Goal #1: Complete-ish…AAAHHHHAHHHH!


Complications. Today we received a call from our buyer’s realtor. It seems that we have an issue involving our condo building, the management company, and our buyer’s lending institutions. The short of it is that we might lose the buyer and might not get a new buyer until all this mess is resolved.

We received this information after going to visit our new two bedroom apartment we began leasing as of today! The past few hours has been a mixture of prayers, phone calls, and emails to try and get everything back on track. We’re working it and would appreciate your prayers.

On the flip side we are very fond of our new apartment. It’s a two bedroom unit above a restaurant in a quaint little corner of Northern Virginia. It’s fantastic. We are the only residential unit in the building, it’s the largest amount of space we’ve ever inhabited since we’ve been married, and we have room for guests.

Of course it’s going to be quite a task to hold on to this place if we are still stuck with our condo.

Before we came back home to our news, we took the opportunity to enjoy the new spring sunshine by taking a walk through our new neighborhood. Recently opened is the Del Ray Variety Store. They lure you in with candy in the window and then keep you hanging around with toys, balloons, art supplies, household supplies, and more candy. We’re sure to be visiting more often, provided the area actually becomes our new neighborhood.

Goal #1: Complete

Real Estate Photoshoot

We sold the condo! After several months of dealing with doors that leak and moldy floors, we have finally listed and sold our condo. Goal #1 is now 90% complete. Closing is April 12th.

Thanks again to Ralph for the great real estate photos. Here’s a sample of his work.

If you are in the DC area, have an interesting shoot, and want someone to do it for free, you can contact Ralph through his website at Generations Family Photo.

Oh yeah, Craig and Gretchen are pretty cool too 🙂 Thanks for the advice guys. (Got Fresh Breath?)

If you’ve got any idea about what our next step should be (because we don’t have a clue), let us know!

Could You Save Your Own Life?

It’s time to do something crazy, again!  Are you in?

Ever since college I’ve been an endurance nerd. It all started because of some health issues I had in my sophomore year.  When high school ended, so did the physical activity in my life but after constant colds, a battle with pneumonia, and the onset of seasonal allergies requiring an inhaler, it was time for a change.

My college minister, Stewart Moody, was always inviting people to run with him at 5:30 am, but as you can imagine, there were not too many college students longing to get out of bed before the sun rose.  So one day I took him up on the offer and running become a lifestyle for me.  All my health issues melted away.

Numerous races and two marathons later though, I’m starting to see that running, while healthy, is incomplete.  Which brings me to this article:

Every Man Should Be Able to Save His Own Life: 5 Fitness Benchmarks a Man Must Master

Could I save my own life? Sure, I could run till my feet bled, but ask me to pull my own weight more than 10 times. HA! Swim half a mile? No way! To be honest, the last time I attempted a set of dips, I thought my chest was going to rip in two.

It’s time to do something about my weeny arms and bird chest.  It’s time to do something drastic.  I’m setting goals on the internet for all to see.  In three months time, I intend to accomplish the following:

Goal #1: Swim half a mile. (Luckily my gym has a pool.)

Goal #2: Jump over obstacles higher than my waist. 

Goal #3: Do 20 chin ups.

Goal #4: <Fear and Dread> Do 25 dips. </Fear>

Goal #5: Run two hundred yards at top speed. (already in the bag)

On January 19th at 8:00am I will attempt each of these within a 2 hour period.  So who’s with me, because at dawn we ride!