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17 August 2007 @ 09:00 am
Multiple Things  
First, I hope kiltedwitch's birthday brings him a spot of joy in some very difficult times. I don't think he lurks on livejournal much, but I'm sure weirdsister will pass it along for me...

So, here we are back in Hotlanta (and I do mean HOTlanta - in Indy they are whining about wimpy 91 degree days while it has been hitting 100 down here) for some meetings and to prep for the big trip to Japan.

On the house sale front the leads seem to have dried up like the proverbial drought-stricken stalks of Dust Bowl grain. The Realtortm assures us this is normal, things slow right before school starts but then come back a week or so later. I guess this is because all the people who managed to sell their houses just before school started now need to find somewhere to live? I dunno about that, but the big Inventory Of Houses sign on I-75 shows a few thousand fewer houses for sale this week than were for sale when we went north. We are also the only house now for sale in our neighborhood (the other house finally sold after being on the market for a year). We'll just have to wait and see.

The Atlanta house becomes less and less like home the more time we spend in Indiana. The constant trips back-and-forth, the inability to remember which house contains a certain utensil/musical instrument/book/DVD/whatever, and the financial uncertainty beginning to creep in (nothing major, just the constant spending of mortgage and repair money that would go away if the blasted place would just sell) are making it seem like a dreaded business trip rather than even a second home.

It becomes difficult to schedule activities as well. Meetings change and, if we had plane tickets, yet another chunk of cash gets spent to change flights. Things we hate to miss (like the housefilk at Chez kiltedwitch/weirdsister) end up being on weekends we just can't stretch to, especially when those weekends are filled with things like the Indiana State Fair and farmers' markets and so much that reminds me why I love the Hoosier State.

On the other hand, we still have trouble dealing with missing our friends in Atlanta and the time we used to spend with them. Dragging out the transition doesn't make it easier, and simply bodily kidnapping them all and installing them in the beautiful yet exceptionally affordable homes that surround us just somehow is not an option.

Ultimately, I think the change is good but I need it to finish. We have commitments through the end of October, but we can execute those commitments as burdens on our children (bwaaa haaa haaaaa) just as easily as we can by being homeowners here.

Tomorrow, we will be having a massive Passing On of the Furniture, where much of what we have that won't fit (style-wise) in the Indiana house will go to a friend of ours whose family lost everything in a fire recently. They will be coming to pick what they want and we'll load it up - an appropriate thing to do since many of these things came to us through somewhat magickal means and this is a good way to pay it forward. It will empty the house just that little bit more.

Next week, we wing our way toward the Land of the Rising Sun. I'm extremely nervous about this trip because I'm not having much luck getting things arranged ahead of time. The Mt. Fuji climb is proving extremely difficult to set up - I finally managed to get us places to stay the night before and night after but I still have not been successful getting a hut for resting the night of the climb itself. Until I get this finished, I won't be making any reservations for the rest of the trip (though the 4 nights at WorldCon are already set and paid for) because we might need to change nights and they charge to change reservations. I'm probably going to leave making arrangements for the second week until we get to Japan - partly through time constraints and partly so we can be organic about the second week based on what we manage to fit in during the first week.

Whatever happens, this is turning out to be about the most expensive trip we've ever taken. Once-in-a-lifetime and all that, we've been saving for it so it isn't that big a deal, but the frugal person buried deep inside me still winces at the prices and the realization we haven't even paid for meals or incidentals yet.

Tonight we try another telephonic assault on the non-English-speaking huts on Mt. Fuji, with the help of my manager at work who lived and worked in Japan for many years and retains some of his language skills. Skype is my friend for international calling, that's for sure...
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Gwenthe_gwenzilliad on August 17th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
I'm sending American Hugs via an Englishman the_magician to Japan for both of you! :-D
GreyLadygrey_lady on August 17th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
First of all, happy birthday, if somewhat belatedly. (You haven't posted in the interim.) We thought of you while at the GBBF, and HITCH valiantly sought the correct brew to raise to you (they're more to his taste than mine).

Sympathies on house frustrations but I hope that the trip to Japan is a wonderful opportunity to get away from it all!
carolfcarolf on August 17th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, man. Multiple houses are the proverbial PITA! Clif and I celebrated each time we managed to peel one off of our shoulders when we married (three homes, at one point!) You have my sincere sympathy and empathy. Good vibes winging their way to both Indiana and Atlanta (just to cover all bases) as I type. (I'd send them to you in Japan, but, I'm too jealous. Oh, alright. To Japan, too.)

But, on the plus side, it sounds as though you're getting settled emotionally. The desire to see old friends will never fade, of course. And while we all know it's much cheaper where you are, they probably won't move. (I keep trying to tell my California family they could buy the horse farm down the road from the new house for the money they pay in rent now to live on a ranch, but they don't buy it, for some reason...)

But isn't it great when the "new house" is simply "home?"

I'm envious of that, too. I have at least another year, yet.

I'm happy for you both.
Rob: tiger hug - calvin and hobbesautographedcat on August 17th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
On the other hand, we still have trouble dealing with missing our friends in Atlanta and the time we used to spend with them.

We're having a hard time with that too. :/

I think one of the reasons I was motivated to write such a detailed gaming session entry was so you could experience it, if only by proxy. I can't promise I'll be able to keep that up, but it felt right at the time...

Miss you both more than I have words, so I'll just leave it at that.
stevieanniestevieannie on August 18th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
I know how the "Dammit why won't this house just SELL already?" blues go, and I send very sympathetic thoughts in your direction.

I truly believe that your challenging time is almost at an end. We look forwards to visiting you in Indiana :-)