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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

OMG, it is crazy. Got an accepted offer on one of my listings today and wrote an offer for that seller today. All these home inspections are going to happen when I am gone.

I'm starting to go into panic mode. The last time I was this busy was Spring when I would expect to be busy. I certainly don't expect it in the summer. I found out from a friend of mine that they charge $100 per hour for Wi Fi on the boat. That certainly is not happening.

I turned off the lead program today. It's not fair to take anyone when I can't show them anything for 2 weeks. I already have Joe booked next week with the home inspections, a final walk thru and a closing. Plus, he is rebuilding the garage. He and my son got the whole roof removed today. Hoping a lot of it will be done by the time I get back.

Ok, just trying to breathe and realize that life will go on without me.

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JUSTME29 8/20/2014 10:40PM

    You will stress, but you will be fine. It's good to be busy in your line of work, but it's important to take a break for your mental health too.

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WILSONWR 8/20/2014 8:29PM

    Just enjoy the time off. Have fun!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/20/2014 7:39PM

    Very busy indeed. Just relax and have fun. You've already got it covered. Good thinking on turning off the lead generator until you get home. That way you aren't swamped with calls while you are gone.

Just remember to BIBO (breathe in, breathe out) & HAVE FUN!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 8/20/2014 7:29PM

    Unplug and breathe!!!!!!!!

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SUPERKARA36 8/20/2014 7:20PM

    Yes, time to unplug and relax for sure.

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SIEGRID 8/20/2014 6:54PM

    Time to unplug and relax!!! This is a vacation and you must take advantage of it. ENJOY YOURSELF!!!! We'll be waiting for all the marvellous details when you get back and have the time!!


Bon Voyage!!!!

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72 hours

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

OMG, in 72 hours we will be on the plane to Seattle to get to the boat that takes us to Alaska. I have so much to do. I have been trying to figure out how to leave instructions for my backup agent as to everything that is going on.

Things would have worked out very well if the State of Wisconsin could have moved its duff quicker and sent Joe his license. He still doesn't have it. He sent in the documentation like 10 days ago. This is insane. The one good thing about it is that he does know my business. He has access to all my documents and knows all my buyers and sellers. That will help the agent covering me as Joe can tell him everything that been going on with each deal.

So, I got an offer on one of my listings on Sunday and I wrote an offer for one of my buyers yesterday. I am already booked for the Sunday I get home. HA!

I sincerely have to laugh at the people who told me that I was a fool to quit teaching. No, I wasn't the fool. I was the smart one because, now, I absolutely love what I do and I realize that I am good at it.

Joe has been shadowing me with listing appointments and new buyers. He is like, "how do you do that?" I just say I practiced it for 18 years in the classroom. I had one buyer say to me on Sunday that I was the only agent they have met that actually explained things to them rather than say, "you should buy this house." That made me feel good.

As for the cruise, I don't have a clue of what to pack. I don't have a clue of what fits. I don't have a clue of what I will wear for formal night as I have nothing. The last time I went on a cruise was in 2007. I weighed 10 lbs less back then. My husband told me I should go buy a dress for formal night. I said I think we should stay in the cabin and order room service :)

As far as the sale of my own house goes, we have put Joe in charge of expediting the removal and rebuild of the garage. No contractors would come out and he needs money. We took out a loan to pay for it. It is very simple and he used to build garages and stuff with his dad. Why not pay him?

I have also gotten a pre-approval from the bank so I know we are good to go on a purchase and I should make enough on this house for a good downpayment. We have been here 21 years.

As far as exercise, I am still not doing much. I am just giving my feet a chance to get as good as they can be before I get on that boat. I will worry about it when I get back. I want to walk around Alaska pain free emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 8/21/2014 3:31PM

    Relax and enjoy! It's the memories...not the clothes that make the trip! I'm thrilled you are busy at work! emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 8/19/2014 11:48PM

    Buy a new dress and have a wonderful trip!!!!!!!!!!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/19/2014 9:13PM

    I support Siegrid's suggestion.

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SIEGRID 8/19/2014 6:30PM

    Buy a dress!!!!! Go with it and have fun, you deserve it!!!!


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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/19/2014 2:41PM

    My advice on the cruise is go buy a dress or a nice pantsuit and enjoy the formal night. On the cruises I've taken I've seen everything from floor length ball gowns to cocktail dresses to my MIL's nice black tank, pants and printed over shirt. Stop over-thinking and enjoy!

Have fun and relax. It will all work out. You've taken the steps to care for your business. It will all work out just fine.

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TXGRANDMA 8/19/2014 12:44PM

    You are doing so great with your job! it was the best move you ever made, becoming a Real Estate agent! I have often thought I would like to do that~ I love houses and architecture and have a history of dealing with people in my nursing career!

Wow, so exciting about your cruise! I am with Endurovet, I would choose the casual look too and skip the formal dinners. But, everyone likes something different!

Enjoy your vacation and remember that Joe is totally able to handle your business while you are gone! emoticon

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ENDUROVET 8/19/2014 12:21PM

    I felt like a scandalous fraud when accompanying my folks on their Alaskan cruise - such extravagance! so not "Green"!!! but I enjoyed myself nonetheless.

You can be as fancy or as casual as you desire - myself, I went in for the casual look. We never went to any of the formal dinners and only 1 show, the rest of the time we hiked around exploring the ship & visiting the buffets.

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LOPEYP 8/19/2014 12:10PM

    Yikes! So much going on. Good luck with everything. Have a great time on your cruise!!

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144AUTUMN 8/19/2014 12:01PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

To continue on with Sunday's saga. Brian and I finally talked on Monday when he got home from work and I was ready to kick him out. I explained how horrible it felt to me when neither he nor the kids could help me when the biotch slapped me. I told him how embarrassing that was to me.

I think we both realized that it is definitely time for us to move. This was supposed to be our 5 year house 21 years ago. We have had to stay in the City of Milwaukee because of Residency requirements which no longer exist. They found it unconstitutional so we can move. Along with the biotch, who I have since found out is a prostitute, there are renters next door to us who just yell and swear and smoke marijuana all day. Whether they smoke or not is up to them, but it goes right into my daughter's room and she can't take it anymore.

The arguments with them go on from about 1 a.m. until 9 am. in the morning when they finally go to sleep. I have called the landlord, our neighborhood association, the police and what they call the community prosecutor. My husband is supposed to be calling the Alderman.

Our biggest fear is that we won't be able to sell the house because of those people. We are waiting until the middle or end of September to put the house on the market figuring it will be colder then and maybe the windows will be shut.

It is a shame as we have a really nice house for the area. It is updated and it has a master bath suite with heated floors, a shower stall and jacuzzi tub. It is a one of a kind as Brian designed it and built it himself. My bedroom is huge with a sitting area that fits a recliner and my treadmill. Believe me, it is the most updated house in this area and I show a lot of houses in this area.

I kind of feel like the opposite of my friend who is fighting the foreclosure process. She is fighting to stay in her house. I just want to get out of mine. I fear for my kid's safety when I am gone. Sarah is here alone if I'm not home as Ben works most days. The one thing is the young man who is working as a realtor with me is also going to be doing work on the house to get it ready for sale so he will be around a lot. He lives next door.

Maybe something good came out of the incident. We finally realized that it is time for us to move to the next chapter in our lives and into a home we can be happy in. We used to enjoy sitting outside here so much, but now we don't at all. We can't stand the language. I feel like I am back in the inner city school where I used to teach .

On another note, I do admit that due to the shots last week in my heels and everything going on this week, my exercise has been limited. But, I think that, too, turned into a positive as my feet are starting to feel normal and I can walk on them without hurting again. I really want to make sure that they are ok for the trip. I don't want to be hurting everyday we are out and about in Alaska.

Luckily, my weight has stayed the same so that is good.

I have already picked out a realtor to sell my house emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 8/21/2014 3:39PM

    It's funny how terrible situations can turn into a blessing in disguise. Glad you explained your feelings to DH....they often just don't 'get' it and it had to be explained in the most basic ways! emoticon

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BBONET 8/16/2014 10:28AM

    Nina: Sorry about all the things you are going through but know that you are not alone! It's is so sad the way people do things and then no apology from a neighbor, that is wrong! But just look at the bright side and like you said this was the deciding factor and now you can have something to look forward to!

Take care of yourself and don't over do the walking for now!

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LOPEYP 8/16/2014 8:31AM

    I just read back through your blogs. Sorry for all the shiq that you've been putting up with. Definitely time to get out of there.
Glad that you are feeling better feetwise. Hopefully this will be a better week in all areas!

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GLORY63 8/16/2014 7:46AM


Change can be a good thing. Sounds like you are on your way finding a house that you can enjoy coming home to.

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TXGRANDMA 8/14/2014 7:55PM

    Oh, Nina! So sorry that all of this is happening around you and no one will do anything about it! It has to be terrible to live in a place like that! I think it is a good idea to wait to list the house till the windows are closed and maybe potential buyers won't hear the neighbors. Too bad, because your home sounds beautiful, but yes, it is time to move (really past time!)

Good luck in getting the house ready to sell, and may I suggest a place in the country with at least a couple of acres, so you are a ways away from your neighbors? You will love the peace and quiet and you deserve it! emoticon

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SIEGRID 8/14/2014 7:48PM

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/14/2014 5:44PM

    Sometimes it takes something dramatic to blast us out of a rut. I'm glad something positive is coming out of that bad situation.


'm also glad you are listening to your body and resting and healing so you can enjoy your trip. Have fun!

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RIP Robin Williams

Monday, August 11, 2014

Such a sad day to see such a young man with so much talent take his own life. He said so much truth and made us all laugh. Now he has made us all cry. These words are so true. God speed Robin

After what happened to me this weekend with no family behind me, I understand this 100%

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SVELTEWARRIOR 8/13/2014 11:10PM

    It is indeed sad!! Nina, you are not alone. Your family loves you, I think you need to sit down and tell them how you feel. If it helps any I think the world of you!

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ADRIENALINE 8/13/2014 3:28PM

    Such a loss! And now Lauren Bacall too.

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SNOWFILLY 8/12/2014 7:52AM

    Me too. RIP

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YMWONG22 8/12/2014 1:14AM

  R.I.P. emoticon emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/11/2014 11:48PM

    So sad. I loved a lot of his comedy. He will be missed.

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TXGRANDMA 8/11/2014 11:09PM

    We were shocked when we heard this! He was the only comedian that I ever found the least bit funny. He was so talented. emoticon

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JUSTME29 8/11/2014 10:45PM

    I was so saddened to hear the news, and even more so by the method of his death. I've watched him since I was a kid, and I will miss that so much.

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FLORIDASUN 8/11/2014 10:39PM

    You aren't alone Nina....don't ever think that! Your family loves you and all of us do too! You just need to distinctly and clearly and calmly state your feelings and how betrayed you felt that no one came to your aid. Sometimes it even helps to write all of the good things that your family offers you just so that you can weigh that against the feelings of dismay right now. You will find that the pros outweigh the cons...I'm just sure of it. emoticon I loved Robin's always the most brilliant people that are actors, or artists that think they have no other avenue to turn to. Depression is a HORRIBLE disease! I'll miss him terribly! emoticon

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PINKPANTHERS 8/11/2014 10:18PM

    Such a sad loss, and brings home just how tragic and all encompassing depression can be. He will be missed. Sorry that you were feeling alone this weekend. emoticon

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PLATINUM755 8/11/2014 10:12PM

    emoticonshare. The message is so true. emoticon He will be missed! emoticon

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WV_CAROLE 8/11/2014 10:11PM

    Sad-I loved him in Mork and Mindy

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Rethinking Things- Not Good

Monday, August 11, 2014

Things really blew up yesterday. I was by my neighbor's house. I have known her for 18 years. Her daughter, whom I've known since she was 5, was over. She is 31 now with a child. That same daughter was in the streets with her 6 year old at 1:00 am yesterday. I texted her and asked her to keep it down. I could tell when I got to her mom's house that she was ticked about it. She and I have been going rounds lately as she has been posted pretty provocative photos of herself on Facebook and she says in front of her daughter that having her daughter was the biggest mistake she ever made. It is just horrible.

So, in either case, we were sitting there and I made a comment to my son. They jumped all over me including the daughter. I asked who she was to judge me considering she isn't exactly parent of the year. Well, things escalated and I decided to get out of there and head home (we live two doors over). The girl chased me and caught me in my next door neighbor's yard and slapped me across the face. This is a girl that I have known since she was a little child.

After talking at length to my husband, I did decide to call the police. Apparently, they were going to issue her a citation for battery. I spent enough time in the City school system that I learned how this worked.

So, when she hit me, she knocked my glasses off my face and they fell. I couldn't see them. The next thing I know, her brother (whom I've also known since he was 3), grabs me and tells me to go home before she gets worse.

You would think my husband of 25 years whom I've known for 30 would have come out to see what was going on. He heard it. At the very least, maybe he would have gone and looked for my glasses or gone over to the neighbor's house to say something. No. None of the above.

Same thing as when my brother showed up here. He did nothing. Then, this morning, he had the gall to play devil's advocate for them. Seriously! WTH? I'm beginning to wonder what I am doing with him. Honest to G-D. If it were one of my children who got hit, I would have been there in a heart beat. He just sat in his chair.

Right now, I am so confused and upset, I don't know what to do. Not to mention I am embarrassed. How could her mother who has been my friend for all these years not even have her come here and apologize. I am going to be 50 next month and this girl is 30 and has the right to slap me. My parents would have killed me no matter how old I was. Although, we were never raised to hit anyone.

I did discuss with Brian moving out of here finally. We've talked about it for years, but he has kind of let the house go and there would be a lot to do before we could even consider getting it on the market.

I am confused and angry and tired. I've got a thousand things running through my mind and I can't stop it. I think that maybe I should just go. Isn't someone who loves you supposed to protect you and defend you?

I could go on and on as everything is just flying through my brain, but I will stop now. Thanks for listening.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 8/13/2014 11:05PM

    emoticon Oh my gosh!!!!! What a horrible thing to go through!!! Your husband definately should have stood up and defended you!!!

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SNOWFILLY 8/12/2014 7:51AM

    Sending hugs and prayers that God can help you deal with this. emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/11/2014 11:47PM

    WOW! **HUGS**

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TXGRANDMA 8/11/2014 11:18PM

    Oh, my gosh, Nina! I am so sorry that you had to go through all of this! Its just a terrible chain of events! I have to say I don't understand your husband's inaction and attitude, either. He should have been there defending you.

Perhaps this girl has mental problems or is a sociopath? That is what it sounds like to me. Her mother is obviously NOT your friend if she allowed this girl to act like that and not apologize or make her daughter apologize. I think you and Brian definitely have to have a talk! emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 8/11/2014 10:30PM

    Gosh Nina...this is absolutely TERRIBLE...Of COURSE your husband should have come to your aid! AND how SHOCKING for that neighbor assaulting you...I would have pressed charges against her!

I'd write out all of your feelings and present the letter to your husband. Sometimes men process black and white on paper more so than verbal and emotional.

We are ALL here for you and I'd definitely unfriend this nut case from Facebook sorry that you are having to go through this rotten time. emoticon

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JUSTME29 8/11/2014 7:34PM

    I'm just amazed by people. I can't imagine slapping someone, seriously. Can you imagine life it that's how everyone settled their differences?

I'm surprised he didn't step in too - but you've said before that he takes time processing. Maybe that's what this is?

In any case - I'm sorry you are in this position. If you choose to move, good luck to you and I know a really great real estate agent. emoticon

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SOFT_VAL67 8/11/2014 3:57PM

    Yes, things can take a quick turn with neighbors and friends we have known for years.
I had a similar situation, although non violent earlier this year with my so called best friend since first grade.
But it really is better in the long run to take care of ones self and leave drama and all that behind.
It might be best to remove all of these people from your life, including your facebook life.
That way you do not have to see what they have to say.
I hope you do what is best for you and take care of yourself.
Best wishes.

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ADRIENALINE 8/11/2014 1:34PM

    Sounds awful. I'm sorry you had to go thru this.

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/11/2014 12:40PM

    Sounds like a very mournful situation. Sad. My task, in such a situation is to honor the values that I most admire.

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