I’m happy to announce my six-week blogging hiatus is coming to an end! Girl Ninja is back to work, which means she is going to bed at her regular time of 6pm (okay really like 9:30pm). So after she hits the sack, I can hop on the old computer and pound at the keys a bit. Missed you peeps.
I’ve pretty much spent every free moment these last two weeks making our house less sucky. I’ve been up to the following things as of late…
- changing light fixtures and motion sensors (haven’t electrocuted myself yet!)
- painting the walls and trim
- buying and returning area rugs (we are on our fifth try)
- freaking out about how much we are spending
- dropping mad skrilla on some new appliances
- learning how to paint our nasty kitchen cabinets
- putting fake security alarm stickers on our doors/windows
- pricing out faux wood blinds
- having a plumber tell me it is going to cost $600 to have a water line ran to our fridge, only to learn via YouTube I can do it for about $50 myself
- visiting Home Depot a frustratingly high number of times per week
- axing down trees and making our jungle of a backyard look a little more tame
I’m leaving the country for six weeks starting in November, so I’m trying to get as much of this house stuff done as possible before I fly the coup. It’s totally rewarding to see the house take a new shape each day as we keep plugging and chugging to make our house a home. I had $10,000 budgeted for all these odds and ends, but at the rate we are spending that sure wont last long…haha.
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I still have random moments where I’m like “Why am I not still a renter?”, but then I just look at our freaking huge backyard and the scratches I’ve put in our hardwood floor and remember “Oh yeah, because owning this stuff, instead of borrowing, it is fun and exciting too.”
I don’t know how people can buy houses only putting 3% down, starting off with negative equity would make me feel trapped, where at least now I know if we end up hating this house a year from now, we shouldn’t have a problem selling it thanks to a large down-payment.
Renting is legit, and so far owning is too. Only time will tell which one is best for us 😉