Let's do a little updating that does not include writing. Well, ok, it probably will.
First, house hunting. No, we're not buying, as much as I'd love to be able to. It's just not in our cards. We have crappy credit and until we find a place with lower rent so we can start paying off those back debts collected when the bitch in law screwed us over, we won't be able to improve our credit.
So, looks like we found a place. In Lacey, which isn't Olympia, but outside of it. It's a 3 bedroom, two car garage. The previous tenant has lived in it for almost five years and it needs some repairs. They had one or two large dogs in there from the smell. The carpet in the living room looks to be original, like late 70's carpet, and the windows are the aluminum framed,double paned windows common in the late 70's/early 80's built homes. BUT the windows have glass on them and they OPEN!
LARGE living room. Propane fire place, electric forced air heat. Kitchen is decent and backyard is small, but decent. Needs work, but it's fenced.
LARGE master bedroom with a 3/4 bath. Two smaller bedrooms, one of which is smaller than the other, but enough to be an office. Full bath in the hall, small, but expected for the time frame of when the house was built.
Two car garage, washer and dryer hookups. We'll have to buy our own washer and dryer.
We want it. Even Pixie-Brat was good with it. She liked it. She's excited to move, even with me playing devil's advocate and telling her all the negative things like, moving again, new school, have to make new friends, etc. Technically, she really didn't like it here anyway, and she never really made any close friends.
It's in a decent neighborhood, and it's closer to our friends in Lacey and Olympia. I'll be able to go back to belly dancing!!!
We're willing to put up with the 70's linoleum kitchen floor and the crappy carpet in the living room. Hell, if the landlords paid for it, we could install laminate floors ourselves. It's not like Spike can't do house repairs and upgrades. =)
We're moving away from family again. You know, it seems like we do that, but every time we do move closer, it's closer to Bonney Lake...and then away again. Olympia, Renton, Puyallup, Lacey...who knows. Maybe the next time, it will be in Bonney Lake.
The house in Lacey isn't as far out as our last place in Olympia, and it's minutes from Home Depot, Costco, Safeway, Wal*Mart...
Not the country setting we hoped, but the price is good and if we can pay off our debts with the money we'd save on rent, then we'll do it. It's almost $500 less than the current place now.
If it wasn't for the fact that the current house has so much problems, and it's so expensive for rent for this place, we wouldn't be moving. We HATE to move. I'm so sick of moving, I want to break down and cry...or kill people...when we have to move.
But, it would be nice to have money to pay off our debts and have Spike not stress that it takes a paycheck and almost a half of another to just pay rent for this place.
So, while my family is going to bitch and grump about us moving father away again after we moved close enough to visit often, and I know they deserve the right t bitch and moan about it...I don't want to move farther away...BUT...we were happy in Olympia...and we're not happy in our current place. We have to think of what's best for us in this case.
Which means I won't be flying a redtail like I'd hoped, but I can do a kestrel again. I might be flying a kestrel for a while, until we get our own place, it seems, but I can handle that. As long as I don't lose my permit and my sponsor until I reach General.
As for writing, I'm 47,000 some words into the story. Halfway done. When this is done, I'll start another one. =)
So, to recap. Moving imminent, we just don't know when or where though we have one we want. Falconry going. Writing going. We're alive.