I have been lax with the holidays, I know -- not that I think anyone is actually reading this... things are progressing well now. After many, many weeks of chasing after my retirement account, a check will be on its way in the first week of January. That means we'll have the money for the closing and to pay off some needed debt to get the mortgage. It will be quite a relief!
We also drove by the house the other day and they look to be finally working on the chimney so that should be done rather soon. Hopefully the wiring is also on its way.
In the meantime, we're looking at paint colors. I'm hoping we can paint the living room and dining room and get the kitchen wallpaper done and painted before we move in. I don't think, however, we're going to be able to afford to get the floors done and we're honestly a bit scared to do it ourselves. It would be a terrible thing to screw up! We'll also be going to Sears (credit account, here we come) the first week of February to order our new range, fridge, and front-loading washer. We're going to go ahead and get a fridge with water/ice dispenser even though we don't have water hooked up yet as we should be able to do this in the summer remodel. I applied for a summer grant to do some research so that might be another $7500 toward remodeling - probably a bit in the bathroom or maybe the floors - we'll see! We were also talking about using it some of it to take our honeymoon that we never took - that would be nice too :)
Other than that, starting the hateful job of packing. At least we don't have to be too meticulous about it this time - it's just a couple miles down the road!