Monday, March 26, 2007
Not much has changed. We've made progress on the house, especially since Kenny is back. But he's leaving again (I'm really crying this time) on Friday, so who knows what'll happen. We're down to major decision making time. What to do with the floors....do we sand, or not? Are they good as they are? And the kitchen floor.....ceramic tile or linoleum....of course we like ceramic tile MUCH more, but HELLO the price! So when we get the estimates we'll decide. The painting is almost done, and then the only thing left that we'll do after we move in is the hallway bathroom. Everything else will be SO DONE! Kenny's dad is actually painting the kitchen for us, so that is really a load off. I think he wants us out of his house YESTERDAY. That's why he's doing it. We're working all day and then the house is our second occupation right now, and since he's retired, why not? And plus, it gets him out of Kenny's mom's hair for the day. So it all works out.
We found out what happened to our blue toilet. If you need a refresher on the incident, go here and then come back and here's what really happened. We were talking to a neighbor today, and we told him what happened, how we came over one day to the new house and we both looked at each other in disbelief that someone had stolen our blue toilet FROM OFF THE FRONT PORCH. The neighbor started laughing and told us that he put it in the trash for us. We had told him we were getting rid of it and then he saw it sitting on the front porch for 2 weeks (we missed trash day 2 weeks in a row) so he hauled it to the curb in front of his house for us. We were relieved that it hadn't been stolen!
My students are off the hook right now. They need their spring break just as badly as I do. I'm telling ya, there are 9 days until that vacation starts (including the weekend) and it's just not getting here fast enough. This has been one heck of a L O N G span of time with no breaks. This year, my spring break WILL NOT consist of a sinus infection. That was what happened last year. I got sick the last day of school before break, got the wrong antibiotics, and it got worse, and I spend the WHOLE WEEK being miserable. WON'T HAPPEN THIS YEAR!
Thanks for the advice on the window treatments. I will show you what I've done soon!
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Yay! Monday is over! Yesterday wasn't a fun day. And today for some reason our library time was canceled, so that one hour a week where I can just sit and zone out (other than the prep times I get where I run around like a mad woman) won't be coming to me......what to do what to do??
I'm S L O W L Y finishing up the painting in our three bedrooms, and I need some input please!! In each bedroom, we have one wall of color. The one wall of color in the office is a burnt orange, the guest room has a wall of deep blue, and our bedroom has a wall of dark red. My question is, besides the horizontal blinds, what kind of window treatments will do? I KNOW you want pictures.....I just can't produce them yet. My camera is still MIA and Kenny is out of town with his, so for right now, visualize the rooms. The other walls in all three rooms are "bay oyster" which is a creamy white, not bright white, if it even matters. Do I use valences? Or do I find (or make) my own curtains, maybe sheers that match the colors? I need help!! I've already bought and returned a million times, so I need guidance from those of you who have found something they like that compliments colors. Any ideas are welcomed! And the good thing about Kenny being out of town is that he left me his credit card.......I know what's his is mine and all that jazz, but it's still easier to spend his money, and more fun too!!
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
(My mom emailed this to me last night and said that it reminded her of Grandma)
One September afternoon in 2004, he and my son went with me when I had to give a talk in a neighboring town, and it was clear to all three of us that he was wearing out, though we had the usual wide- ranging conversation about politics and newspapers and things in the news. A few weeks earl ier, he had told my son, "You know, Mike, the first hundred years are a lot easier than the second hundred." At one point in our drive that Saturday, he said, "You know, I'm probably not going to live much longer." "You're probably right," I said. "Why would you say that?" He countered, somewhat irritated. "Because you're 102 years old," I said."Yes," he said, "you're right." He stayed in bed all the next day. That night, I suggested to my son and daughter that we sit up with him through the night. He appreciated it, he said, though at one point, apparently seeing us look gloomy, he said: "I would like to make an announcement. No one in this room is dead yet ." An hour or so later, he spoke his last words: "I want you to know," he said, clearly and lucidly, "that I am in no pain. I am very comfortable. And I have had as happy a life as anyone on this earth could ever have." A short tim e later, he died. I miss him a lot, and I think about him a lot. I've wondered now and then how it was that my family and I were so lucky that he lived so long. I can't figure out if it was because he walked through life. Or because he quit taking left turns.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
I am going to start the big hunt for my camera at some point on Saturday. I just can't take it anymore. And Kenny is excited to find the bag with the camera in it too, because it also contains the one box of girl scout cookies that I bought from a kid at work for him. Apparently that's the motive he needs to help me in my search!
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
The reason (one of them) that I haven't posted much OTHER than the fact that my computer isn't internet happy yet, is that my camera is MIA. Yup, you read it right, MIA. I can't even sleep at night I'm so distraught about it. During moving day, I had a backpack (the one I found while packing) with my school keys and swipe card, and my camera in it, that wasn't supposed to be put in the moving truck. It got put in there without me knowing it. So my poor baby camera is somewhere in a box in the garage, not to be found for some time. I attempted to begin the search a few times, but it's so cold here in Michigan that every time I get the ambition to search, my hard start to freeze out there. So that's my confession, and I feel bad posting without pictures, cause that's just what I do. I almost ALWAYS have a picture, and now I don't. Hopefully soon I will be able to find my precious Fugi, because to be very honest, I'm lost without it. Him. It's a him. And his name is Figi. I miss my Figi Fugi. ))))sigh((((
Aside from that camera disaster, things are moving along in the new house. We are still not living there yet, but we are painting all the rooms and bathrooms and the carpet was torn up last week. We only put new carpet back in the livingroom because the hard wood floor is beautiful....who would cover that up when people pay bookoo bucks for that? NOT US! We have one bedroom that has a red wall, one that has a burnt orange wall, and the last bedroom will have a dark blue wall. We wanted colors, but not too much. So that's why it's taking us so long to paint it all, because it's no easy task to cut in those colors! And of course we had to paint the ceilings in every room too, nothing is left unpainted! The livingroom was finished last week (in a about 3 days if you can believe it!) and the master bathroom was finished on Sunday. We had a new vanity, sink, and toilet put in along with paint. Whew! So much to do! I hope to be actually living there soon, like next week. There's no rush at this point because we are out of the apartment and staying for free at the 'rents, so it's all good.
I must say that we have been oh-so-blessed with awesome friends and family who really helped us out moving and redoing things. Kenny and I are not your typical do-it-yourselfers, so we either have to pay out to have it done or get help from those who know what they are doing. And almost everything we have done to the house has been done by a family member or friend, which is awesome. Like I said, we are blessed!
Enough rambling about that. I'm sure you are all sick of hearing about the house. Blah blah blah. I miss reading/commenting on everyone's blogs every day, so I will be back doing that soon. I catch a little here and there at school but I just don't have much time when I'm at work. I also have parent teacher conferences tomorrow so I should be getting things around for that. I hope everyone is doing well! Hopefully, there will be pictures soon! I just need to find the Fugi!
Oh, and what's this about no more Thursday Thirteen? I read on Lori's blog that it's not happening any more? What's up?