Friday, March 09, 2012
..... And LOVING every minute of it!!! I am a total "woman-on-a-mission" when it comes to stuff like this. You just point me in the right direction, and I will slave away until the job is D.O.N.E! That's probably why I make a good long-distance runner!
We are REALLY getting on the move with our packing. Up until now, I have just been playing around, organizing stuff here and there, packing a few boxes, but more to reduce clutter than to really PACK pack.
But NOW?? Now that we basically have our buyer?? I am DYING to REALLY get on it. So, we have started seriously working in our attic, packing, sorting, throwing things out, more packing, sealing and marking all our boxes.
THIS MOVE IS REALLY HAPPENING!!! WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!
No, I am not excited at all.
All paperwork and the house contracts should be signed here within the next couple of weeks, and I will feel much more settled once everything is signed on paper. Here in Germany, you sort of "close" up front, and then the ownership is turned over later. So once those papers are signed, it is really a done deal!!
So, I have been doing well with my running. I did a "recovery week" last week, first of all, because I planned it in. Secondly, because I noticed some pain in my right hip, and knew it was time to take a restful week.
But this week?? I am right back at it!! A little less structured this week, and not as much speed work, but tomorrow I have 16 miles planned!! EXCITED!! Again, they will be in minimalist shoes... In fact ALL my runs for the past month+ have been in either my VFFs or Saucony Hattoris!!
But my EATING!! UUUUGGGHHH!!! It's ALWAYS a struggle. I was doing AWESOME, and then when I did the banquet a couple of weeks ago, I let it slip big time. I made the dessert for the banquet myself, all 100+ servings, so I ended up having some myself.... Not good. And I just ate A LOT that weekend. But I got pretty much back on track... Though I keep having a tendency NOT to track, and to snack on things that I shouldn't. Overall, my choices are pretty healthy. The stress and nervousness of our entire situation makes it really hard to keep the snacking in check!!!! HEEEEELLLLPPP!!
But starting next week on Tuesday, we will have EXACTLY 10 weeks until DEPARTURE DAY!! So, my challenge to myself is 10 POUNDS in 10 WEEKS!! I am going to do EVERYTHING possible to make this happen!!! In spite of all the craziness of this move, I would REALLY love to reach my goal before I leave Germany.
Here's to (another) NEW START!! WE CAN DO THIS!
Monday, March 05, 2012
Wow, things are really moving along! Let's get this international move on a ROLL!!
I think we got our buyers! We had a meeting with some potential buyers today, but I wasn't very optimistic that they'd offer us something reasonable. I was so up tight about it, going over and over everything in my head, preparing for a whole discussion in defense of our asking price...
But suddenly, on Friday, we got another call on the house, they came Saturday, and REALLY liked the house!! Just a few hours later, they sent us a VERY reasonable offer. It was still a little less than we really thought we needed, but really REALLY close!!! We counter offered, and they came up a little. After thinking about it long and hard, we really felt we could live with their offer. They have everything in place with the bank, and there is nothing standing in their way.
So we went into our meeting tonight with confidence, knowing that either way, our house is SOLD! The people tonight did EXACTLY what we thought. Well, no, they didn't - they offered us EVEN LESS than ANYTHING we imagined. It was so ridiculous really, because it was so far UNDER what this house is worth, even in spite of a not-so-good market, it wasn't even something we could consider, not even for a moment. I don't even think "low-ball offer" gives it justice.
So we are ready to accept the other offer! Oh, man, it is going to feel SO WONDERFUL to have a contract on this place!!! Things are all falling into place.....
And only 77 more days until we are Miami bound!!!!!!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
WOW!!! Last week was a KILLER week!!! So much is happening....
We had our church banquet on Friday night. I am the church event organizer, and have done the banquet for the past 3 years, cooking and/or planning. I knew it was coming, but it somewhat snuck up on me, because my mind is not on anything else, except for, what???? Yes, you guessed it - MOVING!! So, I was super distracted with all of the things we've got going on. Good thing I called in help early on, and was only on for the food/cooking part, and let someone else handle the rest. Because I didn't think that far ahead, I hadn't really had a plan for my family, to make sure everyone at home was taken care of, so I kinda had to cram! But I managed getting my family taken care of, and then running off to cook for 85+ people on Friday afternoon. It went well, but was EXHAUSTING! Got HUGE compliments on the food though, so that was pretty cool.
On top of that craziness, my husband DID lose his job last week. It was something we already somewhat prepped ourselves for. We just didn't feel like it was working out well.... So, it really wasn't a surprise. My husband was actually relieved. Things are a little more uncertain for us (OBVIOUSLY), but there is some help available to us, so we should be ok. It is a little scary though!!!
We had ANOTHER house showing on Saturday. Fortunately the guy called us on Monday to set up an appointment on Saturday, which really gave me a head's-up to keep the house clean the whole week!! It was great! I just stayed on top of it every day, on top of planning for the banquet and doing all the shopping for that, and on Saturday, we didn't have much to do in order to get ready! It went ok, but no real indications one way or the other.
BBBBUUUUUUTTTT, the people who came a few weeks ago from our village here, are coming on Monday evening to discuss the details and give us an OFFER!! They are the ones who weren't so nice, and we got the feeling they were prepping us for a low-ball offer... sooooo, I am not really sure what to expect, but I am DEFINITELY got my arguments in defense of our asking price ready.
Any prayers and positive thoughts about our meeting with our potential buyers on Monday will be GREATLY appreciated!!! Well, any prayers for our entire situation are appreciated. We are facing a huge storm of life lately, and I am not really sure when this storm will pass.
So, that's all the time I have to blog for now. With hubby being home, I am finding a lot less time to be on the computer.... I kinda like the extra time with my honey-honey. Oh, and I have been so exhausted, I have been catching up on sleep and relaxing. It's nice to have him around to help a little.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK, SPARKERS!!
Saturday, February 18, 2012
So, I have been totally taking off with my minimalist shoe running!! After more than a year of playing around with my Vibrams (running most of my shorter runs with them), I decided to step it up a notch or 2, and shoot to run my HM in May with them. I also bought the Saucony Hattoris last summer, so I have those as well to compare.
I have to say, I like the Vibrams better - they just have a much more natural feel to them, and I love that my toes are FREEEEEEEEE!! LOL
But I can wear thicker socks with the Hattoris, and since the weather has been REALLY cold, I have been going with the Hattoris. Every run for the past 3 weeks or so has been in Hattoris. I think I have really gotten the proper form down, and am not experiencing ANY discomfort in my calves any more, even after long runs.
So, today I set out with my Hattoris... goal was to cover 16 miles today. I was a little nervous, I don't know why. It's not that I have never run 16 miles before. It's not that I didn't just run 15 miles a couple of weeks ago... I don't know why I doubt myself sometimes.... But I was nervous.
The run went GREAT, though! 16 miles in my Hattoris! No major pain or discomfort. No calf tightness even toward the end. Just felt like a normal long run. I took it VERY slow, and felt very strong even at the end.
So, I am thinking running my next Half Marathon in Vibrams is a GO!! And then, who knows??? Maybe that marathon in the summer too???? A Vibrams marathon??? It could happen.
Only 93 more days until our move!!
We had another showing of our house today. Thank you for all of you who were encouraging, and shared your insight about last week's showings. I definitely felt like I was much more prepared mentally and emotionally! If somebody wants to come into my house and play hard ball, I'll play hard ball. My very wise older sister (and one of my best friends in the WORLD) told me, if they give me a low-ball offer, I can always counter offer with our asking price.... Hehehe! LOVE HER! No, but seriously, we are open to any offers. We tell people that. We want to be as flexible as possible, but also get a decent price. So, we will see. I know Who holds all of this in His hands, and I am praying every day, and trusting He WILL take care of us!!
Looking forward to another week next week of AWESOME TRAINING!!!
Spark on, Friends!!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Have to share this one....
This is seriously the motto I live by.
Power to the She. LOVE IT!!
Only 95 more days!!!
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