i made it

there and back again.

i’ll post pictures and videos once i have a moment. getting back into real life has been a bit of a challenge, but i’m sure it’ll get easier as the days go on. i’m a little regretful that i didn’t camp near where all my friends were. i probably would have stayed until monday if i’d been with folks that i know. i’ll get over that quickly though, because i can’t change it now.

one more day

i’m feeling woefully unprepared for this trip, or rather, for the camping itself. three afternoons/nights/mornings of 14 hours of music and a 90% likelihood of rain mixed with sleeping on the ground (i’ve decided to bring my unreasonably-thick yoga mat) will make for an interesting time.

i had planned on coming back sometime on sunday so i could get a day of normalcy in before coming back to work, but one of my favorite djs is on at 9p on sunday night. i guess we’ll have to see where my friend and i are at. he said he wouldn’t mind coming back sunday because “we’re not kids anymore.”

since there will be no cell service, i don’t know how many folks will have their phones out to take pictures. it feels like that’s going to be frowned upon, but i don’t know how any of us will remember everything if there isn’t photography to keep. i’m glad i got a larger storage iphone for my recent upgrade.

sort of a plan

so i’ve landed on making some hobo packets for dinners and overnight oats for breakfasts. i got a butane grill from farm n fleet last weekend for ~$16 (they were having a sale on their camping gear), so that should suffice; i also got some freezer bricks, and a pop-up garbage can.

i neglected to set up the tent last weekend because the yard took precedent, but will have to, just to air it out and make sure it has all the parts.

i’m nervous about leaving matt and the dogs for so long. but, i think the strangeness of being transported back 20 years will likely take over and i’ll be able to relax once i can dance.


finally, i can use the wacom stylus that i spent way too much on for something. i took a picture of the house yesterday morning and drew a porch on it. if it were only that easy in real life.


the color is not accurate, it’s just so i can see it over the house. matt and i haven’t talked about painting yet, but i’m kind of excited to clean ‘er up and do something to make her pretty.

got what was coming to me

two weeks ago i met with a lender at heartland to refinance my mortgage. i got all excited because the possibility was going to put me 9 years ahead of schedule and saving at least 140k from switching to my current 24-years to a 15-year loan.

we cleaned the house. not with a fine-toothed comb, but with lots of sweat and elbow grease. the appraiser showed up in his red porsche convertible and told me about his second home in florida while enjoying a 7-minute walkthrough of the house, snapping unflattering pictures of each room.

my stomach was in knots, waiting to hear from the bank.

the email came on saturday at noon. thankfully, i was oblivious, and enjoying brunch at sardine with matt, josh, and claire. i’m not sure why i checked my email at 7 that night, but all i saw was the ridiculously low appraisal number. one that made it so that i would have to come up with $10k at closing. who has 10 grand just sitting around? if i had 10 grand sitting around, i would have a second-story bathroom by now.

the lender thought i could put my car up against the amount while i wait for chase bank to “refund” my escrow (because i would have been switching banks), but that seems like a silly game of shells.

so, i’ve enlisted my pal, Judy, to help with some minor and not-so-minor updates to the outside of the house and have started looking at bungalow paint colors.

this one is super cute:

so, we’re in the market to borrow a ladder to reach the top of the eaves or scaffolding if any of my readers are frequent home painters.