- It’s cold and refreshing, especially after some yard work: iced tea.
- I don’t like tomatoes.
- My favorite health and beauty product is Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Acne wash; welcome to your 30s, girls.
- Sundays seem made for a nice long ride.
- Well, first of all my new chair hasn’t arrived yet, which really bums me out.
- My dentist, the receptionist at his office, and my sister; those were the cast of characters in a recent dream and it was odd – I was way too nervous about forgetting my appointment apparently.
- And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to going washing machine shopping, tomorrow my plans include maybe unpacking the rest of my clothes? and Sunday, I want to set up my hammock – it’s about time!
Some very odd thoughts / updates for the end of May.
We visited the old hometown last night to transfer our gym membership. Turns out, we totally didn’t need to do that. But, as a bonus, we learned that we can use our membership at any of the Snap Fitness locations throughout the world, any time. Who knew?
Then we stopped over at Von Hanson’s and ordered up some meat. A whole huge hunk of it (the Cattleman’s Choice), which we will pick up on Saturday. They’ll have it all set aside for us and frozen, so now all I have to do is wipe down the deep freeze and get it ready. And then we’ll have quality meat again! Yay!
Afterwards, we walked down the parking lot to Cellars, perhaps our favorite Eagan liquor store. On several occasions we’ve bought as much of my favorite wine as they have in stock, and we get the case discount on it, even if it’s not a full case (the most we’ve gotten before is 7, I think). Well, last night, they had 13 on the shelf! So, we went home with a whole case of Hogue Late Harvest Riesling, and now I have two whole shelves in my wine cellar of it. We also got some other stuff.
Back at home, it was too windy to really do anything outdoors (and much too cold!), so instead we unpacked all of our books. Completely and totally not important unpacking, but it always feels good to get some of those boxes out of the way. Plus, now if we had an emergency guest, the bedroom in the basement is… less full of crap.
Add in some Dr. Mario, and that was my whole night.
Today, however, the weather is absolutely beautiful, so I’m thinking that the night demands yard work. Plus, our new yard waste receptacle is being delivered today, so I can at least get rid of the piles of branches and leaves and dead stuff that are spewn across our backyard.
Lastly, after having just eaten some really bad potstickers from LeeAnn Chin (they’re not usually this bad), I’ve decided that learning how to make them must happen soon. From what I’ve gleaned off the internet, it seems that potstickers are best made in large batches, so I’m thinking that it would be best to have a little party at my house where everybody helps out, and then everybody gets to take some home. They freeze well, ya know. I’ll have to think further about this, but it sounds like fun, right? Much better than having 200 potstickers in my freezer.
Short and sweet. Today, I’m thankful for…
… space heaters.
… fleece vests.
… chocolate nut clusters from Walgreens.
… pants that fit.
… ice cold water.
… sunshine on my way to work.
… the strong potential of having a working washer and dryer in the house this weekend or next week.
… two cats who love us so much, it pains them when we go away.
… the great potential our backyard / garden holds now that most of the weeds are gone.
… books on shelves (half a dozen boxes unpacked last night!).
… dangly flower earrings from Etsy.
… my bamboo plant that is happy and healthy, even in this cubicle that is 30 feet from any sunlight.
Last night, under a sky so grey it seemed like it would rain any minute (but it never did), we did something truly unremarkable. We drove back to our storage unit and emptied it out. Both units. Sweeped, removed the locks… done. Finito. (OK, we still have to call or drop over there before the 1st so we don’t get charged for another month, but that’s small beans.) This means that 99% of the stuff we own is now in the house or on the property somewhere (there’s a large cooler in ‘s attic, and a piano in her living room, and some bridesmaids dresses along with my wedding dress in her closet, but that’s it). Amazing, isn’t it? Our garage is proof.
Just a tad full
These were taken more than a week ago, so it's only gotten fuller.
Tonight we’re going to work on transferring our gym membership (you know, the gym membership that we haven’t used in over 2 months) closer to home.
There are, of course, some tasks that will never be finished. For instance, last night I spent about half an hour sweeping our driveway (while used Round-Up on the weeds in the cracks). And today when I get home, it will be covered in maple “helicopter” seeds again. I looked at our neighbor’s tree – easily week’s worth of seeds there. Yay. Of course, along with the seeds (which are not that easy to sweep up, I tell ya) was a whole lot of mossy stuff that falls off of our oak trees. Delightful. Just part of the life cycle. Makes me glad for the human reproductive process – despite the horror of childbirth, at least we don’t molt or lose our fingernails or… whatever parallel you can come up with for what those trees are doing.
We also watched the “Glee” premier (recorded), which was almost as fabulous as the commercials led one to believe (if one remembered that this was a television show on Fox and not a movie coming soon to theaters near you). Quite cheesy and predictable at times, and over the top with its exaggerated characters, but the music was every bit as good as the commercial. Bonus points for using that Journey song (as well as a piece from just about every musical we did in high school).
Then I learned that the next episode airs in the fall. FALL? As in… four months away? What ridiculousness. The internet seems full of people who are willing to gush all over the show and start cult followings, though, so maybe it’ll last a season or two. Halfway through the show I predicted two seasons, but by the end I cut that down to one. I just can’t see plot lines past two years, and it’s a bit too cheesy in that “Full House” or “Brady Bunch” kind of way – I could be judging society wrong, but it seems we’re a bit too jaded to really enjoy stuff like that these days.
Did I mention you can now see all of our kitchen floor? No more boxes and bins of tools in the middle of the room. It’s quite thrilling. Of course, we have piles of boxes everywhere else, but let’s not rush things. We’re still feeling the space out. And, of course, cleaning the space, improving the space, painting the space…. You can see why that box I had labeled “Kelly’s [Extra] Socks” wasn’t a big priority to unpack.
We spend so much time at Home Depot these days that I’m having trouble keeping track of how many visits we actually make. Racking up points on our credit card, though.
The long weekend was spent doing all sorts of house-related things, mostly outdoors. came over on Saturday and helped us out with yard work for 6 hours, and we didn’t finish! We weeded like crazy. In the garden, we used to have this lovely view:
Turns out that most of that green there isn’t supposed to be there. Seriously. Everything along the fence – weeds. “Voluntary trees,” as said. Pulled all the dead stuff out of the daylilies and some other plants (have no idea what they are yet, but they flower). Discovered an additional rose bush. Pruned those two trees there (that we think will probably tell us to remove when he comes at the end of June, but we’re not sure). Ripped out a whole bunch of violets (they are everywhere), dug up this bush (she determined that it was truly dead and would not recover, and we weren’t sad) where later planted his lamb’s ear, and discovered some weird variety of rose bushes (that are beyond the usual thorniness of rose bushes – quite horrific actually). Oh, helped mow our lawn, too. (We also did a bunch of praying for weeds, and lots and lots of pruning.) Loaded up her car with a few bags of yard waste (she has pickup at her house, and we hadn’t scheduled any yet – that’s since been rectified), moved the remaining yard waste into a pile (including another bush that dug up, also beyond repair), and we were exhausted. And then we went to Home Depot (that’s 1).
Sunday afternoon I spent several hours (seriously) in my favorite tree:
Favorite tree "before"
You can’t tell from this picture, but there’s an awful lot of dead stuff up there. Did you know that you can prune a tree for hours? I didn’t. I also didn’t know it would be so enjoyable. Truly. It combines my love of throwing things away and being outside – doesn’t get much better than that. There are still hours of pruning left to do on this tree (we did get it cut back from the power lines / roof, as well as the neighbor’s lawn, and a bunch of dead stuff), but I have to wait for the new yard waste receptacle to come on Wednesday to clear the ground (so I can move the ladder).
Unfortunately, I haven’t taken any pictures of our progress yet. Suffice it to say, the changes have been quite visible.
Sometime over the weekend (it's all blurring together now), I "finished" painting my office.
I say “finished” because, as I wrote on Flickr, there was a bit more bleeding of blue paint than I would have liked, and so I decided to do a thin stripe of the dark brown I selected to do the wall art with. I’m waiting the full 2 weeks for the paint to cure, however, so we can use the good tape, and not the “delicate surfaces” stuff. (It’s such a small room – it’s so hard to photograph well!) I cleaned the floor, too, before moving all of my crap back in (I didn’t put any of it away – it’s just sitting in piles in the room, away from the walls). Still a work in progress.
spent most of Monday wiring up the basement for surround sound (7.1, if that means anything to you – it doesn’t to me). This involved the removal of several ceiling tiles (oh, the mice crud that was up there – frightening, truly), as well as part of the wall. That was easy primarily because part of the paneling had already been cut out and replaced. The basement is the addition to the house, so we weren’t sure what was going on there, and were curious.
What did we find behind that panel?
That's right, a complete window. Glass, hardware, everything. Completely covered on the family room side with paneling, and on the laundry room side with plywood. You'd never even know it was there. Awesome.
If you can’t tell from that picture, we also found something else amusing in removing that panel. Here’s a closeup:
That's right, the paneling was installed over other, even uglier, paneling!
Our house is so fun!
My next project?
Removing the shower doors, installing a curved rod, and replacing the shower head in my bathroom.
I picked out a new shower head during a trip to Home Depot on Monday (that’s 3 – went earlier on Monday without me). Then off to find some replacement tiles. But first, we’ve got some more yard work to do. Personally, I think it’s time to get a refreshing beverage, don’t you?
Something new for the kitchen...
... that holds bottles of wine?
That’s right. Last week, in the middle of other projects, we (OK, did all the work) installed our new wine cellar. Ain’t she beautiful? So much better than the [broken] washer that used to be there. I’ll show you the other cabinet (with new shelves that installed for me) tomorrow, if I remember to take pictures.
New wine cellar
- Lisa :: Simpson
- Hope :: springs eternal
- Irene :: Me, Myself, and
- Tony :: the Tiger
- Anna :: Farris
- Dolly :: Parton
- Laura :: Ashley
- Debbie :: Little
- Wilson :: Woodrow
- Paula :: Abdul
Some things I’ve bookmarked recently:
via Google Reader (Shared Items)
- Moving is an awful lot of work, but almost always worth it.
- The best things in life are free, but often require a lot of maintenance.
- My best quality is my hair; at least, it’s what I get complimented on most – crazy straight-haired people.
- The definition of a good book likes in the details.
- In nearly 10 years, I haven’t looked back (or at least I try not to).
- A nap is what I need right now!
- And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to checking out all the cool stuff the electrician did today while I was at work, tomorrow my plans include weeding with , and painting, and Sunday, I want to move back into my office (because painting will be done)!
Today, I’m thankful for…
… our new home! I realize that I haven’t done a “thankful” post since before we moved, so let me just go ahead and say that each and every day, I’m thankful for our beautiful home.
… all of the help our friends and family have given, and continue to give, as we get settled. Those who helped move boxes, who’ve offered to help paint, who cleaned mouse poop off kitchen shelves, who help us pick up large appliances, etc. Owning a 50+ year home is definitely something that requires lots of help and/or expertise.
… everyone who continues to ask to see pictures, because I am still that excited to share them.
… the DQ cake that is sitting in our freezer. asked his dad to get it for his birthday, and he did! We can enjoy that thing for months!
… the grass is growing! I wish I had a picture to share with you, but you’ll just have to take my word for now.
… a positive job review at work. Always nice to be appreciated.
… that stop we made at Rainbow Foods over a week ago, because they had my very special creamer, and I’ve been enjoying it every day since (because Coborn’s doesn’t carry it, boo hoo!).
… the book I’m reading, Finishing Touches by Deanna Kizis, because it is wonderful and fun and makes me want to cry. Great “chick lit.” I started it Monday night (had to open several boxes just to find a new fiction book), and I have less than 20 pages left (which will not get me through the bus ride home, but oh well). What will I read next?
… sandals weather.
… working A/C in our house (we turned it on last night for a bit, just to test it out).
… Zyrtec-D, which gets rid of sinus headaches quickly.
… two hours spent last Saturday with baby sleeping in my arms.
… how much a few coats of paint completely transforms a room. It feels clean, fresh, and mine.
… a husband who doesn’t care that we have boxes all over the house that need to be unpacked, and doesn’t feel pressure to do so. It’s nice to be relaxed about that, because I don’t really care either.
… more friends joining Facebook, because it’s the best way I know of to keep in touch with those who have small babies (which is a startlingly large percentage of my friends – I guess I’m “that age”).
… Pollen.com, and the fact that the pollen count for today is much lower (we’re down to “medium”). It’s nice to know in advance which days I should take the Zyrtec-D instead of the regular Zyrtec.
… plans for the evening that don’t include painting but do include getting together with .
… my bed, because each and every night I’m so tired and it is just so comfy. One of these days, I’ll get my morning routine a bit more streamlined (or wake up just a bit earlier) and start making the bed again.
… ‘s help painting last night (I don’t know how I would have finished if he didn’t help roller those two walls), the elbow brace that got me through, and the Advil and ice pack that helped me recover.
… 56.5 (7 days) vacation hours and 298 (7.5 weeks) sick hours saved up.
… our garbage provider, for picking up the broken washer we put out Tuesday night that seriously had concrete inside (to “balance” the tumbler, we think) – it was crazy heavy! $40 well spent.
… that I didn’t run over the lawn today while leaving the house. Practice, practice, practice.
(Click to view all the house pictures on Flickr)
Play along in the comments, or on your own blog!
The words this week were K and Metal. I ran short of time, so I only have this one photo to share, but thankfully it represents both.
This is a pipe I found in the basement of our new house. The joint there (or whatever it's called) has a randomly etched K in it (tilt your head sideways and you can see it better). It made me happy.
- Vex :: -ation
- Relapse :: Momentary
- Twinkle :: Twinkle, little star….
- Crawls :: around a lot
- Optimistic moment :: Silver lining
- Cage :: Bird
- Superwoman :: Flies
- Personal :: Best
- Vapor :: Mist
- Grocery store :: Staples
I don’t have much to say, so I’ll just share some cute photos I was sent recently (it’s true that second-born children get screwed – I totally posted pictures of all the time when he was a newborn, and Joey, well, just not so much – I will totally make up for that by spending more time with than I did with ).
This is from last month when we went to go visit. Or maybe before that? This spring is all a mushy blur to me.
really wanted us to read that book, but that doesn’t really go how you might think with two-year-olds.
Ooh, how could you not snorgle that up? I'm not sure if he's doing the Superman, or if he's just getting ready to be declared the victor in a boxing match. Either way, it's adorable.
Some things I’ve bookmarked recently:
via Google Reader (Shared Items)
- If we had no winter spring would not be so welcome.
- A curious soul lives a life of a perpetual astonishment.
- If I had my life to live over I’d do it all the same (except for a few stupid things I’ve said), remember it better, and take more pictures.
- I’d better be asleep inside of four and twenty hours.
- If you’ve never been thrilled you’re probably afraid of heights.
- To be interested in the changing seasons is something I imagine Californians experience only fleetingly.
- And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finalizing paint choices (it’s gotta be done sometime), tomorrow my plans include spending time with my nephews and Sunday, I want to be twice as long as scheduled, so we get more stuff done!
If it were, we’d be concerned, since we have not planted (nor found) any rose bushes.
Tuesday night we drove out to ‘s grandma’s house to buy some plants for our house, which is in need of a lot of green love. She had some great plants that will either spread on their own (like ground covers) or can be split in coming years to spread out some more (like hostas).
Groundcover and a hosta
Hostas and the pepper plants we wintered
We have no idea where we’re actually going to put them. Our yard and garden areas are in need of love, as I’ve mentioned, and also some planning. Or at least thought. We just bought stuff we liked, or thought we might need (I was all over the ground cover, since so much of the potential garden areas are covered with rock instead of mulch, and also because the ground cover spreads on its own, and it doesn’t have to be mowed – everyone wins!).
Here's one area of our front yard, in particular, that could use some thought.
For size reference, you can see the fence in the background there that’s taller than I am (so probably 6′), and there’s part of the driveway showing in the top left-hand corner of the shot that is wider than a car. So, it’s a decent-sized area. With one bush and a lot of mulch, and some twigs that we’ve been throwing in there. Weeds and grass are creeping in too.
There are many benefits of starting on this area first. It’s in the front yard (as opposed to the fenced-in back yard), so it will be visible proof to our neighbors that we’re trying to care about the yard. There are no huge piles of rocks to deal with, which could take us a great deal of time on the rest of the house. It’s small enough that we could experiment and see how the plants do before putting them elsewhere. I mean, I have Thoughts about landscaping and gardening, but I have mentioned previously that I have more of a brown thumb than a green one. In-ground gardening has always worked better for me than container gardening (the only reason so many of our potted plants are still alive is because faithfully waters them), so I’m not without hope. It’s a shady area (just to the right of the shot is a large tree), so it’s not really a flower area or vegetable area, but a green area nonetheless.
All of this means, of course, that not only am I tempted to spend my weekend on home repairs, unpacking, or baking, but now gardening as well. Sigh. Can’t there be more hours in the day?