Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thinking out loud

Our house has been on the market for a week now. We've been pleased with the number of showings and the feedback. Everything has been positive and we even had one guy who wanted to make an offer, but it was with a contingency that he sell his house. At this point, I'm more concerned that we haven't found anything to buy that we're "in love" with. So, we'll just sit tight and see what happens. I continue to be amazed at how easy it is to keep the house tidied up and clean. Granted, about a fourth of our belongings are packed in boxes in the garage. I'm only half kidding when I say that we should just have Goodwill haul it all off. With the exception of having to dig through a couple of boxes for one of Luke's baseball hats, we haven't missed a thing! I know there are some things packed out there, such as the contents of my hope chest, that I would never part with. But, for the most part, I can't remember what all I put out there. We've settled into a comfortable routine around here. Dan is traveling during the week, so it's just the three of us -- me, Luke and Em. Luke is taking a math class four days a week that requires him to be out of the house before 7 o'clock. He is such a good sport about the whole thing. I can't imagine having to sit in an Algebra class for five hours a day, four days a week and not be a total crank. He puts in his time, then gets home and hangs out for a couple of hours before heading off to baseball practice. Granted, if he had the choice, he would not be spending six weeks of his summer retaking Algebra. But, as he put it, "from 7:30 in the morning until 12:30, I wouldn't be doing anything but sleeping anyway." Emily is coming of age in that she likes to sleep in. My early bird, who was always up at the crack of dawn, chattering and bustling about the house, is now a pre-teen who sleeps until 9:00 and then stumbles down the stairs all bed-head and ruffled p.j.'s. So, from 7 until 9, the house is all mine. I've been using the time to get a jump on work stuff (I guess someday I should blog about what I actually do for "work". But then I'd have to blow up my blog and change my name and move my family to another country). And some mornings, like today, I choose to blog and drink coffee and try to distract the Pesky Puppy who is insisting we play fetch. He doesn't understand blogging. He doesn't understand that . . .each and every time . . .he brings me the little rubber ball. . . he interupts. . . my . . . creative. . . flow!! When I can't stand it another minute, I get his little hollow rubber toy thing, fill it with peanut butter, and it keeps him occupied for a good ten or 15 minutes. Soon Pesky Puppy will be Roly Poly Puppy. Today, I'm meeting a friend to plan an exciting trip which I shall write about at a later time. Then, Emily's girlfriend is coming over for the afternoon. They'll go to the pool and I will spend a few hours getting ready for my Girls' Weekend. I need to buy some snacks, pack a few things and get a manicure:) Later this afternoon, we'll drive up to Ft. Collins where Luke has a baseball game. Em's friend is spending the night. Dan is coming in on a late flight this evening. And tomorrow, I get to head up into the hills for two nights and three days of girl time! Have a good weekend everyone:)

8 comments:

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Great update, or thinking out loud post, as you so creatively titled it! :) Sounds like you guys are having a great summer so far, and you're going to have a blast this weekend. Have fun and tell us all about it when you get back!

Jen said...

So jealous of the girls weekend. But I hops you have a wonderful time, it sounds like fun and I cannot wait to hear about it. I envy your long morning alone....sounds fantastic.

Becky said...

An exciting trip? Can't wait to hear about that. I wonder if it has anything to do with that handsome college aged son.

I too notice how much easier it is to keep the house clean when we declutter and stay on some sort of routine. When I succeed in cleaning the bathroom every week at the same time it stays so much nicer and is so much easier to clean.

Same for the little things like wiping down the microwave and scrubbing the laundry room sink. Of course, that means a FULL TIME job of keeping up. But it is worth it.

Becky said...

Forgot to tell you that I lived in Ft Collins during the summer of 1982. We loved that city, and the mountains, and the rainbox that appeared in the sky every afternoon following a sudden drenching. Every. Single. Day.

Great memories of an early marriage.

BClark said...

Great for your "alone" time gives you a chance to recharge the batteries. Those kongs are great for the pups, if you get several and fill them and freeze them they last longer,lol. Have you figured out what exactly you want in your new home? I always knew I wanted an old house, which I have. What I did not take into consideration is the closets are about 2 feet deep, there is no linen closet and a few other glitches. All of those things can be fixed of course, but just shows what we overlook. Best to you, Barbara

justabeachkat said...

I'm sure we all could pack up most of what we have and not miss it...at all. Good luck with selling.

I'm a tad jealous of your girls weekend. Have a ball. Take your camera. I hope it's filled with lots and lots of memory making moments

Hugs!
Kat

Linda said...

Hi, 1st time here. Just saying hello. I enjoy readings blog of moms with teenagers!

gail@more than a song said...

My daughter & sil are trying to sell their house in Charlotte....lots of stuff is packed up in boxes. I'm here helping a few days and it is easier to get clean quicker with not as much around! I need to do that to mine as well. They have a showing today (we are praying!) and then they have to load up in another day or so to move. Liz and I head home right before that, maybe good timing!