Hallo, interwebs! I am sitting enjoying a G&T with lots of lime, having wrestled a new mattress onto the guest bed, started all the laundry going, and cleaned up my kitchen. What are Saturdays for if not doing the cleaning while working on a pleasant buzz?
Things are suddenly going very well with my house purchase. My loan officer pulled my credit score to start a new application, and discovered my credit rating had gone up by 72 points. (What?! I have no explanation for this.) So that meant I could get a conventional loan (much less hassle, and means I only have to buy PMI for the first 20% of the mortgage, not the whole thing) AND I qualify for the Illinois homebuyer program that will pay $5000 of your downpayment. Wheeeeeeeee. I will need to cover a little more of closing costs than had been anticipated on the last loan, but I'll sink less money of my own in overall - about $2700 instead of $4000. Things are moving very swiftly, and the presents owners got the tuck-pointing done on Friday, and I booked a moving company and sadlhfkjhashf it's really happening! I move on June 26th, and someday soon I should start packing. I am so loathe to live amid chaos, however, that I'm putting it off as long as I can. I have friends coming to visit on June 12th, who've offered to help me pack, so that weekend will be the grand kickoff. That seems doable.
Work is still awful, with a side of awful, and I am looking forward to two weeks from now when the busy season will be over. I mean, I'll fly to a conference then, so it's not as if I'll actually stop working or anything, but the rhythm of things should change pretty dramatically, and I'll be so glad.
I bought a pair of bright red patent leather slingbacks
to wear with my cherry dress in a couple of weeks, and oh, they are so delicious. I don't know that I can wait til the event to wear them - I might have to sneak in a bit of a wear before then. I feel Peggy Carter would be proud of my choices.
Today was the first day warm enough that I dug out shorts for the year. They are so comfy! I'm going to a BBQ tomorrow, and you better believe I'm going to wash these shorts tonight so that I can wear them again right away. Yay summer!
Two friends of mine recently gifted me a week of Blue Apron, and oh my gosh, it's SO FUN. Blue Apron is a service where you get sent all the fixings for making three dishes for two people (on the package I chose, at least - you can choose family-sized helpings). You're sent absolutely everything you need pre-measured - just the right amount of mushrooms, the handful of chervil, the sprinkle of parmesan - with a laminated recipe card giving you clear instructions (with photographs) as to how to make the dish. I had a blast just pulling everything out of the refrigerated box and enjoying the beautiful packaging, much less cooking it all up (the first meal of which I will make tonight). This could be life-changing for me, because I am easily bored when it comes to cooking, and live in a place where you can't get things like, say, chervil. That someone will ensure that I eat three new things a week, that weren't the things I ate the week before, and those dishes will include ingredients far more varied than I could get on my own - bliss! So I've elected to pay for the next few boxes myself to see if I want to continue things. I know I do now - I just need to make sure it still works for me after the excitement of the first couple of boxes has worn off.
How are all of you? How goes work and home and family (chosen or otherwise) and friends and books and movies and yarn and weather and horses and dogs and cats and everything?