Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The big reveal (Annie)

Also known as Good News. Yes, I know what you're thinking, Surely they could hold onto this news for a while yet, I just don't need to know! but 1) you should be used to hearing things from us that you don't need (or want, in some cases) to know and 2) my name's not Shirley.

This big reveal is about the house and when we might get to hit the road. All along we've been saying we have to sell the house before we can leave because we need that money to live on while we're wandering and not working. But then I got the great news that I'm being laid off, which means I'll be drawing unemployment for at least a year. It will only be $405/week but that's $405/week more than I was expecting when we hatched this great escape plan. Between that money coming in and what we've managed to save, we could wander a while before needing to find work.

Roxi talked with our insurance agent about rates if we were to (hypothetically) rent the house. We were surprised to hear the rate is only about $100 more per year than we're paying now. We expected it to be hundredS more. So, armed with all this info, we talked with the one person who has expressed interest in renting the house in the past, and really the only person we'd seriously consider renting to right now ... Roxi's son. We tossed around some numbers and he did some crunching of his own and the bottom line is, we have a deal! He's going to move in in February and then we'll be free to leave when we're ready, which will have to be sometime after March 1st, when my layoff goes into effect.

We'll wait for some warmer weather so we can install our new back/side camera setup, and we have to get a couple of things done in the shop (front tires, extensions on the rear dualies, and fix the small differential leak) which has to wait until we've removed the skirting we put up for winter.

It really feels like things are coming together for us, renting to Phil feels great, and not having to wait for the house to sell feels awesome. We're really going to do this!!!!

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19 comments:

dirtyduck said...

congratultions you two! ive practically been with you from the start and its been a long wait!lol i am so happy everything is sliding into place. having good renters is a must! and im sure any son of Roxi is reliable, honest, forthright,trustworthy,....lol ! great news!!!!!!

i am really really happy for you!

Annie said...

Thanks, DD! It has been a long time coming, hasn't it. Thanks for sticking with us!

Merikay said...

FANTASTIC! Not having to wait to sell the house is so wonderful. I'm looking forward to hearing about some great adventures from you two!

¡Vizcacha! said...

Thanks, Merikay. Do you mean laundry adventures?

Cruzin2some said...

WOW! That is great NEWS! We hope to be on the road around the first of June. Maybe we will cross paths out on the road.

We are so happy for you guys.

Travel Safe
Dawn & Denise

Sue and Doug said...

I love when a plan comes together..it may not be the original plan but a plan still the same!

Maria B said...

The news we have all been waiting for and dreading!!! YOU better get together with US once a month until you leave! Oh my God this is so exciting! Yay Phil!

Judy and Emma said...

Great news! Come join all of us wanderers on the road! :)

Kimbopolo said...

I'm so thrilled for you 2! Good things happening to good people is a good thing.

Kathy and Robert said...

Congratulations! I can hear the excitement in your writing and we're so glad everything has worked out for you! Can't wait to hear about your new adventures. K

ThE MidLiFe CrUiSeR said...

zip, zip!! That's the kind of news worth toasting!! Maybe we can hang out some time when you've got wheels under ya!

heyduke50 said...

looks like it is time to fluff your feathers and migrate...

Carolyn said...

Awesome!

Marianne said...

OMG! You're really going to do it! PINCH ME!!!!

Anonymous said...

Holy frackin' frack batwoman...I was so excited when I read Annabelle's email!!!!!!! I am so frackin' excited for you both. The thing that makes me the happiest is that your blogs from the road will so great because you had all this practice without the distraction of shiny stuff flying by you at 70mpg. ~The other Trumansburg Annabelle

Rose said...

Congratulations!!

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Have fun! This must be an exciting time for you two! :)

Annie said...

You all are great! Thanks so much for being excited for us.

Marianne, you might have lost a bet somewhere, though I don't know who would have bet that we'd actually leave!

Dawn & Denise and Nellie, it would be very cool to meet up with you all on the road.

Maria, Yes, we definitely need to spend some quality time hanging out!

Annabelle, have you been watching Alphonse's Battlestar Galactica again? We're gonna get the frack on the road!

SASSY AND BENNIE said...

Well it's about frikkin' time !!LOL Just kidding. Can't wait to follow your adventures ! You two are gonna love this lifestyle.

Steve said...

Congrats, and looking forward to meeting you guys someday out there soon!

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