App of the Week:  Packing with Evernote

App of the Week: Packing with Evernote

This is not the first time that I’ve written a post featuring Evernote. I’ve extolled (I don’t get to use that word very often) it’s virtues as an organizer of recipes and magazine articles. I’ve written about how I’ve used it to organize my knitting patterns. In addition, Evernote was the app I wrote about … Continue reading

The Sabbatical

I stink at my sabbatical right now. I keep thinking of things I want to say…like that “I’ve finally cracked it…!” [the way to make packing less of a nightmare, that is]. I think that post is my next App of the Week. At any rate, I just want you to know that I reserve … Continue reading

Chickens

Chickens

I am NOT a bird person. However, I am an egg person (with the right amount of cheese). It’s my weakness for eggs and the vision of a beautiful little variety pack of “home grown” eggs from my own little urban homestead (I think that’s the trendy term), that made me think that somehow I … Continue reading

Apps of the Week: House Hunting Apps

Apps of the Week: House Hunting Apps

I currently have nine apps on my iPad and iPhone that I have been using (a lot!) in this process of looking for where we want to live in Portland. Rather than highlight each of them separately in their own weekly reviews, I decided to combine them all into one here today. Even if you … Continue reading

Pack it up! But don’t.

Ahhhh, packing. When you move out of one house before the other house is sold, there are some issues… two mortgages being the obvious one. However, there is a lesser known but similarly sinister problem (similar in that really neither of them are sinister, but I liked the way it sounded)… Common folklore (realtors, friends, … Continue reading

What can you get for a coffee card?

What can you get for a coffee card?

Okay, so we didn’t really offer the sellers a coffee card in exchange for the sewer repair. We did, however, come to an agreement on the items identified in the inspection report. And… it’s a go. The appraisal has been ordered, the loan documents are being filed, the title report is doing whatever it’s supposed … Continue reading

Decisions, decisions…

Decisions, decisions…

We made a decision. We chose House number one. We made an offer Friday before we left town. It was really pretty crazy how fast things moved. We left the appointment with the realtor, went to the two bedroom apartment above Whole Foods, and then to lunch, where we had a burger and a beer, … Continue reading

Our New Adventure

Our New Adventure

As I told you yesterday, we started Wednesday, May 30th (a mere week ago) believing that we would be living in an apartment. In our “we can do anything for a year” mode, we had decided that if need be, we could put the two boys, Jason, me, the cat, and the dog all into … Continue reading

Where in the world…

Where in the world…

Omigosh, we’re moving to Portland! So, it turns out one (this one anyway) can’t get a house ready to sell, look for and try to buy another house 300 or so miles away, deal with end of the school year stuff, and support one’s husband in job changes and selling the beloved Volkswagon Vanagon without … Continue reading