Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Shop Hoppin’

Well, this weekend I had an adventure for sure.

Really I had an adventure all this week. And it worked out like this-

I looked at houses Monday but didn’t really see anything I liked. There were a couple of funky ones but in reality, I have to spend more money. I am still getting a pretty teeny house, but at least it isn’t the original 1962 kitchen and carpet, and it’s out of the ghetto.

So Tuesday I went to Portland for work. (Put a Bird on it). This is the view from the offices I was working in.

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This would be the Fremont Bridge over the Willamette


I mean seriously. I have a cubicle……No windows anymore. There is a window on the other side of the room so there is daylight, just no window where I sit. So this would be hard to give up if I worked here….

On Wednesday, I looked at a couple of more houses. One I sort of liked and then one I fell in love with. An old funky house that was just too cool. Realtor said there was another offer but they didn’t have financing so it would be mine if I wanted it. Went home, called Dave, sent the realtor an e-mail saying I wanted it and he said great we’d meet the next day. However, the next day, Thursday, he called and said that the house wasn’t mine and the other offer had 3 days, until Monday, to come up with financing. I was crushed and devastated. I had posted it on Facebook for God’s sake, and told everybody. So I told said realtor, we’ll call him Mr. Man, (because we do call him Mr Man) that I was going out of town and we had to get going and I was upset and blah blah. He said go out of town and he’d get me a house and all would be well. Easier said than done.

So, even though I was upset and had a heavy heart, I decided my weekend adventure was the thing to do and I was on my way to the SW Washington Shop Hop with Debbie. We had already done the two Tacoma area stores-I was on my way to 14 more.

Friday I went to Seattle for a meeting, then found my way to Fauntleroy to catch the Fauntleroy/Southworth Ferry.


View from the dock. Nice time for a road trip as the leaves are just changing.


Boat on the water


And on the Ferry-


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It was a bit foggy and rainy, but I love me a good boat ride. What a great way to travel. And it cut about 60 miles off the trip-and countless stops on I-5.

I got to Debbie’s house on the island and the next day we were up and at ‘em to get to Vancouver and start hopping-


She really is paying attention to driving down I-5. Really. No problems here. 

We spent all day going from Vancouver all the way to Orting and then Tacoma. We went 400 miles.

It’s a beautiful time of year to shop hop.

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Oh, and we went into a few (9) shops too-

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There was a big storm after we got home. But Sunday was pretty nice.



Since we hit an extra shop on Saturday, we only had three on Sunday and headed straight for the beach-

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I love the beach. It was warm and not windy at all.

We wound our way back-again a beautiful day to travel-



We got done about 2, had lunch, and headed back to Tacoma to visit and look at more houses, since I lost (yes in the end I lost) the house I thought I bought. I found another one I like a lot, but have a bad feeling there isn’t going to be much I can do about that either. This house shit is going to kill me in the end. But I must say, it’s quite the diet and weight control, since I seem to have lost another 5 pounds.

On the lighter side, the cat came to visit. I don’t really know it’s name but decided to take a picture. And when I did, I though “huh, what d’ya know.”


See that? Or do you….?


Here’s to finding a house.

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