Monthly Archives: April 2012

A Very Busy Friday…

So, as I mentioned last week, Friday was Closing Day!

I needed to have my car inspected this month, so I decided to just take the whole day off on Friday and drop my car off in the morning. It was a gorgeous day, so I went to a nearby coffee shop and enjoyed a coffee and a muffin outside while reading a magazine. I still had some time to kill before the car was ready, so I walked around the neighborhood for a while and then went to the library to renew my library card.  I picked up the car around 11:30 and headed home.

We had our final walkthrough at 1 p.m. and then the actual closing at 2 p.m. The seller actually had all of his paperwork done earlier, so it was just us, our agent, the listing agent, and the real estate attorney. We’d seen most of the documents earlier in the process, so we actually went through them all pretty quickly and we’re done by 2:30! The listing agent handed us the keys (as well as a large baggie of random keys that the seller’s brother – who had actually handled the transaction for him – had found around the house) and we were done!

You might think the first thing we’d do is go right back to our new house. Well, you’d be wrong. See, our friends had tickets to see a Jeopardy taping and doors opened at 4.  Our closing had originally been scheduled for the morning, but after it was pushed back to the afternoon, we were pretty sure we weren’t going to be able to go to the taping. When we got out of the closing at 2:30, Adam asked me if he thought we could still make it. I quickly emailed my friends to make sure they still had the extra tickets, then we went home, dropped off the car, hopped on the metro, and met our friends over at DAR Constitution Hall.

We’d been under the impression that we were supposed to see a taping of the Power Players week. That’s how the tickets had apparently been advertised when my friend signed up to receive them.  Based on the chatter going on around us, we were obviously not the only people there who thought that. So we were at first more than a little disappointed when we got inside and saw “Teen Tournament” on the big screens.

That disappointment did not last long, however.  It turns out we had tickets to see the taping of the two-episode final round. I don’t want to give anything away about the tournament, but I do want to say that if you are a Jeopardy fan, you will want to make sure to tune in for at least these two final episodes, which should air on May 10-11.  Without saying too much, there was a very exciting finish, and at the end of it all, we realized we were probably much more into it watching these three teens play for actual money that meant something to them, than we would have been watching power player celebrities playing for charity.

A very interesting – and if Alex Trebek is to be believed, very rare – thing happened during our taping.  He accidentally read the question (and by that, I mean what the contestants are supposed to say) as part of the answer (that is, what is on the blue screen). (Wow, the Jeopardy format makes this difficult to explain.)  Basically he gave away the correct response while reading his part to the players.  It was very obvious what had happened and everyone with the show sort of scrambled to figure out what they were supposed to do. At first, Trebek was going to just read the next answer under the category, but then the producer (I’m assuming) stopped the taping and cut him off from doing so.  It took the Jeopardy crew probably about 5 minutes to come up with a new answer – what made it even more difficult was that every answer in the category had a map as part of it.  Trebek says that this has only happened about 5 times in all of the years he’s been hosting Jeopardy, and while that seems kind of unlikely (I mean, I’d think it’d be pretty easy to slip up like that when the response is right in front of you), the way everyone with the show acted definitely made it seem like this is a very unusual occurrence, because it wasn’t obvious what they were supposed to do in that situation.

We ended the day with dinner with our friends at a Latin American restaurant near our new(!) house(!)…  of course, I made sure to have a celebratory margarita!

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“Cleared to Close”

We just got official confirmation, so I finally feel comfortable to make the formal announcement…

WE’RE BUYING A HOUSE!!!

Closing on Friday… more details on our house-hunt and finding “the one” to come soon!

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101 in 1001 – The Official Recap

Back on June 27, 2009, I started the 101 in 1001 project and came up with a list of 101 things I hoped to accomplish in 1001 days. Well, 1001 days have come and gone and I didn’t quite cross everything off, but I actually did better than I expected.

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Here are some basic stats…

Items completed:69
Items not completed: 32
Items partially completed: 3
Most successful categories: health and wellness (6/7), blogging (6/7), food (12/12), helping others (5/5), culture (5/5), saving (4/5)
Least successful categories: sports and exercise (4/8), crafts and creativity (2/9), self-indulgence (0/3), D.C. area (1/3)
Things I probably wouldn’t have done without the challenge: run a half marathon (now I’ve run 3!), try a bikram yoga class, make bagels from scratch
Things I really should have done, but didn’t: get a physical, write three more letters, go unplugged for a weekend, do anything under the self-indulgence category, gone one more month without buying clothes

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Here’s the list of items I didn’t cross off within 101 days.  I want to make a separate list here, because I’m going to keep up my original list and continue to cross items off, even though I’m beyond the deadline.

5. Make it to the top of the tall rockclimbing wall.
6. Learn to play golf. (by this, I never meant to actually be good at it – just to actually go real golfing, not just to the driving range)
7. Go snowboarding. (will obviously need to wait until next winter)
8. Do a pull-up, unassisted.
15. Get a physical. (I really need to find a PCP.)
16. Write 10 letters to friends. (7/10)
20. Send 5 random care packages to friends. (3/5)
27. Have someone do a guest post on my blog. (Any volunteers?)
32. Organize digital photos on computer.
33. Make back-up digital copies of photos.
36. Learn how to make handmade cards.
37. Make and send 5 handmade cards.
38. Draw in my sketchbook every day for a week.
39. Do a charcoal rendering of a photograph.
41. Make a TasteBook.
43. Learn to make a mosaic.
44. Take an art class.
57. Go unplugged for a weekend — no internet, phone, television.
58. Read a Shakespeare play I haven’t read before.
63. Go to the movies alone. (It’s hard enough to get me to go to the movies with someone.)
64. Buy myself a nice piece of jewelry.
65. Have an at-home spa day.
77. Enjoy the views from the top of the Old Post Office building.
78. Tour the National Cathedral.
80. Travel outside the U.S.
84. Ride a rollercoaster.
87. Take a spontaneous weekend trip (decide that week).
91. Go sledding or snowtubing. (Again, need to wait until next winter.)
92. See Cirque du Soleil.
94. Hike a section of the Appalachian Trail. (Hopefully this spring/summer!)
96. See a Supreme Court argument. (Probably next term.)
97. Go an entire month without buying any clothes, 3X. (2/3)

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All in all, I’m pretty proud of myself for accomplishing as many of the items as I did. Have any of you done the 101 in 1001 project or similar challenge?

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April Goals…

Wow, with the half marathon, my birthday, house hunting, and friends in town, March really flew by. Here’s the recap of my March goals…

1. Try to tackle several of my 101 things in 1001 days. I’m planning to do an official end of 1001 days recap in the next week or so, but I actually only ended up crossing one more thing this month.  But all in all, 68 out of 100 isn’t so bad.

2. Read a book.  I read The Hunger Games in pretty much a single sitting. (30 pages on a Thursday, the rest of it on Saturday.)  It definitely lived up to all of the hype.  I tried to read it so that I could go see the movie with some friends on the Sunday that was the day after I finished it, but then other things came up and I wasn’t able to go anyway. I’m actually glad I didn’t see it right away, because I wanted to just live with the book for a little while before seeing the movie adaptation.  I may still try to go see it while it’s in the theater because I have heard good things, but I also get kind of squeamish watching certain types of violence (pretty much anything to do with sharp objects), so I’m not sure how much I’d enjoy the movie itself just based on that aspect alone.  I have heard mixed things about the last two books, but I am planning on reading both of them. I’m going to add them to the library wait list (which I’m sure is forever long) or borrow them from a friend.

3. Do one non-running workout per week. I did not do this every week, however, in the last week of March I did one day of strength training (and my legs were SORE for days afterward, so I’m definitely out of shape!), one spinning class, and one 20 minute bike ride.

On to April!

1. Go to boot camp at least twice a week. I signed up for a boot camp class through Groupon about a month ago.  I tend to enjoy working out in classes more than solo… at least once I can get over my fear of doing something new. I really need to get back into shape, because pretty much all I do lately is run and my running has actually suffered as a result. Last year, when I was the fastest I’d ever been, I was running, spinning and going to Body Pump regularly. I know that I am going to be SO SORE as a result of boot camp, but I think it might be just the kick in the butt I need to get into shape.  The biggest obstacle? It requires me to get up at 5:30 a.m. Eeek!

2. Clean out my closet. By the end of April, it’ll be just about time to break out all my summery clothes, so I think it’s a good time to go through my wardrobe and clean out those pieces I never wear. I’m really trying to figure out what my sense of style (if I even have one) is by trolling pinterest and polyvore and seeing if there are any looks that I am repeatedly drawn to. I actually did this experiment back in late fall/early winter and thought it worked pretty well, but summer clothes and work clothes are harder. I’d like to have a well edited closet with pieces I really like and can mix and match well. Now, I feel like I sort of haphazardly buy something, wear it a few times, then decide I liked it a lot more in the store or online than in my actual closet.

3. Watch less television. We actually don’t watch a ton of specific television shows, but our problem tends to be that we’ll have the television on as background noise and it’ll kind of suck us in and we end up wasting away our evenings and staying up later than we intended.  So, the plan is that during the week, we can watch The Daily Show with dinner and sporting events (baseball season starts this week!), and then any other shows we watch can be DVR’d and watched on Friday night or the weekend.

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