Wednesday, December 14, 2011

2 things . . .

There have been a couple of things going on here that have prevented me from blogging and keeping up with you guys as much as I've been wanting to.  One thing is exciting and the other is not so exciting.  Let's get the not so exciting thing out of the way first, so we can end on a happy note!      

1)  I've been feeling pretty crummy for the last two months.  I've been getting lightheaded several times a day -- sometimes it lasts only a minute, other times I have to lay down for a while.  It's been miserable, to put it mildly.  After trips to several doctors and a variety of tests (for example, see here and here), a wonderful cardiologist was finally able to figure out what was going on.  I won't bore you with all of the medical details, but evidently I have some form of an autonomic dysfunction, which has caused me to have low blood volume and for my heart to race.  Hence, the lightheadedness. It was totally interrupting my life there for a while, and I was getting way past frustrated with not feeling normal.  Thankfully, the treatment so far (which includes increasing my salt intake - yum!) has been helping to reduce the symptoms.   

(photo: pinterest)

Now for the exciting news . . .

2)  We are selling our house!  Yep, you read that right -- we are selling our house.  Can you believe it?  Me neither.  It's super exciting, but it's also sad at the same time.  I came home from work the other day and started crying when I saw the For Sale sign in the yard.  I love our home and it will always be special because it was our first home.  But at the same time, I'm very excited about finding a new wonderful home for us.   

So maybe you're wondering why we're moving and where we're moving.  If not, just skip this part!  :)  It all started when we called our mortgage broker to refinance a few months ago since the interest rates are so low.  He said it really only made financial sense for us to do so if we were going to stay in our house for at least 2 more years.  We were kind of thinking we would be here for a maximum of 2 more years.  So after thinking things through, and hearing about the current rates to buy something new, we decided now is the best time for us to sell.

 (photo: here)

As a little background, we always knew our current home wasn't going to be our forever home for a couple of reasons -- it's a townhome, it's 3 stories, and it's not zoned to the best schools in town (and we aren't overly interested in paying for private school once we have kids).  None of those things mattered when we bought it because we knew we wanted to wait several years before we even thought about having kiddos.  Even though we still don't have any immediate plans to have kids, the time is at least getting closer and we are thinking about a more family-friendly house.  As far as the house hunt, we haven't found anything yet, but we think we have narrowed our search down to a couple of areas, neither of which aren't too far away from our current home, which is great since we love the area. 

So to round this out, we've been busy doing a bunch of little things around the house to get it ready to show.  Our list wasn't too long, but things never go quite as planned!  We took down all the chandeliers in the house and replaced them with fixtures I'd be willing to leave behind.  We also did a bunch of paint touch ups and I've gone through so many Magic Erasers cleaning the cabinets and all those pesky scuff marks that inevitably happen.  And if we weren't the ones doing to fixing up (there's no way I'm climbing up to clean our 3rd story windows!), we were meeting people at the house to do so.  But thankfully, that part of it is done.  Now we just have to remember to make the bed everyday in case we have a showing!    

Is it poor form just to link to our online listing in my "home tour" tab?  :) 

Phew, that was a lot of info with fairly lame pictures!  If you made it through, thanks for reading! I've totally missed blogging and definitely missed being an active reader of your blogs.  I am hopeful that the hard part of both things is over and I can be around more.  Thanks for bearing with me, friends!

20 comments:

  1. Hope you're feeling better soon. Good excuse to eat more saltines :)

    Good luck on selling your house.

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  2. I drove by the other day (on my way to Chipotle!) and saw the sign. Pics look great online! Can't wait to hear about showings - good luck!

    Make it rain potato chips in Breck?

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  3. I'd definitely post the link online! Also, if you read/follow Hooked on Houses you could send her the link and she showcases reader homes every now and then - couldn't hurt :) Good luck!!

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  4. Hope you feel better!

    And just think, a whole new house to decorate :-)

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  5. Yikes! That really is a lot going on...thank heavens for good doctors that can get you on the mend, girl! Glad to hear you are feeling better (c: And selling a house is always a huge undertaking...good luck, I hope it sells quick and you find a fabulous new one!

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  6. aww, i'm sure it'll be sad to leave that house (it's seriously SO gorgeous), but fun to find and decorate a new one! hope the health stuff settles down and you can feel 100% normal again soon.

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  7. Good luck selling it. Feel free to look in our neighborhood too! ;)

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  8. Glad to hear that you've had progress on your health- that sounds ultra annoying, especially since it sounds like you always like to have stuff on the go. good luck with the house sale! How fun will it be to "stage" your house for viewings??? PS - good move w/ the light fixtures (brilliant).

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  9. emily, ive been missing your post! i hope you're doing well health-wise and good luck on the home sale!

    cant wait to read where you settle in afterwards!

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  10. Glad you're feeling better. It's always nice to hear you need to eat more...potato chips!!!!
    I just fell in love with your stairway and I'm not ready to hear you're leaving it, but I'll get over it. Your place is charmed and will be gobbled up in no time. Enjoy the new house hunting.

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  11. so exciting about a new house! That will be so fun - and I am sure yall will sell yours really quick - its so cute. Hope you are feeling well! xoxo

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  12. Emily I'm so sorry about your headaches! I'll be praying for you!! I hope selling is quick and easy. We cried this summer when we saw our for sale sign, too. Unfortunately ours didn't sell in the time it needed to :( We're trying again this spring! The thought of having to clean the house every day still haunts me hehe. Hope everything goes well, girl!

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  13. So happy to hear you are feeling better and know the cause of your light headed feelings. Increasing salt is a fun project! :) And congrats on the move! it will be fun to search for a new home and all of its possibilities. I'm sure yours will sell fast- it is beautiful! :)

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  14. Glad you're feeling better! Good luck selling and finding a new home!!!

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  15. I'm sorry to hear you've been having health issues but I hope it's getting better now that you know what's going on {often the must frustrating part!!}. And congrats on selling...super exciting time to find a new home! :)

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  16. Yikes! Experiencing those symptoms and going through all those tests must have been scary, but at least you now know what is going on and know there is a form of treatment!
    As for selling the house, I understand the roller coaster feeling of emotions. I love love love our current house, but I'll always feel nostalgic for our "first".

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  17. Aw Emily I am so sorry to hear about your health issues! I'll be praying that you get back to 100% soon! And also I'll send a few up that your home sells quickly- what a fun and exciting time!! Thinking of you! xo

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  18. Gosh, em. I will be praying for you as well. So sorry to hear all of that because it makes life so stressful when you are worried about your health. Your poor hubby! Glad it's getting regulated. And so exciting to be house hunting! Good for you guys. Can't wait to be along for the ride. Merry Christmas, friend {why don't you look in Laguna? Just saying!}

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  19. Oh my goodness! How did I miss this post? So sorry to hear that you haven't been well... glad that you've figured out what it is and the treatment is helping. And the house news is exciting! Your house is fabulous so I bet it will sell quickly. Can't wait to see the house that you choose!

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