Monday, July 15, 2013

The Newsroom is AWESOME!!

I am in LOVE with this show! I think part of this stems from my deep down desire to be a journalist and work in a newsroom. 

My favorite episode from the first season has to be episode 7, "5/1". This is the episode when our Navy Seal team killed Osama Bin Laden. It was just a great episode. I loved the plot building and how Don broke the news to the flight crew and then how Will told his security guard who told the police officers. I loved the behind the scenes excitement and activity that goes on that we, the audience don't know about. True they do that in EVERY show, but this one was such an important story, and I can remember so vividly where I was that night that this episode just resonated with me. 

On 5/1/2011 I was getting ready for bed and perusing my Twitter feed when I read a tweet from someone who was in Afghanistan and he said that he had heard some really loud noises outside of his hotel or apartment. There were a few other tweets by that person and then I read that Osama Bin Laden had been killed and then President Obama came on the TV and confirmed it. I remember how solemn and poised he looked at the podium. I remember jumping out of bed and telling Firefighter the awesome news!! Then, in true social media fashion, pictures from the situation room started to appear all over Twitter. But the best pictures were the ones with people gathering in the middle of the night and celebrating our Freedom. Flags were waving and there was a sense of relief for the country. The next day it felt like a weight was lifted. Like we no longer had to live in fear or worry that he was going to attack us again. Of course, I am not naive enough to believe that there aren't other terrorists out there who want to harm us, but for that time we take a small sigh of relief. 

I am so looking forward to the new season that started last night (I wrote this before watching the season premier). I can't wait to see what it will bring! 

What HBO shows do you watch? Do you like The Newsroom?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Deciding to move

It's no secret that I want to get a house of our own. The house we are in is old and needs TLC. I have considered asking Firefighter's parents to buy the house and then bull doze it or use whatever sustainable structure there is, but I doubt there is any. The house has had termites in the past and currently we are dealing with flying carpenter ants. When I think about what it would cost to reconstruct this house or to construct any house, I fear that we could not afford it. I am actually pretty certain that we won't be able to afford that. 

I know I have talked about it on here almost ad nauseam, and for that I apologize, but it's big topic that tends to occupy too much of my brain and I need to get it out. 

Our housing options are limited in the city where we live. The cost of living is getting more and more expensive here and I fear that our options for this city are limited. The "handyman" specials are being sold just within our price range. So needless to say that means that we would hardly be able to afford the repairs. It also means that we may have to look elsewhere for a house. The other options we have include a 20-25 minute drive every work day of the week or a 45 minute drive every work day.... and as our luck would have it we can afford the houses that would include the 45 minute drive to work. Now this wouldn't be a problem per say if at least ONE of us worked in that city, NP we will call it. But both of us work in Sota. How do you decide to move when your commute could possibly go from 7 mins for me, 10 mins for FF to 45 mins.... EVERYDAY!?!?!?!?! OMG....the cost of our gas would sky rocket!!! And would that be a financially smart decision?? Would that make moving the worse decision???

This is where I am struggling....the amount of house that we can afford in NP (3 or 4/2, 1600-2000sq ft), is equivalent to 3/2 1200 sq foot house in Sota. And then with that in mind the amount of yard you get is significantly less in Sota as well. NP over all has better housing options. Not to mention that it's smaller and quiet down there, and that appeals to me.  When we go down there to hang out with our friends, I feel a sense of calm when we pull off the interstate. Not sure what that means or why it happens.

AND THEN.... I worry about friends and family. Most of our friends are here and all of my family is here... how do you move away? Now granted we are not hours and hours away, we would be possibly 45 minutes away and that is far, or at least it feels that way. I fear that IF (BIG IF) we ever moved to NP then we would never see some of our friends and family. And that has been a deciding factor for me. I don't know if that is a good thing to use as a deciding factor. I need to be concerned about what is best for Firefighter and I! But sadly, that is not completely how I am built... I care about those things. Ugh!

I guess these things shouldn't really concern me right now since we aren't seriously moving. We are talking about it. We are considering it... We don't have a prequalification letter yet either.

What would be the biggest deciding factor for you to move???