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1. Looks like LiveJournal might be near the end. :sigh: Went on last night, and had to agree to a new EUA; only it was in Russian (the Russians bought LJ...oh, years ago.) and the English translation "is not binding". Um. OK. I'm staying, at least, the way I am doing things now - posting on Dreamwidth (same user name) and cross-posting to LJ. I refuse to panic; if someone takes offense at my blathering, well.....:shrug:

2. LOTS of people in my "circles" are posting about living a "vintage" lifestyle: i.e.: roles defined in 1940/1950s thoughts. I....have to admit, I have leaned that way for YEARS - I think, honestly, that the Women's Lib movement damaged society. Women are, mostly, hard-wired to take care of children, keep house......you know, the things that Women's Lib said were limiting. Granted, I'm not going total vintage - I don't dress in vintage/retro clothes only (yes, I lean that way in my sewing, because I LOVE the look. I *wear* the look, but not every day. I am NOT a dresses-only gal, I like my capris/jeans, thank you very much. ) - but I am trying to "up my game" in the wardrobe department. Sweats are just.....sloppy, and I need to change my outlook.

I'm not sure exactly WHAT I'm trying to say here, except society is screwed up, and I think forcing Women to move outside the family-oriented sphere she occupied for...well, ever was a bad move. Do I think Women should NOT work outside the home? No - I think, IF it's in the best interest of the family, then Yes, she should be encouraged to work - BUT. If she wants to stay home, then she should not only be allowed to, she should be encouraged and supported. Looking down on someone who is "only a housewife/stay at home Mom"....that's......that's kind of stupid. I mean, without Mothers, there would be NO MORE people, you know?

3. House. Oh my goodness, my HOUSE. Pesach/Passover is NEXT MONDAY NIGHT - and my house is still a total disaster. Granted, there is very little crumb-hunting needed; we haven't had the kitchen back long enough to have a bunch of crumbs scattered around. (That's a plus, I guess! :lol:) But......I am SO TIRED of boxes!

Yesterday I painted the bathroom, and got most of our 2 new dressers painted. Normally, I hate painted wood - I love the natural woodgrain! - but in this case......We purchased 2 Ikea Tarva 5-drawer dressers with part of our kitchen refund. They are unfinished pine; I had planned on oil finishing them, like the countertops. Only......the drawer fronts on my dresser were UGLY. The grain is all over the place, there were 3 knotholes on 1 drawer front........it was bad. The 2nd dresser looked like it was made of totally different wood - it was almost pretty. I.....couldn't stand it. So, we decided to paint the dressers in the bathroom color (a pretty wine). I still have 9 drawer fronts to paint, but I think this was definitely the right idea - the dressers are PRETTY. And look great against the green bedroom walls. (I am SO TIRED of painting! This is IT for now - almost the entire house has been repainted since January. I am SICK OF PAINTING.)

4. Sewing. I have new chair cushions for the breakfast area cut out, the ruffles pinned, and ready to sew up. I'm hoping to do that this week. I've also decided to start a swatch book - not only of fabrics I've purchased, but of stuff I'd LIKE to purchase. See, I either order online, or get my fabric from Walmart or the outlet stores (money. I have to budget.) I....am not familiar with stuff not "basic" - some patterns call for ponte, and I have no idea, for example.

So. I bought some Educational Fabric Swatch packs from Fabric Mart (if you want some, get them now - they are discontinuing them), and joined their monthly swatch club. I figure, I'll get the swatches, set up a notebook, and have my own learning tool - all for less than the "official" swatch books are going for on eBay. Then, when I go shopping, I'll have a better idea of what a quality fabric feels like. In theory, anyway. :lol:

I am going to keep swatches from my projects, along with notes on how it sewed up, how it wore, how long it lasted...that way, I know, for example, that quilting cotton is OK, but won't last more than x years in use as clothing. And that XX store's denim is nice, but too heavy for "every day" clothes; it should be used for outdoor/work clothing. Etc.

Sorry for the rambles - I think the paint fumes got to me. :lol:
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one I've had since 1977. May, 1977. :squee!:

You see, this weekend was Dallas Fan Expo........and the Special Guest was Mark Hamill. A few months ago, the very day I got the email, SG came home with a Propel X-Wing drone for me.....and my reaction? "Ohhhh! I could get Mark to SIGN IT!". And I did. :lol:

Herself made him a little Luke out of polyclay, and was brave enough to walk with me to hand it to him. He said "Freebies! I like Freebies!", she said "I made it!"...and he was surprised. He said it will go on his shelf, and the dogs for a 10 mile radius all cocked their heads in wonder at the super-sonic squeeing going on. :lol:

Here, have some photos:

Little Luke front

Little Luke sitting

Little Luke back

Little Luke sitting 2

It was worth the 2 hours we spent standing in line.

I am tired and footsore, but we had fun......and I got to meet my childhood crush! :rofl:
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I was able to get my hands on the Betty add-on pack (my bank automatically rejects any overseas purchases; I called them and got them to lift the ban for today. :huzzah!:), so I printed it out and ran it down to the Studio. I traced off the scoop-neck bodice, doing a 16 for the neck and shoulders, and blending to an 18 at the bust, then back to a 16 for the waist. I had some already washed cotton (in a shamrock print!) ready to go, so I cut out the bodice......somehow, 4 yards wasn't enough for the bodice and skirt pieces. I have the front skirt pattern pinned to the fabric, but had to wash another *1.5* yards to fit the back pieces on. :scratches head: Ah, well - it's another $1/yard fabric, so no biggie. It won't take long to sew up the bodice to check the fit - but I probably won't get to that today or tomorrow....or next week, even. :lol:

The plumbers have the water lines moved, but need to rough-in the tub and set it in place. Tomorrow, SG is supposed to go pick up the Hardie board so he can put it up, then we get to tile. However......one of my favorite fabric outlets is having a 25% off sale today/tomorrow/Saturday, so I think Herself, Mom and I may head over there tomorrow and see what they have. I'd like some linen/rayon/cotton lawn for the upcoming Hot season. :lol: (It does actually get cold here - below freezing, even! It's just....Summer is a little slice of Hell, usually - and this year? Looks to be BAD - we didn't have a Winter to speak of. I was in SHORTS just the other day, and sweating already. :shakes head: Dresses really are cooler in the heat, so I need to get my act together. :sigh:

Anyway. The plumbers just brought the tub in, and it's starting to smell like pipe cement. I think I need to head back down to the Studio to get away from it...:lol:
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I've promised photos for.....well, quite some time now. So, it's high time I actually DELIVERED, right? Right. :lol: There's a lot, so I'll put them behind a cut.

Click here for photos! )
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1. Leak is fixed! We have a big hole in the slab, now - they are supposed to - SUPPOSED TO - come out tomorrow to fix it. The plumber isn't for sure - he has to get ahold of his concrete guys, and we have to work on their schedule - but he's hoping. So am I - Herself is in knots over this. HER studio has a hole in it! :sigh:

2. Betty dress is a go - it looks like I am a slightly small size 18. Please note: It's just a number - I am a 40 in Decades of Style patterns, a 16 in Closet Case Patterns, and....I really don't know in the Big 4. It's taken me a bit to get "OK" with the size number....but, honestly - it's JUST an arbitrary number. And - in most cases, I have to do a bunch of tweaks to get ANY pattern to fit - this one? Just happens to fit almost perfect outside the box. I guess I am closer to the British ideal than I am to the American. :lol: (We'll see if that holds true with the shirtwaist pattern I'll be sewing up next. If so....well, Sew Over It may be getting a LOT of my money in the future. Why? Because a pattern that FITS with very little tweaks is worth it's weight in gold!) Anyway - the bodice muslin looked good (well, as good as it can look in sheer muslin), so I washed my fashion fabric this AM and will be getting to work on it shortly.

3. Chicks! I currently have 12 chicks in my Studio. They're cute, but....annoying. I was working on SG's overalls on Friday, and I put some music on. They.....HATED "Singing in the Rain", tolerated "Fiddler on the Roof", and DETESTED "Tarzan". I am slightly amused.....today I have more musical soundtracks ready to go; wonder how much they'll complain? :rofl:

4. Overalls - yup, they are FINISHED. I.....really didn't like the pattern. It's not really "overall" overalls - it's more overall Coveralls. The bib, as drafted, is split up the middle and requires snaps. The straps have elastic on the back, and use the plastic safety buckles...and the legs zip up from the hem to the knee. I ditched the zips and snaps (sewed the bib right up the middle), closed the slits in the side (so you could reach in and access your pants pockets), and added a zip on the right side. Oh - and used actual overall buckles, and ditched the elastic. They fit! I'll have to re-do the buttons - somehow, SG has lost my dies for my grommet setter, so I had to improvise. The tack backs are bent....but *I* do not care. The overalls are DONE.

Think that's it for the moment......I need to do a photo post soonish.
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Mostly. I have spent the last week mostly in bed. I tried to cough my lungs up for a few days, there, and my throat was all knives, but now? Now I am mostly OK. Still coughing, but not as much. Still tired, but it's no longer the draining, total exhaustion that it was. Only....now both - BOTH! - kids are coughing. :sigh: So much for *allergies*, huh?

Let's see....Thursday evening we picked up an entertainment center for my Studio. The last piece of furniture that'll fit and that I needed. Friday morning Himself and I set it up (after doing some quick, ugly repairs to it. It's.....Ugly. It had no back, and one of the doors broke when the guy tried to get it out of his house. Himself and I slapped some partial paneling on the back - you can't SEE it, so I don't care that it's ugly and mis-matched - and moved it where it was going to live.). It's UGLY-ugly, but it works. I might paint it later - might not. It's close in color to the sock yarn containment unit, and the finish is OK-ish. :shrug: Free is good. And it holds ALL my overflow spinning stash and all of my non-sock yarns. And there's still room for HERSELF'S acrylic stash! So, ugly works. :lol:

Yesterday I was finally able to stay upright long enough to tackle some fabric bins for said Ugly. I made 5 - 2 for my Worsted Weight, 2 for my Sport/DK weight, and 1 for my Bulky. I need at least 1 more for my "special" fiber - the silk/merino, the alpaca blend, the cashmere - that I don't want to mix into the matching weight category, but that won't take long. Then I need to get with Herself to see what she wants in regards to containment for her stash. I need to get a shelf in there, but otherwise it works a treat. Not bad for free! :lol:

Today SG went to play poker, so Himself and I put up shelf brackets (and 2 shelves!) in Herself's room. I'd been asking, and asking - so today we tackled it and got it done. In 1 hour. :sigh: I then took a nap; when I got up I moved the small bookshelf into the breakfast area and filled it with my cookbooks. (No, the kitchen isn't finished, nor have the baseboards in the breakfast area been replaced. I am tired of tripping over boxes.)

Oh! SG ordered the bedroom/bathroom floors on Thursday, THEN decided to start getting plumbing quotes on Friday. The floors should be here Wednesday or Thursday.......and we haven't done ANYTHING to the bathroom. I informed him that *I* am NOT doing ANYTHING in either room once the floors have been installed, so if he wants MY help, he needs to get cracking. :big sigh: You'll note he went to play poker today instead of, y'know, DOING anything to the bedroom/bathroom, so I am not holding out a lot of hope, here. No matter - I am NOT DOING ANY TYPE OF REMODELING once the floors are in. He will be on his own. Which will mean we will be without a bathroom for a long period of time, but that is NOT MY PROBLEM. :sigh: Planning. It's what adults DO. :big sigh:

Sorry. It's been.....well, not fun here lately. I've been trying to stay on top of stuff even while hacking up my lungs........and I'm tired. Ah, well - when we moved in this house back in 2003, we didn't have running water for 2 weeks, and we survived (the building super left the port-a-potty for me, which was major nice. And we had 1 outside faucet, so I could do bucket baths - not fun in December, but it worked.). I can deal with this.
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in fact, it's *worse* today. The ears are good - thanks for the tips! - we hit the Vitamin Shoppe Saturday and I picked up some garlic oil capsules. Worked a treat! The nose, however, is worse. :sigh:

Yesterday was tidy the Studio day, and start SG's overalls. The sewing side of the Studio is almost neat; the weaving side, not so much. :shrug: I got the front of the overalls pretty much done; the pattern is a Kwik Sew one that leaves a lot to be desired.

SG got 1 side of the bar finished. Finally. Still hasn't finished the kitchen, or the baseboards.....but at least progress has been made. No bets on how long it'll take to do the other part of that wall......:big sigh:

Going to attempt school today. Then will attempt to get back to the Studio to work on the overalls some more - but that might not happen. We'll see - I didn't sleep last night because a) I couldn't breathe and b) Bree has discovered that she can easily get on the bed at any time. And so, at midnight, she decided SHE deserved to sleep on the bed. On top of me. Which caused Loki all sorts of angst - HE is supposed to sleep on me, NOT any other dog! At least I was warm.
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especially "doctors" - erm, PA's.

See, Wednesday evening, I woke up with a RAGING sore throat, and an ear ache. I blearily got up, took some zinc, and went back to bed. Thursday AM, the throat was knives, and BOTH ears were aching. We cancelled school, and I went back to bed.

Today, it was no better, so I called my doctor. She's only in on Thursdays, so I agreed to see the PA. (mistake #1). Got an appointment for 1 hour later, so I cleaned up and Herself and I headed out (because I'm not allowed to go anywhere by myself. :sigh:)

LONG story short (which was mistake #2.....I KNOW better than to rely on these doctors!)....I have fluid on both ears. Throat is raw, but Strep culture came back negative. PA told me "It's viral!'....then proceeded to prescribe ALLERGY meds. Um. Yeah. SERIOUSLY?????

In my 48 years on this planet, suffering from allergies each one, I have NEVER, EVER gotten an earache from *allergies*. Never. Not gonna say it can't happen - but it never has, to me. And I NEVER get the "knives in the throat" feeling from anything but Strep (which I have had numerous times. :big sigh:)

Needless to say, I didn't fill the prescription. I have Benadryl, Zyrtec, and Claritin here. IF it's "allergies", well, I've got that covered. If not.....well, I guess I'll have to go back next week. :sigh:

I am popping zinc like crazy. I have some homeopathic ear ache drops, and I have olive oil. We'll see if I can't knock this out using those.......and let's hope it's NOT Strep. Because.....I HATE Strep. And I don't have time for it right now.

Anyway. I have a roast in the crock pot, dinner rolls in the freezer, and the rice cooker ready to go. At least i managed to get Shabbat dinner together! :lol:
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We've been busy. NTIF was last weekend; I brought my wheel and spun for 2 days. On Sunday I spun for 2+ hours straight, which screwed up my wrist, but hey! I taught a bunch of kids where their clothes came from. Good weekend.

Monday was the boys' birthday bash - my baby is 17 now. *Seventeen*! How in the world did that happen??????

Yesterday was IHOP's free short-stack day; we had breakfast then caught up on our grocery shopping. Then I hit the bed; Monday evening/Tuesday morning, a cat got into the back yard and ran into Chloe and Bree. We got the dogs away from the cat, then SG tried to figure out how to get the cat out of the yard........then the cat ran IN TO THE HOUSE THRU THE PET DOOR. He made it into Himself's closet before the dogs realized what was going on; I ended up in one of Himself's coats and SG's work gloves trying to get the cat into a cat carrier (which, I did. After it attacked my hand/arm. Thank GOD for leather gloves!)

Anyway. Today we dropped the Jeep off to get the A/C fixed and picked up our new bathroom fixtures. The plumber has been called......the floors haven't been ordered - yet - but the quote should be ready. *I* am ready to get this DONE - I want to be able to put my house back together!

Oh, and in other news, SG bought me a lovely bracelet on Saturday....and yesterday I noticed one of the gemstones was missing. :sigh: I have the vendor's contact info, we just need to contact him to see what needs to be done. :big sigh:

I am NOT striking today - why should I support women who aren't exactly what they claim to be? Most of these protests are being funded by Soros and Co.....and headed by Anti-Israel folk. They aren't doing this because they think it's right - they're doing it because the pay is good. :shakes head:
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Let's see......I've been busy. Mattresses were delivered on Tuesday. This means that the bedroom HAD to be excavated by Monday evening. It was...mostly. It was even mostly repainted by Monday evening. (There's just a half wall that still needs to be done, but I can't move the furniture. Next week.....this weekend is NTIF, so it's a wash as to home stuff.)

Tuesday we had JUST gotten the Queen bed OUT (and dropped off at the Women's Shelter) and the King bed set up with nightstands when the mattresses arrived. :whew: Good timing!

Yesterday we hung the new curtains.....AFTER the kids and I got home. We ran to see FIL, then hit IKEA. See, their Kitchen Event started Wednesday......and since we're IKEA Family members, we were due a refund (20%. *20%* of our total kitchen price.) It...well, I had a very large gift card to use. I did my best, but I STILL have over $100 on it. :sigh: Looks like 1 more trip to the Evil Empire in my future. :lol: I think I have everything we need to finish our bedroom and bathroom now......

I'm tired. The new mattress is nice, big, and fluffy. The room is looking nice...we just need to get the floors done and the bathroom gutted and redone. The floor guy is coming out Monday to measure......the total house makeover is almost done! Can't wait!!!!

Shabbat Shalom - see ya on the flip side!
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Because....it's still all at 6's and 7's. This weekend, I had to bust butt to try and get the Master Bedroom cleared out. 6 trash bags later....and 5 boxes of books.....it's pretty well empty, but still....

Why, you ask? Because Friday, after getting Mom settled, we headed out and purchased new mattresses for us. Herself got a full set (Full sized), Himself got a mattress (Full sized - he has a platform bed), and we got a full set (KING sized.) (To go with our new bed. We have too many dogs with bed privileges.) Anyway - they are due to be delivered tomorrow.....so we have to get things to the point that the old bed (Queen sized) can be pulled out tomorrow AM, the new bed set up, and ready for the mattresses to be dropped in. :Sigh:

SUPPOSEDLY, SG will be pulling up the bedroom floor....but I doubt it. He's...well, unmotivated. NOTHING is getting finished. :big sigh: I can't finish setting up the kitchen until the bar is done, and Ikea is out of stock on the butcher block tops right now (don't ask. Just...DO NOT ASK.) I can't unpack the cookbooks until the book case has been stripped and repainted, which he "can't" do until he gets his new sander in.....and I can't put the new Billy cases next to the bar until he actually finishes the side - he did start that last night, but only got 5 boards cut and sanded. :grrrrr: Frustrated doesn't begin to describe it. :sigh:

Hopefully soon I can get back to unpacking the rest of the house. Maybe. Please. I'm going nuts with all the boxes - it's very claustrophobic in here. Ah, well - this, too, shall pass. Eventually.
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:lol: Let's see - important thing first: Mom is in ICU right now. NOT a big deal - she went in for her 6-month check-up yesterday and the doc noticed her heart rate was accelerated. Long story short; A-fib. Her heart was beating 150+ beats per minute in the ER and the drugs weren't working, so they admitted her. ICU because you have to watch it closely. Nurses were encouraging - this is NOT a big deal (supposedly), just something to try and control.

So. There's that.

Tuesday SG and I made yet another Ikea run. That makes....5 in 2 weeks, I think? :sigh: The evil empire isn't quite done with me; we need another butcher block top (don't ask. Just...don't. I'm still too upset to discuss it rationally.). This trip we ended up with ALL the bathroom for us, more Billy bookcases (because *I* want to move the books out of our bedroom (because of space issues, but I do NOT want to give up any more books....I've purged a LOT. I replaced most of them with ebooks, but....I don't like ebooks as much as print books. :sigh: Being a bibliophile married to a non-reader is HARD, y'all!), and some under bed storage cabinets for Himself. He needs 1 more set....:sigh: I have a love/hate relationship with Ikea.....I LOVE high-quality, well-built wood furniture, but my budget doesn't. Ikea is better than Wal-Mart/Home Depot/Lowes.....but bottom line: Cheap. Which....is good for the budget. :sigh: (Disclaimer: the kitchens are actually the highest-quality stuff they make and sell. They are at least 1 step up from contractor-grade....and they are almost customizable.)

Anyway......the living room is almost done. Still need a chair and new sofa/loveseat/end table. Music room needs a bit more work; 1 of the new Billys is going in there to help ease the stress. Kitchen.....basically DONE. Bar top not.....need to run to Ikea to finish. :sigh: BUT! SG had a great idea for UNDER the bar - 2 short Billys for my cookbooks/vintage homemaking books/misc books. 1 fat and 1 skinny fit *perfectly* behind the sink - we bought doors so the books will be protected from the dogs. AND Himself's old, primary-colored bookshelf fits in the awkward space next to the bay window, and will hold my cookbook collection. SG is sanding it right now; it'll be painted white. (Penance. It's penance for my bar. :lol:)

In other news....I've actually started trying to schedule my housecleaning. Yup. I've become one of THOSE women....with a homemaking binder and all. :shudder: and :lol: I want to keep this space neat and tidy, and I have found that if I schedule something, it WILL happen. So......:sigh:

I think that brings y'all up to date....I gotta get ready for school.
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1. Kitchen - 90%! Part of the bar (the shorter part, natch!) is done and installed. We won't discuss the particulars, because I am a little upset with how things went, but...it's DONE.

2. Wardrobes - Love them! They look like a matched set; not sure if they are, but they look it. They also look authentic - not that it matters. We want them to USE them, so......I saved down the photos from the ad; I'll post them soon. They *look* Art Deco - '30's-ish; now I need to find a dresser that will go with them. :lol:

Sad fact - most people don't want these lovely, large pieces any more. We've become a disposable, flat-pack society......yes, I'm part of the problem, but I do try to use "real" pieces when I can find ones that'll work in my space. The trick is finding what I want, in a style that appeals to me, at a price I can afford and am willing to pay. :sigh:

3. Family night! - we try to do something as a family each Friday evening. We missed Friday this week, so we did it last night; we played the tutorial match of Imperial Assault. It was us (SG, Herself and I) against Himself (by design; this game is basically D&D Star Wars style; the Imperial player is the DM). Herself was all negative-Nelly - until she suddenly realized that SG and I were out to win. Which we did. :lol: Himself was over-the-moon about that - usually HE wins, because he has studied the rules, read all the fan pages, and can plan an entire campaign in his head....and the rest of us? Just....play.

Last week Himself and I played a round of X-Wing Miniatures......in which I almost won. It was a 3 hour game....and the last 1.5 hours was his last TIE and my last A-Wing (with Psycho Tycho in the pilot seat - that is *MY* set up from now on!) in an epic dog fight. He only won because I finally got a bad dice roll. (The force had been with me up to that point. :rofl:)

I'm waiting on the wax to settle on my countertops so I can put the kitchen back together this AM (I'm down to waxing 1x/week. :huzzah!:) Hopefully the bar will get finished today......I need to start oiling it so I can get it on the same schedule as the countertops.
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41* right now. :brrrrr:

The pod people came out and pulled the 1 pod we are giving up, and moved 1 of the 2 we're keeping. Now we can actually get a dumpster in so we can start cleaning up the outside! (We have a HUGE trash pile outside right now. :sigh: Ah, well - it'll be gone soon!

Today we run to pick up 2 Art Deco wardrobes for our bedroom. SG HATES our closet......:shrug: These are a matched, his-and-her pair that look to be in good condition. They'll look good, and the closet can be repurposed as...I dunno, out-of-season clothes? Books? Something.

Oh! I think SG screwed up with my Jeep. It looks like he was trying to use a dummy key - one without the chip. :bangs head: WHY I do not know....he knows better. (I have a dummy key because I was locking myself out of the Jeep a LOT.) :sigh: Anyway. It needs to be looked at anyway because of the other day, so no harm, no foul. :lol:

Gotta get ready to go - laters!
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but it's been busy around here. Saturday was an emergency Ikea run (#4 in a week, if you're keeping count!) because we managed to totally bork Himself's bed, to the point that even HE wanted a new one. :sigh: He now has a nice, new Brusali bed to go with his "new" room. We have a new command center - sort of. We have the center console and 1 side desk; the other side desk was - again! - too long. We're going to put that one in SG's shop (in the office area upstairs) and pick up a nice filing cabinet for the Command Center. I have a laptop, so it's no biggie - I don't "need" a desk.

My kitchen is 90% done! I *think* I'm just about all unpacked - I'm just missing the milk jars. Today I've got the area where the micro hood was almost tiled; I just have to tile the bar area we tore out, then SG will put the bar top on and the trim, and we will be DONE with the kitchen!!!!! (have a few more: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

My goal of being completely unpacked? Yeah - not happening. :sigh: Still - the Music room is at 90%, the living room is at 85%......so we're close. There's about 50 boxes left (maybe a few more....but I don't think so. I honestly think it's less, but better to overestimate, right?)...so it's getting there.

I've actually been COOKING!! And I excavated the kitchen table, so we can actually EAT at the TABLE, y'all! :happy dance: And my Studio is empty of kids (but not cleaned up/set up. Later. House FIRST.)

Today the new stove is being delivered. And my Jeep is dead. :sigh: It looks like the fuel pump; Monday we ran out..somewhere. We stopped at Dairy Queen for Blizzards; when we got ready to leave the starter kept..starting. Turned it off, back on and it was fine. Today...the starter started, but the engine immediately died. AAA towed it to Firestone.....hopefully they'll get it up and running before Friday. Gotta go pick up my girl!

Ah, well - today I have a roast in the crock pot and the kitchen smells divine. The tile work looks good, if I do say so myself. And I can see the light! Soon my house will be almost normal - we still have to do the Master Suite, but that should only take 3 weeks or so. I can deal with that....right? Right.
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the remediation crew came out early, and started moving boxes. I had them simply drop the boxes in the respective rooms...and now *I* get to go thru hundreds of boxes. And put stuff back. While weeding stuff out. *8* contractor bags of trash so far.......

But! Right now I have 2 lovely plumbers out here, installing my faucet and hooking up the lovely, lovely dishwasher. I WILL BE ABLE TO WASH DISHES TODAY!!!!!!!! Which means I can finally unpack my kitchen!!!!!

*ahem*

Herself goes back to FIL's tomorrow; he came home Friday evening. Her room is mostly unpacked; Himself has about half his stuff done. He needs a couple more Billy bookcases (we bought 3 Saturday - 2 big and 1 little, with a corner bracket set) to fit the rest of his Legos and Minis on; his room is looking really, really nice. We have to do another Ikea run anyway - both for the bathroom furniture AND to replace the lovely command center. :sigh: While moving it yesterday out of the crews' way, we broke both back legs. :sigh: 's OK, though; it's really too big for our space. We're going to go Ikea for it....and for a pantry for me. So...it's back to the Evil Empire! :huzzah!: (Ikea is decent quality stuff at really affordable prices. Some things we're springing for "real" furniture, but stuff like desks and vanities? Ikea all the way!)

Then I get to do it over again with our bedroom......next week (hopefully!) we'll move our stuff out and start ripping out the floors, repainting, and tiling the bathroom. :sigh: It'll be great once it's all done - we'll basically have a new house, without the bother of actually moving house.

And our new bedroom set will be delivered Friday AM. :happy dance:

Anyway - how's your week going? :lol:
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Went to the Stock Show on Friday - SG bought me some lovely, lovely work gloves. Thinsulate-lined deerskin gloves; very warm, very sturdy. LOVE them!

FIL is....well, he's been moved to a regular room. I talked to him last night; he was slightly confused and very, very wheezy. :sigh: I....don't like it. At all.

Piano! It's going well. The teacher has both of us in book 1 for "Recreational Music Makers". It fits - I don't want to perform anywhere, I just want to be able to play piano. And harp. :lol: Problem......this book is, so far, too basic for *me*. He assigned both of us Module 1 for this week. I am....well, I'm into Module 4 already. :lol: To be fair, he warned me I'd move pretty quickly at first. The problem? I have to hide it from SG, who doesn't read music, doesn't have much music background, and is struggling with Module 1. :sigh: NOT fun at all.....(Every practice I start with Module 1. IF I play it perfectly, I move on to 2, then 3 etc. I have to play it perfect before I move on, though - I want my left hand to get with the program. Module 5 is where we are introduced to the Grand Staff (both clefs!)...I'm waiting on that. For now. :lol:)

Still knitting. Finished the fingerless gloves and started (yet) another hat. This one has Sheepies on it! :lol:
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Herself is HOME. I missed her - and she missed us. Obviously - she simply WILL NOT SHUT UP. :lol: (For an Aspie, that's HUGE. She has been babbling non-stop. :rofl:)

SG got a shock today. I had been on him to call the flooring company to find out if we could use a steam mop on the new floors. (No, we can't). He finally did; not only are steam mops right out, so are his beloved Swiffer Wet Wipes. :snicker: (That's been a bone of contention for YEARS. I hate those things; I was told that by not using them I was promoting a dirty house. Whatever....)I am laughing.......all I am supposed to use on these lovely, lovely floors are vinegar/water or ammonia/water, or the $$$ cleaning solution that they manufacture. Yeah....I'll stick with vinegar or ammonia and water, thank you very much!

Almost done with the current hat...then it's on to probably another one. Stress-knitting at it's finest, folks! :lol:

Oh! The piano was delivered yesterday...it's nice, it's lovely - and it's bigger than SG realized (I KNEW it was going to take up most of the game/music room - it's a baby grand, for heaven's sake! He, however, thought it would be the same size as the old spinet we had. Um.....no. Not even close. :sigh:) He's a little freaked about how much space he has "lost" in there.....:sigh: I have to find a piano tutor now....Himself is the only one of us who can play even a little, and he's self-taught. It's time for lessons, I think. (Prediction: SG will take lessons for a few months, maybe, then drop it. I will take them until I can play - maybe not perfectly, but until I can read both clefs at the same time and both hands can play independently. Himself doesn't want actual lessons, but wants me to show him what I learn.)

Off to do History now - laters!
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They didn't show up Monday - they hadn't finished the job they were on, but they showed up TODAY. They are currently working in the kids' bedrooms and bathroom; if they get those done and still have time they will do the dining room also. And maybe the foyer. :happy dance!:

The tub is DONE except for the grouting - which will be done tonight. I can see the light!!!!!

Saturday we are supposed to order the kitchen cabinets.....they said maybe 3 weeks before install. I....can wait 3 weeks. Maybe. :lol:

I will have some floors tonight!!!!! (And maybe a new hat, but we'll see how fast the knitting goes. :rofl:)

Oh - and I am NOT happy with the guy that put in my Studio (which I need to photograph for you, but can't until the kids get moved back into the house and all the household stuff gets moved back into the house where it belongs....because right now? It's a mess in there.). It's been what, 5 months? - and shingles are BLOWING OFF OF MY ROOF. :grrrrrr: And he wants another $85 to fix it. :GRRRRRRRRR:
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It's COLD outside - it's up to 33* right now; it was 15 when I got up at 5. :brrrrr: Still, I've been a busy little bee this AM - the living room, breakfast nook, and bar are all now painted. :lol: SG couldn't believe how fast I am....I keep telling him, if you're not obsessive about drips and drops, you can bang out a room in under an hour. Latex paint wipes up easily with a wet paper towel; if it happens to dry you can use a butter knife, and if THAT doesn't work a little bit of steam will lift it right up off the floor. Right now, we have NO floors, so.....I don't worry about drips and drops. :lol:

We're going to be doing a little more in the family room - SG's wanted to do a "brick" wall in there forEVER. Only, he wanted to do it behind the entertainment center. Kind of a waste, if you ask me - you won't SEE it. So....last night I suggested that we do a "brick" half-wall around the entire family room, AND do the bar, too. It'll hide the dog stains (because we have 1 dog that can't walk beside a wall without rubbing on it. :sigh:), it'll fulfill his need for a brick wall, and it'll look nice. And it'll hide the fact that he quit texturing the bar because he........didn't like how it was coming out? Anyway......:lol:

I'm supposed to be able to tile the bathtub today; we'll see. The flooring guys are supposed to be here at 9:30-ish tomorrow AM - I CANNOT wait!

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