Weekend Recap

Sorry this post is a day late...I failed to mention that I wouldn't be back until today.  What a wonderful weekend it was!  Louisville is gorgeous, especially at this time of year.  Spring has fully sprung - there are so many lovely trees everywhere fully in bloom, the daffodils along the side of the highway are big and bright yellow and everything is GREEN!  It's amazing, but it totally makes Chicago seem like the saddest place on earth.  When will our trees bloom? The ones outside our apartment don't even have buds on them yet!  Sad.

Not only did we have an amazing time with our friends and family, but we are so freaking close to packing up and moving down there.  While we haven't made an offer on a particular house or anything, we did find two that almost met every single expectation we have.  We're not that picky but it has to be perfect in order for us to buy it.  One house we loved, which looked so similar to the image from Friday's post (I thought it was a sign), was perfect in every way except that it had a tiny yard.  It was a lovely manicured yard that was already set up for a little vegetable garden like we want...but there was no way a dog could really run around back there.  We went back for a second visit the next day and just didn't love it the way we did the day before.  Funny how that happens.

The other house we loved is one that is still in the running for us.  It's kind of far away from everything we'll want to do in the city, but honestly it's not that far.  It's pretty much country living in the city.  It's on an old road that has lots of farms (one sells honey!) with horses (no stinky cows!) and there's a nursery at the tail end (and also a quarry).  The house itself is pretty awesome with incredible wood doors and a front porch with not just one, but three ceiling fans.  It's on a big lot and there are tons of beautiful old trees everywhere.  But it has its down sides too.  The basement is weird, with really low ceilings and it doesn't have a garage.  But that garage part can be fixed.

We've begun the financial process, we finally found an agent that we like and want to give business to.  We're going back soon, because we're both incredibly excited and ready.  It's meant to be, hoorah!

Some highlights of the weekend include ::

  • Beers with all of our Louisville friends on Friday night, ending with a hot tub session
  • A good day of house hunting and stuff
  • Good food and beer from the Bluegrass Brewing Company
  • Final Four games watched in the hot tub and also at a delicious Mexican restaurant with margaritas and queso!
  • Brunch with my MIL followed by a not so good house hunting day but an eye-opening one
  • Beers outside in the 78 degree weather at The Beer Store w/Raegan!
  • Dinner at North End Cafe with so many wonderful people + great food
The weather was divine - sunny and 78 degrees.  Does it get any better than that?!  Needless to say, it was hard to come back.  But having the National Championship game to watch with friends back home made it much easier.  Speaking of, I read this article from NPR about last night's game.  It's a good read! My favorite quote ::

"On a stage this big, you don't want to win in such a way that the next morning, the story is the historically poor performance of the other team."

It was almost too hard to watch, right?!  


Noodles and Waffles April 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM  

Is the quarry active? If so, you'll have lots of truck traffic. If close, you'll have occasional shaking from when they use explosives. (I worked at a quarry in college.) Just some things to think about. If it's closed/abandoned you should see if it is a state-listed site. If the house is on well water you should have it tested before buying.

Johanna April 5, 2011 at 11:14 AM  

Sounds like a solid weekend. Beers outside is heavenly.

theolivetree April 5, 2011 at 11:23 AM  

The house choices sound lovely! So exciting!

Amber Blue Bird April 5, 2011 at 12:55 PM  

so glad you found a home you both loved, it sounds awesome. good luck!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. April 5, 2011 at 4:02 PM  

sounds like a fantastic weekend! and the house sounds gorgeous!!! good luck :) and next time please bring some green back to chicago.. im desperate to see things bloom in the city. xoxo jcd

Brandi {not your average ordinary} April 7, 2011 at 9:24 AM  

78 degrees? That alone makes a good weekend in my book. Louisville sounds fantastic. There really is something so wonderfully charming about living in the South, but I'd have real trouble giving up my big cities. I'm keeping my fingers crossed you get the perfect home for you.

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