Archive for March, 2008

Stuff we’d need for a house.

So jackie and I were thinking, “when we do get a house, what will we need?” so we’re gonna make a list.

  • 55 gallon outdoor garbage can
  • shovel
  • snow shovel
  • rake
  • lawnmower
  • Drill
  • office chair

I’ve been quiet.

So I’ve been quiet the last few weeks- mainly because I’ve been keeping busy. As a lot of you know, I have many little side projects that I never seem to get done. So here’s a quick update:

– Ruma has been put into stasis since the other devs don’t have the free time and neither do I. if anyone wants to take up development of it, I’ll be happy to give them access.

– got about halfway done and then I lost interest. I just couldn’t get into designing the input forms for jackie, and she wasn’t looking forward to having to manually re-enter her recipes.

– Ian now has a guitar so, I’m trying to teach him how to be gentle with it. It’s a $30 first act guitar, so not a huge loss if he destroys it.

– I’ve been working on an rpg battle engine in ruby and tinkering with gosu a bit. I doubt it’ll go anywhere, but usually once every 6 months I debate creating it. I’m about to burn out on that as well.

The big news is jackie and I have been looking for a house for about 2 months now and we put an offer in on a house that’s about 10 minutes from work. The people have accepted our offer, but since it’s for less than what they owe, they have to get the bank to agree to a short sale. If they don’t want to take the loss, we’re sorta screwed and may end up looking elsewhere.

Since it’s our first house, we’re getting a FHA loan to help us get the best deal. The big issue here is they can demand things be fixed (like a leaky roof) before they give the go-ahead. Since it’s a short sale, the bank may not be willing to take more of a loss on the cost to have the repairs made.

I’m fairly optimistic about this house- it’ll require very little work to give it livable (from what we see) and hopefully nothing will be wrong with it. I’d almost like to hear that the roof has another 5 years left on it since that’s our biggest concern. If it needs to be replaced the sellers may do it themselves to save costs and do a shoddy job.

The best part about this particular house is it has an unfinished basement, and I’ll be able to build a large office to house all my hobbies. That’ll make jackie happy since they usually are messy or take up a lot of space. The bigger the office, the longer it’ll take for the hobbies to spill into the rest of the house 🙂

Regardless of the outcome, a house in in the plans, so I added a new house category.

Heidi Klum is watching you sleep.

So I had the following dream last night right before I woke up. It’s still pretty vivid in my head.

Jackie’s friend PJ lives in the area and is sort of an SCA nut. For some reason, in the dream, she owned a small hole-in-the-wall cafe, and ran a wiccan group out of there (she’s not wiccan in reality). One day she was throwing a party and her wiccan friends were there. One of them looked familiar and I knew she was a model- So I looked up her name on the coven’s website and saw it said ‘Heidi’. I then knew it was Heidi Klum.

So we start casually talking and I get this idea. I sorta grin and ask her, “How warped are you?” She asks why, and I explain my idea. She agrees with my plan because she agrees it would be funny.

24 hours later I have a picture of Ian sleeping in his crib with Heidi Klum staring through the bars with a focused/hungry/disturbed look on her face, and I caption it “Heidi Klum is watching you sleep.”

I put the picture in Ian’s baby book and everyone is looking at me like I’m insane. My reasoning is this: when he’s 20 and in college, he’ll wanna show that to all his friends because GODDAMN that’s cool.

So Heidi, if you happen to stumble across this and would like to help me, I still want to do this, because, damn, it would be cool. Self-mockery is a way of showing people you do have a sense of humor.

And honestly, if any supermodels are reading this, it doesn’t have to be Heidi Klum- it could be any other hot, well known supermodel.

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