Tuesday, July 31, 2012

House For Sale


House For Sale!


So I know you guys have all missed me on the blogisphere right? LOL  Where have I been, you ask?  Fixing up my house in a week to sell!


It has been completely and totally nuts.  Last week was one of the most stressful times of my life.  Got to my breaking point on Saturday but I think I’m over that hump.  Today was pretty hard too.  One thing after another and then to top it all off, a roach in my coffee!  Yes, I said a roach.  Here at the base, we have a roach problem.  Guess it was only a matter of time.  GROSS!

So anyways, I met with the realtor yesterday to discuss the price.  I did not want the price too high because I need to sell fast so we settled on $127k.  Less than what I owe and way less than what I bought it for.  I never thought I would get what I owe anyways in this crazy awful market.  Especially when there was a foreclosure on my street ($95k) and another house that just sold for $125k and has an extra screen patio I don’t have.


I have to be realistic.  I will be happy if I get anywhere near that number for sure. 


Here are some pics of the rooms I took this weekend.  I ‘staged’ it so to speak aka decluttered.  I think I watch too many HGTV shows haha!



This picture was taken in the midst of the painting of the living room.  That is my massive (expensive) ladder on the right.  Ya gotta have one of them if you have cathedral ceilings.




The sign!  It is official.  Although, I have NO idea why it says price reduced.  Maybe because I reduced it from what I bought it for?  Someone on facebook said that people like good deals so maybe the realtor did it on purpose.  Anyways, the sign makes this process SO real!



Backyard


2nd Bathroom



My deck


Front


Another Front View


Kitchen


Another Kitchen View


Living/Dining Room


Another Living/Dining Room View


Office


I'm going to try my hardest to blog about the whole selling your house process because I know I would LOVE to have this information right now.  So if I can help anyone else out, great.

So far the realtor and I had talked about the price and then I signed a few papers.  Easy as that.  Then he came over today to put the sign out in my yard (and at the end of the street) and put a lock box on.  Apparently, there is a number on the sign the realtors can call to get my number.  If they want a showing, they call me and ask if it is okay to show it between such and such time.  The realtor says normally people don't stay for more than 15 minutes but if they like it they will stay maybe 45 minutes.  The longer the better he said.  Now I gotta figure out what to do during that time.  The professional photographer is coming over on Sunday to take pics.  In the meantime, I gave the realtor pictures I've taken so he can put that up on sites like realtor.com.  I know as a buyer, the first thing I check for is photos.  If there are none, NEXT!  So I was adamant we not wait a whole week to get pictures up!  Sometimes, you gotta take your life in your own hands, you know?


Will update as things go on.
And cross your fingers guys that I sell fast and don’t lose too much money. 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Be. Wines (Review)

I'm a BzzAgent and was asked to try and review Be. wines.  I was given a rebate to cover the cost of buying the wine.  They also gave me some fun stuff (lip gloss, mints, mirror, and a nail file).


Love free stuff!

Be. wines are the first, and only wines that cater to your ever-changing world with four stylish offerings to suit your moods. 


There are four flavors.

Be. Flirty Pink Moscato - This mischievous Moscato, with rich bery and delicate floral notes, is made to be sipped with a wink and a smile.

I must admit that winking does not come naturally to me.  But at least I tried, haha!

Be. Bright Pinot Grigio - This effortlessly drinkable Pinot Grigio keeps things light, with sun-ripened citrus flavors and a crisp, fresh finish.

Be. Fresh Chardonnay - This cheeky Chardonnay energizes taste buds with crisp green apple flavors and zesty hints of citrus.

Be. Radiant Riesling - This dynamic Riesling blend brings an exuberant vibe with tantalizing fruit flavors and bright floral notes.

So I was given a quiz to help me figure out which one to try.  I came up with 'You're Getting Fresh.'  It says 'It's your admirable ability to bring a new spin or dash of inspiration to any situation that sets you apart from the crowd.  Your calm, cool, and collected style is a perfect partner for Be. Fresh Chardonnay.  (Don't know if I'm calm, cool, and collected right now with all this house stuff going on but I'll go with it lol)

So I went to Krogers and they had them for $7.99 a bottle (normally $15).  I decided to get the Chardonnay and I was drawn to the Be. Flirty too so I bought it also. 

My friend Lori came over July 4th weekend.  So I decided her and I would try out the wines!  Here are some pictures:



Me before I started drinking the Be. Flirty wine.


Be. Flirty and Be. Fresh


The label explains what it tastes like.




About to get my drink on! lol


 My wine glasses.  Yes, I was drinking both.

I tried the Be. Fresh Chardonnay first since that is the one I got on my quiz.  I have to be honest - I am not a fan of it.  If you like dry wine, you will love it though.  I detest dry wine so this was definitely not a favorite of mine.  But I'm not wasting wine so I drank it anyways!  Be. Flirty was more my style.  It was pretty decent.  My friend Lori liked it too.  We preferred  the Flirty. 

If you want to check out the Be. Wines just go to www.bewinery.com.


Monday, July 16, 2012

What I've been up to...


Oh just climbing mountains.  Nah, really these were just hills.  BIG hills.  I headed up to Baraboo, Wisconsin this past weekend to run the Dances With Dirt trail half marathon.  This was a picture I had taken about halfway through the race up on the bluff.  AMAZING views.  I felt like I was in heaven or something.  It was so amazing.  I spent like 5 minutes just taking pictures.  So anyways, I haven't gotten a chance to upload the rest of the pictures yet and organize them.  So this is just a short post.  There will be a future post about the race with pictures.  I will also have a separate post about the trip up there because of all the headache of it, it deserves its own post!   Also going on in my life, a future move and new job?  Could be.  I might find out today.  Will update you with that if it happens.

Happy Monday, folks!

This post was added to the Throwback Thursday Blog-Style link-up hosted by Tots and Me on July 17, 2014.

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Volunteering

So today I was supposed to volunteer at the Vectren Air Show.  I signed up to volunteer just to help out and get me out of the house.  Well, I ended up not volunteering. 

Let me first start out by saying that I don't think I've had one good volunteering experience yet.  I've volunteered a few times now.

My first volunteer experience was with a group of co-workers.  We basically worked a food stand at a University of Dayton basketball game.  We were raising money for our work picnic and we got to keep a portion of the proceeds.  It was fun working with my co-workers but we also had to deal with the normal food workers.  They basically bossed us around like we were beneath them.  Made me feel like crap and I couldn't wait to get out of there!  I will never volunteer for that again.  I don't know what made them treat us like that.  But it left a bad taste in my mouth.  We raised a bunch of money though - maybe around $600?  Or more? 

The next time I volunteered was at the tax center on base.  We went to class to learn how to do taxes.  I was excited to do this because I loved tax classes when I was in college.  Well, then came the real stuff.  I had these military people come in and expected me to know everything about the tax law.  I never felt like I did it right and felt like I was bugging the head tax guy there too much.  I eventually just stopped after a while.  I didn't feel like I was helping anyways.

Then one winter I decided to help out a local trail race.  I got there and felt like an idiot from the very beginning.  The other volunteers acted like why are you here, we don't need you.  I worked the cash register and after I was done with that (and the race started) I was sort of standing around and no one told me to do anything so I just walked away.  Felt like crap after that one too.  I felt pretty much useless and unwanted! 

Based on those volunteer experiences, I never feel good volunteering.  They always seem very unorganized and I end up feeling like crap for whatever reason. 

But I guess I'm a glutton for punishment.  I keep thinking the next volunteer opportunity will be better.

I signed up for the Tattoo Air Force Festival last weekend working the merchandise booth.  Well, a big ol' derecho moved in and destroyed a lot of stuff there so I ended up not volunteering there.

This weekend I signed up to volunteer for the air show.  I was working from 7am-1230pm.  Was going to be a high of 108!!!



But I've run in the 90 degree weather so I can stand around and served beer in 108 degree weather, right?  At least that's what I was thinking.  And then I couldn't sleep in so that bummed me out but I was able to get up.

So I drove 30 minutes there.  I parked.  Took a picture of the area when I parked.


You can see some of the stuff in the background.

So the people who I was volunteering for were supposed to be at the gate and inside the grounds.  There was just a grumpy old man checking our vendor passes.  Ok, I said to myself, I'm sure there will be a volunteer check in on the grounds.  But there wasn't!  There wasn't anything!  There were tents set up for food etc. but not a lot of people around and no one who would know to ask.  No vendor/volunteer check in.  NOTHING!  What kind of operation is this?  So I decided I'm not going to give up.  I walked approximately half the long aisle where everything is set up and then turned around.  It was a long way I walked and couldn't find crap.  So I gave up.  I wanted this to be a good experience and help out and it didn't happen.  I drove 30 minutes for nothing.  So I basically walked to my car and left.  Here are a couple pictures I took on my way back.




Have you ever had a bad volunteer experience?  A good one?  I'd love to hear about them.

So here I was at 7:30 am at this point.  I decided to go ahead and run some errands.  Hit up Krogers, then Tim Horton's for an EXTRA large coffee.


YUM!


Love coffee!  Then I decided on a whim to get a car wash.  I haven't had a car wash in months.  It was time.  I go thru the automated one where you just swipe your credit card.  I love it!  Unfortunately, I forgot to take off my 26.2 magnet and so I guess it came off there.  I'm too lazy to go back and find it.  Just an excuse to go get another one at the AF Marathon Expo! ;)  Here are some cool pics from the car wash.  Yes, I'm a dork! haha!







Sunday, July 1, 2012

Running isn't cheap

Running ain't isn't cheap.

In the beginning of being lured into running, you think ‘oh, this is the cheapest form of exercise.’  Bwahahahaa.  You thought wrong.
I’m  here to list out all the expenses that go into running and I’m not talking about the elite runners.  I’m talking about normal runners like me and you.
Here we go:
Running shoes:  at least $100 until you need a new pair which I think they say is every 300-500 miles.  Of course, this girl here does no such thing.  I buy a new pair every time I find a cute pair!  I don’t wear these bright pink shoes just for their excellent shoe abilities.  Haha!

 
Trail shoes:  $100 – you might need these if you want to run the trails.  I get really bored with the bike trails and run on the dirt trails nearby.  I think regular running shoes would still be ok but hey – its always a great excuse to buy some more cute shoes.

 

Clothes:  Unknown expense – You need shirts, shorts, capris, long pants, socks, and sports bras.  And if you buy the expensive stuff, that is a lot of money.  If you buy the cheap stuff, you end up getting frustrated, probably donate it to goodwill, then end up buying the expensive stuff.  $$$$$$
So after work, you go out on a run.  So not only have you worn your regular clothes that day, you wear your running clothes.  That adds up if you do this several times a week.  Plus I use a towel to dry my sweat and a towel to put on my car seat (don’t like sweat on my leather).   After I run, I take a shower.  So then I put on another set of clothes.  That is three outfits in one day!  Two extra sets of clothes every day I workout.  That is a lot of clothes!

So that’s more laundry.  And more laundry to put away – annoying!
Washing/Drying all that extra clothes:  $$$$ Higher water bill/Higher gas bill/Higher electric bill




Taking an extra shower a day:  $$$$ Higher water bill/Higher gas bill
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(Yeah, I wish I had a shower like that haha!)


So what are you running for?  To train for a marathon (like I am)?
AF Marathon race entry fee:  $75

This is obviously a picture of money. This relates to the book because Jason is given money from both his parents to either make him forget about their mistakes, or look better than the other parent.
If you run a marathon, you should train.  So to train to run the long runs, you have to have ‘gear.’
A water bottle with pocket:  $20?

I need this handheld running water bottle
I have one similar to this - can hold my keyfab.

A belt to hold your stuff?  $25
I never thought I would be looking for a fanny pack and not as a joke... It's a running belt.. running belt, people.

I actually bought this the other day from iFitnessinc.com.   It fits my phone (although barely - I have a Samsung something with a keyboard so its probably a miracle it fits).  I got the double (as shown above) so in one pocket I can put my phone and the other my keyfab.  It is also waterproof.  I did not get the pink one (I know you are totally shocked considering my shoes are pink!).  I got the black one. 

 


A Camelbak:  $30-$100+

Mine isn't that cool but you get the idea. 

 


Gas $$ to get to the bike path/trail:  $$$$$
Vintage Gulf Gasoline Pump #1 by The Upstairs Room, via Flickr

Man, I remember those gas pumps.  Am I showing my age? 

 


Oh  wait, while you’re training – you get the bright idea to sign up for races in between the race you’re training for.
Other races entry fee:  $100-$200


Gas to get to those races and the AF Marathon race:  $$$$$
Running magazines you get sucked into buying:  $50


Pictures of you from the race:  $50 (or more if you decide to get the life size poster as I did LOL!)

Yes, that is a poster size picture of me at the Mudathlon 2011 in my office cube.  Gotta love it!

Headbands to keep your hair back:  $20


 


Sunglasses/Hats:  $50 (I’ve kept this at $0 – not fond of hats but have a couple I got free and definitely don’t care to have a nice farmer’s tan on my face from sunglasses)
Supplements:  $50 – This could vary depending on what you want to buy.

Food:  $$$$  Sorry, but the more you exercise, the more famished you get.  At least  that happens to me.  Expect your grocery bill to go sky high. 


Duffle Bag:  $20 to carry all your running clothes etc in.
Sunscreen:  $5-20 – for the good stuff.  I like the spray on.  I don’t wear it to not get sunburnt.  I wear it because it seems to block the heat which helps on those afternoon runs.

Body Glide:  $10 – A must when running those longer distances. 
BodyGlide For Her Anti-Chafe Balm I've always had thick legs - I've been an athlete since I was 5 (now I'm 22). My thighs rub together when I walk or run. In the heat, this gets very bad and I get a terrible rash. I've read great reviews about this and am going to try it out soon. I sincerely hope I've finally found the cure.


Electrolytes/GU/Water or anything else you use during/after the run:  $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Hotel/Gas:  $$$$  If you go out of state for a race.

Garmin or other GPS watches:  up to $300 or so

Endless coffee stops afterward runs/races as a special treat:  $$$


Medal hanger for all your medals:  $40?
Shadowbox for your most awesome medal:  $200

Random, impulsive purchases at the race expos:  $200

26.2 Necklace I got an the last AF Marathon Expo.  I love it!!!
 
 
 
Gas to go to the expos/packet pickups:  $$$$$
Razor/Shaving cream to shave your legs when you otherwise wouldn’t have to but do because you’re wearing running shorts:  $20

Ipod:  $100

Music for the Ipod:  $25
Treadmill:  $1,000
Nordic Track Treadmill  walk with google maps elevations  very cool
Mine is similar to this - a Nordic Track.  Which I don't really use anymore because I get so BORED on it.  I only run outside now. 

 


Ok, this list is ridiculous!  I think its interesting how pricey it really can get once you get into this running thing. 


 

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