Thursday, April 10, 2008

Coffee break

Time for a coffee break. This is where I don't have enough to write a full post, so we just chat about what's on my mind. Well, I chat, and you listen;)
First off, Dan and I have made a decision that rates about an 8 out of 10 on the stress meter. No, good heavens, we're not having another child. (That would be about a 21). After mulling the idea over for months and months, we've decided to test the waters and put our house up for sale. We called our realtor, got some encouraging news, and have been packing up our house and even had one of those "stager people" come over to tell us things we already know. Like we have too much stuff and if we'd put half of it away, we would have a really nice looking house. So, for the past two weeks I've been going through the house with a critical eye, a black marker in my back pocket, a roll of packing tape on my wrist and an assortment of empty cardboard boxes easily accessible in the garage. Much of the packing up is done, and now we've moved onto spackling holes and preparing to paint. Hopefully, the timing will work out so that when this place is ready to sell, we'll find the house of our dreams -- right here in the same town we live in with just a couple amenities that we've been missing for the past 16 years -- and it will all fall together:o) They say the best time to look for a job is when you already have one, and we think the same applies to moving. We don't have to move. We don't hate our house, in fact it's a very nice house. So we'll see what's meant to be.
Lately, I've been hooked on the TV show "John and Kate Plus Eight." It's the reality show with the couple who have 6-year-old twins and 3-year-old sextupets (that's SIX!) Em and I love watching it together. We laugh at how cute the kids are and shake our heads and say, thank goodness we don't have that many kids! And secretly, I like the show, because Kate makes me look like a saint. She is the Queen of all Control Freaks. I can totally relate to her. But I can watch her and feel a bit smug, because at least I'm not that obsessed with being in control.
It's truly springtime in Colorado, because it's snowing that wet, sloppy snow that will leave muddy dog footprints all over the back deck and the family room tile, and in a couple days the lawn will be much greener. At the Rockies game last night, Luke and I were huddled under blankets. Yep, it's spring. Yesterday, the three fifth grade classes at Emily's school left for three days of Outdoor Education in the mountains. The snowstorm is covering the whole state, so I feel for the teachers! Seventy-five 11-year-olds cooped up inside for three days. Meanwhile, I'm enjoying the day, staying at home and catching up on odds and ends. I did go to my fitness class this morning, and blew all the way across the parking lot afterward to get to the car.
One week from today, I will be 50. Fifty! I find it ironic that my birthday this year falls on a Thursday, the same day of the week that I was born. "Thursday's child has far to go." Here's a picture of where it all began, Presbyterian Hospital, Newark, New Jersey. Yeah, I was born in Newark, so don't mess with me;)


Tristi Pinkston said...

Oh, my gosh! What a cute baby picture!

Good luck with the house sale -- I think you're wise to do it at a time when there's no pressure. I think far too often we do stuff like that because we have to, and we don't end up with what we want. But when there's no pressure, you can get just the offer you want and you can take the time to select just the house you want to buy. Keeping fingers crossed for you!

gail@more than a song said...

What a cute baby picture! Adorable.
Hope all goes well with the house...wouldn't that be the best to sell and get everything you want!
Jon & Kate plus 8 has been my favorite new show for the last few months! I can't imagine having 6 at one time. I don't think I'm that much of a control person, although hubby might disagree at times...and sometimes I think she tries to work on being better. With that many kids I think you have to be super organized to get through the day!

Xandra said...

What an adorable baby picture! My cousin sent me a text this morning saying that you guys had gotten 6 inches last night...LOL! I fertilized the lawn last night in capris and flip-flops!

With all the craziness of moving, I hope we can still meet when I come in a few weeks...


Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Great post! Good luck with the house stuff and definitely keep us posted. We're actually on the same wave length here, although I haven't gotten to the packing stage yet, nor have we talked to anyone. We've been cleaning up, sprucing up, getting ready to do some spot painting and mostly - decluttering. That way it should be easier to pack up stuff fairly quickly. Our house is small so even when it's not full, it still looks sorta cluttered. :)

You know what I'm doing today - watching Jon and Kate shows, and Idol Gives Back. I love that show too, although I'm recent to the game and trying to catch up :)

Have a great day and almost Happy Birthday!!!!

Barb said...

If you're going to be 50 in a week, then yes, I'd say having another child would be at least a 21. LOL

Good grief. I can't even begin to imagine starting all over again.

I don't know what's going on with our crazy Colorado weather. It's cold as all getout, out here in Grand Junction, and rainy, which is rare, but the weeds in my side borders are coming up very nicely.

How dumb is that? I need to pull weeds but it's too stinkin' cold to work in the yard. :-)

Robin said...

Good luck with your house sale! My daughter and son-in-law just sold and bought one in one week! It was crazy! But it's a good thing to do when you are not under any stress to do so. I'll bet it's going to turn out wonderfully!

And we are having crazy weather too. I just want it to warm up. And stop being windy. I hate wind.

I'll be watching you to see how turning 50 goes. LOL My turn comes in November.

I haven't watched John and Kate except for a couple of times. It makes me all nervous and hyper feeling! I think she seems a little bit like a nag - do you ever get that impresson? But I would probably be the same way with 8 kids!

annie said...

We watch Jon & Kat too!
Good luck with the house!

Jen said...

Alot of my blogger friends are selling their houses...good luck gal. know its the new 40.....Madison goes to state in 3 weeks for 3 days...I'm a little nervous.
I think your baby picture is adorable....such a jersey a good weekend and keep us posted,,,I have missed you.

Becky said...

I have two realtor friends who tell me they are as busy as ever and selling right and left. I have a friend in Texas that just sold her house in 12 days.

Don't worry about that market. So you may not get the same amount you would have gotten 2 yrs ago, it will sell.

Good luck and have fun. This is a good time to try since you don't HAVE to sell. No pressure.

And you sure were a cute baby. Happy early birthday. I love being fifty by the way. No worry about that baby surprise you know.

Judy said...

I too love Jon and Kate Plus Eight.

I watch it on Monday, after having my two little grandchildren all day. It makes me feel better and much less tired.

For me, 50 comes on June 1st.

Happy packing! I'm glad our move is over.

Boomeyers said...

You were a beautiful baby!

But now, the moving?? Your nuts! But good luck. I would rather burn down the house, than have to move all this junk!

I agree, Kate is nuts, with good reason. She certainly has a viper tounge sometimes. Makes me cringe. But the kids are soooo cute and the older they get, the more fun it is to watch, especially their individual little personalities!

Bill said...

Look at Baby Karen, the celebrated Infant of Newark!
You look like a teensy little Mother Superior with that thing on your head. Is that a blanket? Your parents weren't trying to suffocate you, were they?
Happy house-hunting!

PEA said...

I so enjoyed catching up on all your news. Oh wow, deciding to move is certainly not an easy decision to make but it sounds like things are looking good where that is concerned:-) I wish you all the very best of luck!!

I wish I could say Spring was here in my part of the world. It's been snowing for almost 2 days now and it looks like a winter wonderland out there. UGH. I closed my curtains and pretending that snow isn't there at all! lol

Ooooh you'll be my age come next Thursday:-) I turned 50 last October. It really doesn't hurt too much! hehe Such a cute baby picture:-) xoxo

BClark said...

Best of luck with the house deal, you are certainly doing it the proper way. Moving because you want to, not because you have to.

I can't watch that tv show, she makes me so upset. I just want to holler at her, she has the sensitivity of a cement block. I keep thinking she will watch herself and change. Hasn't happened yet,lol.

Best of luck to you and yours, Barbara

justabeachkat said...

Good luck in the house situation. It's stressful, but exciting too. Keep us posted.


Trailboss said...

Girl, I'm already at 50 as of last November. Fun times. It's not bad though, better than the alternative!

BTW thanks for the nice comments on my blog. I miss my parents so much.