Day 10: Confession

I did not see a house today. I barely left my own house today. Let me tell you about my day, and then I’ll explain how I plan to remedy my faux pas.


School happened and it messed me up in a big way.

Today my children started school. Eldest boy entered second grade. Youngest started kindergarten (insert tears of simultaneous joy and fear).

Once I got the boys settled in their classrooms (they didn’t even beg me to stay!), I headed over to the MPR for the annual Boo Hoo/Yahoo breakfast and chatted with school folk and friends for a bit. My plan was to go back home, do a bit of work, watch the webinar I signed up for on mastering the art of Pinterest ads, and then head out for house touring.


I came home to two ominous-looking, legal-sized clasp envelopes each stuffed to the gils with paperwork the school asks for every.single.year.  Ok, I can do this and of course I’ll have time to go do my “market research” afterwards.  2:00pm comes along and am I done with those stinkin’ paper stacks?  Nope.  3:00pm…finally done!  It’s now two hours before I have to pick up the boys from after school care, dinner hasn’t even become a solid thought in my brain yet, and I still have eleventy-thousand loads of laundry to sort and put away.  And…AND…I’m on phone duty for FresYes today.  I didn’t get a single call for the entire day and then, right as I’m finishing up with the chores and think I may still have time to squeeze in a house, my phone starts blowing up.  Nope nope nope.

Plan B:  I’ll find a house closer to home and go check it out after dinner while the kids are decompressing before bedtime.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  Nope again.  The kids are emotionally charged after their day of firsts and need to go to bed early to avoid sassing their way into permanent grounding. So bedtime starts at 7:15pm instead of the usual 8:00pm. I can still go out later, right? Kids fall asleep at about 7:45pm, I spend a little time looking for nearby vacant houses to tour, and now it’s 9:00pm. Oh hell…this isn’t happening. Not a chance.

Plan C:  New rule – I will give myself (1) ONE cheat day per month, for a total of twelve potential cheat days over the 12 months of this project. But you’re not even two weeks in, you say? I don’t care. Today is NOT happening for me. Oh, I’ll still hit my goal. I will tour two houses tomorrow and blog both of them. Going forward, that’s the plan. When I use my monthly cheat, I commit to blogging once the day of the cheat to tell y’all why it’s a cheat. Then I’ll tour two houses and blog twice the next day as my penance. Deal?  Thanks.

Just for a bit-o-fun…chew on this:

Bar hop on Fresno Pedal Company’s Tiki-themed party bike



Author: ericamaranianrealtor

My name is Erica Maranian and I am a Realtor at FresYes Realty. As a kid growing up in the Central Valley, I dreamt of someday seeing the world. I came to realize that the world had been in my backyard the entire time. Fresno is a short drive from some of the most majestic landmarks in the entire nation. We feed the world with our fertile land. Our culture is diverse. Our city is historic. Our people are friendly. I’m in the business of helping people. My prior experience as a banker, manager, underwriter, and analyst allowed me to develop expertise in being a good listener, uncovering needs and priorities, and seeing what is possible given the available financial resources. As a Realtor, I want to help you in your journey of buying or selling a home in the Central Valley. I attended California State University, Fresno (Go ‘Dogs!) and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. I went on to earn an M.B.A. graduate degree, with honors, from Colorado State University’s prestigious graduate school of business…right from the comfort of my Fresno home. My passions include photography, contemporary literature, music, exploring the outdoors, and living a healthy lifestyle. I currently live in Clovis with my husband, Chris, and our two sons, Nickolas and Alexander. As a family, we live, play, and work right here in the Central Valley. My family and my heart are strongly rooted Fresno County. I would love to help you find a corner of this awesome place to call your own.