tuesday things fall into place

Sorry for posting so late today, but I was waiting for something special … Today’s “tuesday things” post is about how sometimes it all just falls into place. So this is the story about just that. Things fall into place – a perfect afternoon, the best groups of friends and getting back something you thought you’d lost!

1. Sunday afternoon picnic. Dave and I spent most of Sunday wondering whether we would get that house. (If you haven’t read the latest Of House and Home, then stop reading this post and read that one now before you get to number three on this list!) He had some work to do though and I just kept pinning to pass the time away. After a while he suggested that we take advantage of the beautiful weather and do something fun. Like a picnic! We went to Gravelly Point by DCA to relax in the grass and watch planes takeoff and land. It’s one of our favorite spots in DC, and was so much sweeter because we had wine and a modified caprese salad! Daisy was with us too and could not have been happier! It really was the perfect afternoon :)

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in the car with Daisy she was so excited!!

in the car with Daisy
she was so excited!!

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it’s a bird. it’s a plane!

2. Girls night. Recently my BFFSM Olivia of Mother May I got engaged to her wonderful boyfriend, now fiance. They are such a great couple and I couldn’t be happier for the two of them. So last night we took Olivia out to celebrate with sparkly drinks! Celebrate we did, and sparkly they were.  I say it all the time, and I’ll say it again: I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of friends! A few of us were even friends in college, and it’s amazing how we ended up here. Maybe other people say this about their own group of friends, but I think ours is the best!

3. This morning as I stood on the platform waiting for my train, I was still contemplating taking a sick day to cozy back up in bed. It was rainy, which obviously is perfect tv-in-bed-all-day weather, and as I told my co-worker, “my hair was out way too late last night.” But then I got a text message from M. The seller came back. He (mostly) accepted our offer and wanted to know if we were still available to buy the house. I say mostly because there was still a lot of negotiating that took place today, but we now have a ratified contract so I am allowing myself to be excited! Ironically I received a package today at work from my friend Madison. She sent us these beautiful wine-themed measuring spoons for our new home. What perfect timing!

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What has fallen into place lately for you? I love a happy ending!

Of House and Home: Hard Times

If the timing of this post is any indication of how the search went this weekend, I am sure you can guess that it wasn’t fruitful. Were there some sort of major housing advancement to report, I would have written on the subject sooner. Alas, we are still on the hunt, but as Dave says, “Every weekend we are learning more, and we just have to be patient.”

Several realtors have told us that there are three factors that come into play when buying a home: price, location and quality of the property. A buyer gets to pick two of the three and the market sets the third. Understanding that we’ll likely have to make a compromise on one of the three, we still haven’t found that sweet spot where price meets location meets quality, but at least last weekend had more to offer, which hopefully means inventory is picking up.

There are a few homes “coming soon” above H St., and both of us feel like that’s where we’re going to find the best combination of all three of the aforementioned factors. After Sunday’s showings with M – I think we hit eight houses! – Dave and I did a drive-by of the Atlas District, where we expect one flipped property to list on August 1 or shortly thereafter. While peeking in that property from the outside, Dave made friends with a developer for another flip across the street. He went inside for a quick tour, and the plans seemed to check all of our boxes, so it’s another potential listing to which we can look forward.

At the end of our day, we ended up at Hard Times Cafe – apropos considering that I felt a tiny bit discouraged about the search. We make a stop at this local chili spot every six-ish months, and I definitely did not have the energy to cook dinner, so it was a great decision despite being on the unhealthy end! Our usual appetizer of Southwest Egg Rolls came out first, followed by my favorite dish, the Chili Bubba with Terlingua and Cincinnati chilis, which hit the spot. I was so hungry that I forgot to get a pic of the Chili Bubba, but here are the egg rolls and the entrance!)

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Southwest Egg Rolls

We’ll be back out this weekend and hope to have better news to report soon!

Of House and Home: The Search, Part Four*

I’m so thankful Dave and I are often on the same page and can easily talk through each step of the house hunt – and boy, do we talk! – but it is a challenge because neither of us are very skilled in the decision making department. We have a great agent – I will call him M – guiding us through the process though, which is so important in a competitive market like D.C. (If you need a recommendation, let me know and I’m happy to put you in touch with him!) Poor M has to play therapist to us at least once a week, and last night was no different.

This weekend we saw seven houses, which is actually low for us since we saw 13 the weekend before. We experienced our third should-we-or-shouldn’t-we (I’m dubbing this SOS – seems fitting.) home, and ultimately decided not to make a move. Maybe we’re a little gun shy, but I think we just haven’t been in the right place at the right time.

The first SOS house was one we saw our very first weekend out with M. We were nowhere near ready organizationally, mentally, emotionally. (Now we find ourselves comparing everything to that house.) It really checked all the boxes on our wish list and would have been a great investment too.

Last weekend was the second SOS. (The kitchen, oh, the kitchen!) The main level of this house was beyond amazing – great entryway, nice living room with a big front window, huge open kitchen with exposed brick and a beautiful back deck with a direct view of the Washington Monument. The rest of the house was a little quirky and it was at the top of the budget in a neighborhood that didn’t thrill us. Not to mention the listing agent was a “my way or the highway” kind of guy, so we passed.

Yesterday’s SOS more than met our wish list, but neither of us were in L-O-V-E with the house, and would definitely have to fight for it. Inventory here is super low, so there are often multiple offers on one house, and this would be no different. Maybe we would have decided otherwise if we felt about it like we did the last two, but alas, we’ll be back out on the hunt next weekend.

In related news, I am officially moved in to Dave’s apartment now – complete with closet,  drawer and bathroom space! (This step is a big move forward for us, and I’ve been looking forward to it for several months now. Logistically I’m excited about no longer moving things back and forth between our two places, and Dave is excited that I will do most all of the grocery shopping now.) My furniture and other belongings are still in my house, where they will stay until we find a permanent home or the end of August, whichever comes first. The way things are going, it looks like the end of August will be here first though, and then into storage it will all go!

Any short-term storage recommendations for DC? What tips can you share about house hunting and picking the right home? We need all the advice we can get :)

Have a great week everyone, and be ready for another update next week!

*Yes, I know I skipped parts one, two and three – but this was our fourth weekend out, so figured it was appropriate.