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The first thing you do when looking for a new house, of course, is to write down all the features you want. And then divide these into categories of "must haves" and "would be nice." It's important to be realistic... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at amalah . com
AAAAAAAAAAAAAEEEEEEEEEIIIIIIIIIIIII So that's like, my primary operating state right now. I'm trying to write and work, keep kids fed and somewhat entertained, get all kinds of paperwork in order for schools and loans and god knows what else. And then... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at amalah . com
So we have some news. We made an offer on a house yesterday morning. (A yellow one, obviously.) It was a lowball offer, but I wrote the sellers a letter, which apparently made a huge difference. (Go meeeeeee!) They countered,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at amalah . com
This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. If I may brag a little, just for a moment (lolololol), I am pretty proud that in spite of all the bonkers-level craziness of the past month, I've managed to keep life fairly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at amalah . com
So that's done. Ish. Still have the inspection/appraisal gauntlet to get through (YOU BEST BEHAVE, HOUSE), but we accepted an offer last night. And broke more than a few hearts in the process, unfortunately, including a woman who literally barged... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at amalah . com
On Sunday morning, the day of our Open House, we woke up to a bedroom full of wasps. Wasps. Not hornets. We'd already dealt with the hornets. And now there were dozens of freshly hatched little wasps all over the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at amalah . com
It happened. It's happening. Sign in the yard, house officially goes on the market in an hour or so. First showing is already booked approximately 15 minutes after that. Me right now: Also me right now: So I just need... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at amalah . com
The house is getting photographed for our listing this afternoon. It's happening! It's all finally happening! As of yesterday, however, this was all still happening: WELCOME TO OUR HOME! HAVE A BIKE OR SEVEN! I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE TO... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at amalah . com
Wow. I am so frazzled right now I completely forgot to blogshame my amazing husband about this: While he was away last week, I decided to be SuperNice SuperWife and organize his closet for him. Or maybe for me, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at amalah . com
Hi. I'm a wreck. This moving idea. It's a terrible idea. I think it might be the single worst idea we've ever come up with, and that includes the matching tattoos and that time we went to IKEA just to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at amalah . com
Not quite a contender for Song of the Summer, but you gotta admit I've got a pretty impressive soundtrack going on around here. 41 Seconds of Summer​ from amalah on Vimeo. (All day. Every day. Help meeeeeeeee.) Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at amalah . com
While Jason is away on business, I have been on full-time PROTECT THE GARDEN squirrel trap duty. (Unripened heirlooms still on the vine. Pretty sure he counted them before leaving for the airport. Maybe sang to them a little bit.)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at amalah . com
I have no idea what to write about, because I am having troubled coming up with any string of words or letters or even basic sounds that would come close to what life is like around my house right now.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at amalah . com
I had an anxiety dream a couple weeks back — the first one I've had in awhile, so...progress? — that centered around an inability to write my name legibly on a name tag. (Think about that, for a moment. Of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at amalah . com
We did it. We told the kids that we are maybe probably most likely thinking about moving. It went well! Much better than we were expecting, given that the last we broached the subject with Noah he freaked out and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at amalah . com
Beep. Beep Beep. Beep. Jason and I were both working from home when the beeping started. It wasn't loud, but it wouldn't stop. Beep. Beep Beep. Beep. Jason didn't hear it at first, but of course after I asked what... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at amalah . com
The late-30s life crisis continues. I am officially ridiculous. Sorry, Mom. :( A friend asked for company/moral support during her piercing appointment, and that quickly spiraled into me finally getting the navel piercing I've wanted ever since I was 16.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at amalah . com
I almost made it through Father's Day without thinking about my dad. Okay, that sounds horrible, and isn't really true. There's no way NOT to think about him, what with the sheer volume of irritating PR email pitches that pile... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at amalah . com
It's been one of those days/weeks when personal blogging feels especially self-absorbed. I have news coverage from South Carolina open in all my other browser tabs and then I come HERE and like...what do I even write about? The biggest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at amalah . com
1) No fighting. 2) No fake fighting, where one of you screeeeeeeeeeeams bloody murder because someone else is doing something you actually secretly love/want them to do/were literally just doing to them 15 seconds earlier. 3) Are you bleeding? 3a)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at amalah . com
Last night, after dinner but before Game of Thrones straight-up murdered my soul, I asked the boys to stand together for a photo. I really don't know what I was expecting. Other than a perfectly accurate picture of what life... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at amalah . com
And so the first (and last) week of ME & IKE & SUMMER VACATION comes to a close. We did pretty okay. We left the house for two different end-of-school year parties and Ike agreed to change out of his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at amalah . com
Yesterday afternoon was Ezra's end of year party slash kindergarten graduation. I'd possibly be more SUNRISE/SUNSET about it if the highlight hadn't been 20-plus 5- and 6-year-olds performing a parody version of "All About That Bass" called "All About First... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at amalah . com
So we are maybe starting to hypothetically think about moving. Again. Deep down, I know how this will end: We spend a few months purging and cleaning and powering through the house repair/improvement to-do list, completely exhausting ourselves, then tour... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at amalah . com
THRILLING HAIR UPDATE: I posted this in the comments section of yesterday's post, but as I'm probably the only person who reads them, I'll repeat myself. Thanks to all my fellow oily-scalped laaaaaaadddddies for all the advice and tips. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at amalah . com