Thursday, July 21, 2011

No more roll backs!

It's offical--- The countdown is OVA and there will be no resets!  The clock is at 00...(for the third time)

Ha- we would be scheduled to move on the HOTTEST day of the year but trust and believe, I’m moving even if I’m butt naked hanging out the side of a U-haul with a bag of ice for bra and panties!  It's so hot in the Washington DC Metropolitan area that the devil is even stark naked suckin on an ice cube. Even still, this heat will not roll us back un momento!  This is going to make for an unforgettable move.  I'm sure I'll be telling stories about this move for a long time. Well let me just say that I have enjoyed each of you so much.  Thank you for helping me get through this and keep my sanity! Through all the drive-bys, go-ins, chicken bones, no power, no power again, closing delays you all have been right there to cheer me up, listen and laugh with me.

I'll check in with you all later to dish about closing. Hope all goes well!  *Fingers Crossed*

Monday, July 18, 2011

Today is NOT the day.

This has truly been a beautiful experience. It was so rich and valuable.  I couldn't recommend a better experience for a couple, family, or even an individual.  This process has brought my partner and I so much closer which I didn't think was possible. Thinking back over these past 5 months, there are a few things that I have gained.

1. An appreciation of family. I moved back home during the building process.  It was rough at first, but once I got the pillow top for the wiry pull out bed, things jelled soon thereafter. It's not often when you get to move back home on a good note. Usually it's either to take care of sick parents, or other reasons that may bring you back to the nest.  I was able to come back TEMPORARILY and be more of an asset to my parents. It felt good to have flash backs of the "good old days" in the house they bought to make memories for me.

2. Patience. I got this by force.  No matter how much I stayed on top of the process,  timelines, etc., things are bound to happen that are out of my control. Just like how our settlement date has been pushed to the end of this week to Friday instead of TODAY.  You would think my potty mouth chart would be toppled over with paper toilets but all I can say is that, "It is well!". It is this reaction that demonstrates the level of patience I have gained. 

3. Flexibility and compromise. We wanted it ALL, shoot I STILL want it all. But it's a must to prioritize and to be flexible.  It's a give and take.  Having other small projects around the house will give me something to look forward to. So, it's ok that I didn't have EVERY bell and whistle, I got enough!  I'm still blowing baby!

4. Faith. We each have our own faith, beliefs etc. For me, this experience drew more of my attention to God's wonder, dominion, and power....down to the little things. I am so grateful to have been paying attention.

FINAL WALK-THRU was last Thursday.  It wasn't to bad. Our Jacuzzi was not working, the bar seemed to be off with its symmetry in some places and there was a crack in one of the kitchen cabinets. Those were the major things.  Everything else was minor but we were sure to point out EVERY TEENY TINY MINOR THING we saw: Paint touch ups, caulking cracks, grouting cracks, window smudges-- I was on it like the Brown Hornet.

Sooo- as I re-set my countdown clock to Friday, I will enjoy this last 3 days with my parents, no bills, and free food! IT IS WELL!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

We've got power...PLUS GRASS!

The grass is plush like carpet. I wanted to lie down in it!

The sun was shining so brightly in the house, and it was really pretty.

Our appliances were SUPPOSED to be delivered tomorrow but the microwave is unavailable.  I think our PM knew i would lose control upon hearing the word DELAY and he immediately told us we would be getting an upgraded model to arrive Monday. OK, I'll take an upgrade all day-- any day!

I've got one thing to say........



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Uh Oh...still NO PEPCO

So PEPCO's contractors have completed their work and all that is needed is for ONE of the THREE PEPCO Inspectors to come out and check out the work and press a button to provide the juice.  Sounds simple right? Well it would be except for the fact that ALL THREE inspectors are ON VACATION! $#!%!!!!!!

Does Pepco understand the ramifications of their lazy, uncoordinated actions?  See, I have been on this no foul language kick and doing exceptionally well.  More than three potty mouth charges in a week cost me $1 a pop and I have other things to do with my dollars!  Well, as you can see, PEPCO is responsible for FOUR potty mouth points today which cost me $1. I plan to send an invoice directly to the dumb a%% supervisor that approved ALL his inspectors to be off during the same week. IDIOT!

I'm trying to K.I.T. (Keep It Together)!!  The landscaping and touch-up paint is being done today and the cleaning crew is coming tomorrow. Friday the appliances are being delivered and installed but who knows how well they work...if THERE ISN'T ANY ELECTRICITY!!!!  


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

You can ring my bell...but I won't hear it!

I would love for you to RING MY BELL--ding, dong, ding....or shout over the intercom; however, WE HAVE NO POWER! 

This lack of juice has left me joltless, jammed out, jittered down, just plain on blah and has led to a  pause to all things Ryan Homes lately.

A screeching halt!  That’s what it’s been like.  PEPCO was delayed in laying the electric; as a result….the sump pump can not operate….as a result…when it rains the basement is wet… a result…..they can not lay carpet… a result…they had to push the carpet install from two weeks ago to tomorrow!  PEPCO doesn't give us power until….TUESDAY.  AS A SUPER, SUCKY RESULT, our closing date is now on the July 18, 2011. That is 10 whole days later. I don't have 10 extra days in the patience box.  I only had enough for 85. I signed up for hip-hop dance, jazz dance, hand dance-lessons...anything to get my mind off of these extra 10 days.  Now, if I could spend it in ATLANTIS like someone else I know.......that would be a different story!  Gurrr *eyes rolling*   

So, I've finally pressed the reset button to my clock but it blows me every time I look at it!

Wellst on to Guardian,
They never cease to irritate me.  They installed the inputs for the dual room entertainment center in the wrong place. Well, no biggie people make mistakes and they agreed to fix theirs. This is what is was: The Blue Indicates where the input is currently and the red arrow indicates where the input should have been placed.

These fools moved the inputs where to the correct place and the used a cover plate to camouflage the hole.  Did he think that LALADY was going to miss that?  Didn't he remember that I was the one who contacted Corporate about getting the preferred customer discount that he said did not exist?  Ah Hullloooo---I DON’T THINK SOOO! "Mr. Guardian, I suggest you get your drywall repair kit and get to fixing." *snaps finger*  

Well while on my hiatus from all things RYAN, a few more things were able to get done…shutters/door painted.

Of course they made sure we had a mail box…..we may not have power yet but they want to be CERTAIN we have a way to get the BILL for that power once they turn it on!

Wood floors were installed and the toilets and plumbing fixtures too!

I'm glad to see the plastic on the toilets.  That plastic needs to STAY on until 6/18!  Those worker-bee's butts have NO business releasing their greedy selves inside our hose.... THAT'S WHERE WE DRAW THE LINE!  I mean Chipotle is known to run right through you but it better run right through them down the street to the JIFFY-JOHN!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Uh Oh---Better get PEPCO

Time is ticking and everything with the construction of the house is on schedule.  The hardwood floors are being done today and carpet on Monday. Now everything lies in PEPCO's hands.  They were supposed to start digging trenches on yesterday but it got pushed back to Monday.  Depending on how swiftly  they work will determine if this will affect our closing day.

Our PM wants to have adequate time to test everything once the electric is on.  As much as I don't want to add ONE MORE DAY to that countdown, I want him to test, test, and retest!  I am sure it is much easier to get things done on the front end, then scheduling a time to do it after we move in...NO THANK YOU!  I want to have as little go wrong as possible!

I am not going to let the PEPCO thing stress me out because what will be, will be, and things will be fine.
One thing that is still weirding me out...You should see our street.  Homes are going up left and right.  I mean there may be 4 homes left and yet STILL have seen NOT ONE NEIGHBOR.  What the heck is going on?  I need to meet these people.  I have big plans for my street.  We've got to have a block party at the close of the summer and we need to get cracking.  I wish you all could be my r-neighbors (REAL neighbors) It would be something like this:

How fun!  You see Noey is know why don't you?? Because just like on our blogs, she got there first.  Have you gotten to a post yet that Noey didn't beat you to? NOPE NOT "NEVER" lol. Enjoy your vacation!  Trust me the Atlantis is so gorgeous you will absolutely love it there!  Take your own snacks--food is ridiculousness high. (All American Hot Dog $12)