I’ve been sitting here staring at my screen for 10 minutes trying to figure out how to write about this weekend. It was a wonderful weekend, don’t get me wrong. One of the best in a good long while. But I can’t figure out how to make this post sound like something other than a “And then I did this, and then I did that” sort of tale. It just sounds boring.
But I haven’t been able to think of anything else, so I guess that’s what you get!
I left work Friday morning later than I had anticipated. It was raining, just like anticipated. What wasn’t anticipated was that the a/c repairman would call and cancel because he can’t fix the coil in the external unit when it’s raining. It makes sense, when you think about it, I just hadn’t thought too much about it. So, since he’s rescheduled to this coming Friday, I didn’t have to leave work early to get home for him.
Friday early afternoon was spent running errands. I went back to the DMV once again, this time with everything I needed and then some, and finally registered my car. I have a South Carolina license plate! It’s sitting in the front seat of my car because I haven’t put it on the back yet, but I have it!
I hit Target for some essentials. We were almost out of shampoo and conditioner. I needed deodorant because I’ve been having problems with mine. Problems like it doesn’t appear to be working any more and I don’t know why. And it’s one of those products where you don’t want to buy a brand at random and then get home and learn that the new one doesn’t work either. So I got a few of those travel-sized ones. I’m still just baffled as to why the brand I was using before started to fail me. But whatever. I also got some hooks for hanging pictures on the wall.
Then I stopped at the post office.
And this is going WAY too slow and it’s starting to drive me nuts.
I can’t remember what we did Friday evening. It must not have been very interesting.
Saturday, I slept in, which was lovely. It was grey and cloudy for most of the day, which kind of put a damper on me. Plus my brain was all sorts of wonky. Later in the afternoon we went out to a local produce shop and picked up a few pumpkins. We plopped down in front of the TV in the living room on plastic bags and pulled out all the innards. And as an example of my wonky brain, I actually broke into tears thinking that I was cutting the top off wrong. Seriously. Crazy in the brain. We actually left off carving them until Sunday so I could get some rest.
Sunday was a bright, crisp day. The weather was absolutely perfect and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. It was exactly what a fall day should look like. It was amazing.
We went back to a church we’d visited a little while ago. Their main pastor still wasn’t back from his sabbatical, so we’ll try one more time before we decide whether or not we like it. If the trend of sermons continues, then we probably won’t stay. It just . . . wasn’t well thought through. So we’re still looking around for a church, but it’s slow-going.
We stopped at the grocery for some items, and then the afternoon was all about getting the house looking fantastic. I did some cleaning—dishes in the kitchen and vacuuming all the floors. Justin hung up almost all of the pictures for the house. It’s looking so wonderful in the house now. Hanging pictures really does make a house feel more warm and inviting. And so much more personal. I love it! I’d just sit on a stool in the dining room and look around the first floor admiring all that we’ve accomplished. There’s still more to be done—the entertainment unit isn’t organized at all and there’s a box of stuff that we’re not even sure what’s in it. But that won’t be hard to take care of at all.
After working on the house as a whole, I went up and worked on my office. I filed all the papers that have been piling up and cleaned up the scattered messes. And then I took everything off my big bookshelf and organized it so that each of my book-related hobbies has a shelf. I have a shelf for professional organizing, writing, photography, and office stuff. I don’t have space to display all of my books, so the space that I do have I filled with books that I’m more likely to read anytime soon and made them look all pretty. Again, there’s more that needs to be done, like in my desk drawers and the closet. But when I go in there now, I feel like it’s a relaxing gem of a space and it makes me happy.
That evening we sat down with the pumpkins and finished carving faces into them. Unlike Erica and Tim, I haven’t done pumpkin carving in a very long time. I think it turned out pretty well, though! I’ll put pictures up on Wednesday.
Even dinner on Sunday was fantastic. Justin had this great idea about a meal, so we took sweet potatoes and made them into fries. Justin browned some hamburger and added chili spices. And then we baked the potatoes, hamburger, some stewed tomatoes, and more cheese than is healthy all together in the oven for a while. It was so good! We’re having more tonight and I can’t wait.
And that’s pretty much it. It was a really fun weekend, even though it doesn’t seem like we did anything that was much fun. It’s just so wonderful to finally be settling into the house. With pictures on the walls! And an office where I feel like I can actually work!
It was lovely.