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Filed under: Are You Kidding Me?,Family,Parents — Amy @ 9:59 am

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Protected: Valium, Woman. Valium.

Filed under: Family,Makes Me Grumpy,Parents — Amy @ 10:12 pm

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FW: This is sooooooooo Cool!

Filed under: Family,Parents,Teh Internets — Amy @ 9:18 pm

“Try this…it really works. If you take this e-mail and forward it to at least 5 people, including the person that sent it to you, a person will appear standing on this bridge.”

It’s kind of endearing how gullible my mother is.


Filed under: Makes Me Grumpy,Parenting,Parents,Weather — Amy @ 9:09 pm

The fact that winter is over and it never got here to begin with. And the fact that, after being accused by my mother of letting my child run around without enough clothing to keep her warm, I went out and bought lots of baby sweaters and warm outfits that are totally adorable, but she’ll never get to wear.
Because yesterday was the first of March and it was 93 °    here. Fortunately, it’s supposed to be back down in the 70’s for a while. But still.

Neverending Story

In retrospect, this has been a very busy week, as evidenced by this being the first blog I have written since Saturday. Here’s a brief overview:

Sunday: After much searching, finally found another house we are interested in. Our only concern is the size of the house – only 1800 square feet. The house we were trying to purchase before was 2100 square feet, and we really liked that size. This new house is a one-story with lots of upgrades and personality though, so we guess it’s a tradeoff.

Monday: Started all the last-minute projects for the upcoming work conference on Friday/Saturday. Why is it so impossible to plan for a major conference earlier than the week of, so that we’re not all RUNNING AROUND LIKE PSYCHO CHICKENS trying to throw stuff together? WHY?
Any free moments today and for the rest of the week are devoted to setting up my new OFFICE – YES, OFFICE! I somehow managed to convince Boss Man (the “NO” man) to give me an office instead of sitting out front in the middle of the chaos. Still not sure how I managed that…I broached the subject in hopes of introducing it merely to begin the long road of pursuasion. Had no idea that the resistance period would only be about 20 minutes before a “Yes” was delivered my way. This was a good day.

Tuesday: Another busy day at work. We really do prefer busy. Felt the baby kick for the first time. Very weird. Like a twitching stomach muscle…except lower. Checked out the one-story again (among others) and decided to make an offer the following day. Speaking of the “others,” here’s another tip to add to the “How not to sell a house” list: Don’t let your teenage daughter answer the front door in her underwear and tell us that despite the fact that we had called ahead to schedule a viewing, we can’t see the house because it’s still being painted.

Wednesday: Finished conference preparations and devoted the rest of the day to preparing, moving into, and shopping for my new office. Stopped at Target after work for some decorative additions. Met with real estate agent to draft up contract on new house, only to find that he had recieved a call from the agent of the previous house, letting him know that the seller was more seriously motivated to sell the house now and was entertaining offers in the range we were discussing when the deal fell through before. Previous house has now been renamed “Neverending Story” house because it just doesn’t go away. A brief synopsis of the 3-week period in which we already pursued this house:

  • Found the house, knew it was perfect, told everyone it was my dream house. Planned to make an offer the next day.
  • Discovered house was already under contract.
  • Found out contract fell through.
  • Made an offer (a very GOOD offer, that most sellers would have taken flat out) but was informed that other offers were coming in same day.
  • Seller picked our offer, but countered…with stupid things that were really more insulting than anything else.
  • We countered the counter to make sure we were still getting our money’s worth.
  • Seller accepted.
  • Found out from our mortgage broker that the house would not appraise for what we offered.
  • Tried to lower the price with seller so the deal could still go through.
  • Seller declined lowered price offer. Deal off.
  • Seller put house back on the market at higher asking price – significantly more than the maximum amount the house would appraise for according to two appraisers.
  • We started looking elsewhere.

But it’s the only house we’ve found so far that was an immediate “yes” for us because it has absolutely everything we’re looking for. And suddenly they’re willing to be reasonable again. Wrote offer for Neverending Story house instead of new house.
Good News – confirmed that Mom doesn’t have cyst or cancer, which was one of several possible causes of recent abdominal pain. Endometriosis is the current most likely diagnosis and may require surgery. This may
be poor timing, as parents are scheduled to go to colorado next week and Greece in June. She is seeing a specialist tomorrow for full diagnosis.

Thursday: Waiting to hear back from sellers. Will be a long day. Bosses and distributors are busy at conference, so no business coming through. Probably won’t hear from sellers until tomorrow, as has been the case in the past, despite the fact that response deadline is tonight.
More good news – Mom doesn’t have endometriosis either. Looks like medicatable diagnosis for 2 ailments that are treatable without surgery. Very thankful.

See – told you we’ve been busy this week!

Secret’s Out

Filed under: Parents,Pregnancy,Secrets — Amy @ 2:02 pm

I think last night was a whopping success. Both sets of new grandparents are very excited and are now debating over who gets to be “Grandpa” etc. My dad had that giddy smile on his face the whole night and would spontaneously burst into giggles on occasion. I love that. I have to admit that while I’m still warming up to the whole idea, it does help to watch everyone else be so excited.


Filed under: Milestones,Parents,Pregnancy,Secrets,Sports — Amy @ 1:30 pm

Today is the day that the parents find out they’re going to be grandparents. We mailed a package to Jens’ parents that had matching Mariners T-shirts in Mens, Womens, and Baby size. The package is scheduled to be delivered at 7:00 tonight so we’ll probably be getting a phone call sometime around then.
We have the same set-up for my parents (except they’re Rangers T-shirts) and hopefully will get to deliver the goods and the news tonight, but are unsure because by some irritating coincidence, this is the busiest week of my parents’ lives. Dad has been out of town all week on business and they both have activities and committments scheduled over the weekend. So we’re hoping they will be available for dinner tonight when he gets in, since it looks like he’s going to cancel one of his previous arrangements. But it’s tough to say “hey, we need you guys to set aside some time together so we can tell you something VERY IMPORTANT” without giving away the surprise. Especially since my mom asks me if I’m pregnant every time I eat a banana and a pickle within half an hour of each other.
So we’re stuck with “hey, are you guys available for dinner, just because, since we haven’t seen you all week?” Doesn’t exactly inspire “drop everything and go” action, but what can you do.
This has been a very news-filled week. In addition to finding out that our family is growing, two of my closest friends got engaged. One is having a family-only wedding in April, so I don’t have to worry about that, but my best friend wants to get married in August. Translate as “my best friend wants to get married when I’m round, fat and grumpy.” WHY???
And have you seen the available maternity brides maid dresses? UGH. I hope I don’t have to take a black sharpie to all her wedding pictures.

Birthdays & Screamers

Filed under: Are You Kidding Me?,Birthdays,Parents,Peaves,Such is Life,Work — Amy @ 2:17 pm


Hey, good news from yesterday’s vent about the $130 sandwich. It looks like the problem will resolve itself, as Bank of America doesn’t seem to be charging us any overdraft fees. That’s the first time I’ve ever witnessed a banking problem resolve itself, so I’m still a bit skeptical, but it appears to be the case. Wahoo!

We got a Screamer on the phone today. Not a huge surprise, I predicted that she was going to be trouble when she first signed up. One of those lovely people who (in addition to being annoyingly high-maintenance) doesn’t read the literature and gets all upset two months later when things aren’t the way they imagined. Fun times.

One thing I have noticed about this job though is the fact that I seem to be developing an immunity to screaming customers. I remember working at the bank a few years back and when a customer would start being unreasonable and demanding, I would get tongue-tied and freeze up like a rabbit in the road and it would completely ruin my day…sometimes my week, depending on how demoralizing they were. I think I still have scars from Mr. Green.

Anyway, perhaps it’s because I really feel competent in what I’m doing now, or (more likely) because I’ve grown up a bit. I now have much less of a problem telling someone exactly where they can put their money-back guarantee. In so many words. While maintaining my professional persona, of course.

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