what’s the haps

1. Maggie did in fact have Fifth Disease, according to the doctor on Monday morning. Thankfully, her rash is nearly gone now and she’s been happy as a clam since Saturday (are clams really that happy? anyway…) I’m a bit scared of April now though. Last year she got hand-foot-mouth, this year it was Fifths. Let’s just have a nice, quiet April next year, shall we?

2. So, um… we’ve kind of been house hunting. I kept meaning to write an official post about this but between work and my rashy kid and well, actually LOOKING at all the houses, I just haven’t had the energy. And to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to write. It’s been over a month and we’ve seen A BUNCH of houses (20? more? I’ve lost count.) Our agent is Fabulous And Wonderful (same one we bought our first house with 5 years ago) and she’s patient and lets us act like idiots dancing around the master bedrooms and makes fun of the ugly wallpaper with us and it’s actually been a lot of fun. But exhausting. But productive! Last night we saw one finally (FINALLY!) that didn’t make us want to run screaming from the price or shrink into a ball in the corner at the thought of All The Work that needed to be done to get make it nice. (SERIOUSLY? I’m spending over a THIRD of a million dollars on a house and you have STAINED, NASTY VINYL IN THE KITCHEN? At least cover the stain with a strategically-placed plant or chair or something, people.)

We still have a few steps to go through before seriously considering making an offer on the one we found, but it’s definitely a strong contender. Nice yard, great floor plan, fantastic neighborhood and school district (Alma Mater, FTW!), plus it has the most adorable little office area at the front of the house that would make a great headquarters for my business. And the inside doesn’t make us want to barf. So all good things! I will surely keep you all posted on the developments. There is still the whole issue of putting our house on the market, and I’m sure I’ll become one big Ball of Stress once that happens. I’ve been assured that selling will not be a problem (we’ve actually had some calls already from random agents, trying to put feelers out for possible houses in our current area that may be on the market soon, pick-ins are slim, apparently.) But still. I worry and stress because… what, kids? I’M A PLANNER. FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN AND STUFF.

3. CAN YOU SAY ROAD TRIP??!? I’ll be heading out Friday morning with Melissa and we’ll be driving 5 hours to visit (and meet!) our bloggie friend Janet. I am so freaking excited about it, I’ve actually been forcing myself NOT to think about it. I have a bajillion things going on this week that need my focus, and I know if I let myself start daydreaming too much about a Girls Weekend Without A Kid In Tow, I might just explode all over the damn place. I have to publicly thank The Husband for letting me leave him alone with Maggie for 3 days. You rock, baby. (Even if you do cash in some Grandparent Points this weekend.) (CHEATER!) Stay tuned on Twitter, there are bound to be some updates there with multiple exclamation points and lots of SQUEEEEE-ING. And maybe some pictures.

4. Four and a half weeks till the beach. (INSERT MORE SQUEEE-ING HERE.)

5. I need my haircut really badly.

That is all. Move along.


  1. Steph

    April 29, 2009 5:16 pm

    Dan and I have been considering entering the Buy/Sell market too. Not fun. I’m Stressed. Sad. Scared. I guess I’m SSS.

    Good luck with everything. Glad Maggie is happy :)

  2. ambitions mrs

    April 29, 2009 6:18 pm

    So jealous that you’re going to hang out with my real life BFF Janet this weekend!

    We are in the same boat on the real estate except that we already have our house on the market. I’m sorry to tell you that evacuating for showings with a toddler is no fun. I actually think you did it the right way, because after going out looking at houses we started thinking maybe we didn’t want to sell after all!

  3. Keely

    April 29, 2009 6:19 pm

    We’ve yet to buy, but after almost 4yrs married, 2 dogs and 2 kids – I’m soooooo ready to get a place and truly make it ours. In the meantime, I’ll just live vicariously thru you! Post pics on flickr so we can ALL make fun of the wallpaper! Fun! :)

  4. kyleen

    April 29, 2009 6:47 pm

    Remember when going to the OBX take Inst. 95 south to 65 E. This will put you going in another way (down at the other end by Manteo/Roanoke Island -which has a great aquarium and cool museum about the settlers -but it will be 70 and four lanes most all the way there.

  5. Kelly

    April 29, 2009 7:30 pm

    new house!
    and squeeee :)!!

  6. Melissa

    April 29, 2009 8:13 pm

    Glad Maggie’s feeling ok! At least she got it out of the way in plenty of time before your vacation!

    The potential new house sounds awesome. And you guys have fixed up your current house so nicely, that I’m sure it will be easy to sell. Fingers crossed that all goes well!

    I can’t believe the three of us are going to hang out, I’m so excited! I would add lots more exclamation points, but it’s been a loooong day of Up Early followed by Short Nap and Much Crankiness, and I’m pooped. But don’t worry, I’ll rest up for the weekend! YAY!

  7. Gina

    April 29, 2009 10:19 pm

    I just checked out the beach house site and it cracks me up that they have dog breed discrimination. Too funny.

  8. Jen

    April 29, 2009 10:29 pm

    @Gina: haha I know- they must have had an ‘incident’ with certain breeds or something, I thought that was funny too.

  9. Susan Helene Gottfried

    April 29, 2009 10:35 pm

    Sounds like you’re using my realtor.

    Btw, there’s a great house for sale on my street…

  10. Caity

    April 30, 2009 4:45 pm

    Aww I hope Maggie feels better. And good luck with the house hunting! That is so exciting!

  11. sparkyd

    May 3, 2009 9:28 pm

    Twenty houses in a month? Bah. Try closer to 30 in a week. We sold our house before we started looking (other than online, of course) since we live in the country and time to sell is a big question mark – then we had to move like lightning because our buyers wanted a quick closing. Fortunately we found a great place in the neighborhood we wanted. BIG relief.

    Looking can definitely be painful. I was actually second guessing our decision to move after our first day and around eight houses. We ended up spending a little more than we really wanted to avoid me getting depressed every time I come home… It all worked out in the end, as these things tend to do!

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