Saturday, March 17, 2007

A casino for kids

We went to that gambling mecca for children, Chuck E. Cheese, this evening. It was Roman's first time ever, and we invited Maxwell and his parents to join us. They had been for birthdays, but we knew what to expect. And wow, did those little boys have fun! They spent time with video games and in the younger children's area playing in the "hampster tube" as we call it. We were there close to 2 hours by the time we counted our tickets and got a couple small prizes. Roman fell asleep very quickly this evening, as you can imagine!

In other news, we decided to have installed new carpet in our living room and hallway. Our old stuff wasn't tacked down well and was "wrinkling" in a lot of places, and the traffic pattern was definitely noticeable. What we got is a shade or two lighter - no shoes allowed! (my mom will shake her head with laughter at that one!).
In the middle of the carpet being laid, who should call but a realtor wanting to show the house at 1:30. Our place was a beehive, with Roman and I in the basement cleaning, Doug trying to clean and pick up over the carpet layers, and the carpet layers working fast to try to be out. Well, they came later than they said, and the realtor came to the door - sorry, but we don't have a garage, so the woman doesn't even want to look in the house. This is the second time that has occurred, and because of the garage. Damn buyer's market.

But, that did get us talking. We'll keep the house up on the market through our agreement with our realtor, which ends in May. If we haven't gotten any serious lookers to keep our hopes up by then, we're taking it off and staying another year. We'll use the money we've saved up for the move to do some improvements (like maybe even the garage), and use my raise in the next school year to save up again. Not happy about it, but at least we have a plan. I can't stand limbo.
People have said "oh, end of the school year is the time" and then "summer is the time" and even "August is the time, before school starts" but it appears to us that our house is priced right where it should be (without giving it away), is the better deal when compared to others in our neighborhood, and if we can't get people IN the house then it doesn't matter what time of year it is. Ah, well. I want to move so Roman can start kindergarten in the neighboring city, and that doesn't happen until 2008. I guess we have some time!

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