Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Condo for sale

"Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out." (Anton Chekhov)

Wow. It's been more than a month since I last blogged. Here's what we've been doing:

*I finished teaching my summer class. Five days later, Ed started taking two classes for ESL certification.

* We put our condo on the market. I don't have a link to our listing, but it's a lovely top-floor two bedroom, two bath in Lincoln Square in case you know anyone who's interested. It's $269,000. To get it ready we had to do a few last fix-ups and throw out and store a bunch of our junk--and now keep it spotless for any last-minute showings. So far, there's been decent interest.

* In tandem, we have been looking for a house: either in the city or in the nearby suburb of Oak Park. We need to find a deal, since our price range is under $350,000. So far we've seen two we like, but we need to sell our place first.

* We spent the 4th of July with my parents in Wisconsin. Sam did not like fireworks. He did like riding in Grandpa's boat.

* We had visitors from Kentucky: Ed's brother, sister-in-law and niece Elena. Cute pictures of Sam and Elena soon.

* We've been to the pool, to the park and played on the deck a lot. But mostly I've been working on a book project that's due August 1. And Ed has been studying. Not the relaxing summer we hoped for, but all stuff that needs to get done before we get Baby #2.

* Not a lot of time for being creative, but I did knit one baby sweater and hat for a friend who just had a little girl. Photos to come.

We're a little sad about leaving this condo. It was our first place as a couple and as a family. And it really is an awesome place--just on the third floor and no elevator. That's hard enough with one kid; it will be nearly impossible with two. And even though Oak Park has an urban feel, we're very conflicted about leaving the city. It probably makes sense not only for my job but for Ed, who is interested in teaching in the 'burbs. But we are really city people. We've fallen in love with a cute bungalow not far from our condo. If our place sells soon, we might have a chance at it. Prayers to St. Joseph (some people bury statues) appreciated!