Real Estate Search Day 1100ish

We’ve now been house hunting for more than 3 years.

I could go on a pernicious and vile rant about how house flippers are on par with major corporations in terms of evil done to communities and low income families.

Frankly, I’m just tired of it. If it’s got 4 walls and isn’t falling down I’m ready to see the house.

This is what giving up looks like.


Summer Days

We’re in the nasty, hot, unyielding days of summer here in Texas. Unfortunately this means I’m feeling as stagnant as the air outside. I stole away to JoAnn’s a few weeks ago and picked up more machine needles. I also have a shipment coming in thanks to the $.04 shipping coupon they had for July 4th. The need to make and utilize my barren etsy shop is rising. I’ve got so many works in progress that it’s impossible to really focus on any. Well that’s not true.

I could focus on things if there were any free space in my apartment. It’s almost hard to walk through rooms at this moment. Sad part is, we use almost everything in our home so I wouldn’t be comfortable chucking it. Back to the point. We’ve been looking for a house for over year, we’ve had 4 unsuccessful contracts and now we know why. We’ve been outbid by at least 20-30,000 dollars each time. It’s bad news but it’s a good thing to know. I’m not sure how I should feel about it to be completely honest. No, I know exactly how I feel about it. It renews my undying hatred for house flippers. It also makes me completely aware that we’re going to have to get a mortgage setup or buy land to build (or mobile home) on. Not. Happy.

Right now there’s 4 of us in 800 sq feet. To play kinect in the living room I have to stand directly in front of our computer desks; if I step forward the sensor can’t see me anymore. I spoke more about those woes here so I won’t be going into more detail. It took me 2 hours of talking to xbox support to get Your Shape: FE working properly. Support offered up the standard solutions and when none of them worked I tried to install the game to the HDD and it started working perfectly. MS 0, Cele 1. It goes along with being antsy and feeling uncomfortable in my apartment. I know, I’m strange, k?

Honeybun sat in her highchair and ate cheerios while I was sweating and flailing. Kiddo entertained her so I could shower after. I love Kiddo for that. When it comes to gaming where I’m not sweating or flailing that’s been hard to find the time for. I’ve been playing Guild Wars when I feel like it, which isn’t often since Guild Wars 2 keeps me drooling. I’m up to 27/50 on my Hall of Monuments and, frankly, I don’t care if I don’t get to 30. That’s just not the type of gamer I am anymore. I’d rather have fun doing the same things I’ve been doing for 6 years than pulling my hair out while trying to finish it off.

So there’s no space available in my apartment. That means I can’t get out my sewing machine. So unless I want to hand-sew everything (the true meaning of couture by the way) all my projects are on hold. I thought about drawing or painting again but all my supplies are scattered through boxes that have been packed up since before Kiddo was born. I could do digital but since Honeybun likes to play with my mouse and delete things… well, you get the idea. Plus, if I was going to go digital I’d absolutely need a drawing tablet. With a house this full, do I really want to commit to having MORE stuff?

My year has kind of sucked. I do, however, have a great appreciation for being able to stand and not puke. Priorities.

Longish weekend


Steak & Shake 😀

This weekend has felt like a series of marathons back to back.

Friday night I met my dream home. I wasn’t expecting it and really, I’m still emotionally drained and torn over the house. It’s the most beautiful, charming home I’ve ever seen but in 5 years it will be way too small and I won’t want to let it go. It needs work, not a huge amount, but it is an old house (1926) so there might be a lot of hidden needs that we are unaware/unprepared for.

Early Saturday morning we got going to take Kiddo to a birthday party in McKinney. The drive wasn’t bad at all but it’s always kind of nerve-wracking for me to be around mostly unfamiliar people. Birthday boy’s Mum tried to get my number so we could start doing playdates during the week. Still trying to get the courage to even text her. In real life, I’m more than a little shy.

We drove out to Steak and Shake afterwards since kiddo was finally hungry to realize that Benj and I both were without ID and our regular bankcards. I managed to whip out my emergency card and save the day since we had already started our drinks.

Went home and napped. For 5 hours. It was probably the worst sleep I’ve had all week, but it still helped a lot. We were trying to get ready to go to another work friends party but Girly would have nothing to do with it. The nap was not enough for her!

Benj and I played some Terraria. I say some like it lasted for 15 minutes. At one point we ordered pizza and ate. By the time I went to bed we had played for 7 hours. SEVEN. I think if anyone from my Guild Wars group reads this they’ll be pissed I wasn’t doing all the dungeons we need before the next game comes out. I genuinely had fun goofing off with Benj in a great game and the kids actually let it happen. A rare and wonderful night indeed!

Now I said I went to bed after 7 hours. I didn’t say I slept. In passing before benj fell asleep at 2 I made sure it was okay for me to buy the next Harry Dresden book. Kiddo started fussing at 5 am, I was still awake and reading. Oops. I managed to sleep for a few hours after that.

Sunday was cold pizza for breakfast, WalMart to get kiddo new sneakers, and trying to get my quilt-top finished.