Adventures Continue in August

Here we are. Two weeks into August and it’s been a very eventful month.

The last weekend in July, Colette and I went to Knoxville for the 2nd annual tax free shopping trip at the outlets in Sevierville. Mom watched the kids while my sister and sister-in-law hit the road around 8am Saturday. It’s not really what most people would consider a shopping trip. We get there right when the doors open, we hit Gap and Old Navy (and a couple other stores for specialty items..) and then we’re home by noon. I didn’t even spend a million dollars. Mostly because I’m the size of a barn and nothing really fits. I did buy 2 pairs of stretchy lounge pants and some very large t-shirts. Oh.. and I guess I got some things for the rest of the family too.  🙂

The next weekend we were back in Knoxville, with Cory this time. My family threw us a Baby Sprinkle that Saturday. It was quite beautiful and I’m completely ashamed to say I forgot my camera. There were clouds and raindrops everywhere. (This is also what we’re decorating Rosalie’s room with.. you know, once she has a room.) And delicious food and bundtinis. And, most importantly, the best of my friends and family. We ate, we marveled over diapers and the kids, we ate more, and then it was over.

As for matters of the house, I’m disappointed to say the guy I talked about in the previous post didn’t make an offer. Mainly because he didn’t get a chance to. :-O
Friday, the 5th, I got a call at 9am from our realty scheduling company that someone wanted to come see the house at 10am. I LOL’ed. Right, like I can get the house cleaned and ready to go in an hour. Cory called them back and said no to that, but they could come back after 6pm or anytime over the weekend since we were leaving for Knoxville anyway. I spent the rest of the day working, washing the dogs, packing and cleaning house. By the end of the day I was very frazzled and irritable. I didn’t wipe down the appliances (read: sticky toddler handprints everywhere), forgot my camera and probably some other things I can’t remember, not that they actually mattered.
Shortly after we arrived in Knoxville, we got the call that the people who came to see the house wanted to buy it. WHAT?! Next thing I know, it’s Saturday at 8am and we’re signing a contract. The contract is contingent on the buyer selling their home which is currently already under contract and set to close on the 19th. We had a home inspection Wednesday. Details of that come through yesterday afternoon and everything was pretty much as expected. We have some electrical work that has to be completed (hopefully Friday) and some foundation things in the apartment. We haven’t heard back from the buyers on what they would officially like us to complete, but word is, those were the two main things. Oh and a pan under something or other in one of the back bedrooms. House appraisal was today. Should hear back about that in 2-3 business days.

So now we’re in a packing and moving limbo. Do we go ahead and pack everything up right now? What if it falls through? At what point do we officially need to find a house to rent? How are all these things going to get done when I don’t have any desire to do them? Our closing date is like 2.5 weeks away. Let’s add on that I’m in the middle of training a backup for my job when I go out on maternity leave, and lo and behold she is “released from the account” effective Friday. Ugh. Hours of training down the tube and now to start all over with someone else. Did I mention I’m already almost 33 weeks along in the baby baking department?


Also, I just want to point out how terrible looking for a place to rent is.


  • Clean (If it didn’t have roaches on the counter… that’d be a great start)
  • 3 Bedroom
  • Fenced yard
  • Allows pets (large dog)

It’s impossible unless we want to spend a million dollars a month which we certainly can’t afford. I’ve looked at every single rental property on Craigslist, local property management sites, Hotpads, Zillow, Trulia, etc. etc. etc. Clean is the hardest to find. Allows large dogs is the second hardest to find.

Alas. I’ll just keep looking until my head explodes!

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