And So Life Goes On

How are you, gentle readers? Long time no update. Things have been crazy these last couple of weeks with Troy’s grandpa getting sick, one of Troy’s cousins passed away, and on the day of her funeral, Troy’s grandpa passed away. In addition, I’ve been down with a nasty cold since last week.

We made some efforts to cheer ourselves up this past weekend by going to a concert and see a movie, but it didn’t quite work out because, well, both the artists we saw at the concert (Canadian artists named Sarah Slean and Royal Wood, in case you’re curious) had to mention something about their grandparents passing away and sang sad songs about them. Seriously, what are the odds?

And then of course I had to suggest that we went to see a movie called Young@Heart without thinking that it could potentially make us sad again. The movie is a documentary about a group of senior citizens who sing punk rock songs (among others) in a chorus and a couple of the chorus members died during the filming. :( It was a good movie nonetheless. I’d highly recommend it. Check out the trailer.

Everything else seems to have taken a backseat lately. I haven’t taken any pictures other than snapshots in ages. We haven’t bought anything for the house in a couple of weeks. At least my plant collection is still going strong, though I think I’ve killed my lychee plant. But my avocado plant is growing like crazy!

Um, what else? Tomorrow is our anniversary. We will have been married for 3 years! Woo! I think we’re going to a schnitzel place for our anniversary dinner. And then we’re going to go up to the cottage the weekend after this weekend to spend some time with friends, play a lot of board games and eat a lot of meat. Should be fun.

There isn’t really much else to report. Hopefully exciting things will start happening again.

Our House

Here’s a list of the features in our newly acquired house as compared to this list I made of my ideal house:

  • older than your grandparents, if your grandparents were born less than 84 years ago;
  • detached (yes!);
  • not too spacious rooms, but that only means less space to clean (compromise);
  • 3 bedrooms (yes!);
  • good-sized, fenced backyard sans the mature trees;
  • smells nice (yes!);
  • main floor is carpet-free;
  • medium-sized galley kitchen;
  • a bathroom on the same level with the master bedroom (yes!);
  • a partly finished basement;
  • relatively good privacy;
  • both porch and deck for my plants (yes!);
  • oil heating (compromise);
  • newer electrical wiring (yes!);
  • private driveway (yes!);
  • seemingly nice neighbourhood.

We could’ve bought a bigger house with a beautiful view but the amount of work required to make the house up to code was daunting and would cost us and arm and a leg so we had to make a couple of compromises and get the best house we could get without going over-budget. I think we bought the house at just the right time because now I don’t think we could buy a house as nice as what we just bought with the budget we had. Suddenly they all cost $20,000 more! So yeah, we’re quite happy with our acquisition.

Now that we’ve bought a smallish house, I’ve become quite addicted to the Apartment Therapy weblog because it offers a lot of ideas for decorating your small space and space-saving tips. I’ve also picked up a lot of books on home decorating from our favourite bargain book stores and book sales. I really can’t wait to start buying furniture and decorate the house! But sadly, I have to wait for a little less than 3 months for that. :( Oh well. Time will fly, I’m sure.

Oh, and if anyone wants to give us a housewarming gift, anything from my ever-growing wishlist would be much appreciated. ;)