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Slow and Steady

The last week – and definitely this weekend – has felt extra special; we’ve been soaking in a slower pace, no plans, and embracing a let’s do what we want today attitude. We’ve purposely left our calendar (mostly) empty to remind ourselves to slow down, be still, and at the same time, be spontaneous! As such calculated people (or is that just me?) with to-dos planned days in advance, lately, we’ve been living in the moment. How novel! We linger much, much longer over dinner conversations at our favorite spots, we hop on and off the El for downtown shopping sprees, and we spend less time looking at the clock.

It’s been a rare treat.

At the same time, we’ve been trying so, so hard to keep our minds off The One. I wish we could say that days go by when it doesn’t come up in conversation, but that would be a lie. We’re still daydreaming, counting down days until the next step – even though we have no idea when that step will be.

All this makes for a mix of emotions in our home; while we’ve been enjoying our down time, we’re craving a new adventure with The One. A seemingly harmless conversation about whether or not we’ve watered the plants that week turns into we’ll need a jig saw if we want to make that headboard in the new bedroom. Our everyday talk can veer off course rather quickly if we don’t watch ourselves.

We’re reminding ourselves to take this one step at a time (how many times have we said that?), but, you guys, it’s hard. So until that next step – whenever that may be – you know we’re creating endless future lists. Lots of them! And the first line item? Get a jig saw.

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  • Been there and know exactly what you’re going through. There’s no cure for dreaming about your next space, even if it’s not a sure thing. And it’s definitely a roller coaster of emotions with the best highs (picturing exactly what the space will look like in 5 years) to the lowest lows (imagining what you’ll do if things don’t work out and you loose the space). I wish there was an easy answer (besides drinking wine, which is always a recommendation for times like these).ReplyCancel

  • Kim3.5.13 - 9:56 AM

    YES, Heather! YES. Exactly. Highs and lows; I’m so dramatic at times, I don’t know how Scott handles me. And it spills over into everything else, too – the funk settles over and sort of seeps into everything, making most things feel foggy and unclear.ReplyCancel

  • Kim3.5.13 - 9:56 AM

    Oh, and edit to say – there is plenty of wine being consumed, don’t you worry.ReplyCancel

  • Two Pitties in the City3.5.13 - 10:03 AM

    Good luck with the news. We are anxiously awaiting along with you, because we’re excited to see what you will be doing with The One. (And living our Dream!).
    I know I say this a lot…but you really are so talented. You even managed to make the Blue Line look beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kim3.5.13 - 10:14 AM

    Two Pitties, pssh! You’re so nice. We’re looking forward to (fingers crossed!) drinks with you guys in the future backyard while we watch Jack, Mr B and Miss M rumble in the grass.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K3.5.13 - 10:57 AM

    How fantastic! I am exactly the same – to-do list upon to-do list! One weekend a month (if I’m lucky), I try to kick back and push those lists away for a few days. Good for you guys!!ReplyCancel

  • Molly3.5.13 - 1:45 PM

    We were in the same boat this time last year! Waiting for inspections & dealing with realators can be so stressful. I hope everything goes smoothly for you guys!!ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis3.6.13 - 8:12 AM

    Oh how I can so relate! We had less than 30 days to find our next “One”. Selling our first home and moving across the country can add a whole new level of highs and lows. But my best (unsolicited) advice is this: savor each moment (even the highs and the lows), because being a SHO is just as special (if not more!) than being a FHO. The possibilities of a decorating/remodeling/diy-ing a clean slate are endless and exciting! Congrats on your new adventure.ReplyCancel

  • Kim3.6.13 - 9:22 AM

    Phyllis, oh man, not sure our hearts could handle that whole other level! Thank you for the support, and we really will try to savor every moment. :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca3.8.13 - 6:20 AM

    I love your first photo of the subway. I think it would make a great print shop addition!

    I am also one of those people who tries to plan out everything, so I appreciate having a weekend with no initial plans and just going with the flow. Thanks for sharing your home buying journey!ReplyCancel

  • Kim3.8.13 - 10:14 AM

    Thanks, Rebecca! I’ve added that image to our Print Shop Pinterest page, and if it gets enough interest, I’ll definitely be adding it!

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