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  • The Making of a Home
    We were already very interested in buying one but seeing its prevalence across poorer countries where gas mileage is even more of a concern than it is here heightened that interest The problem was the visceral disdain both Sarah and I shared for the car buying process Fortunately there was Jerry Jerry is the father of our friend Scott and Jerry is apparently a car buying maven Scott enlisted him to help us seek out a Fit in the area and even whip out that patented Jerry charm and haggle the guy down to a reasonable price It turns out that the Fits are so hot these days that even getting them at sticker is a rarity After much calling around to dealers calling me back calling them back calling me back and calling them back he finally nailed the guy down at sticker on a new Silver Automatic Sport model Fit All I had to do was go pick it up It was all things considered relatively painless There was only one point of contention those stupid pinstripes I was warned by Jerry and everyone to not pay for ANYTHING extra especially pinstriping Well they got me I tried haggling them out of it but because they were already giving me a bargain I really had no leverage which as any good haggler knows is the cornerstone to any successful compromise So I relented He also apparently threw in rubber strips on the door for free Whoop dee do The most painful part was the waiting most of which was in the lobby of the finance area waiting for a rep to see me For this I had come prepared I called my bank to see what kind of loan they could give me and when the rep threw

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  • The Making of a Home
    A few weeks older and a little bit wiser I am so glad to have found your blog I Send us a note Search the site View by category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Sunday May 20 2007 By Sarah Speaking of plants Last weekend we put in our garden Here s the tally Seedlings Tomatoes 3 sizes Green bell peppers Yellow squash Zucchini Lots of herbs basil parsley cilantro rosemary sage chives Seeds Dill Arugula Salad mix Sugar snap peas If today s 50 degee temperatures and cold cold rain don t hurt them I d say we re off to a good start The arugula seeds are sprouting like crazy and we can see lots of pea shoots too Trying to learn lessons from the last two years we caged the tomatoes as soon as they went in the ground All of them We also didn

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  • The Making of a Home
    wiser I am so glad to have found your blog I Send us a note Search the site View by category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday May 3 2007 By Sarah Confessions of a former houseplant fanatic I used to have so many plants Nothing special rubber plants philodendron vines but lots of them And I took really good care of them I trimmed the vines propagated shoots in vases on the windowsill and planted new baby plants I even hand painted flower pots for them For some reason in the move to this house my indoor green thumb got discolored I love the garden in the back and take really good care of it in the summer But our houseplants Seriously we barely water them From a high of probably 10 plants we now have maybe 5 I say maybe because it s been so long

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  • The Making of a Home
    a little bit wiser I am so glad to have found your blog I Send us a note Search the site View by category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the

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  • The Making of a Home
    the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Wednesday April 18 2007 By Sandy Slimmish Okaybody With our new memberships at the local gym we re each treated to one complimentary fitness examination It didn t sound like something I d pay for on my own I know I m not fit that s why I m at the gym but for free I figured why not It s like I always say why settle for qualitative when you can go for quantitative The routine my guide put me through was less of a gauntlet and more of a candy coated spank machine A few push ups here a few stretches there a run around the track for 12 minutes and that was about it I m hardly an athlete but I was barely breaking a sweat with this thing At one point when the guy asked me if I wanted a drink of water I took him up on it just so he wouldn t feel bad I was dubious how much of a profile they could get of me from these little pokes and prods into my physique so I was surprised when he came back with a seven page analysis filled with charts and graphs and clip art pictures of shirtless men on treadmills I ll spare you the details of my placements in the minor categories average answer fair to middling and skip right to the pièce de résistance my BodyAge Wanna guess I m 30 I can run a mile in about nine minutes and I can lift every weight they ve got on the leg press Yet I can only do about 29 sit ups in a minute and I grow weary

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  • The Making of a Home
    beings I m not as meticulous of a bookkeeper as I should be resulting in a blissful ignorance of how our overall investment in this place compares against what it would have cost to rent instead Doesn t really matter I suppose Despite all the episodes of crazy we couldn t be happier here A breakdown In August a man wearing a badge and holding a clipboard showed up on our porch He left without speaking to anyone Three months later a letter arrived from the city citing us for major porch violations Several court hearings and 3000 in contractor fees later we got a thumbs up from the city for this particular violation With a 10 year old porch and a 3 year old municipal porch law we re certainly in violations of other codes and it s just a matter of time before the city lays the hammer down on us for those as well In October several rats were spotted on our property most of them dead from poison But any rats are too many rats so we decided to get to the root of the problem and have a reputable company come out stick a lipstick camera into our pipes then dig up the floor of our boiler room and seal up the place where the rats were coming in Total cost 4500 In November when the boiler started to kick on full blast we were subject to a hellacious banging throughout the building Servicemen were called and theories were put forward but in the end it turned out to be a periodic problem of buildings with 80 year old pipes and something we d just have to deal with at the beginning and end of the season Meanwhile we got the boiler thoroughly cleaned just

    Original URL path: http://the.weisz.es/310/the-sinking-bottom-line (2016-02-16)
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  • The Making of a Home
    the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Monday April 9 2007 By Sarah Guess you had to be there Have you ever had something really funny happen to you and then try to turn it into an amusing anecdote and discover that it just doesn t work at all as a narrative I will illustrate Let s begin at the end Message left on Sandy s voicemail Sunday afteroon after finishing brunch with a friend Hey babe we re done with brunch but we re heading to a bookstore I ll be back in a bit Sandy calling me back confused What did you say in your message Me Um I don t know that I ll be back later Sandy more confused Was that all Me I said I was done with brunch and I d be back in a while Sandy totally baffled That s so weird I listened to the message over and over and it sounded exactly like you said we ve got the sour cream Now let s travel back in time Message left on Sandy s voicemail Saturday afternoon when I

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  • The Making of a Home
    wedding RSS Atom Thursday April 5 2007 By Sandy The roof the roof the roof is being worked on by an army of highly skilled laborers Highly skilled and noisy as hell We had to close our back door earlier this afternoon when we noticed that a mist of dirt was wafting in through our screen door and settling on our kitchen floor I stepped outside to survey the scene and found our patio covered in a fine layer of soot One level up on floor two the patios also featured a colorful array of wooden detritus as if a log cabin had sploded nearby The third floor let s just say I hope the our third floor neighbors have a good sense of humor about all this So yeah our roof is getting redone As in torn completely off and replaced with an entirely new cover No one knows how long it d been since the last roof but several signs read leaks made it clear that it was time After dipping deep into the reserves and even deeper into our pockets for the capital we signed on with a local Quality Roofer Hey it s in their name Today they started their terror I don t envy the third floor residents right now It must feel be like living in an underground bunker in the middle of a war zone Even down here on the first floor the incessant banging is beginning to make my brain hurt In certain parts of the house if you listen closely you can hear the sweet accompaniment of plaster falling through the walls It s a veritable symphony of money pittery I went up to see the work up close and meet the gentlemen who are pouring their sweat into our new

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