And then, this marvelously wonderful thing happened. I settled into life. Just me, my husband, the cat and the dog. Nothing really changed. We got comfortable and enjoyed each other. Sure, we honeymooned and visited family in California, and had fun adventures with friends here in the mean time. But nothing that felt worth necessarily reporting back on. We were happy, things were good. Great, even.
And then, because leaving things well enough alone has NEVER been a strong point of mine, we went ahead and changed EVERYTHING all at once. Looking back I guess it wasn't really intentional. We kind of dabbled into changing a few things and then the world was like, "Oh yeah? You want change? You want to test the waters, you type-A control freak? OH I'LL GIVE YOU CHANGE."
In roughly 30 days, one calendar month, Tom interviewed for a new job, quit his job and started a new one. I interviewed for a couple jobs, found one, quit my job, started a new one. We went to peek at a house that had been on the market for forever. And then put an offer on it. Then changed a bunch of stuff in our house and listed it. And then sold it. Oh, and went to California for InLaws Vacation 2016 in the middle there. So let's dissect, shall we?
Tom was killing it at his current job, but just not feeling like progression was happening. Plus, having been married for about 6 months at that point and only spending a total of two, (COUNT IT, TWO) weekends together thanks to a killer retail schedule, he thought a 9-5 might be a little more fun. So he interviewed for a new position. Side note: he didn't just interview, he killed the game of interviewing. Round 2 included a 6 person panel interview at which he needed to give a 2-3 minute presentation. He got an offer 2 days later.
We agreed last fall that we'd take a break looking at houses for a while and pick back up in the Spring. Tom did that, I of course did not (see above note regarding leaving things alone). So I kept coming back to this adorable dutch colonial house on a street I have called my "Dream Street" since moving to Waukesha. Finally, to appease me (because he is not only the perfect match for me but also a mastermind when it comes to "winning" the game of Angie) Tom agreed to go look at it. Despite needing some serious love (read: wallpaper EVERYWHERE and carpet in both the bathroom and the kitchen!) we put an offer in on the house the next day. (more on this later)
|Hopefully our Home, Sweet, Home (pending all contingencies behaving)|
Next up was a trip to California to see Tom's family.
And we got to go sailing on my father-in-law's gorgeous boat where I proceeded to get super seasick and made everyone turn around after like...an hour. And they still like me! So, winning, I suppose.
While in CA, Tom and I continued negotiations on our offer on the new (very old) house over pancakes at iHop. After some drinking, some heated discussion about our flexibility in the offer and then some tears (from me, of course) we finally agreed to an offer!
When we got back, I found a posting for a job as the Marketing Director of a pretty awesome shopping/town center here in Milwaukee and applied on a whim. Few days later I had an interview with my potential future boss at a Starbucks. Three hours later, I was ALL about this job and basically best friends with her. Fast forward a few weeks and I had participated 3 more interview rounds and accepted an offer.
Fun fact: on one day in this 30 days of change, I had a final interview with my boss and her boss, accepted the offer for the new position, and then went IMMEDIATELY to the inspection on our new house. Just keeping things real casual with no pressure, you know, how I like it!
Then, because we had put an offer on a new (old) house, we realized we also needed to list our condo. So we did some real quick updates and projects (within in one week we got new floors, new countertops and did some small projects around the house) and got the thing listed.
|Thanks, St. Joe. Despite making my husband think I was off my damn rocker, you served us well!|
Three weeks later (and SO MANY showings that included Tom, Bella, Gracie and I locked in a car in visitor parking about 10 feet from the house) we had an offer on our condo!
|So much more time in a car w/ animals than I care to have in a few week's time.|
|Very indicative of how they felt about the showings.|