Instead, I cleaned the apartment, went to the grocery store, dropped off the dry-cleaning, undercooked a mini-burger for lunch, went out with Kevin and realtor Marc to look at Wicker Park townhouses, confirmed that I still like the triplex with Brazilian cherry and a steel staircase best of everything we've seen so far, though the living room is a bit small and I'm not sure it has enough bookshelf space, came home and shared half a slice of pizza with Kevin, started prep for dinner, met with realtor Lera who wants to sell our condo and who brought along a two-hour presentation which was much more than we expected, was encouraged that the condo is probably worth a bit more than we thought, was pleased that she thought it "showed beautifully," was super-discouraged that the average market time for condos in our area is around six months(!), finished making dinner (sausage mozzarella tart, green salad with sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, pine nuts and a balsamic dressing, Kevin's mom's spinach lasagne, Haagen-Dazs dulce de leche ice cream) for Todd and Brandy and Nilofer, ate said dinner with friends and enjoyed the conversation and three glasses of wine from Nilofer's brother-in-law's brother-in-law's winery, crashed hard after they left. Not much time for extra breathing, none for actual working.
The upshot of the discussion with Lera is that what we should probably do is put our place on the market right away, and wait to make an offer elsewhere until we get one here, since we can't afford to have this sitting empty for six months after we move. We could get a bridge loan from the bank, but one for that much, for that long would be super-expensive. Disappointing, since part of me wants to move right now, and I'm afraid that if we see someplace we really love, it won't still be available in six months. But so it goes.
Today is all about the writing and the students. Goal is to respond to two student packets, and to revise a chapter of Part IV. The only other thing I have scheduled is drinks at 5 with Venu, Nilofer, Purvi -- they're taking me out to celebrate the Roosevelt job. But there's a lot of time between now and then.