Sunday, February 3, 2008

Between ennui and exhaustion

Lies the state of this blog. It has not escaped my notice that the last time I posted was nearly three weeks ago. Forgive, please?

This past week we put our house up on the market. In a stroke of genius timing, Mr Babbler arranged a nearly week-long business trip to start the day the house went on the market. Sometimes I get all the luck...

I had spent the last several weeks preparing the house. Mr Babbler worked primarily with his father on all the minor touchups and completion of renovations. I, on the other hand, purged, tossed, gifted, donated and organized our possessions, packing up dozens of boxes and moving them to storage. But oh, that was the easy part.

On Tuesday morning the house went up on the market. Within two hours there were multiple showings booked for that evening. I plunked Peanut in front of Sesame Street and ran like a mad against the clock to finish everything before the 5 pm showing - that included the dozen boxes that were still in the house, the putting away of personal effects, the cleaners that were coming to give the house the once over. In essence, all of the final preparations. Still, I could have handled all of that, if that's where it had ended. It was when Murphy's Law started fucking with me that I started to crack.

Murphy's Law occurrence #1 - Less than an hour before the first showing the sconce light over my side of the bed fell off the wall. Fell off the damn wall! There it was, just hanging by the cord, two giant holes in the wall where the plugs and screws had yanked out. Madly dash around attempting to find glue, carpet tape, chewing gum - whatever will temporarily hold the light back on. Toss child into car two minutes before the first viewing. Cry over steering wheel. Race off to the mall for dinner. Sit impatiently through dinner, anxious to return home.

That night we had our first offers, both over asking. One so ridiculously over asking that it seemed to good to be true, and figured that the buyers must be prepared to back out, or negotiate down on the home inspection. Sign back anyway, staying up late until 2 am with the phone calls, the signing, the faxing.

Murphy's Law occurrence #2 - The next day, get up and figure you can enjoy a leisurely morning before leaving before the showings (just in case the first offer falls through). Have a nice, leisurely shower, warm water getting out the kinks and easing the countless bruises that cover you from busting your ass for the last few weeks. Dress child and head to Home Depot for better solution than carpet tape to fix light. On the way out the door look up at kitchen ceiling and realize that shower has leaked through ceiling for first time in 4 years and there are giant water bubbles on your frigging ceiling. Start to cry. Realize that cleaners have ripped off rather important section of caulking in shower. Drive to Home Depot in panic, calculating the number of hours you have left to repair this situation. (Whilst in Home Depot parking lot during crazy wind storm, turn back for two seconds and return to see expensive Maclaren stroller ripping across parking lot at lightening speeds, narrowly missing moving cargo van, traversing entire parking lot before hitting curb and vaulting in the air, smashing on the ground. Charge across parking lot with child under arm like football, fully prepared to cry over broken stroller.) Buy items and head home. Spend next two hours with arms above head drying ceiling with hair blower. Cry some more. Have first showing show up 15 minutes early and force them to wait on front porch whilst you hide evidence of ceiling repair. Head out to friend's house for next several hours. Realize you might be having a panic attack about being away from home and from accumulated stress. Caulk shower that night (having never used caulking gun in entire life) in anticipation of frigging HOME INSPECTION happening the next day.

End result? The next day the home inspection happened. The caulking job and the light repair held. The hours of blow drying the ceiling had been efficient enough to repair the ceiling with no evidence of the leak. The buyers signed off on their condition, and we were sold. Weeks of stress, borderline panic attacks, two days on the market, and 117% of asking.

The husband returned home to a sold house. I had my leverage to purchase the appliances I lusted after for the new house (shiny, pretty new appliances). Always get them when they're chock full of gratitude!

We've spent the last couple of days making up time with Peanut, who had spent far too many hours in front of Sesame Street and eating tossed together, crappy meals. I am eternally grateful for what a good child she is, because the patience she showed during the last three weeks has been phenonmenal. I truly messed with her routine over and over, and she took it like a trooper. Of course, she took her revenge rewarded me by learning how to climb the day after the sale went through.


Nothing will ever be safe again.

And here I am. The house is mostly packed, the result of preparing for the sale. After cocooning myself the last couple of days, I'm ready to re-enter the world. After being gone awhile, I realize how much I need this place. How not having the time to read, and talk, and communicate and interact has negatively affected me.

I've missed all of you. Your words, your stories, your comments. And I'm so glad to be back!

24 comments:

slouching mom said...

And we are so glad you're back!

What a story. You persevered through so much, and that 117% of asking is an appropriate reward, methinks.

Congratulations!

jen said...

congratulations!!! and what a nightmare!

flutter said...

miss you, too!

cinnamon gurl said...

OMG, that sounds SO rough. But 117%? Woo hoo!!! (I spent late summer and fall trying to figure out how we would ever get into the TO housing market. Thank goodness I don't have to!) Glad you're back...

SciFi Dad said...

That's it? ;)

Holy crap! That is one amazing story... and 117% of asking with 2 days on the market tells me that you were too kind with your pricing. Were you in a hurry to close and get out of there?

Roz said...

Yay! Welcome back!!

That is SO GREAT about your house - good work and congrats! Can't wait to hear about your new digs and shiny new appliances :)

wheelsonthebus said...

Wow. In this market, that sure is something to celebrate!

Emily

bubandpie said...

That's fantastic news - I hope our house sells as quickly when our turn rolls around.

Don Mills Diva said...

Welcome back - I was just about to e-mail and ask if you were ok. What a stressful nightmare bur 117% over asking should buy a few massages to ease the pain...

Aliki2006 said...

I am SO impressed that you did all that yourself--you rock! And congrats on the house sale!

crazymumma said...

Like I said in my email to you. Inevitable.

Um. she is STUNNING.

ewe are here said...

Wow! What a crazy few weeks...

So glad it worked out so brilliantly for you!

Suz said...

Wow! You did it all and sold the house. Way to go!

Mad Hatter said...

Welcome back and congratulations. This post was great to read btw. It catapulted forward at break-neck speed. No doubt, just like the Peanut these days.

caramama said...

Congrats on selling the house, especially in this current market! And way to go on getting so much for it!

Sorry about the trials you went through to get there! It's never easy selling a house, but that was crazy timing!

Mac and Cheese said...

Murhpy is not your friend, but nonetheless, you da man! Great job all around!

kittenpie said...

Wow - sounds lilke a hell of a roller coaster, but all good in the end, I'm happy to hear. And I'd totally cry if my Maclaren got destroyed, too.

mamatulip said...

HOLY CRAP!

Glad you're back, and congratulations on selling your house in TWO DAYS for a price over asking!! Wooo!!

nomotherearth said...

Congrats on the offer! Although I'm sad you're moving. Hopefully not far.

Wait a minute - kids don't usually eat tossed together crap meals??

Lisa b said...

I am floored at what you accomplished! Congrats!

Sober Briquette said...

Wow. I could've handled the crying bit, anyway. great job. You absolutely deserve those appliances!

Holly said...

OMG! Congrats! My poor parents house has been on the market almost 2 years - not a single serious bite. In the mean time, they are making payments on the new house, heating, electric & phone bills for both. Crazy!

kgirl said...

How did I miss this?!
Congratulations! It sounds like a bit of a stressful day, but you only had to do it once! Hooray!

painted maypole said...

wow. that's quite a house selling story. but it sold! hooray!

when we sold our last house it rained... in a couple of days it rained more than it usually does in a YEAR, and our back yard flooded during the inspection. Which cost us $1000 to put in a fancy drain system, for a yard that had never before flooded. sigh.

 

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