Life is like a box of chocolate

Gump said, "Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you are going to get."
I am now at a crossroad of my life and I don’t know what I am going to do in the future. After that accident, it seems I have changed so much. I was an optimistic man full of ambitions, but now, still optimistic, but no more ambitions, just want to reach retirement as early as possible. Sometimes I think were it not for my love and responsibility for my wife and Amy, I’d have really quit work…
Anyway, I feel no excitement at work at all these days. These days newspapers, magazines, all talk about how Google is luring away all the stars like Microsoft did many years ago. Really tempting for me since its Kirkland office is even closer to my house than Microsoft. But I am not that desperate yet. I am still waiting. I am still waiting for the  right time to pick the right chocolate.
Life is a box of chocolate, whichever I take, I will love it.


After a dispute on the sewage capacity fee that postponed the closing date for 1 day, we finally reached a compromise – the buyer and seller (us) each is going to pay 50% of the fee. This is really my ignorance when disclosing it but also shows my agent is.. not a good one at the least. He said he didn’t even know this before. He sucks… but we used him just for the rebate that his company is giving out.
Anyway we went into escrow this morning again and signed off the HUD statement and if county records the transaction by 2:45 PM today, the escrow will wire the money to my bank account Which is about enough to pay off my 2nd loan and my new car, maybe a little more to reduce my primary mortgage..
So anxious waiting to see money in my bank account tonight at the latest tomorrow.. It will be a little tight but still very very good. I forgot to count in my paid principal before and thought I’d be in a stretch mode. Good to know that I am still in good finance condition.. just that now I need 2 paychecks to cover the monthly mortgage instead of 1 🙂

Finally in the new home

I took last Thursday and Friday off and stayed at home doing packing and moving (small items). I rented a U-Haul and moved a big chunk of packed boxes over to my new house. Then Saturday the movers came and moved the TV, bed, futon, desk etc bulky items over. Just 10 items took them 3.5 hours but it wouldn’t be possible for me to move them myself and my SUV.. anyway it’s only after the fact that I realized that I should have hired them to move more than those 10 bulky items.. a good lesson learned.
Then Sunday it’s the Mooncake Festival. I tried to buy some mooncakes for my family but a small box of cake is outrageously expensive. $25! I thought for a while and picked two other snacks instead, $9.83.. saved $16
And our Escrow called to schedule a signing appointment tomorrow with us. It’ll be 9am in their office in Bellevue. Haha, the biggest thing in my life is finally coming to an end… We buy a house and sell one!! Then hopefully the gain from the old house and the principal that we built up last 3 years can pay off the 2nd loan of the new house. A new life starts…

Fractured (broken) thumb

Last Friday my wife broke her thumb while closing her car door. She held on and didn’t go see doctor immediately. The 2nd day it became so painful and she had to go to emergency room to take X-ray and see the doctor.
Result showed she had a fractured (broken) thumb and this causes local pain, swelling and sometimes bruising. The injury takes about 4 weeks to heal..
sigh.. bad luck at this critical time even though we hired moving company but they would only move big pieces..

Amy’s 3-year birthday party

Amy celebrated her 3-year-old birthday yesterday. She had been talking about her birthday party literally everyday from last year. It finally comes and we spent lots of cycles perparing it.
At first we booked the party at Build-A-Bear but later we have to cancel it because Build-A-Bear store doesn’t allow you to have food there. And birthday cake is one of the most important part for a kid. So we decided to host the party at home. We let Amy choose the theme: StrawberrryShortcake, DoraTheExplorer or Cinderella. She picked StrawberryShortcake. We then went PartyCity and bought the Strawberryshortcake-themed tablecloth, plates, napkin, goodie-bag, pinata and goodies. We also got some non-strawberryshortcake-brand straws and ballons. For the birthday cake, we went to Fred Meyer to order a 1/2-sheet cake with Strawberryshortcake on it. After the cake, they went to do pinata. And after that, they drove Amy’s Barbie Jeep and played her (actually mine!) Hummer remote-control car. It’s great fun to watch kids play together…