End of the Year & Moving

Hello, ladies and gentlemen of blogland! Wow, it’s been awhile. Moving is not fun. Sure, being in a new house is fun, even looking at houses is fun, but the actual moving? Not so much. My family and I went through a pretty rough time for a few months trying to deal with realtors that were never on time, often tried to swindle us, or simply never showed up. It was frustrating. A few times we found houses we really liked, but the realtors bogged down the process of paperwork and we ended up missing out because they lost paperwork or simply hadn’t filed it yet. It got to a point where I told my husband I was going to go look up houses to rent myself (since buying one wasn’t going well)… and one of the first houses I found was one of the largest and nicest homes we’d seen – and had sat completely empty for the past 10 months. We were finally able to get a look at the house, and it was everything we wanted, and 10x nicer than the other houses we’d put bids in on. Paperwork took an evening, and by the next day, we’d been contacted to sign a lease. Two weeks later, we were moving in.

We spent eleven years in a 900 sq. ft. home with 1.25 baths, and 3 bedrooms. Windows didn’t close. Doors didn’t close (including the bathroom door). Grass was growing through the carpet. Two of the bedrooms had two exits – and doors into each other. The laundry hookups were in a shed in the backyard instead of in the house. It was infested with roaches, the wiring was shot, and the appliances, heaters, and air conditioners were so old, that they’re not allowed to legally install them in houses anymore. It was a hellhole. We’re now in a 2334 sq. ft. home, with a double car garage, two stories, 4 bedrooms, a large loft, formal dining, breakfast area, fireplace, and 2.5 bathrooms. It’s five years old, clean, newly painted and newly carpeted, and we couldn’t be more grateful to be here. I’ve finally got my own office to work in that I’m not sharing with my 14-year-old. I cannot express how thrilled I am not only to be here but to be done with the whole process. We’re still unpacking, but we’re fully moved.

Obviously, I’m behind on my work here at the blog. Free Fiction Fridays and Reviews have been on hold for quite a while now because of the chaos that was going on in our household. I have hundreds of review requests sitting in my e-mail that I’m going to have to sort through in the near future. I’ve got a few books read and waiting to be reviewed and posted—and we’ll get to those soon. For now, I’m glad to say that I’m back. Things may still be a little spotty around here for a few weeks as we continue to unpack and get used to our new place, but with any luck, posts will be back to their normal schedule very shortly!

I hope everyone had a great holiday season—I am so looking forward to the upcoming new year!


2016 & The Winter Holidays

Oh man, it has been one hell of a long holiday season. You may have noticed that the posts have been winding down over the last few weeks—though the reviews have been on time (at least up until now) the Weekend Wrap-Ups and Free Fiction Fridays have dwindled—I promise they’ll be back. It’s just been a bit busy here lately. Unfortunately over the last week or so, I became terribly ill—having severe breathing problems until just a few days ago when I ended up stuck in an ER for 5 hours. To cut a long story short, my terrible allergies you’ve heard about time and time again spurred on a severe asthma attack, and for a terrifying few hours, I was struggling for air. I’d previously never had a severe asthma attack, so as you can imagine, I was terrified.

It’s all good now—I have meds that are keeping me breathing, though I still get winded wandering from room to room at the moment. To make matters worse my daughter picked up some kind of stomach bug while we were in the ER, and has been puking all over my house for the last 12 hours. As you can imagine, chaos has descended. So, I’m calling myself in a vacation. I’m still here, I’ll still post, but it won’t be on a regular schedule until the medical issues in my household wind down. I apologize for the delay on regular reviews and other posts, but I assure you, it is temporary. When things wind down a little more I’ll be ready to continue on as usual, bringing you brutally honest reviews with a side of some wonderful indie freebies. Keep your eyes peeled for further posts!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful, hopefully healthier holiday season, and I hope you are enjoying the start of the new year!