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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Contrary to what it may seem, I am still around... but I have not had a lot of time to be on line (and sometimes did not have an internet connection even if I had the time) so I have not had a chance to respond to all the wonderful comments I got on my earlier posts. I did however read them all--and the comments on my spark page!--and appreciate all the wonderful support.

It's been a crazy month. Those of you who have bought houses probably aren't surprised, but nothing seems to be going smoothly. Oh, nothing major, just little set backs like not being able to get the movers on the day we wanted, problems with getting the basement refinished (the contractor we had hoped to use estimated twice our budget--and our budget was a pretty reasonable/realistic one, grrr), we decided to go ahead and refinish the dining room floor as hard wood to match the other hard wood on the first floor (which will be beautiful but really complicated matters), painting was more complicated than expected, the paint that was left behind for touch ups is either dead or the color we need is missing, etc.

We've also been seriously crazy busy. We packed like fiends, have moved a ton of stuff, and yet still have so much left to move!!! My dad has taken to calling our apartment a tardis or bag of holding, since every time I think I've finished packing or moving all of X we find more of it... We ended up painting all 4 bedrooms instead of the 3 we intended to paint, plus the dining room (the living room will get repainted after we refinish the basement, as most of the furniture that's in there now is moving to the basement and we're getting a new couch and chair for the living room, and I figure we'll pick our paint colors based on what couch etc. we buy. We'll also probably refinish the floor in there with hardwood at the same time, so the whole downstairs will have wood floors Pity we weren't able to do it all at once, but that just wasn't an option). The hot tub is up and running (and awesome to have after a long day spent painting!) This weekend we are moving the bulk of our stuff, and then I'm painting the Ypsi apartment white, cleaning it, and turning in the keys at the end of the month. (We don't have to repaint the Lansing apartment, thankfully, and we have until the beginning of January to get it scrubbed and the keys turned in.)

So anyway, very busy, exciting, but stressful times.

So we have a special challenge on the Hogwarts Team where we pick a mantra that motivates /inspires us and the one I chose is one I borrowed from Kal--Breathe In, Breathe Out, BIBO BIBO. This mantra has been very useful this week as it's a reminder to stop, breathe, and let go of the stress. To let it go rather than ramping it up. To relax. I've needed that a lot, especially the last 3 weeks since we got the keys.
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    Are you in and out of the apartments finally? Life HAS been certifiably BIBO crazy! emoticon emoticon
    2045 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will finally get there! When it's all done you'll be so appreciative of all that you have and went through to get it. Your own home is so worth it. Thank God for hot tubs too! emoticon emoticon
    2088 days ago
    take a breath and be happy things are coming together!
    2093 days ago
    Well, I just left a comment on your page, and I should have read here first. I'm glad to hear that you've now moved, and things are really looking up! You and Kal are right, sometimes all you can do is just keep breathing and moving forward. I am so happy for you and your husband, both of you have worked so hard to get to where you are now. I wish you all the happiness you can handle, and the ability to handle even more!
    2099 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    You surely do have a lot going on and BIBO! is a great reminder that breathing helps. Hope you get some down time soon. Enjoy your new home!
    2102 days ago
    Ypsi ... interesting how that founding city got it's name. ugh, were you bouncing from state to state or are both places in the same? Regardless, there's no peace when life is sooo scattered!! I have one place + a large storage and after refinishing the 'bonus' room master guest/sitting/en suite above the double garage, then painting the (vaulted ceiling included) living room, tiling the backsplash (chevron pattern inserted within the basic diamond - may have to upload pics) with the completion of the back patio (chess pattern with border for oversized chess pieces) there's still much to 'do' and that includes sifting through all the boxes to de-clutter. What I'm sayin' is . . . I FEEL YOU.
    " Oh, hold me close as I
    Breathe in, breathe out
    Breathe in, breathe out
    I'm on the edge
    Just take me now
    And if you're gonna push me
    Then promise you'll break my fall"
    It's a love song, but still reminds me, when things in life push us to the brink, there's always promises (gems of relief, i.e. songs, quotes, visuals, friends) to break our fall.

    2102 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/6/2014 11:53:30 AM
  • MJK0430
    Shoot! I had to BIBO just reading about your move. :) Honestly, you really seem to have it all under control so enjoy that new gorgeous house of yours!
    2103 days ago
    Good to see you as you come up for air! Praying for you as the transition moves forward. I think moves are always more expensive than we expect. You'll have a lovely new home to enjoy in a matter of months, though!

    (Even without the mantra, I've had to remind myself to breathe a lot lately, too!)
    2103 days ago
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