What a way to end the year
Since my last post, I have: bought a condo; moved; spent every last penny of my savings; knit a hat for Donnell; unpacked most of my belongings; learned to knit short rows; caught up on my ironing; been sick; found a new church home; and decided I need to buy a winning lottery ticket so I can send Bailey to Sit Means Sit for some serious training.
Since my last post, I have not: sewn a lick, including the wedding quilt I promised Holly and the block of the month blocks I committed to complete; knit Donnell’s Christmas sweater; knit a Color Affection shawl (although I knit three-fourths of one before frogging it); gone to Tucson for my friend John’s retirement from the Air Force (and I’m feeling very disgusted about missing it); lost one single, solitary, measly pound; or finished unpacking to the point that I can get the car in the garage or myself into my bedroom closet.
Having missed Holly and RJ’s wedding in Germany, and facing imminent homelessness, I was feeling very sorry for myself – so I contacted Michael Ebeling, who had found me my apartment when I was first planning to move to Austin. We had a great time together, looking from Cedar Park to Buda. Signed a contract on 3 November, after getting input from Chris & Donnell.
I wanted a quick move-in, because I had to be out of the apartment on 17 December and I wanted to have carpeting replaced by hardwoods throughout, along with having it painted before I moved in (yes, it was new so didn’t really need paint, but this is my first home ever where I’m not contemplating another move and it seemed important to acknowledge that by having really personal things done to the place). So, I closed on 28 November and moved in on 14 December (the move took three days, but that’s a whole other story, with the gory details available on Angie’s List).
Love my new home; love having hardwoods throughout, because my rugs look so beautiful against the dark flooring; love the paint colors (thanks to the decorator I hired – Kelli at Nine Design); love having a garage again, and a small back yard (even if Bailey doesn’t understand he’s supposed to poop out there, not just when I take him for a walk; poor boy’s having digestive issues over this). Hate having no money, but I decided that this was why I’d saved it and I was much better off having no money but having a permanent home than having a small savings account and living in an apartment. Best of all: my mortgage & HOA combined equals what I was paying in monthly rent.
To see the floorplan, look here. It’s the Lille plan.
Chris & Donnell built the futon and then tested it out over Christmas – so it’s ready for other guests (if you’re ever in Austin. . . ). They also organized me – as they have in every home I’ve had in the US. That I still can’t get all the way into my bedroom closet or find an entire pair of shoes beyond the ones I wore during the move cannot be blamed on them. They tried to get me to finish, but I pooped out. Also, don’t look behind the living room sofa. Other than that, I’m fairly good to go – and ready for you to come visit.