So what exactly is the deal with this blog? What am I here for, and why am I asking you to come along for the ride? Because I need to vent? (I kinda do, at least sometimes.) Because I want to share my love of looking at paint chips? (I DO have an unhealthy fascination with color names.) Because I have a wealth of tips to share on the subjects of home repair and debt consolidation (sadly, I do not). Because I can show you in 10 easy steps how to freshen up your kitchen with a coat of white paint on those gross, disgusting pickled oak cabinets of yours, and you’re so going to want to save my beautifully staged photos to Pinterest? (Um, I wish.)
You may be asking, why does it have to be “The Year Before Hartford” instead of “Let’s Unload This Baby Now Before Mortgage Rates Go Up” or “Next Weekend” or “Whenever My Credit Score Hits 750”? Well, I’m an editor by trade, which means I work best when I have a concrete deadline to light a fire under me. BUT, having been an editor for so damn long, I also know the importance of speaking up early when you don’t think a deadline can be met even though you needed that paycheck yesterday. If you go to edit that book written by someone whose native language is Mandarin, you can usually tell pretty quickly if it’s going to be a laborious task. You better be realistic about how long it’s going to take. Oh, and while I’m on the subject, the fact that I’m an editor and Jerry is also an editor means that we aren’t exactly rolling in dough.
Sure, I would love to just go get a home equity loan, drop 10 grand in the kitchen and another 5 grand in the master bath, and then call a Realtor to figure out the asking price for our HUD house, er, I mean, spacious condo lovingly updated, including new A/C. But that’s not the best move for us right now, for a variety of reasons that I’m sure I’ll detail later. Instead, I’m going to do a little thinking out loud. Try to prioritize the unglamourous-but-have-to-be-done” jobs with the “I-want-to-do-this-now-but-will-it-still-look-new-by-next-summer” jobs. Do some shopping around. Hopefully find some deals. Get some opinions. Figure out what I have the time and patience to do myself. MAYBE consider asking friends to help with the rest (friends with more power tool skills than I have). Work on raising my credit score. Publicly wage the battle in my head between “I have to live here for a while longer, so I want this to look like me” and “I’m not staying so I need to appeal to the masses and still recoup my investment.” Get some more opinions.
Now, I have to be brutally honest with you for a minute. If you’ve come here hoping to find one of those bloggers who loves to share feel-good stories about how she planted a container garden and made some fresh gazpacho to eat after she finished tiling a backsplash in one day and now she’s so tired she’ll have to skip her CrossFit workout until tomorrow, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. Don’t get me wrong…I love those blogs, and I do find them inspiring! I’ve gotten some fantastic recipes from blogs like that, and I have at least 7 Pinterest boards devoted to projects (and workouts) that I think I could accomplish if I felt so motivated. But I don’t think I can muster that kind of enthusiasm…not for this house that I really don’t want anymore and would list today if I could. Maybe our next home will be a big fat Pinterest opportunity, but right now, I’m just looking to motivate myself and, hopefully, motivate you if you’ve found yourself in a similar situation. Anything I learn along the way, I’m excited to share. Anything I cross off my to-do list, I will most definitely celebrate with the most shareable pics I can capture with my little Canon PowerShot. And I’ll even share our epic fails, if you promise to laugh with me and not at me.
Are you still with me? I hope so!