Oh Hey, Friday!

Friday, July 11, 2014

I am so excited that Karli of September Farm and Amy of The Farmer's Wife took it upon themselves to fill the void that was left when my other Friday link-up went on summer vacation. Also, I'm excited because this, my friends, is an extra-special Friday. It is the LAST Friday I will be spending in this office.


Let's just let the gravity of that sink in for a moment, shall we?

Right, moving on. Back to celebrating Friday! Here are 5 random things I thought I'd share today. (Isn't that the best link-up ever? SO EASY.)

1. We are closing on our house 1 week from today. In fact, by this time next week, we should be done at the closing, which is scheduled for 10 am. I know these things can take awhile, but God help me if I'm still signing papers five and a half hours after we start. Can I just say that getting a mortgage is the most painful thing I've ever done in my life? Yes, even more painful than applying to med school, which entailed writing about 253 essays and painstakingly entering every single class, credit, and grade I've ever received in my higher education life. I would rather do that again than apply for a mortgage. After sending in months worth of bank statements, signed contracts, the homeowner's insurance policy, a list of every place we've lived and worked for two years, verification of checks leaving and entering our account for down payments, and multiple tax forms, I had to ask Ken this:

Can you scan me a copy of your employment contract? They apparently need that too.
Ken: Holy balls, do they need a copy of my birth certificate to make sure I was actually born?
Me: Apparently, we're also missing some other tax form that no one ever sent to us. Please kill me now.

As Victoria said, " I had to type up, sign, and scan an approximately two-sentence letter stating something to the effect of "I was laid off on X date. I was subsequently unemployed until Y date." Why anyone needed this, I have no idea. Not like I filed a 1099-G for the unemployment I collected or anything - OH WAIT, I did."

Ken and I had to provide a list of everywhere we had worked for the past two years, which would have made sense, had we not both worked in our current positions for the last 2+ years... as evidenced by our tax returns. I don't even... whatever. I will sign whatever they ask me to sign, just please, give me a mortgage. STOP THE INSANITY.

2. This weekend is looking pretty awesome. Tonight, I'm going to see Victoria play Sister Margaretta in a local production The Sound of Music, which should be really fun. Tomorrow, I'm sleeping in and then meeting up with Patricia for pedicures and lunch. Bonus? The pedicure comes with a glass of champagne! Then on Sunday, Ken and I are heading to Ocean City, NJ if the weather isn't crappy, and after putting on a wide-brimmed hat, slathering on 100+ SPF sunscreen, and renting an umbrella, I plan to sit on the beach and read, sleep, and people watch to my heart's content. And of course, there will be pizza. And custard. And possibly caramel corn and/or fudge. Because calories don't count when you're down the shore, right? Right.

3. We bought new bedroom furniture! After hunting high and low for the best deal, we landed at Ashley Furniture on Monday night. They were having a sale because of the holiday, plus they had free delivery and 5 years of interest-free financing. Craziness! We were there way longer than originally planned because the first set we had picked out ended up being discontinued, but in the end, we were happy with our choice. 

4. Apparently, I finally caught up with 2014 and I am really into smoothies. And no, I don't put kale in mine. I have an immersion blender that says it can make smoothies, but I don't trust it. Anyone have a favorite blender they'd recommend? I really like this one (in green) because it matches our KitchenAid, but $150 seems a bit steep at this moment in my financial life. The good news is that I have approximately 84 coupons for Bed, Bath, and Beyond, so once we move and get settled, we are going to have a good time there!

5. I met with some new doctors yesterday and realized, once again, that my doctor's appointments always breed MORE doctor's appointments! Chronic conditions are a full time job, my friends. And now I have a lot to think about. More on that later. Like next week. CLIFF HANGER!

And on that note, everyone have a great weekend! Wear sunscreen, sleep in, and have a glass of wine or three. Cheers!

- A


  1. Oh man...the mortgage process does not sound fun...of course, neither does renting for an entire lifetime...

    1. The mortgage process is NOT fun. I feel like I'm in some kind of serious relationship with our realtor and our broker, that is how often I call these people. But hey, at the end of the day, we'll have a house! And a giant pile of debt. Yay...?

  2. I pretty much think calories don't count whenever you're doing anything that could remotely count as fun or vacation ;) Hope you're having a fantastic one!

    1. So, we ended up not going to the beach because the weather was gross... but I still ate plenty of delicious food, so I'm counting it as a win! I also got to sleep in, so... bonus!

  3. I'm happy that I haven't had to go through what looks like the painful process of getting a mortgage. But in reality, I'll probably never qualify for a mortgage. Sooo... I'm not sure if that's good or bad.

    1. I feel like if people had to go through as much rigamarole to have a child as you do to get a mortgage, we'd have a lot fewer babies around, haha. And you can totally qualify for a mortgage. I didn't think we would qualify for one, but we did! It felt strangely easy, haha.


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