on the horizon
Just a quick note here to let you know that, thanks to “unpredictably good weather,” we are being asked to close on the house we’ve been building two and a half months prior to the date we thought we’d be closing. And because the builder contract contains language that requires us to close upon completion, regardless of what dates we were quoted and had negotiated up front (and even had added to the language of the contract with our realtor present), several things are going to have to happen to allow us to be ready by closing day, set for the end of August: we have to get our current house ready to show as a rental, and we have to make sure we have not only the cost at closing in hand (we do), but also an additional not-insignificant chunk of change for requirements to make the new house functional as a living space (window treatments, eg.).
As a result, we face several challenges. First, as some of you know, my wife broke her wrist about a month back and is still in a cast. Second, schools these days, at least here in CO, begin in early-to-mid August, meaning that Satchel will need to be transported daily to and from school and won’t be able to help watch his younger brother after the 12th of next month during the daytime hours.
Because my wife works from home when she isn’t traveling (and she has several trips planned between now and our closing date), I’m going to have to balance watching Tanner, getting things packed up and out of our current space 2.5 months in advance of our prior schedule, securing the contractor work for the new house once we close, and completing cosmetic fixes to our current house — along with its staging — so that we can get the place ready to show as a rental. This involves putting in new carpeting and having the banisters sanded and re-stained, as well as small touch-up paint jobs and a few little dry wall fixes. And all that involves getting everything out of the house before we can move into the new house.
So needless to say, I’m going to be insanely busy, and if I manage to make it through these next 5+ weeks without suffering a coronary and/or a nervous breakdown, I’ll be genuinely surprised.
I’ll continue posting here as time allows, of course. But if I disappear for days at a time, chances are it’s because I’m unable even to make it to the computer, much less put down anything of interest on the site. I don’t anticipate this to become as noticeable to the remaining readers here until sometime during the middle of August. But it turns out that we have a lot of shit to move, and essentially one person, for the time being, to get it packed and moved.
Say your prayers for us.
If, however, we are able to pull this off, I’ll have my own office (my wife and I currently share one; the new house has one for each of us), we’ll have an in-law suite where my wife’s Mom can stay (so she can help watch Tanner), and we’ll have a lot more space to get projects done — and to escape, from time to time, the very open concept we have now, which when you have two children means a single large playroom that stretches from the stove-top to the far wall of the family room, veering off down the hall to the front door and taking an abrupt left just before getting there to spill into the office.
The days of stepping on Lego pieces may soon over. If I can make it through the next two months. A big if, sure. But I’ve become desperate.