Had a good weekend; headed out to Madison to help fire my uncle's kiln. Tossed big chunks of pine into a 2300 degree kiln for a day or so, split some logs, drank some beer, got acquainted with a ball python, lost at Settlers of Catan, and ate some beer curds. Yum.
In other news, I broke down and bought an iPhone. My old phone was barely functioning as a phone; about 1/3 of my calls were garbled. I managed to get a refurbished iPhone for $100 by starting a new contract. The thing is amazing. Feels like living in the future. Granted, I was pretty impressed just by camera phones, but to get weather, email, wikipidia, and THE ENTIRE INTERNET on a little hand-held piece of glass is pretty amazing. No more calling around trying to get someone to get online to give us river levels when we're stuck in the middle of Tennessee anymore. Driving back from Madison, I listend to my Pandora stations all the way home. Cool stuff. The only downside was that the iphone has a built-in SIM card, so I had to hand-transfer all of my numbers over from my old phone (though some didn't make the cut). The silver lining was that the iphone syncs with google contacts, so I could do it on my laptop instead of on the little screen.
It snowed here last night. Boo.
The last, and perhaps biggest, piece of news is that I got an offer on the house. It's kind of a bittersweet victory, since they're offering significantly less than what I owe on the mortgage, but I think I lost that battle a while ago. We're losing on the sale roughly what I saved in not paying rent while I was living there, so it should be about a wash. It could be a lot worse I suppose. Closing should be this month, and it's going to be a cash sale, so things should go pretty smoothly. Keep your fingers crossed.
Posted by Jake at 4/06/2009