Friday, January 23, 2009

Not So Easy

I think I have that psychological disorder that prevents me from letting myself succeed. What's it called? Stupidity? Yeah, that then.

As I've mentioned, we're on the hunt for a house.

This is where you say, "In this market, you should have a spectacularly amazingly thrillingly easy time with it. People will be BEGGING you to take their house."

And then this is where I say to myself, "Easy market for buyers? Nice. I guess I'll just sit here writing blogs and watching House, M.D. marathons (oh the irony of names...) instead of actively looking. Easy = I Don't Have To Do Anything, right?"

I deserve a prize for being this much of an idiot.

We are about a month into Seriously Looking, which is already three months behind when we should have been Seriously Looking, and I think I might have looked at the MLS online five, maybe six times, and we've driven around twice. And then I was like, "Never mind, this isn't easy. Let's just move to England or something." Except you all know I don't mean that, because as soon as I said it, I was like, "Can we have Taco Bell for lunch? I wonder if I have any new e-mail?"

My sister-in-law reminded me yesterday that kindergarten registration is coming up next week, and here's the really sad part: I kind of think it will all just work itself out. Someday I will be in the middle of updating my Facebook status, and I'll get a message that says the guy who lives across the street from Johnson Elementary just kicked the bucket and wanted me to have his home. Of course, we'd have to pay for it, but luckily enough, it's only $125,000. Oh yeah, and he just put in new bamboo floors that happened to be installed the day after he died, and he totally didn't die in his house, so nothing spooky there. Then the news will come on and they'll announce that Barack's first order of business was to eliminate kindergarten registration. Now you can just show up on the first day of school, and everything will be fine. They even give you a new backpack at the door.

Man, that would be so awesome.


Okay, but that's not going to happen. I need to do something to get a house I love. And when I gets hard, I have to push through that. And I should probably have backup plans in place, like maybe registering Lennon for school here, just so she's registered SOMEWHERE.

Then, and you knew it was coming, this is the part where I make a whiny noise and say, "Aw, never mind. I'm tired of it already. I'm just going to move to New York City. What's for breakfast?"


Jillsywillsy said...

We were house-hunting over the summer and while there were a lot of houses to choose from, it was the biggest pain in the a$$ ever.

The ones that were in our price range were trashed. Not to mention I think our realtor was lying to us about being out-bid on houses. We finally just gave up.

Renee said...

Jill, I can't begin to tell you how paranoid I am about our realtor. Now I'm not going to be sure if he's lying about outbids. Thanks to you, I have one more thing to worry about. :)

Luann said...

Tthen if you find one that is decent in your price range, it will probably be a short sale. Those short sales take MONTHS to go through. Then you're in house buying Limbo as you wait for the banks to decide if they really want to sell at a loss, or just foreclose. I hope once Chad graduates we can stay where we're at because I don't want to try to sell my house.

Meghan Whaley said...

you are fantastic. i love reading your blogs sis.

Meghan Whaley said...

obviously it was about you silly! keep on bloggin!

Jason said...

Looking for houses is dumb. Yeah, there's a lot of stuff out there, but so much of it is trashed. We looked at every house and basically came to the conclusion that we weren't going to find an ideal space. We settled on one that was just okay. It still took months to find one that was just okay. My advice to you: look at everything. Yesterday.

Anonymous said...

You're right, to some extent. If you really wait long enough on the k registration, CPS will find out, take your daughter away, and give her to a family who has already filled out the paperwork. So see? You're not stupid! :)

diane said...

I;m pretty sure we are kindred spirits. I hate doing anything that is hard and I totally procrastinate on life all the time. Here's something that will make you feel better about yourself: I have been separated/divorced from Allen for almost a year, and living full time at my mom's since last July but I still haven't moved everything out of our old house. I think I should eventually do that, but it is just too hard and I would rather go to the movies.