There is a lot happening right now, and if you look at my face, you can see a mouth covered with cold sores (ack!). I have rarely had a problem with them so I did some looking online -- and I found that stress is one of the biggest factors in a cold sore breakout (beyond the viral connection, of course). Stress? Any going on here? Maybe so.

A lot of the stress doesn't belong to me personally, but there is a lot on my mind. First, of course, the move. The house sold quickly, we found another (that we love) quickly, and now we're trying to make the arrangements between us, our buyers, our new house and the current owners, two title companies -- it makes my head spin. We need to close on this one first so that we have the $$ to put into the new one, and then we need to be able to stay here for a day or two so that we can do the closing on the other one and get moved in. Timing is everything and our buyers have been difficult to work with. Whenever I get ready to tell them to forget it, I look out my window and see the other houses that are still for sale and suck it up and try to move on. We do know that we will be moving 'on or before May 14'. We are just hoping it can be a little before then.

So in preparation for that move, we spent the weekend packing and got a lot done - but now we are living in a mess. Add to that chaos, the knowledge that our Chris is getting his MBA (yay!! I know they will all be so happy to be done with that) and will graduate here May 21. I'm hoping we actually have a room/rooms for them to stay in at that point. Baby Girl Cottam is due to arrive on May 17. And the Father/Son campout is (of course) scheduled for the weekend of May 14. We may be moving with just the 2 of us! And Chris C. had his tonsils out last week and is really suffering -- we're trying to do everything we can to help there as well.

Anyhow -- add to that the regular stuff: Visiting teaching, temple visit for May (which is closed for 2 weeks, further complicating scheduling), learning and trying to function in a new calling (it's going to be fun!), and just generally keeping my head above water.

I do need a re-tox - bring on the Diet Coke!

picture via everyday people cartoons


Chelle-Belle said...

I'd send you a chocolat milkshake...but it'd melt by the time you got it...actually, I'd probably drink it first...lol

*clicks* cheers!!

Love ya!

Andrea said...

You deserve it! Holy cow, what a headache. Scheduling everything with closings and moving is such a nightmare. It usually works out, but it's a pain in the meantime. Good luck!

Suzanne said...

Oh man. You'll need a fist full of vitamins to get through all that. It sounds overwhelming to say the least. Just think, though, by June 1st, it'll all be a memory. Hope all goes well with the baby, the move, the graduation, the houses, and the cold sores. I can attest to the fact that stress brings them on!

100 Percent Cottam said...

as president hinckley would say, "it will all work out". not that i'm not self medicating over here, too. chocolate is my pick.

Carrie Page said...

That is serious reason to Re-tox! Ugh...my head was spinning just reading this! Why do people have to be so difficult?

Congrats to Chris on the MBA...such a big deal! So excited for Natalie's girl to be here. Wish I could hug you. I'd SO let you poke my back as we reminisce about "Good Ole Jack Brunson".

Grandma and Grandpa said...

Have a snickers (have you seen their new commercial?). Just hang in there. You are stronger than you realize. You will get through this. Remember one of our trios first songs...You're not alone.

The Cottams said...

I say a good pedi is in order for you.. Take a stress free week!! Hope the next few weeks are easy on you!!

Jennifer said...

If anyone deserves a re-tox it is you. Your list keeps going and going.(like the enrgizer battery) I hope all goes well with the move. Congrats to Chris for getting his MBA. I am excited for Natalie. Babies are the best. Nothing beats that new baby smell. Take two chocolates, a diet coke for good measure, and enjoy the blessings when the stress is over. We are praying for you.

Darleen said...

I could of told you that cold sores causes stress! It's a known problem among me and my sisters. If we get a cold sore we know we are stressed.