I’ve never set a serious New Year’s Resolution for myself, but this year I’ve got a good one going. By the end of 2010 I want to buy a house. And more ambitiously, I want to do it by the end of April to qualify for the $8k tax credit for first time home buyers. If we still lived in New York, it could easily be another ten years before I could even consider buying a home, and the definition of “home” would be a questionable one bedroom apartment in south Brooklyn. Knoxville is an incredibly affordable place to buy real estate. The prices are shocking to people from the northeast. A nicely updated small house in a nice neighborhood is attainable for under $150k.
It’s intimidating to make a decision of this scale, but more than anything I’m super excited. I can’t wait to live in a place I can be proud of. The rental house we live in here is fine; it’s a roof over our heads, and it’s about twice the square footage of our last apartment. But there’s no motivation to make it better. I’d like to think that in a house of my own, I’ll gradually work to make it great. Imagine having a home that’s filled with only the things you love, painted in the colors you choose, and every corner is yours. I can’t really imagine it yet. But it’s fun to.
I’ll leave you with some highlights from the holiday festivities. In preparation I made my first batch of perogies (a.k.a. pirohi, pirushki) from scratch: