Thursday, February 9, 2012

Virginia Update

I'm having a great week!  I hope you are as well.  Rob has been home for a week now and it's been so awesome having him here.  I've been out and about most days because I don't have to worry about Tally (she's contented to sit at her Bunny's feet while he works) and I have a sense of freedom that is just irresistible.  And of course having dinner and evenings together with my husband is wonderfully wonderful.  I've been working in the kitchen and out walking in the sunshine and that makes me happy.  And when I'm happy I can deal with bad news. Which brings me to...

Rob and I sat down and crunched numbers to see what the actual cost will be to sell our house in this piss poor market.  The ugly reality of this economy has set in and with heavy hearts we've had to push back our move to Virginia.  Not only do we refuse to give Shady Dame away, we refuse to pay someone to take if off our hands (which is pretty much what is boils down to.)  Atlanta was one of the hardest hit in the real estate debacle, whoever thought foreclosures and short sales would be used as comps in pricing a home for sale? We had implemented a plan back when Rob first started his new job and now "efforts must me doubled!"  ~Finch, American Pie 2.  

Our spreadsheet has a 24 month and a 36 month plan, 36 being the absolute limit of the time we're willing to wait.  We won't live in a holding pattern, rather make the most of our time at Shady Dame while keeping our eyes on the prize.  One consolation is Rob's travel has been yielding lots of air miles which means lots more free flights to Boston in the interim.  

In other news, I've made some of the most delicious chips ever.  Out of collard greens!  I know what you're thinking and you're so off base.  I will share the recipe and raves in a forthcoming post.  Also, my gym membership is set to expire and I've got some decisions to make on that front.  When I return from Boston on Leap Day I'll get to work on what my options are.

One last thing, how about this no-winter winter?  Our daffodils sprung up in January and have been in full bloom since the beginning of February.  The trees have started to flower, too.  It's nuts but also all kinds of great.  The heating bills have been low, the sun has been shining brightly, the temps have been mild in the afternoons making for great walking weather and best of all no winter blues! 

Now I must empty the dishwasher and clean out a closet.  Just because the move is pushed back, I still want this house ready as soon as.  Have a lovely Thursday!


  1. Bummer on the move, but if it isn't an absolute necessity to do it now, best to wait.

  2. Sorry about your plans. We have a couple distressed sales on our street that will way a bit heavily on the comps...don't know what'll happen this upcoming season, but I may have to consider renting out the place at some point....gag.

  3. Please share the collard chip recipe soon - sounds intriguing. I'm always looking for new ways to get my greens in.