Month: June 2010

Hudson's 3rd haircut

Hudson was bitten by a bug, we think, yesterday on his left eye and it turned pink. He woke up Friday morning with a completely swollen eye. It was almost completely closed! Gay and grandma took him to the doctor on their way to his scheduled haircut and got an antibiotic and some kids’ Claritin. It was much better by Saturday and practically back to normal by Sunday, thanks mostly to the Claritin. The doc said to stop giving him the antibiotic if it looks better.

Hudson's 3rd haircut

The haircut was as bad as his eye. He used to have cool surfer-boy hair, but now looks like a dork. Good thing hair grows quickly.

Grandma visit

My favorite mother-in-law made her annual visit this week. She arrived Monday, Gay and her went shopping, the kids entertained her during the day and she left Saturday.

Saturday afternoon, we went over to Jon & Megan’s house for a barbeque. Megan ran the Seattle Rock & Roll Marathon again this year (Gay ran the half with her last year). Megan’s parents, sister, nephew and niece, a few other friends who ran the marathon with her and other friends were also there. Jon bbq’d salmon. We left at 9:30pm and caught the 10:20pm ferry.

Americans are moving to Seattle

Forbes has an interactive map showing where people are moving to and from in the US. People are fleeing from Detroit and Los Angeles and people are flocking to Seattle (black represents number of people moving in and red represents moving out):

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I’m not surprised, Seattle is a great place to live: temperate weather, good jobs, beautiful scenery, protected environment, great outdoor activities, progressive government. Kiplinger recently rated Seattle #2 in their list of top cities for the next decade. It’s good for Seattle — more people = bigger market = better services — but I don’t like the idea of Seattle becoming crowded. I moved away from the east coast (partly) because of all the people!

Sh*t My Kids Fixed

This is one my favorite sites: Shit My Kids Ruined. I can relate. But I have to give my kids some credit. A few months ago our digital camera suddenly stopped working with the infamous “Lens Error. Restart camera.” message — the lens gets stuck and won’t retract. We tried the best instructions we could find but couldn’t fix it. It was out of the warranty period so I bought a replacement camera for Mother’s Day and we let the kids have the broken one to play with — they love playing with things that have buttons. A couple days later I found it on the living room floor with the lens retracted. How’d they do that? No amount of pushing on it could get it to go back in for me. I decided to put the battery back in and see if it was fixed and it worked! How’d they do that??! Now we have two functioning cameras. Thanks kids!

Negotiations on the house are almost over

We delivered our list of inspection items to the seller of the house this evening. Technically, our agent delivered it to their agent. While the list is shorter than we thought it’d be, there’s some things that add up to real dollars: new boiler, leaking pipes, removal of asbestos wrap on the heating pipes, galvanized pipe (blech!) replacement, garage roof leaks, some electrical repair, and minor repairs to the window sills, etc.

My guess is that they are going to refuse to budge and argue that none of this stuff needs to be done. The owner of the house passed away in 2008 and her 9 (!) children are all involved in the negotiations, which makes it more difficult for them to come to a consensus. They all grew up in the house, I think, so it’s not surprising that they wouldn’t see the problems with the house.

We should know in a few days whether we will be looking for another house.

Inspection Day #3

Today was the sewer inspection. We weren’t there, but the real estate agent was and all went well. The inspection company sends a DVD (with popcorn) of a movie of the camera’s trip through the pipes. I’m not sure I want to watch it.

The only inspection left to do is a hazardous materials inspection. The house has a fair amount of 60s/70s era tile flooring which, together with the glue that was commonly-used, was later found to contain asbestos, which was later found to be harmful to humans, especially kids. Removing it is expensive because it has to be handled carefully and disposed of properly.