Monday, October 26, 2009

Not a whole lot of interest in the house this week, unfortunately.  It's getting to me a little bit, since if we don't sell, we'll probably be in our current place for at least another year or two.  It's a fine house, I just want more space and a big garage and a yard is all.  Oh well, at least that path is more affordable.

Over the weekend we had a fairly fun Xbox lan party at Rosemary's parents house, for Daniel's birthday.  We played some Rainbow Six terrorist hunt and halo 3 mostly, with a bit of Forza and call of duty 4.  We ended up with about 10 different people showing up at different times, and unfortunately the biggest hinderance was that most games only let you play one person per TV besides halo.  It made us play halo a bit more than Daniel probably would have liked, but we did have some really really fun games of terrorist hunt.  After about 8pm, it started devolving quite a bit and people were just losing their patience and trying to rampage through the game and dying constantly, but it was still fun.  I probably would have done things a little differently now that it's over and I've learned a few things-

  • monitors don't work too well, since they don't have speakers
  • I don't need to bring 4 controllers and 6 batteries
  • I don't need to bring three sets of cables
  • we need a better network infrastructure at whatever house we use. The 2 dollar router was really screwing with our ability to download new maps and get online.  If that was reliable, we could have done everyone in the room online in a huge 8 on 8 halo battle vs people online, or big call of duty online games. oh well.
  • we could simplify things if we had more xboxes with basic one TV one controller setups to get bigger games going.  Could have production lined it with TV trays and cabling in a row or something, would have enhanced the cooperative feeling that makes lan parties so great.

That said, we know a few things now so we could do lan parties easier in the future, less TV hauling and rewiring and less preparation.  If I had a house, I could do it even easier. :)

The whole thing makes me a little melancholy just because we used to have lan parties every other weekend.  It was a huge thing, since it sort of got nerds out of their house, forced them to interact with other humans, and still have fun and work together.  We of course still struggle with the one guy that's always "I don't like that gametype, I won't play it." that ruins some of the fun. heh.  It's a lot easier with xboxes than with PCs, that's for sure, and you don't need a $1,000 gaming rig- an xbox is a couple hundred bucks, and are becoming more standard in homes.

There are a couple of games that I'm sure will cause possible mini lan parties coming up here soon.  The next call of duty game is here in a few weeks, and the next Forza game is here tomorrow.  I'm sure Daniel will talk me into bringing my xbox over so we can do some 2 player online forza stuff, and I'm sure I'll invite someone over to do some call of duty co-op stuff.  It's enjoyable, since I haven't had a serious hobby for this year (which is rather surprising!)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sell, sell... sell...

So the news is final.  Our group will be moving to the millennium campus, which is a little ways past the end of 520.  Kirkland/Redmond area.  In my current location, that makes my commute somewhere around 1:30-2 hours or so, one way.  So the importance of selling the house just went up another notch.  We’ve had a few interested parties, one in particular that has asked a few questions and is in the process of acquiring financing.  Not sure if that will convert into an offer or not- at this point I can’t really expect it.  We’ve been having a hard time cleaning the house every single day, but we’ve been getting it done.  We’ll be having the Agent’s open house later this week, part of the plan our agents have put together to make sure that the place is in front of new people every week so there’s a constant flow of traffic instead of one large lump.


So we took Pat & Kayla to the Seahawks/Cards game last weekend.  Unfortunately, the hawks had a pretty poor showing, but it was still fun to go.  The girls went and got their hair colored seahawks colors, and Pat & I tried to throw footballs thru little holes 10 yards away at the pre-game festivities.  Saturday night, we went to the David Crowder Band concert, and that was a ton of fun.  We had VIP passes so we got to meet David Crowder and his guys, too.  One of our relatives even tried to kiss David Crowder (we have proof).  David is such a good showman- pulling out the keytar, using his iphone for a microphone, making fun of Kanye West, the robot drummer… just lots of fun things.  He could be a comedian.


Unfortunately, Judah had to be with grandparents all weekend to facilitate our laundry list of things to attend.  We both missed him terribly.  And I swear he grew since I saw him last, too.  He’s growing both physically and mentally at a pretty good rate- picking up new words everywhere, and he’s to the point where we can walk around all day without any issues now.  He still trips over stuff a lot, but he can turn on one foot, and he’s a pretty natural tackler.  I swear it’s like having a 3 foot tall linebacker in my house- at any moment, you will be tackled.  He’s so much fun to play with.  It gets better and better every week, where more and more fun things are open to us because he’s old enough.  We started fort building a couple weeks ago, and now he can ask for food when he wants it.  I see a whole slew of scenarios in my head that I can’t wait for.  Grandpa James wants to buy him an electric car really bad, and he almost did this year.  I can’t wait until I can play catch with him.  I can’t wait until we can go to the airplane museums together.  I can’t wait to explain to him about space.  Just so much I look forward to there.  It sure is a personal sacrifice having kids though- instead of doing whatever you want, you pretty much haveto put all of that on hold and take care of the kid every day all day long.  But the aforementioned things more than make up for it in my opinion.  Just wait until we get slot cars.  Of course I’ll modify mine to be slightly faster than his… I need to keep up the image that Dad is completely undefeatable in every way. J  It took me a good ten years before I ever beat my dad at monopoly… time to pass that on and reap the benefits!



Monday, October 05, 2009

Wow, a VERY busy couple of weeks.

A few things:

  • the house is now up for sale.
  • Rosemary got fired two days before her last day... very disrespectful management, but she doesn't care, she was grinning because she didn't want to work saturday anyway.
  • Rosemary's diamond fell out of her ring. It was a huge shock to us when she looked at her ring and, bam, no diamond. Luckily we found it later. That would have been a HUGE financial setback, although we'd probably just throw in a fake until I could save up enough for something else.
  • we're pre-qualified for a home loan. at a much higher ammount than we should ever buy at. These lenders are crazy man, they want you to get into trouble with your bills...
  • We've all been sick with colds the last four days or so. Garbage...
  • we pressure washed the back patio, bedroom deck, cleaned the whole house top to bottom, staged the house, and so on, all in the last two weeks. Probably an average of 3-4 hours of cleaning a day, by both of us.
  • Judah is walking. YAY!
  • I'm a fan of a terrible football team.

And the house is listed here:

Tell everyone you know! We need/want to sell before the first time homebuyer's credit dissapears. Looks like the market is actually moving right now, we went and looked at a few houses in the area we want and saw lots of "sold" signs. sort of a good sign for us selling our house, not as great for buying.