Sunday, November 15, 2009

Oh, I don't know

This house thing? Oh, I don't know. Most of the time I am apathetic about it. If it goes through, it goes through. If it doesn't, it doesn't. Talk about passionless. We hate committing so much money each month til our house sells. We think it's much more house than we need. We like our current house enough just fine to get us through the next couple of years. Moving is stressful; we don't like stress. There's already enough stress around the holidays. We don't want any more.

So we still don't know. Our real estate agent hates us. Buying a house is typically on emotion, and she does not understand our almost complete lack of emotion. "It's a steal!?!" Real estate agent yells excitedly. We look at each other and shrug, "Yeah, we know." Then we look at the clock and yawn.

It's that time of year to do the Thankful List. Let's see how far I can get before sleep takes over:

1. I'm thankful for a wonderful husband who is rational, smart, funny, and a great daddy.

2. I'm thankful for a feisty Miss J who has an opinion on everything.

3. I'm thankful for our health.

4. I'm thankful that we're employed.

5. I'm thankful for a roof over our heads (or maybe two).

6. I'm thankful for our smart friends who are a constant source of knowledge and challenge.

7. I'm thankful that our parents are in reasonably good health.

8. I'm thankful that we live where we want to live (i.e., Seattle area).

9. I'm thankful for libraries and public information.

10. I'm thankful for all educators.

And after writing those 10 things, I feel like buying this house will go against the main thing I stand for, which is living simply. Life's greatest gifts are those that don't cost money or cost very little money. Why live in a constant state of stress (over money) during Julia's formative years? This is the time to enjoy walking through the fall leaves and watch her amazement, and I worry we won't be able to do that if we take on this house. It's not a huge worry, but I think it's a valid worry.


Wendy said...

You know, the more you try to rationalize it, the more the balance tips to just staying put.

It's a nice house and all, but is it "you"? When I first walked into our Denver house, I knew that it was our home. Yes, it needed work, but it "felt" right.

Melissa said...

Go with your gut.

motherofpearl said...

Your blog keeps coming up on my Google alerts for reasons which will become obvious when I tell you that I've just released an album called 'It's the quiet ones you have to watch'.

I just wanted to wish you all the best with the whole house thing. I moved eight years ago, and the vow never to do it again still holds true!

Nicky Johns
known in blogland as motherofpearl

Karin said...

the views were what drew you in initially right? maybe this is your chance for that.