Wednesday, December 10, 2008
(Update story for those just tuning in: We put an offer on this house, the buyers didn't like it very much, we went onto the next house, the sellers from the first house came back and accepted our offer, we like the first house better that is why we put an offer on it first, so we accepted their acceptance and started the happy house closing process.)
Now we are just a few days away (eight to be exact) and I'm trying so hard not to be too excited because nothing is for sure till we have the keys in our hand. But I can't help it. I am planning wall colors, and for all the new furniture we will need to buy (over the next few years of course, we can't furnish the whole house right away); and I want to pack, but let's be realistic, it will take me max 3 days more like 2 days to pack; and I really want to start buying all the house things we will need like ladders, lawnmowers, paint rollers, drapes, and all sorts of things.
I won't buy anything. But I can't promise that I won't continue picking colors out in my head.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
This was our first Thanksgiving alone, on the other side of the USA, in Georgia, with our puppy. Even though our family was pretty far away, we still had a good day. Brian and I combined our favortie parts from each of our parent's meals and made up some new traditions. It was fun.
We hiked Kennesaw Mountain with Portland, who as you can see did not have as fun of a day as we did due to her cone head status. On our way home we went to Starbucks for some excellent hot chocolate (sorry Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is on tv and I couldn't help it) and a news paper. Then we came home, watched the parade and sifted through the ads (which was the only reason we purchased a paper). Then we made lots of food, ate it, froze the half we didn't eat, and watched Home Alone and A Muppet's Christmas Carol.
A most excelent day. (sorry, there it is again, catch ya later dudes!)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
This is the finished product. Unfortunatly it isn't for sale in my store, it is a special request for a trade.
These, however, are my other latest creations and they are for sale! I kept seeing all these cute little brooches online, so I made a few for myself.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
So we've been house hunting for a few months now, and think we may have found the one. Luckily for me Picassa has a "make your own movie" option that is super easy to use, so now I don't need to upload every photo.
Take a look! (the girl in blue is Cheri, our realtor.)
We have two other houses we are considering, but this is #1. Maybe I'll make a video for our second fave.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Check out my latest item and all the other items that we made in october!
The more original views we get the closer we are to getting our items featured on the front page (which would be really cool).
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Headstrong and fiesty. You have a mind of your own that's full of romantic dreams about the world around you. Exploring exotic places is your ultimate dream, and although you can be a little naive you'll realize that there is something to be gained from your family's wisdom.
Which Disney Princess Are You?
Really? She is my fave, but I wouldn't have guessed her. But I guess it makes sense, I love the sea, I love green, I have fins, and I moved far away from my family. Good call.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The other project I did was a leaf arrangement. You dip the leaves in wax to seal in their colors and then hang them. Unfortunately I used cheap tape, so every so many days a leaf will fall and my dog will shred it (which is what she does to nearly all leaves she finds while we are walking). So I think of it as a mobile instillation piece of art.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I think it turned out okay. I made the inner pillow and stuffed it, then made a case that opens at the back so I can take it off and wash it. I bought three times the fabric needed, extra thread, a zipper (what was I thinking?) and two bags of stuffing too many. Out of all the stuff I bought I only used 1/2 of the white fabric, the white thread, one bag of stuffing, and the puppy print fabric. Maybe next time I should plan better.
SO during dinner I was pleased to finally find another girl my age who does not have to work because her husband makes enough for their needs- oh and they don't have kids and don't have any on the way. What a relief that someone else like me exists. I was beginning to think I was the only kid-less, non-full time working girl in GA. Lucky for me there is another like me right in our own ward. I don't think we will be super best friends forever, but at least I don't feel so guilty for enjoying my free time because someone else does too.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Why we are in this mess (as I understand it):
We want(ed) everyone to be able to live in a house. So, lenders offered loans that were increasingly easy to obtain. The problem is that these loans often times had an adjustable rate and/or were interest only (there were other types of crazy lending programs too). Furthermore, lenders were handing out these loans without properly checking the lendee's financial situation.
So... more people could get mortgages, which drove up the cost of homes, which required even more easily obtained loans, which drove up the cost of homes... and on and on...
Eventually the chickens came home to roost. The rates adjusted, and homeowners couldn't make their payments. Homes went into foreclosure... the banks lost money. Home values fell... the banks lost money. Eventually the banks lost enough money that they began to collapse.
What could we have done to prevent it?
Lenders could have been more responsible. (don't hand out crappy loans)
Buyers could have been more responsible. (don't live beyond their means)
The Gov't could have taken their head out of the sand. (regulated these lenders against bad lending practices)
Where are we now?
The credit markets are beginning to freeze, which will prevent even well qualified buyers from getting loans. So more homes will go into foreclosure, causing more banks to go under, which could lead to a downward spiral that we haven't seen the likes of since the great depression (and many well respected economists say this is a likely outcome).
Why will the 'bailout' help?
It will essentially take 'bad' money off the hands of banks. This will free up lenders to offer mortgages (hopefully 'responsible' mortgages this time around), which will help the housing market slowly recover. This not only helps the banks, but it also helps homeowners and home-seekers. On a broader level, it will prevent the collapse of major financial institutions, which we all rely on (picture the opening seen to "It's a Wonderful Life.").
Why is this 'bailout' failing?
Nobody trusts Washington (all of Washington... President, house/senate Republicans/Democrats... nobody), and for good reason! They have destroyed their credibility over the last decade. It is not all Pres. Bush's fault, but he is definitely part of the problem. For the first time in a long time (because an election is coming soon), many House D's and R's listened to the voters and didn't vote for the bailout. Unfortunately, the voters are scared and ticked-off at Washington and Wall Street and are wrong right now. It was only a month or so ago that we had to watch both parties have their self-love fests (conventions)... at which, neither talked about real solutions to this problem. They spent the whole time pointing fingers and basking in their own glory.
Okay... I'm done. Let me know if I'm wrong.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Almost time to say goodbye!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I would imagine that after you've taken your dog for a long walk, or played really hard in the backyard, that your dog would come in and lay down. Or at least lay low for a few hours.
I took Portland down to the dog play area to play frisbee. We played for a while, ran for a while, and by the time we were done she could hardly walk up the stairs. Now you might think it is cruel to run your dog to the point where they walk up the stairs like an old man. But once she was back in the air conditioning, had a drink of water, and a good 10 min rest, this is what she did....
And after she was done with that she circled the room a few times and did this....
Now do you think this dog is tired?
She is. Trust me. If I sit on the floor with her for a few minutes she will be asleep in seconds. But if I continue doing chores, moving from room to room she will follow me getting crazier and naughtier as I go. I feel like she is at the tired two-year-old stage. Where everything is either hilarious or a catastrophe. She is on the verge of sleep but she wants to stay awake soooooo bad.
Friday, September 12, 2008
People kept walking through this area, so she would only sit for a few seconds before deciding to say hi to someone. I didn't have the guts to get another shot, I was pretty sure I looked lame trying to take a pic of my dog in front of a cannon.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I don't know how to convert videos from our nice camera, they are too big, so I'll just keep using our point and shoot till I can figure it out. Sorry about the weird clicking and crapy resolution.
Unfortunatly, Portland now thinks it is okay to shread all paper. So we are going to have to work on that.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Portland at 8/9 weeks.
She loves playing fetch, and will bring you the ball all day long. Portland is pretty fast, but not too smart- you can fake her out every time if you want. She has two tennis balls, and if she can't find the ball you threw she will bring you the other one that she has hidden somewhere. If you are ignoring her, or are otherwise not available, she will set both balls at your feet. But when Brian and I are both there, she will bring one ball to each of us. However, when you throw both balls she has a hard time deciding which one to bring back.
Portland is also rather good at jumping, and seems to prove that even when you ask her not to. Brian says her PPB (Personal Puppy Best) is somewhere between his hips and shoulders. As you can see this is not quite her best, as it is just barley hip height. But this photo was hard to get, and she was getting tired by the time my camera was working.
As for other updates, both Brian and I have been called to the Primary, again! I teach the CTR 6 class, 5-6 year olds, and Brian teaches the Valiant 9 class, 8-9 year olds. Today we team taught my class, which was a good warm up because I have 4 girls and a set of twin boys. Luckily for me one of them is named Scott, and happens to have a "spot" or mole on his right cheek that the other twin, Adam, doesn't have. So there is some hope of differentiating them. As a whole, they are pretty well behaved, and just need to be reminded to raise their hand or use church voices every so often. Brian hasn't met his class yet, but he has 3 girls, and 2 boys.
Class today was fun, we talked about how Jesus wants us to obey the laws of the land. Luckily the lesson manual is really good at structuring the whole lesson, I only had to come up with a few extra things to fill time. Brian told me it was probably the most fun day of church he's had in a while... I think this was highly due to the fact that we got M & M's during singing time, and not my stellar lesson.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
So I finally broke out my nice SLR and decided to take some good pics of her, not just point-and-shoot. I think some turned out pretty cute. Julie Mulkay, a former SLO- first warder and buddy photo major whom's logo I designed, inspired me with her last blog entry to take some more artistic photos with Portland. Not that I'm some professional photographer, but I did have to take 3 photography classes, so I'm practically there. j/k.
On May 2nd I, like thousands of other Twilight fans, I purchased the last book in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn. And I finished it on May 4th. All I am going to say is that it went: like, like, WHAT!, ug-annoyed, annoyed, okay, okay, what?!, WHAT!, back to like, umm... and I won't spoil the end. But at least this book has an ending unlike alll the others.
This is a pic of me on Sunday, taking a nap with Portland. Yes I know, we totaly, utterly caved on the "no dog on the bed" rule. She is not allowed at night, that is my new rule.
Check out more photos in my web album!