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June 9, 2011

My Part-Time Job, Or, House Updates

by brandt

As you might haven noticed, it’s been a bit quiet around the New House on the Blog.  While I’d like to say we were sneaky and hid away at a secret bungalow on the beach, that’s just in my dreams.

Because you see, I’ve got a part-time job.

I usually get to work at about 7:30 in the morning, and get off at 4:30 in the afternoon.  Add on 30 minutes for drive time, and I get home at 5:00PM.  And while I wish my day ended then, as soon as I pull into our driveway, I’m re-energized.  I run upstairs to get changed, and then it’s off to my part time job.

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May 31, 2011

Unexplained Questions

by brandt

This past weekend brought a lot of great opportunities to get some good solid work done on the house.  However, now that we finally reached decent weather, most of those opportunities were subsituted spending our time outside trying to get some color on our pasty-white legs and enjoying driving with the windows down.  Yet I developed an inner dialogue of many unanswered questions.  Here are just a few of them.

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May 24, 2011

Spring Cleaning, Part One

by brandt

Spring is a time of renewing.  Of refreshing.  Of rebirth.

It’s also a time when you get to see what havoc Mother Nature wreaked on your lawn during the cold dead of winter.  And when you purchase a house that has been unoccupied for about a year previous to when you inhabit it, you get to see Mother Nature in her full, unadulterated glory.

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May 9, 2011

They’re Growing!!!!

by Ashley

There is beauty all around, you just have to look for the details.

As Brandt has said before in an earlier post, when we first got our house we didn’t couldn’t see much of the yard because of the snow. Now that spring is finally here, (I’m scared to say it because you never know in Michigan) we seen some things growing, or in some cases for us, things not growing at all.

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May 6, 2011

A Photographic Diversion

by brandt

Here’s an excerpt from a conversation that Ashley and I had approximately 4-5 months ago.

Ashley: We should get some pictures, just you and I.

Brandt: Well, we got that nice tripod, and we got your camera, and you got Photoshop.  We can probably get it printed all nice and what not at Wal-Mart or something, and we’re good, right?

Ashley: No.  I want REAL pictures.  Do you realize we haven’t had pictures taken since we got married!  That was almost 4 yrs ago!

Brandt: So we can do it ourselves!

Ashley: We’re getting something a bit nicer.  I’ve already got clothes picked out for you.  Oh, and I need to go shopping.

Brandt: Great.

Ashley: Don’t you roll your eyes at me.  You get your geeky tech stuff, I get my pictures.

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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 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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