It's been a long month this past week. Our mortgage broker failed to get us a loan -- we didn't get this finally confirmed until Thursday, but it had been crumbling for a week. Our realtor, who obviously has a considerable interest in our closing the deal, found another mortgage broker. She claims, on the company website, to have a 100% success rate. Still waiting.
(Meanwhile, interest rates have gone down a little. Every silver lining has a cloud around it?) And my tenants at the house formerly known as the Starport asked whether I might be interested in selling the place. To which the answer was hell yes! (I'm looking at adding over a half megabuck to my debt. Yes, I can use it.)
This Saturday we went to the Seattle Home Show with Naomi and her new GF Susan. Lots of fun, and a trifle expensive. But we found what looks like the right gardener, and spoke with what looks like the right contractor. And found what looks like the perfect power lift recliner. Now all we need is the house to put them in...
Sunday I actually got in some good walking -- home from N's after taking the Honda back.
There are links in the notes, as usual. I'm going to post this and try to get to bed; I've been sleeping badly recently.
0216 Sa * up 5:56; W=201; d, n, l; dishes, shower, exercise * registered rainbows-end.net and rainbowsendmassage.com * out with Colleen and the YD to Alderwood. The YD had sociology homework to do. @ Open Source Pushes 3D Printers to Success | Linux.com Guide to Open Source and Linux-Compatible 3D Printers, Part Two (LWN) @ 12 Steps to Incorporate Exercise into Your Life (LinkedIn) but... "3. Find your favorite exercise... Out of all the forms of exercise out there, find one you just love." Sure. But that assumes there _is_ one. Or that I knew how to find it in a finite amount of time. * Played guitar on "Gripping Beast" and "The Book Speaks", and sang QV, for N and her new friend Susan. * over to N's after dinner to deliver the chair (still boxed from shipping) 0217 Su * up 8:15; d, n, l; * up to Lynnwood with Colleen to fetch the wolfling, then to Costco and QFC. Having a kid to help with loading/unloading was a major win * Salmon, caprese (Kat's request), and rice with quinoa or dinner. The salmon was done with lemon, a trace of pepper, and a little rosemary sea salt. Yum & Took some of the caprese over to N before taking Chaos home 0218 Mo - Presidents' Day * up 6:30; W=200; d, n, l; dishes, exercise, light * WFH * Angie of Angelwear over to help Colleen deal with her jewelry * 3:30 over to N's to talk to the gardener 0219 Tu * up 6am; W=200; d, n, l; dishes, light * frustrating day at work. One of the services I'm testing is not cooperating. * N needed help with the kids in the evening. * books: Finished Time Traders by Andre Norton 0220 We * up 6:35; W=199.8; d, n, l; dishes, light ! very scared/worried about the loan * struggling with multiple kforce-related sites * 9:30 get Colleen up * 11:00 Dentist - Colleen: teeth cleaning * 12pm Dentist - me: teeth cleaning * got down to work ~2pm Meetings from 3 to 5. Left ~6:30. * Lunch from the Indian place at 3rd and Madison. @ The Ferrett's Journal - Why Facebook Is Gonna Shrink And Die 0221 Th * up 7ish; W=200.8; d, n, l; * Our mortgage broker failed to get us our loan :( * Noon: free symphony concert at City Hall. Talked to Mark afterward. : Colleen sent out for Chinese. Not complaining * Our realtor found us another mortgage broker who says we're approved. Will get paperwork tomorrow. 0222 Fr % 4:30am: awake since 3:30. worried about money. Getting our dream house, which looks like it will happen after all after our first mortgage broker failed to find us a loan, is one thing. Paying for it after I'm too old to work is another. * back to bed ~5am; dozed * up 6:30; ; d, n, l; shower, exercise @ Daily Kos: The GOP's branding problem is worse than you think @ Autostraddle — Claudia Is Intersex, Let’s Talk About It (ysabetwordsmith) @ Deep Inside - A Study of 10,000 Porn Stars | Jon Millward - Blog * progress on loan, via Kathryn at Evergreen Home Loans * walk: 4th, 3rd and Pike * finished all tasks for this sprint, plus one that I had actually finished coding before it was moved into the backlog, where I found it languishing. * Update Colleen's netbook; (re)install Chrome 0223 Sa * up 8ish; W=202.4; d, n, l; shower, exercise, dishes * noonish expect Susan; go fetch Naomi; go to house and garden show * Home show -- arrived around 2pm; left when it closed at 8. lots of good contacts, and some purchases. May have to back out of the hot tub, depending on how finances work out. Found the best landscaper. 0124 Su * up 10:05; W=202.4; d, n, l; light @ A lap desk & stand for the iPad - GroovBoard (Inkygirl.com) @ Why We (Still) Believe in Working Remotely « Blog – Stack Exchange (via Mary Branscome on LinkedIn) fallout from Yahoo's misguided decision to do away with working from home * walk: back from Naomi's after driving the Honda over * dinner: chili, with caprese (Chaos did the assembly) and rice * Rabbit is going back to his former occupation as a used car salesman. @ Marriage proposal in the form of a physics paper - Boing Boing @ Daily Kos: The Church, humility, and an upcoming war for relevance @ Reasonably Well: Your Input, Please (kyrielle) RFI on ePatients - educated, empowered, equipped, and engaged