Thursday, December 1, 2016

What's New With You - Nothing November

Time for another What's New With You link up with Gretch & I! No real rules, all we ask is that you link back to us somewhere in your post - easy peasy. I'll be doing another monthly recap, since that's my jam. 

What's New With You

When I was in my early twenties, I worked 3 jobs, went to uni online full time, went to the gym 5 days a week and still managed to have a sort of social life. I thrived on being busy. Then I moved to the US. I don't know if it's because I am older or because I was kind of forced to slow down (could only get one job on my visa, finished school etc), but I am much better at the lazy life these days. I mean, I work and do things, but I am not a busy person and I like it that way. I like downtime and I go a little cuckoo when life gets too busy for my liking.

October was busy. We sold our house and all that jazz. November was a mix of doing absolutely nothing and absolutely everything. I am not complaining, I am super happy we sold our house and all that, it's just I get kind of frazzled and I am not a good multitasker, so I abandon certain things just to get through others - you know?

Anyway. All that to say....November was a weird one.

We did absolutely nothing for the first week or two, and then I drove all the miles to meet up with the girls and run some more miles. It was lots of fun.


And then..... we did absolutely nothing (except the obvious work sleep etc) until Thanksgiving. I ate a lot of beige food. Not pictured: half an apple pie. 


We did go out and shop a bit for black Friday just because we are currently living with my mother in law and though it's all going swimmingly, it doesn't hurt to get out of the house, you know? We bought a few things including a new laptop for me, high five (it totally does not count as shopping as it is my christmas gift and KC was involved and... because I say so, k).

As for where we are with the house, ever since we received the offer we had a closing date of December 5th. Because my mother in law had her family staying the weekend of thanksgiving, we decided to move the following weekend (this weekend), which would be right before closing. We had moved most of the stuff out of the house but left it staged, so it would be pretty simple. Long story short, miscommunication with our realtor (who we love, so no biggie), closing got moved to this week. We found out on Monday and were like.. wait. We still have furniture in the house, the repairs from the inspection haven't been completed... it was a mess. Thankfully, it was an easily sorted mess, but we had to act quickly and get shit done.

Because of weird reasons I can't remember, we signed all the paperwork yesterday and the buyer is signing on Friday. We did give our keys and stuff yesterday, but we technically still own the house until tomorrow.

It's weird, the whole time we were selling and living with my mother in law, we weren't that upset. It's just a house and home is where KC and the cats are, and we didn't really miss it at all. But locking up for the last time? That was all sorts of weirdly emotional. We only lived in the house just shy of 3 years, and nothing huge or life changing happened in it, but still. It was our first house and now we don't own it anymore.


Well, I guess we still own it for another day, but whatever.

So what's next? I really want to make it through the holidays and the new year before we start looking for a new house. I am not in a rush, which I know is weird. I want to take our time and I have no desire to move again for a couple months. It's no joke.

Throw in a few dinners, brunches and Gilmore Girls and that is it for November. Couple of big things, but a lot of nothing, and I think am still drained from October. I am hoping December is finally the month of calming down and not stressing over the house - although to be fair we have had the most simple selling experience ever, I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop - and we can start saving a ton of money without the pesky mortgage.

And of course, it wouldn't be me if I didn't share a kitty photo. Millie loves any kind of cardboard box so I keep one next to my bed so she can lay in it. It's adorable.


So - what's new with you? Link up below and let us know!




I haven't started with my christmas shopping and I have never started this late. Gah. I just want to get everyone gift cards this year. Is anyone else in the same boat as me or has everyone started buying gifts?

51 comments:

  1. That beige plate looks delicious :) My month has been fast-but-slow, like you I've had some big stuff going on in the background but in terms of running around, it's not been too bad.

    I can imagine leaving your first house would have been emotional! I got weirdly emotional when we moved out of the first flat we ever lived in together. We were only there just over 2.5 years and it was just rented, but still! Firsts of anything are significant.

    I hope you have a more calming December, and thanks for the Millie pic :)

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  2. Beige is totally a color, right? So it was a very colorful plate :D I would be super emotional leaving my first house. You have every right to be emotional! That was your first home!
    November was a weird month for most of us, and I am curious to see what December will bring...

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  3. Hey there! Happy December! Even when we left our apartment to move to our new home it was a little bittersweet. I hope you guys find the perfect home for you both-on your own schedule. :) Lisa

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  4. I'd say the sale of your house is a pretty big deal! And I just think it's so cool that you have such a great group of girlfriends who will meet up with you for these races. Obviously I haven't done anything like that myself but it seems like a really cool bonding experience.

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  5. I bet walking out of your house the last time was at least a little bit emotional. But then again, I get super attached to things like that and I'm already dreading the day that we move out of our house (even though we have zero plans to do that anytime within the next 5 years). Enjoy saving up money now that you're not paying a mortgage! :)

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  6. congrats again on the sale of your house!

    seriously, enjoy the mortgage-free months....they're the best. save as much as you can and look for your dream home!

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  7. Congrats on selling your house! Ahh yeah I would be the same way moving out of my first house. My mom has lived in the same house for my entire life so I can't imagine what I'll be like if she ever moves.

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  8. Ugh, all the food!! Looks so good!! congrats again on the sale of your house! I will probably bawl when we finally move from our first home. EVERYTHING happened there, and I'm going to be so sad to leave it -- so yes, totally ok to be weirdly emotional about it - I mean, that was your place every day for three years! Also, your kitty pictures are the best!

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  9. I used to do so much more when I was younger too! Now just going to the gym three times in one week and working one job is exhausting lol! Love that Millie sleeps in a cardboard box, so cute! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  10. Still jealous you have friends who will all travel to run a race. I need to get me some of them.

    Umm, I've been emotional even moving out of most apartments I've had, so I'm certain I would be leaving a house behind. I mean, 3 years is a long time, and you guys have made lots of memories there.

    And I'm not even gonna play. The most colorful part of my thanksgiving plate was the pumpkin pie. Haha.

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  11. Sometimes when people ask what my favourite food is I want to respond with Beige Food & Broccoli, because that really sums it up. I think it's always a little bittersweet moving out of a place where you've lived and made memories, even if the memories aren't necessarily big life changing moments. Congratulations on selling your house and here's to making lots of new memories wherever you call home!

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  12. AGAIN! 22 linker uppers and I am only the 11th comment! WHAT! LOL my head spins off.

    Moving is a total PITA soul and body killer and even when I'm done done done with it, it's very emotional. We'll probably be moving next year and while it's time, I still dread it for many reasons.

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  13. That mac n cheese looks so good right now for some reason! I hope you are able to find a house that you LOVE and that living with your MIL continues to go okay. Enjoy your December, friend! :)

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  14. Awww, I totally understand being emotional moving out of a house! But I always like to say, if we didn't have those emotional moments it would probably mean we aren't living to the fullest!

    I'm TOTALLY with you on the lazy thing! I'm also not a busy person and loooove doing nothing, so cheers to that! Our culture is sort of obsessed with the idea of being busy so I think there is a lot of social pressure to appear productive. Eh, screw it! :-)

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  15. Moving is seriously the worst so I don't blame you for wanting to wait a few months before you do it again! I am so happy the the sale of your house went so smooth! It can be a stressful time. I totally get being emotional when you leave, I know I will be when we lock the doors and drive away the last time from this house. This was the first house we owned, we got married while we lived here, we are about to bring a baby home to this house. It will be a big deal to say bye!

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  16. Moving is crazy emotional! I tend to detach until the last second...I don't know how you managed it - but congrats on selling! Happy December! Now let's start shopping!

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  17. I feel like after moving and selling your home gift cards are a totally acceptable form of gifting. I'm done with Christmas shopping but not dominic'a birthday shopping which is odd bc that's first. Anyway here's to a relaxing month! Thanks for hosting!!

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  18. Girl, I'm with you. I basically get annoyed these days if I/we have any sort of plans or commitments. Ha! Congrats on closing and getting everything out of the house - I'm sure it was so much work and a tad emotional, but you got through it!

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  19. Living with family can be difficult, so I'm really happy to hear that its going so well for you guys!! :) I remember leaving our first place together and it was hard, but more exciting than anything! Like you said, life is where your man is!

    Isn't it funny how cats can sleep ANYWHERE?! Ha!

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  20. I was so excited to move out of our last house but when we left for the last time, I totally got to emotional too. Something about final goodbyes I think.

    My plate was full of beige food too. Carb fest 100%

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  21. When I was a kid I was all about the beige holiday meal - Turkey, Mashed potatoes and gravy, Bread. Now I usually manage to include some green bean casserole or Brussels sprouts.
    I had zero sadness when we moved from our old house even though it was our first house together, it's where I brought the kids home to, etc. We are not closing on the sale though until early Jan, Maybe when I have to turn in the keys it'll hit!
    Millie in the cardboard box, So cute!

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  22. I can only imagine how you guys just want to take it easy and really take your time looking for a new house after going through the whole process of selling with your first home. Even though nothing tremendous happened in your first home, it was your first home...there's something special in that! Such a cute pic of Millie!

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  23. I am a girl who needs downtime and gets really cranky when I don't get enough. I'm so glad that everything went so smoothly overall with selling your home and living with your mother-in-law is going well too! Your Thanksgiving dinner choices look yummy, even though you are missing dressing/stuffing but you're not a fan. I will be big enough to still like you, only because you ate lots of rolls and they are my favorite. Max loves a good cardboard box too. I found one the other days in the recycling room and brought it back to my apartment for him. He adores the dang thing. It stays in the living room though. If it was in the bedroom, he would sleep there instead of in bed with me. And that would cause real Mama Drama because I am a big baby! Here's to a calmer December!

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  24. Happy December lovely. Though I love being busy - I do value my downtime as well. I dont blame you for taking a couple months off before house hunting - moving is brutal. PS miss you!

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  25. We've been in our house 3 years and nothing significant has happened there (except bringing Enzo home), but I know I'll be emotional when we move someday. I pray it goes as smoothly as your selling experience did!
    The lazy months are the best months. I always turn my calendar and see a relatively clean month, then within days it's all filled up. *sigh* That's life, I guess. Ha.

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  26. A calm month is a good month in my opinion! :) I think I would be weirdly emotional as well! Our first apartment was on campus, married student housing haha and it was teeny and awful, but covered by our grants.. so it was ok. I had some really good memories of living there though... and then they blew them up this year... and that was pretty sad. They blew up my first dorm room at the same time.. which was a teeny bit sad... but less so. Glad everything is mostly going smoothly! & woohoo for a new laptop! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  27. Beige food is delicious.

    We lived in our old house for 9 years. I still miss it. We've lived in this house just over 3 and if we had to move again, well, first I'd scream and punch something, but then I'd be sad. I don't think it matters how long you live somewhere; you develop feelings for it.

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  28. Aw, Millie is too cute! And we tend to eat a lot of what we call yellow food sometimes, so that's funny about everything being beige! I hope everything goes well with the closing on your house and that you can find the perfect place for you in the new year.

    -Lauren

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  29. Good luck with your future house hunt! I'm currently living with my parents and though the situation isn't completely ideal it does have its upsides. I'm definitely never lonely! Ha

    Also, I'm now craving a big Turkey dinner (even though I just had one) after seeing that food picture. I'd kill for some mashed potatoes and gravy right now haha

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  30. Nothing like an American winter holiday to bring out the beige-iness of food! You totally need a relaxing month after your October. I'm actually ahead of the game on the Christmas shopping. It helps that we only buy presents for our kids (parents and adult siblings or aunts/uncles/cousins get a gift card or donation in their name to something like Heifer International). Also helps that one kid has only requested a single item on his Christmas list ... the other one has about 20 items. Millie's long hair is adorable! Do you have to brush her out or does she do a good job on her own? I love the long-haired cats but Matt is so allergic. Our two short-haired cats have put him at his limit. :)

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  31. Love all the beige food! Pretty much been only eating that and pizza lately. Sigh. Hope you guys can enjoy the holidays without too much stress!

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  32. LOL at the beige food! We were talking about that at Thanksgiving, that most of the food doesn't look appetizing on the plate. I'm so glad your selling went so smoothly! I know I would definitely be emotional about locking the door for the last time! I'm actually done Christmas shopping! I love Cyber Monday because of all the Christmas shopping I do!

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  33. Hooray for selling your house! It can be such a stressful process so I'm so glad that everything went relatively smooth for you and you're almost officially sold! I feel like I'm like you and like doing things but then I just need all the time to do nothing!

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  34. Best cat bed ever! Moving is hard emotionally and physically, but here's to better things ahead!

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  35. Yay for the house business being over for you for now! Now you can get onto the next chapter!

    I feel like 2017 is going to be an exciting year for you, girly!

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  36. Moving is SO bittersweet! When we left Chicago, I was beyyyyyond ready to be done with our tiny apartment and city living, but I still cried practically the entire day. And I totally laughed out loud at the beige food, ha!!

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  37. I'm glad you had a relatively uneventful month, other than that, what was it, 18-hour round trip drive? :P
    I was emotional when we handed over the keys to our place to our renter and I've gotten emotional the couple of times I've gone back in there since we moved out. I'm sure I'll have all the feels when it's not ours at all anymore!
    I want to move to a different apartment and Ben does NOT because it's such a hassle. I totally get it and I don't blame him or you for wanting to stay put for a little bit because it really is a pain in the ass! Good luck finding a new house...whenever that is :)

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  38. I remember your crazy October - I'm not surprised you spent the beginning of November doing nothing!

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  39. I feel like you. November was busy and not busy all at once which left me in a funk. Here's hoping that December calms down and gives me a break. Probably not going to happen though since we are headed back to Houston for my SILs wedding and an early birthday celebration for Sofia, lol.

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  40. I have never sold a home, but it sounds like such a crazy process!! Glad it was all able to work out. And good luck on the house hunting!

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  41. Selling a home and moving can be so difficult. Glad you got it all worked out. I don't blame you on not rushing to buy again. Finding a home takes time and if you don't have to rush, don't. I don't think buying a home should be rushed, it is a huge purchase. And let's face it, moving is hard and so much work.

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  42. Oh my goodness! I've missed so much. You sold your house?! Are you moving away?? Ok. I need to get caught up with your life.

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  43. I feel like our time is like a purse, or something. It expands to accommodate whatever we need it to at the time, but when left alone, goes right back to its normal, acceptable shape and we wonder how we ever used to fit all that crap into it because this shape is much more natural and fitting. Anyway.

    Congrats on the final steps of selling the house! I can totally see why that final goodbye is emotional though. It's a huge thing, and has been the setting for so many huge things! Here's hoping your next home will be as full of love and happy times as that one was, and many many more.

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  44. HA! Your comment about eating a lot of beige food at Thanksgiving made me laugh. Definitely a sign of a good Thanksgiving dinner. ;)

    Also, congrats on selling the house! I totally get the emotional part of saying goodbye to a place you lived. But on the happy side, this is a great thing for you guys! So glad the house selling process went quickly!

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  45. Congrats on selling your house and best of luck in finding your dream home! :)

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  46. Congratulations on the sale of the house! I hope you guys find something you absolutely love soon (but enjoy the lack of mortgage, too!!) I totally understand waiting to find something you really love - I could never do that because I would lose my mind with the kids in transition but you are doing it at a great time in your life and deserve to take the time!!! Glad you had some nice low-key moments in November! Your beige thanksgiving dinner makes me laugh!!

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  47. I hope you have a calm December! You've earned it! I can imagine it was sad to lock up for the last time! On to bigger and better things! :)

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  48. Moving house and selling your first home as a couple is a massive feat this month! I'd happily eat all of that Thanksgiving plate and go for seconds.

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  49. Sooo excited for you guys on the sale of the house! I can't even begin to imagine the stress with the mishap of the closing date and trying to get everything out so quickly, but it sounds like you guys did an amazing job. I think up until my third year of college I felt like I had to be busy all of the time, and then it finally (thankfully) clicked that I don't have to be doing stuff all of the time and it's such a refreshing feeling when you can just be- so yay for downtime :)

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  50. Sometimes I think slowing down, or not feeling like you need to be go-go-go is part of growing up/maturing. Like, I'm comfortable in my own skin now and comfortable being just me, so I enjoy just spending time at home (being lazy haha) and not always out and about. It's like what Amy Schumer said when I saw her live last week: "Thanks for coming out guys. I know how hard it is to do things". Period. Oh man, I laughed so hard, cause it's true! I hope you guys enjoy a nice quiet, relaxing December! You earned it! Selling a house is stressful and tiring!!

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  51. Nothing wrong with a low key month! Especially after the moving! That in itself is like 3 months worth of busy-ness!! I used to be the same way in my younger years (multiple jobs, college, social life) and now I'm pretty (read: very) boring! :)

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