What a Dick!

Things are moving at breakneck speed with the house purchase now. We're rocking and rolling, as the kids say! (Or maybe they don't, but they should. Rock 'n roll will always be cool.) We wrote the earnest money check today. The home inspection, well inspection, and septic tank inspection are all scheduled for Friday. It's … Continue reading What a Dick!

David Byrne as a Metaphor for Life

There are few moments in life more surreal than signing a “Residential Offer to Purchase” on a home, but that’s exactly what Tara and I did on Thursday night. You know the Talking Heads song "Once in a Lifetime"? The one where David Byrne spouts lyrics like, And you may ask yourself, “Well, how did … Continue reading David Byrne as a Metaphor for Life

365 in the 605

We have officially been South Dakota residents for one year now. Exactly 365 days ago, we rolled across the state line, two days after leaving the Pacific Northwest behind. I will never forget the feeling of elation when we finally arrived. I can't ever forget it, because we have photographic evidence. This photo, by the … Continue reading 365 in the 605

Mr. Incredible Crashed the Party

Advance warning: I hope you like reading about home projects, 'cause we've been eating, sleeping, and breathing house stuff these past couple of weeks. Most of our evening and weekends have been spent at the new house. As I've mentioned, as sweet a lady as Doris was, her taste in decor reflected her age. Our … Continue reading Mr. Incredible Crashed the Party

Lucky Sevens

It's been an exciting and productive week! Tuesday at noon, we closed on our house. After signing our names and initialing approximately three million documents, we were handed the keys. What an immensely gratifying moment that was! It felt like I had overcome so much to arrive at that point: a short sale, years of … Continue reading Lucky Sevens

In-tents Weekend

Wow. It's June now. Meaning we are rapidly approaching our one-year anniversary in South Dakota. Yet, living here still feels like a novelty. I have no idea how that is possible. It's going to be a pretty busy but exciting week for us. We officially close on our house at noon on Tuesday. There is … Continue reading In-tents Weekend

Week One Done

My first "week" at the new job is now in the can and I am loving every minute of it! I put week in parentheses because it was actually three days, but starting on a Wednesday had its perks. Namely the preceding long weekend. More on the job in a second. I wanted to take … Continue reading Week One Done

An Ode to Doris

I have become obsessed with learning all I can about the woman whose house we are buying. Fortunately, in this day and age, info is pretty easy to come by. Googling her name brought up her obituary and a whole lot of info. Here's what we know: Doris was 79 when she passed away on … Continue reading An Ode to Doris

Lenny Kravitz: Good Luck Charm

If it seems like I'm posting more often than usual these days, that's because I'm posting more often than usual these days. What can I say? There is a lot going on in my life and I want to record it all for posterity. Plus, I've had lots of requests for house pics, so there … Continue reading Lenny Kravitz: Good Luck Charm