Friday, April 4, 2008
Here I am again.. Saying that I will write, then not writing for months. I understand this is really just an exercise for myself anyway; however, this will be of great relief for my atrophying brain. So much has been going on lately. My home is for sale. That itself is not extraordinary, but the fact that is has shown over 30 times in 6 weeks is something to brag about. The no offer thing is at the other end, something to perhaps be embarrassed about. But I am told that this is a difficult market to sell your home in, even here in the midwest where the market is supposedly not suffering as greatly as other areas. Putting one's home on the market does allow you a closer look at humanity and its unique characteristics. For example, early on we had one gentleman look at our home not once, but twice. Hopes stirred, we were then told that he didn't even have his own home on the market, but liked ours. Would someone care to explain why he looked at it twice? There are pictures on the web to refresh his memory. This seems incredibly rude to the seller who must clean his house to impeccable standards, then vacate the property and find somewhere to take the family, generally at dinner hour. Did I mention that this seems rude? Then there was another buyer who wanted to see the home the last day of spring break. This of course being the day that I promised my family no showings so that we could start the week refreshed. Having been told that this was a second showing and that he was driving from a city 3 hours away specifically to make an offer on the home, I rousted the family and out we went. I waited all night and the next morning until I couldn't stand it anymore and phoned my realtor to see what was up. Apparently nothing was up. The wife had found another home on realtor.com and they bought that one instead. Did I mention rude? There have been some good things to come from these debacles. My realtor now knows not to call until offer is in hand and I have stopped baking bread and cookies for potential buyers. I now only bake bread and cookies for my family. They seem to appreciate it a bit more. And I can clean my home at the drop of a hat. Now what to do with all of that free time?
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
With the New Year sun streaming in my windows, it seems inevitable but to reminisce on people from the past. One person came to mind this morning. His name is Craig and he is a former boss of mine. I really don't know why or how I got to thinking of him. Maybe it is because I was thinking of California where I grew up. Maybe it is because he is the best boss I have had. (I have not had many, being a stay-at-home mom for the past 14 years.) What I mostly remember about him was his calling me "Lips". I called him "Old Man". We continued to keep in touch after I no longer worked with the company until I moved out of the area. We had a great working relationship. He challenged me to improve and promoted me when he could; I in turn respected him and made him look good to his bosses. After a downturn in the economy, he got me a job at another company. He ended up taking a job at another company as well. This is just one of those "Wonder where they are now?" kind of things, I guess. Maybe I should google him? Speaking of catching up with people, I did just last year catch up with my best friend from elementary school. I used the usual route- the website for schools. I was surprised to hear back and we now keep in touch. She and I embarked upon the same adventure last January- we went back to school. We have both now completed one year and still enjoy it. We were good students back then, too. Funny how the the things that made you friends when you were kids still stick. I hope that one day I can make it to California to see her, seeing as how my wanderings have gotten me straight to the Middle of Nowhere, US. I suppose that next summer might be an option, since I have come upon the august age of being able to attend my 20th high school reunion. (more on that later) All of this people wondering causes me to wonder about this year. What kind of people will I meet? Will I catch up with more people from my past? How will these new friendships be significant to me later? With joy I embark upon the New Year and the people it will bring me. May there be great people in your life to call "Friend"!!!!!!