Thursday, January 8, 2009

"I'm going off the rails on a crazy train"

Sing it Ozzy. Hey, don’t judge...he makes me giggle, the old brain fried coot.

It’s a new year and my thoughts are all willie nillie. I need to be going in many directions all at once...but need some kind of a plan.

It’s a new year and should I be spouting resolutions I ask? Aw heck no. I don’t believe in a list of resolutions that get acted on for a month and then turn into a miserable failure. Who has time for that?

I do resolve to do whatever it is I need to do improve myself. No stringent rigid changes just a few areas I am working on improving. SUCH as....

1. Eat more fresh fruits & raw veggies, grains, etc... Admittedly too much processed food is going to kill us all, right?

2. Work on my running schedule. From about Thanksgiving on, through the great strep epidemic of 08 and on into the Christmas holidays my running was sporadic at best. I bought a new pair of bouncy Shox yesterday...and splurged a little on the Nike chip thing that goes in the shoe and corresponds with your ipod...it gives you your pace, mileage, calories, power songs that kick on when you start sucking wind, computer tracking of your workouts, competing against other Nike+ users all over the world. Way soooo cool. I am ready to resume some now high tech running! Those Apple folks are brilliant. Love them forever.

Even though I adore my early morning first thing runs, ("my runs", not to be confused with "the runs") if I don’t get up exactly as early as planned then my workout length is just not adequate. So I am going to start alternating those shorter run days, with longer run days happening after blonde rascal leaves for school. And then also try to change it up and run outside a day or two weather permitting. Varying your distance builds good lung capacity. I love me some good lungs.

3. Time management. Can I get an amen? The main thing is that I want from the time I pick up blonde rascal at school until he goes to bed to be family time, instead of a time where we squeeze in homework while I hurriedly do the things I did not finish earlier in the day! I feel like my “coffee-start the day-read a few blogs-loaf around" morning routine is taking WAY too much of my time, so I am going to limit that. Which will then allow me to accomplish more before blonde rascal gets home!

I gave this a trial run yesterday after school. I let blonde rascal play the Wii for 30 minutes, after a day at school he does need a little down time for crying out loud. Then he worked hard on homework, he cleaned his room, he played outside while I made dinner, he showered and we leisurely read 2 library books...all with time to spare. I laid in his bed after the books and we chatted & giggled.....unlike so many nights where it is past his bed time when he is finally getting into bed and I am cranky!

It was so much more enjoyable (and productive) this way. By the way we read this book which was adorable. I will be buying it for my already too large childrensbooksthatIadoreandwillnevergetridof collection.

The large time consuming event of 2009 will be us moving! That is my big news that has been lingering around my blog. Life changing events here. I didn't really want to waste my time blogging about it until it was 100% for sure. Now it is, so here goes....

We are moving to Snyder (technically about 5 miles outside the city limit in the middle of nowhere) which is 90 miles south of Lubbock where we now live. Hubs is jumping into self employment and starting a small retail used car lot. He has been in the dealers only wholesale auto auction business for the past 4 years, which he has excelled at tremendously. Car trading has always been in his blood and for our entire married life I have said he needed to be in the car business, even while he was a police officer.

So this is big, huge, life changing and crazy. Bad economy you ask? It has not affected used car sales much, at least not in our neck of the world. Everyone needs/wants a car and no one can buy new...you do the math.

All of that aside, the man I married is a hard worker (too hard most of the time!), he accepts nothing less than success, is driven like no other and is very resourceful. This has been brewing for a long time with much research and homework done by hubs. We have prayed and prayed for guidance and wisdom over this decision and all doors have been opened....so we are going forward with confidence!

We close on our house in Snyder next Thursday but will stay in Lubbock until school is out in May. So there is where all of my scatter brained chaotic thoughts are centering... Packing, cleaning out, organizing, what to do with the boxes of x-mas decorations still lingering...

The up side is that the new house has 2 huge ginormous barns just waiting for us to junk up!So that means come next Thursday I will be able to pack crap up and store it in the barns at the new house.

I would rather take a hot poker to the eye than deal with the moving process. Have my toenails ripped off one by one...

The saving grace obviously being that we do have a long time to move. So we can slowly pack it all up and then we will hire movers for the furniture.

On to more exciting things like the house!!! It is not new actually, built in 1984 or something. It is just a simple small ranch house...but I am in love.

More on the house tomorrow.....or more like for the next 6 months!! We will be doing some small renovations and cosmetic stuff to the house. Blog fodder galore. That, combined with the fact that Snyder’s population is 10,000 will have blog worthy nonsense FLOWing out of me like a river!

So if home improvement is not your cup of tea and you could potentially be bored by the foolishness that a big city girl moving to a small town can provide...then you better not stick around.

I will leave you with a hint of why I love our "new" old house...



This will be my quilting room/cottage/sweat shop/place where I will spend all my time...WOOHOO! The current owner is a hair stylist, I guess her clients drive out to the middle of nowhere and get their hair cut. Here is the inside as her little hair salon...
Dreamy. Yep it even has a bathroom. And look what it overlooks in the backyard...

...that would be the pool! We were with the Realtor while I was rapidly taking pictures, so my pictures are not so hot.

(I envision it like this....I will be sewing away in my sewing cottage probably sipping a margarita some cold ice tea, with the door open while gazing at the pool boy cleaning the pool watching blonde rascal and friends swim.)

When I get tired of the sewing cottage then there is the little sweet front porch where I will be spending lots of time.

It looks out over the front and driveway...
When I get tired of lounging and loafing on the front porch I will just move to the back porch...
...which overlooks the pool and barns and my little quilt cottage!

Hubs went and looked at the house before I did. He knew in a heartbeat that the cottage would get me and if that failed then the porches would do it. He was right, I was sold!

I am off now to make no less than 46 lists of all the tasks that need to get put into motion on this crazy train!

10 comments:

kristen lewis said...

I refuse to comment on how adorable your house is because that means that I am acknowledging that you are really moving. Sniff.

Sara said...

That place is adorable! I'm so jealous of the sewing cottage!

Sara said...

That place is adorable! I'm so jealous of the sewing cottage!

Handmade Housewife... said...

Too cute! Love the porches, which coincidently resemble one in the John Wayne movie I'm watching :) The sewing cottage looks dreamy. Can't wait to see more!

-Hayley

Stacey said...

Boo Hoo! I am so sad it is for real! But, yet...a roadtrip to Snyder will be fun and to such an adorable, beautiful house!! Love it! Congrats on the opportunity.

Tricia Anne said...

Oh my goodness! I am so JEAL-OUS! I can't wait to see more pictures! I laughed at your Ozzy opening! Yes, it brings back 8th grade memories in a heart beat! I was flipping channels on my radio the other day and listened to an old Ozzy song and all I could think was,"I wonder what the people driving by think I am listening to!" ha ha ha
Your ideas for the new year are superb! What a great adventure it will all be. And might I add, the chip you got for your shoes sounds amazing! I have never heard of such a thing.
By the way...we can vouch for used car sales! We just bought a used car a week ago! Too bad we did not live closer, I could have gone to your husband's dealership and given him the profit! :O)
LOVE.LOVE.LOVE. your barns! Gosh and to have two!! That is fantastic. Not to mention a swimming pool! Don't you just love being out in the middle of no where?! It beats the city life huh?! ;o)
Have a great day!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Staci said...

I'm with Kristen. To admit the cuteness, I would have to admit that you are really leaving. I'll take another cup of denial, thanks.

Lori E. said...

well, some questions answered.....I love the house, I can already tell, because I love the outside of it. And a pool??? hello!!!! B.R. is going to love it! It looks like the riding lawn mower is going to be worked hard!! I am with all of your other friends though it makes me sad, sad, sad to lose my neighbor, even if we never saw each other at least I knew you were there. Dang changes!!!

Judi said...

What a lucky gal! I can't wait to see all the going's on over in Texas! Lot's of luck to ya'll!

Lorie said...

I agree with Stacey...what a fun place to have a scrapbooking weekend with the girls. I hate to see you go, but I am happy for your hubs getting to follow dream.