December 20, 2011. A bit of work, and a bit of them-and-me-time

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Christmas berriesDecember 20, 2011.   A bit of work, and a bit of them-and-me-time

Working amidst the chaos and the din of a remodeling job can be quite chaotic. I couldn’t afford to be gone too long, but I still needed to get away.

Followed up on several things

  • Status of pending short sale
  • Status of request for price reduction on an REO property in escrow
  • Status of revised offer
  • Researched possible litigation issue on a condo complex regarding OSHA disapproving window washing rig (seriously?)
  • Feedback on showings

A break.  Took my car to the tire shop to attend to the troublesome tire. My dog and I walked home --- exercise for her and for me. Long walk, with a few pauses to check on emails via my iPhone.

Back to work. Emails. Phone Calls. Drafted blogs.

Consulted with handyman on strategy of moving furniture from one room to the next to allow him to install bamboo floors throughout the house. So happy with my choice of this renewable source. especially after reading an article on the Daily Beast about bamboo being “Stronger than steel”. The floor is done in my home office. I am so thrilled!Happy puppy

Time for friends. At dusk, Gary and went to the local Christmas Tree Lane on Thompson St here in Alameda to support our friend and other puppy raisers from Guide Dogs for the Blind  walk through the festival of lights.This is the puppies’ first time in such a busy environment, and they behaved admirably.

Time for us. After walking with the puppy raisers, Gary and I  decided to dine at our favorite  and top-rated local restaurant: Zen’s  Asian Fusion Tapas Bar. It was a quiet, relaxing moment.  We didn’t realize how much we needed that!


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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

That sounds like a great day to me! Cute pup too! My lil guy had surgery yesterday and is still out of it laying in his basket by my side.

Dec 20, 2011 09:50 PM #1
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
ABR, CRB, GRI, MBA...experience counts!

Sounds like a full day!

Dec 20, 2011 10:03 PM #2
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Don't forget to buy yourself a Christmas present. It's okay. The end of the year is a hectic time for real estate professionals with gotta close for tax benefit situations amidst the pretty paper, hoopla and getting together for family gatherings.

Dec 20, 2011 10:04 PM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

You will have to show us the new office result !  You are going to love it....can't wait....Bamboo...great choice !

Dec 20, 2011 11:19 PM #4
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Marco--- our pets are our children. I hope your baby gets better soon.

Dennis --- it sounds like a lot, but as realtors, we're never satisfied unless we're running around with our heads cut off :)

Andrew --- My Christmas present to me is my new office, my new floors, and down the line, new kitchen cabinets and new office for Gary

Sally and David --- I had seen engineered bamboo floors. What I got are solid bamboo tonque and groove. So happy!

Dec 21, 2011 06:09 AM #5
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

Pacita, Your energy and focus are amazing.  I didn't get so much done when my home was getting remodeled.  Your new floor sounds lovely. 


Dec 21, 2011 01:37 PM #6
Cathy McAlister
Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento - Sacramento, CA
Sacramento DRE#00648507

Pacita:  At first glance I thought the little guy was yours - sure is a cutie.  Glad to here your floors are done in the office - sounds like you are almost complete with the home office project.

If I do not catch up with you before Christmas again.... have a Most wonderful Holiday!  :-)

Dec 21, 2011 06:58 PM #7
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Marge --- I wish I had the energy...

Cathy --- only the front room (my office) floor is done. They're finishing the cabinets. Then we'll move some things into that room so that they can start working on the floors in the living, then dining room, then bedroom, then Gary's office, then kitchen. We'll be moving things around for a while So it may be another two weeks of this before we start working on the kitchen. It's definitely a project and a half :)

Merry Christmas!

Dec 21, 2011 07:22 PM #8
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Pacita,  It's amazing how much you accomplish with the construction going on. I did not realize Bamboo is stronger than steel!  Been there - dont that with the furniture moving.  Dollies, sliders and more.  I placed felt pads on the bottom of all my furniture.  It not only protects the flooring ... it makes it easy to slide the furniture.  Now, unlike before with the carpet, I can move the heavy furniture to clean behind it.  More work, less fun! (LOL)  You had a full, fun, productive and relaxing day.  

Dec 22, 2011 05:22 AM #9
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