Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Sigh of Relief

We can breathe easier*. The financing for the condo is in place. Hopefully we'll schedule the loan signing, closing, whatnot for early next week. Just in time for the flooring we ordered to arrive, the Woodards to visit and hopefully we can move in before hosting the Lawsons for Thanksgiving.

*Breathing easier will be short term. Sending the first monthly payment will cause considerable belt tightening.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Cats & Dogs

The cats had their first "close" encounter with a dog this weekend. Former house guest Greg came by with his pup Bridger to drop off moving supplies (and rid his home of same). This was the first time Franklin and Marin have shared a space with a dog - and they didn't share for long. Suffice it to say, the cats were overwhelmed and only came out from hiding a few hours after Greg and Bridger left - while carefully looking, listening and sniffing for any sign he was still lurking.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Cat and Mouse

Make that cat and Bluetooth optical mouse.

As any cat owner knows, cats love to invade computer space. Whether you're working at a desk, or sitting on the couch, just about any cat will jump up and wedge itself between your hands and the keyboard. Also, if you ever receive an email from us with random all-caps words, know that Franklin likes to lounge on the Caps Lock key.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Are we adults yet?

You might think we've grown up. Matt and I have married, we're in the process of buying a home, we have real world jobs, we drive a wagon. But you might reconsider this grown-up concept upon seeing two of our friends, ages 35 and 33, climbing out of the trunk of aforementioned wagon. Yes, we crammed 7 people in a car meant for 5 to save money and the agony of finding a cab in San Francisco.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Don't want to jinx ourselves, but...

We are yet again in contract on a home. We have grand plans to update/upgrade the kitchen and bath, as well as a long list of items we'd like to address over time. We're excited at the prospect of making it our own.

Rather than fully describe it myself, this is the description from the listing:
Fabulous 40's period style condominium in great neighborhood off Irving St shops, restaurants, UCSF. This wonderful & bright top floor unit is vacant and staged, shows beautifully and ready to move in. Beautiful wide plank wood floors, classic marble wood burning fireplace in the Living room, dining room and retro-style eat in kitchen. Spacious foyer. Full bath with separate shower stall, bathtub and vanity seating. Two bedrooms overlooking a green belt completes this wonderful condo.
(bolded items strike me as comical - the typical flowery way to play up unattractive features!)

Monday, October 15, 2007

The cat's creative lounging spot

Marin decided my drying-out umbrella was a good spot to hang. Of course, Franklin needed to be part of the action and came to investigate.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Special Thanks to Rev. Rosemary

It was really special to have my great aunt perform the ceremony. The Lawson family have really brought her into service this year with three weddings! I think the first two, my sister Betsy's and grandfather Chuck's were great practice for ours. And we had the benefit of knowing some of her tricks - and therefore avoiding saying too much in front of her! Others were not as helpful - and still gave her plenty of fuel for the "roast" (you know who you are).

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Mr. and Mrs. Woodard

A few of my favorite pictures of us, from the photographer

Monday, October 8, 2007

Our Friend's Book - The Hound of Rowan

A friend of ours (and colleague of Matt's), Henry Neff, has written, illustrated and now, finally, published his first book (the first of a 3 book series called The Tapestry). It's a young adult fiction in the fantasy genre. The friends who have read it have loved it. I can't wait to get my hands on our own 1st edition, signed copy.

Check out henryhneff.com for more info on Henry and the book.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Back to the Drawing Board... Again

Lenders and the credit crisis strike again, with the help of an unhelpful seller's agent. We're back to pounding the pavement to try and find the right home.