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Oh! Also... I'm feeling a lot better now! Thanks for concerns from everyone. I think the answer is I've just become a sedentary blob.

Also, my body hates my folks' car, which is this SUV sort of thing you have to hop into (but not as bad as a Jeep). This past week, I've been riding around with them a bit, but of course nowhere near as much as when we were on our trip to TX. And every time I started riding with them again, I noticed those old aches and pains returning... And of course, when I avoided it, I started feeling better.

Pants are evil! Maybe my thighs are just getting too chunky, but they feel like sausages squirting out of a tube of toothpaste when I hop into their car. It's like... With normal, everyday movement, I feel okay. But I guess doing all that... heavy lifting kinda wore on them. I wondered if my step-father experienced problems like that, but then I remembered he wears sweatpants most of the time.

Also, there has to be something wrong with that seating. It totally killed my back, though it's better now. I couldn't believe how much pain I was in then, compared to how pain-free I feel now. Uck.

Things feel strangely quiet now! I think it's a number of things. I don't know, but maybe I've never really been too alone? After I moved out of my folks' place, I went right to rooming with friends. And after a few more moves, when I had my own apartment, at least I had my dog with me.

But now, Kato's gone and my folks have left town. They were right down the street, so even though I wasn't living with them (an arrangement that surely would have resulted in deaths), it still felt like they were right here.

And there's even little things like... the stupid hum of computer fans. Since the big one in the living room is powered off now, it's SO dead quiet. It just feels unnerving to me, I guess... I suppose I just like always having some kind of ambient noise. Hence running TVs and waterfalls...

Ugh, so not sure anymore. I can't really be in that "Will I move or won't I?" stage because I already met with my folks' realtor and may be working with him soon. Like, this week. Part of me wants to be all Republican and say, "Whoah, slow down, let's wait on this." But I also feel like this is something I need to start moving my feet on, even if my head isn't quite there yet.

I'm excited about the idea of moving, playing around with a new place, unpacking my things... At the same time, I'm worried about things like whether I can sell or not, how much money I'd lose, etc. If I were to leave this house tomorrow, I wouldn't be sad about it. But I also have fun in this place and have no major complaints, even if things aren't ideal and I DO have many complaints...

As for money... Even though the market here is looking a LITTLE better, if I were to sell now, I'd pretty much be losing a chunk of my original downpayment and the money I invested in this place. However, when I buy a new place, I would also be getting quite a deal pretty much anywhere I go... Also, in the areas of TX we looked at, the prices were very low. So aside from the lose/gain game, I would simply have a lower mortgage and have lower monthly payments. There would also be no state income tax in TX, so that should mean more money in my pocket each month too...

So it seems like it'd sting really badly right away, but it should be better in the long term... And I may be able to enjoy the new place more, especially if there's more space and a bigger lot.

Not to mention, augh, my sinuses. I really, really did breathe a lot more easily down there. Back in Maryland, with its deathly humid summers, I thought NM would be a great change of pace... But turns out it's a bit TOO dry for me. I feel like such a sensitive flower. And the high altitude here may play a role as well...

Well, I guess I'll see. I'll keep packing and cleaning in the meantime.


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Mar. 1st, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
We don't live too close to my parents, because that would drive me nutty, but I'd be sad if I lived far away from them.

Glad you're feeling better!
Mar. 1st, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
*sits on you* you'll do fine, bb. ♥ hey, carve out some time to visit us in raleigh if you can? :) you'll love our new place, and our cats, hee. ♥
Mar. 9th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, if I had the time I'd love to visit you guys! At the moment I can't see when I'd be able to, but I'll definitely keep it in mind!
Mar. 1st, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)

Also you should come visit in a couple weeks when the weather gets up to 70 and feels like you're standing in a 120 degree sauna
Mar. 1st, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
We bought our new place knowing we would take a hit, but it was well worth it. It's a terrible time to sell, but a really nice time to buy. If you are stepping up to a better place, it might be worth it to take a slight loss.

Are you looking into just Ft. Worth or considering the whole DFW metroplex? If the later, I can give you perspective on what it's like to live around there.
Mar. 9th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, you're right! I think whatever I gain in the new place will be worth whatever I lose from my current one. My folks have settled down in Azle, and I was looking around the area... They said that Benbrook looks pretty nice, and I was pretty interested in a listing they showed me from Springtown.
Mar. 10th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
I'm only really familiar with communities east of 35W but the little towns west of Ft. Worth all seem relatively peaceful and quaint, not to mention you can get a ton of house for your money out there. You used to be able to get really nice lake-front real estate but the prices have gone up over the past decade, even despite the economic downturn.

The only drawback to living out there would mean you would be very far from jobs, assuming you were to look for a job in the area at some point. Most of the tech jobs are in the downtownish areas of Dallas, Ft. Worth and Las Colinas, as well as the north end, especially far north Dallas (Plano, Richardson, Coppell, etc.) There are several gaming companies in Dallas including id Software, Gearbox, Mumbo Jumbo, and I believe all are north of Dallas. You would have at least an hour commute from west Ft. Worth (probably longer since I hear traffic is worse.)

Gema and I are in DFW several times a year btw, so if you ever want to meet up when you get settled let us know. :) We would be happy to show you some of our favorite spots around town. I also have tons of geeky friends and family still living there I could introduce you to.
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