Sunday, April 03, 2011

Things That Suck (and things that don't)

I know I shouldn't be bitching, but some things just suck. Like:

  • getting into a nasty argument with Hubby the night before he leaves to take H back to the U.S. for spring break

  • having strep throat and a double ear infection while being the only parent on duty

  • not knowing which town to live in in New England State (there are 2-3 smallish towns near the town where Hubby's university is located)

  • not knowing which neighborhood would be best for us (both fit-wise and in terms of what can afford). Although, this website, which provides info on schools, crime, and housing values has been a great help!

  • not yet knowing exactly how much house we can afford to buy (a bit complicated since we're going through the VA home loan process)

  • the possibility that we'll lose a good deal of money on the minivan we bought in Doha simply b/c there will come a point when we *have* to sell it, even if it's not at our asking price (or anywhere near the fair asking price)

  • making new friends all over again

  • trying to figure out the logistics for landing in New England State, shopping for and getting new furniture into the house so that we have a place to sleep and sit, and unpacking our things while Hubby flies back to College Town, loads up the moving van and drives all the way back to New State, while also having the 2-yr old and 4-yr old running around. You see, we have stuff from Doha (mainly clothes, crib, and kitchen gear) that will come to New State a few days after we land. We also have all the rest of our stuff in a storage unit in College Town. And then there's the stuff that needs to be purchase upon arrival: living room set and bedroom set, just to start.

  • trying to remember what we sold in the garage sale before we moved and, thus, what we'll need to replace

  • the complete uncertainty of what I'll be doing in terms of a job next year

Lest I seem ungrateful, I'll stop here. I'll go further and balance it with things that don't suck.

  • all my children are healthy

  • we got approved for a VA home loan!! (up to $36K towards the down payment and limited closing costs, among other benefits)

  • in turn, this increases the amount we can afford to pay for a new house

  • we have tickets home!! Yes, the last one-way tickets from Doha to the U.S. that I'll ever have to purchase

  • my mom is meeting me in New England Town and looking at the homes & towns that are on our list of possibilities. Her advice and input will be helpful, and we'll have some quality time together without children, something we haven't had in a very long time.

Frankly, there aren't enough notepads in the world for me to write down all the lists of things to do, check out, price, keep track of, etc. I have a million decisions to make, and I feel an enormous amount of pressure to get them all right. Many of them can't be made until I'm on the ground and seeing things for myself, but that, unfortunately, doesn't stop me from worrying about them in the meantime.

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