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April 01, 2010

Staying in CA

I know, it's crazy.  Four of us will stay behind while the fifth departs on a jet plane for an exotic destination.  The four will get up and go about life as usual, while the other one explores and tries desperately to maintain sanity while trying to make difficult decisions.  The four will try to pretend that no one is missing, and the fifth will feel like everything is missing.  The fifth will feel terribly guilty for the time alone, and leaving the loved ones behind while balancing it with the excitement at the glimpse of the year to come and reconnecting with those not seen in quite some time.  She will miss her girls, the Little Guy and Pete...

She?

HA! Gotcha.  I know, I know, but lest joking that I am pregnant gives Peter heart palpitations or...well, can't joke about him going to places far away for a year..so, what was that all about? My attempt at a humorous way of saying that I am taking a break...of sorts.

I am now considered to be too indecisive for words.  Despite the fact that it really means that I want what is best for all involved, I am still driving people (read: my immediate family, most especially, dear, sweet Peter) absolutely nuts with my lack of ability to say anything but "maybe" about the upcoming move.  Yes, we know we are going back to the metro DC area (well, pretty sure....see, there I go again!), but I am having a terrible time deciding where in the area to live.  Given that I can only put a portion of the blame on people who refuse to post decent interior photos of their homes for sale on ______(name your favorite Realtor's website, I scan them all daily), Peter thought it was time for some action, so...

I fly to Baltimore on Monday for a week of house-hunting in MD and VA. My goal?  To leave the area with a rental secured or a contract signed.  No idea if either one will actually happen, but Pete can take the week off, I had a boatload of frequent flier miles (Southwest wanted $900 for a RT, choke, gasp), and the kids could really use some one on one time with him.  Not that I won't miss them terribly, but I think it will be extremely useful for me to have a taste of what he will go through beginning in July.  Despite my jokes that he will have all the time in the world for coding and what-not, I know it's not going to be that easy for him.

Oh, and one other thing (and this might be the most important item on my to do list):  I get to meet and spend a good deal of quality time with the newest Salty Dog.  Perhaps even a wee bit of babysitting, should I be so lucky?

Now I best be off to pack those bags (now there's your April Fool's joke!), and make several lists for Peter...lest I come home to find a new addition on the house* and the baby feeding himself canned chili (well, organic with quinoa wouldn't be so bad....). 

*Come on, S., don't let me down!

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Oh, that is SO exciting! And scary.

Girl. There is NO WAY I could do that. You are amazing. I would melt into a freakout puddle of craziness without James there. The fact you are going to either rent a house or buy a house without Peter is just So. Amazing. You are a hundred billion times more woman that I could ever even imagine being.

I hope the week is a very, very good one for you and that you find exactly what you are looking for and that your family needs! Bless your heart...

You are amazing!

Enjoy your week! It's going to be a whirlwind but hopefully can also be lots of fun! House/rental hunting can be overwhelming. Singling out a particular neighborhood alone is a challenge. By now you've probably done a ton of research. We personally really liked spending that year when my husband was at FSI in the Alexandria area. (Lived in townhouse complex near Quaker and King). I enjoyed how close I was to parks, the Smithsonians & all downtown offered. My hubby's metro commute was somewhat easy as well.

Have fun looking the town over!

NKL

Enjoy your week! It's going to be a whirlwind but hopefully can also be lots of fun! House/rental hunting can be overwhelming. Singling out a particular neighborhood alone is a challenge. By now you've probably done a ton of research. We personally really liked spending that year when my husband was at FSI in the Alexandria area. (Lived in townhouse complex near Quaker and King). I enjoyed how close I was to parks, the Smithsonians & all downtown offered. My hubby's metro commute was somewhat easy as well.

Have fun looking the town over!

PS~ Wait...what do you mean by "East Bay of San Francisco"? Where are you living now? I'm on my way to CA for the summer as of May 23. Wonder if we're in the same area!

NKL

Kolbi, thank you, but I didn't have a choice...he said, "Off you go", and that was that! I am more than a bit nervous!

Naoma, We are in San Ramon, about 40 minutes from the city...and I know that area of Alexandria well, we have friends not too far from there! Thanks!

Well, girl, you're right. He says, "Off You Go," and OFF YOU GO!

Hope it's a very, very productive week for you, girl!

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