Storage Wars. Have you seen this reality show? I would see ads for it on television and I remember telling my hubby Are you freaking kidding me? It’s official. There is a reality show for anything and everything. I had made fun of it and then one night when the hummingbird was battling bedtime, my husband and I watched it.

We had a new episode of Modern Family on the DVR but with my little girl crying and screaming, I didn’t want to watch something that I was going to miss. My brain always turns to mush when she cries so instead I was flipping around the television and found Storage Wars. We figured why not?

Now we’re effing hooked on that show. If you haven’t seen the show here’s the deal. It focuses on the same 5  people who bid on abandoned storage lockers. There’s a couple, Brandi and Jarrod who never seem to agree with how much to spend or which storage unit to buy. It’s amazing when it comes to some of the cool things and/or money they can make on this but I’m sure more times than not, the storage lockers are a bust.

It sounds lame and it probably is but I got as hooked on this show as I had with House Hunters International which I still have banned myself from watching because I want to save both of my televisions from destruction.

I have also banned myself from watching the regular House Hunters because my stabby feelings go to code red. Where do some of these people get the money for houses? I saw one couple on HH International who seemed to only surf and I thought how in the hell can they afford to buy a house.

When I’ve asked my hubby he always says they just worked and saved but I would always tell him even if that was the case, I just can’t see a young couple being able to afford some of these fancy schmancy houses.

During our first year of marriage my hubby and I were both in college I’m determined to finish my degree some day. I just have to figure out what I want to be when I grow up and couldn’t afford a freaking toaster. We ate what seemed like a lifetime supply of ramen noodles.

I’m not saying that young newlyweds don’t have the means to buy a house but there are some people on the show where you’d think they couldn’t even afford a freaking happy meal let alone a house that was hundreds of thousands of dollars. I’ve heard a few people say the show is kind of a set up.

One of the last House Hunters I remember watching that had made me mental was of a married couple and the wife was pregnant. They had found a perfect house and were so excited but then as they were going down to the basement, they saw that it was completely flooded.  We’re talking you could kayak in the basement flooded.

It was obvious the wife was thinking screw this house, lets move on but the husband was insistent that they see if the problem could be resolved. It’s one thing if the house you already own floods. Of course you have to take care of it even though I’m the type that would rather move than deal with something like that but I also feel that way anytime I do the dishes or laundry or if my husband makes a mess of the kitchen floor and doesn’t pick it up.

I think it would be so much easier to move into a new house that doesn’t have dirty dishes in the sink, there isn’t a sticky floor, and I would just keep my piles of laundry at my old house so I could buy new clothes.

I couldn’t imagine expecting a baby in a few short months and wanting to deal with buying a house with that kind of damage. They brought in a friend who was in construction (I think) and the husband was saying that him and the friend would repair the basement themselves.

I think the House Hunters cameras saved that husband’s life because if I was his pregnant and hormonal wife, I would have tried to strangle him at this point. I would have killed my husband over orange juice when I was pregnant so I was surprised that she was agreeable when he told her they should still move forward with buying this house.

After the basement was drained, which I think was a big mistake because who wouldn’t want an indoor pool in their house, they brought in someone else to look at the basement.

The guy found that there was black mold on the walls. He also thought the mold was inside the walls and it would be a long process to fix it. Not only that, needless to say he found it a danger to the pregnant wife and the baby.

When the wife called her husband and pretty much put her foot down, he finally gave in but you could tell that he was still thinking that the house would be fine. Apparently this guy needs to lay off of sniffing glue. He made me so freaking crazy. In the end they found a house that they liked just as much but I think the wife should have gone back to the other house, flooded the basement again, and thrown her husband in there with some cement shoes.

So, back to Storage Wars. After watching a few episodes I told my husband that when he retires from the Navy in 5 years, we should move to Seattle (which we’ve already planned to do since that was our all time favorite place to live. we lived there for a year and a half back in 2002-2003) and open a second hand shop because these storage auctions seem fun and you never know what your going to find.

I’m mostly kidding but I think that would be kind of cool. The funny thing is that when I was younger my mom really loved garage sales but I never really cared for them because I’m a bit OCD (it’s gotten much better than it was years ago but when I’m stressed, it really comes out) and a germaphobe so not knowing who owned something, it could be from a hoarder for all I know, can make me leery. It would be ironic if my hubby and I really did open up a second hand store.

We have so much crap in our garage that we plan on going through each time before we move but we end up never doing it so we joke and say we should hold an auction for all the boxes of who knows what in the garage since that would be the easiest way to get rid of it.

*This post is for Marie R. who suggested I do a follow up post on my House Hunters International is like meth post. xx

**My zombie sinus infection is still causing havoc and I don’t feel that great. Because of that, I’m going to have 2 guest bloggers again this coming week but it’s likely I’m still going to post too. I have an appointment with an ENT doctor Monday morning. Dr. Cool is on vacation but all of the ENT’s in his practice seem really good and I hope they find out what’s going on.

I was told by Dr. Cool when I first saw him and had a CT scan that besides my sinuses being blocked by scar tissue, I also had a polyp but he wasn’t too concerned about it. He thought it would improve after my sinus surgery but now I’m worried that’s why my sinuses are so bad again.

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8 Responses to Yuuuup!

  1. Marley Croy July 30, 2011 at 15:20 #

    Love your blogs….but heads up on sinus surgery. I had endoscopic sinus surgery in 2003. Like you, I had scar tissue, lots of it. No polyps. The surgery seemed to go fine but the next day we realized I was the less than 1% of people who suffer the complication of leaking brain (cerebral spinal) fluid out my nose. This is VERY bad, not just for obvious reasons but the risk of infection is very high being in your booger headquarters and all and that can lead to brain infection OR WORSE. AFter 5 days in ICU, it sealed itself, and I was discharged. There was a litany of tests and procedures, my least favorite being where they injected radio active material in my spine and stuck tampons looking things WAY up each sinus cavity, later took them out to see if they glowed in the dark, to verify the leak was gone.

    Then the fun REALLY started. I started having nose bleeds. Well, they are more like nose hemorrhages. After not have any bleeding issues in the hospital, I started having these gushers out of my nose. Crazy stuff. Dr. thought I was doing too much and my blood pressure was getting high, but I would get these at 6am, sleeping and just feel the blood start flowing down my throat. He checked it out after the 3rd one and he said every thing looked fine. That “a little blood goes a long way and it probably wasn’t as much” as I thought.” Uh huh. On the way home, Old Bloody Faithful started again and we turned around and drove back. I walked in his office with blood running down by face, hands and arms. As you can imagine they quickly escorted me to a room because I’m thinking looking like I was bobbing for body parts in a vat of blood is not good for waiting room morale. STILL couldn’t find the leaky pipe. After a few more days of this I was getting dizzy and my husband commented he prayed to God I never “disappeared” because CSI would find sooo much blood with their black lights, they’d arrest him on the spot.

    The dr decided (2 weeks after the original surgery) to have some exploratory surgery because my blood count was going down (duh.) He said he found a small tear but nothing he suspected would have caused the amount of blood. Whatever. It stopped after that and even though I still have sinus issues I won’t even let anyone stick anything up there.

    Odds are you will not experience EITHER complication that less than 1% of patients experience (much less both, I mean, really what are the odds of THAT?!) And millions go through the procedure with no problems.

    This comment is actually pretty crappy because I don’t want to scare you out of it. But it’s a pretty juicy story and it gave me an outlet for it. Sorry, I’m so selfish like that. Your devoted reader


    • Elle July 30, 2011 at 15:29 #

      I’m so sorry you had to go through all of that. I’ve heard of this happening before to someone. It wasn’t someone I knew, it was on Mystery Diagnosis which means I’ve diagnosed myself with all kinds of weird things. That show is worse than Dr. Google.

  2. Domestic Goddess in Training July 31, 2011 at 10:53 #

    I think you mentioned all the shows that I watch in this post and it sounds like you have a garage like mine too… My husband and I joked we should just stick it in a storage unit and pay for one month and then they could get rid of it through an auction. The thought always just sat there like a possibility. Of course, the dead mouse we found this weekend in the garage was a great catalyst for the great garage clean up. Now, it is looking better, but we are still considering a storage unit for the rest of the junk in there.
    Also, being a navy brat who lived in Seattle I am with you on wanting to go back. I daydream about moving back there… so far it has not been in the cards.

    • Elle July 31, 2011 at 22:09 #

      A lot of the stuff in our garage is my husband’s, like his old college textbooks that he never uses but he somehow finds a way to blame the boxes on me, the buttmunch. 😉 I have a box of my childhood things and another of cd’s and he’s always on me to go through that stuff. Um, two freaking boxes doesn’t count for the other 50 or so that he has. Lol!

  3. leesepea July 31, 2011 at 11:43 #

    My husband TiVo’s Storage Wars; I hated it at first but it’s a hell of a lot more tolerable than Sons of Guns or Top Gears (other “manly” shows he records). He’ll hollar “Yuuuuuuuuup!” to me when he needs to answer a question in the affirmative – and even pointed out that Dave’s hat says “Yuuuuuuuuuup!” on the back!

    Found you via The Bloggess. Hilarious stuff. My girl is 2 and I get the whole “hummingbird on crack” vibe from her, too. Gladly not working through sleep battles right now, scared of trying to potty train, and secretly glad summer’s over and I go back to work next week (I’m a teacher and have been home with her every day since Memorial Day).

    Also? I don’t know how Brandi doesn’t just punch Jarrod in the head on a daily basis. Seriously? Because I would hit him routinely.


    • Elle July 31, 2011 at 22:30 #

      We were watching an episode of Storage Wars last night and my hubby pointed out Dave’s hat too. 😉

      I’m absolutely terrified of potty training my 2 year old. I got her a potty chair months ago so she can get used to it being around. I used to think it was going to be easy peasy but the times I’ve put her on the potty chair, she bolts off of it in a matter of seconds so I’m just going to let her wait a while. I think when they’re ready, they’ll let us know. At least I hope.

      I’m not so secretly wanting to get a part time job or take some classes to get out of the house a few times a week because this mama is going crazy being at home most of the time with a toddler.

      I’m glad that I get to stay at home with the hummingbird but for my sanity’s sake (or what’s left of it) I need to do more things with my brain besides hearing Elmo and The Wiggles songs all day and having to constantly try to keep up with such a speedy little one.

      And yes, Brandi needs to knock Jarrod in the head on a regular basis but they do make for some entertainment. heehee.

  4. No Ordinary Momma July 31, 2011 at 15:29 #

    I could never get into HH International…those people are such assholes with their “I need an ocean view” and “I’d prefer to be walking distance to the lovely cafes”…ugh, hate! How about some real problems like “I’d love to live in a great school district, but can only afford a home next to a crack-house”

    • Elle July 31, 2011 at 22:32 #

      That’s why I had to stop watching. Most of the people on the show seem so picky and they can act like brats.

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