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June wrapup

June 30th, 2009 at 06:11 am

1. Wasn't too bad on the weight loss track even though I didn't make my 5 lb mark (lost just 3). Oh well... will do better in July! Notice how it varies sporadically each day -- but I just worry about the first and last day's weigh-ins.

2. I had been awarded a $1,000 scholarship back in Feb to help pay for grad school from my professional association. I submitted for reimbursement yesterday so that will be super nice to get that check soon.

3. DH has gone through his closets of collectibles and has sold so much in June. I wish he'd sell everything and at the same time stop buying anything but alas, that is just a dream... so I'll take what I can get.

4. We have planned on doing the Busch Gardens/Williamsburg tour over the 4th weekend. I hope it won't be too hot! I also hope that it won't be a budget busting vacation either.

5. There isn't too much word on the house front. The buyer's realtor won't get back in touch with our realtor concerning the status of their client's interest on our house. So, the conversation we have going on now is whether or not we want to (1) go ahead and place an offer on the new house contigent on the sale of ours or (2) reduce the price of our house first and see if we get any bites. I really don't want this house to get away from us - we've seen so many and this one fits the bill for us. I can tell you guys this... within the last 6 months, 2 houses closed in this same neighborhood for $100K less than the asking price of this house that we want. We plan on offering $100K less than their asking price based on the comparables. So, since this is such a low offer, we didn't know if they would even entertain an offer with a contigency... but there is absolutely no way this house would appraise for what they are asking.

The house we want...

June 18th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

I always love seeing pictures posted so I thought I would post this one of the house we are seriously looking at buying...

What do you guys think? And just for fun, how much would you pay for this house just based on this one picture? The house is over 3400 sq ft, 0.77 acres, built in 2002, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2 car garage, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, etc.... we absolutely love the location!!!

As I've posted before, we have our current house on the market for sale and so we've been looking for a "new" house. This one just fits everything that is on our must-have list. We have one very interested couple looking at our house and once they bite, we are definitely going to put an offer in on this one!

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

June 11th, 2009 at 11:57 am

Summer vacation plans -
DH and I are planning to take our kids to Busch Gardens Williamsburg VA in late July. Anybody ever been? We've not and think it should be a fun trip. Ticket prices on their website are outrageous though. Geez, when did it cost so much to take a family of 4 to go have a little fun? We are planning to be gone at least 3 days since it's so far away from home... don't know what else we'll do while we're in Williamsburg. I wonder if our kids would be too bored with a visit to Colonial Williamsburg. So, with hotel stay, gas, food, and ticket prices, I'm sure we'll end up spending well over $1200 in 3 days! Ugh.

Tidbits and Updates

June 9th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

1. Started on a health/weight-loss kick back on May 1. I lost 5 lbs in May (attached a graph tracking actual weight per day). Glad to see the trend going down instead of up! Smile I hope to lose 5 more in June...

2. My first summer school class is killing me. It's regression analysis (aka: yucky statistics) and is just horrible. I swear that if I can just pass it with a 'C', I'll be a happy camper.

My second class starting in July will be a bit more interesting... it's consumer behavior. Smile

3. In spite of the economic turmoil hitting our budgets for the new year (starting in July), my boss has signed in a 9% raise for me!!! I feel like those AIG and CEO guys that everyone told to give back their bonuses. It shouldn't be fair that I get a raise while at the same time we are having to let people go at work. My boss says that it's an equality thing with my own position, budget problems or not, and that I shouldn't concern myself about it.

4. Had a free lunch today at Applebee's. My MIL took me and the family out today so that was nice! She's also invited us over for Friday night dinner so that's another free meal this week... gotta love free food!

5. Our house is still on the market with no offers. DH and I have resigned ourselves to see how it goes (contract with the realtor up in August) and not to rush into buying anything new in the meantime. If/when we do sell, we can live with my parents for as long as we need to which would help us save at least $2,000 a month in mortgage/utility bills! That could add up! So, we'll just wait and see what happens.