||[Dec. 31st, 2012|11:00 am]
This year saw huge changes for me career-wise and a transplanting for our family.
In January, I gave my notice at a job that was making me miserable in exchange for a sweet gig that's been both great for me and where I've been very appreciated. Alas, I've had to move out of my home of 20 years, out of state and to a new location.
2012's winter was spent house hunting. Lots and lots of houses that were not right for one reason or another: we discovered that I'm the picky one when it comes to what will make a house. We put in one offer for a real nice place but the seller wasn't ready to negotiate on price. We finally picked out an eagle's nest of a home but it had gone into foreclosure while we were waiting on the bid of the first to be refused. While we waited for that house to come back onto the market, the pretty much perfect house came on the market and we pounced on it.
Spring was a whirlwind of dealing with purchasing the new house while coping with the passing of onecrazymother's father.
Summer found us with two mortgages and needing to move: Twenty years of stuff doesn't move very easily. Still, we've been settling down in the rookery (our WV home has been named) ever since. Part of the move was prepping the NJ house for putting it on the market.
This fall found me able to finally get a bit of a breath. Trips to NJ were becoming harsh for the family: we thought we'd camp in the NJ house as we worked on it, but an old home with none of your stuff in it was proving too melancholy. OCM had some realtors she had really clicked with and wanted me to interview them and, in the same spirit we had with the house hunt and feeling very tired of step four of the process (find a home, buy a home, move into a home then sell the old home), I surprised OCM by putting the house on the market in early October.
When Hurricane Sandy hit, the NJ house came through like a champ, because it is a remarkable sturdy little place, alas my BIL's house at the shore was hammered as was all of his wife's families places. So the NJ house became a shelter for several and re-dubbed "Adventure House" for the benefit of the little ones there and the sanity of my BIL and his amazing wife. We're now renting to them (courtesy of their flood insurance) and we've dropped the house off the market until we have some firmer idea of when my BIL will have another home to go to.
The whole shake-up has been tough on the family: they were not in a miserable position, things were just fine for them, and I've gone and uprooted them. I'm doing what I can to help, but it was OCM who was great at making connections with people. We've been working skype to stay in touch with some folks back in our NJ homeschooling community; I need to get talking with fings to see about possibly doing something similar for our Thursday night gaming.