If you got a link and want to read this story from the beginning, click hereĀ (or check the sidebar link). We signed a lease for another year in the apartment. It’s pretty great, although not perfect… But after all the instability, and in our area’s tight rental market, we’re staying put. It’s strange to see… Read More


It’s 595 days that we’ve lived without a home base. That’s not a lot, but it’s a lot. It’s been 388 days since we’ve been able to live with the cat-shaped-being that is the third member of our family. Today I picked up keys to an apartment in Spokane. It’s two bedrooms, in Peaceful Valley… Read More


we first want to thank everyone so much for their contributions from that desperate post that has lived on the front-page for too long. things are much less dire, but we’re still available for any online-type or distance-doable tasks you might have in mind (except buttons, because the button press is in storage). anyway, here’s… Read More


our house is officially a house! there is no furnace yet, but we are legally allowed to go inside. tomorrow i’m going to meet with the third furnace bidder, and we’re going to paint the kitchen. we just ordered cabinets and kitchen appliances from ikea. we’re selling the house, we’ve decided. at a loss, obviously.… Read More


the contractors are coming in with their dehumidifiers and fans. for money, of course. the outlets were “too wet”-before to safely use the dehumidifiers? which would mean top me that probably some dehumidification should happen? but apparently we’re getting charged extra for that. oh well. the good (very good) news? the test results came back… Read More


we were warned that the wet was a problem, post-remediation. the way they “clean” is mostly just by pressure-washing things. so when the company’s clean-up plan included lots of ventilation, i thought that would be addressed and we’d be ok. but we got an email today from a neighbor (who we’ve never met) that “The… Read More


we found a contractor! …and were finally able to have cleanup start right after president’s day. here’s the most recent update from our contractor: …we are moving right along with the remediation, no issues or problems. By the week’s end both the upstairs and downstairs of the home will be completely trashed out, debris, belongings,… Read More


it’s amazing how much better things can seem when we’re not balancing housing drama on top of severe depression. although we’re both still exhausted, we’re also starting to feel a little more like we’re moving forward. to use a sports metaphor (which is absurd, because we don’t sports) instead of just having a crappy year,… Read More


we’re still slogging* along. we’re getting more bids, looking for a place to live in town, and learning lots. it’s been two-and-a-half months or so (43 days, my curious brain just counted), but it feels like incredibly longer, to be superlative, and/or like it’s been at least three months, to be oddly specific. my brain… Read More


we got our first quote. it’s nigh on 50k, which was my horror story high end of things possibility, pretty much. and that’s just cleanup, not rebuild. we’re meeting with an attorney on monday. i said the phrase “sorry, that was my attorney calling” earlier this week. “my attorney” isn’t a phrase I had ever… Read More