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I admit I’m feeling overwhelmed at the moment and I’m pretty sure it shows. I have a bunch going on at work (I know, who doesn’t?), we’ve decided to put the condo on the actual market with an actual realtor (which means keeping the place clean for showings and open houses), Bear’s early rising has risen again with the time change, hosting Thanksgiving is on the horizon, we’re in the midst of trying to get the Union’s members to recertify us, I’m behind on my transportation committee duties (like getting up to speed on everything), and I’ve been slacking in the running department and haven’t run since last Friday. I’ve been having tons of stress dreams lately – last night I dreamt I was way stressfully behind on  orthodontia appointments that hadn’t seemed like my responsibility to make (and I was somewhere between two and four years old in the dream).

What I really want to do is just sit and read and let all of the rest of it wash away for a bit. Last night, I started reading Curtis Sittenfeld’s new book, Sisterland. And I also just picked up from the library (after having it on hold for what seemed like forever) Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed. And I just got an alert that Joanna Trollope’s Sense & Sensibility is waiting for me on a sweet little library shelf! Where. Is. The. Time. I don’t know: but I’m going to find it.

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4 Responses to “Booksbooksbooksbooksbooks”


  1. 1 Sara H November 8, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Showings. Cleaning. Worst. Thing. Ever. I can’t wait until we sell. Good luck to you!

  2. 2 kateandgracie November 8, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Oh boy! I didn’t know you were trying to sell, too! Are you moving towns or *just* houses? It really is the worst. I had no idea how stressful it was! I remember Andra talking about all of the showings they had to go through and, while I think I was sympathetic, I HAD NO IDEA the level of sympathy I should have been exuding. It’s just awful.

  3. 3 Sara H November 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

    We’d like to move out to the country. We put ours up for sale in June when we put an offer in on a place in Stoughton (we got bumped eventually), so it’s been languishing for a while. We haven’t had much in the way of showings lately, but man, for a while there I really hated it when my phone rang. The real estate strategizing we’ve had to engage in is bananas!

  4. 4 kateandgracie November 11, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Yeah, that’s the thing – I want to get the calls but then I get super annoyed when we have to be out of the house circling the block for an hour (slight exaggeration). I just thought buying was stressful, but selling is exhausting! And our place hasn’t even been up two weeks yet – it feels like a lifetime. I feel like it’ll probably sit for months. We’ll see. It’s just not my thing to feel like things are up in the air. I like them on the ground.


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