Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Hey lil' cutie! Can I come live in you?

I've been waiting to do a blog post about this, because I was convinced that something would fall through, but Alex and I made an offer on a house in Maplewood, New Jersey, it was accepted, and now we are officially in contract! Our closing date is December 13!

Alex wouldn't want me to share anything until we actually live there, because he's always so convinced that good news will turn bad. But I decided, if something happens that makes us not get this house, then I'll just have to blog about it, because that will be one of the few things that will make me feel better. And if I think about what "being in contract" means in a non-doomsday way, it means that people want to sell us and only us their house! So... let's talk about it, shall we?

I'm so glad our search is finally over, and am beyond excited- I just want to live there already! Of course, I've gone from obsessively reading Trulia, to now obsessively reading design blogs (my favorites right now are: Making it Lovely, i suwannee, Manhattan Nest and Our Fifth House) and starting a "room designs" board on Pinterest. Here are some of my favorite pins so far:




In case you haven't noticed, I like busy, bold and unique! Ultimate inspiration?


I can't wait to share pictures of the inside of the house with you guys! I think I'm going to take some during our inspection.

Here are the things on my mind:

  • The living room has red walls! Do we want to keep the red walls? I'm leaning towards yes.
  • Will my grandmother's kitchen table fit in the kitchen?
  • Will we be able to turn the "non-working" fireplace into a working one? Because if you ask me, nothing is sadder than a non-working fire place.
  • OMG a yard!
  • OMG a finished basement!
  • OMG red front door!
  • OMG down town Maplewood is so cute! And we will be living a short and scenic mile from it!
In the mean time, I know there is annoying stuff to come. Right now, we're scheduling our inspection and have to start figuring out home insurance, but so far, I'm still in super excited mode. And also in, "holy moly- we're going to live in a place with more than two rooms" mode.

Surprisingly, the idea of owning feels much more special than I thought it would already. Knowing that we're not going to want to move in a few years and that the house has room to grow, is such a comforting feeling. I can't wait to blog more about this as we go through the journey of home ownership! In the meantime though, you'll probably find me on Pinterest.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Over the summer, while seeing a movie alone at 11 am on a Tuesday or something decadent like that, I saw a preview for the movie About Time and remember thinking, "yes, I'd see that" (as I compulsively must decide after every single preview that I see. Are you guys the same way?) It looked like it was on the cheesy side but also on the sweet, sentimental and funny side too, and the preview mentioning that it was written and directed by the same person who did Bridget Jones's Diary and Love Actually was another plus for me.

While I know a lot of people have fanatical love for Bridget Jones and Love Actually, I just have a normal love for those movies, but a love none the less. I was in Ireland when I saw Love Actually (actually) it was almost Christmas and the first and only one so far that I didn't spend with my family. I remember sitting in the back of a small and dirty feeling theater in Limerick and crying when the "All I Want For Christmas" scene happened, because if you know my family, you know we love that song. So cue homesick waterworks.

Anyway, I kind of forgot about About Time but then was given tickets to go to a free screening and remembered how I totally wanted to see that movie anyway. Score! I ended up also going to this movie by myself, which - seriously guys, it's the best- and it totally exceeded my expectations!

Not only is About Time not as cheesy as I thought it was going to be,but it really stuck with me. I found myself thinking about it throughout the weekend (don't you love when that happens?) I didn't roll my eyes once! And it was also laugh out loud funny and tear inducing too. The best combination!

Here's the preview if you haven't seen it yet:

What do you think? Do you think you'll see it? It comes out in select theaters November 1 and everywhere November 8.  Here's the official website and Facebook page, for more details.

Can we talk about how much we love Richard Curtis's other movies in the comments too? And can't you see yourself being friends with Rachel McAdams? Did you have a slight moment of regret for not having a red wedding dress too? If you had to have a British dad, wouldn't you totally want it to be this guy?

 Let's chat. I miss you guys!