Let’s see how long this post lasts…it’s 8:17pm mountain time and I have been home less than an hour…today was the first 13 hour day (11 hours at work, 2 hours commuting) of my busy season, what fun!
Going back to Monday’s post…I’ll get right into it!
1. Bora Bora Granola Bars:
Wow, this bar was yummy!! I snacked on the Paradise Walnut Pistachio flavor and it was a hit. The folks at Bora Bora were kind enough to send me a sample of all their bar flavors, a Bora Bora coffee mug and a tee shirt! I keep forgetting to get a picture of the entire sample pack together. I really enjoyed this bar because nearly every ingredient was a “real” food and you could tell what you were eating. There were huge chunks of walnut, pistachio and raisins and it had a great not too sweet flavor. Next up, I’m trying the pomegranate flavor, mmmm!! Expect to keep seeing these on the blog, and maybe in a giveaway!
2. Wingin’ It!
Chris and I found a new “fast food” restaurant near his parents house and I’m not so secretly addicted. They have all sorts of wings, tenders, burgers and sandwiches plus random stuff like deep fried twinkies/oreos/snickers. Definitely not health food, but once in a while…so good! They have over 30 sauce flavors but so far I’ve only had the medium buffalo because it is habit forming…I may need a 12 step program 😉
Saturday after house hunting we stopped in and I got a basket of 10 wings and fries – I ate about 1/2 of the fries and 5 wings, and brought the rest home for leftovesr.
I also love that this place has gossip magazines free for you to read while you eat…too bad I am feeling a bit germophobic after the cold we had over Christmas and won’t touch them 😀 Maybe this summer when the freaky viruses are dying down for the season.
We didn’t have dessert this trip, but we did have it last time we went. I had fried oreo’s. Seriously, these were sooooo good, I know they were really, really bad. But holy cow! Imagine an Oreo (or Newman O). Now, imagine it covered in fluffy funnel cake batter and powdered sugar. The wafer part of the cookie becomes slightly chewy and the dough, sugar and cream center absolutely melt together when you take a bite. *Heaven*
3. House Hunting
Yikes. The market is definitely “interesting” right now, to say the least. We have looked at 9 houses so far in person, probably close to 200 on-line, ruled out 3 before visiting them, and had 4 – 6 home visits declined because the house went under contract before we could get there or the homeowners didn’t want to show the property at that time (weird, you’d think they’d be chomping at the bit for visits). The most heartbreaking was a PERFECT house that went off the market in just about 24 hours…we were seriously just going to make an offer as soon as we walked in the door, but no luck even getting a visit (the homeowner/realtor actually accepted our visit, then accepted the first offer they got and called back and cancelled on us).
We have found one house we really like, but are trying to keep our options open as it needs a LOT of work. The house is in a beautiful older neighborhood with big yards, big trees, and just overall charming atmosphere. It’s been on the market nearly 3 months and we’re just apprehensive about it. The kitchen was obviously “remodeled” at some point by someone bringing in 1950s appliances – specifically a wall oven and cooktop. Every other house in this neighborhood has an actual “range” so we’d definitely have to remodel if we wanted to sell down the road/have a really functional kitchen (the oven hole is about the size of a microwave, so a nice wall oven may even be a stretch to fit).
The upstairs bathroom is also…hideous. It has a yellow vanity, yellow tile and a mustard yellow shower – complete with original 1973 shower head and handles!! I have great ideas of ripping it all out and installing a claw footed tub and some nice tile…but I’m getting ahead of myself. The rest of the house is beautiful, it’s 3 bedrooms 2.5 baths with a full unfinished basement (Chris’ dream). The living room has a great fireplace and the kitchen/dining room have really nice maple hardwoods. The backyard is gorgeous with a covered patio and tall pine trees at the back of the yard so you can’t see your neighbors at all 🙂
So…that’s a maybe. We are trying to look at a bunch of houses this Sunday and then make a decision on making an offer or not. In the meantime, we’ve seen some interesting houses. There was the smoking household where the smoke smell was so strong you could smell it outside with all the doors/windows closed and a haze hung in the air inside. There was the house with at least I’d guess 6 people living in it that had what appeared to be urine stains on the shower floors and the basement could have been featured on Hoarders. And finally, last night, there was the “failed flip” house which was beautiful in pictures…because you couldn’t see the details.
It was obvious someone had purchased this house as a “flip” and I imagine their remodeling plan went something like this:
Day 1 – spend lots of $$ landscaping the front yard, curb appeal!
Day 2 – replace hardwood floors throughout living room/dining room, get tired before end of day and not put in any baseboards or transitions between rooms/do not cover nail holes in case you want to reposition floorboards
Day 3 – replace windows in kitchen, realize you don’t know how to take out old windows. That’s Ok! Just put the new windows right next to the old ones – voila, 4 pane glass! Bring in granite countertops and lay on top of cabinets.
Day 4 – see granite counter tops sitting on cabinets and relish in your accomplishment, begin to sand cabinets and then decide you’re board with the kitchen and want to work on the bathroom. Leave kitchen with 1/2 sanded cabinets and granite slabs sitting on top with no screws holding them in place.
Day 5 – remodel bathroom, no baseboards or transitions so it matches the rest of the house. Take a quick shower, leave soap and dirt remnants in shower….leave and never come back.
I hate to be critical as this person was obviously in over their heads, but listing a home as “minor cosmetic details” is just plain lying. Even our realtor was shocked!
I owe you topics 4-6…but I think that will have to wait for another day, Chris and I are going to watch another episode of Gavin & Stacey and I need to unwind a little before bed.
Nightie Night bloggies!!