I am thankful for everything that I have. But there are some things that I don't have. Like a big house.

Brian asked me this afternoon "When are you ever going to blog again?"

Hmmm. After I wake up at 6 am, take care of the dog, work until 5, fight an hour of traffic, go to the grocery store, eat dinner, bake eighty cookies, take care of the dog again, paint my nails, take a shower, and do a load of laundry....then I will blog.

So that's what I'm doing.

I'm already predicting that this 4-day week will be overwhelming, but I'll get through it.

It's hard to concentrate on much lately, mostly due to the fact that I desperately want/need a home. Now that I am an adult (using that term loosely) with a kid (dog), I have this strong desire to have a home. After college, I've lived with my sister, I've lived with my parents, and I've lived with my boyfriend. All have been great options financially ($0.00/month), but there's always that feeling of living in someone else's space.

I would say that I'm an idealist.

Ideally, I would prefer this house:

Or something similar.

However, when I search for a house in my price range in the prime area of Raleigh that is close to all the action, it turns out that I can only afford something like this:

Remember when you used to play the board game LIFE and you would always end up getting the disastrous house that was crumbling to pieces, or that house with a person hanging onto the windowsill being blown away by the wind?

That's my life (only there's no option of pouting and crying until I end up living in the Victorian mansion).

Okay, so I'm slightly exaggerating. But needless to say, the house hunting has not been easy.

There are a lot of factors which make it difficult. 

I would prefer a bigger house that's further out, but Brian prefers to live his entire life in a file mile radius. 

(Otis agrees with me in that he would prefer a bigger yard).

Alright, I'll keep you posted on the house hunting. We'll probably find something circa 2017.