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Thursday, August 01, 2013

Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged!!!

I now know why they rank moving as high on the stress charts as they do! What a crazy last three months of my life!!!!

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

In May, one of the guys that was going to rent my house had some personal issues and needed a place to stay. Being that I am a nice, helpful person, I was more than happy to let him stay in my guest bedroom. This was a guy I worked with so I thought no big deal. He offered to mow the lawn, work on the yard and do the dishes for his part so I thought what is there to lose?


Man was I wrong!

Little did I know my life was about to turn into living bloody hell.

Fast forward to him wanting to move his entire apartment into my house before I had packed or moved anything! It turned into an epic nightmare which I tried to accommodate and be nice about as much as possible. That was until he decided to empty out a closet of my personal things that I had explicitly told him not to move/touch. I lost my mind! But still, I bit my tongue and kept plugging away with what I needed to do. As I rushed to move and get things out of the way for him (in the middle of also packing up my classroom during the last few days of school to boot), I got more and more stressed out. Without yoga and working out it is absolutely amazing I don’t weigh 500 pounds more right now! And did he ever help with the lawn? Nope. Did he do the dishes? Twice. In a month.

Somehow I made it through the end of school and my new roomie headed off for a few weeks and I breathed a sigh of relief – peace and quiet and time to pack.

Again, I was wrong.

Got my stuff packed (as fast as possible and not at all in the way I wanted to pack it!) and mostly moved to Cheyenne by then end of June. Throw in a two week trip to New York (we drove) my dog being diagnosed with a cancerous tumor (she’s ok after surgery) and my bank account being totally depleted and I was just glad to have the house empty in Denver (minus some stuff left in the garage) so my renters could finally move the rest of their stuff in and start paying rent.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

It all went down like this: spend all night moving and packing things to take to Cheyenne. Drive to Cheyenne. Get a phone call from renters (who by the way had a)already lived at my house and/or b) had visited my house multiple times). Conversation goes like this:

Renters: um, yeah, we are going to need you to replace all of the flooring in the house, there’s dust under the carpet pads and you need to paint. Oh and we want you to come and rototill the yard and plant grass seed and fix the yard.
Me: um, yeah, none of this was part of the deal we had – this is a rental, not a sale house
Renters: well then you need to give us a break on the rent
Me: well I’d consider rent that is $400 below market value, no deposit and three months free rent a pretty considerable break on rent
Renters: that won’t work for us
Me: -absolutely speechless-

Man was I pi$$ed!!! Last time I help anyone out!!!! What were they expecting? Seriously? This is a rental! And in my mind I guess I thought no deposit and three months of free rent were a more than fair exchange for cleaning my house. Yes, it needed cleaning – when you live in a house for 8 years, dirt accumulates. But it wasn’t that bad at all!

Things happen for a reason though. And the universe has better plans than we do sometimes.

After a mega freak out of how the heck I was going to pay for this place, I took a deep breath and just let it go to the universe.

I had my house rented in three days to a couple who absolutely loved it as is. They are happy as clams and I no longer have the tenants from hell. My best friend cleaned the entire house for me and my tenants moved in without me having to fix floors, rototill or do anything else. They were just elated to have found something affordable in my neighborhood!

It all worked out for the best.

Lesson learned: sometimes you just have to let the universe take care of you.

So I’m officially in Cheyenne now – still sorting through the chaos of my move, but doing just fine. Getting back into a groove and getting myself back on track.

Yup, I gained 20 pounds. Am I annoyed at myself? Yes. My pants don’t fit! But I’m not, I repeat NOT, buying new ones! I will wear skirts and dresses this fall until they fit again!

I let my healthy lifestyle get taken over by stress and I managed the only way I could at the time. Life is full of choices. I could have made better ones. From here all I can do is move forward. I joined the gym here! I’ve been walking the dogs. And I went back to yoga last night. Back on track. One day at a time.

Next up – a week long vacation with the bf’s family. This will be a mega challenge because there will be a lot of cream and butter involved in this trip. I’m cooking and packing as much as I can. I’m bringing my yoga mat and running shoes and I’m going to relax and take care of myself before the crazy of the school year starts again.

And that’s about all that’s been going on around here!


That was a long blog!

Feels good to get it all off of my chest! I didn’t realize I was still so angry! I think I felt hurt because they were so negative about my house – something I have always been so proud to be the owner of even with all of it’s flaws. But the universe took care of me and for that I am thankful.

In the next few days I will be updating my sparkpage and ticker. Time to face the cold hard truth of my gain.

But I am proud of myself because I’ve stopped letting myself use excuses to keep heading down a bad path. See, old dogs can learn new tricks!

Off to the library and the gym now! I love my new little town!

Happy sparking!

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  • no profile photo CD6557915
    Hey you...it's been forever...I've clearly missed everything! That stressed me out to read about, but I love how it worked out! Congratulations on the move...I hope you're sublimely happy in Cheyenne. :)
    2744 days ago
    Way to get things done and take care of yourself!
    2765 days ago
    Hello friend! I disappeared off the radar a bit this summer too and wondered how you were!

    Glad you've made it to WY :) and I'm so sorry for the nastiness that happened while you were trying to get there!

    I was thinking today that though we slip up (e.g. cake in the teachers lounge or stress eating), those mistakes are like rocks on a trail...yes, they are there and have an effect on your run, but they don't stop you from moving forward altogether. The rocks are just temporary annoyances that we figure out how to move past (or through) so we can get back to the trail.

    Welcome back to the trail :)
    2766 days ago
    Rachel, so glad that you were able to get rid of those tenants and get ones that are a nightmare for you. Hopefully now that you're all moved you will be able to get yourself back on track with things.
    2769 days ago
    Glad you're back and the horror has ended positively.
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  • KIMPY225
    I have heard of a lot of horror stories with rentals. I actually had a terrible landlord one time - there was a washing machine but there was no drain! They didn't want to come out to put in a drain because they swore there was already one there!

    It is nice to see you back though! Keep up the yoga!!
    2769 days ago
    Well hopefully it is all over now
    2769 days ago
    Like the saying goes: "No good deed goes unpunished" Some people you just can't help. Glad that the universe took care of you.

    Much success on your journey!

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    2769 days ago
    Great to hear you are still Sparking! That means you have not given up or quit! I have to keep myself from slipping into that AALLLLL-or-nothing attitude about food and exercise. I also know that I will slip, fall, and even bust my a$$ but I WILL NEVER QUIT! So good for you for showing up again. New town, new journey! Best wishes. I teach also and school is a MAJOR stressor for me, so here's to a new school year...Keep in touch. I will be checking out your page when possible. emoticon emoticon
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  • COOP9002
    Sorry for the stress that you had to endure as a result of other people's foolishness. Hopefully, this next stage of life will grant you some peace and quiet.

    2769 days ago
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