So in an attempt to fill you in on the busy and the boring, here is a very long, not very interesting update!
More showings, nothing new to speak of. Met with the realtor last week, and we are talking about dropping the price in a few weeks. We want to give Spring Home Buyers a little time (considering there are still areas with SNOW....not us, but some areas). We have also discussed listing the house as" buy or rent", but we aren't ready to do it yet. Renting out the house here pretty much seals the deal that we won't be able to buy a new house, and I am not ready to give up yet. We are getting closer to the deadline where that decision needs to be made.
Again, renting out the house here is just a laundry list of issues (management company, pool liability, no control how the house looks when it goes back on the market...just to name a few). And renting a new house locks us in to a small area in regards to school when we are ready to buy, we have to move again, not being able to make a real "forever"home. Ugh. We have thought about a rent-to-own option (on both ends), if it is available and we are able to find a house that we would want to do this with.
The frenzy of a few weeks ago has unleashed its wrath on me. I knew this was coming. But it is making for very full days, and a constant feeling of being "behind." Nothing is late, but I can't seem to find the bottom of any pile. Anytime I do, it just fills up 2 hrs later. Additionally, other staff members are "behind" so then they spend a few hours playing catch up, and then DUMP EVERYTHING on me. I get hours upon hours of work dumped in a matter of seconds. And there are 12 full time people.....you do the math.
I took off 1.5 days, and my desk looked like a paper factory exploded. I have another day off in 2 weeks, and the timing of it is horrible. But right now, it won't matter WHAT day I take, it will always be horrible. So I am taking the day for myself, and that is that. I have been bring work home in the evenings and on the weekend to make up for my time off, and so far, I have been able to mostly make up my time. Good for the pay check. My upcoming day off is the first day of the payperiod, so I will have plenty of time to squeeze in the "extra" hours.
Both are fine.
Sassy is really turning into a moody little thing. Welcome to teenage years. She can be this incredibly sweet girl...and then BAM! ATT-I-TUDE. I think part of it is age...part of it is just being sick of being here and not with Dad. She also isn't eating well. She says she isn't hungry. This has been going on for months. I spoke to her doctor at her last check-up, and the doctor talked to her about the importance of eating. She is growing and healthy....she just "forgets" to eat unless I remind her...especially on the weekends.
Bossy completed 2 Merit Badges for scouts this month, and should be getting a total of 4 at June's Court of Honor. Braces are going well so far. His eating has decreased....so I am fighting to make sure he eats enough. He is on this kick where he thinks we should get a snake....NO. Not a chance in all that is good and green that this is gonna happen.
He came home for a visit last week, and left this past Tuesday. It was rough. We all fell into the "routine" of having Dad home, and having to say goodbye again was difficult on all of us. We were able to accomplish all of our Dad To-Do list in a week though:
Family Time: We each got a 1-on-1 date with Dad. Plus, as a family, we went to the trampoline park, outlet shopping (these darn growing kids!!), and a beautiful nature hike. PLUS family dinners, hanging out and watching favorite tv shows, and the kids were able to play basketball, help him with some yard stuff, and misc other stuff while I was at work. Orange Kitty needed 3 teeth removed, so we also had that done (I am a wuss...I was so afraid something "bad" would happen with the cat and then I would be on my own to deal with my own grief and help the kids with their grief....so I waited to do the surgery while he was here.) And while not "family" time...G-man also got a night out with his peeps from his old office (I was invited along...but declined. Hanging out with his work friends when I don't really know them, and they would just be talking about work stuff....no thanks.)
House Stuff: G-man changed out the storm windows back to screens, turned on the water to the outside faucet, put out the patio furniture. He did some yard work, helped me get ready for the 2 showings we had while he was home, and just helped with the day-to-day stuff. Plus, he and I went through stuff in the attic that we hadn't gotten to yet....most of which was donated. We have a big pile of "trash" that will need to go out a little at a time as we can fit it in the trash can. The attic looks terrific....it looked good before....now it is even better.
Moving Stuff: We met with the realtor (see above). We did alot of talking about next steps. He was able to bring our attic stuff to Goodwill, so that cleared more space and is a tax write off.
We are nearing the "reset" anniversary date, so stay tuned for that....I am hoping to have a milestone to report...but not sure yet. I don't think it will happen, but I may be able to jockey a few things. In general...there isn't much to say. The bills come....I pay them. Until after the move, there isn't going to be alot of "effort" here. Our pay cut has left the day to day budget incredibly tight, so I just do what I have to do. With the exception of the credit card, which is more "variable" in payment....everything else is on autopilot. The balances go down each month...nothing exciting to report.
That's it folks. I wish I had something interesting to say...but I really don't. I am in this holding pattern that is driving me batty. I really am looking forward to moving FORWARD. But in the meantime...I might be scarce. Unless there is something you would like to know. Let me know!