Utterly Exhausted

In the last two weeks, it seems that my entire world has been turned completely upside down and it is entirely my fault!  

I always do this.  We get comfortable, things are going really well.  Life is good, great even.  Then I get some crazy idea and it totally throws us for a loop.  It’s what I do, I guess I should just own it.

A few weeks ago, I pointed out that there is a new subdivision under development in our neighborhood.  It’s the first time in a few years that we’ve had new construction in our immediate area, so it was fun to see.  Then I noticed on the sign that the builder was the same builder developing a community not too far from our house.  I told Adam we should go look at the model because I’d never heard of the builder and I was curious.  Totally innocent, promise.  We all like looking at model homes, right?  Right.

We both loved the model and walked out with a packet of information on the new community.  We were surprised that the houses weren’t crazy expensive, we could even afford them - crazy!  I left the packet on the counter and didn’t think much about it until some friends came over for dinner.  They noticed it and all kind of laughed at us.  One told Adam “You know you’re selling your house and buying a new one, right?  You pretty much always give Kristin what she wants.”  I assured them that wasn’t happening, we love our house, it’s our forever home.  We are staying put.

Fast forward two weeks and here’s the house that we love so much:

How did this happen?!  I swear, I just wanted to look at a pretty model and maybe get some decorating ideas!

Here’s the thing though.  While we do love our house and planned to stay here forever, there are some things in it that just don’t work well for us anymore.  We want to put in a pool and there isn’t a bathroom on the back of the house, so we’d have to traipse all over the hardwood floors to get to the bathroom.  Not a deal breaker, but not ideal.  We’re also at the very front of our neighborhood on a corner lot.  We loved it when we bought the house, it means we have a big yard.  The drawback?  Nowhere for the kids to ride their bikes and play out front.  We play in the backyard or have to go out to the main road and sidewalks for bike rides.  It would be really nice to be on a not-so-busy street, maybe in a cul-de-sac, so that the kids could play out front.  We also really want to upgrade our kitchen, but if we do it in this neighborhood, we’d price ourselves out of it.  Our house already has a lot of upgrades that others in our neighborhood don’t so we’re having a really hard time justifying the expense.  We also hate having a two-story house.  I love having the bedrooms/private areas upstairs, but hauling laundry baskets up and down the stairs is a pain.  Gating the stairs off is a pain.  Worrying that we forgot the gate and the kids will get hurt is scary.  And you don’t want to know how many times I’ve fallen down those stairs.  Graceful, I am not.

So we contacted the realtor that we bought our house from eight years ago and started talking to the sales rep in the new community and a mortgage broker.  It took some convincing, but we finally decided that we could make this work and we’d be able to buy the house of our dreams on a fabulous lot with a lot of really great upgrades.  We spent a week getting a few minor things fixed around the house, repainting the trim on the outside, touching up paint inside, decluttering, repainting baseboards.. a lot of little things that took a long time but had a really big impact.  It was a long week with a LOT of trips to Home Depot.  I’d mark one thing off of the list, then think of two or three more to add.  We were up until after midnight and worked through an entire weekend (thanks for the help dad & mom!) but we finally got it ready!  

The house is officially on the market as of yesterday and we have our fingers crossed that the process is relatively quick and easy.  We know the market isn’t great right now, but it seems to be turning around a bit in our area.  The realtor said that homes priced under $300k are selling quickly, while those over the $300k mark are staying on the market a bit longer.  She’s pretty confident that we should have a contract within three or four months.  The realtor hired a really fabulous guy to come out and shoot a virtual tour and pictures of the house.  I’m trying to figure out how to embed it in a post without my address showing, hopefully I’ll be back with a house tour post soon!

For now, I’m trying to stay calm and relaxed about the whole thing, but I am freaking out just a bit.  We were pre-approved to buy the new home while carrying the mortgage on this one, so if we had to we could rent this one out when the new one is built.  That’s not really ideal though and we’d really prefer not to carry two mortgages if at all possible.  Lots of wishful thinking and crossed fingers around here!  If you don’t mind, send some house selling vibes our way!  It’s no fun sitting here staring at my cell phone waiting for the realtors office to call to schedule a showing!

April Phone Dump!

Run for Boston

I haven’t posted much lately.. maybe you’ve noticed, maybe you haven’t.  When the bombings at the Boston Marathon happened, I kind of pulled back from social media and unplugged a bit.  I felt like I was attacked in a community where I’ve always felt safe and welcome.  I was having a really hard time processing my feelings and figuring out how I felt.  I spent a lot of time watching the news, glued to the television for some reason why this happened.  I have a hard time with not understanding why.

When our local running store sent out an email saying they were joining the running community in a Run for Boston on the Monday following the bombing, I immediately went to sign up.  Then I realized that it fell on my 7-year wedding anniversary and hesitated.  Thankfully I have a wonderfully understanding husband, so we took the day off of work to spend together and after dinner I headed over to the town center for the run.  The organizers originally planned for about 200 runners and to raise around $3,000 for One Fund Boston.  Imagine their shock when over 2,500 people signed up either to run or to buy one of the fundraiser shirts!  At the end of the day, the Jacksonville running community raised over $40,000 for the victims of the Boston bombings.  Over a week later and I still get goosebumps just thinking about it.

It amazes me how the running community pulled together to support the victims.  I am so incredibly proud to be a part of it.  There was an energy in the air that night, I can’t describe it.  We were all there, doing what we could to show everyone that we would not take this sitting down, we would not be defeated.  You may slow us down, but you will never stop us from running.

 I’m not going to share split times, because this wasn’t a race.  It wasn’t about winning or PRing.  I ran faster than I ever have before, and I owe it to Boston.  Every time I thought about slowing down or giving in, I thought about the victims who may never be able to run again.  I dug deeper and pushed harder and finished strong, for Boston.

My brother is a new runner and so is my good friend Jenn (Runs With Pugs) and this was their first organized run.  I’m thrilled for them to join me on this adventure and that their first group run experience was such a positive one.  I hope we’ll be out there running many more races together soon.

 ”If you are trying to defeat the human spirit, marathoners are the wrong group to target.”

Weekly Workout Recap: April 14th – April 27th

This should really be titled the Bi-Weekly “I didn’t workout” Recap.

That’s not entirely true, I did the Run for Boston last Monday (April 22nd) and the LoziLu Women’s Mud Run on Saturday (April 27th) but outside of that I haven’t run in nearly two weeks.  I’ve done a bit of cross training, including one particularly fun game of soccer against my sons team of 4 to 6-year-old kids.  Mostly though, I’ve been taking it easy with running and trying to give my foot time to heal.  I have achilles tendonitis in my left heel and it got to the point where it hurt to walk on it.  I’d get out of bed in the morning and as soon as my feet hit the floor, I was in pain.  Since I have marathon training starting in the not-too-distant future, I decided I’d rather take a break now and allow it to heal, rather than risk really hurting myself when I start increasing my mileage.

On top of the pain, things have been crazy around here lately.  Absolutely insane, actually.  We’ve had a lot going on (details soon!!) and I’ve barely had time to breathe.  Last night should be the end of the serious craziness, so hopefully things can get back to normal and I can get back to running.  After a two-week break, my ankle is feeling a lot better and I can’t wait to get back to training for the Memorial Day 5k!

In all the time I’ve had off, I’ve been thinking that I really want to get a heart rate monitor to wear for cross training – I love seeing how many calories I burn during my runs, it would be great to get the same feedback from my other workouts too. If you cross train with one, what kind do you have?  Do you like it?

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