House Hunting Happenings

Sorry that I’ve been a little MIA lately. I have a few posts that I have sitting in my drafts waiting for me to finish. They are the type that I feel need time and effort put into them and I just haven’t had that laying around lately!

We’ve started looking at houses in the Bemidji area. It’s not an easy task, I can tell you that much. I don’t know if we’ll ever feel that we have all the information that we need to own a house. It’s like this whole world of grown-up-ness that you have to jump into without knowing how to swim.

Millions of people do it, I’m sure we can handle it. It’s scary though; mortgage, escrow, down payment, house inspector, wood stove….the list goes on. My dad thinks I’m too picky, he’s probably right. For the first few weeks, if I saw a baseboard heating register or a wood stove – NEXT! And for (in my opinion) completely sane reasons. First, I do NOT want any critters, rodents, or snakes for heavens sake to come through a register. (Yes, it’s happened and yes to me.) And second, I’ll probably somehow blow my house up or set it on fire if I have to rely on an actual fire in my house. Thanks for that, mom.

I’m trying to keep an open mind though. I know that with regular maintenance and actually taking care of and knowing the house that you live in, horrible circumstances should be far and few in between. Channing and I are ready to own a home though. Apartment living got old the second we signed our first lease years ago. No privacy, no creativity. I’m tired of white walls and not being able to have a pet or a yard to lounge around in. I want something to call my own and I can “screw it up” any way that I want!

We’ve looked at a few the last couple weeks and they’ve been alright but nothing that makes us want to jump on it right away. We have time though. Our lease isn’t up until the end of October so if all goes according to plan we can figure something out by that time. Hopefully not too much sooner because we (being unestablished beings) couldn’t possibly afford a mortgage payment and rent. Right?

I downloaded a few realtor apps including one called Zillow. Whenever there is a new listing, I get a notification. 21st inventions are cool. Am I right? Anyway, check out this link and let me know what you think. When I saw it, I was like “perfect!” It was one of those “this is it” moments. We’ll be looking at it tomorrow and sometimes photos are deceiving but based on the provided information, it’s the closest to what we’re looking for in comparison to others we’ve researched that are in our budget.

Stay tuned..


I wonder if I should add reading to my list of twenty fourteen goals. I haven’t been fully engulfed in a good read in such a long time that I feel my imagination is weakening. I blame smartphones. Of course I do, everyone does. Before them, I’d read for hours and hours. I’d finish a book in a couple days instead of a couple months. Back then, I’d rather tune into the next page than the next TV show. The sad thing is “back then” wasn’t really that long ago.

Now everything I read isn’t anymore than 140 charactors or a paragraph somewhere bouncing around in space. I’m constatntly connected to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, the list goes on and on and on. A rediculous amount of “on” to be honest. There are so many books that I have on my bucket list. Anything from The Great Gatsby to Henry Bouche, Ojibwa. I love reading or I should maybe say “loved” since it’s become past tense. It’s a goal I’m willing to gamble with though.

I’ve been tossing around the idea of buying Kindle or a Nook recently. The easibility would make it worth while but not having a physical copy of the book is the biggest downfall. I don’t know about any of you but I pride myself in the book collection, mini library that I have. Maybe if I tear a page out of my brother Nick’s way of thinking I could make it work.

When I think of Nick, I think of music. All kinds of music. Everything from the Swinging Sixties to Bob Marley to Tom Petty to Eminem and so on. It’s his passion, his way of life. To accomodate to both his passion and the raging war of musical revolution he’s developed a pretty good system. In a time where music is in it’s prime digital age, Nick always and I mean ALWAYS buys the actual CD. Sure, he’ll get the digital versions in his own which way but to stay true to his patronage in music, he always supports the artist by buying thier album.

Why couldn’t I do that with books? Purchase it on a Kindle and in the physical format? Sure it might add a handful of extra green than just the plain ol’ pre-2000’s way of reading but gaining the imagination and whimsical way a good book makes you feel would almost certainly be worth it.

A once bucket list item is now a goal. Here’s to reading ourselves silly!