Archive for April, 2011

April 28, 2011

I Got Worms

by brandt

Well, kind of.

When we toured the house for the first time, it was winter.  No big deal.  We tried to see as much as we could, but it was kind of pointless.  We barely could find where our property line was.

Once we finally signed the paperwork, the snow had started melting and we started getting a good view of our little piece of the earth that we purchased.  Aside from “ooing” and “ahhing” over the actual house on the property, we finally could see what we were working with for our lawn.

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April 22, 2011

So You Want a Tour, Eh?

by brandt

This week has been one exhausting week.  I mentioned previously how I made a huge mistake by going cheap and NOT renting a U-Haul.  I also made the mistake of not being on my “A” game and getting the power turned on, which put us way behind the 8-ball as far as moving into our house was concerned.  Well, we’ve been living in 2 worlds this past week.  Like a super-spy, a la Arnold Schwarzenegger in “True Lies.”  Or Hannah Montana.  Anyways, we’ve had half of our stuff in our house, half in our apartment, and this past week literally every single night we’ve been moving stuff.  We usually get home from work between 5:00 and 5:30, and haven’t collapsed into bed exhausted until 11:30-12:00 at night.  We both work, so we’re up at about 6:00 AM, so it’s been a long week.

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April 20, 2011

Cut the Cord

by brandt

I never wanted to be “that guy.”  You know “that guy.”  Independent Music-guy who only listens to music on vinyl records (because you can hear the subtle nuances of TV on the Radio’s “Second Song”).  What about Bluetooth guy, who didn’t get the memo that even 2005 thought that he looked ridiculous with a piece of machinery sticking out of his ear.  Film-snob guy who only watches obscure foreign-noir films and refuses to call them “movies,” but calls them “films.”  MMA Guy, who has huge arms but stick-skinny legs from never working out his lower body, wearing skin-tight Ed Hardy shirts while kicking back 5 Red Bull energy drinks and only wanting to watch MMA for “BLOOD!!!!!!!!!”  Or who could forget the penultimate of “that guy”: Trendy Hipster guy.  I could describe this guy to a “T”: Trendy moustache that he tries so hard to stand out but treats it nonchalantly, Buddy Holly eyeglasses, and wearing some t-shirt showing that he was a mathalete at Martin Luther King Elementary circa 1985.  And let’s not forget the Pièce de résistance for Trendy Hipster guy: His abnormally tight jeans, rolled up to show his ankle, followed by either brightly colored neon Nikes or brightly colored Chuck Taylor Converse Hi-Tops. All impeccable. Why? Because he’s Trendy Hipster guy, and he’s got to go to all that effort to look as apathetic as possible.

While I’m not considering myself any of those “guys,” I am worried that I might be turning into a different kind of “that guy.”

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April 15, 2011

The Manny Chronicles Part 2: Manny’s Big Adventure

by brandt

We started with the best of intentions.  We were careful.  We researched, and waited until the very last-minute.  But it was all for naught.

I present to you part 2 of the Manny Chronicles: Manny’s Big Adventure.

Manny-Cat is Intrigued.

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April 14, 2011

Lessons Learned: Night One

by brandt

Just a very quick post for today, considering that sleep was a luxury that  I couldn’t afford last night:

– We spent the night last night.  Our first night.  Alone.  In our new house.  I guess I could equate it to the feeling you get on your wedding night.  Nervous.  Anxious.  Anticipation.  We were both kind of sitting there going “Well, OK, I guess we turn off the lights now?”  It’s one thing to spend the night at a hotel, or at a friend’s place.  But knowing that this room is OUR room, and it’s a big room, with just the 2 of us, and we will be sleeping in this room for YEARS on end?  Weird weird feeling.  I’m not alone in that feeling, right?

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April 12, 2011

The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For…sort of

by Ashley

Warning: This blog post contains melodramatic statements and excessive, yet inadvertent amounts of  slashy/type/thingies//////////////////////////////////

After long, extensive months waiting, and Brandt blabbing about our tedious experience of buying a house, we finally got it. As part of the deal, I said that I would write as soon as we had the keys in hand. So now the moment has finally arrived. The post you have all been dying to read, wanting to know the answer to one of many important questions.

What colors will Ashley paint her house?

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April 6, 2011

Cash Inflow vs. Cash Outflow

by brandt

I think I’m going crazy.

Either that, or I think numbers have taken over my life.  I think it was a plot to a movie once, but it’s getting to be a bit ridiculous.

Let’s backup here for just a second.

As of right now, it’s officially T-minus 30 hours 24 minutes until “Operation: Please Sign Here.”  And there has been something going on for the last 2 weeks that I’ve felt compelled to discuss.  It’s awkward.  It’s uncomfortable.  It’s something that makes people squirm in their seats, makes me want to hide this from the women and children, and makes grown men get sick to their stomach.

You see, I’ve got this growth….

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April 5, 2011

Losing Your Privacy, or, Meeting Lender Conditions

by brandt

I know I’ve told this before, but when I was in college, I was in a pretty bad accident that put me in the hospital for 8 days.  I believe the exact phrase that was used on the medical and police reports was “Pedestrian vs. Motor Vehicle,” and I was the pedestrian.  Needless to say, the motor vehicle won that confrontation.

While I consider myself a pretty open person, I wasn’t prepared for just how “open” I would need to be in the hospital.  I was prepared for some of the awkward questions they ask when getting your medical history.  I used to donate plasma for $25/pint when I was in college for some extra cash, and many of the questions they ask make you blush and feel uncomfortable, but you get used to it.  What I wasn’t prepared for was the lack of personal privacy that happens in a hospital.

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April 4, 2011

Appraise for You, Appraise for Me

by brandt

What’s the famous saying about spring?  “April showers bring May flowers?”  That’s a nice platitude.  Except when you look out your door on Sunday afternoon and see this:

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April 1, 2011

Surviving a Home Inspection, Part 2

by brandt

Last week, I went off about Mike Holmes, and how he freaks me out.  He still does.  We saw an episode of “Holmes Inspection” last Sunday about termite infestation that made Ashley sick and grossed me out/fascinated me at the same time.  Kind of like 8-year old boys and earthworms.  Not much changes around the Malone household.

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