Friday, August 29, 2008

To Laugh or to Cry...

That is definately the question of the day! Last night I was crying and today isn't looking much better. I wish I was one of those people who could just laugh off the disasters of life, but that doesn't seem to be the way I work. So here are the troubles since leaving Rexburg (who knew Rexburg would be looking so good right about now). Just an FYI this is a pity post and I wouldn't be offended if you didn't want to go any further!

1. On the way down to Arizona we were hit by another car. Not much damage but enough to have to shell out a $500 deductible to get the Sequoia fixed.

2. Not having our own space. We love staying at my grandparents and they could not be any more wonderful to us if they tried. But I miss my things...I miss seeing Dallan every day...I miss my DVR....I miss my own bed and pillows.

3. Dallan's new company and the scare they gave us just one day after arriving in Arizona. They in a round about sort of way told Dallan if they had known about certain health issues they would have been a little more thoughtful in hiring him (just so you know he is okay and perfectly capable of working) but that was nice to hear after quitting a company who LOVED him and moving your entire family to a new state. In the end they decided it wasn't that big of a deal and he was cleared to start work.

4. The sea of cubicles that meet Dallan on the third day of work. Why is that to bad you ask? Well let me just quote Dallan (something he said as we were looking for jobs after getting out of the Navy) I don't want to go to a company where I will just be one of many. I don't think the sea of cubicles did much to boost his confidence that this was the right career choice. We are crossing our fingers though that his outlook will improve...and SOON!

5. The Monsoon Season. August in Arizona is referred to as the "monsoon season". This is when we get the most rain (laughing even as I type that). But we do get beautiful lightning storms and strong winds. Well when Dallan was getting ready to go to his grandparents I told him please don't take the car out there (we just bought a brand new nissan Maxima...silver/charcoal gray in color...black leather seats....sun roof...bose stereo system....a very nice car....at a very nice price). Well he explained he didn't want me to take the car because that meant the kids riding in it and they could mess it up. I then reminded him that his grandparents lived on a farm where it was dirty and dusty and that they had no garage or safe place to park it. he insisted it would b okay. Well last night I got a call at about midnight. There was a storm out in Buckeye and the wind caused a branch to break loose from one of the trees. Simply said our new car is now smashed. It blew out the back window, dented both the top and back end of the car and completely scratched one side of it. I bet the option of allowing the kids to ride in the car are looking pretty resonable to him right now. So now I am sure we are looking at another deductable and who knows whether or not our car will ever be the same.

6. No one has bought our house and no one is even calling to look at it. Jessica...Emily....I now know how you felt. It is so frustrating. We have lowered the price and have now already lost $25,000. How much more are we going to have to lose? Not sure but it's not looking good.

So there you have it. Arizona hasn't been too kind to this Lott Family. We are hoping and praying that things turn around for us soon...and I mean VERY soon!

11 comments:

Neas Nuttiness said...

Sorry things are so bleak right now BUT look at it this way...
...how much worse could it get?
Wishing you happier days, more restful nights, and your hubby back soon!

Mandee said...

Thank you libby...I needed a little encouragment!

Suebee said...

I have no encouragment, just I am so, so, so sorry things are so hard right now. I will pray for happiness and good times to come quickly for you. I am glad you are there safely even if your cars aren't doing so well.

Angie said...

i am sorry to hear about all of the bad things that have happened. i would say that things will get better, but i don't know when. we have had a crapy few months and i am still waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel. just keep smiling. sorry that i have no words of encouragement.

Jessica said...

Oh, Mandee, hugs and prayers coming your way. Stacy said to me in response to my LOOOONG pity post right after our move that her mom always told her the worse things get, the funnier the story you have to tell people later on. So maybe don't laugh now, but next year, at a dinner party, with Dallan in the other room....

On the housing market, hang in there. You only need one serious buyer. You have a wonderful house and someone will love it. Is your agent working hard? Making calls? Contacting other brokers? Sending out fliers? Holding brokers open houses? That's his/her job, make sure that commission is earned.

It will all work out. You know it will, you just don't know how yet. Know that we all love you and are thinking of you.

emma jo said...

I hurt for you, while reading this. But your friends are right...Clark and I are constantly telling ourselves in times like that "it won't kill you and it will end".
I hope it all ends sooner rather than later. We love you and will remember you in our prayers!!

Mandee said...

(sitting here a little teary eyed) Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

snbjork said...

Mandee, I am also sorry things are crazy for you right now. Isn't that the way it always goes when you move to a new place?? I like what Jessica said about it being a good story to tell later on....

Okay, so when you're really feeling bad you should just start belting to yourself in the mirror, "You're not alone. Even though right now you're on your own....." Ha! I got a good little laugh out of that mental picture. Go try it out right now!

You could always come down South (East) for a little visit. =)

Mandee said...

I would love to come South!!

Sherri said...

sorry I have not been on your blog for a few days. So sorry you are having a ruff time. I will say some prayers. hang in there things will work out.
We love you and miss you so much!

Neas Nuttiness said...

Come on down! Enjoy the warm temperatures (90 and rising with 100% humidity), balmy breezes (filled with the roar of generators an their entoxicating fumes), local flora and fauna (downed trees and love bugs by the gazillions). Yes, come on down to laid back Louisiana where there are still over a million homes and buisinesses without power, but that just adds to the ambiance! If shopping is your thing, you can spend hours upon hours standing in line at: ____________ (fill in the name of any store), to get the chance to pick over what little is left on the shelves.

Think you might want to stay put for a while?

But seriously - we now have power, and our local stores are open. Curfew has been changed from 6 pm to 8pm. Get in the car and come on over. You can have your own room, and I'll watch the kids in the mornings, so you can sleep in. French Toast for breakfast, po boys for lunch, and dinner hot of the grill (last night it was terriyaki glazed salmon). We would love to have you ALL!

Libby