Donna Lynn's Blog

I'm a 34 yr old, happily married woman with the 2 most wonderful doggies in the world! I live in Florida and love all types of crafting! Right now my fave thing to do with my hands is crochet!!!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

First time homebuyer

Doug and I started looking into purchasing our very first home and I guess I just need to vent! First of all, both of our credits are very good and we have actually been approved at our bank but we do not like the payments or interest rate. They quoted us 6.5% for a 30 year fixed rate. Down here in Florida homes are very expensive with the average home going for around $175,000. Less than 2 years ago houses were less than half that much but the market has just gone crazy here! We currently pay$1200 a month in rent and would really like to stay under $1000 a month in payments with this mortgage. Once I have a baby we won't have my income anymore so we definately don't want to go "up" in payments. The lady we met with at the bank was less than helpful. She was very forceful and didn't explain things well at all. Not to mention she was rather pushy. After talking with a few people we heard the interest rate and such isn't so bad but the over $12000 in closing costs definately are! As a first time homebuyer where do we go, who do we trust? We really don't want to go all over town as every time your credit gets looked at, you lose points.

Any helpful hints would be most appreciated!!!!!!

Monday, January 29, 2007

6 Weird Things

Well, it looks like I've been tagged! DixieRedHead sent me to her blog to post 6 weird things about myself so here goes!

THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the 6 weird things about you. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says you are tagged in their comments and tell them to read your blog.

Ok, here's what I've come up with!

1. Even though I'm female, I have feet and hands the size of your average male. Size 13 shoes and very big wrists. I usually have to purchase special watches that will fit my enourmous hands and have NEVER owned a pair of PINK tennis shoes in my life! (One day I hope they'll make them in my size!)

2. My friends call me a "Plethora of useless information." I am not book smart, I'm useless trivia smart. I can pretty much recite the words to each Star Wars movie by heart. I remember the oddest things about celebs and movies and usually watch a movie I like at least 2 dozen times during my life.

3. I'm left handed, but do many things with my right. I cannot hold a pencil in my right hand, yet I cannot cut with scissors with my left. I cannot eat with my right hand, yet cannot seem to work a computer mouse with my left!

4. I'm a bit obsessive compulsive about certain things. For example, at my job, the first time I washed my hands I pulled 3 paper towel sheets from the roll (that's how many it took to dry my hands) and now it's like I have to grab exactly 3 sheets or something bad will happen. Weird, huh?

5. Not sure if this is "weird" but even though I grew up in a very light atmoshphere and carefree way I'm quite the opposite now. I got maybe 3 spankings in my life, talked back to my parents, never did any chores and was a spoiled rotten brat. Ever since I became an adult, however, I see the need for structure and discipline. Whenever my nieces or nephews come over, they help make dinner and help clean up and know they need to respect me and Doug. I think it's weird how differently I see things now. Again, not sure if it's weird enough for this list, but there it is!

6. I have a compulsion to buy things for my crafting that I'll never use and don't need just because it's on clearance for 50cents! My office is overflowing with yarn, books, paint, needles, fabric, stickers and various scrapbooking items that I will never have the time to actually use, yet I still buy more!

Now to the "fun" part. Who to tag? Well I don't know of anyone to tag. Each person I thought about already had been tagged before. Looks like I'm the end of the line. I tried! If you have a blog and would like to post 6 Weird Things, consider yourself tagged!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Lookie what I learned how to do!!!

I know it doesn't look like much, but this is a major accomplishment for me! I have never been able to sew and after DH got me a sewing machine for Christmas I had serious doubts I'd ever be able to learn as I just couldn't figure out how to work the thing. Then my aunt and uncle came for the weekend and my aunt (the one who taught me how to crochet) showed me how to sew! We went to Jo-Ann's, picked out a pattern, fabric and all the notions and came home and she showed me how!!! I am also making a nice tote bag today. We have all the parts cut out but forgot to buy one little item so won't start on that til later today! I was just so excited about my first sewing project I just had to share!!!!! Watch out, I am dangerous now!!!!

P.S. Oh, and if you still don't know what this is, it's an eyeglass case!