Oct 24 2013

we were talking about shingles

josephine: are you guys having a conversation that’s boring for kids?

me: probably.

josephine: let me talk with you a bit and i’ll find out.

Oct 22 2013

oh. hi. we’re still here.

wow. it’s been a LONG time since i last posted. i knew it had been a while, but i didn’t think it had been almost four weeks. i’m sure you’ve been stopping by regularly and wondering what on earth we’ve been doing with our time.  well, friends, we’ve been attempting to buy a house. that’s what we’ve been doing. it’s been a whirlwind, to say the least. i’m comforted greatly by the fact that everyone i know who owns a home says, “oh! buying a house is a terrible, stressful process!” or something to that effect. misery loves company. it’s not all misery, though. but a bit. and some stress. and second-guessing. and nerves! i just couldn’t sustain the level of nervous energy i had in the early days of the home-buying process. for the sole purpose of self preservation, i’ve become much more of a cool cucumber about it all. (i had some very tear-filled days a few weeks back. like, post-partum teary. glad that’s done.)

we’ve been living in our building for ten years. TEN. that’s nearly a third of our lives. it boggles the mind. there are things we love about this place and things we don’t love. but we’ve put up with it all because we’ve been managing the building and paying some extremely minimal rent. well, the gig is up. four weeks ago, our landlord let us know that she’s not going to have resident managers in her buildings anymore. we were going to have to pay full rent like normal people. that weekend, i saw a listing for a house and the pictures made my heart flutter a bit. the open house was the next day. i was about to go by myself, but at the last minute asked ned if he wanted to go, too. so we all went. it was the first and only house we looked at. a week and a half later, we were writing up an offer letter with our new real estate agent. and now we’re finalizing negotiations after the inspection, getting ready to watch a new roof get put on the house. the house that’s almost ours. please cross your fingers for us. it’s such a good, sweet home.

josephine is excited to move. she told us today that she’s so tired with what she sees around here.

it’s funny. the whole process hasn’t actually required that many hours of our lives, but i’m finding it to be so all-consuming. it’s on my mind all the time and it’s our main topic of conversation. and it’s the reason i’m so behind in blogging. to hold myself accountable, i will report on the following topics in the next few weeks:

:: ned’s parents’ visit

:: the pumpkin patch

:: a summer flashback

:: my weekend in the desert

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hey! look! it’s the almost-ours fireplace!


Oct 4 2013

a post without josephine

my mom’s gift to ned and i for our birthdays and our anniversary was a day and night away. it was, in short, amazing. ned indulged my bringing the camera along and i took pictures all day and not one of them was of a short, blonde-haired preschooler. we started the day with a hike to lake twentytwo. it was drizzling and foggy at the trailhead; miraculous sunbeams-through-fog half-way up; and bright, warm sun at the lake. it will never cease to amaze this minnesota girl that you can walk several miles up hill and arrive at a lake.

after the hike, we headed downtown to check in to our hotel. a friend of a friend got us a screamin’ deal and, when we arrived, we found we not only had a very good deal, we also had a suite. we’re more yurt and tent people than suite people, but we managed to appreciate our surroundings. we cleaned up and went out to a movie. (two thumbs up from both of us.) going to a movie sounds pedestrian, but it was noteworthy for us.

we had reservations at a very nice restaurant for an hour after the movie ended but we stopped in early and they had a table for two just sitting there, seemingly waiting for us. the food was amazing and we so enjoyed just sitting and eating and talking for two hours. after dinner, we strolled down the street and bought a lottery ticket — something we never do — and played the numbers of the years we were celebrating that night: 12 years together, 10 years in seattle, 7 years married, 36 years of life, and 4 years of josephine.*

the whole day, everything kept working out for us. we finished the hike when we had wanted to, found parking spots right in front of the places we were going, our suite had a map on the ceiling, the table was ready for us when we wanted it…  i kept waiting for something bad to happen, for our car to be broken into or my mom to call with some emergency at home. but it didn’t. and finally i realized: maybe we’ve done our time. maybe this was our reward.

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*we won $10!