Been absent a lot...which fills no one with surprise because I suck at keeping up with shit. I do have a range of new and glorious excuse though so here goes.
I hurt my back in the fall...had surgery in the spring, and am better. Mostly.
This is mostly a perfect storm of horrible timing though because around the same point that this went down, my mother in law's life also sort of fell apart. She's moving in with us. Now...I can hear the collective sound of folks expressing sympathy for such an awful thing as to have your MIL move in with you. Cease. I love her. She and I are like the same person in many ways (which says something about my husband no doubt...) except she's a total extrovert while I am the living definition of introvert.
However, our little house is NOT gonna hold us, our crap, our 2 cats, 1 doofus dog, and her, her 3 cats, and her monumental collections. She's got more collections than I do and she's been at it longer. She had a 4 bedroom house.
I say had because we ordered a new house, packed her up, and put her things in storage. We gave away over 250 boxes of things...and still had around 300 to move. Her home was in Miami...ours 3.5 hours north of that. So I've been spending most weekends driving down to help her pack and sort and clean. All while I'm not supposed to be bending or lifting. Heh. I am not a good patient.
Our new house will be epic if we get in. The top floor has a bonus room that will strictly be for the nerdy stuff. We plan to do it up...complete with a set up for every old gaming system we own all set up with the current systems. We will pretend to be grownups downstairs. That will be epic too...it has a fancy tile backsplash and everything. I keep having dreams where I'm not allowed in because I'm too silly to live in a place with a fancy tile backsplash. Somebody stands at the door and tells me I'm not cool enough to go in.
The stress of all this is exhausting. We won't even put our current house up for sale until we're out of it. There's no way we can show this place with all of us plus 6 pets. I am NOT looking forward to paying 2 mortgages at once, so we hope it sells fast once we're gone.
I really love our house. I wish we weren't moving, but hopefully we will find good people to take care of it. Anybody looking to move into the Tampa area? I've got a nice little 3 bedroom with a silver office for Transformers toys. (The realtor did her best not to faint with horror....)
I will attempt to answer messages later today, but I did want people to know why I'm such a lurker/slacker THIS time.