I was recently having a conversation with my friend Kristen and we were talking about the square footage of our houses. Now, our house is small for America's standard for housing six people, but we make do. I thought our house was 1,300 square feet, but then Kristen said her house was 1,300 square feet, but her house has two living areas, and I just know it's bigger than mine. So I went on a hunt to see what the square footage of our house really is. Not that it matters, but I was curious.
Yes, this is sounding like a really boring blog post. But keep reading, it gets better.
Being that we live in an older double-wide mobile home, it's a perfect rectangle and measuring was easy. I measured the inside of the house, and included the walls and came up with 1,102 square feet. Marty said that was wrong because I needed to measure from the outside, but I don't think there is any way that I missed a whole 200 square feet just in the exterior walls. So I hit up the county assessor's website and checked, and it said our house was 1,323 square feet. I looked up Kristen's house and according to the assessor, the square footage is identical to ours at 1,323 square feet.
It is really weird that it's the exact same number, right?. Let's focus on that weirdage and not the fact that I actually looked up a friend's house on the assessor's website, m'kay?
I went back to the assessor's page for our house, and out of curiosity, clicked some of the other tabs. Didja know that there's tons of info available for every house on that site? It's really interesting. I looked under the "Property Image" tab, and was surprised to find a recent picture of our house, it looks like it was taken last spring or summer. The van is there, so we were home. I'm going to ignore the fact that somehow I didn't notice someone photographing our house. You can't tell from the picture, but the entire driveway area is fully fenced as well, so there's no way someone could just do a drive-by-picture. They actually entered our property and I didn't notice. Maybe I was busy cleaning up pee.
Then I looked a bit closer. If you click on the picture, you can enlarge it a little and see what I saw.
Do you see it?
Imagine my shock and laughter that erupted so loudly that everyone came running when I discovered that the county assessor's website has a picture of my cute little house, all sunny and cheery and looking adorable.
With Drew standing in the windowsill.
Not only do I have this blog to document the challenges of raising this spirited child, now the government has photographic evidence as well.
Only my child.