Trent and I both had Friday off for the July 4th holiday last week, and in true Team Temple fashion, we used that free day to…
Drive up to Arnold and do our home inspection on the new house (and other stuff you do when you’re closing on a second home)!“Having fun” on your day off is not for sharks like me. Even on holiday weekends.
And despite the fact that I woke up at 3:30 AM Friday with the worst case of food poisoning I think I’ve ever experienced in my almost four decades on earth, we still made it to Arnold before noon with only one emergency stop.
I AM A SUPER TROOPER (but the 14 women in line for the bathroom behind me at the Circle K in Farmington off Highway 4 hate me).
Upon getting to Arnold, I literally crawled to the front door of our real estate agent’s office and sat in the sun while Trent and Gary Paris of “Team Paris” got caught up on the status of our escrow process, which is proceeding so smoothly we might actually be ready to close in as little as three weeks when all is said and done.
I didn’t barf at Gary’s (double yay!), and after that we got to spend basically the rest of the day hanging out at “our” house – Gary let us have the place to ourselves. We got to check in on the progress of our new roof and meet our awesome Irish roofer and epic Slayer fan, Phil Murphy. I wish I got a pic of us with Phil (maybe his number, too, so we can invite him over after we close), but I was simply in no state. Instead, I focused on getting pics of the new roof: in particular, how good the roof color we chose mimics the original cedar shake shingles we stripped off…Yay, roof!
We got to be there to meet our inspector, a really sweet but pragmatic fellow named Dave Frederick who made a special concession to do our inspection on the holiday weekend. He was also highly concerned about me not feeling well and, despite my explanation that I don’t eat dairy, kept going through the freezer and trying to get me to eat the copious amounts of ice cream left behind by the sellers (don’t worry, Munga – we’re keeping it all for you).
Yay, free ice cream!
He also walked us through the house and finally relented that “Well, you’ve got a pretty good one here. What you see is what you get – it’s an A-frame so… not a lot of places for trouble to hide.”
i.e., if the new roof’s not done right, it will be raining on our heads (if it ever rains again, that is).
We got Dave’s official report on Sunday and, turns out there’s just a small amount of “finishing work” to be done in the basement, save for really small stuff like holes in screens here and there, etc. The sellers have already agreed to complete the basement items; I guess we can buy some new screens?Yay, for real estate not located in the Bay Area!
Oh – and we also got to inventory and test out all the furniture the sellers are leaving behind. Turns out this living room sofa is a sleeper (more crash space!) and is pretty comfortable!(I didn’t puke on it)
Yay, for free furniture!
We also got to spend a little more time in Arnold, which was looking extra charming given the impending July 4th parade the next day. We had lunch at a great outdoor burger joint (well – Trent did; I laid on the picnic bench and tried not to barf) and hit up the small independent sporting goods store (well – Trent did that, too, while I rolled around in pain in the car).
We are in love with our soon-to-be mountain second-home.
It was a long, eventful, productive (and sometimes extremely painful) day off, but we’re happy we did it. It moved us a big step closer to the keys to our dream home and we were so excited that, instead of going home afterward and recovering from said worst bout of food poisoning ever…
We drove four hours north on the beautiful and scenic old highway 49 and met up with our friends Leah and Natalia in Cal-Ida where we camped the rest of the weekend! Don’t worry, by Saturday I was (basically) fully recovered…By Sunday I was definitely fully recovered, and we enjoyed erecting the greatest beeramid monument to Mexican-American relations ever, crowned with Lady Liberty in honor of the holiday: Lest you think we’re 100% responsibility… Remember the mantra:
Work hard, play harder.
See all our pics of 2381 thus far here.
See all our pics of our 2015 July 4th campout at Cal-Ida here.