In 11 days, we will officially be homeless. Okay, technically in 16 days, because we'll need to spend somewhere between 4 to 5 days driving cross country. According to google, it's 2100 miles. Guesstimating that we average 70mph and drive 8 hours a day, we'll get there in 3.75 days. But of course, that's not accounting for the fact that there will be 2 dogs and a baby in the car.
And our lack of a home isn't because we're not trying, mind you. We had our search narrowed down to 11 houses, which were VERY carefully selected after viewing the insides and checking out the neighborhoods on google maps (I love that street view). But out of the 11 houses, only 2 came back as actual possibilities. Some houses were just way too squished together, others overlooked freeways and the noise was terrible, and then there were the curveballs. One house had over $80,000 of foundation issues, and another house had a previous tenant that decided to go on a destruction rampage before he was evicted.
And just as our luck would have it, one of the final two houses already had 8 offers on it, which really only left us with one house. We offered on it (along with 2 other people), and as of right now the "unofficial" word is that we didn't get it. The "official" verdict hasn't been handed down yet, but unless a small miracle happens I doubt we're going to get it.
We're not giving up - we're still looking. I mean, we really don't have a choice but to keep looking. The wait list to get into military housing is 8 months long, not to mention we'd be in a teeny tiny townhouse. We found 4 more houses that look promising, but I'm trying to not get so excited about them. After all, our original list of 11 got chopped down to just one actual plausible house...that we didn't get.
And in the meantime, we've been packing up house like crazy headless chickens. We're going it camping style and eating off plastic plates right now. All the toys are packed up, and we're about 80% done. We just need to dismantle furniture and move things out into the containers. Then we can be free of the terrible housing here. I'm not looking forward to shacking up in a motel for a couple of weeks, but I AM looking forward to getting out of housing.
I know that right now it looks like I'm just going to abandon this blog, but that is so not the case. I really miss blogging, and can't wait to get back into the swing of things. Soon....!!!