Fruit flies, DIE

Monday, July 27, 2009

We came back from a four-day vacation and forgot to remove any uneaten fruit from our kitchen console. One forgotten plum. One forgotten plum has reaped up a bunch of fruit flies, and for the last few days we've been clapping our hands in the air and smacking our cabinets trying to kill them.

Funny thing is Sofia goes around copying us like it's some funny game.

Yesterday we went over to Gonz's parents and I forgot that Blanca has a home-made trap for them. Vinegar in a bowl, plastic wrapped, holes punched into it.

I came home and did the same. Mine didn't work. HOWEVER, I had used white vinegar.
Looks like the little buggers prefer balsamic. How fancy.

Another provision...

Friday, July 17, 2009

Because of the early closing of our new home, that meant that we were giving short notice to our rental landlords and THAT meant that we may be on the hook for an extra month of rent although we aren't occupying the apartment. That is, unless they find a renter in time - for the end of the August. (We wanted a month overlap anyway).

We had a couple of people come by in a week to see the apartment. I wasn't here the first time (back on Tuesday) 'cause I was running around prepping for the M+M shower, but Christine was here baking pies. She is the ultimate seller (all those years at Club Monaco are really coming in handy), and she basically sold the apartment to her! I think that if I was here, I definitely would have seemed too eager. :-)

So, that lady called today and told me that she was interested in moving in. She will still have to fill out application forms, get background checked or whatever they do. But if all that goes well, I will be off the hook for the extra month!

I hope it all works out.

Farewell Jonathan

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Today, as a staff, we said farewell to Pastor Jonathan. He has been with us since 2000 and led APC in the capacity of Director of Outreach and Toronto Community Churches. He has had a big influence on my life. At 21, a mere child, I came on to the staff full time with no real boss to report to, since I really serve all the ministries at the church, he became my big brother - my protector. He saw me through many tears. Including personal ones, like when I found out a friend of mine from high school had committed suicide. He was always there to encourage and pray. Also, since I have no real formal training as a graphic designer, videographer, or anything else that I do now, he really gave me confidence and direction when I needed it.

So, I feel like his departure is also a new chapter for me: I am now an adult. I have a few things under my belt. Although I still have a lot of things to learn. Many of the early years were trial by fire for me, and I have made it because of people like him who really saw me through.

M+M's Shower

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A major event in my life has now been taken care of: a wedding shower for my little sister and her fiancee, Matt. I have this problem of making everything into a production. I do not know how to do anything low-key although I think that I like laid back gatherings and just plain old hanging out. Well, I guess I do, but if I'm in charge of it, I have this habit of blowing the thing out of proportion. Probably why this shower has felt a little heavier than necessary. A shower: it's fun! It's an eat-fest. It's present-time! What can be so stressy about that?

Well, it came off well. Our friends Sara + Gladson Thomas graciously opened their newly renovated home for us to host the party at. We fit over 50 people there comfortably. Many people brought great food, which is important 'cause food is kinda important to Matt and Margaret. :-)

Everyone was in such great spirits and participated in a photo keepsake guest book where everyone filled out these sheets of paper with words of wisdom for the couple and topped it off with a polaroid of themselves. I wasn't sure what the response was going to be like, but I guess it doesn't hurt to bribe them with a draw for gift cards. And now, Matt and Margaret have a memory book of that evening.

Matt and Margaret have an awesome wedding party to plan stuff with. Dave and Matt (Chapman) are ridiculously creative and make us (the girls) not make stuff too serious with these traditional type events.

Okay, back to house closing preparations. Got my home insurance quotation today, have to get in touch with the lawyer my agent hooked us up with, organize the money and get our key! All in 16 days!!

on the threshold

Sunday, July 12, 2009

On Tuesday, June 30, we went shopping for houses for the first time. That night we saw four houses, the last one we fell in love with. On Wednesday we made up our offer. On Monday, July 6 we presented our offer in a multiple offer situation. After improving the offer once, ours was accepted. On Monday, July 13 (two days from now) we finalize the offer on our first home. We get the keys on July 31. Talk about fast moving. So much has happened since Tuesday, June 30 I am far too tired to write it all down completely (I definitely started to write this blog far too late).

For one thing...I never want to see a fax machine again.

On being over-extended

Friday, July 03, 2009

I have never juggled more major things in my life, all at one time. Professionally AND personally. The good thing is that I am not stressed. The bad thing is that I kinda don’t feel on top of all of them. I tend to be a one-project-at-a-time kind of girl. Especially if one of those projects happens to be house-hunting.

Yes, I am looking to buy my first home.

I did not realize how stinkin’ expensive my desired location is. All around where I have lived MY ENTIRE LIFE sit $700,000 to $1.2 million dollar homes. I still hope that there is one house that is within reach. It’s also crazy how many details go into purchasing a home - all the applications, the paperwork, the questions, the research, the traveling, the snooping in people’s homes... It’s fun, but I think a big part of that is having a great agent. If I have any advice to give based on my very EXTENSIVE experience (i.e., less than a week), get an agent that you feel that you will want to hang out with because you will be on the phone with them every day, you will spend entire afternoons with them, and you’re going to have to feel that you can be very honest with this person, also. I have a great agent - he makes this ridiculously fun.

Okay, I am going to sleep now - ‘cause Gonz and I realized that was do not go to bed early very well. He wakes at 6 am every day - 12:30 am is not a good time to start going to bed. I have the day off tomorrow - which actually just means it’s a day to get everything outside of my day job done, so I should turn in too.

Nice to check in. I hope to be back soon.