Jump to content

RedStone Holds the Door


RedStone

Recommended Posts

We still... haven't closed.

 

giphy.gif

 

Sorry dude, can't. Things are still on hold. 

 

It's funny to feel so much forward momentum come to a stop and stay there for a month, but the reality is that there is still a move afoot. There is much to do and much I can do in preparation.

 

giphy.gif

 

For those of you playing at home, we finally have all the paperwork submitted to the city, and it is in the bureaucratic gears to be ground out as they see fit. This is week two and I don't expect to hear anything new until at least next week. 

 

I have this general sense that when it happens it will be like a shooter rollercoaster - sudden and fast. We really haven't been doing much and should at least get some things going, even if it's not the main show yet.

 

giphy.gif

 

TASKS TO COMPLETE THIS CHALLENGE

 

-Order DVD book and ditch the cases

-Clean Studio

-Clean Office

-Call gas company for a quote

-Look at flooring in person and get a quote

-Call painter for a quote

 

REGULAR WEEKLY ROUTINE

 

-3X Lifts

-2X Runs

-2 Shakers of water every day

-Write 500 words or 1 hour Monday - Thursday

-Weekly Homework for Coach Lauree

 

Ok, see girl? That's not so bad. I can do this. 

 

giphy.gif

 

 

  • Like 10
Link to post

The move will soon be yours. It cannot hold out forever. Good luck with the smaller tasks, too!

  • Like 1

Let cheese and oxen and mead crowd out our secret desires for power and domination - Harriet the viking

Just be bold, fluid and unapologetic, not small, hairy and indecisive - Harriet the artist

Link to post

a dvd case, eh?? i might have to do that. although i pretty much use my books and DVDs as living room decor...

  • Like 1

Instagram | pinterest

read harder challengeBattle LogNROLFW

Challenges: 13-1 | 13-2 | 13-3 | 13-3.5 | 14-1 | 14-2 | 15-1 | 15-2 | 15-3 | 15-4 | 15-5 | 16-1 | 16-2 | 16-3 | 16-4 | 16-516-6 | 16-7 | 16-8 | 17-1 | 17-2 | 17-3 | 17-4 | 17-5 | 17-6 | 17-7 | 17-8 | 17-9 | 17-10 | 18-118-2 | 18-318-4 | 18-5 | 18-6 | 18-7 | 18-8 | 18-9 | 18-10 | 19-1 | 19-2 | 19-3 | 19-4 | 19-5 | 19-6 | 19-7 | current

Link to post

Well, it's time for a serious decision.

 

We heard from the lawyer today that the boundary line cannot be changed or the lot would be out of compliance with the city.

 

If the neighbors try to claim the land in the future (which would require $$$ going to court on all sides), the lot could become defunct. 

 

The land in question is in a grey area - as per the title the land belongs to (would be) our lot, but there has been a chain link fence for 30 years clearly showing that the neighbors have been caring for the space - and is a big bargaining chip for them in said theoretical litigation. 

 

I'm hard pressed to think that neighbors or the city would want to see a functioning lot become defunct, but it is a gamble.

 

We have the legal right to walk away without any loss at this point. We do love this house but is there too much at stake? We're not materialistic to the point where WE MUST HAVE THIS HOUSE. What happens if the land is out of compliance? Lawyer and realtor seem unfazed. Neither think this is likely, but it is a possibility. 

 

Looks like there's going to be a serious conversation tonight.

  • Sad 5
Link to post
1 hour ago, RedStone said:

Well, it's time for a serious decision.

 

We heard from the lawyer today that the boundary line cannot be changed or the lot would be out of compliance with the city.

 

If the neighbors try to claim the land in the future (which would require $$$ going to court on all sides), the lot could become defunct. 

 

The land in question is in a grey area - as per the title the land belongs to (would be) our lot, but there has been a chain link fence for 30 years clearly showing that the neighbors have been caring for the space - and is a big bargaining chip for them in said theoretical litigation. 

 

I'm hard pressed to think that neighbors or the city would want to see a functioning lot become defunct, but it is a gamble.

 

We have the legal right to walk away without any loss at this point. We do love this house but is there too much at stake? We're not materialistic to the point where WE MUST HAVE THIS HOUSE. What happens if the land is out of compliance? Lawyer and realtor seem unfazed. Neither think this is likely, but it is a possibility. 

 

Looks like there's going to be a serious conversation tonight.

We just had to walk away from a house because it wasn't in as good a condition as we thought. I'm sorry you guys are having to face this decision. I don't suppose the neighbors are willing to move the fence to the actual property line?

Current Challenge

"By the Most-Righteous-and-Blessed Beard of Sir Tanktimus the Encourager!" - Jarl Rurik Harrgath

Link to post
35 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

We just had to walk away from a house because it wasn't in as good a condition as we thought. I'm sorry you guys are having to face this decision. I don't suppose the neighbors are willing to move the fence to the actual property line?

 

2 hours ago, RedStone said:

We have the legal right to walk away without any loss at this point. We do love this house but is there too much at stake? We're not materialistic to the point where WE MUST HAVE THIS HOUSE. What happens if the land is out of compliance? Lawyer and realtor seem unfazed. Neither think this is likely, but it is a possibility. 

 

It's kind of fascinating to hear everyone's stories about real estate transactions in other places! At the end of the day though, no one will be able to make these decisions for you - which is both awesome, and horrifically nerve racking. 'Hope it works out well for you!

  • Like 1

...but I'm adorable! Ask anyone who doesn't know me...

Link to post
4 hours ago, RedStone said:

If the neighbors try to claim the land in the future (which would require $$$ going to court on all sides), the lot could become defunct. 

 

Ok. I may have panicked overreacted. Worst case scenario the lot becomes non conforming. It doesn't effect much (even in the very unlikely case that it comes up in the future) and is not a deal breaker. We gave the lawyer the thumbs up and are scheduling the closing for ASAP.

 

Things I have to do:

 

-Called the HVAC/Gas company for a quote - looks like they'll be able to help us with a few things, so they'll be coming in soon for an asesement.

-Left a message with the house painter.

____

 

We're going to try to take advantage of the memorial day sales this weekend to find some sweet appliance deals. We're converting the electric stove to gas and will be swapping out the fridge as well if we can get a good bundle - does anyone have any advise on what to look for or avoid? We've never done this before lol

 

_____

 

Otherwise life goes on. I train, I write, I drink absurd amounts of seltzer. 

 

giphy.gif

 

  • Like 4
Link to post

I was going to say that that doesn't sound like it would be a big issue, but I don't know a ton about real estate things.

 

MOVING FORWARD. WOo! <3 

  • Like 1

Raptron, alot assassin

67666564636261605958 575655545352515049484746454443424140393837363534333231302928272625242322212019181716151413121110987 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1

Link to post

God, what a relief. Y'all have been through enough. I hope you get some sweet deals on appliances. Gas range 4 lyfe. If you can fit a nicer/pricier fridge, splurge on that imo. We bought a smaller cheapo fridge because it's the only thing that would fit in our small space, and if you recall my last challenge, I have had to mess with that thing breaking for years, and we've only had it for 5 years! Our gas range was expensive but it's awesome. I guess my general advice is don't skimp on that stuff. I can't remember the make/model of the one we got but it has 5 burners - the one in the center has a removable griddle, and that is super nice and comes in handy more than i thought it would. Convection is mandatory, self-cleaning is nice too. Are all stoves convection nowadays?

  • Like 1

Stay awhile... we're liftin'

Link to post

WOO FOR A RESOLUTION!!!!! I don't think you overreacted, for the record - you were confronted with confusing legal information and worried about what, exactly, it would mean until the professionals who you've hired to clarify that stuff for you did their thing. Go you for getting a quick resolution, and happy appliance shopping! I know jack about refrigerators (renter lyyyyyyyyfe) but would recommend avoiding GE as a brand - this may be years-old information, but they had a rep for less than stellar build quality / longevity.

  • Like 2

 Ballroom dancer, data nerd, calisthenics dabbler

Link to post
48 minutes ago, raptron said:

I was going to say that that doesn't sound like it would be a big issue, but I don't know a ton about real estate things.

 

MOVING FORWARD. WOo! <3 

 

Yeah, the lawyer says things that are frightening in the moment and then in retrospect seem to be covering her own ass for future issues. I went from thinking that we could be evicted to a much more realistic (and extremely unlikely) minor inconvenience.

 

47 minutes ago, Deckard Gainz said:

God, what a relief. Y'all have been through enough. I hope you get some sweet deals on appliances. Gas range 4 lyfe. If you can fit a nicer/pricier fridge, splurge on that imo. We bought a smaller cheapo fridge because it's the only thing that would fit in our small space, and if you recall my last challenge, I have had to mess with that thing breaking for years, and we've only had it for 5 years! Our gas range was expensive but it's awesome. I guess my general advice is don't skimp on that stuff. I can't remember the make/model of the one we got but it has 5 burners - the one in the center has a removable griddle, and that is super nice and comes in handy more than i thought it would. Convection is mandatory, self-cleaning is nice too. Are all stoves convection nowadays?

 

Thank you <3 Yeah, that's definitely why we want to do the sales this weekend - and I told Mr Red we could wait, it's not like anything in there isn't functional, but he made a great point that it would be better to move heavy appliances around before we put in new floors. Can we cut the social niceties and talk pricing? What's a reasonable range for true long lasting quality that also isn't in the pro kitchen range? What's tooooo cheap? What's unnecessarily expensive? I'll take a range here LOL GET IT?

 

What is convection exactly? My mom has tried to explain it to me but I still don't get it...

 

8 minutes ago, Mike Wazowski said:

WOO FOR A RESOLUTION!!!!! I don't think you overreacted, for the record - you were confronted with confusing legal information and worried about what, exactly, it would mean until the professionals who you've hired to clarify that stuff for you did their thing. Go you for getting a quick resolution, and happy appliance shopping! I know jack about refrigerators (renter lyyyyyyyyfe) but would recommend avoiding GE as a brand - this may be years-old information, but they had a rep for less than stellar build quality / longevity.

 

So far I have one for whirlpool, 2 for samsung, and one for NO GE. 

 

____

 

Spoke with painter, ball is rolling there. Taking measurements of everything on Friday. As expected things are moving fast now. 

 

Weekend goals are lofty.

 

-look at appliances, do the thing there

-look at flooring, get timeline and quotes

-look at mattresses

 

We have a real gust room in the new place and don't love our current which is only 2 year old. Plan is to get something more firm for the bedroom and moving the old/new enough mattress downstairs for guests - this also, in theory, puts us into a position where we can start staying over in the new house before the final move. Plan is to take our time, do the renovations, move what we can ourselves and have a mover at the end move the big stuff like piano and mattress, big furniture etc

  • Like 2
Link to post
38 minutes ago, RedStone said:

What is convection exactly? My mom has tried to explain it to me but I still don't get it...

 

Basically, it'll force air movement within the oven, rather than just letting heat move through the air in there passively (technically, it's not the difference between convection and no convection, but between passive convection and forced convection - but that's just the former engineer being curmudgeonly). It increases the rate of heat transferring into the food, ie helping stuff cook faster - and theoretically move evenly as well, I believe.

 

Note: none of this is from researching convection ovens, but rather what I remember from a heat transfer class I took....7 years ago. So take it with a whole lick of salt, not just a grain.

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 1

 Ballroom dancer, data nerd, calisthenics dabbler

Link to post
51 minutes ago, RedStone said:

Can we cut the social niceties and talk pricing? What's a reasonable range for true long lasting quality that also isn't in the pro kitchen range? What's tooooo cheap? What's unnecessarily expensive? I'll take a range here LOL GET IT?

 

What is convection exactly? My mom has tried to explain it to me but I still don't get it...

 

 

Our fridge is a Maytag and it was around $500, and it sucks ass.

 

Our range is a GE; we somehow got it for $8-900 but it retails around $1200. We do a lot of cooking and baking, things that are sensitive to temperature inconsistencies and such, and this range has been fantastic so far.

 

Mike's definition sounds a lot more technical than I could manage. The "cooking everything evenly" is the important part I think. There can still be issues with having lots of stuff on multiple racks but it will be much less so than non-convection.

  • Thanks 1

Stay awhile... we're liftin'

Link to post
19 minutes ago, Deckard Gainz said:

 

 

Our fridge is a Maytag and it was around $500, and it sucks ass.

 

Our range is a GE; we somehow got it for $8-900 but it retails around $1200. We do a lot of cooking and baking, things that are sensitive to temperature inconsistencies and such, and this range has been fantastic so far.

 

I am very comfortable in that range (so long as it's off), and that jives with what I've been told as well. Cool, thanks for sharing!

 

Convection option will probably go based on price, I don't think I've ever used one and have never had a problem, but I guess I don't know what I'm missing? We'll see what's available out there!

  • Like 1
Link to post

In what to look for, I recommend looking for a refrigerator and a gas stove.

(I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself). 

 

In what to avoid, LG appliances seem to break down way too early. I've heard a lot of complaints from people who've had some circuit board or other brick a major appliance. I had a couple of LG cell phones that were nothing but trouble, and that was back in the flip phone era, when there was a lot less to go wrong.

Current Challenge

"By the Most-Righteous-and-Blessed Beard of Sir Tanktimus the Encourager!" - Jarl Rurik Harrgath

Link to post
2 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

In what to look for, I recommend looking for a refrigerator and a gas stove.

(I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself). 

Good to see you appliancing restraint.

 

2 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

In what to avoid, LG appliances seem to break down way too early. I've heard a lot of complaints from people who've had some circuit board or other brick a major appliance. I had a couple of LG cell phones that were nothing but trouble, and that was back in the flip phone era, when there was a lot less to go wrong.

Can confirm. Had a LG dishwasher that I had a tech out to repair no less than four times in 3 years. 3 of them the NIGHT of the christmas dinners we hosted. Best extended warranty purchase ever.

  • Like 1

"You're going to be amazing." 

Fantasy Football league 2019

The Grumble Battle Log

Spoiler

Books: 

Shows: 

Games: God of War, Kingdom Hearts 3, Destiny 2

Level 15  Wookie Warrior

Link to post

2 against LG. Got it.

 

Closing is scheduled for a week from tomorrow :o

  • Like 7
Link to post
On 5/22/2019 at 10:46 AM, Deckard Gainz said:

 

Mike's definition sounds a lot more technical than I could manage. The "cooking everything evenly" is the important part I think. There can still be issues with having lots of stuff on multiple racks but it will be much less so than non-convection.

 

In addition:

Turning on convection turns on the oven fan and makes air move around. When the hot air begins to move, it becomes hotter, just like cold air that moves feels way colder (= wind chill). This means things cook faster. Alternatively, you can lower the temperature, turn on convection, and now things cook in the same time frame as before, but since the temperature is lower they don't go dry as easily.

 

My oven is smart enough that if I press Convection Bake, instead of regular Bake, it will let me input desired temperature, and then lowers that by 25 degrees Fahrenheit. This negates the time saving aspect of convection ovens, but has the huge advantage that I don't have to experiment with bake/cook times, I just follow the recipes as they are written. :)

  • Thanks 1

Book Riot Challenge 2021

“I've always believed that failure is non-existent. What is failure? You go to the end of the season, then you lose the Super Bowl. Is that failing? To most people, maybe. But when you're picking apart why you failed, and now you're learning from that, then is that really failing? I don't think so." - Kobe Bryant, 1978-2020. Rest in peace, great warrior.

Personal Challenges, a.k.a.The Saga of Scaly Freak: Tutorial; Ch 1; Ch 2; Ch 3; Ch 4; Ch 5; Ch 6; Intermission; Intermission II; Ch 7; Ch 8; Ch 9; Ch 10; Ch 11; Ch 12 ; Ch 13; Ch 14Ch 15; Ch 16; Ch 17; Intermission IIICh 18; Ch 19; Ch 20; Ch 21; Ch 22; Ch 23; Ch 24; Ch 25; Intermission IV; Ch 26; Ch 27; Ch 28; Ch 29; Ch 30; Ch 31; Ch 32

Link to post

RE: Appliances - anything with a computer system will not last as long. If you err towards the boring stuff with analog controls, replaceable elements, and as few moving parts as possible, they will generally last longer than any of the 'shiny new' shit. I also strongly discourage my clients from getting a fridge with a water/ice thing (unless they MUST have it), since it's one of the top causes of interior water damage insurance claims.

  • Like 3
  • Thanks 1

...but I'm adorable! Ask anyone who doesn't know me...

Link to post
Just now, Defining said:

RE: Appliances - anything with a computer system will not last as long. If you err towards the boring stuff with analog controls, replaceable elements, and as few moving parts as possible, they will generally last longer than any of the 'shiny new' shit. I also strongly discourage my clients from getting a fridge with a water/ice thing (unless they MUST have it), since it's one of the top causes of interior water damage insurance claims.

 

Excellent tips, thank you! I am not a fan of cold water to begin with :lol: I'm that PITA in a diner asking for no ice in water. I would like an ice maker in the freezer tho, any thoughts on that? 

Link to post
10 minutes ago, RedStone said:

 

Excellent tips, thank you! I am not a fan of cold water to begin with :lol: I'm that PITA in a diner asking for no ice in water. I would like an ice maker in the freezer tho, any thoughts on that? 

Use ice trays. I know that's not a sexy solution, but seriously, ask any home inspector. ;) You can get fun ones with funky shapes though! I keep a bucket of ice in the freezer and a couple trays - when I snap one out, I immediately fill it up, so there's always some ice ready to go. 

 

On the same list of 'oh god why' would be garburators (sink disposal) - not only do they encourage people to put inappropriate shit down the drain, but it's just ASKING for plumbing issues at some point (unless you use them properly, which is just to help deal with the crumbs - nothing bigger than a thimble - that may have been left on dishes), AND it adds additional stress on water treatment systems.

...but I'm adorable! Ask anyone who doesn't know me...

Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

New here? Please check out our Privacy Policy and Community Guidelines