FYI – this blog will not be available for sometime Friday until sometime Saturday or Sunday, or maybe later. Because, well, we’re moving, and the server this blog is hosted on? It lives at our house, so it’s moving too. (And yes, this does mean I will be without Facebook for, like, at least a day. Oh, the tragedy of it all!)
Today has been cra-zy at work. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
I could not be happier that classes are over tonight. It’s not that it’s been a particularly difficult semester – at least, not as difficult as I thought it might be. But, I am tired.
So tired, in fact, that as I was walking back from the employee lunch room, I was lamenting how tired I was, and how there would be no sleeping in tomorrow, even though I’m not going to work. And then I was feeling sorry for myself that there would be no sleeping in on Saturday either, because there are moving vans to return, people coming out to install the internet, and MOM will be arriving at some point to set up our kitchen.
But. BUT. Then I remembered… Sunday. Ah, beautiful Sunday. And all I could think of was our bed, with our wonderfully comfy sheets and cozy quilt, sitting in that huge master bedroom at our new house. And then I was OK with being tired for the next 48-60 hours. That Sunday morning bed is the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel of this journey that started not back in July when the house went on the market, or in February before that when we started to fix up the house, or in the September before that when we got married, but in the June before that (2007) when we started moving my stuff into the townhouse. It’s been a loooong journey, when you look at it that way. (Heck, I thought it was long when I considered last July the beginning.) And now, the end is here. The end which is really a very exciting beginning.
Sometimes it seems like there aren’t enough voluntary beginnings in life, but more so the beginnings that we’re “making lemonade out of lemons.”
Lastly, I’d like to put a huge amount of gratitude out there for our Realtor, who is taking care of the mice in the new house right now, and our mortgage guy, who is making everything happen in record time to make sure we’re not homeless for even a night. We’re considering sending them large meat baskets. (Originally, I proposed fruit baskets, but, well, they’re guys, and meat seemed more appropriately manly.)
Some things I’ve bookmarked recently:
- Fat Quarter Shop – This quilt pattern reminds me of a certain girl whose name starts with A….
- Hambone and Jennicakes » Blog Archive » Burninating the countryside – Embroidery with Prince Charming in mind
- How cost-effective is it to make pantry staples from scratch? – By Jennifer Reese – Slate Magazine – Very interesting article for those concerned with both money and good food, and who aren’t afraid of spending a little time in the kitchen.
- Girl Friday: Happy Your Mom Joke Day – Bummer that we all missed this!
- MinnPost – Debate in Legislature: Do the state’s requirements produce the best teachers? – Um… this is a bad idea (not requiring teaching certificates). On a personal note, I’ve been taking classes for the last… three years, and have another three to go, before I’ll get my certificate/licensure, and I will honestly tell you that I am completely not ready for classroom teaching. Not in the slightest. And I already have a bachelor’s degree in a related field that resulted in my doing a lot of teaching.
Secondly, one of the arguments for this insanity is that there were about 50 shortages in Minnesota last year. [Only] 50. Shouldn’t there be a better way to deal with that shortage than stopping a requirement for licensure? I mean, yes, kids need their math and science teachers, and I’m all for that. But what if we put a little money out there to help people get education to become teachers, or looked into teacher retention in those fields, or… any number of other options other than no longer requiring education to become an educator.What will they come up with next?
- PBS Brings Bugs, Presidents and Soufflés to the Web – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com – This is awesome. I haven’t had time to check it out yet, but it looks really good. Their old site was nice, but being able to browse everything in one place? Always better. Found via Lifehacker.
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I realize that almost no one enjoys hearing about someone else’s dreams. But, in my defense, anything else I would have to tell you today would be boring beyond belief. Not that this dream is entertaining, or even long enough to be considered a story. But it’s better than, “last night we packed up our kitchen.”
Over the weekend, I had a dream that I was pregnant. [Editor's first note: No, I am not pregnant. No, it is not possible. Promise. No, I do not want to be pregnant at this moment. Stop asking.] Very pregnant, actually. Like 8 months pregnant. [Editor's second note: I knew this in the dream way of knowing things; that's just how it was.] However, I had almost no belly whatsoever. [Editor's third note: Mostly like my current belly, which is squishier than it should be but would almost certainly not be considered a "bump" of any sort.] I was a bit concerned about this, and was pretty sure that something had gone horribly wrong with the baby.
And that was it.
Oh, did you want more?
A while back my car (in real life) started to make a noise. I’ll spare you the very non-descript, non-specific description of the noise, but suffice it to say, it was weird. We decided that I should take the car in (no, I haven’t had time for this yet – I’ve been a little busy). I had a dream where I took said car in to the repair shop, and the problem with the car, according to the repair man, was the bumper. [Editor's fourth note: there is no way that this noise could actually be caused by the bumper, proving yet again that even in my dreams I know nothing about cars.] I don’t remember whether or not I believed him.
In non-dream news, tonight and tomorrow night are the last classes I have to go to for four months! And 48 hours from now, we’ll be busy signing crap-tons of documents selling away our house (and then 3 hours after that, signing crap-tons of documents buying the new one, fingers crossed). Nothing can be made in the kitchen anymore except hot water or meals involving the microwave. Oh, and cereal. There has been further drama with the washing machine replacement parts that is so unbelievably worth of “WTF?” and I won’t put you through it. Also, the filter in our water filtration system needs to be replaced. The light went on yesterday. Of course it did.
Did you know that there are, like, options when shopping for toilets, beyond the plastic versus porcelain or white versus ivory ones? (Sidenote: I do not envy whoever it is who ends up carrying the new toilet, whatever we end up picking out, down to the basement, because those things are hea-vy.) I thought the options for kitchen faucets were difficult, and at least I cared about those (brushed nickel, yes; removable sprayer, yes; not ugly, yes).
Did you know that there are approximately two quadrillion ugly rugs in this world, and only three that are cute, only one or two of which will fit (either size-wise or color-wise) in the room you’re trying to decorate. One should definitely not go searching for rugs on the internet, because that just increases the number of available rug options. It is juch easier to decide to not buy a rug.
Did you know that it’s possible to spend several hours watching television on the last weekend of the semester, while achieving a 4.0 GPA and with an upcoming move in 5 days? It totally is.
Did you know that it’s easier to live with only half a dozen things in your kitchen cabinets? It’s so easy to find what you want (provided it’s in there). Also, it’s completely possible to live without spices for weeks on end (though it should be noted that cookies will not be baked until spices have been unpacked). And, you should never keep a cucumber past it’s time, because those things are beyond gross when they get moldy. Thawed frozen shrimp, however, totally fine (not edible, mind you, but not stinky or icky).
Did you know that if you have a box in your house, it must be sat upon by any nearby cat? Any box. Every box. The taller, the better, though occasionally, just to mess with us, they’ll choose the shorter of the two stacks to sit on. What else qualifies as a “box”? The luggage, which is now covered in cat hair.
And, just a word of advice, you should be very, very cautious when considering ordering a part from Sears Parts Direct. If you need that part (say, for instance, the repair kit for the washing machine) soon (and hence pay exorbidant rates for express shipping), and their system eats part of your shipping address (like removing the suite number from your office building that guarantees the shipper will not deliver it), you are SOL. Hopefully you don’t need that part soon (like, for instance, by Friday when you sell the house). According to customer service, the shipper has time to care about that one package and will look up the sender in the system, give them a call, find the correction to the address, and then deliver it. Right. (And yes, you did read that right. Our washing machine partially broke, six days before the closing on our house. Of course it did.)
I would like to announce that today, I have graduated to a second bottle of water (“bottle” meaning aluminum canister that I got from last week, or BPA-free plastic bottle I’ve been toting around for the last few months). I know, this is monumental. I’ve surpassed the 13 ounces of water in my original plastic bottle and require a second. A key in this is that I have a second bottle, because the water here at work, which is “filtered” (which may just mean moved via a tube from the tap to the dispenser) tastes awful. And I’m not a huge fan of water anyway, so drinking bad water is just… not happening.
I thought you’d like to know.
Also, I should note that these developments (consuming the first bottle, and now graduating to the second) mean that I take a lot more breaks during the day at work, if you know what I mean. Sorry if that’s TMI, but I’ve been reading the back archives of Dooce, and she talks about bodily functions all the time, and it’s wearing off on me.
Things I am excited about, this Monday afternoon.
- Having all of our stuff in the same place finally, instead of at home, in the storage unit, and at ‘s.
- My piano.
- Making clothes for myself again (I promised myself that I’d buy a dress form if I got straight A’s).
- The deck, and the kitchen.
- No longer being in transition.
- No more moving for many, many years (I probably shouldn’t say things like this, or should knock on wood or something, for fear of angering the Murphy’s law fairy or something).
- Did I mention the 4 months without homework?
Who said Mondays were bad?
*Note: none of the above will actually be true for another week or more, but the anticipation of it all is enough.
- What’s the best summer job you ever had? That would probably have to be my summer in San Francisco. Arizona was totally awesome too, but I was older and not nearly as carefree as a girl can be at age 20/21. They were long, hard days, but good fun was had as well. At least, looking back 10 years later, I only remember the fun parts.
- Tell me about the worst date you ever went on. I haven’t been on too many dates in general, and definitely not bad dates. The only one I can think of was when I was in high school I went out with this guy once, and I was totally into him (I asked him out, kind of ), but the date just dragged on and on. Seven hours later he wouldn’t leave my house even though he was going to miss curfew, and then a few other things happened in the months that followed that just… meh. Definitely not a terrible date story, but it’s the worst I’ve got.
- Do you think the age for a driver’s license should be raised (currently 16 here in the U.S.)? No, I’m totally cool with 16, though I could understand wanting to raise it to 18. However, that gets difficult with kids who work part-time jobs or need to be able to drive around younger siblings and things like that.
Friday’s doctor visit went well. Have I mentioned how much I love my new doctor? I might keep going to her after we move. She took a quick look in my ears, up my nose, and at my throat, and determined that I did not have a sinus or ear infection. The diagnosis? Allergies. Woo-hoo. One prescription for generic Flo-Nase, two days, and I’m back to normal. This is me officially reporting that nasal allergies have nothing on skin allergies. You know, the skin allergies that took a week of patch testing to diagnose and even then it’s tricky buying lotion and soap because they didn’t find all the allergies, the skin allergies that make scented soaps and perfumes impossible, buying sunscreen beyond difficult, and tanning? forget about it. Also forget about shaving with anything other than a plain-bladed razor and the most gentle soap you can find.
Today I am breathing freely, the congestion in my throat is gone, and there is no more plugging in my ears, which is good, because that was driving me a little crazy (it was especially bad Saturday on the ride to the funeral and afterwards at the reception – I was feeling very sympathetic for anyone with hearing issues or who has to wear a hearing aid, because man, just not fun, having your hearing messed with). But so much less crazy than constantly itching.
Saturday, we went out and bought fun things, like a new garbage disposal, a kitchen faucet, a water filtration system, and gummy bears. It was fun until we dropped them off at storage and recognized that we wouldn’t be able to install any of them right now. Bummer. (Well, not the gummy bears. Those came home.) It was, however, exhausting. We also looked at rugs and toilets and water softeners. And kept all our receipts.
Another chunk of our kitchen is packed up and wiped down, and the shelving units were partly disassembled for transportation. ERIC patched holes in the walls yesterday, so tonight he’ll sand them down and I’ll patch-paint. And then vacuum, because our carpeting is starting to look bad. I want there to be as little cleaning as possible done on Friday.
I also, finally, edited my last paper and printed it out, so I’m officially done with homework. I just have to go to class this week, and I’m done. The last grade for my online class was posted, and I got a 97% in the class, which I’m proud of because that class stressed me out a great deal, and I was annoyed by the professor (which is a rather easy thing, considering you never meet in real life and your only interactions are via email or discussion board messages).
It seems a little strange that we’re moving on Friday (though it cannot get here fast enough! this has been the slowest three weeks ever, and you would have thought it would fly by), especially since we’ve had ridiculous quantities of free time. There were many, many hours of playing video games or sitting on the couch watching TV. I finished the embroidery piece I was working on and started another. I also started the second panel of the baby blanket I’m knitting, and finally frogged the ABC one that I’d give up on. If the kitchen wasn’t packed, I would have made cookies or something. It’s just crazy. But, when you consider that we’ve been packing up since last July, it makes more sense.
Hopefully this week will fly by. 5 days!
- Soul :: peace
- Fold :: towels (thanks, Martha Stewart!)
- Breakup :: Babe (a great book, and a lovely, though defunct, blog)
- Will :: and Testament
- Fond :: -ue
- Powers :: that be (since I just finished watching all 5 seasons of Angel….)
- Ho-hum :: tweedle de dee
- Hustle :: and bustle
- Avenue :: Park
- Tower :: -ing Inferno
But, nonetheless, I’m here. Early, in fact, because I drove to work so that I could leave a bit early for a doctor’s appointment. The previously-mentioned sinus and ear condition got worse yesterday, to the point that I was going a bit crazy, swallowing all the time to try to get my ears unplugged, to no avail. Thank goodness for online appointment scheduling! At some point in the middle of the night, I woke up swallowing hard enough to clear my ears finally, but it settled in my throat then, where it still resides. Plus, my ears have plugged back up somewhat. Clearly there’s an alien living in my head, and there’s just not room for him/her in there, what with all the crazy taking up space too.
Last night in class I sat through two and a half hours of what were pretty bad presentations. Only a precursor to what I can expect as a middle school teacher, right? (I mean, if this is what 20-40 year olds do in college, what kind of standards can I possibly expect out of 12 year olds?)
When I got home from class, I saw that had taken all the boxes we packed Wednesday night over to storage, which was awesome. I have plans for more packing this weekend (not that there’s much to do, but some furniture can now be taken apart). Part of Saturday will be spent with ‘s family at the visitation and memorial service (perhaps it’s a funeral – what exactly do those words mean? is it a funeral because there’ll be a casket? is it just semantics?) for his great grandma. He gets to dress up in a suit, because all the great grandsons were asked to be pallbearers, though we don’t know if that’s literal or figurative. Guess we’ll see.
I also talked to last night and heard a cute story (perhaps only cute to aunts and moms, but maybe you’ll find it cute too). Today is going on a weekend trip with the youth group, and they’re taking a school bus. Well, just loves school buses. Every time they drive by one, he says “ool bus, ool bus!” So, today they’re going to see off, and is going to get to go on the school bus. Can’t you just picture his 2 year old face at the awesomeness of that? I also learned that has acid reflux – sad state of affairs, for being only 5 weeks old. Apparently, though, there’s liquid Prilosec, so he should be feeling better in a few days.
Not sure what work holds today… I’ve got more coding to work on for the name change, but part of my hand has been cramping up from all the repetitive typing, so I’m trying to avoid doing too much of it at a time. (If you must know, it’s my right hand pinky finger and the attached muscle that runs down my palm, from using the arrow keys so much.) There are other projects to work on, so I should stay busy with something.
- Apparently there’s some sort of magnetism that draws people who are completely horrible at public speaking to attend classes I’m taking.
- Today is a very sunny day. Why did I go to work again?
- 2009 has been productive, busy, and surprising so far.
- 20 minute commute this morning, and that was it. If traffic was this good everyday, I’d drive to work (well, and if parking didn’t cost $7).
- For too long I’ve been dealing with sinus congestion, so I’m going to the doctor today.
- I am not obsessed with Facebook; I am not! OK, that all depends on your perspective, I suppose.
- And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to pizza!, tomorrow my plans include a memorial service for Great Grandma, and packing, and wrapping up that homework and Sunday, I want to enjoy Spring, and feel prepared for this move!
Short and sweet today.
I’m thankful for…
… feeling appreciated at my job.
… donuts. (Free donuts!)
… sunrise and sunset times expanding the daylight hours.
… a gorgeous mini quilt received in the mail yesterday from Colleen (sorry, no photos, but she’s got some on her photostream if you want to see it).
… peace finally for ‘s great-grandmother, who passed away yesterday. At 94 years old, the only thing she regretted not doing was getting a massage. She lived life to its fullest, and now gets to be with her husband again.
… U-Haul boxes specially designed for glasses.
… the last paper of the semester being mostly done (it’s written, but it needs some editing before turning it in next Wednesday).
… the awesome weather we’ve been having here lately, and predictions of good weather for moving day.
… no more worrying about homework for four months!
… a tentative contract agreement that doesn’t include pay cuts or mandatory furloughs (just wage freezes and rising health care costs).
… a husband who patiently puts up with my insanity and keeps me calm.
Only figuratively, of course. I’ve had a stuffed nose (minor) for… weeks? months? I’ve lost track. A new symptom showed up a few days ago, though – my left ear is kinda stopped. And yes, I have tried swallowing. Doesn’t work. WebMD seems to think I might have sinusitis, but you know what, I don’t really feel like dealing with a doctor right now, so I’m going to chalk it all up to allergies.
But, on the figurative side, things are going swimmingly. I wrote my second paper last night, so and I went for a walk. Tonight I’ll get that last one done, and then next Tuesday or Wednesday I might take 15 minutes to study for the quiz on Thursday. The paper I turned in for my online class has been graded and returned, and unless I get 5/25 points on the last discussion (which is highly unlikely), I have an A in that class. We’re on track with packing, have reserved a moving van, and have both closings scheduled (though the second one is only tentative).
Last night when we got back from our walk, I decided to sew the zipper into that dress I’d been making. Well, that did not go well, but finally, after a lot of pain, it is in, beautifully. And I’ve decided I just don’t like the dress and will just take it apart, salvage whatever fabric I can, and move on. Best to decide this before hemming, right? Bummer.
It’s Administrative Professional’s Day, so I have a gorgeous gift from sitting here. She got these awesome Thermos Brand coolers that look like purses (but are lunch bags! and huge!) and filled them with a new water bottle, some chocolates, and flowers. I feel very appreciated. I also got a bar of chocolate from another co-worker, and a note of thanks from a third. Tomorrow there’s a party too, so it’s just all sorts of fun over here. (Well, aside from the hours and hours of tedious coding I’ve been fixing as a result of our name change. That is no fun. And my hand hurts.)
9 days to the new house! 8 days to the end of the semester!
Some things I’ve bookmarked recently:
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Clean Water | Happy Earth Day!| Clean Air
Here’s hoping that the changes we think about making and the ones we’ve already made stick. I’m glad I found an acceptable water bottle so I could give up bottled water. From the maps it looks like our new house has a lot of cool places within walking distance, including a nature preserve, city park, library, ice cream shop, pizza place, gym… so maybe there will be less driving this summer?