Daily Happenings, Family

Dean Day!

The real estate market is moving so quickly. I’ve spent the week going from one house to another, meeting this buyer here, that buyer there, then rushing to write offers to meet the deadlines. Inventory is so low that homes are getting multiple offers and being placed under contract in hours, if we are lucky it can take a couple days.

Since it has been a bit since I have taken an entire day off I have declared today as “Dean Day”. We need a day together to do fun things, and without me doing work. Early this morning went for a great walk and enjoyed talking and wandering along Lake Hickory. Then we had brunch at home, and he is now taking a little nap. I thought I’d write a blog post about the underlying struggle I’m having. This being “Dean Day” I thought I’d be a big shot and said I would turn off my ringer, not check my email, and not even send a text message. What was I thinking? I feel like I want to check my work email, but I won’t… maybe. I feel like I want to check my text messages, but I won’t… maybe just a peek. No. It is so difficult to leave my phone alone. Am I addicted? Do I suffer from FOMO?

I am going to be tough and not touch my phone. I will not check my texts or emails, and I’m going to keep my ringer turned off. Let’s see how this goes today, well at least for the next few hours. Yes, that could be the answer! I won’t go electronic cold turkey, I’ll ease into it. You know, taper off a bit. So, after dinner and dishes I’ll peek? Good grief.

Have any of you figured out how to put your phone away and not think about it for an entire day? If so, please share.

Amazon Finds

Amazon Find: Amazon Smart Plug

Earlier this month I was shopping on Amazon, and at the top of the page there was an ad for the Amazon Smart Plug, it was on special for .99 cents with a promo code. I had thought about getting one of these plugs, but never wanted to spend $24.99. I clicked the ad and put the plug in my cart, I immediately went to check out, because this had to be too good to be true. I typed in the promo code and when I hit enter the price dropped to .99 cents! I checked out and knew Prime would have it to my door in 2 days.

I knew exactly where the plug was going to be used in our home. We have a floor lamp in the corner of the living room and being able to control it verbally would be awesome. I put the Amazon Smart Plug in the outlet, and opened the Alexa app on my phone. It was easy to find the plug, install the plug on our network, and once the lamp was plugged in all I had to say was, “Alexa, turn on first plug”. Voila, let there be light! Say the phrase again, and out goes the light. Amazing!

This is a great product, and I know we will get another one for the master bedroom. If I see it go on special again I’ll be sure to post it.

Lora’s Amazon Find Score: 5/5

Real Estate

National Executive Club Award

Having won a National Executive Club Award is a great feeling, and I know I didn’t achieve this on my own.

I am thankful to my wonderful clients for letting me be a part of their journeys. They shared their hopes with me, and trusted me to find their dream homes.

Also, thank you to the lenders, inspectors, repair people, team staff, and closing attorneys. Most of all thanks to Dean for putting up with the crazy hours, phone calls, and for cheering me on when the days got long and sometimes tough.