It’s strange, but… after almost four years in Maryland, we’re contemplating the possibility of moving once more. We moved down for my husband’s job, but for various reasons that’s ended up being farther away from the home we got than we had reason to think it would be. We’re both tired of the 2-3 hours taken out of his day for the commute, not to mention the gas costs for same. To make matters stranger, most of the wonderful close friends (we consider them family) we ended up making are in Virginia, which is also about an hour and a half from home. If we moved to a spot in Virginia about 20-30 minutes from those friends it would also be about a half hour from my husband’s job. And the property values in some towns there are lower than what they are here, it seems, so we could get a similar house for a chunk less money (in theory, anyway).
Pretty compelling, huh?
It’s just, well, it’s never fun to move. There’s so much to do, so many details to see to, and then you have to hope you sell your house… which seems tough when literally a third of the houses on your street are for sale and they haven’t exactly been going quickly.
Who knows. Maybe we’ll end up waiting until next year or the year after. I plan to keep an eye on the housing market; since we’re not in a hurry, if the right house comes along… who knows? But there’s no need to rush and compromise on something we won’t be happy with, at least.
Today’s reviews are of two romance/historicals. It really isn’t my favorite time period, but I think Allison Chase’s Dark Obsession is a good sample of the genre, and Joanna Bourne’s My Lord and Spymaster is an amazing book in several other genres (mystery, spy adventure) as well!
The below video of a young lady’s speech to the UN regarding the destruction of our world and resources is incredibly eloquent and moving.
We have a similar upcoming tough decision about moving coming up, because Jennifer is awesome and out of state people want her. we’ll soon have to decide if the lost equity and moving me away from my successful job balances out against a great job opportunity…
Making the decision to move is never easy, is it? We may be facing a move in a couple to three years if things go the way I hope with our property, but then I start thinking of the actual moving–packing and packing and packing. And then the actual moving. Ugh. Sometimes it’s the right choice though and worth the pain of getting there. It’s just a matter of what you want more, I guess. At least you don’t have to make the decision right now. Time always helps provide perspective.
Oh, how I hate moving. It’s enough to make me stay here in this house forever. Which I might. But, it sounds like you have some pretty compelling reasons. Good luck with your decision.
Cutting time out of a wretched commute is sometimes worth it! I’m sure you’ll make the right decision–whatever that is. We are contemplating a move as well (not far from where we are now, but it will also cut my commute in half), but I hate to rush a decision like that!
Scott: Good luck! That sounds like a particularly difficult choice.
Feline: Yeah, having some time is good. I think this time we would try to spring for having the movers pack most of our stuff. Normally I’d prefer to have only our own hands on our things, but I’m not sure I want to deal with it again. Maybe some of both—pack a handful of things ourselves that I know we’d not want to risk, and then get the rest packed for us.
Tara: Thank you, Tara! I admit, I really hate moving, but these are reasons that could make it worthwhile for us.
Trish: Yeah, I know what you mean! If it was just one thing (the commute, or our friends being closer, or having a smaller mortgage thanks to the low prices right now) I don’t think we’d move. It’s the whole stack adding up. Good luck with your own decision & move!
I start thinking of the actual moving–packing and packing and packing. And then the actual moving. Ugh. Sometimes it’s the right choice though and worth the pain of getting there. It’s just a matter of what you want more, I guess.