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Re:What ITEMS have you been buying?
Congrats, bro. Owning your own home is the epitome of fucking awesome. I love knowing that I could go home today and put a hammer through the wall and nobody can say shit because it's mine!!
Well, $2, 748 worth is. That's all I have to show for 15 months of mortgage payments.
Thanks man, the missus and I are beside ourselves. The last few months have been pretty hellish, so it feels really good to get a win.
Now I just need to setup a blogsite, can anyone recomend one?
My wife's parents and her uncle and aunt 25 years ago bought a couple of side-by-side knock-down houses for their kids to live in as students. My wife and I started our stint in one of the houses as students in early '96, and ended up leaving the other house after a stint in both in late '07 as a married couple with 2 kids (and my wife was still a student). It's amazing what you put up with for cheap rent, and once addicted we couldn't give it up, so had toddlers running around a house and garden that most people wouldn't think was fit for anything but homeless people.
Anyway after some time my wife's parents bought out her uncle and aunt, and as my mother-in-law was dying in '09 she requested my father-in-law knock down the houses and build something nice there for my wife and her sisters to make sure they were looked after. As it looks like demolition is about to happen in the next month or so, we had a small BBQ in the backyard to say goodbye. We took some textas with us and everyone got to write on the walls. It was surprisingly cathartic, and really nice to see what others who had lived there wrote on the walls (the spot where someone saw a ghost, the spot where I broke my toe, the spot where a housemate threw up on the wall, etc).
And now you may commence the humiliation and laughter (or admiration depending on where your beliefs lie), because it is a Prius.
After that it's been a metric shit-ton of the Ikea shelves that Shellhead so derides in the thread about gamers and financial savvy. (I'm not particularly fond of them either but it's not like I have the space to store sufficient lumber to build something nicer in this townhouse.)
With baby inbound, we had to do a lot of household shuffling to make room and, after moving my wife's office into what had been my library, I was faced with 30 crates of books sitting in the living room; couple that with a music collection had vastly exceeded the existing storage and it was time to get something uniform in size, shape, and color to reorganize all of it. So, cue delivery of "Billy" and "Benno" shelving. The music will be done this weekend. Once that is up, I'll measure out and buy the bookshelves to build-out the remaining space. Whatever doesn't fit there heads off to long-term storage. I expect I'll be leaving just about all of it in the house when we move. (The problem with friggin' townhouses is no damned storage at all. We just had all the closets in the house rebuilt for better)
This was all prompted by the presence of my daughter's class teddy 'Mr Fuji'. Every weekend one kid has to bring Mr Fuji home and document what they did with him, so we needed to print out some photos of my daughter and Mr Fuji. As every other parent will do what we did and take a look at what all the other kids got up to, I don't know what the other parents will make of Mr Fuji's first game of Heroscape and Mr Fuji's trip to the comic book store (plus tap dancing class, a street party, dinner with family and buying a printer). Either we will make some friends through it or be ostracized.
We keep wandering through more dealers and then we both are drawn to one of the coolest things I've seen in a while. Sitting in a corner covered with dust is an early 1960's vending machine with a Dr. Pepper motif. We check it out and and it turns out to be one that can dispense 12.5oz glass bottles and it works! I'm thinking the dealer is going to want something like $800 for it but he only asks for $300. Without even looking at each other my wife and I jump all over it. Long story short, I go out shopping for bedroom furniture and I end up with a Dr. Pepper machine. Hey at least it will look cool in our formal living room once we get the pool table. Who the hell needs a "formal living room" anyway?
The stuff you could get at a furniture store now will never make it to an antique store. It's too disposable.
We found an awesome buffet that we used to use to store dvds to store board games now (as well as candles, which we apparently have a lot of). And we found a nice make up table/desk that I got the wife for christmas that looks great in the bedroom.
Hell, our bedroom set and living room furniture and family room furniture is all from my in-laws. Some of it was my mother-in-law's apartment furniture when she got her first place, and it still looks DAMN GOOD.
I was just driving down the street when suddenly I could hear something dragging under the car as my engine began to roar. The muffler snapped loose at the front end of the car, so I couldn't just drive it to the nearest repair shop without possibly losing the entire muffler. So I walked to a nearby store and bought some bungee cords, and rigged them to hold the muffler off the ground while I drove. Unfortunately, I had to lie down in a cold, dirty, wet gutter while securing the bungee cords. The good news was that they only needed to replace part of my muffler. The bad news was that part included the catalytic converter.
I read an article recently about how used car lots around Philadelphia keep getting jacked for their catalytic converters by scrap metal rats. Apparently manhole covers and storm drains are going missing wholesale there also. Crazy.
Unfortunately this came right after a we had actually committed our fix-up-the-kitchen savings to actually fixing up the kitchen (I have been saving up to do this for years, but every time I get close, some other unexpected expense pops up). This was soon followed by a large unexpected expense, and a slightly less large unexpected expense popping-up, which nearly wiped out our just-in-case fund.