Well, we're in Virginia now, attempting to close on a house. I might have mentioned this. Let's just say it's been....interesting. The walk-through went fairly well, just a few things the sellers neglected to do but all minor and the floors look good (whew!). And then there were all the things I didn't notice when we wrote the offer on this place - just how very ugly the light fixtures are, how the living room and family room have no overhead lighting, how tackytackytacky the fan is in Wyatt's room. You know, those kinds of things. Those things are a little overwhelming to me only because they are about to be my responsibility. So if you come see us in the next few years, please know that we're aware of these issues (and many more) and they are not indicative of our taste.
The painter also met us there and I walked him through exactly what I want done. Then his price and the time needed went up. So that was fun, but still probably the route we'll take. We've continued looking at refrigerators and discovered that, in fact, we might have to take a hammer to the small, useless cabinets above the fridge opening if one is to actually be installed in our kitchen. It turns out I'm kind of in the mood to destroy something, so that ought to work out.
Why so grumpy, you ask? Well, I give you exhibit A: the gas company. Specifically, we will receive service through Virginia Gas (makes sense, right?) so that's who I called to set up our service. Please imagine my surprise when I found myself talking to Ganesh who is conveniently located at a call center in India. Yes, you read right, a man in India is working to hook up my utilities in Virginia. The ways of the world confound me sometimes. Please also imagine my surprise when Ganesh reported to me that my credit score indicates I need to pay a deposit. My poor parents, they witnessed the whole thing. I told Ganesh he must be mistaken, that I know my credit score and they, quite frankly, don't get a whole lot better and so no, Ganesh, I will not be paying your three hundred and sixty dollar deposit! He basically says, "yes you will". So I do what any self-respecting, good-credit-earning girl would do and ask for a supervisor. He tells me he'll complete my order and then "send my call to the escalation desk". That's right everyone, I've been escalated.
So then I got to have the same conversation with Sharon. Sharon does not work in India, but she does work in Atlanta. That's right! Virginia Gas is located in both India and Atlanta, but not in Virginia - mind-boggling, don't you think? Sharon gives me the same load o'bull about my credit and how I need to pay $360, so I ask her what someone with bad credit would have to pay - a thousand? She didn't really understand my humor so much, but I think Mom & Dad were amused. There's seemingly no way around this, so I guess they're going to go ahead and rake us over the coals for the first few bills. If we pay everything on time for a year, they'll be kind enough to return our stolen funds.
Exhibit B: Tonight while we were at Home Depot pricing refrigerators, our realtor called (I have failed to tell you how great we think she is - Mary is a fantastic realtor!) and had to deliver the unfortunate news that the sellers are, from all appearances, crazy and possibly broke. As in, they've informed the listing agent - 16 hours prior to closing - that they're short by $4000. Something about the mom being distraught because the daughter ran away today and the dad is in France. I feel for her personal drama (and if you know them, please wish them my best) but now their drama is my drama and lo! I don't need the drama, just the house please!
Needless to say, the painter will not be starting until some things are resolved, no major appliances have been purchased and we went to Walgreens for a refill on my migraine medicine. Having fun yet? No pictures, either. Now I just need everyone to please pray, cross your fingers, bow east, chant or whatever else you do, that this sale goes through tomorrow so I can begin ridding that house of all its brass. Thank you for your support.
P.S. If anyone has a newer model refrigerator that they love, could you please leave me a note about it in the comments? Thanks!