It’s 5 a.m. on Saturday morning, so I think it still counts as Friday…
Some weeks, like last week, it seems as if there are a hundred things to be grateful for. It’s hard to narrow it down to only five. Then there are weeks like the one we’re in now when I’m not sure if I can think of five at all. It’s been a rough week. To make a long story short, for the past month and a half we’ve been under the impression that we’re going to buy the condo we live in. Our landlord made us an offer we couldn’t refuse. He went to a lawyer and drew up paperwork. He talked to the head of the HOA. We made plans. We went window shopping at IKEA. All was awesomeness. Then word got out that he was selling, someone made him an offer he couldn’t refuse, and our offer was undercut. So we went in the space of about two minutes from potential homeowners to needing to find a new home. I’ve lived in this place for six years. Jason has lived here for almost ten. We were devastated.
But we immediately went into Plan Mode. And we planned. And we looked. And now we have a new place to live. In two weeks we will move out of the only home I’ve known here in Florida. It hasn’t sunk in yet.
So I retract my statement about not being grateful for things this week. There really are many things to be thankful for.
1. We found a place. A really really nice place. A place we could both envision as a nice home for us.
2. We are in a decent financial position to deal with all of this. Despite me being out of work for a few months. It could be so much worse.
3. We work together as a team. Team Awesome, that’s us. I won’t say we agree on every single thing, but when we set our minds to something, we get things done. It’s amazingly comforting to have a partner who you can lean on when things fall apart. It’s even better to know that you can pick yourselves up, dust yourselves off, and keep going. Hopefully in the right direction.
4. Old friends. I haven’t talked to my friend Brian in a couple of months. We worked together and when I left it was hard to keep in touch with people from the job. It was just too painful at the time. But despite that, when I called him yesterday in need of moving boxes STAT, he immediately said yes. And it gave me the opportunity to sling some medical supplies again, which I hate to admit, was kind of neat. Never thought I’d ever see insuffilation tubing and lithotomy packs again.
5. HGTV and the Paperclipping Roundtable. These two things have gone a long way to helping to distract us this week. They gave us something else to think of besides Big Life Altering Decisions.
Honorable mention goes to Elise Blaha Cripe’s blog, especially her DIY Decor section. I know I picked her as a High Five already, but it was for a completely different reason. This deserves a whole post in itself. Maybe in a couple of weeks, after things settle down a bit. But basically she has given me inspiration to know that it IS worth decorating and making your house into a home, even if it’s only going to be a temporary home.