Friday, February 27, 2009

House Acquisition in Progress

After years of dreaming, planning, and wishing Kim and I have started the house hunt.  In fact, we actually have an offer on a house right now.  When we put in the offer, we were expecting to wait a month or two for a response due to the transaction being a short sale.  We submitted the offer 4 days ago and 2 days ago found out the bank contacted the owner.  This means we should know any day now whether they accept our offer or not.

Our offer made number 4 being submitted to the bank by the seller.  The 3 previous offers already waited 2 weeks without so much as a peep from the bank.  Secretly I'm hoping the bank's sudden contact is due to our offer being acceptable, but it's more likely coincidence.

The house itself is a ranch style 3/2 with an unfinished basement and a sun-room.  It's a corner lot in quiet subdivision very near to my work.  The location is biking, or walking in most cases, distance to a grocery store, my work, Sean's place, and a movie theatre, making it an ideal location for Kim and I.  If this deal goes through, we plan to relieve ourselves of a vehicle.

In other news, I am competing in the company's "Biggest Loser" contest.  According the optional weigh-ins, I am currently in first place with 9.5% loss of body weight.  That translates to 21 pounds! This whole gym thing appears to be paying off. Speaking of which, today marks the 8th straight week of 5AM gyming.  I might have missed a day or two during that time, but it is close enough.  My ultimate weight goal is now only 10 pounds away!

In other, other news, Kim, Sean, and I finally purchased our plane tickets for our trip to Ireland. This trip took over two years to make a reality, but now it is finally happening. May 16-31 we will be in Ireland. The first week is a bike trip through the Connemara region with touring company IronDonkey. The next week is a little up in the air, but we plan on going to Galway and Dublin for sure.  We are planning at least a couple, more likely 3 days, in Dublin.  I am hoping too that we go see some castles while we're there. It should be a lot of fun.

Thus ends month two of my 12 month trek towards a post a month.  Yay for New Year's resolutions.