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We've been busy, but let me get this out of the way: Rogue 1 is a good movie. It is a Star Wars......made-for-TV-movie. It doesn't FEEL like a true Star Wars movie...it feels like a one-off (which, it is.) IF you've seen the 1977 Star Wars (aka "A New Hope"), then you already know what HAS to happen here - and it does.

This is a WAR movie. It's not......over-blown violent, but people die. On screen. (Again, if you are at all familiar with Star Wars, then you KNOW what is going to happen.) It does fill in the details about what happened just before Ep. IV opens - literally, Rogue 1 ends moments before the screen crawl of IV begins. it was a satisfying show, but.......it feels like a - dare I say this? - Holiday Special :snerk: :rolls on floor laughing uproariously: :have you SEEN the Holiday Special from the '70's?????: :lol: Only, Better. This has story, and plot and it's a good show.

Ah :wipes eyes: - it was good, but I won't be going back to the theatre to see it again. I'll buy the DVD, because Star Wars, but.....:shrug: They did a good job with the Senators that started the rebellion (Mon Mothma, Bail Organa) - they aged them from the prequels beautifully. The CGI Tarkin (that actor died years and years ago!) works, IF you don't scrutinize it too much. There was only 1 plot.....pothole; it doesn't matter, it doesn't make you question the movie, it just......doesn't explain WHY the Tantive IV was docked with the ship it was docked with, during the battle (again - if you've seen IV, you KNOW there was a battle. I'm trying my best to NOT spoil it!) - there isn't a logical reason for it, but - eh, it works. The motivation for most of the characters makes sense, the acting is really, really GOOD, the dialogue is snappy (a bit too much, honestly, but.....eh. I could do with less smart-alecky-ness, but it wasn't enough to make me quit caring.) The action is intense, and everything *works* - you care about the characters, you care about the mission (even though you already know that they succeed - we've seen the future!). AND Vader gets to Vader around - SHOWING why people feared him.

Anyway - that was Friday. :lol:

Yesterday was Ikea. I HATE Ikea, I really do - it's a soul-sucking bastion of the Underworld - but they have affordable cabinets. That I actually like. :Sigh: I got an appointment for Wednesday for a kitchen planner to come out and spend up to 4 hours with me, actually planning my kitchen. Yes, I have set it up in the official planning program......but. It's buggy, it doesn't have everything *I* want, and I don't want to buy a lot of stuff only to find out it doesn't work the way I thought it would. Plus, we get that fee back when we order the cabinets, so....it's free piece of mind. We also bought the vanity, sink, faucet, and storage cabinet for the kids' bathroom. We then hit Home Depot and bought paint and the tub fixture, then priced a new tub and toilet (the Jeep was FULL, and it'll take the truck to get the tub. I want porcelain over steel, NOT fiberglass, so....yeah. Truck.)

This week, I have to go order the floors. I have to wait until the bank releases the rest of the funds, but.......:huzzah!: Things are starting to move along rather nicely.

I finished scarf #6 today - I am back to socks, now. :lol: Cyn gave me some $$ for my birthday; I bought some worsted weight yarn. Smiley's Yarn has the BEST prices I've found for economical yarns - it's kind of hit-or-miss on fiber content, but they had a decent selection of 100% wool worsted and DK weight yarns. I bought....well, I bought enough that I should be set for a while. I have a large selection of sock-weight yarn; it was time I branched out. (Yes, I can use sock yarn for other things...but it takes longer. Smaller yarn = more stitches. I want hats NOW, not 2 weeks from now, y'know? :lol:)

It's almost lunch-time; better skitter! It's currently 22*; need to toss another log on the fire!
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The insurance check came back on Monday, and we dropped everything to run it to the bank. They, of course, put a hold on most of the funds, but enough has been released that we can go get the kids' bathroom vanity today (if we wanted - we're planning an Ikea run Saturday). We're also going to replace their tub and toilet while we're at it (why not? They could use replacement - might as well do it now, before replacing the floors.) Next week, when the bulk is released, I'll order the floors and the kitchen cabinets. :happy dance:

I'll soon have my house back! Can't wait!!!!

We are going to arrange a professional to come out and measure the kitchen - we've done it, I've played with Ikea's kitchen designer program....but I am planning some changes and want to make sure I don't screw up. The current plan has 2 small countertops on either side of the stove......and, in MY kitchen, they are useless. They simply collect stuff. I really want to ditch them - run the wall cabinets down to the countertop, leaving just a "lip" of counter. Regular cabinets on top, drawers on bottom, with a built-in microwave (Ikea has a cabinet designed just for that, but it's the same depth all the way. I want - I THINK I want - shallower cabinets on top.....according to the program, it looks like it'll work, but I want the confidence that'll come from an Ikea professional looking and advising. (The other side of the kitchen is a long run of countertop that curves around the sink and ends in a small clear space. IF I have enough storage space, that'll be enough counter space. If not.....we'll be hacking an island to match - right now I have a portable island from Big Lots, but it doesn't match, it won't match, and Herself can use it for lamp working.)

I think this knitting jag is almost over - I'm on the last (for now) scarf.....and have slowed down a bit. I'm still planning on stocking up on "larger" yarn - I am a SOCK knitter. I use tiny yarn/tiny needles - anything larger than a size 2 feels like I'm trying to knit with pencils or something. I am good on sock yarn......not so much on hat/sweater/bulky yarn. :lol:
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baby, it's COLD outside! 28*, to be exact. :brrrrrr: I don't have a fire going right now, because last night our smoke detectors decided to go haywire. :sigh: We think it's because of all the dust in here - there is NO REASON for them to be going off. It's no fun at 2:30 AM to be frantically running around outside, to see if there are flames/smoke coming from your house! (Nope - SG even went up into the attic to verify.) We'll be trying to blow them out today; if that doesn't work we'll be replacing them.

Himself is doing well - he managed to eat an actual sandwich last night! We're going to try a burger for lunch - he's anxious to get back to real food! :lol:

I bought him a new game yesterday - Subnautica. It's a very, very pretty game - basically an underwater survival game. It's so pretty, *I* am thinking about playing it! (That's big. I don't play many video games these days; I'd rather knit.) He's trying to get me to buy Abzu - he says it's basically Journey (which I enjoyed!) but underwater. (Hmmm....I'm seeing a theme, here. :lol:) We'll see.

I finished my cowl Wednesday evening - 4 days from cast on to bind off. Not too bad! I need to do more "fast" knitting - larger than fingering yarn on size 5+ needles (my socks are knit on 1's or 1.5's. BIG difference!) I also need a few more cowls and hats (and fingerless mitts).

We pick Herself up tomorrow. It's been a long week without her! *She* actually *called* ME Wednesday!!! (This is BIG. B-I-G big!) Granted, it wasn't much of a conversation, but still - a phone call! :will wonders never cease?:

I guess I should get back to the current sock project. Shabbat Shalom, and stay warm, y'all!
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Himself had his wisdom teeth removed yesterday, and it went well. Today he is sore, but not horribly so. I am extremely thankful - any type of surgery is dangerous.

I started a new cowl, and am halfway through it. Today we are chilling at home; I have a fire going, he's on the futon, and things are good.

The mortgage company is giving me fits; more on that later. :sigh: I can't wait to pay them off and tell them what I think of them. Hint: it's not complementary.
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in this case, I really, REALLY wish I didn't have pictures!

Living Room floor

The Family room, as they were ripping up the floor. If you look close, you can see that the pad is darker - it's wet. SOPPING wet.

hallway

Hallway between the kids' rooms......the floor is all gone. You can just see Himself's room......everything is now shoved to the middle of the room, stacked on top of itself.

fans in family room

The fans. We had 25 of them in the house.....7 in the kitchen alone. Which shares a wall with the Master Bedroom. There were also 3 dehumidifiers.......thankfully, they all got pulled out Tuesday afternoon. (The holes in the bottom of the wall? Are to help dry out the sheetrock. Fun times!)

Living room full

This is the current state of the family room.....the rest of the house is pretty much the same. NOTHING is against the walls, everything is piled in the middle of the room......the pods are supposed to be delivered tomorrow. A crew of 5 (or 7) will be here Monday to start packing and loading them...then we get to figure out what we're going to do. The Adjuster is SUPPOSED to come out today......finally.

We do know *everything* is covered. We will get new floors (I'm leaning towards linoleum, now.....) and at least bottom cabinets/countertops (because I can't see removing the bottom cabinets without damaging the countertops. I just...don't think that's possible. Maybe it is? We'll see.)

We still don't know about the Master Suite. I am HOPING the water didn't come up under the cabinet wall, but....I can smell "wet". On the one hand, no, please -NO damage! On the other....new floors! Huzzah! :sigh:

On the positive side, I bought paint for the kids' rooms yesterday, and plan on starting that this afternoon/tomorrow morning. Why not? There's no floors to worry about :sob: and there's nothing against the walls right now....so.......:small smile:

I just want my house back! The Studio is nice, but it isn't really large enough to actually LIVE in (well, not with all my weaving and sewing stuff in here, it isn't!) Plus...no bathroom. And no room for us AND the dogs......

Ah, well.....this, too, shall pass. Soon, I hope!
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Because, you see, yesterday the 3 of us decided to give Herself a gift - we cleaned and repainted the Garage Studio (to be henceforward known as "Herself's Studio". It was a mess - I've said that before - but.....:shudder:

I have a trailer-load of stuff that needs to be sorted, cleaned and put into my Studio. There is a pile of stuff along one wall in her Studio that needs to be sorted, but we all ran out of oomph before we could finish it. We DID manage to repaint most of the ceiling (ran out of paint :sigh:) and all the walls (except for about 1" at the top; we'll go back and do that after the ceiling is done. She'll have to live with green at the top of her blue.)

We have about 15 contractor bags full of trash. :shudder: But! It's clean! She can focus on her room instead of obsessing about her Studio!

I hope they will remove the fans today - I really, really, really need to sleep in my OWN bed. Even with all the dogs!

Today is FIL's doctor day; he has another appointment on Thursday, but I think I'm going to have to miss that one. Also.....SIL called last night; she's in the hospital with bloody vomit and vertigo. :bangs head: Didn't I fire 2016 already??????

Gotta get ready to hit the ground running......

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