2 weeks blog free.. because life is pain! (a la The Princess Bride)

Man in Black: Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.
It has been 2 weeks since I have blogged. I have a multitude of reasons. Most of them are draining my will to live. I will only touch on the highlights, since the minutia of my everyday life is not interesting to read about, let along write about!

Inigo Montoya: Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
The house deal fell though. Our buyers didn't want to compromise so we called their bluff and canceled the sale. Our house went back on market and less than 24 hours later the original buyers came back with our original compromised offer. We accepted and are back under contract. Then we were left dealing with inspections, surveys, repairs and relocation mumbo-jumbo for the past few weeks.

Prince Humperdinck: Surrender?
Westley: You mean you wish to surrender to me? Very well, I accept.
Hubs has moved out of town and has begun to work at his new gig. I am now a single mom. ThePrincess and ThePeanut were still in daycare, but that ended today. I will admit I teared up when I had to pick them up for the last time. Part of me is mourning the loss of that extended part of our 'family.' We loved our teachers and they loved our kids and it is so hard to think we will never see them again.
Prince Humperdinck: You truly love each other and so you might have been truly happy. Not one couple in a century has that chance, no matter what the story books say.
The packing process will begin this weekend. The movers are coming and I need to go through and designate stuff to be sent either to our small rental apartment, or to long term storage. That should be a blast with both girls underfoot.

I also have started interviewing up in our new city. Thankfully, I am batting close to 1000. Almost every resume I sent out has come back with a request to interview. But now I am getting cold feet. I am not sure what I want to do, stay in academia or move to industry. I am not sure if I want to focus on animal models or move to more clinical work. Big lab or small lab? Male or female PI? Private research institution or state uni? AHHH.. I can't decide. At least I have chioces!

Inigo Montoya: Is very strange. I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it's over, I don't know what to do with the rest of my life.
Westley: Have you ever considered piracy? You'd make a wonderful Dread Pirate Roberts.
I also am dreading (with a capital D) finding a new daycare and reestablishing life in our new city. There is so much to do, and until I get this house sold, move up there and can really get my bearings, I can't really do anything but fret!

Fezzik: You just shook your head... doesn't that make you happy?
Westley: My brains, his steel, and your strength against sixty men, and you think a little head jiggle is supposed to make me happy?
Hopefully the coming chaos will be kept to a minimum (eh, who am I kidding, of course it won't!) and I can get back to my regularly scheduled blogging. I am going to get through this.. right?
Buttercup: We'll never survive.
Westley: Nonsense. You're only saying that because no one ever has.

Damn you Recession!

So close, yet so far...

That is how I feel about this whole house contract. This deal has officially gone off track. Not just off track, it is pretty much completely in the ditch. Our house didn't appraise high enough for our buyer's offer. But their offer is inflated since they couldn't afford closing costs so they rolled them into their mortgage.

Well, in this financial atmosphere, there is NO wiggle room in the appraisals. You can't roll jack squat into your mortgage.

Soooo... We are at a standstill. They don't have the money for closing and we aren't going to suck it up and pay it for them. It looks like the offer is going to fall though.

Great. Just great.

Since I wanted to start over from square one.. It was clearly so much fun the first go-round.

I'm alive!!! Big Annoucements.

I know it has been more than a week since my last post. It is crazy here, but most of the developments are good ones.

1) We were traveling last week. We went to visit our new hometown. It was exciting and scary all at the same time. It is becoming more and more real and I am frequently asking myself "What did I get myself into?" but I know it will all work out in the end. We have a new place to live (at least temporarily) and that is a big load off my mind.

2) We are UNDER CONTRACT! Have been for a while now (after 14 days on the market), and it is pretty much official now. Our relocation company will go though our closing for us, so we are almost completely uninvolved from here on out. Whoo hoo.

Hopefully you can forgive me for being absent of late. Pretty soon it appears I will have a bunch of extra free time on my hands, at least I hope so.