I’ve been asked by several people about a housewarming party. And the answer is — no, not exactly. There will be two parties.
The first party will be Friday March 5th at the Highball, for bowling and eating and heavy drinking. I have some free bowling and food coming to me from the screwup at my birthday and I figured that this would be a fantastic way to celebrate closing day (March 4). No presents, please. I just want to see everyone, especially since my travel schedule for this project looks to keep up its current pace through spring. And because I won’t be moving in until the 26th.
The second party will be sometime very early this summer, maybe early May, depending on when I get my tax refund with the homebuyers credit. I’d love it if it could be Beltane, May 1st. Because it’s an IKEA assembly party. I’m buying all my furniture at IKEA (I already have it picked out), and it will all require assembly. I figure I’ll put a keg on the back porch and we can all have fun with beer and hex wrenches. And since it’s Beltane and all my furniture will be wood, we can set shit on fire if we get frustrated.
The timing of this party depends on the IRS. I have to file a paper return to apply for the tax credit and I can do so no earlier than March 5th, because I need to include a copy of my closing statement, to prove that I really did buy a home. And I’ve heard from the mortgage broker that the IRS are taking their sweet time processing them, so it will be a couple of months or more before I see the money. Yes, I know I could buy on credit now and pay it off when the money arrives. I also know that I am a raging paranoid when it comes to money, so that’s not an option I’m willing to consider.
As for a wish list, I only have a short one right now, for the kitchen. I don’t know where I’ll put it. Probably Amazon, since that ranges across stores. I’ll have to be in the space for a while before I know what (if any) non-kitchen stuff I want. I still haven’t figured out where the hell I’m going to put my big wooden desk, since I don’t have a third bedroom to make into a den.
But I do know what I will be commissioning from Ivy: storage/benches in the dining room, a vanity table for my bedroom and a customized closet, if she’s willing. She says she’ll work for beer. So if you really want to give me anything — Spec’s gift cards, please.