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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The "IT" Factor
What is that special quality, that you can't describe but that just attracts people? I wish you could bottle it, I really do. This is Daniel Craig, the new Bond and I gotta say, he's got it. David Beckham has it. Tom Cruise had it. Sandra Bullock has it. It's that invisible quantity that can't be measured but that people want to be around. We've been house-hunting in our family and we've seen a lot of houses. Some are just weird. Some are too perfect. I'm so sick of the taupe look with bland granite, stainless steel appliances and no personality. No "it" factor.

We bought a house this weekend. It doesn't have a gourmet kitchen. In fact, it doesn't have a kitchen at all, we'll have to put one in. It wasn't the biggest we looked at, but it's got a very warm feel to what's there. It's not really landscaped, but has great potential. But it's so interesting because we took the kids to nicer, bigger houses and yet they all agreed, nope the yellow one is it. Isn't that strange that they'd get it to?

My husband was skeptical. Of course, he's seeing weekends gone. But I, as his wife, know it just means we'll do it over time because he's not a handyman. He CAN be, but he's not. Just like I CAN be a cook, I just choose other pastimes. So while you're thinking on the "it" factor, let me know who you think has it. We move in mid-March. : ) Kristin
posted at 10:51 PM  
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At 7:48 AM, Blogger allen said...

As an artist, sometimes I create a painting and it just "works" while other times the "IT" isn't I know what you mean. However, that being said, I think the "IT" depends on the viewer. Sandra B., not really doing it for me. Never really saw the attraction, the "IT" factor there. Not to hip on the new bond either (course, I'm a guy and I'm one year older than him, so...).

At 8:09 AM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

I've always said houses have personalities - and you've discovered a gem! Congratulations on your new home - I know it's been "fun" getting there.

At 8:24 AM, Blogger BLBC said...

I do "get it". I also know the treasure of finding a gem within a house. Now, when do we get to see some "before" pictures of the house? I know you will take us on the journey of your home improvements!

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Sally said...

Congratulations on the house! I hope you post pictures as the transformation takes place!

My first house (that I watched be built) was "IT" for me. I LOVED everything about it.

I would say Jennifer Garner has "IT"...she's a lot of fun to watch.

At 9:42 AM, Blogger Mom Nancy said...

Wait. You honestly found a house without a kitchen? About 18 months ago we moved from PA to Baton Rouge, LA, and my husband came down two months before the rest of us and bought a house. I never saw it (except pictures) until the day I arrived and moved in. My mother-in-law told me what a brave woman I am for letting him buy a house without me because HER husband would buy a house without a kitchen. I told her I didn't think they make houses without kitchens, and now you tell me you did buy one??? How is that possible??

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

There's a small space for a kitchen, but no actual functioning kitchen. No appliances that work, a small space, etc. Allen, I know what you mean about artwork. I feel the same about my books. Sandra Bullock doesn't do it for me either, I just used her because I hate to admit that Angelina Jolie has it. LOL

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Brangelina? Not for me (but for others, she does).

But as you say, the "it" factor is so important. Of course as I read your post I was thinking of authors, even CBA authors and the "it" factor.

Hmmm. Interesting to think about.

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

I was kind of wondering what you were talking about when you mentioned Sandra...I mean, Miss Congeniality is one of those movies that I watch EVERY TIME it comes on, but in other roles I don't really care for her.

I think the Hugh Laurie has "it". I really like him. And Kiefer Sutherland when he's Jack.

My family though we were going to make some money from some big business deals, and we looked at a house several months ago. It's perfect for us but we ended up not getting the deals so it's always in the back of our mind. The owners are asking way too much for it, so it hasn't sold yet which prolongs the agony! *sigh* But, yes, houses can definitely have "it".

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Congrats on the house!!!

I agree on the house thing. Sometimes I see these little Florida houses that are old, and a little run down, but they have so much character and charm. I'd pass over a bigger, fancier place.

I used to think something was wrong for that thinking. Now I realize, I understand the "it" factor.

Happy moving!


At 3:13 PM, Blogger Jenny B. Jones said...

George Clooney has "it." Old style "it" like (sighhh) Cary Grant.

I think Reese Witherspoon has it too--just a personality that shines through.

Congrats on the news house!

At 5:24 PM, Blogger ~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Don't think I'm not seein' right through you, Ms. B. No kitchen=no cooking. What a bright gal you are.

At 8:59 PM, Blogger Christa said...

Snickers Cheesecake has "IT."
Enjoy the house makeover.

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Cary Grant is the object of Sarah Claire's affections in my new book, Split Ends. : )

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You seriously think this guy has "it", Kristin? If he does, the picture sure doesn't show it. LOL He looks rather effeminate.

At 9:44 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

He's BOND for crying out loud!!! how effeminate is that?

At 9:46 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Maybe he translates to film better than that picture looks. LOL Looking at the picture, I sure wouldn't go to see him though.

At 11:47 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Well, Kristin, that means I will love Sarah Claire. I'm a sucker for Cary Grant movies. Last week, my literary theory professor wheeled in a TV and made us watch the first few minutes of North by Northwest and then had us to analyze it. He couldn't get me to shut up :) I've only seen it about 100 times.

At 2:14 AM, Blogger Shauna said...

Congrats, Kristin, on the new house! I actually love the idea of a house with no kitchen. :-) Not very practical but one can dream. LOL!

As for the "IT" factor, I have to say, in my completely unbiased opion, that my husband has it. Now, I know that you're all thinking "Yeah, right," but I'm serious. He's one of those guys that gets along with everyone. Even at work, when he has to get after an operator or some other schmuck who didn't do his job right, somehow he manages to come away looking good. I just don't get it. I mean, I love him to pieces (obviously - he has "IT"), but I don't get it. LOL! We joke (actually I'm kind of serious) that my own mother would pick him over me! LOLOLOLOL!!

Also, I have to agree with the Hugh Laurie "IT". And Reese Witherspoon, too.

At 6:56 PM, Blogger Carolyne said...

Okay, I think my husband has 'it' and so does Hugh Jackman and Nathan Fillion. Congrats on the house. It's been a wild ride.

At 8:29 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh Hugh Jackman has it. MOST definitely. he looks good even as half animal, or whatever he's supposed to be in those movies. Colin Firth is my favorite, but I think that's cuz he looks like my hubby. LOL

At 8:30 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh I have a funny story about Hugh. One time a teenager got to meet my husband and she was so excited because she loved the Ashley books (Ashley's into Hugh). Anyway, she meets my husband, who is VERY handsome, but let's face it old enough to be her Grandpa and she was SO disappointed. She thought he'd be like Hugh. LOL

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Sassy Style said...

My husband has the 'it' factor. It's funny because he tends to be blunt and rough around the edges, but I watch people and it's like they have a need to know/be known by him or something. Hard to explain.

Anyway, I think Orlando Bloom has the 'it' factor. There's a few actually and I think it often depends on the roles they played. Some only have the 'it' factor for some roles where others always seem to have the 'it'factor.

At 10:38 PM, Blogger Perfectly Imperfect said...

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At 10:41 PM, Blogger Perfectly Imperfect said...

The young Marlon still my heart. A Streetcar Named Desire anyone? Can I get an amen? lol. In all seriousness, I would pick a warm yellow house over a large, impersonal, and bland house any day. Good choice!


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