Are you sick of reading about our "maybe we're moving, maybe we're not" misadventures? I'm sick of living them, but believe it or not, I talk about this stuff in real life even more than I do on here. I know, you're in no hurry to meet me face to face now!
The last of our market value reports came back this week, and we decided to list independently on LandandFarm.com (Buy me, please!!). One of the main reasons we have for wanting to move is to get out from under the debt of our home loan. We may be young, but we're already quite sick of living with a mortgage and struggling to make ends meet. Ideally, we will make a terrific profit on the house, move somewhere that's more within our price range, and buy our property outright so that we never have to think about stressful things like mortgages ever again. That's the goal, anyway!
I can't stop thinking of all the traveling we could do, and all the fun we would have if we weren't so worried about paying our home loan every month. One of the things that gets me most excited is the idea of buying all organic/natural foods and spending more time cooking our meals. I guess I'll save that topic for another day, though!
I've had a long-standing love affair with kitchen gadgets. It started when I was in college in New York City. Once a week, I'd take the subway uptown to Crate and Barrel and spend time browsing what I called "the gadget wall." Usually, I'd find something that I just had to have, and I would take it home, excited about cooking once again.
Now that I'm out of the city and Crate and Barrel-less, I've started browsing for cooking gadgets online. My favorite place to shop is EKitchenGadgets.com, since they have a huge selection and even feature Le Creuset products. I worked at a Le Creuset outlet store for a short time a few years ago, and fell in love with their beautiful colors and terrific cookware.
Right now, I'm looking into buying a food processor. Since I make my own baby food, it seems like it would be a worthwhile investment, and I'm sure I'd find a lot of uses for it even after I'm done cooking for my infant.
I would also really like to try this stain-removing gadget. I have a terrible time getting stains out of my family's clothes, and it sounds like this could be the solution to my problems. It's only $9.99 so it can't hurt to try it out!!
Tell me, dear readers, what are your favorite kitchen gadgets?
We had a wonderful vacation last week, spending time with family and enjoying Disney World (sans crowds and long lines)! Unfortunately, I am currently suffering from a painful bout of mastitis -- if you've ever had it, you know how awful it is. I ended up in the emergency room with a 104* fever at 2a.m. this morning. Not fun. Apparently, eight of our neighbors goats and my friend Jen also have it, which is funny in its own right . . . it's like an epidemic.
Anyway, being sick has given me the chance to lay around and do some online shopping so I can't complain too much. Someone at work pointed out Punk Bebe to me and I am eager to place an order. I absolutely love non-traditional baby clothes, and some of the sayings this company uses are hysterical. I especially like "Get your own baby" -- my son needs to wear that one around his grandma -- and I am definitely placing an order for one that says "Screw the binkie, give me the tit." If my son could talk, I'm quite sure he would use those exact words every time he laid eyes on a pacifier!
Seriously, when I am having a rough day, nothing puts a smile on my face like funny baby clothes. You know your baby wants some too!
Mike and I are back to talking about moving, after a few days of being depressed when our first market value analysis gave us less-than-optimal results. We had a new (more experienced) realtor come in, and now it looks like we may in fact be able to escape this place called New Jersey and aim for greener pastures in Kentucky. I'm excited, although of course by the time we get there, my friend in Louisville will surely have moved to California for her fiance's grad school education. Oh well.
Since we are planning to simplify our lives with a move, Mike is planning to work a more flexible job. The only problem we see is that he will no longer have insurance through his employer. It's likely that even if he finds a new job that will give him insurance, they won't give me any insurance coverage as a domestic partner and not a spouse. That means, get married or get private insurance. I would prefer the latter but only because I'm a nonconformist. Financially, we'll likely be heading off to visit the court house and tie the knot for no other reason than securing insurance for ourselves and our kids.
Maybe we should move to Canada instead: socialized health care for all!
I haven't been posting much lately, as life has been fairly dull and I hate subjecting anyone else to the longwinded rambling thoughts that come out of my head when I'm bored!
Things are going to get more exciting in about a week, when we head to Florida for the first vacation we've had in a year. I love vacations, and just like this time last year, I am starting to feel really restless and unhappy with everything. A vacation should help me relax and recharge, and it will get Mike away from the house and his 2034983208 projects.
We are continuing to talk about moving (I think I mentioned that earlier). I am all geared up to go to Kentucky, and I actually found a house that I adore. Mike wants 150 acres, though, and that's going to keep us from finding anything in our price range. The house I like is affordable, but sits on 62 acres instead of 150. Seriously, I do not get his obsession with acreage, and I am starting to get frustrated that it is keeping us from getting out of here. Anyway, I am going to contact a realtor for a market value analysis of our New Jersey home.
I'm still working at DiscountClick doing link-building on our sites, and still enjoying it. I'll keep this job forever if my boss continues to be happy with my work. I like the challenge, and I especially like having an assortment of things to do as far as SEO, writing, and networking go.
That about sums it up for now. Florida, here we come!!