Saturday, July 23, 2005

Just call me Imelda

Ok Janie, I counted and I don't actually have 42 pairs of shoes like I claimed in the first entry.

I have 57 pairs.

Cleanliness is next to....

Impossible! My mom once gave me a magnet that said "A Clean House is the sign of a Mis-spent Life" and that is so true. It's like living in a museum except without the adventure that the kids in The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankwiler experienced (for those of you who didn't read this as a kid, you need to add it to your summer reading list). Obsessive-compulsive people must drive themselves nuts when they sell a house!
I got a digital camera this week so if I'm really clever I'll figure out how to post pictures to the site.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Oh Give Me a Home...

I found a really awesome house this weekend while househunting in St. Louis. The good news is that it is exactly my kind of house: turn of the century St. Louis world's fair kind of house (but smaller scale) and new! 8 foot doors, pocket doors, hardwood floors, stained glass windows, everything I could imagine. It is in an urban neighborhood, on a street that used to be synonymous with drug deals and prostitution, but which has been razed to build this neighborhood. Its near the Botanical Garden, the university hospitals and close to the highway that will get me to work.

The bad news is they won't sell me one. Seems they are so popular that rather than just selling houses in their phase 2 plan, they are going to have a lottery. Go figure. So I need everyone to keep their fingers, toes, arms, and legs crossed that I get in the lottery and win!

Otherwise I am back to square one in my search.

The link above will show you what it looks like!

Sunday, July 17, 2005


Well, Friday was the official last day at the old place so I suppose I am technically unemployeed. Wahoo!
Today I start the house hunt in St. Louis. Makes me kind of nervous that the realtor I have been assigned is from Chesterfield (for those Non St. Louisans, that's like being from Mars). Going to look mostly in the city.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Uncle Lou has the right career

Working with relo is interesting. Today's new project is inventorying my property for the movers insurance. Now it would be one thing if I simply had to count and list my furniture by room. Even valuing that would be not-so-hard. But counting and valuing my clothing? Let's see... 43 pairs of shoes @ $40/pair, 10 belts @ $29/belt, 27 1/2 pairs of socks @ ?? This could take my entire month off. Sounds like Goodwill might be benefiting from this exercise!

Yesterday it was working with the mortgage people. If someone asks you if you have a second mortgage, wouldn't you assume they meant on the SAME house? I mean, second implies that there is a first one, right? If they meant a different house shouldn't they ask if I have any Other mortgage? Would have saved them some time if they have asked the question correctly.

Have decided to keep my 608 358 5101 mobile number for a while so you can still reach me on that (assuming that I get out tomorrow to buy a new phone).

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Watch out, I'm comin' home!

Yes, hell HAS frozen over and I am moving back to St. Louis. Apparently no one thought I would ever really do this, except maybe Aunt Muggs who has been praying for this for 21 years and maybe Mary Mike who is now successfully on her way towards earning her shepherdess degree! (I think she is starting alphabetically...Ann, Anne...hmmm....Catherine?) Anyway come August 15th I start working in St. Louis at Energizer on a battery category for products near and dear to my dad's heart: hearing aids and cameras. Ok, the hearing aid part isn't as near as it should be (love you dad!). The last few years have taught me quite a bit: to take a month off between jobs, that I really will miss Wisconsin, and that housing prices in St. Louis are ridiculous.
I have to thank my incredible team of smart and talented bloggers for convincing me that even I could do this. I am going to miss you guys!