Friday, May 16, 2014

Fractured Friday Fifty

I REALLY, REALLY thought this was going to be the week I started blogging again but sadly it was not meant to be. I mind write a boat load of posts in the shower, driving, or when I'm walking yet I never manage to actually WRITE them. Here's what I've been doing instead of blogging:

1. Shopping for a house. We lost two houses in two days. :( We made an offer last Friday and it was almost instantly rejected. We made them sweat it out over the weekend and went back Monday with a higher offer...which they also gave a thumbs down to. The house would have been fine but I didn't LOVE it and we weren't willing to pay any more for it than our final offer. Monday evening the whole damn family went to look at a house and they all fell madly in love with it. We decided to make an offer on Tuesday morning. Sadly, the sellers had accepted another offer just hours.

  2. Crying. It's been nearly four months since Mom died and it feels like a piece of my heart is being ripped out and shredded every single moment of every single day.

3. Walking. For the past month I've managed to walk at least two or three miles five to six nights a week. It might not seem like much but it is a GIGANTONORMOUS accomplishment for this gal whose most rigorous activity in the past nine months has been slugging wine and devouring nachos.

4. Reading. In March I started a book club. It began as a Mom's Group activity. We're the outlaws of the book club circuit. We don't adhere to rigid membership requirements. In fact, we welcome females of any age, work, or relationship status. I had no idea book clubs were so exclusionary until I started hearing nightmarish tales of some of these women. We're on out third book and in a perfect world I would start some kind of book club feature on this here blog.

5. Orienting. Who cares if it isn't a real word? I've spent the better part of the past two days completing on line orientation and I start classes June 1st! I'll be getting my Elementary Education certification

  What have you been doing?


Kristen Daukas said...

Good for you on the walking!!! I'm trying to get there myself. Going up a size over the past year does not make me happy.

Marcy said...

Great job on the walking and the book club and the classes about to start. You're getting a lot accomplished, even if you're not blogging about it. I am sorry for your loss.

Natalie DeYoung said...

I'm sorry for such a heart- breaking loss. I identify with the house-hunting thing; we're doing it too. Sigh. It's not fun.

Ray said...

Years ago we fell in love with a condo and lost it in a bidding war. The next one to come along was better than the last, and we got it. The neighborhood was not the best at the time. Well five years later, the hood was amazing and when we sold we made enough to put a big down payment 1/3 on our house!!! So hang in there, and kick some butt with the next house you come upon. So sorry for the loss of your mother my heart hurst for you. I can't even bring myself to think about loosing mine even though she is in London and I am in the USA. I haven't seen her since I turned 40 and that was 4 years ago.... May you find peace in your walks.....

Jen Brunett said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how empty you must be feeling right now. :( I'm glad you have been able to get out there and start walking, though! And too have heard some crazy stories about book clubs. Sounds like you've created a good one!

Robin said...

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother.

I write a lot of blog posts in my head while I am doing other things. They never make it to the blog.

I walk every day. My dogs make me.

Been there with the house hunting. We lost two houses by a couple of hours. The up side is we found a house we love (for now).

I belong to a book club that sounds very similar to yours, women of all ages (occasionally a man shows up who doesn't know it's a women's club and they welcome him, rather than shoo him off). The women are smart and funny, and they have fun while discussing the book. Sometimes we go off topic. It is so much fun. There is a lot of laughing. They sometimes do other activities, too - go to book sales, book signings, and speaking events by authors. Dues-$5 annually.

Recently, I joined another book club. It is for women over 40. They collect $2 dues every time you attend. They had name tags, but made no effort to introduce themselves to a new member. They seemed nice enough, but they had something to prove - how smart they all were. Not one person laughed the whole night. I might give them one more chance, but I probably won't go back.

Vanessa D. said...

I've been out of the loop lately so I'd like to offer belated condolences on the loss of your mom.

I love reading anything, and if I'm desperate enough I'll read the back of the cereal box, but I've never joined a book club. I just don't know if I could handle feeling like I was reading for an assignment.

Tamara Camera said...

Orienting is a fabulous word. It should be real if it isn't.
I am afraid of house bidding. We bought nearly three years ago when the market was slower and they were desperate for anyone so they took us.
May your experience be smooth and fulfilling!

Jennifer Hall said...

Checking in on you, Robbie.

Exciting to be looking for a house, but man, what a roller coaster!

So sorry there's still so much pain and grief for you. Not that there's a set timeline, just sorry it still huts so much.

Thinking of you.....

Robbie K said...

For some reason I am incapable of responding to individual comments. Thank you all for the kind words and support. I'm just trying to get thru the minutes most days but also trying to make those minutes count.

Nathan James said...

Sorry to hear about your mother.

I have run a book group for a while now and people are always fascinated at my stories of having to kick people out. They require a lot more social finessing than people think!