I honestly don’t even know how to start writing this first blog post of 2019, as I realize my last post was in February 2018. That last blog post haunts me like the plague as it’s a clear indication of me trying (and failing) to jumpstart this website of mine. Truth be told I had resigned myself from this blog, due to the proven inability to provide consistent content, and while at times it made me sad, it honestly felt freeing to give-up. I even let my domain and hosting lapse but thinking about the content I have managed to share being lost in some cyber-space black hole forced me to really take a hard look at what is to be the future of Wasting Time Wisely. Late night pillow talk with Chris encouraged me to at least pay to get the site back up and running, at the very least to preserve the memories (there are some heart-warming posts written here, like Oliver’s birth story, Stella’s gender reveal and our initial move to Minneapolis).
All of those aforementioned milestones feel like an old life, one we haven’t entirely outgrown, but rather taken a directional shift. We are venturing out of the baby phase as Stella is rounding the corner on turning three, and we said goodbye to Minneapolis and hello to new opportunities in Chris’s hometown in upstate New York. I’ve been lucky enough to keep my job at my advertising agency based out of Minnesota and while the convenience factor can’t be beaten with juggling a career and family, it does put a hindrance on meeting new people. Slowly we are making connections here and I’ve never been one to worry about that facet of moving to a new place. I know those types of things take time to form organically and they always seem to when the time is right.
We were served a few challenges upon our arrival back in October. We moved into what we believed was a temporary living situation until we could close on the house we purchased. I was so excited about this house. It was a beautiful, newly built home. Grey with white trim and a red door. It was updated and had a good floor plan, a private yard and all within a mature neighborhood. We put an offer on it when visiting the area and by the time we were back home in Minneapolis we were under contract. All the pieces of the puzzle seemed to be falling into place with our move until the house proved to have a ton of issues during the inspection phase. So many issues we had to walk away from the sale. We were crushed, and moving into winter with little to no inventory on the market. We settled into our two-bedroom apartment, with 50% of our stuff in storage now for the long-haul. After the initial shock wore off of the house falling through, Chris and I switched our strategy. Both of us got really excited about the idea of renovating a complete fixer-upper. I had long fantasized about the opportunity to design a house from the studs and both of us saw the value in purchasing a home well under our budget to adjust our lifestyle that previously felt fast-paced and dictated a strong effort of hustle.
Fast-forward to today and we’ve closed on that fixer-upper and are eager to start the transformation. With my strong desire to curate, create, write, photograph, design…story-tell, it makes me feel like this content is worth sharing. I hope whatever audience is out there appreciates a behind-the-scenes look at resurrecting an older home, with the occasional post about other things catching my eye.
Lastly, cheers to those who are always super supportive of this slice of digital real-estate I’ve managed to keep coming back to. There’s no greater feeling than being supported by those that you admire most.