Our house, in the middle of the street

I'm feeling...unsettled. Literally, without a settle. Our home is sold, all contingencies lifted, and we close escrow on November 14th...four weeks from yesterday. For one dollar less than a cool million. Thank all that is good for that.

What's causing me to stress eat (dang but I wish I wasn't one of those people who eat when stressing) is that WE DON'T HAVE A PLACE TO RENT YET. The place we had planned on renting, the home of a friend, is now on the market...so, no renting there.

Our credit sucks. We might as well have declared bankruptcy, it's that bad. Don't ever get behind on your mortgage payment, especially not more than once (that's my first advice to you).

We have pets; three cats and the Cutest Puppy Ever. All indoor, all litter and house trained...we don't like living with pee all around any more than the next person. Buuuuuuuuuuuuuut...most renters don't like the idea of some scummy person with crap (well, someday we aspire to crap) credit and a zoo renting their pristine home.

We've been turned down multiple times...once for the credit, the rest for the animals. We have one place we are seriously considering, but frankly they want 5K for a security deposit and an exorbitant rent and while we're ready to do it, we'd like to find something more reasonable.

There were, literally, a few hours over the weekend when I started to formulate back up plans in case we didn't find a place to live. Here is a sampling:

1.) Move in with my Mom; she has a two bedroom condo so that would be plenty of room (my mom is sweating just reading that).

2.) Rent a storage unit, put all of our belongings in it, and live in the minivan. My husband's car would be like a second home! We could vacation there!

3.) Shave the animals and pretend that they are quadruplets.

4.) Arrange some sort of a bloggy challenge/giveaway/contest and the winner gets the eight of us as PERMANENT HOUSEGUESTS (my second advice to you is do not enter that challenge/giveaway/contest)!

5.) Just keep on keepin' on, and trust that it will all work out.

I'm going with number five. Pollyanna, that shall be my nickname.


  1. Anonymous10:44 PM

    Mom would take you in. All of you, without a problem. Bring the beds.

  2. mzsamiam10:45 PM

    that was mom. Love ya.

  3. How frustration! We lived with my in-laws for 2 months, right after Jack Jack's birth. So, yep, we had a newborn and 2 older kids and a big dog. We got to sleep on the floor in the living room. They were wonderful about it, but it was definitely not ideal. I will keep hoping for #5.

  4. Aw. Your Mom is sweet.

    That does sound frustrating. I hope you find a solution that works for you soon. We've been in our house 11 years and I can't even begin to imagine the nightmare moving would be.

  5. I can't remember where you live - honestly can't remember where I came across your blog, but I know it was either linked on another friend's page or you commented and I was interested enough to click through. If you're in the Bay Area, CA, I might be able to help if your current agent hasn't already tried. Try going through your agent to rent - they can, and should, negotiate the deposit, the rent, etc just as they would a home purchase contract. jodi@dreamhomesbyjodi.com

  6. We've done 8 moves in 10 years thru 6 states. We'll do it again, too!I feel your pain.

    My heart goes out to ya!

    Things will shake out, they always do!

    Besides, you got yo-momma for back up!:)

  7. I love my mom but I don't know if it would end well if we all lived with her! Anonymous seems like the kind of mom you could live with for awhile...
    have you checked out joy unexpected's blog? she is hilarious about the frustrations of moving and renting right now.

  8. I'm so tired of moving. We move every two years. I've moved about every two years of my life on average.

    I always wanted to put down roots and buy a house. We did that this year. Boy did I panic afterwards. OMG we're going to live here forever!!!

    Like five years is forever to me. What if I hated the house? Panic city.

    We've lived with my mil for six years once. Every big move we tend to live with her a few months. With the kids it's difficult but not horrible (for space reasons). It was good to have that backup until we could find something.

    Good luck on your search!


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