That’s What’s Up – March 20

The past week was a little bit better than last. Although not widely productive on the website front, I have found some jobs to apply to. Yes, jobs. I decided to go back to work just not full time. I don’t want to go back to full time work until after we buy the house because I know that closing, packing, moving, and prepping the house is going to take some time, and it would be great (and far less stressful) if I wasn’t scheduling that around a full-time job. However, I miss the socialization that comes with a job and some extra money wouldn’t be bad either. Although we are good financially, I miss the days when I could buy whatever I wanted and didn’t have to think of it as a splurge. Last week, I spent $9.99 on an ounce of porcini mushrooms. Normally, I wouldn’t have guilt over such a purchase but since we are trying to “bootstrap” a little bit to save money for hardwood floors, and nice kitchen cabinets, and things of that nature porcini mushrooms at $10/oz definitely feels like a splurge. Of course, it’s not the $10 mushrooms it’s what the $10 mushrooms represent. Porcinis here. Gruyere there. Iced lattes there.  All of that slowly adds up. So I’ll take my porcinis for what they were, a one-time-splurge, and try to keep my umami a little more price sensitive next time.

House Hunting

Friday marked 90 days since our search began. We officially separated from our old agents last week and are in the process of on-boarding our new one. We would have done this sooner, but we debated the merits of a full-service agent versus using a Redfin agent. One of the issues we wanted to tackle was access, meaning seeing a house within 36 hours of it listing. Often times, houses go under contract within 48 hours of listing, so having immediate access is imperative. Redfin offers this as they have a cadre of agents whose sole job is just to show you homes. However, we wondered whether with Redfin we would miss out on some of the benefits of having a full-service agent. After some reflecting, we decided to take the full-service agent approach again. I’ll write another post later as to why – I’ve done a lot of reflecting on the house hunt business and need to write it out.

What’s Cooking In Monique’s Kitchen

In my post last week I didn’t have a chance to talk about my latest little bread project. I made the whole wheat seeded bread from the Tartine Cookbook and it was a disaster. I hesitate to say the recipe was wrong because Chad Robertson is my boy and all (in my mind) however, I couldn’t find anyone on the interwebs who had made this recipe and lived to tell the tale. So something was up with the recipe. #justsayin

I also made the Life-Changing Loaf of Bread recipe from the My New Roots blog, replacing the nuts with dried fruit. It was okay, can’t say my life was changed, but I’m also not a huge fan of super-seeded breads.  On a good note, the bread is gluten free, vegan, and power packed with nutrients plus the recipe is crazy easy and very flexible. I recommend it for anyone looking for a nice brunch loaf. I’d try it again, but maybe aim to make it a bit sweeter.

For St. Patrick’s day I made a mushroom stout pie with potato biscuits which was also just okay. I expected it to also be life changing based on the reviews (and the $10 worth of porcinis) but my palette wasn’t blown away.

The good news is, I tried some new recipes last week, something I stopped doing because the house search and website have become so time consuming. Although the recipes were not my faves, it was nice to get away from frittatas and veggie bowls for a few days.

What I’m Reading

I finished Let Them Eat Cake – also just okay. Now I just sound like an Old Fuddy Duddy as I am saying everything last week was “meh” but maybe everything was! Let Them Eat Cake was a quick read but fairly predictable.  What I didn’t predict, was the conservative Christian bend and later found out the book is filed under “Christian fiction and literature.”  Sigh.

A gal in my writing class picked Agatha Christie as her favorite author and I had never read any crime fiction.  For my next read I found Agatha Christie’s Body In the Library at the Little Free Library and I loved it!  Since I was waiting for my next book to get here, I read a little Nancy Drew as well. Gotta love the Little Free Library! My book just got here, so I will be reading You are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth.  I recently read Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life and really enjoyed it.  I “read” it on audiobook and was planning to go back and read the text version, but apparently I got the Making Money from the real library sooner.  It’s the e-version, not my favorite way of reading a book, but que sera! I also grabbed Ted Kennedy’s True Compass, from the library and will work on that as well. People in Boston LOVED Ted Kennedy.  I am only a few pages in but I can already see why.  It’s been a long time since I read a biography and yes, I know, I said I was going to read Alexander Hamilton by Chernow next but Kennedy’s book was just there and free, and Ron’s I have to get from the library or buy, so that’s whats up!

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