This house had an amazing location of being 40 yards to the beach, but I couldn't shake the notion that we may need Ghostbusters to help tame the old broad. Plus, one room was fully engrossed in wood paneling. I hear wood paneling is making a comeback a la Apartment Therapy, but still no thanks.
These test failures were common. I toured a decent place, built in a mid-70's HOA neighborhood updated a few years ago with a magnificent kitchen, but at the end of the block was HUD housing (aka the projects aka low-income housing aka poo' folks). And it's not that we're judging, we just know that everyone wants to live in a neighborhood with similarly lifestyle'd individuals. You just want to fit in somewhere.
And we don't mind HOAs. If you don't know what an HOA is, it's a HomeOwners Association. It's usually a group of retired busybodies who don't have anything better to do so they make up rules and regulations for the neighborhood to maintain the aesthetics of it all. There's usually monthly or quarterly meetings, bylaws, blah blah blah associated with it all. We've never had an issue with following the guidelines and making sure our exterior fits the bill. Plus, we're guaranteed to never live next to a Hoarder: Buried Alive whose collection can't fit inside the house, or someone who decides to decorate with a broken-down car in their front yard.
Last night did have me slightly worried since I've already started to pack up things like books, camping supplies, Christmas decorations (things we won't need between now and finalized move). Miss Sweet Pea threw up a tineytinyamount. So I panic! I tweet for a dog whisperer and whether she's manifesting stress from seeing boxes appear in our home! And with massive Googling efforts, I find that a dog can vomit from stress and moving is stressful to them.
"You did NOT just WebMD the DOG??!!?!" --Mr. Wookie
Hello, can you ever be too careful with our furry friend??
"I'm pretty sure the Internet has articles that disprove gravity." --Mr. Wookie
I bet him $5 he couldn't find an article for that, mainly because I wanted to see if it was true but wasn't about to stop enjoying my cocktail since it was way past 5pm here.
But in my down and dirty research, I read that it's good to take the dog to the new location so she can assimilate 'home' with both places. So that's what I'll do. When I'm taking a trunkful over, she can join in and
Wait, how did this post get hijacked by Miss Sweet Pea again??