I haven’t written a lot lately because on top of studying, working and being almost constantly ill this past couple of months I have been keeping a secret as well. Anyone who writes will tell you that trying not to write about a subject that looms large in your life makes waxing lyrical about other things even more difficult, or maybe that’s just me.
The secret, while not of any earth shattering importance to anyone else has been a big financial decision for my husband and I, and we didn’t want to let the cat out of the bag until everything was settled. We have decided to purchase a house.
It is a nice house, in a nice neighbourhood, not far from where we currently live. You can imagine though, with 4 kids between us, it has been a real struggle to keep it all a secret. There is still a month before we can move in but as the house is slowly becoming a barren wasteland of empty cupboards and the spare room is filling up with packed boxes, the secret is about to come out.
I am sure the kids will be disappointed to leave our comfortable rental with the perks of its own swimming pool but the time has come to step into a more stable financial future (without a pool) for all of us.
Some things I have noticed thus far on our journey to become home owners once again:
- Banks are much more motivated to suck up to potential new customers than they are to work to retain your business.
- Cats love boxes, rooms full of boxes are even better.
- Children have no decorum and taking them house hunting is like taking a bunch of loud and self-impressed critics to your gynaecological appointment. Highly embarrassing and to be avoided at all costs.
- You suddenly realise that being a hermit has some real disadvantages, like having no one to ask for help on moving day.
- You realise that 9 out of 10 of your possessions can be packed in a box for over a month and you won’t miss them, after giving it serious thought you also realise that you cannot possibly part with said items, just because…
- Books are heavier than lead blocks. Boxes of books are heavier than compact cars.
- It doesn’t matter what you plan for or what steps you take to get ready, all the work has to be done in 2 days (not before and not after) and that will probably kill you.
- Rental agents are the spawn of Satan. This employment sector is exclusively for sadists with a superiority complex.
- Real estate agents were mosquitos in a former life. They are more persistent and live off of your life blood.
- If you moved every 12 months and just threw out whatever boxes were not unpacked from last year’s move, you’d have half as much stuff to move this time…and back to point 5…
I am sure more stuff will come up as our moving date gets closer and I sincerely doubt I will write any of it down… I still have to work and study and somehow avoid coughing up a lung in the meantime (btw, stress really can affect your health!) while I pack and make inane and pointless plans on how moving day will be structured.
Wish me luck!