Saturday, July 26, 2014

In A Slump

This house selling and buying business has me in a serious slump. I'm trying to shake it but I'm just so discouraged. A house in our neighborhood went on the market a little over a week ago and is already under contract and I cannot understand it. It was priced the same as ours but was smaller. And the lot was... eh... so yeah, I don't get it.
I know people have their own personal list of deal breakers which may end up being something our house has. I know people are fickle, but it doesn't change my anxiety about selling our house.
I've come to learn that when things around me (which I cannot control) don't go well, I can't deal. I don't like uncertainty and I don't like not being in control of situations, especially ones as big as moving (jobs, dissertation, etc.). Tomorrow is the day we have to lift our contingency and a gazillion thoughts are running through my head. Mostly I am scared we won't find a buyer. Of course there are also a thousand other things I'm scared of because it's all unknown.
In the end I know this has been something we've talked about for years and I know I love the new house. I just really, really, really, really hate the process.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Night Leftovers: The Buy Our House Edition

  • No matter where I teach or what level I am teaching (public school or a university) grading is the absolute worst. I loathe grading. Loathe it. It takes every ounce of my being to get through it sometimes. The good news is that the summer semester is over though.
  • Selling a house sucks. I am so sick of living in a house as if no one lives here. Hiding laundry, dishes, constant upkeep... it's so exhausting and my anxiety is through the roof lately. I just want this process to be complete. I just want someone to buy our house. Please. So. Much. Stress.
  • I will admit that we've started slacking in the upkeep department as time has gone on though. It's just so hard to keep the house pristine when we know we have at least an hour warning before we will have a potential showing. 
  • We only have about three weeks of summer left. That is just crazy. I don't know where time has gone.
  • Blue has decided he really loves Curious George cartoons. They are awful but he is in love with the "ooohhhh ohhhhh ahhhhh ahhhh monkey"
  • Bean picked out her backpack for next year. It is hilariously called Multi-Hairball. It has cats and all sorts of randomness on it. It is all her though.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


I have had sleep issues all of my adult life. Our kids have always had some sort of issue with sleeping. Sleeping is a big topic of conversation around here.

I am a night owl. My natural body cycle would like the world to sleep from about midnight to eight or nine. My natural sleep cycle says the world shouldn't start until around ten in the morning. No matter how much I would like to go to bed earlier, doing so only results in frustration as I lie awake for hours, restlessly trying to fall asleep. I never just fall asleep somewhere (on a couch) at night but I could nap every single day of my life. Once I'm asleep, I'm out. I could sleep through a tornado and it takes me a very long time to wake up in the morning, even if I'm well rested.

Bee is a morning person. When we first met he woke up around five in the morning and would go to work. Bee hits the ground running in the morning. He has a hard time sleeping in and has been known to fall asleep on the couch (nightly). He's not much of a napper, but given the opportunity he could catnap if he wasn't well rested. Bee frequently gets up during the night and has been known to snack his way through a box of cookies.

Tot is like Bee. A morning person. More of a morning person than Bee these days. She's up, she's dressed, she's ready to conquer the world. When she's tired, she wants to sleep and she does it quickly. Like me though, once she's out, she's out and doesn't get up throughout the night.

Bean is like me. A night owl. It takes her a long time to fall asleep at night and if she happens to nap she will be up to all hours of the night. It takes Bean a long time to wake up in the morning and she struggles to get going. Like Bee, Bean frequently wakes up during the night and has a habit of roaming around the house.

Blue has been a mystery until recently. The verdict is in. We have... another night owl. The kid takes forever to fall asleep and we are starting to cut back on his naps because he just won't go to sleep. He will sleep in a bit but it takes him a while to come around after waking up. Unfortunately he also has Bee and Bean's habit of night waking and rarely sleeps all the way through the night without getting up.

The funniest part of all this sleeping business in our house is that the kids just won't let Bee sleep. I guess since they know I sleep hard and that I sleep in and that I will nap, somehow, they allow me to sleep. If Bee tries to nap... nope. They are all over him. In the morning, they always wake him up. Never me. I think they just gave up years ago and know which parent is more likely to get out of bed without grumbling. Us night owls need our morning sleep!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Naptime

Naptime. Complete with a giraffe's butt and a truck.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cheese Head

Me: "What's in your hair?"
Tot: "Oh, either some skin or some cheese."

That explains it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Definition of Epic

Remember that tease the other day about Bean and the rides at the amusement park?
And yes, she did ride it again after this first epic ride. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Meeting Time

We had Tot's IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting last week. We were very pleased with the plan. Although we needed to tweak some of her goals, she will be receiving support in the classroom for math for about an hour a day. We've started talking with Tot about this and she is excited about the idea of getting more help to support her math work. Of course we'll have to wait to see how this unfolds, but we are pleased with the plan as it stands now.