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Hey there, stranger!

It has been far too long since I've sat down and blogged, much less typed up something worthy of hitting 'post' for you all to see. My mind has been elsewhere lately. I've hardly slept and my thoughts keep returning to the same things.

What on Earth could possibly be occupying my mind so frequently? Creeping in between every other thought that passes between my ears.

And it's time to come clean with you!

Trevor and I have been working on buying a house: applying for loans, crunching numbers, looking at listings, going to open houses, crunching numbers, meeting with our Realtor, spending countless hours looking at house after house, and crunching numbers. Oh, wait, did I mention we've been busy crunching numbers?!

We came thisclose to putting an offer on a perfect two story colonial home this past week. Everything was going along swimmingly until we invited our parents to see it and they noticed evidence of a wet basement. And some structural "enhancements" - if you could even call them that. Bottom line: we're still trying to get to the bottom of what's happening in that basement, but odds are that we're letting that house go. It's just not worth spending $20k to redo an entire basement!

And now I find myself dreaming of that home - the main floor and the upstairs moved somewhere else on a solid foundation, of course - and thinking of how I would paint, decorate, and arrange things. I am constantly dreaming of us owning our own home, making minor improvements, making the space our own. My heart is heavy.

Clearly, we are sick of renting. We hate that we are spending thousands of dollars on rent every year - and our landlord only comes around once a year if he's in the neighborhood. He doesn't care to take care of our needs but he makes sure to raise heck if he's looking for money, that's for sure! For the amount of money we are spending, we could be paying a mortgage and stashing away some pennies for home improvements. We're ready to move on to bigger and better things, that's for sure.

So where does this leave us? Still looking for a home to call our own, spending Sunday afternoons looking at open houses, and dreaming of the future. And still in our rental. Ugh.

I apologize for the lack of posts and for today's somber attitude. Honestly, there hasn't been much going on in our lives except spending the day working and the evenings looking at homes and gathering paperwork for our mortgage lender... and nobody wants to hear about that.

Don't worry - I won't leave you high and dry! Here's what's coming down the pipeline: a DIY furniture tutorial coming soon, the perfect summer scrub "recipe" to keep you legs silky smooth, a new blog design (!), and plenty of life updates. In the next month, I'll be running The Color Run, preparing for nursing school, and heading to Chicago with Whit.

Stay tuned!

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  1. Chelsea Manzullo MelroseJuly 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    House hunting is so exciting, yet so frustrating. Every time I thought I found the perfect house, something would throw a monkey wrench in. It's so worth it though when you find the one that works!! :) Good luck!!

  2. That is so exciting!!! Buying a home is scary but also very rewarding. :)

  3. I was just sitting down to write a blog about house shopping!
    I wish you & Trevor luck with the house hunting! I know how ridiculously stressful that process is...

  4. Thanks Rene! Are you house hunting, too? How's it going for you guys?

  5. I'm ready to be in a home and getting settled in - instead of continuing the hunt! It's harder now that we've found the perfect house with a leaky basement because we're comparing everything else to the other.

  6. Thank you, Chelsea! I'm trying to slow down and enjoy the process but after the first couple of weeks the novelty wore off and I'm pretty sick of walking through homes that aren't what we're looking for. It's disappointing and exhausting all in one! I can't wait until we find 'the one'!


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