Project Alicia : Getting Unstuck

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Getting Unstuck

I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to make this announcement. Maybe it's because hub's work has still not been informed. Or maybe it's because I'm having deja vu, having just finally rid myself of my last house after a never ending agonizing short sale. But it's most likely fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failure. Fear of making the wrong choice.

As much as I've been dreaming of getting unstuck from this place that we have called home for the better part of our lives now, I have yet to receive that confirmation that South Carolina is the answer.

You may remember my guest post, "Stuck" from last summer. I brought it back over here to project alicia for a memento of that time in my life.

Here's an excerpt. "I have attended school, had multiple jobs, birthed two children, and moved twice, and we are still here… sentenced to a live out our final days here in this wretched state. Can you say STUCK? That is exactly what we are. Stuck in IOWA. Stuck in Cedar Rapids. Stuck in this school district, in these school boundaries, in this neighborhood, in this house, in this job. STUCK."

In my secrets revealed post, you can read about our spring break trip and hub's interview there, and my insights on nuclear power. Make sure to find your reading specs, it's a doozy.

But the sign is up.
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And it's really happening. Whether I can bring myself to tell my neighbors or not. It is a huge part of our life right now. On a normal, ordinary day I like my home to be in order. But on open house days... The show-ready, make-your-bed-flush-the-toilet-don't-track-mud-through-the-house crazy possessed mama comes out. (And yes, unflushed toilets and mud tracks have gifted me just moments prior. I don't make this stuff up.) I hope I don't lose my mind in the process.

Scrubbing toilets. Pruning bushes. Wiping floors. Cleaning every nook and cranny. Times ten. I am determined to get this home sold.

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If only the kids were on the same page...

So, if you haven't heard from me much- I was most likely doing some unpleasantry or two that I dream of having hired help for. Having hubs gone, working full time, and cleaning like a crazy around the clock about killed me. My poor hands are tired, bruised, and calloused. The kids took out 3 thorns and my nails may never be the same again. And the fun has only begun.

So, the verdict is, getting unstuck is a whole lotta hard work! Wish me luck!

And if you know anyone crazy enough to move to Iowa, send 'em my way. Here's the virtual tour link. And it has really greened up since these pics.

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A special thanks to Rebecca from Simple as That for selecting my dandelion shot for her round up.

Also wanted to thank Becky Higgins for the shout out this week. (And Megan emailing to bring it to my attention.)

Life is crazy, chaotic, unpredictable, and beautiful. And I wouldn't want it any other way.

22 comments:

  1. You know, Alicia, "stuck" is such a difficult place to be -- and getting out takes courage. One of my fave quotes of late is "leap and the net will appear." You and your family have my prayers and thoughts as you approach this transition and - hallelujah if you're in SC we may have a chance of meeting IRL (I have family there!). Peace to you. Peace and no mud tracks.

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  2. Good luck with this!

    We are thinking of moving somewhere (a new state) and I just looked at your house through the link. I love it! If only we had better credit!

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  3. Well that's super exciting news - I'm sending some sell that house fast vibes your way. You should move to NC instead though - way more fun. :)

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  4. I hope your house sells. It looks lovely from the outside. I'm sure it's great inside too. I hate that stuck feeling. I feel stuck in my job and in TX. I don't care much for TX. I hope it all works out for you :)

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  5. Alicia,

    We are becoming "Unstuck" as well. However, we will be leaving Las Vegas and moving to Illinois just as you are leaving Iowa. Enjoy South Carolina and I am sure we will catch up when we all go back to Washington for a family visit.

    Michelle

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  6. So excited for you at the thought of a move - I can see a whole heap of hard work already gone into this and a lot more still to come, but the end result is gonna be worth it. The house looks amazing :-)

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  7. It's hard to keep up with you! Best of luck to you, and I know wherever you land, you and your lovely family will thrive.

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  8. ooooooh! CONGRATS! I know its hard work- but youre getting UNSTUCK and it will all be worth it! wahooo!

    and thanks for the shout out ;)

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  9. Sometimes, being stuck can be a good thing - it forces you to slow down and appreciate what's around you. Before you know it, you'll be bound for SC and starting a whole new life!

    Um, did you know that I can drive from NJ to SC in a day? Yup. SC is ONE DAY AWAY! Now, if only I have a couch in SC to spend the night on...

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  10. I think we all have different things in which we are "stuck" Good luck with the sale of your homw it looks beautiful!

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  11. Your house is beautiful. Good luck selling it!

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  12. Wow, congratulations!
    I so know the feeling of being stuck... we´ve only been living in our house for two years now, but it´s the perspective of staying put at one place, no matter how nice it may be, until the end of my life that sometimes freaks me out. I dream of moving into other regions, or even other countries, but it just doesn´t seem reasonable with the kids in school and my husband in his job.
    But it feels so good to have a wild and chaotic life. Yes, it´s terribly exhausting. But maybe it´s exhaustion that makes us feel alive, too.

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  13. Okay, so I know I am not the only one with no plans to ever move to Iowa that still took a look at your house... BEAUTIFUL! I am so happy that you becoming "unstuck" will bring you to SC, where at? (If you don't mind sharing) We are in Atlanta... and SC is not that far... So, my dreams of maybe getting a photoshoot are not that far reached now! :) YAY

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  14. I can relate! I get so tired of my daily chores and sometimes rebel and let things "go". Did that with my children's teeth and my 4-year-old ended up with 3 cavities. Yeah, felt like a failure. Some things you just can't rebel against. Found this <a href=" http://www.1dental.com/moms-guide/
    that gives great at home dental advice for infants through teenagers. (And no, I didn't completely stop brushing her teeth, just only once a day, no flossing, let her do it instead, etc). Either way, letting your house go is a lot less harmful than letting your health go!

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  15. Best of luck to you guys! Here's to a quick sale and the answer to all your hopes and dreams in South Carolina!

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  16. How exciting (and tiring). Hope it sells quick and you can move on to a sunnier state!

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  17. What a stunning home! I'm sure everything will work out for you! It has to after all the exhausting things you've been through. It's been almost a year of watching your journey and it's so nice to see you coming out on the other side. I'm praying for you gal! xoxoxo

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  18. Oh wow, if I could buy your house I would!

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  19. Good luck getting unstuck. I am hoping to get unstuck soon also. It is hard work moving though.

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  20. You have my full sympathy, we recently sold our place and having to get it show-ready all the time was a nightmare, lol. And it took forever to sell, I nearly lost my mind!
    Having said that your house is GORGEOUS and I would totally buy it if I could afford to and wanted to relocate to the other side of the world =D

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  21. WOW! Good Luck with the sale.
    We're moving across the road, into a different high school boundary...and it's still a big pain. It's a pretty house. You should have lots of interest.
    Best, Citymom

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  22. congrats on that huge step. the 'showing' situation is not one I envy, but it's going to be so worth it.

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