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quickies... well, sorta

I've had no time to update recently, which is a shame because lots has been going on.  For example:

  • 3 Fridays ago, Seth and I stayed in College Park for Shabbos.  beaniekins was also there, and it was nice to get to see her.  I helped Nechama cook Thursday night which is how we ended up with the invite.  We're always welcome to stay there, but I hate inviting myself.  So when I was there helping to bake challah and make fish, Nechama asked me what I was doing for shabbos and I said I didn't know yet (yeah, it was Thursday night...yeah, I should have had a clue by that point), and she said I should come to College Park, so that's what we did.  We had a great time as always.  They had a "small" shabbos with only about 100 students coming Friday night.  Sheesh!  It's amazing to see the proportions that she cooks in!  As always dinner was wonderful (as was lunch Shabbos day).  Seth seemed to have a good time also, which is excellent.
  • The following week (Feb 27?) Seth and I were both just plain exhausted, so we stayed home on Shabbos.  That was nice.  I wasn't feeling very well, so I'd expected it to just be the two of us falling asleep over our plates, but we had my coworker, Diane, her daughter (Kayleigh) and psujedi and caryabend over also.  So a good time was had by all.  We had WAY too much food (I was terrified we wouldn't have enough, and I guess I over-compensated.  Whoops!).  But that's not a problem.  We had good food, good conversation, and a bunch of fun games after dinner.  Saturday was a lazy shabbos.  We slept in and didn't go to shul and that was about it.
  • February 29th was our synagogue's 40th anniversary banquet, which I've been immersed in for the last 6 months.  TGIO (Thank Goodness It's Over!).  We had a good time and I'm glad we went.  I received lots of kudos for my work on the banquet journal, so that made it all worth it.  I'm happy that I did it, and I'm even willing to do it again next year so long as I don't have to attend a single meeting.  ;-)  I was panicking, though, because I really didn't have anything to wear.  Everything I owned was either too fancy or not nearly fancy enough.  So I IMd my mother (we are, sadly, about the same size-ish) and asked if she had anything appropriate.  She did, but the problem was that I had to leave in 20 minutes to go help set up for the banquet.  So I went to the banquet hall, my mother dropped off a lovely green embroidered suit-thing, I finished setting up the things that I could, drove back to the house, changed, drove back to the banquet hall, finished setting up, sat down for a minute and a half, and then everything was starting.  Worked out perfectly.  Thanks mom.  ;)
  • Last week we stayed home for shabbos (this time was planned) and had batgirl1536, psujedi, and caryabend over for dinner.  I hadn't met batgirl1536 before, so it was nice to meet her.  She came over early to help get things together and so that we could spend some time chatting before all the hubaloo that is my pre-shabbos panic-attack.  She's very sweet, and positively adorable and we loved having her.  Batya, you are welcome at our shabbos table any time you please.
  • Seth looked at a house that we're interested in today.  It was mostly perfect.  It's even reasonably priced.  But to put a serious offer on it right now, we'd have to have a 10% cash deposit sitting around.  Hah.  That's $35,000.  We don't have it.  Sigh.  It was otherwise pretty much what we want/need except that it doesn't have a basement.  Le Sigh.  But, in a year or two, things may have calmed down.
  • Work is going well.  I'm up for a possible promotion.  That would make me very happy.  Especially if the promotion came along with $$$.
  • That is all for now.

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ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: March 9th, 2004 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
>> We had WAY too much food (I was terrified we wouldn't have enough, and I guess I over-compensated. Whoops!).

Every time I've made Shabbos meals, I always end up with enough leftovers to last for at least 5 days. Doesn't matter if I halve or quarter the recipes -- or just eyeball it. There's always too much. I've come to believe that Shabbos food has the magical ability to expand when I'm not looking.
eyelid From: eyelid Date: March 9th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
$350k is REASONABLY PRICED??

Weegle...
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: March 9th, 2004 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sadly, it's true

And the house was built in 1956. Well maintained, but still quite old.

Compared to our current domicile, it's a veritable palace. Nonetheless, there are plenty of houses going for twice that in the neighborhood...and some that are still higher.

I'm not just telling you this for informational purposes. I'm also trying to spread the word that people should stop trying to buy homes where we want to live! They're taking all the good spots, and driving the prices up. So there.
eyelid From: eyelid Date: March 9th, 2004 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sadly, it's true

Compared to our current domicile, it's a veritable palace.

It better be the frikkin Taj Mahal for $350k!
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: March 9th, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sadly, it's true

*shrugs* If the Taj Mahal is a couple thousand square feet, in a lot less than 10K square feet, then yep, that's it. Property values around here ain't what they are elsewhere.

Brother, can you spare $1,000,000.00?
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From: bodnej Date: March 10th, 2004 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)

furniture?

You can buy a house that's pre-furnished? I never knew that...

I keep wondering when the DC area housing prices are going to crash. It's insane. My brother is looking for a townhouse, somewhere within driving distance of Bethesda/Chevy Chase, and finding something affordable is going to be very hard. I look at my mortgage each month and just try to figure out how my house could cost this much. And I'm not even going to get into the property taxes!
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leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: March 11th, 2004 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sadly, it's true

350K is an awesome price for a house in that zip code...we are in White Oak and spent 25K more...our house is circa 1956 but also well maintained which makes all the difference. We sold a newish townhouse, which had lots of bells and whistles and was very sexy, but not built like the house we have now. So there is something to be said for these oldies but goodies. My husband was born in 1958, I may just be partial to that decade!
Housing prices have to stabilize in the area soon...incomes are not increasing proportionately to incomes..however, I thought this three years ago when we first bought in Kemp Mill...and look what happened! This is not the cheapest part of the country to own real estate in...however, it is not the most expensive either. Try Orange County California...a shack is over 600K. So it is all relative. I know this because when I get really upset with my mother I fantasize about moving out of the area and check prices in places I like. Joel and I have careers that are transportable but we like the east coast and the DC scene. I wish you guys a lot of luck and I am here with advice if needed!
From: batgirl1536 Date: March 9th, 2004 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
im hungry. do you still have leftovers? your chicken was yummy.
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leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: March 11th, 2004 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
350K is an awesome price for a house in that zip code...we are in White Oak and spent 25K more...our house is circa 1956 but also well maintained which makes all the difference. We sold a newish townhouse, which had lots of bells and whistles and was very sexy, but not built like the house we have now. So there is something to be said for these oldies but goodies. My husband was born in 1958, I may just be partial to that decade!
Housing prices have to stabilize in the area soon...incomes are not increasing proportionatly to incomes..however, I thought this three years ago when we first bought in Kemp Mill...and look what happened! This is not the cheapest part of the country to own real estate in...however, it is not the most expensive either. Try Orange County California...a shack is over 600K. So it is all relative. I know this because when I get really upset with my mother I fantasize about moving out of the area and check prices in places I like. Joel and I have careers that are transportable but we like the east coast and the DC scene. I wish you guys a lot of luck and I am here with advice if needed!
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