monday morning update, july 28, 2008

the weekend that was: holy cow. it was all about house hunting. so freakin’ stressful, as our house sold so much more quickly than we expected (2 weeks). more update below…

where i am at the moment:
sitting at my desk for a day! yeah!

on my to-do list this week: the main thing is a trip to Z for a leadership team retreat, which i have a bunch of prep for today. we also need to start packing, and hopefully, agree on a purchase price for the home we made an offer on.

moving update: wednesday night, we drove by 25 houses (thank god for gps, baby). thursday, we started spending 5 – 7 hours a day with the realtor. we went through 9 houses thursday, 10 friday, 15 saturday, and 8 sunday. our spirits were pretty down by saturday night, as we were finding that buying a house has a lot of similarities to a software or website build. software and web people say there are three variables everyone wants: finished quickly, low price, and custom/robust features. and, they say, you can only have two of those — any two, but only two. we found in our house hunting that there were three variables also: neighborhood we want, house we want, price we want. we could only find two of the three. we’d find a great house in a great neighborhood, but couldn’t afford it; or we’d find a good house for a good price, but in a neighborhood we didn’t really want to be in; or we’d find a house we could a afford, in a neighborhood we liked, but the house sucked or was too limited in one way or another. finally, on sunday, we found a couple that met all three variables, and after going back to them a second time, one was the clear winner. we made an offer sunday night, and are waiting to hear a response.

procrastinating about: not much. everything is at full-tilt right now. i’m not making progress on my next book, but i don’t know how i could — so it’s not really procrastinating.

book i’m in the midst of: the book of general ignorance, by John Mitchinson and John Lloyd, and the blue parakeet: rethinking how you read the bible, by scot mcknight

music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: very little music this week.

next trip: tuesday through thursday in holland, michigan, for a zondervan leadership team retreat.

how i’m feeling about this week: i’m sure the leadership team retreat will be great, but i’m really stressed about what we have to accomplish this month with our impending move.

6 thoughts on “monday morning update, july 28, 2008”

  1. Don’t stress too much about moving. I’m sure everything will fall into place. Just take things one day at a time, and give the retreat your full attention.

  2. We just did a week on the beach south of Holland last week with the family. Amazing time – that coast is a great (and under appreciated) part of the US.

    Congrats on finding a house that “fits.” That’s a big step!


  3. WOW. Two weeks in this market? That’s crazy! Congrats on the quick sale! We’re about to get ours on the market – even if it takes twice as long as yours to sell I’ll be thrilled! : ) I’ll be praying that they take your bid!

  4. marco,

    not to add stress to a busy week, but since your in holland and i live here and if you want to grab coffee or a brew, give me a call if you have time.

    ty hogue [from way back in fuller days] 616-218-0109

  5. Hey, while in Holland, be sure to grab a coffee at JP’s in downtown. Even better than starbucks!

    I grew up just outside of Holland. The lake is incredible, too.

  6. Dude, I feel your stress. I’m in the process of moving 3 states away. I have 6 weeks between getting the job offer and starting the new job. I had all of 2 days in the new town to find a house (which, after 8 hours with a realtor, I did), and now I’m trying to pack, finalize details long-distance and sell a house in a stagnant market in my current town, and wrap up 5 years of great ministry with my students. It’s tough!

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