SO it's my job to keep an eye on the housing market and come up with reasonable solutions for later, while Nikki full on job hunts and we work together on the actual physicality of packing and repairs. So...he'll give me a city he's found a potential job in and I yay or nay based on housing prices. But now I have looked at so so many that they have blended into one insane, nightmare of a house riddled with water damage, hideous pink bathrooms, strange flora outside that looks like it want to eat me, and weird inexplicable THINGS I can't identify that my brain hurts. I am dreaming of bizarre and ugly houses now. And, of course, getting lost in them. I do have to say though my unconscious mind comes up with some awesome floor plans, that I can never remember when I wake up. Cosmetic damage I can handle, water damage makes me really leery of getting involved. You never know how that will play out long term in a structure. Although in the one house I am legit confused how the dining room, in the middle of the house with no logical exposure to any of the piping whatsoever, looked like an aquatic bomb of some sort went off in it. And the rooms above and to the sides are fine. Just that one room. Did they run a fountain or something in there??? And what exactly is the deal with people feeling the need to put a weird little wrought iron fence next to the door inside the house? It just looks goofy. And don't get me started on what I mistook for a stripper pole but realized was actually some sort of duct pipe from the basement to roof through both stories, that was odd. One house had columns just hanging from the ceiling, like creepy wooden stalactites, but not touching the floor. I assume a base has somehow gone missing, that's all I got. One looked like a crime scene happened and never got cleaned up. And Ohio has a truly terrifying love of the pink, yellow, pink AND yellow, and yellow and hideous green bathrooms. And none of them done well, my eyes. But unless I'm going to win the lottery tomorrow, I'm going to have to keep my eyes on potential 'this can be fixed down the line'. I do draw the line at a pink bathroom though. Just no. And really just no to the one that wasn't the usual pastel bathroom pink, but some bizarre neon pink-magenta horror that I think should require the realtor person to offer sunglasses to show the house, or at least a warning incase buyers didn't look at the photos.
And now we're in full on debate of the pool. I get Nikki's point it's a lot of work if the house sells quickly to have put it up and then take it back down. However, I also kinda feel it selling quickly is a sorta pipe dream and I don't want to be slowly baking away all summer either without my pool retreat. One of those utterly stupid decisions you don't really know what the right one is til afterwards. We don't have central air, only have small window units that sorta work in the computer room and the bedroom, so the pool is the main source of cooling down. A quick dip in the water makes the summer heat feel reasonable for several hours at a time. And our town pools have become ragingingly expensive.
So Nikki met new therapist, and reports that she's easy to talk to and he's happy with her, so that is good. There's also hints that one on one therapy is winding down, on a monthly schedule now that most of the big issues have been worked through. So maybe it's time to consider marital counseling. We've been unable to work out some differences on our own, and it's really getting frustrating this 'whatever you want' and then getting mad about what I decided to do ongoing behavior. And I TRY To find out what Nikki wants, but there is a real in ability to ever tell me he wants anything or offer up some kind of opinion to work with. Personally, I think either he really truly has no internal wants or needs or his antidepressants aren't high enough to overcome the mental fog yet. I can't tell which. Can you sorta...hollow out after a few years of depression and just not come back even with treatment and meds? I don't even know if my expectations are reasonable or if I'm wanting crazy things, but I'm tired of driving the bus and everything falling to me to decide other than a few big gesture choices (which how they happen then ends up to me to drive the bus on, even his part of the job hunting I've had to start helping out and scouring the net and e-mailing a list) versus a partnership I know I'm the research gerbil, but either help me out a little or get me some carrots at least. And yes, you better believe we have this conversation clearly, and often. I'm not the wife type who whines to everyone but her spouse and then wonders why things don't get better, I tackle it first with him and then brainstorm for ideas/reality checks/empathy/wisdom/whatever comes my way. I tried refusing to decide and waiting until he did some of it, but literally nothing happened but some tv watching. For two weeks. Till I couldn't take it anymore. I hate tv. Sorry, venting before I explode at my spouse I guess, unless someone has some useful advice, I'll make you cookies. Have tried talking to him with every tactic I could think of, refusing to do it, trying to engage him in every step, just doing it myself, trying to get him to talk about it with his therapist, I got nothing left other than joint counseling it feel like. But only after he's really done with his single, cant' float two bills right now. And you know, insurance companies don't value counseling like people do.
I'm going to try to get some sleep now and snuggle up with my cat. My cat probably makes neon pink bathrooms less ugly, he's a pretty cat.