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I seem to have forgotten I have a blog

I am not entirely certain if I haven’t written a word on this blog in nearly one month’s time because I have nothing to say (which isn’t wholly true) or I’m too dag gum busy (which is wholly true) or some other reason that escapes my tired brain… oh, yes, I remember now, a couple things called Facebook & Twitter. Between the two of them and my regular every day family/life/work stuff I manage to stay quite occupied. But I am still alive and kicking for those of you who only know me through this blog.

It’s also the start of a new year, which means that I have to assemble all the data from 2008 into a legible, manageable form to present to the CPA so he can in turn assemble our tax filings. And I have to do this for both our business and our personal records since I am the anal number cruncher of the family.

So until I can get my head in gear to post something of interest to me (because it’s all about me, really), it might be a bit light around here for awhile. We shall see.

In the mean time, here is something that did manage to make me laugh so hard I was crying & my stomach ache from using muscles that haven’t been used in over three months (that would be about the time I did my last workout, truth be known). And frankly, I’m not super happy with that situation which makes me think I’ll be gettin’ back to the gym next week. Hopefully.

Enough for now,
Ciao

I am just sick

If you haven’t already seen this article, then take a few minutes to read this ridiculousness.  I rarely like to / actually do debate political issues with people, so you’ll hardly hear me go off.  But, since partaking of that article, I am absolutely incapable of stopping myself. Or this one.  In fact, I think the second is worse. 

I know I am not the only person disgusted with President Bush and his years of presidency.  Even those who were with Bush on the war are now disagreeing with his handling of it.  Don’t ask half my family how they feel about him & what he has done because they’ll tell you he’s awesome.  I could not disagree with them more on the subject.  Which is why I don’t like to get into debates.  No one ever changes their mind and everyone involved is left feeling angry or unheard.  You know what, life is too short to spend it arguing about issues that we are unable to resolve.  That time would be better spent enjoying each others company.

Bush thinks he can get away with spending TRILLIONS of dollars.  And he thinks this way because he has already gotten away with spending BILLIONS.  Let’s just keep throwing more money away on an almost futile campaign.  Cause, you know, there aren’t millions of Americans homeless and starving, or children getting inadequate educations, or countless men, women & children with no form of healthcare.  Who gives a F**K about them.  Bush clearly doesn’t.  He just likes the money from the skyrocketing oil prices.  Or have we all forgotten what his family owns? 

This is almost nothing next to the loss of lives.  How does he live with the knowledge that he is responsible for so many thousands of deaths?  Oh, right, he doesn’t take responsibility for that.  YES, I know people will argue that those losses are necessary to save the lives of the people in our country.  I agree with you, to a point.  And, more importantly, I respect, honor, and give thanks to those who chose to serve.  They are indeed keeping us free.  But I don’t think this war is really about that.   

When will it end??!!  At what point in time are we finally able to say, “OK, we’re done here, let’s go home.”  And who decides when were done?!  What specific things must be accomplished before we can leave?  I guess they are making it up as they go along.  We’ve got plenty of money to burn ~ it’s the American way.  I love the comment Bush makes about Congress being like teenagers with a new credit card.  Please. spare. me.  All evidence suggests that he is the one who feels as if he has unlimited supplies of money.  Hey, there are boys and girls a plenty here, too.  They’re born every day.  No shortage in that department.  So let’s keep fighting, spending money, and losing our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.  Well at least until the next election.  But we’ll be forced to wait to find out who is chosen to be our next leader.  Will it be someone ready to stop the fighting or someone ready to spend even more to feed the monster, better known as, the War in Iraq.

Enough for now, I can’t stand thinking another minute about the idiot we call a president.

We’re moving, again. (part 6)

Welp, I suppose it’s time for another installment in the on-going saga… it has been almost 6 months since we put our house on the market.  Talk about taking far longer than we EVER expected.  And there is still no real end in sight.  Sure, we have had quite a few people come through the house in the last month but no offer has been made.  We did have an almost offer that you can read about here, if you’ve got the time. 

Last week we had someone schedule a walk through (and they actually showed up & left a card!  wow very professional!), so the husband emailed our agent to give him all the details.  Later that same day the agent calls back to say how he, “appreciated us sending the info. but did you miss one?”  Huh?  “No, we didn’t miss one, but people have come through without leaving a card.  Perhaps that’s what this agent did.” So, yeah, he says, “Well, I’m expecting an offer from them any day.” 

WHAT!!!???  Excuse me?  How come you haven’t said anything to us about these people?

Well there is a caveat, they want to bring out a pool contractor to see how much time & money it will take to have a pool installed.  Uuummm, O.K.   I’m not going to count on this one coming to fruition.  It certainly sounds sketchy to me.  In fact, Mr. Realtor, don’t ever tell us that you are expecting an offer.  Tell us when you actually, physically have an offer burning your hands!  It’s just too disappointing when you say ‘you think one is coming’ but then that never becomes reality.  We are desperate to sell and our hopes rise so high when we hear those words.  And then those hopes are smashed against the giant rocks that exist in our minds.

Man, oh Manischewitz, I am so over this whole thing.  I really want to get this house sold so that we can start living in this house again (even if only temporarily).  I miss my family room.  Do you know, well technically you probably don’t unless you’ve been following this saga, we took the T.V. & other electronic devices out of the family room and we haven’t sat in there since!  No Joke.  We’re talking about 6 MONTHS.  Basically when we put the T.V. back up in our bedroom ~cause we took that one down too, that room became our family room.  You can always find us there. 

I seriously miss being able to leave dishes in the sink for more than 5 minutes, I miss the luxury of leaving toys on the floor, and business papers on my desk.  I will say one positive result from this experience (I’m trying with all my power to stay positive & find positive things to take from this ordeal) is that I can now do one million and one things in the morning & still manage to get myself ready for the day without being more than 10 minutes late for work.  Which for me is basically on time.

I pray every day that we will get this house sold and be able to move on with our lives instead of being in perpetual limbo.  Wish, pray, hope for me that we will sell this house!!  PLEASE!!

Enough for now,

Ciao   

Bone weary tired

I almost hate to ask if it’s possible to be any more tired than I am right now.  And it’s not just the ‘I haven’t been sleeping well the last couple of days’ kind of tired.  It’s more like ‘I haven’t slept well in 8 yrs (due to the two gremlins we affectionately call children never sleeping at normal intervals) and now I’m worry about not getting the house sold, the business being slow, the husband having a breakdown from stress, Pumpkin having screaming crying fits for no apparent reason, and Honey bunny whining about *whatever* topic of the day’ kind of tired.  The feeling of being so tired that you ache ALL THE WAY DOWN to your bones.  I feel like I could sleep non-stop for a week and then maybe, just maybe, possibly I might feel as if I’ve gotten enough sleep.

Add to the above: sneezing, stuffy nose, sinus headache and I’m in GREAT shape!  Lets go get a flu shot!  *Brilliant!*  I scheduled the girls & I to get flu shots today not knowing in advance ~cause I’m not psychic & I don’t have any friends that are part of the psychic network~ that I would be getting s__… (no, no, I won’t say it, I’m not going to say it, then maybe it won’t happen).

The two black eyes ~and before you ask, no it’s not cause the husband & I have been boxing~ that I have from stress and/or lack of adequate sleep levels, which are now part of my every day look, help in my overall appearance of “health”.  Thankfully I don’t have matched luggage to go with the black circles perpetually stationed under my eyes… hey, we’ve go to remember to be thankful!  That was my effort for the day.  I’m thankful that I don’t have bags on bags hanging from my undereyes.  Hold on… here. comes. a. sneeeezzze.  These are the times that make me happy to be alive.

Blah! 

You know what, I’ll get *plenty* of sleep when I’m DEAD.  Why waste all that precious time now?!  I’ve got things to do!

Enough for now (I gotta go blow my nose anyway),

Ciao

Grrrrrrr

We got a call from a realtor at 10:00am that they wanted to show the house to their client sometime between 11-1:00pm.  Yay!  This is actually the 5th client that has wanted to see the house in less than two weeks.  Believe me when I say that I am thrilled by this development.  So I left work, rushed up to the house, and set about making sure it was in show condition.  As in, all the lights were on, all the toys were put away, no dishes laying around, clean the deck of the 10 BILLION acorns and leaves (this is in no way an exaggeration ~ the oak tree must be in the neighborhood of 100 yrs old because it produces the HUGEST acorns), etc. 
(Writer’s note: Since beginning this post I have come to learn that we are not the only one’s with the acorn problem. You can read more about it here if you are curious. Fascinating stuff, riveting some might say.)

I had put all the lights on and was in the middle of clearing the deck when the husband calls to tell me that the realtor cancelled for today and they want to come tomorrow instead!  AAAAAAHHHHH!  Excuse me??!  No you may not come tomorrow, you are coming over now like you said.  I’m not doing all this work for nothing!!!  I had the deck about 75% cleaned by that point.  Geez!  All right, lets go back through the whole house to turn of all the lights.

Back to the office I go…. once I get settled in GUESS what happens.  GUESS, go ahead, GUESS.  I bet you can figure it out… someone else called to say they’d like to look at the house today, between 2:30-3:30pm.  Well, at least on the bright side, all the cleanup I did on the deck didn’t go to waste.

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Ok, I stated this post on Tues. and now it’s Thurs.  The people that were scheduled to come through between 2:30-3:30pm may or may not have actually come over.  They didn’t leave a card so we have no real way of knowing.  I think that is incredibly rude.  Is it just me?  LEAVE A DAMN CARD!  Or call and tell us that you aren’t coming over!!!  We left lights on all over the house so that it shows well and they didn’t have the courtesy to show-up.  We aren’t PG&E!  Grrrrrrr.  On top of this, the original people that were scheduled for Wed. between 11-1:00pm called at 3:00pm to tell us that they weren’t coming after all but could they reschedule for Thurs. between 12-2pm?  WTF????  Are you kidding me right now?  Why not, we have nothing better to do than leave all the lights on ALL DAY long.

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Ok, so now it’s Fri. and this is the longest it has taken me to write one simple post!!  All right, where was I?  Oh, yes, the people that rescheduled for Thurs. 12-2pm didn’t actually show up sometime between 2:30-4:30pm.  I know this because I stopped by the house after 2:00pm to turn off all the lights.  You know, figuring that the people would have already come by at their scheduled time, but NOOOOO, they hadn’t been there yet ~no card.  Decided to leave the lights on just in case they were running late.  Sure enough when we got home at 5:00pm, there was a card there from the realtor. 

We notified our agent so he could follow up.  But get this, the agent that showed our house represents PRO ATHLETES!  And she showed the house to a PRO-FOOTBALLER!!  How cool is that???!  Unfortunately, though it’s highly unlikely that he will make us an offer that we want, apparently this guy likes to low-ball people.  Which, in our situation, just won’t do.  But he did say that our house was on the top of his list so far….

OMG!!! We just received word from our agent that someone wants to present an offer on the house tomorrow night!!!!! 

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Continuing on with the longest post in history….  Here is some new ridiculousness to add to the story… it’s now Sat. night and at about 1:00pm this afternoon we got a call from our agent saying that he spoke with the other people’s agent.  Apparently there was a falling out between the two.  The client & agent wrote up the offer without indicating an offer price.  So the agent said, if you want me to present the offer tonight, then you need to tell me what your offer price is.  And this is in no way a joke, the client says I want to offer $X million.  I’ll just tell you that it was $700,000.00 LESS than what we are asking.  The agent says, I am not going to present that offer to the sellers.  (Hey, someone with a brain.)  Cause, frankly, if they had tried to present that to us, we would have laughed in their faces. 

We owe more to the bank than what the offer was, we certainly couldn’t accept the offer.  In addition, this house & property is WORTH WAY MORE THAN THAT!  Grrrrrr. The house itself is 4,000sq ft.  On 5 acres of land.  4 bdrms, 4 & 1/2 baths, plus an office.  It is gated.  It is private.  It has views of the valley that are unparalled.  The garage alone is over 1,000sq ft.  So COME ON lady, what can you be thinking???!!  Not too mention, we’ve got to have some money left over to buy a new house. 

Well, the client didn’t like the agent telling her that she wouldn’t present that LOW of an offer so she told her that she would find another agent. 

We’re a little sad.  Not about that dumb lady & her agent.  But about the fact that we don’t have an offer on the house.  We were really hoping this would be it!  Alas, it was not to be.

I think that is enough for now (I’ll be sure to bore you with more details as they arrive),

Ciao 

P.S. YAY, I finally did it!  I finished the longest post in history!

We’re moving, again (part 5)

Well, well, well, here we are in OCTOBER!!  October 3rd to be exact.  It has been months since we put our house on the market.  Sadly, not a single offer to date.  I guess it is to be expected.  What with the mortgage industry in the shambles, people forclosing on their homes so frequently now it’s like going through tissue in allergy season.  Plus, there are more houses on the market than people able to qualify for them.  Not to mention the fact that we are in a higher end home; therefore less people looking in that price range.

It is definitely not an ideal time to be attempting to sell one’s house.  We have already reduced the price of the house by $100k.  We really don’t want to reduce it again.  If we have to drop the price again we will be running into a situation where we may not have enough money left over to buy another home!  WTF?! For almost the entire time the husband & I have been together we have owned the home we lived in.  We never rented an apt or condo or anything else.  We have always owned.

So, now it is almost Halloween and Thanksgiving and then Christmas.  I love decorating for each of those times and I don’t know whether I should or not.  On the one hand, we should be able to decorate and enjoy the season but on the other hand I don’t want the house to look cluttered or crappy when prospective buyers come tour the house.  Then I think, well, we are still living here, so F**K them.  We are real people with young children who deserve to have the of fun of putting up pumpkins or scary skeletons or spooky ghosts.  But then I think I want the house to look immaculate and not distract buyers with all that stuff.  AAAAAHHHH!! What to do… what to do?!

On a brighter note, we have had three different people tour the house within the last week.  That is more in one week than in the last month!  I’m not wanting to get my hopes up but am still hopeful that someone is interested in buying the house.  Soon.

Enough for now,

Ciao

Why is this necessary?

I have to say that I find this completely ridiculous. Why is something like THIS even necessary??!  What an absurd amount of money to spend on a carA CARA car people!  When there are so many men, women, and children STARVING & HOMELESS all over this planet, why would you be so selfish to spend that much money on a car.  And most likely the people that are buying this type of car have a whole fleet of cars.  So I suppose this is nothing to them ~a drop in the bucket~ when you add it to what they already have, but added all together it could probably feed, clothe, and house whole countries.  Plus, they made 20 of these cars and they are all sold.  That’s 28. MILLION. DOLLARS.  Imagine what could be done with that much money, if every purchaser of the car donated the money instead.

It just makes me sick.

Enough for now.


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