Our blog chronicles the lives of two thirty-somethings living and loving in Oakland. We talk a lot about food, wine, travel and our house - a 1916 Craftsman in a part of town that was once described as "up and coming."
- Published on Friday, 22 February 2013
Authors: Becky CaudillWe spent four nights in NYC to celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. We saw The Book of Mormon and Once, and we did the celebrity chef thing by eating at Morimoto, Babbo, and Momofuku. We took the subway - a lot. And we walked. And walked. And then we walked some more. It was freezing. Then it rained and was kind of warm....
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US
- Published on Sunday, 17 February 2013
Authors: Becky CaudillWe've been together 17 years, now married for 11 of them.
- Published on Wednesday, 06 February 2013
Authors: Becky CaudillWe left a couple of our rugs at the old house for immediate disposal. (Confession: Dakota had some accidents on them so they stink to high heaven.) We moved the red rug from our bedroom into the new living room and my old office rug is in the office here. We don't need a rug in the bedroom because it's got carpet. What we do...
TOFINO TRAVEL CONTEST
- Published on Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Authors: Becky CaudillHey blog friends, I need your help.
I don't often ask for people to vote for me and mine for online contests, but this one is near and dear to my heart.
I think y'all know how much I love Tofino. Well, Tourism Tofino has launched a Facebook contest in honor of British Columbia's first-ever family day. They've asked folks to...
- Published on Monday, 28 January 2013
Authors: Becky CaudillWe had a long talk with our Realtor yesterday. (Side note: Remember, this is a guy Alan's known for 20 years. They hang out when we're not in buy/sell mode. He's a great guy, and has our best interest in mind.) I feel better about our situation, and it looks like all of the problems we've been having come down to...
THE HOUSE STAGING SAGA CONTINUES
- Published on Friday, 25 January 2013
Authors: Becky CaudillAt this point I am never buying or selling another house in the Bay Area again.
Did I tell y'all that after getting extremely worked out about another miscommunication with our stager, I looked at his reviews on Yelp. Turns out people love his store, but not his employees. And when it comes to his staging services? Realtors...
SO FRUSTRATED RIGHT NOW
- Published on Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Authors: Becky CaudillThis house selling process is going to give me an ulcer. Or, since I already have an ulcer, is going to make it misbehave.
Y'all have seen our house. It's a beautiful, nearly 100 year old lady. It's aged, gracefully, but yes, it's showing lines, and wrinkles, and all the signs of a house that has stood the test of time. It is...
SELLING OUR TIMESHARE
- Published on Thursday, 17 January 2013
Authors: Becky CaudillAfter making use of our timeshare for the past ten years or so, we've decided to let it go. It would be perfect for a family that likes to go to the same places year after year, but that's just not us anymore. I've loved going to Hawaii every year with it, but I've got the itch to explore new places in Hawaii, and abroad and...
PAINTING THE NEW CONDO
- Published on Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Authors: Becky CaudillOne of the first things I asked the landlord when touring the condo was whether or not the new occupants could paint. It's not that I didn't like the colors she already had up; rather, they just aren't me. The room that I most want to tackle is the living/dining combo. Right now it's a beige that reads mustard, greige, or...
A DIFFERENT KIND OF MURDER IN OAKLAND
- Published on Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Authors: Becky CaudillIt's no secret that Oakland has a murder problem. It's on the nightly news, on the front page of our newspapers, and being talked about just about everywhere you go in the city. It's definitely top of mind for us. But today a different type of murder captured my attention. You see, I watched a hawk kill another bird in my...