah place for. Plus, they are paying all of our closing costs.
Here's a list of our options, feel free to leave this post now, I know this list is probably only interesting to us:
4040 Sliding Window in Master Bath
Fireplace in Great Room
Dual Sink in Master Bath
Egress Windows and 3 Piece Rough Plumb for unfinished basement
Deluxe Bathroom Option (a different configuration of the master bath that has a separate shower and tub)
Vaulted Ceilings in Master Bedroom
50 Gallon Water Heater
Black Upgraded Whirlpool Appliances
Recessed Lighting Package for the Kitchen and Great Room
Fan Prep in the Master Bedroom
Upgraded Oil-Rubbed Bronze Faucets Throughout
Granite Countertops in the Kitchen
Elongated Toilets in all Bathrooms (Curt's one "must have")
90% Efficient Furnace
Upgraded Carpet Pad
Hardwood Floors from the Entry to the Dining and Kitchen and in the Powder Room
Oil-Rubbed Bronze Door Hardware
Maple Kitchen Cabinets which will go to the ceiling
Upgraded Oil-Rubbed Bronze Lighting Package
And a Premium lot with HUGE trees at the back property line:
Monday, April 28, 2008
When I have nothing to blog about my next option is to dig out old pictures. I love pictures. Curt doesn't understand how I can look at my electronic or scrapbook pictures for hours, but I can and do. Today's selection comes from some pictures that my dad had that were so stuck to old sticky pages (you know the kind) that I had to scan the whole page and then go through and make a separate cropped file for each picture. My mom tells me that she is working on scanning in all of her pictures (she has a HUGE plastic tub filled with them), I look forward to stealing the files from her.
*Disclaimer: I'm sorry to any family members who I mislabel, I'm doing my best. Sometimes though it's a complete guess by trying to decide who would be what age/size at a particular time period. Feel free to correct me, in fact I would appreciate it.
David, Sheila, Marsha, Cindy, and then my Dad, Steve, in the back.
Apparently he didn't get the memo that red was the color of the day.
Cindy, Sheila, Grandpa (Eugene), Marsha, my Dad, and then Greg(?) up front
Friday, April 25, 2008
Now we keep hanging around in our apartment until we feel we have enough saved up for a massive down payment, U of M tuition for the fall (cross your fingers, Curt finds out if he got in in July), and any other misc expenses, not to mention all of the trips we have planned (Ohio in May, Florida in June, Utah in July, Utah again in September, and one more Florida trip at the end of the year, phew!)
Wow, to put it all out there like that it's a good thing Curt makes mucho dinero.
Now if I could only get my butt in gear and find a job in my field....
Anyone want to start a good remodel? Anyone?...
So, yesterday I needed to be out of the apartment so I drove to a nice neighborhood by our church and wandered around for a couple hours (not before emailing Curt where I would be, of course, it would not do for me to go missing on one of my spur of the minute explorations of Ann Arbor and not have anyone know where I at least started).
I have been reading up on some of Michigan's building codes (I know, nerdy). Yesterday's research informed me all about radon (I had only surface skimmed the topic in college classes). Radon is a decayed gas that used to be Uranium that is naturally found in the soil everywhere. Why do you care and what does this have to do with construction you ask? Well, houses act as a natural vacuum to suck it up and then contain it, especially in basements, crawl spaces, ect. Why do you care if it collects in your basement? It causes lung cancer. The county in Michigan where we live is a zone 1, which means high risk of a radon problem. So I read all about it and now I know how to install several different mitigating systems in new construction. Fun. But now I also have started noticing all of these retro-fitted, active radon mitigation systems on older houses; which is what this picture is of. Super cool.
And lastly, this is a picture for my Dad. He loves barns, especially with cupolas (the decorative things on the roof that are actually there for ventilation purposes).
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I just booked a bed and breakfast for a couple of nights for our combined anniversary/my-birthday celebration. We'll stop by Kirtland, OH on the way to take in the church sites. So exciting.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Well, it ended up healing (after having to miss Monday work).
But a couple of months later people started asking me why I was limping. I personally hadn't noticed it so I thought they were nuts, until it progressed far enough that even a thick-skulled person like me could not deny it.
So, a couple months after that (wow, I really am stubborn), after much persuasion from my mom and Curt, I went to the doctor. Long story short, I had to do many tests (which never really found out what was wrong, I think that I had the beginning of a bone infection like I had in my knee when I was 9, resulting in emergency surgery); and one particularly painful test involving my feet, a bucket of ice water, a lot of time, and some oxygen sensors, found out that I had Raynaud's. I ended up having surgery on my foot, resulting in the beautiful scar you see on my foot below.
*And yes, I know that I have the most square feet of any person I have seen*
So, what is Raynaud's?
Well, on it's section under heart disease on MayoClinic.com it says the following:
"Raynaud's disease is more than simply having cold hands and cold feet, and it's not the same as frostbite. Signs and symptoms of Raynaud's depend on the frequency, duration and severity of the blood vessel spasms that underlie the disorder. Signs and symptoms include:
- Sequence of color changes in your skin in response to cold or stress
- Numb, prickly feeling or stinging pain upon warming or relief of stress
During an attack of Raynaud's, affected areas of your skin usually turn white at first(check). Then, the areas often turn blue and feel cold and numb(check), and your sensory perception is dulled(check). As circulation improves, the affected areas may turn red(check), throb(check), tingle(check) or swell(not me). The order of the changes of color isn't the same for all people, and not everyone experiences all three colors(I do).
Occasionally, an attack affects just one or two fingers or toes(sometimes it's just the two toes nearest my scar, sometimes just my left foot, sometimes both my feet, and then every once in a while the last section of my fingers). Attacks don't necessarily always affect the same digits. Although Raynaud's most commonly affects your fingers and toes, the condition can also affect other areas of your body, such as your nose, lips, ears and even nipples(afraid not for me). An attack may last less than a minute to several hours."
I guess the reason I am blogging about this is because I had an "attack", as they call it, last night. It's pretty unnerving to look down and see your foot look like it belongs on a corpse. When this happens I usually make Curt sit on my feet or rub them, but sometimes I have to break out the heating pad, and a couple times the only thing that has worked is to take a really hot bath (it's scary not being able to feel when you poke your foot).
So, there you go. More than you ever wanted to know about a disease you never knew existed.
*Updated: if you want to see pictures of my feet mid "attack" go here.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
So, this is going to be a post covering the misc. in my life right now.
This is a picture of our apartment building that I have been meaning to post for a while now. You will not be seeing the inside grace this blog much as it is crummy and filled with boxes.
This is a beautiful sunset that I snapped a picture of on our way to the gym. We have been going to the gym quite regularly as it is quite entertaining and we have a goal to be healthier. Gold's Gym is the gym in Utah that has the pushy sales people (ensuring I will never hold a membership), but here they are the low key ones (thus, they have our business. Plus we're getting corporate rates, sweet!).