Day’s Verse:
You are always righteous, O LORD,
when I bring a case before you.
Yet I would speak with you about your justice:
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
Why do all the faithless live at ease?

Jeremiah 12:1

Cooking involves cleaning up. I know because the Seattle Times told me so. Actually, I thought this was interesting: Chefs at fancy restaurants see cleaning up as part of the job. The meal isn’t prepared until your cooking area is clean and ready to prepare another meal. I suppose a person could extrapolate this to a principle that applies to life: Finish what you start, you’re not done until you’ve covered every detail, follow through on your commitments, etc.

I doubt this knowledge will actually change my cooking habits — I’m happy letting the non-cooker do the post-dinner cleanup — but I have high hopes that I’ll be practicing my cooking and baking in our own home very soon. Yesterday Ian and I went to an open house at this town home; tonight we meet with to a real estate agent for the first time. Right now we have a goal of finding a home by April 30th, to squeeze in the first-time home buyers tax credit.

And honestly, April 30th doesn’t look that far away right now. Not far at all. I’m excited and apprehensive all at once.

We’re open to any and all home-buying advice, as long as it’s constructive. We already know to avoid homes infested with carpenter ants, homes on cliff-sides, and homes in Renton.

2 thoughts on “And the Moral of the Story?

  1. Ooo, and watch out for mold (had a bad apartment where the bread would only last a day out of the fridge in Seattle). Decent waterproofing around the windows and good daylighting are also musts in that city.

    If you have floor plans, I’d recommend diagramming the way you spend your time (or want to) with the spaces – like where would you read, use your computer, entertain, eat, etc. How does that interact with Ian’s paths? Are there activities that don’t have adequate space, or conversely, areas of the house that would not be used much (wasted)? This will help you see if the townhouse is your ideal home, or if you already know that, help you arrange your furniture 🙂

  2. I have tried to think of cooking and other activities as “Circular” — as in, it’s not done until things are restored to original state — but without much success. I still simply forget the cleanup part and move on and trip over the results. However, I learned to drink tea without sugar on about the 419th attempt, so I reckon it’s time for another attempt. Thanks for the inspiration!

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