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Homeowners before 2019?

So the good news that might be coming our way?   It’s entirely possible that we’ll have keys to our new house before 2019 rolls around!   That doesn’t mean we’d be moved in as that will be a process (it always is) but to think we may actually own the place and move in during January is awwweeesoooommmeee.

More to come, for sure, but it’s exciting to think about.   Last time we were there, during the start of December, we met with the window coverings guy and got that sorted out.  We also saw that we have appliances!  Not the refrigerator, as that’s on us to get, but the dishwasher, stove/oven, and microwave are in!   We just talked to one of the agents there and the carpeting on our stairs has been installed…so let’s hope that stays in good condition until then.

Cabinets & Sound of Music for a Great Weekend

We just got back from visiting our in-progress home.   Yes, we’d been there just 2 weeks ago and saw that there was some major progress made as drywall had been put up!

Two Weeks of Travel & Stress, But We Made It

In two weeks time though, a lot has changed!     First thing we noticed once we were there was that the drywall had been pretty much sealed up.   If you look at the pictures from the post above, the drywall was up but it didn’t look finished yet.   It looks finished now.   What got us over here today though was that we had confirmation that all the cabinetry was up!!!  And boy oh boy, finished walls and cabinetry up in all the rooms makes this place look that much more finished.  It’s fucking fantastic.  Look for yourself!

Cabinets & Finished Drywall – Sept 23, 2018

You’ll see in those last few pictures that we ended up going for a long walk.   Larry’s commute will be markedly improved once we move, as he’s no longer going to have to cross the 101/170 interchange or the 5/134 interchange – both of which are terrible and soul-killing.  Mine though?  It’s going to take some figuring out.   For going into DTLA, I do have plenty of options but none of them are like, super easy.  There’s an Orange Line stop about a mile south of the house, so Larry suggested we walk it to see how it goes.   The day was right for it, so off we went.  Saw the pretty Valley Glen Community Park before getting to the Orange Line stop.   Definitely a do-able walk, but I’m thinking some kind of bike or scooter would make this easier.  Anyway, on the walk back to the house, we walked up Coldwater Canyon and saw the Great Wall mural of California History.  It’s pretty cool.   Walking through the neighborhood was a nice way to get a better feeling for the area, and I think we’re gonna like it here.

YESTERDAY was the Sound of Music Sing-a-Long at the Hollywood Bowl, and it was wonderful.  I don’t have to explain it again, do I?  It’s what we do every year and we’ll continue to do as long as they keep having it.  Based on yet another sold out crowd, I doubt it’s going away any time soon.  Melissa Peterman was the host (for her 14th time in a row!) and is just fabulous and glorious and so quick on her feet.  Love her.   There was a marriage proposal this year, which was new!  Anyway, The Sound of Music is just as glorious as it ever was, and I love it so.

Sound of Music Sing-a-Long, Sep 22, 2018

The House is Coming Along

It’s been about two months since we last went to visit the construction of our house at the Glen LA.   Last time we were there, we could only get up to the living room level as the stairs up to the third level were built but the third level itself wasn’t done.   Well, both the third level and roof deck are now fully built with stairs connecting everything.  It’s awesome.  Still a ways to go, and fingers crossed that the construction completes in the October timeframe.  What was cool was seeing that a lot of the plumbing has been installed as were some of the bath fixtures, such as the showers and tub in all the bathrooms.  I know I needed to see this as it put me in a great mood, reminding me of the awesomeness to come.   See for yourself:

GlenLA construction update – May 20, 2018:

Making Progress!

Wow, where did February go?  Well, when last I checked in here, Fran and Joel were out here and that visit was indeed a lot of fun!  I do have pictures from it too, but I think I’m going to parcel those out over the upcoming week as I do intend to get back into the posting zone.  But in the meantime, I wanted to post pics regarding the construction of our house!  It looks like we’re probably going to be getting the house sometime in September, so we’ve got another 7 months or so here in Glendale to enjoy the amenities and convenience to Americana and the Galleria.  I can’t help but get excited about getting into this new place though, especially with some of the choices we’ve made for the place.

Speaking of….here are the choices we ultimately made while at our last Interior Design appointment:

What you see in this gallery are our choices for:

  • We’re going to do the hard wood flooring on all the floors of our house.  We won’t be having anywhere carpeted except for the stairs/staircases, and that carpeting will be the Taupe color so it’ll be dark and hopefully able to help conceal any regular use.
  • The large tile you see next to the wood is the tile we’ll be using for all of the bathrooms and the laundry room.  Wanted to ensure we didn’t have wood in those rooms that have the most risk of water overflows.  The kitchen is an exception to that rule, but we’re fine with that risk.  We know that likely this house will look a lot like the Santa Monica apartment in many respects.
  • For the kitchen backsplash, we’re using the long shiny grey tiles in a grid pattern.  We had been leaning towards the small, staggered tiles for a while, but we saw this tile and saw some other installs and we loved how it looked.
  • We’re going with the speckled counter top for the kitchen area, which was a change as we were going to go with plain white.  But the speckle looks good and will go well with the backsplash tiles.
  • The white, flat cabinet doors was a decision we already made, and we’re excited at how this will look.
  • The bathroom counters and tiles are basically all white.

We’re pretty excited about these choices and think that it will look very modern and clean.  The colors we use for other things are what will help color in the house overall with whatever mood we end up being in for designing things.

So that decisionapalooza was done two Fridays ago (and happily, at the Glen itself and not all the way in Irvine).  Today, we went back to The Glen and took a ton of measurements of the model home so we could start playing around with layouts and figuring out what will work furniture-wise.  Before that though, we were able to get back to our actual house so we could see the progress.  As you’ll see, there’s been quite a lot of progress!

Before:

Humble Beginnings

Note the lack of any ceilings or such on this first level back in mid January.  Yeah – we’ve got a whole ‘nother floor now and the 3rd floor looks to be on its way!

Even though it seems at this pace, they’ll be done in like 2 months or so, that’s certainly not the case.  September is still our target date, and here’s hoping that indeed is the case.  We’ve locked in our interest rate for 270 days (so until sometime in November) because with the Fed likely increasing interest rates, it seemed prudent to lock it in now.  Hell, even from December to February, we lost out on a few tenths of a point already as the rates started climbing.  ANYWAY, it’s exciting is what I’m trying to say, and it’s fun to think about what appliances to get, what furniture to keep, etc.

With the dimensions we’ve recorded today, we’re going to create some electronic floorplans that we can use to play around with layouts of furniture.  One of the things we have to work on is our front “yard” – it doesn’t come finished and will be up to us.  Likely we’re going to make it as minimal-maintenance as possible, so lots of zero-scaping and such.  Lots to think about, but all worth it.

It Begins – and lots of other pics too

First, the stress of yesterday’s PwC event at Magic Mountain proved to be mostly needless.  Of course I’m glad that felt compelled to be prepared, so that’s good, but it was such a welcome relief when it was time to do it and then sure enough, I was done.  Even got decent feedback after the fact.   The reward for making it through was then we got to go enjoy Six Flags!   The weather was pretty much perfect for a visit to the park, and better yet, there were like NO lines.  It’s likely the slowest time for them as most schools have started back up and it’s not really a hot time for tourism, I guess.

Friday, Jan 12 – PwC at Magic Mountain

The rundown of rides this day was basically all extreme.  And a day later, I’m still kinda feeling sore.  But we went on X-2 TWICE, which holy hell.  Riding in the last row of that ride is one of the most insane things you can do.  Then we went to Viper, then on to Tatsu.   Tatsu…is ridiculous.  It’s almost more intense than X-2 as it really feels like if your harness were to snap, you’d just get flung out to your death.  And it would be quick as you’d be a splat on the ground before you know it.  But what a ride!   We then followed that up with Gold Rusher which is great, as always, and ended the visit at Twisted Colossus.  So Twisted Colossus ended up still being my favorite of the coasters and there was an insane thing that happened:  One of my coworkers was in the seat in front of us, and as the train went inverted, the carabiner he had his keys on disengaged!  He immediately realized this but we were also on a rollercoaster that was currently barrel-rolling.  The keys managed to get lodged into the area by his feet, which was a miracle, as it was still a small gap, but the thickness of one of the keychains saved him.  The carabiner was long gone, but his keys weren’t.   He said that as they were flying away from him, they had been floating in front of them for a moment like they were in space  Lucky lucky man.

Other Things!

Today, Larry & I took my mom over to see the model homes at the Glen LA so she could get to see for herself what the general layout of the house will look like.  It was the formal grand opening this weekend, so we of course saw most of the sales team, but we also saw plenty of potential homebuyers and actual homebuyers.  We ended up meeting a member of the family that will be living directly next door to us, and then we met a couple who will be living across the driveway from us.  All seemed very nice and it’s exciting to get the sense that this will be a fun neighborhood.  Fingers crossed.

Saturday, Jan 13 – At The Glen LA with Mom

Those are the most recent pics and I think it could be fun to try to capture periodic shots from the construction site in order to eventually capture a time-lapse of the progress.  Easier said than done, I’m imagining.

Anyway, the rest of the weekend should be nice and relaxing, hopefully.   I figure while I’ve got energy and the time, here are some picture sets from December, mostly from around Christmas stuff:

Mon, Dec 25, 2017 – Christmas at Mom’s House

It was a fun time to spend Christmas at Mom’s with Stacie and Trent.  The food was great (and happily, our overbuying for Thanksgiving helped as we just froze this ham and then used it a month later).  And wine is always a winner.

Making Cookies

I love making chocolate chip cookies as they turn out so damned good.  It’s just a lot of work.  I ended up making cookies throughout the entirety of watching Die Hard, which is a long time.  But so worth the effort.  The recipe for these cookies I’ve shared on this site previously and is slightly weird in how it does things, but the results can’t be argued with.

I think the last thing I’ll post about as I’m getting antsy and want to do something else besides type on my blog is the pictures from the Sperske Christmas Even that my cousin Erin held down in Carlsbad.   Happily, it was held in the early afternoon, so we didn’t have to stay down there overnight.  It also meant a LOT of driving for one day.  But it was worth it to see family again.  Erin & Eric’s house is perfect for these kinds of get-togethers and their recent renovations inside are fantastic.

Sat, Dec 23, 2017 – Christmas Eve in Carlsbad

And that’s that.  Time to play some video games and shoot some Nazis.