3.25.2009

The Update

It's been about a month since my last post and, for once, I have a lot to report because I've been busy. Here are the highlights:

1. I just got back from a visit with my sister in South Korea, and had a fantastic time. It was so different from anywhere else I've ever visited. The food and the sights were fantastic, as was the company. The plane ride was long, but I felt like a warrior for having done it by myself. Overall, a great trip. I've got pictures up on Facebook for anybody who's interested.

2. Eric and I put an offer in on a house in Longmont and it's been accepted! Right now, we're in the midst of getting inspections done, tying up our loan, and whatnot but, assuming all goes well, we'll be closing on April 24th. I can't wait to move in there and start making it our own! And I can't wait to settle into a home that I know I won't have to move out of within a year. There are definitely going to be some celebretory barbeques this summer.

3. I defend my dissertation this coming Monday, March 30th. I am incredibly freaked out about it, but I can't wait for it to be over. Pass or fail, it will be off of my plate. Assuming I pass, I'll graduate with my Ph.D. on May 8th. Woot!

Anyway, those are the updates. I'll try to get some pictures of the house and the trip to the SK up here when I get a chance. Wish me luck on everything that's coming up!

2.25.2009

Bloggity Blog Blog

Over the course of the last month, I have thought about posting a blog on numerous occasions, but just haven't gotten around to it. Things have been busy around the P household. I've been working like a crazy lady on my dissertation, and still have a lot of work to do. Plus, we've been house-hunting, and trying to fit in some social time. And, finally, I've been sucked into reading the Harry Potter books, thanks to my brother-in-law, which we all knows means a serious time commitment. I'm on book five and it's soooo long. Holy smokes it's long.

So, anyway, that's my probably unnecessary post about my lack of posting. On to the real post. I'm sure I could talk and talk about the dissertation but, seriously, who really cares about that? The house hunt has been more interesting. We've kind of narrowed our search down to a few neighborhoods we like in Longmont, got hooked up with a local realtor, and have been checking some places out. There have been a few cool prospects so far:

1. Awesome 50's-style house on the edge of Old Town. Upsides: Big back yard, awesome sunroom, and the obvious draw of the neighborhood. Downside: Out of our price range. And probably not terribly out of our price range, but Eric and I don't want to be tied down by a mega mortgage payment. We seriously thought about putting an offer down on this house, but decided against it. Sad.

2. Sweet brick ranch-style house. I know that some people hate ranch-style houses, but we've been kind of digging on them. I like the floor plans and the big windows that we've seen in the ranches we've looked at. And the one we like the most has wood floors, a sweet deck, and a super nice kitchen. I am a sucker for nice kitchens.

3. A tri-level house that looks almost exactly like my parents' house in Grand Junction, which I know I will get teased about if we end up buying it. However, there are some definite pluses: Great schools, quiet neighborhood, totally bitchin' back yard, and some serious square footage. We're actually taking a second look at this one on Friday. I'm turning into my mom more and more every day. Which is okay, because me mom is awesome, but still funny.

So, those are the highlights of the house hunt. Originally, we were dead set on a cute little fixer-upper in the heart of Old Town. Once we actually started looking, though, we realized that the cute little fixer-uppers in our price range are cute, but a bit more of fixer uppers than we would prefer and reeeeeaaaaally little. We're planning on a couple of bambinos in a couple of years, so we've kind of had to adjust our criteria. I think we're both feeling happy with the direction we're going. Once we find the one, I'll post some pics. Woo!

Anyway, back to the dissertation (and/or surfing real estate web sites). Happy last week in February!

1.05.2009

Back to Work

It's the Monday after New Years and, after two glorious weeks off, I'm back to work. The break went fast, but it was a good time. Here, a list of the highlights (and lowlights) of my time off:

1. Spent two and a half awesomely lazy days at my parents' over Christmas. Got to open presents with both my sister (via Skype) and brother, which is an increasingly rare occasion. It was lovely.

2. Got in a car accident on Vail pass heading home from the Junk. Totally not our fault, but we're still trying to get the girl who hit us to make a claim. The worst part is that Eric and I were borrowing my sister's car because mine was having trouble, so it's looking like it's been through a demolition derby. Sorry, Em...

3. Worked on my dissertation a whopping four hours. Considering I was planning on two hours per day every day, this is not ideal. Oh well.

4. Learned to play Guitar Hero at our friends' Josh and Jackie's house. I'm completely hooked. Good think Eric and I are still stuck in the N64 era, or I would be blowing some of our house fund.

5. Spent days in Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins meeting up with friends and visiting some favorite spots. Including lunch at Jerusalem's. Mmmmm...

6. Tried (fruitlessly) to learn to crochet. I'm convinced I have poor fine motor skills.

7. Came to the realization that working out is a hell of a lot more fun while watching HGTV. I've spent more time on the treadmill the past two weeks that I have in a long time, just because I can't tear myself away from episodes of "House Hunters".

8. Cried my eyes out watching a nature documentary in which orcas torture and eat seal pups. I'm ridiculous.

9. Cried my eyes out at "Marley and Me". Ditto to the ridiculous comment.

10. Spent time with my fam, my husband, my friends (although I would have liked to have met up with some of my buddies in The Junk), and my baby kitties. You gotta love that.

Overall, I'd have to say that I'm pretty pleased with this year's winter break. Yes, I would have loved an additional two weeks, but I really can't complain. Happy New Year, everyone!