Was it murder--or something serious?
Philip Marlow in Murder, My Sweet

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Body in Motion

Mr. Thrilling and I are house hunting.

Except we're not. We actually have an offer in on a house. But it's a short sale. So it's sort of like being stuck in limbo. We're house hunting but since we have an offer in, we're really just window shopping at the moment.

Actually, it's hard NOT to window shop. And door shop. And flooring shop and lighting fixtures and banisters and rose bushes shop...

We compromise by watching a lot of HGTV. Yes, even Mr. Thrilling has been sitting next to me on the sofa, munching popcorn and saying things like "I prefer a more open concept living room."

With a straight face.

It is so difficult to be patient because there's just no guarantee how this will all turn out. I don't even want to post a picture because it kind of seems like tempting fate. But for what it's worth, this is what we're looking at.

It's a perfectly ordinary, very common floor plan. The property needs a fair bit of work, and more work as each week passes and the garden continues to die and the pool grows more swamplike. I honestly don't even know why I like it so much. But I do.

Though we have seen many nice and more easily acquired houses, this one somehow clicks all the right buttons for us. It's very much a blank slate. No cheesy renovations with those same laminate floors and granite counter tops everyone does now. The alterations that were done are unique and interesting enough that we wouldn't want to change them. And location is a huge part of it. It's still very close to my family and where I like to shop and eat and walk and so forth.

Anyway, it's unexpectedly distracting. Because if by some chance it does finally, eventually happen, it's liable to happen quickly and so we need to be ready. And that's actually making it hard to write just now. There's a lot of gathering financial paperwork in preparation (this is where being self-employed is a nightmare), and a lot of sorting and discarding going on. MY GOSH WE HAVE A LOT OF STUFF.

And that's not even including books. I think we could start our own used bookstore at this point.

Anyway, that's what's happening right now. We are stuck in a holding pattern.

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