Tuesday, February 15, 2011
What a difference a year makes! I am cautiously optimistic about the new realtor. She seems straightforward, honest and a real advocate for ME to get the house I need in the price range I want to pay. So far, so good.
The Corner House turned out to be a huge disappointment. As the old saying goes, "Never judge a book by it's cover" - never judge a house from it's pictures on Realtor dot com. The house, if left untouched, would have been okay, but there was a patio that had been "converted" into one ugly mess. And the newly redone kitchen? Had no place for a refrigerator and had the upper cabinets installed all the way at the ceiling. I could barely, and I do mean barely, reach the bottom shelf of the uppers. The two car garage had a vinyl floor in it and hadn't seen a car in decades. There were all sorts of built ins in the garage that would have to be torn out in order to get two cars back in - which is fine, as I only have one car, but craziness. And that doesn't even begin to address the bathroom that was added to make it a master suite. Can you say contact paper on the counter tops? All of these additions would have to be subtracted and at substantial cost. No thanks.
The Park House wasn't without issues. The house itself was just fine. The newly redone kitchen's cheapo cabinets at least didn't give me splinters and all the drawers opened, which is more than I can say for The Corner House. While I loved the location, I didn't love the neighbors. I could totally fix every little thing with this house, but I can't fix the neighbors. So that one is off the list.
And I feel okay about it. Something perfect will come along. Or something that I can make perfect. I told Jerri, my realtor, that I would prefer an un-updated kitchen. I have an interior designer for a kid and I have a contractor/remodeller guy who does fabulous work. I'd rather do it myself and get more for my buck. So we shall see.
I was off-kilter yesterday and the food followed. I haven't been sleeping so well lately, and so night before last took an A to help me sleep. Didn't keep me asleep past 3:30 and it left me with a wicked hangover. I kept trying to caffeine and sweet my way out of it, but it didn't work. Ah well. Today is a new day. I slept well last night and I've got a spin class today. Food and beverage is packed for the day and I shall do my best to stay away from the vending machine!
I received a gorgeous flower arrangement from Bick yesterday. The card said simply "I choo choo choose you. Google it." I'd have included a picture, but I forgot to take my camera to work with me - because who would need a digital camera on the day they were going to look at houses? Doh!
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Things are not always as they appear.