This time doesn't include hotel stays during my long drive. Or the time spent in a hotel while in limbo after my Household Goods were packed but we hadn't left yet.
1) My kids are loud.
I mean, DUH, right? Kids = Loud. However, this is really driven home when you realize you're sharing multiple walls with people who are possibly jet lagged and trying to catch up on sleep.
2) Housekeeping is a blessing...sorta.
It's really nice to have someone come in a take out all of the trash, make sure you're stocked up on clean towels, and change your sheets whenever you ask.
I get weird about people touching my stuff. I also get worried about how "trashed" the hotel room looks when they come in. Logically, it's not awful. Stress induced OCD like thoughts? It's a trash heap.
3) I have a love/hate with cable.
I like being able to watch things like Animal Cops or other reality TV shows. I don't, however, like commercials. I've been out of the commercial loop for several years now so I didn't get to watch the evolution of commercials...and these are weird.
I also get frustrated for/with my kids when they want to watch something but that specific show isn't on yet. They're spoiled on streaming.
We've gotten suites whenever possible so there's a separate room for adults and kids. But, for me, that isn't always enough. I need my own space and time where literally no one talks to me or needs my attention. Sometimes I need to be able to separate my kids from each other without one having the "better" space.
5) I need my cats
The last 2 of the 3 hotels haven't been pet friendly. I've been able to visit my kitties and I know they're being taken care of by someone who truly loves animals...but they aren't with me and sometimes that's difficult.
My Shadowcat is my unofficial emotional support kitty. His cuddles can calm me when I'm having anxiety and I definitely sleep better if he's nearby. It's been a difficult few weeks without him.
Kas, you may be asking, why the hell are you still in hotel rooms?
House hunting sucks and we can be picky. That about sums it up. I want a space I can live in comfortably for at least a year, I need a fenced yard, I need 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, some homes aren't even available yet, and I want my kids in a good school district.
And I definitely don't want to live on base.