Wednesday, June 26, 2013

An Enormous Shout Out, the Countdown Continues, and a Mix Tape for All Of My Blogger Family

June 26 - We are just two days to this exact moment from closing when we are writing this post.  How exciting!!  We have seen so many of our blogger friends who have closed and made the transition to their new homes.  We are so happy to see all of them settled in.  Sure, we are a little jealous, but such is the life of a home builder.  We are also very excited for all of our blogger friends who are still in the process.  We hope your closing comes soon enough.

Now, we want to give just two more shout outs.  Yes, you are certainly tired of hearing how great our PM, Drew, is at this moment, but this will be the last one.  He and his manager fought to get the gas company to bring the lines into the neighborhood in a timely manner.  They were constantly calling and telling the company that the delay was unacceptable.  Apparently, the gas company wanted to have a little more time.  Three weeks more time.  Wowsers!  It sounds like an awesome job.  The project was supposed to be completed at the beginning of June, but they wanted to take nearly two months past their original date to complete it.  Give that a shot at your job and let us know how it goes.  Well, after you are fired and can find access to a computer again.  You'll be dumped faster than any boyfriend of Taylor Swift.

The second shout out goes to our loan processor, Chrissy.  Admittedly, we were a little leery when we were told that our original LO had left or was just plain gone.  Still not sure what happened there, but that is none of our concern.  Well, Chrissy took the ball and ran hard with it.  She quickly worked to finish everything for our original closing date of June 7.  Then, the gas company decided to try out for the casting call of the new movie Turbo.

The gas company, but they never get the super powers this character gets later in the film.
As you know, this pushed our date to the 18th.  That was still okay because our locked rate was still valid to that point.  Well, then the gas company said "Ya, ya.  We know we told you that we would have it done by the end of the week.  We need to curve that because what we really meant was we need, no make it three weeks.  Ya, three weeks outta do it.  Unless we need three more after that.  Then, that ought to do it.  Well let's not set that in stone...."  Well, Drew and his boss solved that little fiasco.  However, things on the loan side were going haywire.  They had to do another scan of the credit to check to make sure nothing had changed.  Okay, well that should be easy enough, right?  Nope.  It got very crazy with Credco yet again.  In the meantime, it appears that someone wanted to drop our locked-in rate because of the delays.  That would have bumped us from our 2.75% to over 5 %!  Well, Chrissy fought tooth and nail for us and made sure our rate remained locked.  She literally saved our home for us.  That's amazing.

We bow to you graceful lady who controls the loan!
Now, enough of the pats on the back, right?  I know you are excited as we continue our countdown to Our New Venice Home.

Our countdown thus far:

                   30.  The Garage
                   29.  The Community
                   28.  A Backyard
                   27.  Family Space
                   26.  The Soaking Tub
                   25.  The Kitchen Cabinets
                   24.  The Outdoor Carriage Lights
                   23.  The Master Closet
                   22.  The Dishwasher
                   21.  The Landing Window
                   20.  The Laundry Room
                   19.  New Carpet
                   18.  The Mudroom
                   17.  Our Landscaping and Trees
                   16.  The Reading Room
                   15.  Our Neighborhood Playground
                   14.  The Home Office
                   13.  Our Lighting
                   12.  Storage
                   11.  Speakers in the Ceiling
                   10.  New carpet.
                     9.  Our Master Bedroom/Owner's Suite
                     8.  Energy Efficiency
                     7.  Our Basement
                     6.  Our Wood Floors
                     5.  Our Stairs
                     4.  Our Fireplace

Our children's big bedrooms.  Our children currently reside in a smaller space than a convict at Alcatraz was afforded.  Okay, so that's exaggerating, but fitting a full-sized person with any amount of stuff in the room would prove difficult.  Our kids are looking forward to having enough space that they can stay away from one another and they can invite friends over to sleep overs.  How rocking is that?

Okay, so this is not really one of their rooms now, but you get the idea.
So, yes.  Sanity will prevail in our new home!  Looking forward to peace and least for the first couple of days.

Finally, Bryan made an I-phone mixtape for our walk-through and closing.  Sure, it was a little John Cusack from High Fidelity, but doesn't life always relate to a Cusack movie?  Think about it.

Every good mixtape starts with a Milli Vanilli song.
So, we wanted to share it with you.  Some of these may pertain to you while others are a little more centered on where we are moving.  And, if Ryan Homes decides to mass produce these and give them to their customers, we want some kickbacks.  We are watching, RH.  We are watching.

Track 1: "Movin' on Up" - Ja'net Dubois

Track 2: "Little Boxes" - Malvina Reynolds

Track 3: "Brand New House" - Bobby Darin

Track 4: "Homeward Bound" - Simon and Garfunkel

Track 5: "Our House" - Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

Track 6: "House" - Elton John

Track 7: "Home Sweet Home" - Motley Crue

Track 8: "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" - Arcade Fire

Track 9: "Lookin' Out My Backdoor" - Creedance Clearwater Revival

Track 10: "Light Up My Room" - The Barenaked Ladies

Track 11: "Take Me Home, Country Roads" - John Denver

Track 12: "The House is Rockin" - Stevie Ray Vaughn

Track 13: "Pink Houses" - John Mellencamp

Track 14: "Goin' Home" - Dan Auerbach

Track 15: "I'll Buy That Dream" - Dick Hames and Helen Forrest

Track 16: "Building Something Beautiful" - Kyle Cook

Track 17: "Small Town" - John Mellencamp

Track 18: "Peaches" - The Presidents of the United States

Track 19: "I Make My Own Sunshine" - Alyssa Bonagura

Track 20:  "There's No Place Like Home" - Judy Garland and the cast of The Wizard of Oz

Track 21: "Brand New Key" - Melanie

Track 22: "Closing Time" - Semisonic

Track 23: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered - I'm Your's"  - Stevie Wonder

Track 24: "Welcome Home" - Radical Face

That's the list and we would love to hear any other songs that you believe should make the list.

Well, two more days to go.  So, until we meet again, dear friends, remember that wherever you go, there you are.

Up Next: The Countdown Continues


  1. What am I going to do when the countdown is over? Sigh.... I'm so excited that you will be in your house soon.

    1. Ha! Hopefully, starting your own, Rome! We are so excited too!!!!!