I am settling into the house. So far no new animals in the house, though I did discover there is a chipmunk living in the landscaping outside. The neighbor’s cat loves sitting by the hole waiting for him to come out. I don’t think the chipmunk is going to come out of the hole and walk right into the cat’s waiting mouth. I can’t tell that to the cat though. I’m glad it’s not a rat. I didn’t want to see a rat.
This week I did a diet with no processed foods, only healthy food that I made at home. My coworkers also started a jogging club so I exercised with them for 3 days. I think it’s a good lifestyle change. Of course I still had some chocolate here and there, but I think it really motivated me to stop drinking diet soda. I replaced it with carbonated water. I’d really like to get my high blood pressure down, quitting soda is a big part of that.
I had a big spending week. I had to buy new walking shoes and new work pants. I wear things until they are full of holes and then replace them, but unfortunately the shoes and pants wore out at around the same time. Hopefully I get my apartment deposit back soon. I also got a new bed set to go with my new bedroom theme. I wanted to sell some stuff in a garage sale and see if I could make some money, but turns out my brother is going to need a bunch of stuff for his apartment soon. He helped me move and he’s a poor college student right now, so I will give him my stuff so he has something decent for free.
I am looking at puppies but I can’t get one until after I come back from my trip at the end of this month. I want to spend as much time with the puppy after I get it as I can. I am looking at a litter that was born at the end of February, right around when I closed on my house. They will be 8 weeks old soon and ready to go home. Hopefully there are still some puppies left when I get back from my trip. I am very excited to finally get a dog. I always had dogs growing up and I have really missed having a furry companion. It will be hard not to get two! But I think I can resist.
This week I found a snake in the basement and it only took me a few minutes to get it in a plastic tub and outside of the house. It was certainly the largest pest I’ve ever had in my home before. It definitely felt like an accomplishment to take care of it myself!
I feel like I’m driving my parents nuts constantly calling them about my house, so I’m going to have to write some stuff here just to get it out. I wish I had someone to live with that I could talk to… Anyway. After I moved in I discovered that the refrigerator was broken. I called my home warranty company and they sent a service technician. I was hoping it was a simple fix, but the repair is basically the cost of a new fridge. So I talked to the home warranty company again and they are giving me some money toward a new fridge. They would have repaired it with no cost to me (except a deductible), but the repair wasn’t scheduled until April 7th. I was already without a fridge for a week, I couldn’t imagine going two more weeks with no fridge. So yesterday after the technician left, I found a fridge I liked and got it scheduled for delivery this Monday.
Leading up to this I spent all week worrying about buying a new fridge and just couldn’t find anything that I liked. Somehow the stars aligned and I found a fridge that had all of the features I liked and needed that was a reasonable price. Home ownership is stressful! There has already been some tears driving home from the home improvement store. I’m so glad I’ll finally have a working fridge on Monday.
This house is going to be keeping me busy for as long as I have it I think. I am obsessed with home improvement and interior design now. The home improvement store has become my favorite place to shop. Usually I am very stingy with my money, but I have no problem spending money on my house. Within reason of course. Right now I am trying to convince myself that I don’t NEED real marble in my house… but it’s so pretty!
I’m almost completely moved in, but a lot of stuff is still in boxes. The old apartment needs to be cleaned top to bottom before March 31st. I think I will get my deposit back in full, my landlord is super nice and they’ve always complimented how well I treated the apartment. As soon as I get the deposit back I will start paying off the new fridge.
I’m going to have to write more in this blog so I can vent about the house and save my parents’ sanity.
Today is the first day of me being a home owner!
I closed this morning and then spent the day cleaning, calling utility companies, shopping, then changed the locks.
I have a house!
Since last week when I found out the closing date, I feel like a different person. I’m waking up earlier, getting more done at night like meal prep and exercising, and keeping up with the dirty dishes. I’m mostly proud of myself for getting up early and having a more relaxing morning before rushing off to work.
I can’t wait to start living in my first house and start thinking about the next steps I want to take in life. I’m planning on getting a dog in the short term. The house has 3 bedrooms, so there’s definitely room to grow.
It looks like I won’t be traveling much this year, but it will be worth it when I become a dog mom and get to take my dog hiking in the park nearby!
I’m already doing terrible on one of my resolutions! I’m trying to avoid dairy, but yesterday I had milk in my coffee, and today I had blue cheese on a salad. It’s going to be an adjustment… Maybe I’ll just try it for two weeks and see if the stomachaches go away.
Only 3 more years until I start TTC. Counting down makes getting older a little easier. And having the back up plan makes rejection easier.
This year’s goals:
- Read more non-fiction books
- Buy a house
- Change diet to exclude dairy (I think it’s giving me stomachaches)
- Try to date
- Study Japanese (undecided on taking JLPT in December)
- Go to more baseball games
- Donate to charity and volunteer my time
Those are the main goals. I don’t have any plans to travel yet, but if the opportunity arises I would love to go to Orlando and visit Harry Potter World. I’m planning a big trip in 2018 so I need to save my money.
I am really dreading trying dating again, but I got a subscription to a paid website for Christmas. It’s only for 3 months. I think I’ll activate in March when the weather starts to get nice again. I haven’t tried a paid website yet so maybe it will be a different experience. I don’t really think anything is going to come of it, but as they say, you miss all the shots you don’t take.
Overall 2016 wasn’t that bad compared to 2015. I think I did pretty well on my resolutions, too. I felt so much more focused this year and was able to have more fun.
A look back on 2016 resolutions:
- Read more books, watch less TV. I’ve already finished one book.
I read lots of books! Go me!
2. Get a raise/promotion or find a new job.
Got a big raise in June and another one in December! Did not feel the need to find a new job and rage quit the old one.
3. Find a nice apartment to go with new job.
No new job so no new apartment. I did look, but no luck there. Now I’m looking for houses near my current job.
4. Pass the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
Results will come out in February. I studied more this year than in 2014 and 2015 combined though.
5. Make more friends and worry less about dating. I’m having too much fun doing my own thing to let some jerk ruin what I’ve got going.
Made some work friends. Didn’t let dating distract me for almost a whole year (May 2015 – June 2016).
6. Take a trip or two to visit friends and family.
Went to Pennsylvania to visit family and Washington D.C. to visit a friend. Also went to Japan to see friends.
Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Saw Hamilton in Chicago. Took a few trips to downtown Chicago with my new friends. Saw Book of Mormon with my family. Had a peaceful Thanksgiving meal despite the contentious election. Shook Barack Obama’s hand when he visited my hometown. Read some amazing books that I will want to re-read again and again. Read my first full novel in Japanese. Went to The Little Mermaid at the municipal opera with my aunt, cousins, and little cousins.
That’s it for 2016.