Monday, August 3, 2015

A Big Move--Or Not

You may have noticed my last post was all about the adventure of finding a house and putting in an offer. 

It turned out to be more of an adventure than I anticipated. 

Long story short, I didn't get that house. A few issues popped up in the inspection. Now, let me say, for most sellers, that's just part of the process. Any home that isn't brand new is going to have a few fixes that are needed. And probably some new ones. 

I just had the really unfortunate experience of dealing with the seller's realtor, who seemed like he had some overly-macho need to insist on being the boss. Judging by the back-and-forth, the sellers were willing to negotiate, but the realtor thought he could bully me into submission. Which has never much worked for me, in life or in housing. 

I'm at least comforted in knowing I did everything I could to make that house mine. 

But I'd be lying if I said it wasn't devastating. When you are far enough along that you put down money (oh, did I mention he's trying to keep my earnest money too?) you get to think about the future of that house. The future of YOU in that house. 

But I've learned that house shopping is a lot like dating. (This is going to make sense in a bit. I promise). 

We've all had that point in single life when you think you'll never, ever find anyone. And it's pointless in trying. And for the first few weeks after losing that house, I thought I'd never find a house and that was the perfect house and why even bother? 

Though I'm still without a house, and I'm still very much single, I have confidence that both of those parts of my life will work out eventually :) 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A big move--in more ways than one!

I'm doing the most adult of adult-life things (at least in my opinion). I'm buying a house! 
Am I crazy? A single lady, buying a house? 
Well, yes, probably.
But I've just felt it's time, and the stars aligned, so to say. And why the heck should I wait for a man in my life to buy a house? 
Why am I asking so many questions?
Ha! You can tell I'm excited, because coherent thoughts aren't really happening right now. 
Long story short, a number of things came together at the same time--I've had no luck finding a good rental, my parents are in a good financial place to be the ones doing the buying at first, and I found the  Most. Perfect. Place. 
Here's hoping everything goes well and it's really mine after all this crazy home-buying process! 
My initial offer has been accepted, so next is the inspection. I will, in fact, be a nervous wreck until all of that paperwork is signed and the keys are in my hand. . . Which, if all goes as planned, will be less than three weeks from now. THREE WEEKS! 
I really must be crazy. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


It's been a ridiculously long time! 
Let me explain. 
For about the last two months, I've been in flux. 
I had some BIG life decisions to make, and that meant a little break from anything that wasn't focusing on and working toward my future. 
But now I'm back with great news! 
I start a completely new job next week in public health. (I've been a crime and government reporter for the past 5 years). 
It's going to be a huge change for me. 
When you're a newspaper reporter, work is often your priority. 
Breaking news trumps girls' night. 
A deadline becomes more important than a dinner date. 
And holidays, quite frankly, just don't exist. 
I'm really proud of the work I did as a newspaper reporter, but I've been feeling for awhile now that it was time for a change. 
I needed something that would give me more balance in my life.
This new job, among a lot of other positives, will give me that.  
As an added plus, it's going to be such a great new challenge. 
So, I'm sorry for the absence, but I have a pretty good excuse right?