Rather, we own 20% of a house, and The Bank from Hell owns the rest of it, and we are paying them in increments to slowly own it. It is the dirtiest, grimiest thing anyone has ever laid eyes on. (The two Mexican families that inhabited it now rent ... two doors down, and my pity for them decreases with every piece of gum or bird poop I scrape off of the floor.) We have way more stuff than we ever imagined, but unpacking takes a back seat to cleaning and remodeling, so that adds a new reality to "living out of boxes." It is an intricate shuffle between unpacking, cleaning, and moving. You need to move in order to clean, you should unpack in order to move... it's like that farmer and rowboat problem.
We adorably realized that the house is to Justin (slash, dudes in general) what the wedding was to me (ladies)! I am happy and chill, I mean, I know it's super great and all. But Justin. Justin! Justin is thrilled to pieces every moment. Our roles have even fallen similarly into place! Justin is in charge of the whole thing in general, and of overseeing most of the aspects, and I have claimed/been delegated certain areas too. It is the wedding reverse! Or, reflection! Also in the same way, we are divvying up fees and charges ("I'll take DJ, you take cake" has turned into "I'll take mortgage, you take bills," "Alright, fine, but you're doing Netflix"), not that it matters.
Now that we're not begging for a single blade of grass anymore -- now that it has all worked out for real -- we can sit back and fume at the whole process even more. I saw Citibank's mortgage page today, if you don't sign papers when they predict you'll close, they give you $1500! We would be so rich right now if "Prosperity Mortgage" had employed such a tactic! We try to minimize our outrage and maximize our joy. Rar has set to work replacing doors and rewiring plumbing and electricity. I have set to work cleaning floors, and Justin has set to work mowing his meadow and grilling. We realize it a little bit more every day -- we have a house!
|this land is my land, this land is Justin's land|