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  • The Making of a Home
    in our bags all the time Sandy said that last one wasn t really a good reason At any rate he needed to think about it Five months later after we d been looking for condos that I might or might not end up moving into for a while he bounced into bed and grabbed my knees and said we re going to move in together right Let s move in together But he informed me first we were going to have to work on some things about our relationship This precipitated a period I like to call Sarah and Sandy pull the bandaids off I don t put the chopping board behind the sink RIP Sandy can t remember to close the toilet so that the cats don t use it as a water bowl RIP I keep my opinions hidden until I m so miserable that I cry and blame him for not knowing what I was thinking RIP Sandy sometimes discounts my opinions if I don t express them forcefully enough RIP Then the practical details sunk in To be honest they sunk in for my mom first He s the one who s condo shopping You re going to be his tenant she reminded me It s kind of strange No no I insisted It s not strange at all At which point of course it started to seem really strange I was kind of shy this time as I approached the topic I wasn t sure that I was ready to offer to buy the condo with Sandy anyway But I did hint about how it would be nice to own the place together how it might be confusing financially if we needed to upgrade the house how my mom said it was weird Sandy

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  • The Making of a Home
    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 Friday August 20 2004 By Sandy Tick tick tick I moved into my current apartment four long years ago and it s held up pretty well in that time Sure it s no palace and certain parts are a little moldier or rattier than when I first moved in but that s all par for the course All of a sudden though it feels like the walls are about to come down on me A few weeks ago I came home to find that the locks in the front door to the building had been vandalized beyond repair I had to pull a Spider Man on the back gate and break into my own property Typical of my landlord s leisurely attitude toward tasks that involve the word fixing our building was without a front door lock as well as a front door knob for a number of days And then yesterday I notice that I look a little crooked in the bathroom mirror Turns out the mirror is slipping off the medicine cabinet door I have no idea how this could happen Have my showers really been that hot as to MELT mirror to wood adhesive Considering I still have all my skin I m guessing no it was just shoddy workmanship coming home to roost The handyman came by today to take the mirror door away before the adhesive dissolves entirely causing the mirror to crash

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  • The Making of a Home
    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 August 19 2004 By Sarah Our List of Lists The next few weeks are going to be a whirlwind of inventorying We ve both been living alone for four years so between us we ve got beds blenders and plates aplenty We need to 1 List all our furniture 2 List all our pots and pans 3 List all our dishes and cups 4 List all our small appliances 5 List all our art 6 List all the things we need to buy We also need to develop a system of deciding whose stuff gets kept Some things are obvious Sandy s big and beautiful Cuisinart wins against my tiny one my silverware kicks his silverware s ass But I have a

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  • The Making of a Home
    dubious about the need of handing over 300 for someone to look for cracks and paint chipping I m over it More than just an assessment of what was wrong Mark gave me an analysis of what could go south later on from the grout in the bathtub tiling to the relative height of tubes underneath the sink leading to a stop up back up flood up of dirty sink water I can admit now that I was just a teeny bit worried that at some point in the inspection he d turn to me with a You paid how much for this place look on his face and walk past me cackling Thankfully there was none of that the worst of it was a ceiling fan missing a couple screws Sarah unfortuantely wasn t able to join me for this little adventure which arguably was the second most enjoyable part of the home buying process so far First prize The words You got it She was away in Nashville on some job related mission that involved youth charity and a insufferable dude named Kenny We were both bummed she missed it since it meaned I would have to take on the triple duty of 1 paying attention to the inspection 2 taking pictures for our own documenation records and 3 babysitting my mom Oh yes my mother She wouldn t have missed it for all the aged gouda in Holland To her this whole home buying adventure is merely an excuse to slip into her Li l Martha Home Decorator jumpsuit complete with matching pink measuring tape and pink lined graph paper and go on a decorating binge The entire time I was following the inspector around noting every little nick and scratch and possible safety hazard Mother with

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    The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Friday August 13 2004 By Sandy Under Siege The most intense week of my life financially speaking is finally coming to an end In the Steven Seagal movie version of this week the all out smackdown on the edge of the cliff was Thursday when I had to fax over the papers signing away most of my savings most of Sarah s and all my first edition Garbage Pail Kids POW Off the cliff he goes only to hear back from the lender an hour later that the fax didn t go through What s this He s back forcing me to live through the whole tortuous experience again KA WHACK only to yet again get a phone call alerting me to the failings of one of our fax devices Bwahaha Can t get rid of me that easy by which point I was too busy to try again until several stressful hours later a time of day that will forever be remembered as 6 00 the hour at which one can fax without developing an ulcer Aims

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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

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  • The Making of a Home
    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 Wednesday August 11 2004 By Sarah Facing my Financial Fears This whole mortgage experience has been very stressful for me In general I m pretty financially stable I save a little every month I don t have any credit card debt I own my car outright I pay my student loans on time But when I had to fill out a form actually listing my assets very few and my liabilities very many I really felt horrible Damn those Ivy League degrees I ll be paying for the rest of my life And now I m planning to add a mortgage to that What the hell am I thinking Also a few years ago I went through this whole ordeal with Brigham and Women s Hospital in Boston where I discovered that I owed them like 400 in 35 copayments from appointments I d had in 1997 I eventually paid but not until after four years and many angry letters were exchanged All this is by

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  • The Making of a Home
    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 Tuesday August 10 2004 By Sandy Buddy can you spare a couple million dimes Finding a mortgage is a scary frustrating experience I feel as if we ve been spent months hunting for this secret perfect door and now that we ve found it instead of having time to sit down and marvel at it s perfectness we ve been shoved inside where these strange albeit mostly friendly men are shoving numbers and papers into our hands asking us to lock in and float down and other crazy things that just yesterday I had no understanding of at all And I just want to tell them to have a seat I ll be with you in a minute but no we gotta do this NOW for Alan s about to burp and who knows how

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