Shh, the Universe is Listening

Monday, April 28, 2014

You guys, I have a confession.

I've  been keeping a secret from you. You, my loyal readers, who have been with me through it all (where "it all" equals everything on this blog).

But now, I've decided that it's time to come clean.

Are you ready?

To be honest, I'm not even sure if I'm ready... but here it goes.

We bought a house.

It still feels weird to say it and I haven't really been telling anyone, mainly because I'm afraid that the universe will hear and the entire thing will collapse like a flan in a cupboard (name that comedian!) To be truthful, that can still happen. Offers and counters were made, offers were accepted, contracts have been signed and deposits have been deposited. We're currently in the attorney review period, which lasts until Wednesday, and barring our sellers deciding that they want to throw the contract out the window, that means that Thursday begins the mortgage application! Our inspection is scheduled for Thursday as well, and I am so excited to go back and see it again.

A house! We bought a house!

Of course, I'm still nervous as hell because nothing is final until the ink dries on closing day, which is set for May 30th... but HOUSE! So what is it like? I thought you'd never ask. It's a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhome with a den, in a woodsy suburb, not far from where I grew up or where we are now. It's about 20 minutes from where I'll be going to school and where Ken works. It's 5 miles from Target, 3 miles from our favorite Chinese place and pizza place, 15 minutes from our preferred grocery store, and 10 minutes from my favorite library (yes, I have a favorite library). The kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances, a tiled backsplash, and gorgeous cherry cabinets, there is dark hardwood flooring in the kitchen and dining room, and there's a real patio and a backyard with trees and grass and a place to grow things. There's a front porch that's made for a swing, or at the very least, comfy deck chairs. There's room for Ken and I to both have an office (although mine will be an office/craft space), and perhaps the thing I'm most excited about, besides the whole "OH MY GOD, WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!" thing is that I can get my Mom-Mom's piano out of storage.

I learned to play the piano on that instrument, sitting in my grandmother's lap. It's a gorgeous upright, made of dark, almost black, wood, with real ivory keys (before that kind of thing became frowned upon). I learned to read music on that instrument and spent hours playing whenever I was at her house. It was the first instrument I fell in love with, and it was because of my Mom-Mom that we eventually got our own piano and I started lessons. When she died in 2000, the only things I wanted from her house were some photos, her knitting needles, and the piano. At the time, we had no room in our house for another piano (because we had one already) and so it went into storage at our tuner's house. It needed some cleaning up, besides, as it had spent its entire life in a home where two people smoked like chimneys and after years of playing, it needed a few repairs to keys and pedals. Now, it can have a home in our new home. I can't wait to have such a precious heirloom back where it belongs.

I can't even tell you how simultaneously relieved and still-terrified I am about this whole process. Finding a house was hard, but now as we wade through inspections, assessments, and mortgage applications, I'm afraid it is going to all fall apart at any moment. Thank God our realtor is so amazing, because at least when I have what is likely a very stupid question or concern, I can email, text, or call Linda and be reassured. This is all very exciting, but I'd very much like for things to be settled so I can stop worrying that at any moment, the house we are enamored with will disappear into the air like smoke.

To help control the anxiety, I've been daydreaming of decor and paint and furniture. This may or may not be the best use of my time and energy, but there's something soothing about pinning paint colors and browsing home decor sites and looking at furniture sales. I know that everything won't get done at once, but at the very least, we can get the place painted and maybe get new carpet. I'm not even entirely convinced we need new carpet as much as it needs to be deep cleaned, but I'll verify that on Thursday. Until then, I'll continue neurotically pinning things to various and sundry boards. It's almost like being productive, right? If you have any favorite home decor or furnishings sites, leave them in the comments. I'm all ears!

So that's my news. We bought/are in the process of buying a house. Newsflash: I still don't feel like an adult. I don't suppose I ever will.

Have a good Monday, all... it's almost over!

- A


  1. Ahhh! So exciting. Congratulations! Wow. I can't wait until I am able to say the same thing :)

    1. Thank you! It still feels kind of crazy, and I feel like I'll be holding my breath until the ink dries at the closing table, but... we bought a house!!

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    1. I'm so excited! Of course, it's not over yet... which is giving me agita. But yayyyyy house!

  3. Excellent! House buying isn't a walk in the park and the fact that you've been able to make a purchase and secure it is quite a feat. Kudos to you for gaining bragging rights, in addition to an abode. Haha! I hope everything is settled the soonest, including the finances. Good luck!

    Kevin Fritz @ Iron Point Mortgage


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