Yesterday, when I was thinking about what I wanted to say in this entry, I had come up with a really cool title. Do you think, now that I am sitting to type, I can remember it? Of course not! I really should carry a pen and notepad with me at all times, my brain is like a sieve, and it drives me crazy!
WAIT – I’ve got it!
Well, ladies and gentlemen – our day FINALLY arrived! We got ourselves a contract on the house! OMG! So much to do now!
Before I get into that, I want to say that I am really experiencing a whole lot of crazy emotions. I have been told this was likely to happen, but I thought “I am SO ready for this – I’m going to be fine!” I am fine – but still lots of emotions. Happy is first and foremost, but also a bit of sad, also a bit of fear (that’s a really weird one for me), and just a bit of generalized anxiety.
I am happy for multitudes of reasons – which are probably the most obvious! Bill will be able to get out of this job that drives him crazy and “sucks the life force out of him” (his words not mine – but I can attest to the truthfulness of them!)
We will be FREE from this HUGE house/yard that neither of us want to care for anymore. Takes up so much time and since we don’t want to live in a dump, we do what we have to do, but I just don’t want to cut grass or paint or vacuum for hours a week, or any of that kind of stuff anymore. There is only 2 of us, we really don’t need 3 toilets! I mean, I do love my house, we have been here just about 12 years (the longest we have been in one place), and we have done tons of updating and making it our own, but I am just over it. However, on the flip side, I am also a bit sad about the house b/c we have so many memories here, it will be the last place our family of four ever lived together, no more pictures in front of the fireplace. No more Christmas trees in the corner of the living room after moving the furniture all into different rooms to make a space for it. No more gatherings around the dining room table for the holidays. This house is were my kids did most of their “growing up”, where my daughter and I went to battle during her teenage years, which thankfully both of us survived! This is the place they both brought home their first boyfriends and girlfriends to, to meet Mom and Dad. Ok – enough about that! I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture and I don’t need to dwell on it. If I do, I am seriously concerned tears will follow and I have to much to do today!
I am also happy b/c we will be able to see so many new and different things and experience new places! We have both always loved to travel (as I have written about before) and this is just a natural progression for us to do more of that. Already on the calendar is going to Atlanta in November to see cousins and FL for the holidays to spend them with my parents. I haven’t spent holidays with my parents in years b/c they did the snow-bird thing before moving there full-time last summer. So I am really looking forward to that!
I am a bit nervous and have some anxiety about the appraisal because I know people who’s appraisal came back MUCH lower than their sell price and even after fighting it (which took weeks!) they ended up having to drop their price $15,000 or lose the sale! Don’t know if Bill could make himself go for that, don’t know if I could. My realtor has been awesome in helping me go through this process – she says “Kelly – its going to be fine” I am trying hard to go with that, and some moments it’s easier than others.
There is so much to do! Our closing date is Aug 13, so 3 weeks from Wednedsay. That is not a lot of time to empty almost 3000 square feet of house! I have already done a lot of prep work by cleaning out closets and getting rid of stuff we definitely don’t want, but Bill still has some decisions to make on stuff. I have stuff to sell on CraigsList and/or FB yard sale page. Hang on a sec – I need to breath!
So, let me get moving for today, I will do my best to keep you all updated – I will probably actually be having some interesting posts coming up – this whole process is a bit intimidating, but I cannot wait to dig in and get it done!