I'll be the first one to tell you that I'm stubborn. When someone tells me I can't do something, or that it'll be too hard, it makes me want to do it even more. I think I just want to prove that anything can be accomplished if you approach it intelligently. Maybe it's not stubbornness after all.
We were pre-approved for a much better mortgage than we expected. This makes buying the house a distinct possibility. It needs to be completely redone, but I'm excited at the prospect. I don't think it'll be easy, but it only took a few hours to figure out how much money it would take to fix it up to our specifications.
Who knows what'll happen. But for now, I'm dreaming of tiles and retro-style refrigerators and French doors and light fixtures.