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Sorry for the ghosting! To say the last few weeks have been hectic is an understatement. I packed up my house. I trekked 2 days to Texas. I unpacked. I started the new job. I started a second job. I’m desperately trying to figure out up from down.

I start job #1 in the early morning and put in 9-10 hours while I ‘drink from a fire hose’ getting up to speed. I get home around 6, make dinner then spend 30 minutes working out or doing yoga for mental health. Seriously, movement keeps me sane (mostly). After that, I hop on my computer to do job #2 until I can’t stay awake and repeat daily.

Why am I working 2 jobs? First off, moving was WAY more expensive than we anticipated. We are paying a mortgage in California while we remodel the house and we are paying rent for an overpriced house in Texas. Rent and mortgage alone are roughly $5,400/month. When we add utilities for both houses, we’re at $6,000/month. Wait, it gets better… we get to add all the costs from the remodel. My bank account is screaming for mercy and I refuse to go into debt. Second, I took over job #2, which was previously what my husband did at night, so he can focus all his time remodeling the house faster because frankly, we can’t hold on to two household bills much longer.

And more than the money, I miss my husband. We talk while we both are working late at night and I can hear the weariness in both our voices. We’ve only been working like this for four weeks but it feels like an eternity. Five more to go.

Ugh. This sucks. Sorry for the whiney post. Just wanted you to know I’m still alive…barely. ; )

I’ll catch you up on all the ways we messed up our move that cost us a fortune. You want to know what NOT to do, I’ve got a long list for ya. Oh, and I have a long list of money mistakes I make when I’m tired and lonely. And, I’ve got a list of unexpected expenses I probably should have expected but didn’t and what a big mess I made. I’ll catch you up later.


  • Reply Angie |

    I find it a bit strange that you’re selling your house partially due to the huge value increase in the past few years (which you acknowledge) yet you’re continually calling your rental “overpriced”. The housing market has skyrocketed in 2 years almost 20-30% in some areas. Your rental is likely market rate, hence the high competition you experienced in finding one. Just because you anticipated Texas was cheap and found out that it is not doesn’t mean your rental is overpriced. You will be reaping the benefits of the housing increases immensely with the sale of your home. Why do you not understand that this affects rental prices too?

  • Reply steveark |

    You’ve got a full plate for sure! At least you’ve got that finish line in front of you five weeks away, it helps when you know it isn’t really endless. The post doesn’t read like a whine, it reads like you are a winner. Not many people take on the world like you guys are doing. Believe me, some day you’ll look back on this with some degree of fondness and pride. But it might take a few years!

  • Reply Cwaltz |

    Change is never easy. Hopefully in 5 weeks you and hubby will be on the other side of things and will be able to laugh at the mistakes and be excited at all the new things you all will have to look forward to. Crossing my fingers that the bumpy ride thus far becomes a little smoother.

  • Reply CJ |

    We recently went the other way, one household but from two incomes down to one. Have you ever tried a quote processor like fastinsurancerate.com? May help. We ended up cutting out most of the eating out – that also helped…a ton!

  • Reply Holly Sanford |

    Give yourself some grace. Relocating is tough in the best of circumstances. Hopefully when your 5 weeks or so is up then you’ll realize it was all worth it!

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