Hi there Blogland. I am back, or at least I think I am back. Sorry I have been MIA since May, but I have just had too much going on to focus on blogging. Here is the short of my spring and summer...
Remember when I was all happy about the house Kenny and I planned to buy? Well, that became a debacle. One week before the closing my attorney called (yes, I was in London, and yes, the house is in New Jersey) to tell me that the seller was $50k light for the closing and that the house would be going to a shortsale. Fun times. Luckily his bank was willing to proceed with the closing on the condition that we agreed to give up a small credit the bastard seller had previously agreed to. As annoying as this was, giving up the credit was a lot cheaper than losing the house entirely. So a month later than expected we flew home and closed on the property. The next morning we had locksmiths come in so Senor Shady couldn't get into what was by then OUR home. This was the last weekend in June.
Since then I have been flying back to NJ for about a week a month to deal with housing issues. We had to change about 90% of our electric from aluminum to copper, we've redone the hardwood floors and installed wood where we had really ugly tile, installed new garage and fire doors, and so on and so on. Luckily my mom has been really helpful with letting my contractors in when I have been in London. Without her, only a fraction of this would have been accomplished.
The exciting conclusion is that Kenny and I moved from London to NJ on September 15th. We are not yet in the house, but I spend most days here dealing with contractors. We hope to be moved in by the middle of November. We shall see.
I have a lot more to catch everyone up on, but this is a decent start. Most importantly, I am OK and I am back in the States. I did not fall off the blogging wagon because I was gaining weight (promise- my weight is pretty stable). Balancing travel, life in London and the house was just all I have been able to focus on. Now I need to catch up on all of your blogs. I have something like 15,000 posts to read, and that just isn't going to happen. I will try to figure out the big things that I've missed in the last few months.
More to come:)