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: First of Many

Our lineup for this weekend was much shorter than usual – only about five houses – but we felt really good about each of the properties. Ironically the one house we ended up loving was not on our original list and we barely even liked any of the houses that were. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it can also be extremely deceiving. The state of some of these houses amazed me, and not in a good way.

I was actually sad looking at the way some people live, with clutter and filth everywhere, and you know it’s a really bad situation when you go into a basement and your agent says, “Don’t touch anything. There’s black mold everywhere.” We quickly made it through each of the houses and then stopped for a late lunch at one of H Street’s classic haunts, Granville Moore’s. This was Dave’s first visit, so we had to have the moules and crispy frites with delicious dipping sauces.

After lunch, I was packing up my apartment and stopped at one point to realize that my kitchen looked atrocious, but even that was nowhere near as bad as some of the houses we had seen – and those people lived like that all the time! I knew at that moment that I had to snap a pic, to give you just the slightest indication.

my kitchen in the packing process

my kitchen during the packing process

On a happier note, while I was packing, Dave was working with agent M to put an offer together! (We did it, we actually put an offer on a house!) This property really met most of the items on our wish list (and then some), and it is in the neighborhood we want. It’s been on the market a while (which basically means longer than one week, since houses move so quickly in the District), so the price was recently lowered. It was our first showing on Saturday, and I knew then that we’d likely make a move.

After reviewing other houses sold recently in the area (“the comps”), we were convinced that the property was still overpriced, even at the reduced figure, so we decided to come in under asking. Our agent was strategic though to put in certain contingencies that would make our offer more appealing. After some back and forth, the seller ultimately did not accept our offer, which was disappointing, especially since I spent all day pinning ideas to my “Feels Like Home” board on Pinterest.

We treated ourselves to Mexican food at Uncle Julio’s, drowning our sorrows with margaritas and melted cheese, but are ready to keep moving forward with the search, knowing that there are some great properties coming on the market soon. In fact, our toast was “to the next house.”

margaritas, tamales and cheese enchiladas (emphasis on CHEESE!)

margaritas, tamales and cheese enchiladas
(emphasis on CHEESE!)

So this was our first of what will likely be many offers, but I haven’t lost faith yet – if anything this experience has strengthened it in some odd way – and am confident I can translate my pinning efforts to another home soon enough!

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!