I know, it's sunday. But I don't think I'm doing a six word photo tonight. Will hopefully get back into regularly scheduled bloggings once things settle down for a bit. Which will hopefully be soon... sometime. (or at least for a few months before we become a family of 4 and all hell breaks loose)
Yesterday's trip to Sacramento went quite well. Donovan did awesome with aunt Jen all day (though he did save 2 exceptionally messy poops for her to contend with, that little stinker). We managed to look at 3 different houses, and drive by 3 more that aren't yet available to see inside. We really loved one of the ones we toured yesterday, its location is decent and the house has quite a bit of charm... however I'm not sure it's quite right (two big strikes are no central AC-- does have window units-- and while it has 4 bedrooms, 2 are upstairs and 2 are downstairs, which makes things awkward in trying to figure out who sleeps where).
This coming week (hopefully tomorrow or tuesday, even) Zach will get to tour 2 of the houses we drove past. One of them could be perfect (location is ideal, price is great, has all the on-paper amenities we want), I'm just a tad bit worried about what the inside will look like, especially since the rent is relatively cheap. I'm crossing my fingers, though. There are other options, and ones that would be really wonderful to live in, but would also be pricier and a tighter squeeze on the budget. Which is a whole dilemma in itself-- all these years we've lived in somewhat dumpy places in order to save on rent (the only exception being Geneva, and that was only b/c work wouldn't let us use the housing allowance money on anything else so we went with the expensive farmhouse). At what point do you decide it's worth it to pay more for a place you know you'll love? I'm not sure.
We're still going back and forth on whether it'll make sense to buy, either sooner (few months) or later (year+). My guess is that's a conversation we'll have many, many, many times over in the coming months. It was encouraging to see an open house for a house that looked like it would have been pretty much perfect and was beautiful, listed at just about the top end of our price range. But, I still have qualms about putting all our available savings into a house, in a market that may or may not appreciate in price over the coming 3-4 years, while working for a start-up that could go potentially go golden, or easily go bust.
One thing you can be sure of-- if you thought Zach spends a crapload of time on Zillow.com (oh, and he does), you'd better believe he'll be even more obsessed now. ; )
Ramble, ramble, ramble... where was I? Oh, yes. So tomorrow is Zach's FIRST DAY AT WORK! This is fairly exciting. I'll probably be on pins and needles all day waiting for a call from him to tell me either these guys seem to really know their sh!t, or that no one knows what they're doing. Aaaah, the magic of start-ups! He left right before D's bedtime to drive to Sac, where he'll reside in a hotel till Friday night. This will likely be our routine for the next 2 weeks, and then we'll hopefully move into our next abode sometime around June 1st.
At least, that is the plan. It's about as certain as if it were written in pencil on a cocktail napkin.