It looks like interest in randomizing has waned significantly, and I blame myself for the lack of participation since I’ve barely been phoning it in since August, what with our ginormous move across country and all.  Y’all have been mighty patient with me, but it appears that your patience has finally run out.  

So I’ll be putting Random Tuesday Thoughts Rebel on the back burner until March 4th 11th (yes, I nudged it a week because of So. Many. Boxes!!) when I will finally be back to ‘normal’ again, have legit high speed internet, and mostly uninterrupted time so I can actually pay visits to everyone and respond to comments. Finally.

Because there’s nothing I hate more than a hostess who doesn’t pay visits to the participants of a hosted venue.  I’ll drop that hop and move on, as I suspect many have done from this one.  I’ve failed in my queenly duties carrying on the tradition of being random on Tuesdays.  I apologize.

But in more positive news, we’ll finally be exiting this cramped basement dwelling!  We decided we couldn’t take it anymore, and rather than wait impatiently for our house to sell in PA, we decided to move forward and get pre-approved to just buy one out here already.  We’re lucky that we had paid off our mortgage on our other house, or it would have been an impossibility, and we’d probably be on the road to further insanity.

There’s something to be said for having your own  house for umpteen years, then subjecting yourself to basement living – in your parents’ basement, no less.   

While it’s a novel idea, and quite helpful to not be subjected to a strict lease at an apartment – or the hassle of having to find a decent rental place that would allow 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 kids (yeah, I know, I had to throw the kids in there to see if you’d notice) having the family of 4 (or 8, if you count the dogs and cats) crammed into one dark space together does not promote familial harmony.

And it messes with your mojo.

Not to mention your sanity.

In order to access the interwebs, we’ve had to tap into my parent’s DSL connection wirelessly, and since they have really crappy phone lines, we might as well be going old school and using dial up.

Or smoke signals.  Those would be faster.

I won’t bore you with all the details of how slow the internet truly is – let’s just say a turtle would win that race.  Or even a snail.  Whichever is slower.   The hubby has often given up on internet access and trundled over to the air mattress in the middle of the room to take a nap out of sheer boredom.

We definitely need to get out of here very soon.

And guess what?  We finally are!  While our house in PA hasn’t yet sold (after all, it’s the dead zone for selling a house – especially with the snow, ice and freezing temperatures that have been running rampant out that way), we will be closing on a house out here to finally retrieve the 95% of our belongings that have been stashed here since September:


We’ll be transferring all that stuff to here instead:



It’s going to be so nice to stretch out (and spread out) after dark basement dwelling for almost 5 months.  That’s about 4-1/2 months too long.  

I’ll share pictures of the interior tomorrow – meanwhile that’s a wrap for this week – you know the drill, link up and join in the fun, everyone is welcome – random or not. Be sure to visit your fellow randomizers so they don’t feel so lonely.



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  1. No way! I finally get my act together and write a random, and you’re taking a break? Eeek! Well, I can’t really blame you. This moving across the country thing is major. And the new house? Hurray! It looks amazing! Please check in with me when you’re settled. I’ll probably have saved up enough random thoughts to fill quite a few posts!
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  2. Stacy, everyone understands your need for another break and we certainly don’t blame you while you get your life back on track. Bloggers do have a life outside of Blogosphere after all. 😀 This is so wonderful that you guys will be getting into your own place soon. Now, if you need for someone to take over the Random Tuesday Thoughts for awhile, then I’ll be happy to help out, if you would like. I don’t random as well as you do,but I make an effort at last to fit in. *hee-hee* Just let me know, if I had assist you dear ole pal. Enjoy your moving madness once again!
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  3. I’ll miss Random Tuesday, but totally get why you want to take a break. Now I’ll have to get creative for a bit and post original stuff on Tuesdays. Or just keep doing the random and not linking. Either way will be happy to see you back in the swing of things in March.
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  4. I saw your photo on Triberr and could SO identify and had to share; too bad we didn’t know we were both living out of our own homes; maybe we could have dished a bit!

    My home sold so quickly last April; exactly what we all dream of right? But on the same day it sold, my youngest daughter; only 29, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now I had 4 weeks to pack and move and help her deal with doctors and chemo and well, the significant emotional toll it took on both of us soooo….I moved in with some friends until we could get her through treatment.

    Fast forward to August, her treatment was on track, she was responding well and my home buying venture was on. I looked and looked and looked but the ONLY place I loved was just a poured basement foundation and would be months before completion. My friends were cool with me staying (after all I’m a food blogger; I was buying and cooking all the meals!) but that coolness waned with the advent of cooler weather. How things changed. Once the doors had to start closing, he became a control freak of the indoor space. I could work at the dining room table, cook meals and spend evenings in my tiny room crammed with books and papers from their kids high school experiences (kids now in their 30’s) but he made it clear that the family room was his, not to even mention the TV and remote! More Fox News than one could stand too. I was going nuts and then my home was delayed because of the rains that caused all of those Colorado floods.

    HELP!! The past couple of months were horrid except for the words CANCER FREE after my daughter’s 8 months of treatment and I finally moved into my new home last week. I had almost forgotten how it was to live my own life. How leftovers are new meals not just someone’s snack or lunch (I haven’t had to cook every single night like that for YEARS!). Last night I was sitting on my sofa with my dog resting her head on my lap, a glass of wine in hand, soft lighting in the room instead of overhead lights and it hit me. I no longer have to dread hearing the garage door open and know I’ll have to vacate his space and move to my prison cell…oops I mean bedroom!

    Living with family might have been better…or not. It’s hard to be used to your own space and then have to find a solution with folks also used to theirs. I’m glad your journey (and mine) are culminating in getting back to that norm…my absolute best to you!
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  5. You can’t quite hosting yet! I just returned to RTT! It’s been absolutely insane around here with all the projects on my plate, but I’m back so you can’t leave it!

    You’re new home looks GORGEOUS and so spacious! I wish you so much happiness in your new home. Can’t wait to see the rest of the photos!

  6. I knew all of this, of course (dontcha just love Facebook?), but I’m still THRILLED to see this post. The house is just gorgeous, Stacy, and Beloved and I are so happy for you!
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  7. What a fantastic place you have found. Good luck & Congratulations. I am Marie’s husband trying to make my new blog work, and Marie gave me a list of people to follow and grab their button. So guess I’m part of your clan of followers. 🙂 Have a great weekend.
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