And we’re moved!

Phew.  It’s been a long couple of weeks.  The weekend before last, Ike and I spent the weekend painting the new house (it’s ours!!) and celebrating my birthday.  We painted four ceilings (who paints their ceilings the same colors as the wall? gross.  I’m a strong believer that ceilings should be white, not blue…).  I had ambitious plans to paint an entire room, too, but painting the ceilings took a whole lot longer than I expected.  But, I’m awfully darn proud of those ceilings!

For my birthday, I went out with a group friends went out in the new neighborhood – pizza, bowling and bar hopping.  It was the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of the last year of my 20s.

Last week involved a number of nights of working until midnight, plenty of packing, a birthday dinner with my mom, time spent with friends, and a trip to the Paramount Theatre to see Mamma Mia.  There was entirely too much crammed into one week, but I survived and everything got done.  Phew.  Then, Saturday was the big move!  Thank goodness Isaac has three brothers who were available to help.  Those four, plus me, and three other friends (as well as Isaac’s very helpful 5-year old nephew) made moving as painless as it could possibly be.  And the guys were even able to find time to squeeze in a basketball game at the park just a block away from our new home!

And now, we live in a sea of boxes…

Now the fun begins...

 

But at least it’s a sea of boxes in our very own home!  Wahoo!  I can’t wait to get everything settled so it begins to feel like a real home.

We had to say goodbye to our lovely apartment right near downtown…

Our first home together. (please pardon the sappiness of that statement)

 

With this amazing view…

Won't be able to walk to work anymore...

But it is worth it to have more space and a place that really is our own.  I’m excited about settling down and not having to worry about moving again in a year.   I’ve moved entirely too many times in the last 10 years!

 

rambling thoughts

In January, I was complaining about not having enough work to do.  I had lots of free time, so buying a house right then sounded like a fantastic idea.  We found the house, put in the offer, and got the house.  (We’re supposed to close this week!)  So, of course, I’ve been absolutely swamped since the middle of February.  As soon as it’s time to pack and do the necessary renovations on the house (which are quite minor, but I still am determined to complete them before we move in), I have absolutely no time.  I was billing until after midnight last night and expect to be doing the same again today.  I definitely prefer to be busy, but now is one of the few times I’d prefer not to be busy…  It’d be wonderful to relax during my birthday week and have time to paint and pack, but I guess that’s not what is in store for me this year!

So, somehow, this week, I need to pack, clean the apartment, sign all of the closing documents, start painting the house, AND review 23,713 more documents which need to be produced to a government agency as soon as possible. And I’m supposed to run a 4 mile race on Saturday, for which I’m absolutely not in shape…  Oh, and it’d be nice to celebrate my birthday at some point in there, too!  But, at least I won’t be bored!

I’m finally starting to feel like I have a vague notion of what I’m doing as an attorney, so that’s definitely a plus.  I have to say, even having had 40,000 discovery documents to review over the last couple of weeks, I love my job.  I love being an attorney and I’m really glad this is the career path I’ve decided to pursue.  Hopefully, after six years in the profession, I’ll still love it as much as I do at six months.

As I approach my last birthday in my 20s, I realize just how amazing this decade has been, and I eagerly look forward to the next one.  I have never worried about getting older, probably because I’ve always felt older than my age anyway.  Each birthday, I feel like I’m getting closer to the age I’m supposed to be.  In the past year, I’ve lived in France, graduated from law school, passed the bar exam, started work as an attorney, gotten engaged, and purchased a house.  It’s been a wild ride and I can’t wait to see what is to come!  As soon as we get settled in the house, I guess I’ll have to start planning for the next adventure (that wedding date is getting closer and closer!).

Also, it’s snowing.  In Seattle.  In March.  Because moving isn’t hard enough when the weather *is* cooperating…

Win!

Today, I won my first opposed motion!

I’ve known forever that I wanted to be a litigator.  Maybe it was the Matlock I watched as a kid (or the Perry Mason)*, but I always had dreams of standing up in front of the court room arguing points.  While it’s quite a bit different than I imagined it, winning is pretty much exactly as satisfying as I thought it would be.

I’ve had this case for months now, and it should have been simple.  It’s a simple motion to vacate a default judgment (that’s what the partner who handed me the case told me anyway).  No big deal.  But, because of procedural issues, I’ve been bumped back and forth between superior court and district court four times now.  I’ve now argued the same motion three times without any decision being made because of complications.  But today!  Today I actually got a verdict.  Today I won!  Huzah!  This being a motion to vacate means that there will inevitably be more proceedings where I will actually have to defend against the suit, but it still feels quite good to come out with a win for the day.  And each time I stand in front of the judge, I get a little more comfortable with it, and a little less nervous.  This case has been a pain, and will continue to be one I’m sure, but I can be thankful that this case has at least given me numerous opportunities to stand in front of the judge, bringing me one small step closer to being an actual Litigator.

I am headed to the theatre tonight to see Beauty and the Beast with my mom, which is another point in the win column for today.  I’ll hold on to those wins while I get back to reviewing discovery documents (oh the life of a first year associate) and dreaming of the house I get to start decorating pretty soon.**

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* I know.  As a kid I watched reruns of Matlock, Perry Mason, the Golden Girls, and even Designing Women.  I’d blame the fact that I lived with my grandparents for part of that time, but I don’t even think that’s it.  I’m just weird.  I’ve accepted it.  On the plus side, I’m fantastic at trivia questions on old shows!  🙂

** My current obsession is backsplashes.  Oh backsplashes!  The possibilities!  I’m thinking subway tile will really brighten up my new kitchen…

Home Inspection… check!

Today, I had my very first home inspection of THE house.  I went in quite anxious as 1) I’ve never bought a house before, so this is my first home inspection and 2) the house was built in 1926, so there is no telling how many problems could exist.

I waited anxiously (not quite pacing, but almost) while the inspector roamed and roamed, looking at every possible issue.  And… there are very few issues!  There are, of course, small things that will have to be addressed over time, like outlets that need to be replaced, screens that are torn, and a water heater that may die in the next couple of years.  But, for a house that is 86 years old, I say those are pretty minor.  My realtor said that on a scale of 1 to 10, this inspection was an 8.  I can live with an 8!  We had the sewer system inspected, too, and it needs to have some work done.  So, we’re going to ask the sellers to work with us on that one.  We’ll see if they will.  Either way, though, this house, for all intents and purposes, is OURS!

I’m so excited.  And so in love with this house.  Is it weird that I’m madly in love with a building?  Probably.  That’s okay.  I take joy in clean desks, new office supplies, and arguing motions in court and I fall in love with buildings.  I’m marrying a city planner who likes analyzing city ordinances and reviewing building plans and dreams of being a treasure hunter.  We all have our quirks.

THE house, in pictures:

The living room, looking into the dining room. This is the room that first sold me.

 

The kitchen (about three times the size of our current kitchen).

 

Double oven!

I was determined to have a double oven, so the fact that this kitchen already had one was just further indication that this is THE house.

Master bedroom.

 

Master bath.

 

The backyard.

While we don’t have kids yet, this house clearly works for a family – the people moving out have two young boys.

I’m really looking forward to settling down in this beautiful home, beginning our life together, and starting a family.  Wedding planning and house buying has been stressful lately, but it’s really coming together and I’m just so darn excited.

 

Home ownership?!

Ike and I have been considering buying a house when our lease ends (in May). So, I started frequently (obsessively) checking the Redfin.com listings to see what types of houses were available. We picked a couple of neighborhoods in the Emerald City in which we wanted to live and I searched, and searched, and searched. We also got connected with a fantastic real estate agent (contact me if you want her info), and the house hunting began!

We didn’t plan on buying anything too quickly, waiting until closer to when our lease ended so that we could move at just the right time. However, quickly into our search, I found the perfect house! We continued looking at houses, but I kept thinking of THE house. It took me a little bit of time to convince Isaac that this was, in fact, THE house, in THE perfect neighborhood, but after a few weeks of talking about it, I finally had him convinced!

So, we decided to go ahead and make an offer. I’ve never purchased a house before, so I didn’t know how long the offer process would take. It turns out, the offer process can be extremely quick!! We made an offer on Friday, they counter-offered that evening, we counter-offered right back at them, and then they accepted our counter-offer on Saturday morning! Less than 24 hours of negotiation later, and we had ourselves a house!

THE house.

Isn’t it wonderful?  It’s a 1926 Tudor house and I’m madly in love with it.  Madly.  We have inspections scheduled for this week and we have until Friday to make sure that the financing is all in place.  Provided those things go smoothly, we may move in as early as March 15!  Eeeks!  I’m so excited.  This is as exciting as finding out I passed the bar!  I can’t wait to start decorating and making it mine ours.