Unfortunately, we both lack in decision-making abilities, which can at times lead to crippling stagnation. Therefore, I turn to you, my electronic friends and advisors, to make our decisions for us.
Thanks in advance.
Here's the big one right now: We've been thinking about moving. Well, more than thinking about it: We've been looking at houses, obsessing over them, almost committing to them, and then second-guessing.
We love our house, and we love our neighborhood, but for several reasons we're thinking we should uproot and reroot in a different area of our city. To keep it simple, I'm going to outline our thinking in bullet points. (I actually do think in bullet points, so this isn't grossly oversimplified.)
Pros to staying where we are:
- We love our neighbors.
- The local moms' group is beyond amazing. I don't know how I'd find a plumber without them, let alone decide on a preschool. (It's a surprisingly influential list of 1,600+ moms who love to dish.)
- Our house is sweet and wonderful, and we've spent the past 5+ years tailoring it to our needs.
- We're comfortable.
- Greg's commute isn't bad.
- We're 1/2 block from a big park and lake, plus a library.
- We're 3 blocks from great shops, restaurants, and galleries.
- We have lots of friends in walking distance.
- Have I mentioned how much we love our neighbors? One of them is an awesome massage therapist who practices from her home. Meaning, I can get a massage and stumble home, delirious.
- Moving would mean selling our home, which would mean showing our home, which would mean keeping our home show-ready. And we have two destructive kids (in case you're new here).
- For city living, we have a relatively low crime rate.
- There are lots of adoptive families in the neighborhood.
- We have a killer interest rate right now.
- We could get more square footage.
- We could have both a dining room and a playroom.
- I could have an office that isn't just that unused space behind the fridge. Y'all know I work from home, right?
- It's possible, depending on where we move, that we could have a bigger yard. In other words: CHICKENS.
- If we did it soon, we could collect on that $6,500 move-up home-buyer credit.
- Most importantly, we could move to a more diverse area. Where we live now is about half Latino, 49% whitey, and then Sidamo. Well, not exactly; there are some other African Americans in our 'hood, but they're noteworthy. The neighborhoods we're considering are just about equally split between African Americans, Latinos, and Caucasians.
- If the kids qualify as "highly gifted" (duh), they'd be in a school that's much more appealing than the HG school in our neighborhood. On the flip side, if they don't qualify (stupid tests), the public schools are less desirable. (Another post will come, someday, on my big personal struggle with the gifted-program process, but for now I'm sticking to bullets.)