I have to address this particular subject right now because at the moment my mom in in Reno.? With any luck she won’t go back and read the posts she missed while she was on vacation.? Who the hell am I kidding.? She trolls my site daily for new photos of my child.
Soooo… Appleton.? Wisconsin.
Let me give you a little background on me.? Remember that whole I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder thing?? Well, for me the worst month of the year is January.? If you’ve never been to the Northwest for an extended period of time in January you just won’t get it.? Today was the first day of sun we’ve seen in nearly a month.? Honest to God sun.? It may have been 45 degrees, but by gawd we were going to the park sun.? The Northwest is wet, cold and dreary. ? I can’t stand it.? It makes my joints hurt.? Even typing this is killing my hands.? Oh, I’ll get to what you are all thinking in a minute.
The other little part of this is that the trusty husband works for a company with 2 home offices.? One happens to be in Appleton, WI.? In his position he is an employee of the regional office located here in the Tacoma area.? Basically, he has gone as high as he can working for the regional office.? His only opportunity for advancement is if he were to work for the “home office.”
So here it is January and I’m in a little bit of a funk.? I want to add to our family, but no more people will fit into our current house without an addition or just up and getting a bigger house.? Unfortunately, we can’t afford to move right now.? Hello!? Suck-tastic housing market.? Whee!
Then there’s that whole I’m jealous of Rhonda thing.? Oops.? Sorry sweetie.? I didn’t tell you that.? I am.? I’m totally jealous of her new house.? The starting over in a new city.? All of that.? It could be that I’ve been in the same house for 4 years now.? This is the longest the trusty husband and I have been in a house.? Seriously.? We’ve moved 12 times in 11 years.? And we’ve been in this house 4 years.? You do the math.
I have this nomadic tendency.? Probably why I repaint walls every 6 months.? I can’t move… Oh! let’s repaint. ? Sears loves me.
So couple the fact that I have this undying need to change something in our housing situation and the “best” opportunity to do so would be for the trusty husband to apply for a job at the home office.? I started looking at houses online in Appleton, WI.?? This is the point where I loudly proclaim to my family that WE ARE NOT MOVING!!!? If you think wet rainy is bad try looking at houses online in Wisconsin.? In January.? Good lord.? There is like 2′ of snow on the ground in every photo.
Then the other day I was cleaning my office (for the forty billionth day in a row) and the trusty husband comes in and says, “you wanna know why I don’t want to move to Appleton?? Come look at this.”? He shows me the Green Bay/ Seahawks game on TV.? Yep, blizzard.
So while I think it would be fun to live somewhere I could have a white Christmas and a back yard ice rink, I don’t think my joints could handle the cold.? But damn, have you seen the housing prices compared to the NW?? $275K for a 4 br, 3.5 ba, 3500 square foot house.? In a “good” market my 1400 sq ft house would go for $249K.
Besides, I’ve lived in the midwest.? I don’t think they’d let me back.? Says the lady currently listening to Eminem.? Don’t judge me.