This is an area to discuss things I've done with my husband over the years to strengthen our relationship as well as observations I've witnessed that might serve to help others.
So, my last entry was about settling in. Most of what I was talking about was still when I was in a bit of a shock state. I am feeling more normal now. Not like we've made a huge mistake that we can't come back from, at least. How do I know? The hubby and I started diving into real estate research.
Keith and I have always loved looking at new housing, researching real estate markets, etc. in every area we've lived before. It's a weird thing to bond over, but it's our weird thing. That being said, Auckland doesn't do house sales like the US does. They auction homes: without listing, in any way, shape or form, what an expected sales price should be for the home. Sure, there is the random home that will list an asking price and say that it could be sold prior to auction, but it's rare. So there is no looking up houses on Zillow and ranking them by asking price. It's a completely different ball game out here.
The details on home purchasing aren't what's important right now, though--we have started bonding over something we started bonding over when we were 21 again. And that it is a huge sign to me that our relationship is still as stable as it always has been. Even if I was a freaking mess for the past 2 weeks or so.