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Our House Is For Sale

Kate Hu
6/19/2008 12:00:00 AM
Our house is finally on the market!!! Hopefully it'll get some people checking it out.

Real Work

Neal Grosskopf
6/30/2008 4:58:35 PM

Our department at work is moving to a new building. We've known about this for quite some time now but it has finally happened. It hasn't been too big of a deal for me since I've only been there since November and I don't have a lot of stuff to move (I only had 2 boxes compared to some people who have dozens).

Today was finally showtime, our department packed everything up and we (i.e myself and another guy) moved all our junk to the new building. It's been quite some time since I've done any "real work" i.e coming home from work with a sore back. In fact the last time I had a lousy job like that was when I worked at Piggly Wiggly for 5 years.

I think sometimes myself and probably other people under-appreciate our cushy jobs and coming home with a good feeling back rather than a sore one. It's nice to do a little real work every now and then to remind yourself that your job and work environment isn't all that bad.

It was also strange, because as I was wheeling boxes through our office with another guy, a lot of people would give me strange looks like "why is that office guy doing real work?" Almost like I should have more dignity than to lower myself to labor intensive work. I guess I just needed a reminder that I have a good job.

In other news Emily and I did our house inspection this weekend. It went well and there are no major problems with our house. We are both really excited to move in August 25th and can't wait (although I'm not all that excited about packing up our junk.)

I've been busy at home the past week with computer hardware related problems. I got a hardrive from my brother in law so not wanting it to go to waste, I've been trying my best to triple boot Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Kubuntu Linux. After turning our extra bedroom into a computer wasteland, I've finally found the right combination (I hope). In geek speak, I had to slipstream XP and SP2 together since my main PC has PCI express, and XP default won't work on PCI express without SP2 installed with it. I may write up an article on how I accomplished all of this in geek speak.



Life Is Getting Busy...Fast!

Neal Grosskopf
7/9/2008 8:59:15 PM

Emily and I found out today that the people we are buying our house from would like to move the closing date to August 15th, down from August 25th. They now plan to be out of our house on August 6th (which is coming up really fast.) Not wanting to wait any longer than we have to, we accepted their proposal to move the closing date. What this means is that we will be living in our new house in about a month from now! Unfortunately with that comes packing... I have already started packing some things up tonight. I will probably start packing more stuff as the day progress. Currently I don't have a great deal of boxes but I am scouring the cardboard dumpster outside our apartment every so often for more boxes. We have yet to score a mortgage but we have an appointment scheduled for next Monday with a banker to finalize that. We're almost there!

My car (formally Emily's car) is in dire need of attention. The tires are really, really old, the steering wheel shakes when I drive it and the breaks are starting to squeal. I finally got off my procrastinating butt (which only seems to happen with car problems) and made an appointment at Fleet Farm for this weekend. I have so much stuff that needs to be done that they'll need to keep it for the entire day...lol.

In NG Designs news I am close to wrapping up a deal with another client which entails designing a second website for them. The previous website I did for them - Ultimart Convenience Stores - was finished in April. At the time it was one of the more challenging designs I've converted to HTML, but my latest incarnation of NealGrosskopf.com has now surpassed that.

Also Emily and I have decided to get a dog (pronounced pupppppppy if you're talking to Emily) It will be a Golden Retriever which we're getting from some people in Watertown, WI. I'm still not really hot on the idea of having a dog simply because they are more work than cats, but I'm Emily will be more than happy to take upon all the responsibilities of being a dog owner.

For the 4th of July I went up to Eagle River with my family. It was a pretty good time despite Emily not being there. I posted some great pictures in my Wallpapers section so go and check those out, and maybe download a few of them.


The Countdown Begins

Neal Grosskopf
7/29/2008 9:13:10 PM

Well it's only 17 more days to go and Emily and I are proud home owners. In the meantime there seems like a million things we need to do before we get there. We submitted our loan application last week and should be getting that back within the next few days. We had to order a washer & dryer from my company (since I can get a discount rate for them) and had to arrange a time to pick them up AND drop them off at our house BEFORE we will live there. We also had to arrange for our house to be inspected by Lowe's so that they could put carpet in our house when we finally own it. Also we had to get home owners insurance.

If all of that wasn't enough there's the packing and closing things up at our apartment like cleaning it etc. To make matters worse I have a few side jobs going on at home and my hands are slowly dying from carpal tunnel again. I woke up this weekend and my left wrist hurt a lot so I started using my right hand a bit more to give it a break, but of course now my right hand hurts as well. Perhaps I need a few more hands. Anyways I'm on a daily regiment of Tylenol and those stupid wrist/hand straps while I'm at home. Sooner or later I won't be able to do any real work anymore because I won't be able to type. (I realize that typing up a blog is contradictory to my whining, but yeah).

As far as other news, well there really isn't any, buying a house is pretty much the only headline right now. The countdown begins.


Six Decade Old Cake

Neal Grosskopf
7/31/2008 8:35:02 PM

I woke up this morning with my head spinning and my stomach turning. To quote Seinfeld I must have ate "A slice of cake from the wedding of King Edward VIII to Wallis Simpson, circa 1937, price--$29,000."

Well in all actuality, I don't know what I ate or if what I ate even matters. Nonetheless there was some throwing up going on this morning.So feel free to sing "get well, get well soon, we want you to get well" if you want...

I thought today was note worthy enough for a blog of it's own, even though I had recently wrote one this week. After waking up around 11 a.m. still feeling dizzy, I checked my email and noticed numerous emails from Emily. Apparently while I was recovering there was some madness occurring over our home loan. The evil private mortgage company decided we were not be trusted and decided to tack on another 2% to our down payment. How lovely of them to do, another $3,000 something we need to pull out of our butts in two weeks time.

The irony of the situation is the PMI company believed that we were risky to give the loan to, so they decided they "needed more money" from us. But what is funny, is now because they "need more money" they are actually making us MORE RISKIER(sic) because we will have virtually $0 dollars left in our savings account upon closing. THANKS! NOT! Apparently, people who have no money in their savings accounts are the right people to give loans to. No wonder our country is in a housing crisis. If they had just stuck with our regular percent down, we would be risk free loan applicants. So if you stop by our house and you noticed that the lights are off, candles are lit, and we're burning our front door to keep the place warm you will know why.

Well to be a bit more realistic, Emily and I will find some way to make it all work. We do have "enough money" for the down payment but that's about it. Over the next few weeks I have some potential places to get some more money i.e. side web jobs that I do, selling drugs, importing illegal's over the Canadian border (well not those last two) and Emily and I can probably budget ourselves a bit better as well. The worst part will be after we have the house.

Another annoying thing is, we were pretty much guaranteed that we would get the loan for our standard percent down, so knowing that we would have plenty of money left over, we started purchasing things for house. We already have purchased carpet and the installation which was a huge pain my butt to do no thanks to Lowe's. Had I known this was going to happen I would have happily postponed the carpet installation but what's done is done.

Well that's enough complaining for now, I am going back to my saltine crackers and stale 7-up.


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