Tuesday, August 5, 2014

my life getting flip-turned upside down

It started innocently enough, but doesn't most everything?

It was Sunday morning. Andrew got me out of bed with the smell of coffee and we both lounged on the couch, Outside the Lines on TV, scrolling our own respective phones.

"Oh wow," I said (stupidly), "I just read an article that homes in Houston are selling at a record pace and for lots of money." It was innocent enough; I was just sharing.

He took the laptop. I figured he was looking up Fantasy Football stats or something. A few minutes later:

"Wow, Lauren, did you know that homes in our neighborhood are going for...?"

And then I knew it wouldn't be "our neighborhood" much longer.

The song will be in your head all day. You're welcome.

He researched and I let him. Remember, we decided in the spring that our current house was just fine and we bought furniture and put holes in the wall and made it a home. I mentioned all of this. But apparently that didn't matter.

"Hey come on," he said, "Don't you want to move?"

I guess? I mean yes. I do want to move. We've been in this house eight years and I would love a little more updating, a better commute, a change of pace. Or would I? There's comfort in having a vet and a dentist and a grocery store you know inside and out. I know which Starbucks have drive-thrus and where gas is cheapest and which streets run parallel to get home in case traffic is bad. This has been my side of town since I was five. It's a stupid, cookie-cutter suburb, but it's mine, dammit.

My always researching, far more practical (and far less resistant to change) husband pointed out the positives of a new area: closer to work and the areas we like to live, trees, a life change that isn't drastic. And he's right. But I'm still clinging to my 'hood. I've told him I could win exclusive access to a castle in Rome and I would second guess if I would like it there, too. As someone who has never had to find a new post office or realize new comforts, my reaction that change is bad isn't as surprising to the casual observer as it is to me. But I'm working on it. At the end of the day, we're going to find the best house in the best neighborhood that we can afford that's available. And I might lose my comforts, but maybe, it's time.

So that's what's going on with me. My screen time has been spent looking for realtors (we found one!) and checking out real estate listings. Evenings are spent making the house just a little cleaner. There's a stager and a photographer coming today and we're hoping to list tomorrow.

Meanwhile, we're pre-approved and looking for a place. I might have even applied to be on House Hunters. Might as well go all out, right?

So here we go. A potential loss of comfort, the start of something new. Let this be a lesson to wives everywhere: think before you share just any random tidbit with your husband. It might make your Sunday a lot less lazy.

Linking up with Kathy because admitting I don't want to move across town 
feels pretty confess-y to me.

26 comments:

  1. FIRST! Lol.

    OMG how exciting/scary as shit! But you can a find new local Thai place, so thats something to look forward to.

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  2. That is really exciting and a little scary too ha ha. Good luck :D

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  3. Wow things changed so quickly! Good luck house hunting x

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  4. Awesome!! The market is nuts, we owned our home there for 18 months, sold it for $35 more than we bought it, with multiple offers the first day and all over list price! Congrats on the decision and good luck!!

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  5. I am jealous! I want to move into a new place so bad!!!! Be sure to take photos when you get your home!!

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  6. Yeah, it's crazy how little conversations can turn quickly into big conversations.

    Moving can be a scary and fun change. I hate moving though. I would recommend hiring movers, once you find a new place. ;)

    Good luck house hunting! And I totally think y'all should be on House Hunters.

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  7. This is exciting!! I know it's scary, but it'll be a great experience and like you said--getting out of your comfort zone will be good in the end! Good luck with your searching!

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  8. I felt the same way when we moved. I had lived in the same apt for five years, and loved my 'hood. But then as you know I moved...across the street! Which I swear was just luck, and not planned. And while it's taking a while, my house is starting to feel like our home, which is nice. I can't wait to see what you find!

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  9. I was reading along thinking about making a comment that I also don't like change but am so glad I moved and learned a new area blah blah blah and then I got to..."I might have even applied to be on House Hunters" and I wanted to scream and jump up and down!!

    You know I have a love/hate relationship with HGTV and I totally expect you to rip perfectly acceptable houses to shreds while you are on the show. :)

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  10. Scary and exciting at the same time. I'm a big believer in being closer to work. I hate long commutes to work, traffic is just too much.
    Good luck!!

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  11. If you go on House Hunters and mention the paint as a detriment in a house we can no longer be friends. HAHAHAHA

    So much to process, and I am one who wants to hold on to what I have with everything I have while the husband wants to move and change and all that. It's hard! I'm proud of you!

    A better commute is never a bad thing.

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  12. Sounds like it was meant to be! Have fun house hunting, I'm a bit jealous - we are waiting until Spring. :)

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  13. Yay! How exciting. We're kind of in the same position. I found a bigger home, one that will be perfect for entertaining...but the purchase will be contingent on the sale of my current home. Unfortunately, some homes in my neighborhood are going to foreclosure which drives property values down. I told Jose, if we can't at least break even, there will be no sale (no matter how much I love the new home).

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  14. How exciting!! Good luck! Can't wait to see someone I 'know' on house hunters (:

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  15. I've been super MIA lately (Sorry!!!) but I'm glad that I caught this news! I'm so very excited to watch this transition!

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  16. Wow! Good for you getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing something new! I don't handle change well at all either. I had to continually talk David out of moving to a different state. I'm excited to hear all about your house-hunting journey and of course fill us in if you are on House Hunters! :)

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  17. Oh how exciting!!!! I love looking at houses. LOVE IT! It is the reason why I entered the real estate field. Even if I spend my days looking at damn nursing homes now and do nothing with houses.

    Change can be scary, but just think of what a fun adventure it would be! And that you are probably going to be making some money on your current house to invest into your future. Oh and a new place to decorate and make feel like home! I love moving into a new space! (Even though the actual moving part sucks.)

    Cant wait to watch it all unfold for you!

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  18. Scary and exciting at the same time! I know what it is like to be attached to a neighborhood or area of town. When I bought my first house I had to leave my little comfort bubble that I had made home since I was a baby - but I will tell you this new side of town isn't bad. It's an adventure to say the very least. Good luck!

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  19. eeek ! that sounds exhausting, fun but exhausting with the emotions and the actual looking for new places. this is why i am still renting. good luck!

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  20. I know the feeling. We saw what house prices up here are going for, and MAN! But really - the buying prices are just as bad for us currently. We will stay put! I would love to take the money, run, and build my dream house out in the boonies...but no such luck. Good luck in this new adventure. It will all work out, and you will be amazed at how quickly you find your new normal. As a blog reader, I am excited for the new possible food posts! :)

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  21. Oh man, good luck with the house hunting! I bet when all is said and done, a new place will be fun to explore. But then again I kind of love moving around so I could be biased. haha

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  22. A better commute is a total win! It is hard to change but so awesome you are embracing it too, even if it is hard.

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  23. I'm with you. I don't like change!! My husband wants to move and I keep telling him it's impossible to buy a new one and sell your current home because timing. I know others have done it but I haven't the slightest idea how such a thing could work out. I hope it does go smooth and when it does it will be further proof that it can work and I'll have someone I can ask how!!

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  24. Good for you for going outside your comfort zone! It is so scary but always so worth it!

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  25. Oh wow Lauren...congrats (or condolences) :) It sounds so exciting! I wish you guys the very best of luck in finding a new place and selling the current one. Selling a house is so stressful! Of course this would be right after you get the house all decorated the way you want!

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