Monday, October 27, 2008

Back in the norm...

Hello Everybody,

With the excitement and fun celebrating Jimi's birthday behind us, our week resembled the more traditional outlook.

We worked on putting together our Halloween costumes. Jimi will be a convict and I will be a sexy cop. We’ll be sure to post pictures on our blog for you. For Jimi’s costume, is black hospital attire painted with white stripes. This didn’t work as well as we had hoped, but nevertheless it will be fine. Ideally, we had planned on white attire painted with black stripes, but the store did not have white attire. The final touch will be attaching a ball to a small chain and tying it around his ankle. My costume is fish net stockings, knee high boots, and a black miniskirt with a black collared shirt. I have a black studded belt to go around my waste with handcuffs  and to top it off a badge for my shirt and a police hat. Things should look pretty good. The party is at the Longmont Moose lodge on Halloween night. Our friends Brad & Ellen are joining us, as well as Tammy & Greg.

Jimi attentively worked on midterms for a few of his classes this week. He always does such good work. Often times many of the other students rave over what he produces. One of his projects was to make a tri fold piece of work. I really wish I could show it to you, because it came out really nice and quite professional looking. I’d say there is nothing amateur about his work. He’s good!

I met up with my Wednesday night group of ladies this past week. I’ll plan on visiting with them every week now that I am not making a cake. They are still crocheting; however, I really have no interest in it, so I will take something else to work on.

The refinance saga continues. On Monday I was told we were cleared to close, except that I had to put a railing on the wall leading down to the basement. By doing this the house would meet all FHA requirements. I had taken the railing down earlier to paint the wall, and never put it back up. It was in the garage and a simple fix. I did that immediately on Monday night, took pictures and emailed them to the appraiser. I didn’t hear anything all week until Friday when I received the phone call saying that the underwriter had decided not to accept the appraisal. I was frustrated beyond frustration. How can they keep changing their minds? Luckily for me my broker is a friend of mine and fighting tooth and nail for me. She had the appraiser pull three more comps and submitted them to the underwriter. Finally after what I am told was many back and forth phone calls the underwriter accepted the appraisal (again), and approved my loan (for the 3rd or 4th time). Yet, on Sunday night I received an email saying that there were some exposed areas on the trim around the garage door. They would have to be painted before we could proceed. Jimi went over Monday morning and painted all the trim. We emailed pictures to the appraiser and he resubmitted his report to the underwriter. Supposedly, the documents have been ordered and upon their arrival, we will close the loan. Keep your fingers crossed and your prayers going upward because I will not believe it until the papers are signed.

Friday night we went to Denver, so Jimi could take some photos. Jimi took pictures over the city, on top of a parking garage, and of a popular Jazz bar, El Chapultepec. He is experimenting with a new form of picture taking. After taking pictures, we went inside for a few drinks. We had fun listening to the music and joking around with the staff. But, about 10:30, Jimi said it was time to go home. When we got home, we drank tequila in the hot tub.  

Saturday morning we went to Janni’s Café for breakfast. It is a small family owned café of older stature. Jimi describes it as a place found in the middle of a small Nebraska farm owned community. Anyhow, we like to go there. That afternoon, we took the boat out on the lake for a while. The winds were blowing this day. We were not really expecting it and had a difficult time keeping control of the boat while getting the sail up. Once we decided to take the jib down, we had much better control of the boat. We practiced several turns by going from one end of the lake to the other and back again; getting about three hours of practice in. I was a bit nervous simply because the water was so cold and I DID NOT want to fall in. With the winds as they were the boat was a little rocky. It was a good experience and doing it over and over, encountering as many scenarios as possible is going to prepare us for our big adventure.

Molly and Razor stayed the weekend in Mead again. Jennifer said that all went well and the dogs got along great. The puppies will all be going to their new homes next weekend. After that Jennifer will be keeping Molly and Razor permanently.

Sunday morning I clean the house for about four hours focusing on the nooks and crannies, while Jimi worked on my car and in the garage. We went for a walk, Jimi went on a photo shoot, I went to the grocery store, got a haircut, and later that evening we went to the movie theatre to see Saw V. Good movie!

I have finally uploaded some of our scrapbooks on our weblog. Click on the link below to get to the main page. The scrapbooks are under the scrapbooks link on the right side of the screen. From there you can choose which scrapbook you would like to view. The pictures are a little small, but you can enlarge one at a time by clicking on them. We invite you to look through them and enjoy! 

Be sure to save this link in your favorites!



Hope you all have a wonderful week.

Love Everybody,

Lorie & Jimi

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