…too busy to write a real blog post. Obviously

THINKING: I will not take a continuing education class for a long long time. Taking two in one month, back-to-back, has been rough. They are 8-5 Friday through Sunday, so the entire weekend gets snapped up. I have the second class this weekend and then a short week next week. I just have to make it to Thanksgiving!!

WANTING: A new bathroom for our new house. The one and only bathroom of our house is a minty green color and the shower currently doesn’t work. Not ideal. So, we are hoping to get it re-done before we move in. Also, this carpet has to go!2014-11-19 11.42.05

FEELING: the warmth of our fireplace. We all love fireplace season in my family. Especially the cat.

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LOVING: My husband. Per usual.  But I have to say, he has been working his butt off lately at work. I am truly in awe of him sometimes. His dedication to everything is inspiring!

TASTING: Some amazing Trader Joe’s carmel swirl chocolate and vanilla ice cream. If you’ve been reading for a while, you may have read me mention that I have been trying to eliminate dairy. It makes my allergies really bad. Unfortunately, I love ice cream…and TJs ice cream is the best. So, fail.

SMELLING: The sweet scent of a mistletoe candle. I love the holidays!

WATCHING: My Vancouver Canucks win another game. They are on a roll this year. I hope they can keep it up.

ANTICIPATING: Thanksgiving next week. I am so in need of a break, I can’t even begin to describe. I am very much looking forward to a day without meetings, continuing education classes or fully-booked with patients. Plus… there will be food!

HOPING: My annual review goes well at work this week. I think that it will, in the sense of my work this year..but I am anxious to see what the raises will be like.

WISHING: There was more time in the day. Always

Back to regularly scheduled content soon! Hope everyone’s week is going well so far!

That Time I Bought a House…

So I have to start off by saying I was wrong in my post here. I thought I would end up with a series of posts of attempts to buy a house. Turns out I was wrong. Which I am completely ok with. Where to begin…??

Fresh off the disappointment of losing house number 1, AV and I decided to give ourselves some time to rebound and regroup. We were still determined, however, to stay active with looking for a house. Not get discouraged. And keep up the fight. Seattle real estate is a fierce competition right now. 

AV and I have been looking for homes for over 9 months. We have been diligently viewing and looking at homes online, going to open houses, and collecting “data” on sales trends and pricing. We did all our research so that we would know what was needed to win a house, when we found that lucky home.

Flash forward to house offer number one, it was more disappointing than I could have imagined. We did our research, we were prepared, we saved for a 20% downpayment and lost to someone who put down 50%. Bummer.

The day after we didn’t get that house, I was having brunch with a girlfriend and telling her my sob story about how we didn’t get the house. I was bummed, but nothing a few mimosas couldn’t fix. Somewhere between mimosa 2 and 3, I got a text from AV about a house that my sister-in-law sent us a link to. It was a bit pricey, but looked promising.

Quickly, we set up an appointment with our realtor to see the home privately. The home had been on the market for a while, so we were hoping if it worked out we could get the price down. We ended up find out out that the reason it likely didn’t ell quickly was that they were trying to sell the house themselves through My Secret Agent and didn’t put a lock-box on the door for over a month. Ie… Real estate agents couldn’t get in to see the house. That’s a bit of a problem

So we saw it that Sunday. We decided that since the house was on the market for over 45 days that we had some time. We wanted to come back and see it again  that following Wednesday with my sister-in-law for an outside opinion.

Come Tuesday, we got word that an all-cash offer got submitted on the house. ALL CASH. #Lovely

We lose the first house to a 50% cash offer, to go on to face an all cash offer? Things were not looking up. Which was exactly why I thought I would be writing a dozen of those posts.

We were not prepared to ask full price on the house or even the same amount as the cash offer.  And to save this story from becoming a novel, I’ll just say that the seller notified my real estate agent what the cash offer price was. Regardless, we were encourage to make an offer if we wanted the house at a price that we felt comfortable with. So we did. It was less than the cash offer.

Not looking good….

We obviously didn’t hold out a lot of hope for our offer. And as it turns out, that was a fair assumption. We never heard a response to our offer. A week later we checked in with our real estate agent to see what the deal was with the house.  Apparently, the seller countered the cash offer and they came to some agreement and papers were to be signed in the next few days. A week passes and the house is still on the MLS.

We check in again.

Turns out the cash offer fell through. They were taking too long to respond. The seller wanted close to ask price and let our realtor know that they were going to hold out for that price. So she let them know that if they want to entertain a lower number, to let us know. We were still here. 

Two days later, they come back and say they’ll take the price that we came up to.  Which was the same as the cash offer, but still lower that the asking price. We had some major logistics to work out because the house needs some immediate plumbing work to the only bathroom. Once we got a quote on that, we were squared away.

In the midst of going back and forth, going day by day, waiting for news on our house..we got some REALLY exciting news. [No I’m not pregnant].  AV got a raise. Like a 30%+ raise…

WOO HOO! Some serious stars aligned for this house to be ours. I truly believe that. Between the cash offer falling apart and AV’s huge raise, this house never would have been ours.

I am so glad this process of house hunting is over. This may in fact be the longest post I have ever written. I am sorry. A [shorter] story to come about the actual house itself.

Happy Tuesday everybody!!

Independence…What is it good for?

Absolutely Nothing.


It’s something that I personally have been working on my entire life. Somewhere along the way, it’s been engrained in me that I should be a strong, independent woman.

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I have to attribute a big part of my influence for independence on my mother.  She always told me how important it was to financially independent, to be able to make my own money. When I was younger, I didn’t quite know why that was such a big deal. I knew my parents pooled their money. They were (and are) happily married. They really relied on each other to keep the house and family going. 

Flash forward many many years. I completely get it. It’s not about the money, per se, its about the independence. It’s about having options, should you need them. It’s about protecting yourself.

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The Flip Side

Life lately. I’ll tell ya. It has been a roller coaster lately and busy as all get out. I think my next my next blog should be called Beyond the Sweat Pants…because they are the only kind of pants I want to be wearing right now.

I love pushing the envelope when it comes to developing my career and financial security. I have made great strides in these departments this year, which I am extremely excited about. But it has definitely come at a cost. Pun intended.

I am flipping exhausted. 

I am running every day to the fullest right now. Add on that it’s the busiest time of the year after all. And buying a house. And buying a house that doesn’t have a working bathroom. #MinorDetail. Turns out buying the house is only mildly time consuming. Getting the bathroom fixed???…. That’s another story.

Side note…I also swear that the story of how this house came to be ours is coming. The draft is in the works. So are some other awesome posts. Well, I hope they’re awesome.

Other stuff going on in life lately? AV got a promotion and a raise that said “We very much appreciate you”. It was a HUGE bright spot in our journey to buying a house. And by huge bright spot, I mean, a defining reason why we were able to get our house.  The flip side of the coin is that he’s been working like crazy. So I have taken over many tasks, such as trying to get the bathroom fixed. And while I’ve lost hours months of my life to watching HGTV, I don’t have a bloody clue how to fix anything. I should have been taking notes all these years…

More on buying a house:  It’s actually cool. No, really. It’s cool. The flip side of the coin? The endless emails. The fact that the ONLY shower in the house doesn’t work currently. [That needs to be fixed]. Turns out meeting with multiple contractors is time consuming. The paperwork never seems to end.  Can this part be over already?

Lastly, but certainly not least, “class-taking season” is happening right now. Becoming a better PT has been a focus of my career this year. I have taken a lot of continuing education classes as I am working toward board speciality status. I am even taking back-to-back continuing education this month. Good news, I am really growing as a young professional and clinician. The bad side???… hello 8 to 5 class all weekend long. Twice.

So life in the khaki pants is full right now. And usually, that’s what I am all about. But, I am definitely looking forward to life in the sweat pants come this Thanksgiving. The kind with the extra stretchy waist band. I’m going to need it.

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Trish @ The Trish List

I am happy to introduce Trish (no, not myself..) from The Trish List on the blog today. I was so pumped to have her join BTKP this month. She has a serious addiction. Which I normally wouldn’t support, but in her case, it’s an addiction to free stuff. Which is awesome. Check out her blog to see how she does it!

For now, get to know Trish a little better…


Why did you start blogging and how did you come up with your blog name?

Because I am a sweepstakes/freebies fanatic, I had a lot of stuff around. I didn’t know what to do with it all so I decided to start a blog to review. The blog started as a 1 post a week about a new product. Once I got into the blogging scene I wanted to do more so I started doing more. As for the name, my name is Trish and I was reviewing things so The Trish List made sense.

What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?

I was born on New Years Eve and both of my parents are twins. Everyone says I am doomed for when I have kids. Eek!

What are three of your favorite posts and why?

I’m No Daddy’s Girl – This post really shows my passion to write about things that are uncomfortable. Me and my dad aren’t the best of friends, but we have a relationship that works, and that is okay with me.

Why I Attend Events - This is a fun post, but also has some good tips. Networking is so important in blogging and attending things will always be fun and vital for your brand.

What Would Shakespeare Do? – This post was another night of writing where I had no direction but my feelings showed through and I talked about how to become a better writer. I was also followed by about 5 Williams Shakespeare’s on Twitter after this post. True story.

What’s one thing you want readers to take away from your blog?

I want my readers to know that I bring them real and honest content. I talk about topics that I have personally dealt with and hope I can bring a little help or insight to someone who is dealing with the same things. Whether is be fitness, or stress relief, I am going through things too.

Name one thing you are most thankful this season?

I am thankful for the strength I have gained over the past year. It has been a tough one and I have gotten by with all the love and support of friends and family.