Bay Area Blogger Meetup

bayarea_soiree_ad1I went to the Alt SF conference last year, but I attended my first blogger meetup on Friday. It was hosted by the craft-fabulous Brit + Co in their new space which is two blocks away from my home. So convenient for me as I took a very short bus ride from work, then walked home. Brit + Co received more than $6 million in funding last summer.

The event was very well-organized by J for Jamie and Of Trees & Hues. What I liked about it was that it was small and intimate. I get totally overwhelmed in large groups, which was why attending Alt SF kinda made me hyperventilate.

I also just finished up a really tough week at work, including a 4am start on Tuesday. Plus I was up until 9pm the night before troubleshooting a major issue. Shoot me! All that said, I was the first person to leave the blogger meetup because this pregnant lady was exhausted. Queue the song ‘She Works Hard for the Money.’

I got to meet great women at the event and I’m looking forward to tapping into their businesses/blogs. And check out the generous schwag.

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Being Pregnant

I’m so excited to be featured on the Bunny and Dolly blog today, as part of the popular Being Pregnant series. Many prominent bloggers have been interviewed and I feel so honored to be a part of the discussion.

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Head on over to the Bunny and Dolly blog to see my interview responses and how everything’s going with my pregnancy!

Real Estate Update: We’re Moving to…

home-158089_640We’re going nowhere. Neither of our offers were successful and we can’t compete with irrational buyers/investors who are submitting bids that remove all contingencies. That means if your offer is chosen and you find out, through an inspection, that your new home is built on quicksand, well then you are f*ing screwed.

In the past, we have lost out to multiple sky-high, all-cash offers, but this is a first for us—to compete with zero contingencies that places the investment at serious risk.

We had our hearts set on both properties I posted below, but oh well. Onward and upward. Or maybe onward and downward.

We took a look at a home in beautiful Miraloma Park yesterday. It was in complete disrepair, an absolute fixer-upper listed at $700k. I could barely walk through it without gagging. It gave me the creeps, not to mention the owner’s suicide in the home last year. $700k and it was like a gazillion fraternities had partied in the home for years without bothering to clean up. Dean said, “Think of the potential!” And I quipped, “I’ll be in the car.”

Real Estate Update: 2 Offers, 2 Days

Heads up that I’ll be out of commission for a while. Starting yesterday, I’ll be working 12 days straight. That means, while you’re all watching the NFL playoffs and the Golden Globes this coming weekend, I’ll be going blind staring at my computer screen. Did I mention that I’m also preggers and all I want to do is be at home in bed?

To add to the stress, we are submitting offers today and tomorrow on properties in my hometown of Alameda and in a San Francisco neighborhood called Sunnyside I’d never even heard of before. Dean reminded me that Sunnyside is the name of that crazy daycare in Toy Story 3.

Scroll down to see what we’re gambling our life savings on.

1612 Sherman Street, Alameda – 2 bedroom, 1 bath Victorian + 2 bedroom, 1 bath bungalow – listed for $649,000

Two properties for the price of one. Doesn’t get any better than this! Thank you tenants for paying my mortgage!

131 Congo Street, San Francisco – 2 bedroom, 1 bath home upstairs + 1 bedroom, 1 bath separate space downstairs – listed for $779,000

Once again: two properties for the price of one. The space downstairs is unwarranted which means it cannot be rented legally. Welcome AirBnB guests! Thank you for subsidizing my mortgage payments!

Whoever did the interior design must’ve been born and raised in Vegas baby!

New Year’s Hike

Happy New Year’s! 2014 is going to be the best ever. We started the year with a sunny drive to Point Reyes, only to end up hiking in very foggy Abbotts Lagoon. It felt like we’d been transported to Ireland.

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What’s great about this hike is that it’s flat and short. I love being outdoors, but the pregnancy has zapped all my energy so we haven’t done too much hiking. I’m pretty much a couch potato which sucks because Dean and I are such active, outgoing people. We’ve watched all the episodes of Boardwalk Empire. I’ve finished two books of the Hunger Games trilogy. And Dean has cooked a lot of meals at home. But we managed this bristly cold escape.

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