Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Waiting sucks!

So we still haven't recieved the offer to move to Switzerland. Everyone has been talking about it and telling us we "should see it any day." Seems like everyone at Luke's work knows what it in that proposal except for us. So we are still in the state of limbo. I want to sell more of our furniture and start packing everything but until the offer is signed, we can't be sure that it is going to happen.

Waiting is awful! I was so excited to hear they were preparing a proposal, but after 3 weeks of waiting my excitment is gone. I'm just annoyed and frustrated and sick and tired of the ups-and-downs we have been experiencing. I've just been trying to keep busy to keep myself distracted. I think I have cleaned this house more in the last 3 weeks than in the last 2 years... I figure, if I keep cleaning it then I'll stay busy and once we get the offer to go I won't have to waste time cleaning ;-)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Craigslist Connoisseur

To keep myself busy during this long waiting period I have been going through our house and selling off anything we don't use and/or don't like. Some of this stuff we have had for the whole 5+ years of our marriage and we have moved from apartment to apartment to rental to house and now it's time to sell it!

Luke suggested that I mark up the price of everything just a little bit since he thought most people would haggle with me to get the price down. So I've been listing everything for what I bought it for (regardless if it is 5+ years old and has dents and scratches in it). Well, surprisingly no one is haggling with me! I sold our queen size bed frame that we bought when we were first married for the same price we bought it for. I also sold our two bed stands that we bought at the same time as the frame (plus they were worn out and had water damage) for the same price we bought them for! I started feeling a little guilty, like I was ripping people off so I sold Jack's old crib and mattress set for a really low price. Hope that makes up for the other people who didn't get the best deal.

Good things come to those who wait?

Way back in October we found out that Luke's Design Center would be closing and that he would either need to relocate to Canada, or he would be laid off. We knew right away that we didn't want to relocate to Canada so we were presented with a couple of options: try to get a transfer to the Switzerland office, or try to find another job. Moving to Switzerland was our first choice but it didn't look likely that it would happen. So over the next few months Luke tried to find a job. Then all the sudden, Switzerland was back on the grid and Luke had a couple of interviews and then we heard nothing for a while. So he resumed looking for work here in Colorado. Then Switzerland popped into our lives again and this time we were told Luke would be getting an offer and he even worked out a relocation package with someone in HR. Two weeks later, we haven't heard anything.

Needless to say we have been living in a state of limbo since October. It is an awful place to be because you are at a crossroads but you can't move because you don't know which road to take. Then all the ups and downs that come with job hunting and Switzerland popping on and off the grid has led to a stressful few months. It is funny to see how Luke and I handle this period of our life. Luke is of the opinion that he doesn't want to do anything until our future is certain. So he has been keeping himself occupied by watch moving and playing games. I, on the other hand, want to get a head start. This will be the 3rd time we've moved in the past 3 years and if I've learned anything it's that you never have enough time to pack up a household. So I've already started selling off our stuff. Of course, if Switzerland doesn't go through we won't have some of our furniture but it doesn't really bother me because I'm only selling the stuff we don't really like anyways.

But for now all we can do is wait...

and hope something good comes from it.