Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Submitted the counter offer last night. No news yet this morning.

Apparently, our agent got a call yesterday about our house from someone who had seen our listing on She took the woman's name and number, and promised to call if the current transaction fell through. Kind of cool that our posting on craigslist is actually generating a response. :)

I sure hope the current folks accept our counter offer. I want to be able to make a mess in my house without having to clean it up right away. Or even scrapbook without worrying that someone is going to want to see the house...funny how those little things become so important!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Got the offer this morning!

It came in a little below our acceptable threshold, so we are meeting with our agent tonight after work to do a counter-offer. I'll let you know when we have an accepted offer.

In the meantime, there are a whole bunch of things we need to do once the offer is accepted. Applying for an apartment is the first thing - because that will determine move date for us. They want it to close by July 6th, which is 5 weeks from this Thursday. :)

Monday, May 29, 2006

Just got notice from my agent that we will be receiving an offer tomorrow morning. These folks took a look at our house twice on Thursday, but took the weekend to make up their mind. And since it's a holiday, they will be doing the paperwork tomorrow.

Now, if I could just read their mind and see if they are going to do a full price offer, I'd sleep ever so much better tonight...

Today, before we found out, we went shopping to get some new clothes for my husband. He needed some new jeans, and we threw a couple of polo shirts, a new belt, and a new wallet. I got a new pair of jeans too. :) Then we spent several hours with my husband's family. We were at Olive Garden with them when we got the call.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

No news on the offer. Maybe Monday or Tuesday. We have a feeling they are first time buyers, so they may not be able to afford our house.

In the meantime, we drove down to Eugene and spent some time with our friends touring wineries. Memorial Day weekend is a big winery tour weekend, some wineries are only open on this weekend and Thanksgiving weekend.

Here's a shot of the vineyards at Iris Hill winery:

Friday, May 26, 2006

Patience is a virtue. I hate waiting! :)

The folks who looked at our house yesterday morning came back to look yesterday evening with a set of parents. This is a GOOD sign. :) Let's hope it results in an offer! And, there is a showing going on right now, different agent and buyers, so at least the showings are picking up.

Still, it's hard to wait to see if people are going to make an offer. Work work work - that'll keep my mind off the prospect! And I know my mom (my agent) would call me as soon as she got an offer, so I can rest's just SO hard waiting.

Here's a layout I did last night to showcase Heather Roselli's "Vegas Baby" kit, available today at the TDC Boutique. I have lots more Vegas pictures to scrap, so you'll be seeing more layouts like this!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Woohoo! I just got some good news!

First, I just heard from an organization I'm heavily involved with (STC, at that they want to put all of my photos up on their website, alongside the professional photographer's photos. So cool! :)

And even better, we have another showing today at 10 a.m., and they seem really interested in our house. Fingers and toes crossed again please! :)

I've told my husband that I want to start taking recreational dance classes. I need some exercise that doesn't feel like exercise. :)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Today is my husband's 40th birthday! Happy birthday honey!

And happy birthday to my friend Alan, who generously shares his birthday with my husband. :)

We had a showing of the house yesterday. First showing since we dropped the price and rearranged the "not quite a dining room" into a conversation area. Now we are just waiting to see if we get any feedback from the showing agent. While I'm frustrated that no offer resulted from the showing, at least someone was interested in seeing the house! Our flyers keep disappearing out of the flyer box in front of the house, and it can't all be neighbors looking to price their hosues or neighborhood kids out for a lark.

Heading down to Eugene on Saturday for a trip around the local wineries. We'll stay Saturday night, then head to the coast and drive up leisurely on Sunday. Then we'll visit my husband's parents on Monday, so they can see him somewhere near his birthday (it's impossible to meet up on the day all the time).

Saturday, May 20, 2006

My latest layout, of my husband and his mom on this year's Mother's Day.

Created using Heather Roselli's "April Showers" kit, available at the DigiChick.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Yeah, yeah, I know, it has been a few days! :)

Saturday was pretty much a relaxing day. Sunday was quite busy, with two meals/families. 9 a.m. on one side of town with my in-laws, and 11:45 a.m. on the other side of town with my family. I got some pictures, I'll post them soon! :)

We got some feedback on our house from a showing last Thursday. As a result, we slightly dropped the price, rearranged the dining room to look like a conversation area, and put some knobs/pulls on the drawers and cabinets in the kitchen. We'll see if it works! While my dad was over last night, installing the new light fixture, someone drove up and got a flyer out of the flyer box. Amazing to actually see someone take one, we've been thinking that it's the neighborhood kids taking out one flyer at a time. Wish us good luck!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Finished my 2nd round layout!

You can see it here:

This is Me

It's Friday! I can't wait to sleep in tomorrow.

We had 2 showings yesterday, one that didn't leave a card, and one at about 8 p.m. --- gotta love those driveby "We're in your driveway, can we take a look at your house right now" calls.

We'll see if anything comes of it - I'm not holding my breath.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

I'm back! :)

The plane landed at about 10:45 p.m. and I finally got home at about 12:15 a.m. Baggage claim didn't take too long, and it was a fairly quick drive home, although I started falling asleep about 10 miles away.

I had a good time, walked a LOT, and took lots of pictures. Most of them are not exciting scenic, cool Las Vegas pics, but pictures of people within the organization receiving awards and doing fun things, so you probably won't see many pictures posted here.

I was presented with quite a few opportunities this weekend. These opportunities will lead to greater visibility within the organization, and I intend on running for the upcoming 2006 - 2007 election, so I will be doing some soul searching and prioritizing this coming weekend.

In other news, no one is looking at the house. We haven't had a showing in 2 weeks. The flyers keep disappearing from the flyer box, but we really aren't sure if it is potential buyers or kids in the neighborhood removing the flyers.

Did I mention I'm tired? I was at work this morning at 8:30 a.m., after going to bed at 1 a.m. *Yawn* Early to bed for me tonight, after I finish my layout for the 2nd round of the Ultimate Digital Scrapper contest. :)

Sunday, May 07, 2006

14,000 steps. That's how many steps I walked today. I got a pedometer a couple weeks ago, and remembered to throw it in my bag while packing, so I decided to wear it today during the conference. 14,000 steps! No wonder my legs hurt! And of course, the squatting down in "photographer's wait mode" didn't help the muscles any.

Here's today's photo. This is in the convention center between Bally's and Paris Hotels.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

I'm in Vegas, baby! :)

Here's the view from my hotel room. Sorry for the small size/quality, I'm trying to keep file size/bandwidth low. The sun is setting at the right corner of the hotel, which is why it's blown out there.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

I've posted my first challenge layout!

I can't post it anywhere but the contest gallery, so you'll have to go here to see it.

3 days to Las Vegas!

Tonight, I go to the eye doctor to get my annual eye exam. I'm pretty sure my prescription has changed. I'm looking forward to choosing new glasses, I'm going to get some cool ones that also have the magnetic clip-on sunglasses like my husband.

Tomorrow is my last day of work until after the conference.

Friday, I'm going to a day spa to cash in my birthday gift from my husband: wrap, massage, facial, manicure, pedicure. Then I head to the salon and get my hair cut and colored. Then some of my friends are having a (late) birthday gathering for me at a friend's house, so I'll be all nice and relaxed...

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

It has begun - the Ultimate Digital Scrapper contest at!

The first challenge is:

Put Your Best Photo Forward!

This week’s challenge is all about the photos! Photos are one of the most powerful forms of preserving your memories. We’re looking for your best photo in a layout that highlights it! Please select one photo that reflects something meaningful to you. Photo manipulation, filters, editing etc are all ok – this is the time to make your photo shine!

If you feel like you have already scrapped your best photo – feel free to scrap it again – but remember, this must be a brand new original layout!!!!!!!

**Photo should be your own original photograph – please no stock photography or photos taken from photography studios or other copyrighted materials.**

Judges will be looking for:

A captivating quality photo
An overall layout that highlights photo
Creativity and Uniqueness

You can check out the challenge gallery here to look at the layouts.

Monday, May 01, 2006

I was busy this weekend!

My husband's brother came over on Saturday and helped dismantle the universal gym in one of our rooms. Now we have an almost empty room, freshly vacuumed. The house was given the once over, vacuumed both days, and cleaned to "show home" clean. Still, no one came to look at it. :(

I did three digital scraplifted layouts yesterday. You can see them here:

You can see the original layout here at 2peas.

The original is here at 2peas.

The original layout is here.