Friday, April 24, 2009

moving drama

So we had our final house inspection on Wednesday. And that is not the drama -- it went fine. A few minor things were noted, but everything seems to be in order. Well, except the garage door and the outside railings are not painted, but they are not going to paint them until it gets a little dryer......i.e. it's not raining or snowing every day. :-D And our driveway won't be paved until the fall at least, if not the spring. I guess the ground needs time to settle or something like that?? Anyways, it matters not -- the house is in good shape and will become officially ours on Monday!!

We had an appointment with the attorney's office this afternoon. About four hours before the appointment, the secretary decided to call us with the amount we owed them. Well, let's just say that the amount was considerably higher than we had expected. Not only that, we didn't know they expected the money today. And they expected it in the form of a certified check or bank draft. Suffice it to say, that was going to be impossible to get this afternoon. Our banks requires just a little more notice than that. So it became a bit of a freak-out moment. How do we get them the (huge sum of) money??

The lawyer's office decided that a money order would be okay too, so we decided to go that route. After contacting the bank to allow us to withdraw a considerable amount of money (more than our daily limit), I was finally able to get six money orders that totaled the amount the attorney wished to receive. SIX. They limit the amount you put on one, so I had to get six separate ones. Grrrrr. With about an hour to spare, we got the money and then met with the attorney, where we basically signed our lives away. I'm pretty sure that James and I BOTH belong to the bank now, along with our new house. :-)

All along this process of building a new house, every. single. person. we encountered assured us that we did not have to pay the normally required land transfer tax since we are first-time homebuyers and own no land or property. Well, pardon me, but that was a load of crap. We may not have our own home, but there is still a transfer tax for the homebuilder to transfer it to US. There IS a tax credit for first-time buyers, but it definitely doesn't cover the entire amount. So that was a nice little surprise for us. Plus, a few other fees were added that we weren't informed about, and that wasn't too fun to find out.

Oh well, it is done. All the money has changed hands that needs to at this point, and we are just waiting for the phone call on Monday that says everything has been approved and we can pick up our keys!! Until then, I will rush about in a mad frenzy, trying to pack everything. I'm slowly but surely getting there.

Next time I am hiring professional movers. Seriously. And I'm also going to hire somebody to talk to the attorney and mortgage brokers, so we can actually understand what they're doing. :-D

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

final house inspection TODAY

We are FIVE days from closing, so today we are going for the final inspection/walk-thru to make sure everything is A-OK. And I really hope it is. I'll try to take some pics, b/c this time the house should be beautifully cleaned, and that may be the only time ever that it will be that clean. :P

We are so excited about our new house!!! The packing-up-our-entire-life-thing, not so much. But it will be amazing to have our own place. We are so thankful for God's hand of provision in our lives.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

ah Sunday

So it's Sunday again already. Where does the time go?? I guess that means we'll be closing on our brand new house in EIGHT short days. !!! And I do mean short. There is so much to be done!! However, I AM starting to feel a little more motivated, so I suppose that's a good thing.

So what did I do this week?? Hmmmmm.....

1. Well, I got my new computer. She's pictured below. And I don't why I call it a "she." Perhaps that will change. :)

2. I worked one evening shift, and three way-too-early shifts. Yippee for days that start at 5 am. :S Oh, and I almost forgot. I worked two night shifts as well.......how did I forget that when I just got home from one an hour ago?? Losing it.....

3. I forgot to give blood at the drive on Wednesday. I don't know why, I just forgot. And now I feel kinda bad....

4. I went bowling with my friends on Thursday night. I definitely didn't do nearly as well as last time, and I also ended up falling on the floor. Just a little embarrassing. And yes, everyone laughed, and no, no one thought to make sure I was ok before doing so. Haha. Oh well, if it had been someone else, I probably would have laughed too. :P I'm sure it was really funny to watch. But now I have a lovely large bruise on my right knee.

5. I got to give a lot of shots. Yay -- I like my job!! :)

6. I bought new scrubs on Friday after work. That's always fun. I prefer to wait until they go on sale since the regular prices are NOT cheap. And I'm trying to find more girly ones instead of the unisex ones that fit, well, unisexly. I'll have to post a pic of me in my cute scrubs.

7. Jamie and I went through all our paperwork last night, and shredded what seemed like (and probably was) thousands of pages. The shredder got a mini workout. But we were able to condense three large drawers and a bunch of stuff from the coffee table into one file box that is organized AND neatly labeled. And since we were sitting on the floor up to our ears (almost quite literally) in bills and forms and certificates and letters, we ordered pizza to come straight to our door. Yippee for delivery people!!

I guess that's it. Well, the highlights anyways. I slept a few hours, cooked awesome chicken bruschetta bake, ate a few meals, did a bunch of driving, tried to pack a few boxes, etc etc etc. But who wants to hear about THAT?? :)

Now it's Sunday and time to get ready for church. I have three days of orientation for NEW JOB this week, and two night shifts. Then I have the entire weekend free to relax finish packing and hopefully not freak out!! Too much craziness at one time. !!! Soon it will be time to relax though.......I'm flying down to PA on May 13 to see my awesome parents. Oh, and Rita too. Can't leave her out........ ;)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

changes

Well, I officially broke it off and started a new relationship. :) My old Dell has been tucked away, never to breathe another day, and I have a new love -- my red Dell. We're still getting to know each other, but I think it's gonna be a good fit. I have high hopes anyways.....

Sunday, April 12, 2009

HAPPY EASTER!!!

Or, a more appropriate title might be Happy Resurrection Day!!! I am so glad I serve a risen Saviour!! "He is not here, for HE IS RISEN, as He said."

In honour of the holiday, I thought I would post the video to this song that I love. I think I cry every time I watch this video or even hear the song. Such an amazing account of the crucifixion of Christ. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.



P.S. YES, I have heard the latest news about Ray Boltz. Please don't attack me for posting this song anyways. While I find his situation sad, I don't believe what is going on in his personal life changes the message of the song.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

busy busy

So, today was a pretty busy-busy type of day. The day after Good Friday and the day before Easter -- I totally forget every year just what kind of craziness goes on on this day. Yesterday I planned on going to Michael's........not thinking it was Good Friday. I had a coupon that said it was good only on April 10. Yesterday. So it didn't even occur to me that it might not be open. So I hopped in the car and drove the 40 minutes to the nearest Michael's. It starts dawning on me after I pass empty parking lot after empty parking lot. Oh well, I thought, maybe just Michael's is open. There's a coupon after all! And Michael's was open on Thanksgiving, so Good Friday is not that much of a stretch. However, I pull up to the very empty parking lot, refusing to believe that it is closed until I see the sign for myself.

Sigh.

Back to busy-busy.

Because everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, is closed on Good Friday here (an adjustment for this American), and a lot of stuff is closed on Easter as well, what I affectionately refer to as Easter Saturday is madness.

I first experienced the madness at the grocery store. I walked down to the local Price Chopper to pick up a few items. As soon as I walked in, I was sucked into a huge crowd of people, all mulling over what kind of apples to get, or perhaps white or whole wheat bread. I am not normally a claustrophobic person, but I started to feel a bit under attack closed in, so I ran around navigated the mess and haphazardly threw many items into my bag. Yep, I am eco-friendly, so I have my own bag. It's easy being green!! :) Anyways, I finally got in a line, and after 10 minutes of waiting, the ever-polite woman in front of me decided to inform me that it was a cash-only line. Oh.how.wonderful. I moved to another (long) line and glared at the previous one. I finally made it through the line and exited the store $43 poorer. I guess they weren't chopping too many prices today. :)

I spent the early afternoon volunteering at a local retirement home. I try to do that when I have time; unfortunately free time has been rather scarce lately. But I know a lady who works there, and she recruited me to come in and play the piano for the residents this afternoon. It's great for me -- I love playing the piano and I don't have one here at home. So I get to practice and play all I want, and the residents of the home get to enjoy it too.

After that was done, I decided to try the long drive to Michael's again. I KNEW it was open today. And NO, I didn't learn anything from my morning experience at the grocery store. What can I say -- I'm a sucker for Michael's. The drive to and from wasn't bad, but once I hit the city, I hit major major traffic. Yippee. It took me 15 minutes to go less than a mile. :) But Michael's was good to me as always, and then I stopped in Bulk Barn to get stuff for an Easter basket for Jamie. Of course I'm not really sure what I was thinking going in a candy store the day before Easter. More madness ensued. I don't really think I look like a Bulk Barn employee, but I did get asked more than once if I knew where the marshmallow bunnies were. :)

It was good to get home. Jamie ended up working late, so I used the next hour to mix up cupcake, cookie, and muffin batter. I'm supposed to take dessert to church tomorrow, and I couldn't decide what to make. So I made three things. Or at least mixed them up. I'm in the process of baking as-I-type. :) Add that to the mock peanut brittle I made this afternoon for the retirement home, and I think you'll have to agree that I'm a regular Suzy Homemaker. Oh yes I am. ;)

Now I am winding down and finishing up the cookies. So anyone up for some carrot muffins, cream cheese cupcakes, or chocolate raspberry chip cookies, come on over!!

P.S. I got an e-mail today that says my new computer has been shipped!! I can't wait to be using a laptop again....

Friday, April 10, 2009

good GREAT Friday!!

Yes, today is Good Friday. Hmmm, I've always wondered about why it's called that. Let me Wikipedia that...... It seems to me that the day that people use as the date for the crucifixion of Jesus would not be considered a good day at all. I guess it is Catholic in nature. Me, I don't "celebrate" or really observe Good Friday in any way. I suppose this is because 1) it is a Catholic holiday, and 2) Jesus did not die on a Friday. I'm not going to get into semantics or arguments over this, but the Bible says Jesus lay in the grave for three days, and it also very clearly says that He arose from the grave on a Sunday morning. Therefore, Jesus quite obviously was not crucified on a Friday. But I digress...... Easter is the important holiday, perhaps the most important holiday we celebrate!! It is the day we remember and celebrate the resurrection of our Saviour, the One who died to give salvation to all who will receive it!!! So Easter, YES. Good Friday, not so much.

Anyways, I think it's a great Friday!!! The weather is supposed to be absolutely beautiful today and this weekend, and I don't have to go to work until Monday at 2:30pm!! So whatever shall I do with this freedom??

I think the "right" answer is to, ya know, clean up the house, do some laundry, and keep packing boxes for the big move. And maybe I will get around to some of that later today. But for now, there's a big sale at Michael's calling my name. And when Michael's calls, I come, usually running. :-)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

look what I got!!!

In honor of me becoming an RN here in Canada, I bought myself a stethoscope. A Littmann stethoscope, which are pretty much the best around. And in celebration of all things girly, I got myself a pretty pretty pink one. The nurse will see you now........ :) :) :)

P.S. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I got that other job today!!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

April showers blizzard??

Well, I haven't been blogging in a while.......

I haven't really had the time (started a new job) or the means (my computer bit the dust a few days ago). So now my computer time is relegated to when I'm home (rarely), when I'm awake (every now and then), and when my husband isn't using his computer (never). All this adds up to no blogging.

So I thought I would write a quick little post after he has gone to bed.

Yesterday was a gorgeous spring day. It was sunny and about 50 degrees or so -- perfect April weather. This morning, we woke up to blankets of white. My favorite precipitation had once again graced us with its presence. Quite apparently, spring has not sprung. At least not for good. It had to figure that there would be one more storm before winter could leave us for good. I just didn't expect it to this magnitude. I'm not sure how much snow we got all total, but I'm thinking it was at least six inches. Yippee. It just seems like you ESPECIALLY can't enjoy it when you thought it was gone for good. Ok, ok, who am I kidding?? I've never really enjoyed snow.....but much much much less so when it has already been "spring" for a good two and a half weeks. Thankfully, we hadn't gotten our snow tires taken off yet..... The coolest thing is that today was opening night for the Toronto Blue Jays. Too bad they have a retractable roof on their stadium or they might have gotten to play in the snow. :-) We're going to see them play tomorrow night, and I'm pretty sure it will be the first (and hopefully last) time I have to wear a snow suit to watch a baseball game.

In other news, I have started my new job, and I think I am really going to like it. Check back in six months, but I don't think I'll change my mind. The month of April is filled with more orientation shifts, working at my other job, and getting ready to move. Stick in a couple hours of volunteering here, and various frivolity there......it makes for a pretty busy month. But all is well.

As I mentioned earlier, my computer died the other day. As in, ceased to exist any longer. I guess we had a good run -- it was about 6 1/2 years old. It lived through 2 1/2 years of college, all our years of marriage up to this point, and a very nasty and debilitating liquid NyQuil spill that may or may not have been my fault. :-D She did good. I knew it was going to happen sometime soon, but I wasn't really prepared.......as in, I had none of my documents or music saved to external devices. At least I had most of my pics uploaded onto an external USB, so those are safe. I also wasn't prepared for Jamie to want to buy me a new computer right away. But apparently the idea of me using his computer for any length of time didn't sit well with him, so I am having a brand new laptop shipped to me sometime this month. Yay!!! It was an unanticipated expense for sure, but thankfully we were afforded an extra pay check this month which was able to cover it. Let's just make sure to keep the liquid cold medications away from my new baby. Which will be cherry RED, for those of you who were wondering........... :) :) :)

And so goes the life. I'll update on how the snowy baseball game goes. And I just happen to be off the entire Easter weekend, so here's to hoping the weather gets a lot sunnier and a lot less snowy!! I'll keep dreaming........