There is one thing about me that I really don't understand, and can't seem to figure out. I have this horrible addiction to Duluth. Now that snow is gone, I seem to be going through withdrawls. It's like this every year. Every year since I first went up there on my own. I just want to get in my car and drive up there. Worse yet, I want to STAY up there for a while. Just like a mini-break. I find myself wishing I had a place up there. Then I pull up the Duluth MLS, and just make myself more miserable. I have all these priorities for the next year or two financially... I'd like to do many things, and focus on things like getting the house paid off, getting the house fixed so I can sell it even. Perhaps move altogether, probably staying in the area. But when I get like this, all I want to do is hoard money, save up 70 or 80 thousand bucks, and buy a cute place that needs some work. Then when I need to escape go up there and DO some work.
What's really sad is that about two years ago (not long after Nick and I bought our house) I started having dreams about living in this particular house in Duluth. When I'd dream it, I'd think I was crazy, because the way this house was laid out was NOTHING like ANY house I'd ever seen before. I mean, you'd remember this place if you saw it. And I loved it. I loved the big deck and the way it wrapped around and the walkout basement. It's not your typical every day house - it's definitely different than other houses.
About a month ago all the MLS systems in MN became accessible to everyone who participated in one (There's North Metro, which is what we are, Duluth, St Cloud, Western Wisconsin, St Paul, Minneapolis, etc.). Well I decided to play around and started searching the MLS in Duluth.
My house is there, people. It's for sale. It's in an area of town I think I may have been in once, but that's only because I spent a lot of time just aimlessly driving in Duluth with no destination in mind. IT IS THERE, PEOPLE. MY HOUSE FROM MY DREAMS IS THERE.
It's a foreclosed house. No electricity. It needs some work.
But what are the odds? I mean.... am I just having dreams of the future?
I know I've done that before, and it is freaky. This house is so dirt cheap right now that it's driving me nuts. I've calculated how much Nick and I could get out of our house right now, and it's not very much considering we've only been here two years. I just don't think it is possible. Nick has a job up there, because Prairie Restorations has a farm up there where he could work. But seriously, driving to Mora to sell houses and living in Duluth? Besides the fact that Nick doesn't want to live in town. He needs land. And LAND up there is expensive.
Who knows? Maybe someday I'll buy myself a little place up there to run away to. Maybe even my house from my dreams. Until then, I guess road trips will have to do....