Farewell, my lovely: An ode to the Ikea Klippan

We had a good run.  I bought the little Ikea Klippan loveseat  when I got my first apartment in 2005.   A lot of relatives asked me why did I buy it.   I told them that it was, in my opinion, pointless to buy super nice furniture for an apartment.   With the exception of my bed, I vowed that I would only buy super fancy furniture when I had a home.   So now that I have a home, I’m slowly but surely decorating.   I had a brand new loveseat and sofa delivered this morning.   Before the delivery men arrived, I vacuumed and took a picture of my little red sofa.   She’ll be going to be to Goodwill soon.   Adieu.

After the gym today, I’ll believe that I’ll go to Ikea and Pier 1 and start looking at living room accents and dinette sets.



Closing Time, Part 3

Mocha Pikachu is officially a homeowner!  I closed yesterday and I meant to update the blog, but after going to closing, moving items to the house, and other errands; I passed out on the sofa.

It’s an interesting feeling.   It still feels unreal except for that bounty that I spent at Home Depot yesterday.

I cleaned the bathrooms and the kitchen, so I’m just sitting here with while the handyman goes through and install blinds and curtain rods and other items.  I watched him put up a set of blinds and I knew deep in my soul that I would have jacked that process to hell.   I know my limitations.  Now if you want some homemade cakes, cookies, or pies, I’m your girl.

Verizon was here and I have “innanets” and TV again like grown-ups.   Die Hard is on!!!!   Yippee-ki-yay, motherfuckers!!!

There’s one more trip to Home Depot and then I have to go back to the apartment and pack up the remaining items.  The big move is tomorrow and then I shall finally be moved in.

Now who is coming over to help unpack?

Closing Time, Part 2

“This is the fun move.  This is home.”  ~ Paul, one of my friends.

So closing is only a few days away.    So now comes the most time consuming part: moving.  I’m lucky in that I’m moving to much a larger place than my apartment and I’m a minimalist.

Yesterday, I went to the manliest of places: Home Depot.  I picked out blinds and drooled over the fancy washer and dryers which I don’t need.   Why don’t stacked washer/dryers come in fancy shiny colors? Anyway, I was mostly there for packing supplies and if I really buckle down I should have just about everything packed by tomorrow.

Now I just have to change my address with banks and websites and such.  Boo!   Pick a home warranty company and book the U-Haul truck.

Well back to Netflix, Chinese food, and packing!

Closing Time, Part 1

“Closing Time!  Open all of the doors and let you out into the world…”

Okay, so I’m writing about a different closing time, but at least now, you’ll have this song stuck in your head.

I have received my closing date.  So, I now have less than 2 weeks to pack and move.   Craziness.

While packing is a pain, it shouldn’t be too bad.  I have so much stuff in Container Store organizers, I really only have to worry about packing up odds and ends.

I want to make some minor cosmetic changes to the townhouse, but that can wait.  I need to focus on moving in and getting settled.  I just have to reel in my wish to have everything that I want to be done all at once.

It’s been an interesting summer.   I cut back on everything just to make sure that I would have extra money for any last minute expenses.  Side note: I miss you, Nordstrom!!!!  I turned down concerts, Happy Hours, and cruises and everything else just to make homeownership a reality.  I’ll be glad when everything is finished.

Back to packing.

House Hunting Update: Possibly goods news.


I didn’t get that townhouse that I bid on, but more have come on the market.  I saw another nice place and put a bid on it.   The owner accepted, so wish me luck.  We’re still at that stage where anything could happen.

For the love of God and all that is holy, please wish me luck.   My ratchet ass neighbors are fighting as I type this update.  I need to move.  

In this area, reasonably priced condos and townhouses do not stay on the market.   I looked at this current place at 8pm on a weekday about a day or so after it came on the market just to get a head-start on other buyers.   Craziness.



An absolute travesty…house hunting

First, Happy Saturday Dear Readers.

Now on to the rant.   After much consideration, I have decided to buy a home.  So today was the first real time that I could look at homes in person with the realtor.   I picked out 4 places based on pictures from the website.   Let’s just say that picture lighting and angles are everything, because some of these places were the epitome of fuckery.   I could see even the realtor was silently screaming “what the hell?”

What is wrong with people?  If you are trying to sell your home:

  1. Clean the damn house and the yards.  Some fool left behind TV’s and trash cans.  Who does that?  Might I add that scented plug-ins are always a nice touch.
  2. For the love of God, paint!  You may love baby-shit green and 1972 El Dorado orange, but the rest of the public might not.   It was difficult for me to visualize what I could do with a room when the color kept distracting me.
  3. Be honest.  Some buyers like myself understand that some minor work may need to be done and we accept that.  I walked in one place today and knew immediately that the porch needed work.  No biggie.  However, I found several soft spots in the kitchen floor.   Red alert!  A new floor is not minor work.
  4. Be realistic.  Now this relates back to number 3.  No amount of good location can make-up for shoddy up-keeping.   Stop trying to sell a house for the market rate when you know that the amount of repairs needed are severely hurting the value of the property.  One place could have knocked $50k off the price and it still would not have been worth it.

Now despite some duds, I did see a place that I liked.  It is perfect?  Absolutely not, but it met enough of my criteria that I’m seriously thinking about making a bid.

Also, if there any homeowners that are landlords reading this rant:  Please, please check on your property regularly.  I saw a home that was trashed because the landlord felt that after a few check-ins, the tenant was trustworthy.   That tenant must have caused at least $25k worth of damage to the home.


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