(A cautionary tale with borrowed pictures)
If you ask ShallowGal to participate in her neighborhood home owners association, she'll hem and haw until the absolute last minute and then sign up for covenant inspection committee cause it looks like it will take the least amount of time, and there's no good committees left anyway.
On the first street, ShallowGal will see a house just like hers, but with a front porch. ShallowGal will become obsessed with this front porch and talk and dream of nothing else for weeks.
To shut her up, PCSguy will eventually concede to a front porch with the stipulation that they also add a back deck.
then getting the loan and finally (hopefully) getting permission from the community association. (1)
When the roof to the front porch is built, ShallowGal will decide that her kitchen is now too dark. So she'll call the electrician to install recessed lighting.
As long as the electrician is there, she'll replace the light fixture in the foyer that's bugged her since they moved in NINE years ago.
So she'll log onto Smith and Noble and while she's there stealing pictures for her blog, she'll remember the piece of crap shades from Next Day Blinds in the kids rooms that are only 5 years old and already in shreds but aren't covered by their lousy warranty, not that I'm suggesting a boycott of that place or anything, I'm just saying.
Hanging shades is exhausting work. ShallowGal will most likely give-up mid project and pour herself a large glass of very cheap wine (3) and go sit on her new front porch. And chances are, if ShallowGal sits on her front porch and looks next door at the neighbor's house with the broken fence that she'll suddenly remember that she never finished her covenant inspections.
1) Who got her into this whole mess, so they BETTER approve it
2) Once her kitchen is nice and bright she'll realize her laminate counters look like crap and she'll start pricing out granite but I suspect that may be the start of a sequel: If you fix the lighting in ShallowGal's kitchen.
3) Cause at this point she's spent mid-5 figures on this frick-frack house