Friday, April 1, 2011

Cleaning Day and Mama Drama

So I've decided to start doing a house wide cleaning day on every Thursday because it makes sense for our lifestyle.  My husband and I are very social people and I always want people to come over and hang out here.  So all of our friends work Monday through Friday so the only days they can come and chill are on Friday Saturday or Sunday.  So this way the house will always be company ready for the weekend.  Anyway today I did the usual, cleaned the bathrooms, dry mopped the floors, did the laundry, did all the animal chores, etc...  I also cooked this new recipe I found on Campbell'  It's called cheeseburger pasta which equates to a fancy hamburger helper.  My husband and I used to always eat hamburger helper when we first got married but then I started to cook real food.  After about a year of me cooking all the time, I prepared a box of hamburger helper and to our surprise we hated it.  Now keep in mind, this particular flavor of hamburger helper was our favorite but when you're used to eating real cheese and milk and fresh ingredients and then you go back to powdered cheese and milk, it's not pretty.  But the recipe ended up being good with a few additions that I added.  The original recipe only called for cheddar cheese soup, water, pasta, tomato soup, and hamburger.  But I read the reviews before I made it and the consensus was that there wasn't enough water to cook the pasta, and that there was no flavor.  So what I did was to not drain the oil from the ground beef to add moisture for the pasta so it would cook properly.  I used spaghetti sauce instead of tomato soup because I really don't like the taste of tomato soup.  I added fresh onions and minced garlic to the beef while cooking it.  I also added a cup of fresh cheddar cheese, some oregano, garlic salt, cilantro (just because I love that seasoning), Italian seasoning, worcheschere sauce, and that's it.  But it turned out great.  I love experimenting with new recipes especially if they work out in the end.

While we ate, we watched the Celtics game against the Spurs and of course the Celtics won which a big win seeing that the Spurs are currently #1 in the west.  GO BOSTON!!!  I'm trying to start doing extra things around the house.  For instance, the other day, I started a mini herb garden.  No not that kind of herb.  Get your mind out the gutter.  What do you think I'm running here, a drug cartel.  LOL  Anyway, it's really cute because the set came with 6 tiny pots and seeds with oregano, parsley, and basil but I got the set at Goodwill a while back and the person who donated it, put all these extra packages of seeds in there including lavender, tomato, and some other flowers I can't pronounce.  So in all, I started 6 pots.  It was really cute because the set came with this little flat dirt thingy's that when you add 2 tablespoons of water they expand to form the correct amount of dirt for the pot.  I think I added too many seeds per pot because they said only 4 to 6 but when I poured each pouch out, all these seeds started to flow out.  Oh well, we'll see in 2 weeks whether or not the plants will grow.  But either way, I have bigger plans than just a tiny herb garden.  I want to use the unfenced portion of our backyard to start a real garden.  I'm not sure what I'm going to plant yet but I'm going to start to do some research on how to start one of these things.  I'm so excited.  Then today, my extra thing for the day was to sweep the leaves from our carport which is where everyone enters the house.  I didn't really pay attention to the leaves when we moved in or even over the last few weeks but it occurred to me today that the reason why there are little thin leaves everywhere when I do my weekly sweeping is because of these leaves that have been there forever apparently.  So I went outside thinking it would be easy but they were everywhere.  If you read my last blog you'd know that I found out from a neighbor that this house has been vacant for quite some time so my theory is that when fall came and went, the leaves just blew in the carport and there was no car to block them or people to move them.  But after about 30 to 45 minutes I had the welcome mat cleared of leaves and the whole carport and I think it's going to make my life a lot easier every week.

I just like having a clean house even if no one is coming over.  I think it's just something that us women feel pride about.  Now those hoarders that you see on TV, I'm not sure about them.  LOL  But of course they have mental problems.  On another note, we purchased Wrestlemania on Direct TV which is this Sunday coming up.  For all of my wrestling fans out there you know what I'm talking about but for all others it's basically the WWE's big event every year.  Of course you have to pay extra for it but this is the first one I've ever seen.  My husband got me into it and I can't wait until Sunday.   All I have to say is GO JOHN CENA!!!  So yesterday I went a little crazy and had a movie day.  I watched 3 movies pretty much in a row.  I started with the movie "Penelope" starring Christina Ricci (I loved her since Casper), and the movie was awesome.  I don't like giving movies away so I'll just briefly tell you a summary of each movie so don't worry.  Basically Penelope was about a girl who instead of having a normal human nose, she had a pig's snout and pig ears but everything else was normal.  But it was the result of a curse that was put on her family generations ago.  It ended up being a comedy, romance but was really good.  The second movie I saw was "Australia" starring Nicole Kidman which was absolutely wonderful.  It was basically about the oppression that the Aboriginal people went through and about her cattle farm and a love story mixed in.  But it was wonderful.  I mean it's a long movie but it was worth every single second.  The third movie I saw was I believe called "Pandorum" which starred Denis Quaid and it was pretty good.  It was a Sci Fi, Thriller about the earth sending a ship to another planet that was supposed to be habitable.  This was of course in the future but it had a lot of good twist and turns in it.  Pretty cool movie if you're into stuff like that like I am.  But sometimes I just feel like watching movies all day and I enjoyed myself.

If you've been reading my blogs before you know that I'm in the process of getting a fence put up in the backyard for my dogs.  But because of the weather, my mom's friend hasn't been able to pour the concrete to secure the poles for the fence so there's all this fencing material just sitting in our yard just waiting to be put up.  In the meantime, the dogs are still on the chains miserable.  Oh well.  But my husband and I prayed for better weather and between 3 days ago and now, the weather has changed from raining the whole week through Sunday to now not raining again until late Monday.  So he should be able to put up the fence this weekend and I'm so excited. 

I know I've been going on and on on this blog but I must say that I haven't talked to my mom in 2 days.  It's because she's basically gone crazy I think.  I'm going to try to summarize all the drama but basically the person that's installing our fence is my mom's ex boyfriend if you can call him that.  He is very handy and can be very nice and sweet.  But on the other hand, he is an alcoholic, cusses all the time, and can't keep a steady job because of, I think, emotional and control issues.  So my mom has let him live with her a few times and it always ends with her kicking him out because he never contributes to the bills.  So it puts me in an awkward position because when she's talking junk about him, I feel it's safe to join in and she just laughs about it and pretends everything's ok.  But then when she's in good with him, then I'm the devil if I mention anything bad about him.  So right now he's not living with her but they are on good terms.  So when my husband suggested that we ask him to build the fence so that he could make some money, my mom was strangely opposed to it but my husband called him directly and got everything arranged because we wanted to help him out with some money in his pocket.  So with all this weird wet weather lately, it's been touch and go on if he's coming over here and when he would be able to do the fence and so on.  So long story short, every time I've called my mom in the last week, she has been very rude and over dramatic about the whole fence thing.  But here's the kicker, I'm starting to question a lot of things because my husband and I have caught her in a lie, actually a few lies.  So my husband and I went to the movies and when we got out I noticed she had called me so I called her back.  So we were talking and I knew not to mention the fence thing because I knew that was a touchy subject but she mentioned it anyway and she was like "Oh my friend won't be there until Saturday because it's supposed to be raining all week" and I quickly told her that any communication regarding the fence was between my husband and her friend but that he had agreed to come the next day which was Tuesday and she was like "Oh, I don't know about that, when did your husband talk to my friend?"  And I told her that day.  So of course he came over on Tuesday but that same day, he called my mom and asked her if she had told me that he wasn't coming until Saturday and she lied to his face and said that we had not talked at all.  So she lied to me about that.  Then of course because of the drama that my husband asking him about what my mom had said about the weekend, she confronted me about that on the phone and accused me of trying to start drama.  I'm not the one who lied.  So then we're talking about the weather 2 days ago and we were trying to figure out which weather was correct because the local new station had 2 different forecasts.  One that she saw on TV and another I saw on my phone.  The one on my phone said it was going to be clear all week and hers said it wouldn't.  So I dropped the subject and of course she brought up the fence thing again.  So from me talking about the weather, she accused me and my husband of taking advantage of her friend, (even though we're paying him exactly what he quoted us after he measured the whole yard), she said that I was selfish, she said that her friend should have charged us more, she said that because we're 27 and 28, that we're too immature to understand anything, etc...  You can see where this was going.  So I stopped her and said "Mom, you're getting too angry and negative, I'm going to get off the phone so you can calm down" and of course she said "you're not getting off the phone, this is what you always do".  Then she started dropped F bombs left and right and I hung up on her and haven't talked to her since.  But here comes the second lie.  So after the blow up, my husband called her friend and asked him straight up, "do you think we're taking advantage of you or that we owe you more money?" and he started laughing and when he found out that my mom had said this, he said that she never said any of this to him.  He never said any of this to her and that he told my mom not to freak out if anything went wrong with the fence because he knows how crazy she is.  So basically my mom has lied about what he said regarding the day he was going to finish the fence, she has lied about how he feels regarding the price of the fence.  To sum it all up, she has been causing unnecessary drama and for what, I don't know.  So I've decided it's healthier for me to not talk to her.  I think her issue is that because I talk crap about her friend when he's not nice to her, she doesn't understand why I would ask him for help but what she doesn't get  is that we were trying to help him by giving him a job so he could make some money which is what he usually has problems doing.  Also my grandfather helped us out with the materials which were very expensive and I thanked him of course but she called me a spoiled brat because he paid for all the materials.  He could have said no when we told him how much they were but he was fine with it.  But even with all of that she should not be freaking out and treating me like this.  I mean I didn't even mention the horrible things she said to me.  The other day she said that I was "out of it" and that's why I haven't been able to find a job because employers can pick up that something is not quite right with me.  I mean what mother says that to their daughter.  I haven't done anything wrong.  I am a good wife, friend, and daughter and if she thinks she can just treat me like dirt she is sadly mistaken.  Anyway what do you all think about her antics?

I think that's about it for today.  Thanks for listening and God Bless.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Enjoying Life

So I haven't been on here for a while now.  It's really just been because of laziness or just forgetting to blog but I'm going to try to do this thing every day from now on, even it's just a sentence or two.  Anyway I've been enjoying the new house.  It's really peaceful here and it's wonderful to be able to sit outside on the side porch and look at the horses grazing in the fields across the street.  I had a housewarming party last Saturday and a few friends came over for that.  We had a cookout and the food was great as usual especially since I cooked it all. :)  Also some of us ate outside with the perfect weather and watched the horses.  I've found that this house is much easier to keep clean just because of the simple fact that there are hardwoods in all of the rooms and tile in the bathrooms and kitchen.  So no more vacuuming.  I find it amazing at how much dirt and dust accumulates over a week's time which is easy to clean up with the dry mop I got but I find myself thinking that when you vacuum, all of that dirt can't be picked up by your vacuum.  I just think it's nasty at what might be stuck in a person's carpet.  I mean I know these are random thoughts but there were times in my old house where I might smell something funky and I may have just cleaned the whole house but there was just something not right about the smell in the house.  Usually I would just light an incense to mask it but now I'm thinking that it was probably the carpets with all that built up dirt and dust and God knows what else.  Who knows. 

Anyway we are having the materials for the fence delivered tomorrow morning.  I probably should be sleep now seeing that they're supposed to get here before 7 am but you know me and my night owl habits.  But we are building a chain link fence for the dogs because they are just on chains now and I like for them to have a real place to play with each other and us.  But I just thank God because my grandfather actually paid for the materials which cost more than the labor.  Without him, we just wouldn't have been able to get a fence.  But my mom's friend is installing the fence on Monday and I'm so excited for my dogs because they'll be able to run and play and it'll be a little easier to take them in and out of the house.  The fence is going to cover the majority of the back yard with leaving a little space for other things that I might want to put out there.  But our front yard is really where I would want our guests , if we had a party, to hang out because they wouldn't have to worry about the dogs barking at them and they could look at the horses. 

I went to goodwill today with my mom and got some more things for the house.  I got, you guessed it, some more rubber duckies and a rubber duckie picture for my bathroom.  I also got this storm trooper from Star Wars helmet which you can wear and talk into and it'll make your voice sound like a storm trooper.  I also got a nice large round thermometer.  You know the kind that look like a clock but really have the temperature on there.  I'm putting that in my kitchen.  But I also thank God for my mom because she has helped us out financially during this time of my unemployment.  Speaking of unemployment, I had an interview yesterday.  It was for a bridal accessory e-commerce store.  I would be working in a very small call center taking orders for the company among other things.  It's through a temp agency but there is a possibility of being hired on based on performance.  I REALLY hope I get this job because lately it's just been one rejection e-mail after another.  I did have the second interview with Deluxe over the phone but just a few days ago, they sent me a rejection e-mail.  My husband actually was in the car with me when I did the interview and he thought I did great so I'm not sure what happened there.  Who knows.

On another note, if you've been reading my blog in the past you know that one of my best friends is having problems with his wife.  But to be honest, since they've gotten married, I'm closer to his wife than him, mainly because he hasn't matured past the point of a 5th grader in my opinion.  Well long story short, they are no longer living together.  They got into an argument and there was some physical abuse on both sides and he left the house.  She owned the house before they got married.  So now he's at his mom's house and his mom is babying him as usual and get this.  He has stopped talking to all of his friends.  Now he's been my friend for over 10 years and now because he doesn't want to hear the truth that he needs to change and he doesn't want to accept that I'm still going to hang out with his estranged wife, he just is going to cut me out of his life along with my husband who is is extremely close with him.  How can you just cut a 10 year friendship off?!  I mean I have to be honest here and say that I'm am 100% on his wife's side because she is like a sister to me and she stayed with him and dealt with way more stuff than I would if I were his wife.  And he changed his number.  Basically he's not the same person I knew 10 years ago.  He's being brainwashed by his mother but we all agree that she will even get tired of him one day.  His wife went over to his mom's house the other day and she said that his stuff was everywhere in the house because he doesn't clean up after himself.  He's a slob and he needs to grow up.  When she talked to him, he was very cold and cruel and basically said that she should be hearing from his lawyer soon to start the separation.  I mean the thing is is that he won't even talk to anyone about this.  It's a joke.  I mean his wife comes over and all he can say is that it's over.  I feel bad and good for her.  I feel bad because I know she loves him and divorce is always hard but I feel good because this is a long time coming.  He has emotional and physically abused her which I wanted to kill him over but I prayed instead for them.  He has cheated on her, (not all the way but pretty close), and she has always remained faithful to him. He has been a slob and a child in a man's body for the 5 years they were married and she has put up with it.  Her doctor actually told her that the stress in her marriage was causing her health problems.  Now is it just a coincidence that she is mysteriously losing weight and feeling better now that he's not in the house.  Nope, that's just her feeling free of him.  Anyway she hasn't received any papers from any lawyer yet but she's still not giving up hope.  She feels like God put them together and that unless he files a divorce, she's not going to.  I think she's going to get over that attitude quick if he keeps pulling stunts like he did the other day.  How about when she was at work, he came and tried the front door but the locks were changed and then remembered that had a key to the back door and went in the house, got some of his stuff, didn't call her at all, and left.  So she was upset because she hasn't heard from her husband in weeks and he just comes unannounced.  Not cool.  So that's when she went over to his mom's house the next day and he was very cold and would not even talk to her in full sentences.  He just kept saying "You know what you did" and she would just say, what about what you did?  Then he just said it's over, you'll be hearing from my lawyer soon.  I mean you have to understand that it's not like they sat down and decided to get a divorce.  He left one day after a stupid argument over money and moved to his mom's house and hasn't had a conversation with his wife until that day at the house.  So you can understand why she's upset. 

Anyway enough about my friends. I should be hearing back from the temp agency about the job interview soon.  I really hope I get this one because it's not a mega call center and it seems like somewhere I could be happy.  But if I don't get it, I'm going to ask them straight up, what did I do wrong.  I have been unemployed since July of last year and I've been to countless interviews, applied to probably over 1000 jobs, and I just can't seem to get a job.  I was offered a job at Avis Rent a Car but they were only going to pay me $8.90 an hour for working 2nd and sometimes 3rd shift.  So that was a no no.  I would have been miserable and would have never seen my husband.  But just pray for me because I really want this one.  Also we found out that we may be able to buy this house.  We have to check with the landlord but according to the neighbors, this house was for sale for a while with no offers and now they're renting it so I'm sure he'll be happy to find out that someone actually wants to buy the house.  I'm very excited about that because that will really motivate me to get my credit together so we can get a loan for this place.  I'll update everyone on that later.

On another note, my team the Carolina Tarheels just got another win in the tournament against Marquette so they will be advancing.  GO TARHEELS!!!  But the Celtics lost against the Charlotte bobcats so that sucks.  But I think they will be fine.  They made a lot of trades and I think they're still adjusting to the new players.  But I think I'm going to call it a night.  Thanks for listening and God Bless.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

28 Years Old!

So today is my birthday.  As you can tell by the title I'm 28 now.  I'm getting closer to that big 30 and I'm not sure how I feel about that.  I mean on one hand, I'm thankful that I made it here because after my best friend passing away last year at the age of 27, I cherish every day.  On the other hand, I am getting older but I'm ok with that, I really am.  Anyway today was a great day.  I didn't want anything big because since my birthday and my friend who passed away's birthday are close, it's just hard for me to be in a celebratory mood.  But after a minor breakdown and crying session yesterday about the fact that I made it here and my friend didn't make it to 28, I feel better.  So today I just relaxed for most of the day.  It started out with my mom calling me and then my dad and my stepmom, then my grandma in Rhode Island.  But when they called, I was still sleep.  Then I woke up and watched the Carolina Duke game and unfortunately Duke won.  Then my husband and I took a nap then woke up and went to Macaroni Grill in Greensboro and the food was great as usual.  Plus the waitress sang happy birthday in Italian with an operatic voice.  How great is that?!  Then we came home and watched some TV.  So it was perfect for this year's birthday.  Nice and calm and relaxing and with my wonderful husband. 

But if you're wondering why we were so tired today, it was because we've been unpacking for the past week.  If you've read my past blogs you know that last Friday, we started moving stuff to our new place and then on Saturday we moved the big stuff like the furniture, TV's, etc...  So we actually slept here starting on Saturday night.  But even after getting everything over here which was a huge task in itself, it has taken us (mostly me) a week to get everything unpacked and in its place here.  But what happened was that the only thing left to unpack and put up were the beds last night.  But it took my husband longer than expected to put the bed back together because when our friends dismantled the bed, they took EVERY screw out of the bed.  It's a canopy bed and instead of them just separating the 4 sides of the foundation of the bed, they took every metal clasp off and every piece that was screwed on.  So while he was putting the bed together, I was getting the guest bedroom together and doing some laundry but we got everything put together and in it's place.  But then I took my shower and got in the bed and looked at the time and it was 6:30 in the morning.  I had no idea that we had been up that late but I guess because we were determined to get everything done, we just didn't pay attention to it.  So that's why we didn't get up until after 1 pm today because we were exhausted.

This week has been a real struggle for me just because it's so nice to move into a nicer place in a nicer neigborhood but just little things like picking out an outfit when all your clothes are in boxes is just frustrating.  I do know now that the next time I move (which I hope will be a long time from now), I will unpack the bedroom first before anything else.  Up until last night, we were sleeping on just the boxspring and mattress on the floor and it wasn't that it was uncomfortable, it just didn't feel right.  Plus the frustration of having to wear the same pants over and over again because I just couldn't find any other pairs.  But the first day, I did the kitchen, which was the hardest room in my opinion.  Then the next few days, I worked on the living room and den which entailed me hooking up both TV's and both surround sound systems plus the game systems as well.  Then I worked on the bathrooms, and then the computer room which was the second hardest room because of the fact that it's a computer/cat/guinea pig/ebay business room and I have a lot of stuff in that room but it doesn't look cluttered at all.  Then last night we finished with the guest and our bedrooms.

But while all of this was going on, a few things happened to try to stop our progress.  For one, my husband's battery in his car died while we were making a trip back from the old house.  So long story short, he got a new battery.  Then after he got that installed, he found out it was the alternator so he had to get a new alternator.  Then he got that installed so all is well with his car again.  And we had a friend from church install it so it was way cheaper than a normal mechanic would have cost.  Also we had to put the dogs out on chains because we're waiting until the end of the month to get a fence installed in the back yard so they can run around.  So we didn't have dog houses for them when we moved because at the old house, they had a mud room that served as a giant dog house for both of them.  We were going to get 2 dog houses but not until the Friday that just passed.  But then a neighbor called the owner of the house and offered to give us this large shack to serve as a dog house for our larger dog because he said "there are nosy neighbors in our neighborhood that will not hesitate to call animal control if they see that a dog doesn't have shelter".  So I'm freaking out because I'm thinking, the dogs haven't even been in the house for a week and people are already noticing that they don't have a dog house.  Anwyay long story short, we got the shack for our large dog and bought a smaller one from Lowe's for our smaller dog which we were planning to do in the first place. 

But those are just a few of the bumps along the way that we experienced while moving.  So now I'm so happy that everything is put in it's place and I can just wake up in the morning and go back to my normal routine.  I'm going to start walking the dogs on a regular basis again so I can get a feel of the neighborhood.  And if you've read my past blogs you know that there are horses litterally across the street from this house.  So in our den, living room, and kitchen, you can always see them during the day.  It's wonderful.  Tomorrow I'm going out with my mom to do some shopping for the house.  I have to get some blinds for the den, and the guest bathroom, plus some steps for the side porch.  I'm also looking for a tablecloth and some cushions for my outdoor patio set so hopefully I'll find at least one of my items tomorrow.  Plus my mom hasn't seen the house finished so that should  be fun.  The animals are adjusting well to the house.  I thought the cats would miss the carpet, seeing that there are nothing but hardwoods here but they seem to love it here.  The dogs will be happier once we get the fence but for now they'll be fine.  Plus my grandfather has agreed to pay for the materials for the fence, which is just a blessing.

I honestly feel like I've been in a fog this whole week.  I literally have been waking up and going straight to unpacking until I was too hungry to go on and then eating and continuing until I was too tired to stay up, every day.  Oh and another bump was that this place has oil heat and the landlord told us that it would only cost $300 to fill up the tank but in reality it cost over $800 so we decided to go with heaters instead of wasting the money on oil just for a few weeks of chilly weather.  But before we got the heaters, it was FREEZING in here.  I mean it was to the point where I was considering sleeping at my mom's house because it was so bad.  But after we got the heaters and starting using the oven, it hasn't been bad anymore.  But that's pretty much been my week and my birthday.  Thanks for listening and God Bless.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Packing Packing and more Packing

So as you may have noticed I haven't been on here in a while.  That's because ever since my last announcement that we were approved to rent this beautiful home in the country, I've been preparing to move.  It's not just the packing.  It's calling all of the utility companies and getting services transferred and setting up new services because we're going to be outside the city limits.  Also showing my mom the house and getting an estimate on the fence we're going to put up eventually there.  There's just a week of non stop activities.  First I decided to only sell clothes and shoes on ebay.  I had been selling books, cd's and other media on and amazon but I decided that the space the books took up (all 800 of them) didn't make up for the little money I was making off of them.  So I boxed up over 800 books and media and donated them to Goodwill which was a huge task it itself.  Then I took everything over my mom's house that I thought she would want but I no longer wanted.  Then I've been doing shopping for things that I will need in the new house like a dry mop because the house has no carpet and all hardwoods so my vacuums will no longer be needed.  It's just been crazy.  I just finished packing up the majority of my den and a large part of my kitchen and I need more boxes.  So tomorrow I'm going to have to go back to the ABC store and get more boxes.  For those of you who don't know what the ABC store is, in NC you can't just have a liquor store on every corner.  The only place that can sell liquor is the ABC store which is run by the state.  So every day when they get their new shipments in of liquor, they put their boxes out  for anyone to pick up and use.  So then I have free moving boxes.  But this is getting ridiculous because I must have already used 50 of them.  Oh well the price of moving. 

Anyway we're officially starting to move there on Friday so at least I have some real time to pack and get things sorted before having to move.  But I am sooooo excited about moving there.  It's not in the hood, in fact it's in the country so that'll be a nice change.  Also the amount of closet space in there is tripled compared to our current house.  So Saturday is the day that we are going to rent the UHAUL and move the big furniture.  The only down part of this week is that one of my best friends is probably going to be separated from her husband.  Now keep in mind that her husband is also one of my best friends and that I met her through him but I'm totally 100% on her side when it comes to all of the problems they've had and the whole separation thing.  It's been a long time coming for them to split but now because my friends are my husband's friends, we have to figure out a way for her and her husband to help us move but somehow not run into each other.  So we're literally going to have to schedule when they're going to help us move.  How crazy is that? 

I would write more but I'm just exhausted from packing and I'm not sure when the next time I will write because once Friday gets here, it's going to on getting all of our stuff over there.  But once I'm settled in, I will write again.  Thanks for listening and God Bless.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We Got the House!!!

So today I woke up around 8 am because I had an interview at 10:30 but I was really thinking about if we got approved to rent this home in the country.  If you read my last blog post, you know that we were supposed to find out yesterday but the office was backed up and we had to wait until today.  So I was so anxious and worried that they would call and say we didn't get it.  So before the interview, I called them and they didn't answer.  Then after the interview, I called again and they said they had just started working on it.  Then I talked to my mom and she said to calm down and if it's not meant to be then I'll find something better.  So I took her advice and calmed down and waited patiently for them to call me back.  So around 2 pm, the girl who's been working with me called me and told me that we didn't necessarily pass the credit check but that she was going to go over some things with the owner and see if we could still live there.  I then started explaining to her the things that were on my credit report and my husband's that were questionable and that cleared a lot of things up for her.  I even went as far as to say "I've eaten oodles of noodles and hot dogs for a week so that I could pay my rent in the past" because I wanted her to know that paying my rent is my #1 priority.  So, after explaining everything to her she said she would still have to talk to the owner of the house and see if everything was ok but she said she didn't think there would be a problem.  So about 40 minutes later, I got a call from her and she said we're going to go ahead and approve you.  I was ecstatic and so overjoyed.  So then she said that it would be better for the owner if we could move closer to the 1st of March because originally we were going to move on the 15th of March.  So we did some number crunching and we're going to move on the 4th which is the Friday after the 1st.  So next Friday, we'll be moving to our new place! I'm so excited about it and we already called all of the utility places to let them know to transfer service but the cool thing is that out there we have well water so we don't have to pay for water.  We also have oil heat so we don't have to pay Piedmont natural gas but we do have to pay for oil.  And we'll have to get a company to pick our trash up but I'm cool with that.  I'm just so happy, I can hardly contain myself!

Anyway we were doing some research on the best way to get there from our current house and we realized that even though it's in the country, it's actually very close to a main road in Greensboro and close to Wal Mart and other places so it's not in the middle of no where.  It's just a perfect situation.  So we talked to my mom's friend and he's still a go on building the fence but he has to see the property first to give me an estimate.  So I know it sounds crazy but I'm going to start packing tomorrow.  I mean there's so many things in the house that I don't use on a day to day basis that I can go ahead and start boxing up.  Also my mom said I could store all my Christmas decorations at her house so we don't have to move them.  So everything is working out.  I just thank God and thank all of you who prayed for me.

On another note, the interview today went great.  It was actually at a temp agency in Greensboro and it was originally for an outbound call center job which usually I don't go for because you have to call people and try to sell them stuff and they hang up on you all day.  But when I got there, I had great chemistry with the interviewer and she said she was going to submit my resume to 5 jobs!  The outbound call center actually is for a non profit well known organization so I'd be asking for charity which is fine with me.  So wish me luck on my job search cause God knows with all these moving expenses I'll need it.  I haven't heard back from Deluxe yet and the girl who "cancelled" the interview because of an "emergency" never called back to reschedule.  My thing is, please look over the resume before calling someone for an interview because if I end up being not qualified or what you're looking for, don't waste my time. 

Anyway, after I got home and called all the companies to change service and told everyone about the move, we went to this restaurant in Greensboro called Kick Back Jacks.  Now the only way I can describe it is it's like a sports bar but a large one with better food.  But I didn't really have a good experience there.  We got there and the parking lot was packed full.  Now we're thinking, "it's a Tuesday night, why is the parking lot full?"  Then we see a limo taking up 7 spaces, a Nascar Race Car in front of the restaurant and a radio station van there as well.  So when we walked in, we had to wait a little to be seated and then we ordered and got out food but there were so many people there, it was extremely loud and uncomfortable.  Sometimes you just want  a nice mid week meal with your husband and this wasn't it.  So then I got the food and the cheese fries were good but a little dry.  Then I got the steak and cheese but the bread was hard and way too over buttered.  I know this because I used to work at a restaurant and before we put a bun on a burger, we would butter the inside of the bun for flavor but this bun was super buttered.  LOL  Then I lost my appetite very quickly which is odd for me especially when I'm eating something I usually order.  So my husband and I both ended up leaving soon after with 3 take out boxes because we just weren't comfortable.  Then after I got home, before I took my nap, I was talking to my husband and I started feeling nauseous and I knew it was that food.  I mean I really had to lay down for a while and breathe slowly to get over this.  So then I took a nap before watching the Celtics game which they won and my stomach felt better but as soon as I smelled the take out boxes, I started feeling bad again and I just ate some soup.  So I'm not going back there.  I'm not saying they're a horrible restaurant or that their food is horrible but I am saying that it doesn't agree with my stomach.

So after we left there, we went to my mom's house because my husband had to give a phone to my mom's friend (the one who is helping us with the fence) and I showed them pictures of the house  and showed my mom my new purse and hung out for a little.  Then we went home and that's pretty much my day.  Anyway thank you again for your prayers and God Bless.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Pray For Me!

So I'm sitting here now waiting for tomorrow to come anxiously because we're waiting to hear back from the house in the country to see if we are approved to get the house.  Let me back up and tell you how we made the decision to go for this house.  So this morning I was actually excited to call this company called Rent a Home of Greensboro because they had this perfect house that was in a good neighborhood that had a fenced in yard in our price range.  So I called them as soon as they opened thinking that I could go see the house today and if we liked it, we could put an application in today.  But when I called they said the first appointment to see the house was tomorrow at 5 pm and that someone had already put an application in on the house but it hadn't been approved yet.  So was like GREAT! There goes that house but I still made the appointment for tomorrow.  Then unexpectedly, the girl who worked for the company that is managing the house in the country (the one with the horses across the street), called me and wanted to follow up.  So I explained to her that I was a little hesitant about moving there because there was no fence for the dogs and also there wasn't a mudroom or sun room that we could use as a dog room.  So I figured she would just say "ok well good luck in your house search then", but she surprised me and said "I'm going to call the owner and see if we can work something out".  So then she called me back about 10 minutes later and told me the the owner suggested that we get an invisible fence and that they have no problem with us installing that or a real fence.  Also they suggested that we put the dogs in the storage unit when it's too cold during the night or hot during the day so they can get some shade if they're not in the house.  So my husband heard all of this on the phone because he was right next to me and apparently he was impressed and he said he was going to start doing some calculations.  This surprised me because I thought he didn't want to have to deal with putting a fence up and I was under the impression that he had marked this place off the list but I think when he heard how determined the owner was and also realizing that this is in a great neighborhood, he went for it.  So he started going over some numbers and I thought, "this is my one chance to change his mind or persuade him to live at this place".  So I called my grandparents and asked them for money.  Now don't think I do this all the time.  It's probably been over a year since I've asked them for money and it's always for something important, never anything stupid like a TV or game system and I consider having to move because my landlord didn't pay the mortgage on the house, important.  LOL  Anyway my grandfather agreed to send me a large sum of money to help us out and my mom had already agreed to pay for the pet deposit ($350) so after he heard that, he was sold.  So we had to fill out the application and fax it to her so that we could get things going.

Now we had to get it in by 1 pm so online it was in a PDF form which means you can't write over it but  I found a website that allows you to do that.  But after filling out a 3 page application, they said it would cost 30 bucks just to save it.  I was like SCAM and printed the application out and my husband filled it out by hand.  Then we had to include his pay stubs, and a copy of our driver's licenses.  Then we had to figure out where to fax it at and at first I thought, The library has a fax machine but when I called them they actually don't.  So then my husband called his job but the office was closed because of presidents day.  So we had to go to FedEx Kinkos and they charged us over 8 dollars to fax the pages!  Anyway they got faxed and were received.  So they told us that as long as you have the application in by 1 pm it would be processed the same day.  So we waited patently but then the girl called us and said that her boss was so backed up on applications that he would have to get to it tomorrow and we would be the first looked at tomorrow.  SO that's why I need you to pray for me because we still don't know if we've been approved to live there.  We've never gone through so much to apply to rent a property but my thinking is that the more you go through the better the property will be.  But I already believe in Jesus name that we're approved and that we will live here starting March 15th.  Also we talked to my mom's friend and he said he could install a fence for us.  We would have to pay him of course but not nearly as much as a company would charge us so everything is falling into place.

On another note, I had my interview with Deluxe today at 1, at the same time as my husband was faxing the application at Kinkos and I think it went well.  There were a lot of situational questions, more than I'm used to for a call center job, and at the end she said that if I'm chosen to move forward in the interview process that I'd be contacted within the next 48 hours.  Hopefully that's a good thing.  Who knows.  But guess what?  I had yet another interview tomorrow at 10:30 with a staffing agency for another call center.  I think this one is an outbound call center but depending on the pay, I might take this one over Deluxe if Deluxe takes their sweet time moving me forward in the interview process.  So I'm excited about my interview but at the same time I'm anxious about the house.  They said since I have to fill an application out and do some testing the process could take up to 2 hours.  So I plan on taking a bathroom break in the middle of all of that and checking to see if we got the house.  LOL  I just can't take the suspense! 

So after we rode around faxing documents, we came back home watched TV, I took a short nap, and we watched wrestling.  John Cena rapped about dissing The Rock and that was funny.  But that was pretty much my day.  Thanks for listening and God Bless.

PS.  Please pray for me :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Day of Cleaning and The All Star Game

So today wasn't that exciting but when I got up, I started cleaning the house including the laundry, bathrooms, litter boxes, etc...  Then I took a nap and got up in time to watch the NBA All Star Game.  The game was cool but I did want the East to win just because of the simple fact that 4 of my boys in green from the Celtics were on the team.  Also the coach of the East team just so happened to be Doc Rivers, the coach of the Celtics so that was awesome too.  But the west won so that sucks. 

But tomorrow I'm going to see this house that I know is in a good neighborhood and has everything that we need in our price range.  So I'm excited about that.  Also I have my second phone interview with Deluxe tomorrow so wish me luck.  But that was pretty much my day.  I think I'm going to head to bed early tonight because I'm just tired.  Thanks for listening and God Bless.