Sunday, September 23, 2007

Are We Done Yet?

Grayson has had enough of the craziness in this house, and has kindly packed himself.
I think that look says something like "geeze - that was easy. What's all the fuss about?"

Saturday, September 22, 2007

T-Minus 7

One week from today. That's all the time I have left.

During this last week, I need to:

finish packing
organize the boxes
see friends
contemplate what I've done
find a way to be happy and sad at the same time
find the excitement underneath the stress

This has been quite the adventure (and I'm sure it will continue to be!)

Sunday, September 16, 2007

12 Days Left

I highly recommend never, ever, EVER selling a house. The stress, work, stress, mess, and stress really take a toll. Did I mention the stress of it all?

My house has turned into a "wander through" zone - inspectors for the city, inspectors for the buyers, gas inspectors, surveyors, insurance inspectors, appraisers, the list goes on. This week I have more people coming as I install new air conditioning and have the furnace repaired. I'm also gearing up for a fight with the city about one of their inspectors' findings.

My closing has been moved up to the 28th - which should be interesting since I've said I'm not leaving the house until the 29th. Ah well - that's why I'm paying Matt. So far things have been amicable between the buyers and me, so I'm sure it will be fine.

Dan comes in the 28th around 11pm. His job will be truck packer/supervisor. I suck at packing, and as evidenced by his move, he excels at it. I hope we see a bunch of you there on the 29th - it will make things so much more enjoyable - and quicker!

Ok - back to the boxes.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Meet the Parents

Last weekend I was in Dallas to meet Dan's parents. I think it went really well. His parents are wonderfully sweet country folks - my favorite kinda people.

I flew in on Friday night and my cousin picked me up. We met up with another cousin at a local bar and had a great evening. Although I must say, it was the first time I've ever been in a bar full of drop dead GORGEOUS men, and not a one was even remotely interested in me. :)

Saturday we met Dan at the airport so I could also be on the rental car. We chatted with Randy, and went to lunch at an upscale Mexican place. Dan then took us on a flashback tour of his life - where he grew up, schools he attended, places he knew. It was wonderful to see that area of his life. (I even saw Otis' puppy hood home!)

After wasting some time in geek central (aka Fry's Electronics) we met a high school friend of Dan's for dinner. He was funny, articulate and a genuinely nice guy. I'm hoping he and his family comes to visit us at some point. By this point it was 9:30pm and we began the long drive to his parent's ranch. We arrived right around midnight, popped in to say hello then went and crashed from exhaustion.

Sunday morning we hiked up Round Mountain. Unfortunately no one has really been hiking it so the underbrush was really thick. My poor legs were shredded and chewed on something fierce. But it was fun to see, and I'm looking forward to doing it again - in jeans.

We hung out with his parents the rest of Sunday, and took them to dinner at a steakhouse Sunday night. Monday was a quick lunch with them, and we headed back to Dallas to make sure we had enough time to catch our flights home.

I spent most of my time with his mom, who was so sweet and so obviously proud of her son. I saw family photo albums and heard stories of his childhood. It was wonderful to know Dan better, and to feel so welcomed and included in his family.

Friday, September 7, 2007

The Shift

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It's an amazing idea. Each individual voice is important to the collective.