12.19.2008

(excuse me for complaining)

It seems I have no time to blog these days. While we were in Portland 99% of my blogs were written and posted while I was at work….leaving me 8 hours a day to check blogs, write blogs, stock blogs, and basically… blog. Now I can only write/post/check and comment to blogs in the evening…which really stinks. I’m lucky if I even get to read all the many blogs that I used to religiously follow or stock…(what’s the difference really?). When the weekend comes, I have so many posts to catch up on, that sometimes it doesn’t happen.

Nothing new is really going on with us… just the same old stuff I guess. We are still searching for a house and up to this point we haven’t had any luck. We must be really picky because I think we have looked through 70+ homes. Sounds like an exaggeration, but I don’t think it is. Each time we go out looking we look at 4-7 homes at time…and we have been out looking well over ten times (ask my sister if you don’t believe me I think she’s ready to kill us )..(she’s our realtor). I keep wondering what it will feel like when we FINALLY find the ONE. Will I go inside and know for sure that this is THE ONE?... Or will it take some easing/talking into for it to make the final cut? Who knows right? Not me.

We have looked all over the place… North Ogden, Pleasant View, South Ogden, South Weber, Layton, East Layton, West Layton, Syracuse, Kaysville, West Kaysville, Farmington, Bountiful, West Bountiful. Tomorrow we are heading up to Mountain Green…I would LOVE to live up there. It’s so very beautiful…I’m crossing my fingers that we might find something. I often wonder if we are being too picky…and if what we want even exists at the price we are willing to pay. One thing I would like to SHOUT is this….People say this market is so great and talk about how now is such a great time to buy… I think the people saying that haven’t spent the last year looking for houses, either that or they just have a lot of money to buy a house outright. Of course if we had 700,000 in cash or even ½ that amount, we could buy a home that used to be priced at over a million…and get a steal of a deal….but I’m sorry people homes in the price range that we are looking in have not seen this “AMAZING DROP” that everyone is yapping about. Yes there are a million homes for sales, yes they are lower priced than before, yes there are many foreclosures….but have all you yappers been out house hunting to see the price, selection, and location of these homes? …..that’s what I thought!

Here are a few questions that make me lose sleep at night:

-How many people would like their kitchen/grate room to be big enough to fit a couch and a kitchen table?

-Doesn’t every want to be able to fit their bed and furniture in their master bedroom and still have room to breathe?

-Does anyone else not want to have to use the hall closet as an overflow for the lack of closet space in the master bedroom?

-Does it bother anyone else when the ceilings are so low you can touch them?

-Who paints their walls, red, orange, and a weird green? (this is for real!!)

-How does a home that is only a few years old look like it has had the wear and tear of a home built in 1983?

-Has anyone ever heard of a laundry/mud room..and where they serious when they stuck a washer and dryer in a room the size of a food pantry?

-Aren’t homes too close together if you leap out your window and make it safely into your neighbors?

What is wrong with these builders? I am about ready to quit my job and start designing homes that people will actually buy.

We are now entertaining the thought of building, but where is the question? Lots are few and far between……geeze, that is a whole other post in itself. Ok I’m off my soap box. (speaking of soap boxes…who made that saying up….soap boxes are way too small and not strong enough to stand on anyway…what a dummy) or am I the dummy? Tushay… O YIPPEE…I always wanted to use that word (tushay)…did I use it in the correct context? Hmm… who knows.

So today is a very slow day at work. Everyone is gone for the holidays…I have no work to do…..I’m talking, NONE. I have been sitting here for over three hours and have not done anything… well that’s not true I have done the following:

-Looked up information on Symphony homes

-Went to the bathroom (3 times)

-Sat on hold with customer service regarding a Christmas shipment

-Looked on Ebay

-Ate a nutrigrain bar and a string cheese w/ a diet coke

-Braided my hair

-Wrote a love note to my honey for the 8th day of Christmas

-Blew my nose

-listened to Carrie Underwood

So I guess when I think about it, I have done a lot in the last three hours. Good job me. Who needs work when you can keep yourself busy with stuff like that!

On a lighter note….I think Dave and I are going to exchange our Christmas gifts this weekend. Since we will be in Illinois over Christmas and can’t bring our gifts with us, we thought we’d do it early! Knowing that Dave never checks my blog, and since I have nothing else to write about… I’ll share a few things that I got for him that I’m excited about ….(you now know that he really never checks this if I’m willing to expose this information). So, as I have mentioned before, Dave is OBSSESSED with four wheelers. He sleeps, eats, drinks, and breathes them. Only problem is he doesn’t have one. He is waiting until we find a home so he can have somewhere to store it. So on behalf of his dream to one day own a four wheeler….I did theme gifts this year! A four-wheeler helmet, some gloves, and a few other things of that nature. Even though he does not yet own the item for which these gifts are for, I hope he will still love them just the same.

Ok since this post is way too long and I am obviously way too bored.. I will end with our Christmas plans. 23rd-31st Waltonville, IL. This is only my second time visiting Dave’s home town (population 400) but I’m super excited. I hope to do a lot of relaxing, hanging out with the family, watching and going to movies, eating Julie’s yummy pies…and things of that nature. It will be a wonderful break.

Ok, that’s all for now. If you have read this entire post….maybe you should come meet me for lunch cus I’m betting that you are bored too!

Merry Christmas



3 comments:

The Hodsons said...

hey Natalie! yes, I am bored at work too. Everyone has gone home for the day except a couple of therapists...so anyways yah, our home was for sale for 6 months and did not sale. We didn't want to drop the price any lower then what we had already dropped it to because appraiser's had given us a price and why lower it when you know you can get that much out of it at a later time. So, we took it off the market until probably spring of 2010. We figure, why lose out on thousand's of dollars in equity when we're not in a big hurry. So, that's probably why you might be having trouble finding something if everyone else is doing the same thing as us. Oh, and we will eventually be building out in West Weber (by West haven and Plain city) if you haven't looked out there it is great! I am also very picky about what my house will be like, that's why we're building. K well merry Christmas and sorry this is a novel. -Sara-

The Browns said...

Oh my gosh Nat i love reading that post. I never knew you were as funny as me. But I guess you learn something new every day. We should so hang out more so we can laugh more. I am sorry you have not found a house yet but good for you for being picky. If you are going to spend money on something you should love it duh. So gt what you love and don't settle. Love ya and call me for lunch some time. I have way to much free time and I am also always bored. By by

Miller Family said...

Hahah you know I'm bored!!! But I love reading your posts it gives me things to do!!! I love that picture at the end!! It is awesome!