Time for a change

Derek and I have decided to try and sell our house.

I am still not sure how I feel about this.

First off, let me just say that I DO want to move.  More than anything.  We live somewhat far away right now.  It’s a 25 minute drive to my parents house and school.  An hour drive to the farm.  Basically everything we do, and everywhere we go is at least half an hour away.  This is the main reason I want to move.  However, I don’t want to start from scratch on another house right when this one is finally in good enough shape to just live there and not do any work to it.  But, that’s what we are doing.  Assuming our house does sell and we find one for the right price in the neighborhood of our choice. 

While it seems we should be going bigger, we probably won’t.  We would buy a house in a pricier city, and actually may have to downgrade a little to get what we want.  We plan to buy another house that needs updating, and do it all ourselves.  Eventually, we do plan on buying property and building a house.  That’s just not in the cards right now.

These last couple of weeks, we’ve been doing a lot of little things to get it ready for the market.  Honestly, it finally feels like home.  I suppose that is a good thing as well.  If I had gotten attached any sooner, I would have had an even harder time with this.  I think my main issue is that I don’t deal well with change.  It makes me nervous.  I start worrying about everything.  And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING!  So, I just need to get over it, and move on.  Literally.

I am so comfortable where we are right now, and when I begin to think about going through the motions of selling a house and buying a new one, I freak out a little.  I know that everything will end up just fine, and if it doesn’t, we will get through whatever obstacles are put in our way.  I tend to think and therefore prepare for the worst, which is pretty annoying most of the time.  Yet, it has proved to be very beneficial as well.  Let’s just hope everything goes smoothly.

I am trying to keep a positive attitude toward the whole thing.  Mainly because it will probably be difficult to sell our house in this market.  I always try to keep a positive attitude toward everything, because I do believe that it has an effect on the outcome.

I am going to post some pictures of various rooms and whatnot over the next couple weeks.  Any input or advice is definitely welcome.

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Still here!

I know it’s been few and far between posts lately, but there is so much going on right now.

Next week is my last week of school.  Just a small quiz to get through today and a large exam next week.  Finally!!

Since Spring did finally decide to show its face around here, that has brought on a few things full force.  I’ve been cleaning up the gardens and getting ready for planting.  I’ve been going riding every weekend, and spent this past weekend doing some training with Echo.  We’ve been working on the house, and the small things that need to be finished. 

I haven’t got time right now to write about everything, but I will get around to it.  I’ll be back soon!!

Sitting still for 5 hours isn’t something I enjoy doing

Downtown Detroit, April 14, 2008

191 prospective jurors sit in the assembly area.

For three hours.

25 get called into a court room (which doesn’t include myself).

166 prospective jurors sit in the assembly area.

For two more hours.

11 prospective jurors return to assembly area.

177 prospective jurors get sent home.

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That was my day yesterday.  I am so thankful I am able to read a book when there is background noise, because otherwise I probably would have started to pull out my hair. 

It was probably atleast 80 degrees in that room, everyone was crabby, restless, and annoyed.

I would have been happier if I had been picked to serve on a jury.

Oh, how I love jury duty!

 

I love a good list

Things have been somewhat busy around these parts.  This past weekend came and went without a blink, and I had a huge exam yesterday. 

I was going to mention how nice it’s been here lately, but rumor has it that snow is coming this weekend!  Lovely!! I think I’ll keep my mouth shut.

This weekend isn’t much of one at all.  I’ve got to work on Saturday, and then come Monday, I get to look forward to a great day of jury duty downtown. 

I was just thinking, and I realized that I have been enrolled in classes every single semester for the last year and a half.  The few weeks I did have free, we were down in Florida.  So, you can imagine my excitement to have this next semester class free.  There is so much I need to catch up on, and I can’t wait to get started on it.  Here is a list of some of the things I hope to accomplish this spring/summer.

1.  Gardening
There are so many things that need to be moved, divided, or just replaced in my yard. 

2.  Finish the house
We’ve been remodeling our house since we moved in three years ago, and there are a few minor things that need to be painted or fixed.  The trim upstairs never got finished, painting the laundry room, and some other misc things.

3.  The basement
My basement is the only unorderly part of my house, and I plan to change that.  There is a storage room in the back that needs to be cleaned out, and the entire basement needs to be painted and organized.

4.  Photography
Now that I will have more time on my hands, I plan to take many more pictures, and learn more about photography and photoshop as well.

5.  Cook
I am not a bad cook, I just don’t do much of it.  When I do, it’s usually the same things over and over.  I’d like to expand my recipe box and try new things.

 6.  The farm
I’ve always only had time to go out there once a week.  I hope to change that, I’d like to make it out atleast twice a week.

7.  Reading
I love reading.  I love booksales.  The booksales I’ve gone to over the past year have brought a mountain of books to my house that I haven’t had time to read.  I doubt I will even make a dent in them.

I feel better, now that I have made a list.  Lists always make me feel better. 

What are some of the things you are hoping to accomplish this summer?

Happy Birthday, Buddy

Keiko is two today.  Yes, I do acknowledge all my animals birthday’s every year.  They are my babies.  I can’t imagine my life without them.  Who wouldn’t love this goofy guy right here?

When we got him, we had no intention of getting another husky.  We went to a breeder that dealt with many different types of dogs and were looking for a German Shepherd.  As we were walking up, we passed this little guy’s crate and Derek adored him.  We still looked at other puppies, but kept coming back to him.  We brought Kirra along with us to make sure she got along with whatever dog we chose.

It was a match made in heaven.  They loved eachother.  Although she is a female, and a little on the small side, she is VERY dominate and stubborn.  Keiko had no problem with that, they got along great.  He was very laid back and looked up to her.  We were convinced. 

They are still best friends.  I remember one night, Kirra spent the night at my sister-in-law’s house and Keiko was miserable.  He sat by the door the entire night.  They haven’t been apart since.  I am so thankful they get along.

Besides the fact that he; digs massive holes in the garden, gets irritated if you touch him when he doesn’t want to be touched, has a huge fear of walking on any floor that doesn’t have carpet, sheds enough hair that it needs to be swept everyday, is scared of anything that he doesn’t recognize, attacks my brother and sister-in-law’s pet duck (sorry, again), I love him.

I love the times when I am eating breakfast and he will come rest his head on my lap, or paw at me to get my attention.  The times when he will jump on the couch and cuddle in next to me.  The times during the summer we spend running and chasing eachother around, or chasing the water stream.  When we go for walks, and half way through, he will turn around and look at me to make sure he is being good, and when I assure him that he is, his ears wiggle and he jumps to give me a hug.  I love the fact that he is a male and doesn’t lift his leg to pee, because he never learned how.  I also love that I can feel safe with him, he has the power to be an excellent guard dog when he knows something is wrong. 

He’s our guy, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Happy Birthday Keiko!

One thing

This thing they call the “blogosphere” amazes me more and more each day.  I seem to have fallen into a reading, no writing mode lately.  I apologize.  As I was saying, this blogging world never fails to bring something new.

I wanted to mention this story. The follow up is here.  I’ve been reading her blog for some time now, and I think it was such a wonderful thing she did.  Not to mention about half a dozen other blogs I read, linking to her site.  Everyone that has helped out this family in need, this family they don’t even know, all out of the wonderful kindess of their hearts.  It brings tears and joy at the same time when I think of what everyone has done for this family. 

This “blogosphere” is so much more than that.  This is proof of that.

This little girl deserves to live.  She deserves a miracle. 

So, here I am, doing the little bit I can do.

Update

I got another letter yesterday, I’ve officially been moved up to the Fall 2009 Nursing class!!  Now, it’s only a year and a half to wait!