Just for prosperity’s sake i just want a reminder that i tried doing the yard work.
2016 was a big year personally and there’s lots to cover since i barely made a half a dozen posts, so without further delay here we go:
Its been a fun month of Home ownership this month for some odd reason. At the beginning of the month our internet went out, and we were without our main source of home entertainment for a few days. We were all stuck watching a single TV of over the air programming until Frontier Fios came out and had to replace our ONT unit in the garage.
Long story short, we bought a house!
Not much time to post on this particular blog anymore, but its that time for my annual year in review! [trumpets blare]
The condo has been on the market for two weeks now, and we’re currently on our 3rd purchase offer. The first offer came in two days after the listing went up, and was cancelled before things went into escrow because the buyer got cold feet. The next weekend came by and we had another offer on the house after a little more back and forth and we officially got into escrow this week. Lost of paper work was signed, but this time it fell through because the buyer’s financing fell through. Now we’re onto our third buyer, so we’re crossing our fingers that this was goes all the way through.
Our third buyer did fall through, and after a few weeks of no more new offers we lowered the price, and we’re in escrow with our 4th buyer. Crossing toes this time.
The condo is officially sold!
Where has the time gone? This site has become a forgotten memory with Alice taking all of my free time. So much yet happened last year that i can barely remember anything. I’ll try to search through the endless pictures of Alice to give a brief synopsis of the year.
We were a bit in the mood for Dim Sum the other day, and i wanted to try somewhere new and tried out one from a new list of Dim Sum joints in the SVG. We normally go to Elite, but this time we tried out King Hua which was another high end joint that serves by ordering vs. carts. We went a little overboard when ordering because we were 1. Hungry, and 2. I wanted to try multiple things that were mentioned on top of our normal order of food. These were some of the more different dishes that we ordered. Dumpling Soup Egg Tarts Coconut Rolls Milk Buns
I’m still getting some residuals off of my www.istockphoto.com account which still nets me a few hundred dollars a year. I normally just throw that back into my normal banking account, but for some reason i got the itch to do a little shopping with it. So i hopped onto ebay and just started searching for random things of interests.
Thats when i started searching for old toys that i once owned, or wish i owned, that would be less than $10 including shipping, and thats where i fell upon some Generation 1 Transformers Mini Cars. These were the small transformers that came with no accessories and really barely transformed, but it was a good starting point. I started off with a Cosmos, then Seaspray, and Warpath relatively within the same day.
The piece de resistance i’ve been looking since is a Transformers Generation 1 Snarl Dinobot. I had one as a kid since the stegosaurus was my favorite dinosaur, but of course i have no idea what happened to it. From watching current and past auctions depending on condition and accessories will run between $50-100.
During Joy’s maternity leave we discussed her changing jobs. Her current job has worked out so well for us with Alice’s drop off schedule and relative ease of her current position it was more of just a thought than reality. That was until about two weeks ago when a directors position at another hospital opened up where someone else she knew worked at. She got recommend, went for an interview and a week later was offered a position there. So now she’ll be heading up the social services department of a hospital in Culver City.
We’re both pretty excited and nervous about the change since now we’ll have to do a bit of maneuvering of our routine to hand Alice off to my parents which will include a mix of them coming to pick her up, and me dropping her off in the morning and taking the train back to work. On a side note i’ve also been accepted become an adjunct professor at Santa Monica College so that Jonathan and I can teach a web design class in the fall, more on that later.
To celebrate with took my parents to get some Prime Rib at Lawry’s. Its been almost a year since the last time we were here so it was like seeing an old friend after time apart. Everything was still just as tasty, although a bit more difficult now with Alice in tow.
It was still bright out after dinner we so drove down the street to the Grove to take a walk around, get some ice cream, and do a little shopping. Alice liked the water show, and all the people to stare at.
Saturday marked the first day of summer, and it just so happened to be Joy and my first real date night since Alice came into our lives. My mother was kind enough to spend the night at our house to watch over little Alice while we got to head out sans diaper bag.
A month ago Jonathan Gold released his 101 Best Restaurants of LA and had Providence as its #1 restaurant. A few weeks later Providence announced the reopening and a special nine year anniversary four course dinner special for the month of June so i jumped online and made RSVP for the 21st.
We got up to LA with a little time to kill so we started off by getting a drink at Mozza Pizzeria, but unbeknownst to me, they serve wine in little carafes at a glass and a half, which we had to finish in a half hour. We were pretty toasty to say the least.
Having a 5:30 RSVP made us have restaurant almost to ourselves, but filled up once we finished. We looked over the menu and besides the 4 course menu, we could’ve gone with the other menus that ranged from 8-12 dishes with the longest being around 3 hour ordeal. We decided to keep to the 4 course, and add in an Uni Egg, and i ordered the supplemental a5 Wagyu Beef. It was my delayed father’s day dinner so why not splurge a little.
Along with the four courses it started off with a bunch of amuse bouches from a Dark and Stormy jello shot, to a really good smoked halibut soup. The Uni Egg was delicious and this coming from two people that don’t typically eat it. The wagyu beef was super buttery and i’m glad i tried it, but it really made me miss having some actual beef beef. The dinner took about 2 hours to finish, and was a great experience.
After dinner we took a walk around Hollywood and Highland
Saturday afternoon we celebrated the upcoming arrival of the Mani-Chan baby at Tiffany’s aunt’s house in Bel Air. It was the first time i got to go through those gates located just north of the UCLA campus, and i was mildly unimpressed by what i found there. What i did find was pretty much an ordinary track homes lined with lots of benz, bmws, and bentleys.
Of course the entire backyard was decorated from heads to tail (Tiffany’s a event planner of course) and a catering staff constantly adding new items to the buffet table.
We got there early and enjoyed the peace and quiet before everyone else arrived, and had a good time even with the temperature rising as the day got longer.
Alice was the only kid allowed at the party since she couldn’t run around and cause trouble and so everyone wanted a little piece of the chubster. Tiffany’s cousin was even trying to teach her about the higher end of life showing off her 4 karat engagement ring and letting her play with her Chanel Sunglasses.