Sunday, July 7, 2013

Staying Put

At slightly different times, and for slightly different reasons, Nerdstar and I both decided we'll be staying put here in our little house in Northern Virginia for the foreseeable future.

It had been a long time since we'd been in Texas in the summer months.  It's not that you ever really forget the Texas heat, but those memories can be a little dulled.  Experiencing it again, with Noah, really made me re-think moving back.

Weather permitting, Noah and I go to the park six, if not seven, days a week.  On weekends, we sometimes go twice a day.  He loves to be outside, running and playing.  I'm really enjoying all this outdoor time, but that's because the weather here is much more moderate more of the year.  Yes, we've finally gotten hot and humid here, but it's still ten degrees cooler than Texas, and it cools off some when the sun goes down.  If you've never lived in Texas from June to September, you cannot know just how oppressive that heat is.  I lived there over 30 years and never got used to it.

Now, the biggest factor with the heat is how it affects Noah.  His skin really doesn't like it.  He gets sweaty and his head gets itchy.  Poor boy ends up scratching his head a lot while he's outside playing.  His face also reacts badly to sun screen.  (We're still trying to find one that works for him.)

Noah's going to spend a LOT of his time outdoors over the next many, many years.  So will we.  I just don't think Texas is the best climate for that!

The second big factor is jobs.  The reality is that Nerdstar's current line of work is only available in this small little part of the country.  And changing careers is possible, but not easy.  It's something we'll keep looking into, but for now, the money is here.  And it's good money - we're just going to put as much in savings as we can and see what we can do in the future.

We talked a little bit about moving slightly north, closer to where most of her jobs are.  (We're sad her gig at Quatntico ended and now she's back to over an hour drive each way.)  There just aren't any suitable houses in our price range in that area.  We got really lucky with the price of our current house.

So, we're taking a look at what we can do to enjoy living where we do.  The good things:  We like our house.  It's not super nice, but the rooms are huge and aesthetics can always be changed.  We can always add a little counter space/cabinet in the kitchen if we need to.  And if we get really ambitious, there's a huge space downstairs that can be converted to an upscale bathroom and walk-in closet!

We love being on a cul-de-sac for Noah, it's just safer for his run-around self.  We love the park that's a mile from the house.  It has lovely shade trees and is on a hill so it gets a nice breeze all summer.  There are also a lot of other nice parks in the area.

One other downside is we find it hard to make friends in this area.  We're not sure how to remedy that, but we'll see.  So many people are military and only here a year or two.  Or they live ten miles away which is forty minutes in traffic.

Home is home for now.

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