Thursday, March 24, 2011

House is ready for the market

The weather here has been terrible - raining every day for like the last week which made things like taking cardboard boxes to storage problematic. But the house is now done. The staging lady came tonight and did the finishing touches and I've got to say it looks nice. As always it took much longer to do all the busywork involved to make the house look pretty. Touching up the wall where our coat rack is turned into me just painting the entire entryway; putting in sod; putting in mulch; vacuuming; dusting; mopping; cleaning all the kitchen appliances; etc. All I have left to do tonight is do one last cleaning of the floors and clean the bathroom. Hopefully the potential buyers will think our house is as nice as we thought it was...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Still working on the house

Our plan is to get the house on the market by the end of next week so I have been working at getting it "openhouse" presentable. I have done the vast majority of the work so this week and next will just be taking the last couple of loads to storage/goodwill; doing some minor paint touch ups and then cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.

Our backyard was looking a little straggly so we decided to lay some new sod and to try and reduce the money pit that this house has become I figured that I would try and do it myself. So I rented a tiller from Home Depot, got it home, and even figured out how to start it up and use it. For me, this is a pretty huge accomplishment considering that changing a lightbulb is about my peak for doing handyman type stuff. So it shouldn't be a big surprise that as soon as I set the tilling blades into our yard the whole thing went KA-CHUNK KA-CHUNK and spit out a brick and then stalled. Stupid me figured that it was just some stray brick so I crank it back up and hear and feel the same massive KA-CHUNK as another brick is thrown out of our yard. So now I sigh, get the shovel and spend the next 2-3 hours shoveling the whole back yard and unearthing about 50 bricks that were all about 1 inch under the top soil. Of course I rented the damn tiller for only 4 hours and if I went over the price went something ridiculously high like from $75 to $225 so now I had to scramble to till the yard so that I could return it in time.

Long story short - I got the job done, but man what a hassle. The yard does look nice now though - hopefully the sod takes. It's supposed to rain this whole week so that should help.

Pokerwise, I have been playing short sessions of Heads-Up $10/20 Limit. It's a super swingy game but I am liking it because I can play for small sessions which fits in with letting me be able to get the house prettied up.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Some Progress

I rented a storage unit and have made quite a few trips with my pickup so the house is looking emptier. It is still a mess and there is still quite a bit to do, but progress is being made. We are going to be putting it on the market at the end of this month and then we'll just hope for the best.

Poker is taking a back seat at this point but I have been playing some cash both online (up and down) and last night I went to a local casino with some friends and made over $700 which always feels nice.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Sick and Tired of Losing








whine whine whine, cry cry cry. Same old same old. Play 24 tourneys. Cash in 6 of them. Get a 16th, a 17th, a 25th, a 33rd, lose money for the day. Rinse and repeat. I need to stop getting coolered late, I need to win a flip late....