The week gone by — April 19

The process of selling our previous house and buying our current one was … eventful.

Yes, “eventful” is a good word for it, up to and including when our mover no-showed, forcing us to improvise and making for a very, very long moving day.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

According to Facebook Memories, the process of finding the house started five years ago yesterday, when Suzi and I met with an agent who a coworker of mine had recommended.

We arrived to her office at the appointed time, but had to wait for the meeting to start because she was on the phone with a client who was irate that her house wasn’t being listed for $1 million.

You see, her neighbor, whose house wasn’t nearly as nice, was asking $950,000, and that was just unacceptable.

So we listened to the agent explain … very patiently … that if she increased her asking price too much, it may turn buyers off and therefore prevent the house from selling.

Welcome to the neighborhood that’s much more expensive than the next town over, where we ended up.


Two weeks — Three years ago, I spent Good Friday in the hospital.

Anything is possible, until it isn’t — Before recent events, even mundane days had the potential to become magical.


The Last Time We Saw That Guy: An Introduction (Rachel McDaniel) — “Will you ever again be able to stop thinking about the ending?”

Carrots (My Forty Something Life) — I hate carrots, but find myself wanting her to grow the greatest ones anyone has ever seen.

Why Did I Shelter In Place Without Ice Cream? (The Return of the Modern Philosopher) — We all make mistakes.

Married at 22: My Wedding Vows (Sunshine With Savannah) — I don’t remember how I linked up with most of my blogging buddies, but I remember the first post I read from Savannah was about being married at 22.

Chalk and rainbows (Smelly Socks and Garden Peas) — I see a lot of chalk art on our walks these days.

Swallowing My Pride (Buffalo Sauce Everywhere) — Fear of failure and rejection is the worst.

My Answers to Your Questions! (Strikeouts + Sprinkles) — Where I ask Becky about her plans for when and if baseball starts again.

A Month Of Working From Home (Rosie Culture) — When an emergency text changes everything.

On Suffering (Tales In Lostness) — How hardship shapes us.

This is not a holiday (Millennial Life Crisis) — Just a reminder, as long as you’re not endangering yourself or anyone else, you’re not doing quarantine wrong.

The Silly Girl and A Story That Lingered (Dark Blue Journal) — Sometimes, things just stick with you.

I’m just a guy who visits New York a few days every year, but I hope the one I love is still there when I get back.

I can’t wait to get back on a plane.

“This journey is going to be arduous, and when the plane finally lands, no one around you is going to remember if you lost ten pounds or finally finished that book proposal.”


My friend Merrily is an amazing photographer.

More top-notch photography.

There is a prophet in our midst!

Most of which wound up cracked or lost in the bushes, but still, the finer things.

I’m all-in for Rakuten, the favorite baseball team from Taiwan I never knew I needed!

I won’t tell if you don’t.

See also, robins and turkeys.

I swear my dryer has been on one minute left and it took 10 minutes to finish.


Meanwhile, I was trying to find lighting and a camera angle that didn’t make me look hideous.


8 thoughts on “The week gone by — April 19

  1. Fantastic recap. I’m incredibly interested in how I’ll look back in 5 years from now, and what will stand out most about our homebuying process. Right now it might be the whole social distancing and mask-wearing while looking at homes, or having to close tomorrow in a parking lot. We’ll see, lol. Thank you for the shout out!

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