Stuff & Things

“Stuff & things” is a pretty general answer to the “What have you been up to?” question. In this case, it covers quite a lot.

  • I worked 57 hours this week to try to get a project put together for Monday that I didn’t know was due Monday until Wednesday. And I’m not entirely finished, mostly because I need input from one of my coworkers who said he saved a file but I couldn’t find it and he was out of the office.
  • I got my permanent crown put on my back tooth and it went just fine. While I was there, I asked them to check on my filling, which they’d replaced a week before that, because I couldn’t floss between a couple teeth and it was hurting a lot and rubbing oddly. The rubbing was apparently what was causing the pain and the flossing problem was a bit of the sealant stuck in between my teeth. Now that the filling has been smoothed down a bit, everything feels just fine. And I can floss normally. Interestingly, to me, my new filling is the same color as my teeth, so even though I had all this work done to my teeth, they don’t look any different. In fact, they look better, because the silver filling is gone. It’s also textured like my teeth, instead of mostly flat like it was before. My teeth feel different to my tongue, but they look normal. It’s a little odd.
  • Justin and I are working on running again. I can run 20 minutes solid, but most days, I’m following the Couch to 5k program on my phone. I can run a mile in that 20 minutes, thankfully, but I’m not entirely sure how much further. And the scale is not showing much progress for me losing weight, but I haven’t been tracking my food much, so I’m not entirely surprised. Mostly, it feels good to be able to run at least a little bit again.
  • Spring has officially blossomed all over everything. There are boxes of tissues all over the house, and the trash cans are overflowing with crumpled up discards. I’ve given up on trying to wear my contacts for a while. I’ve gave upon makeup the last couple days, too, since I just rubbed it all off by the end of the day Thursday. We finally broke down and picked up a box of generic Claritin yesterday. Justin is feeling better today, but he hasn’t stepped outside of the house yet today, either. He refuses, on the basis that “there’s pollen out there.” Our street and the apartment complex are completely surrounded by pine trees. I hate pine trees.
  • On Fridays, we’ve been taking our running clothes when we head up to Bluffton for our chiropractic appointments and heading out to the beach to go running before we head home. It makes for a nice change of pace than running around the pond behind our building (0.2 mile each loop) and it’s a nice surface for running on. The added wonderful bonus is that there’s pretty much guaranteed to be wind blowing in off the water, meaning it’s blowing in fresh, clear air from the ocean and there’s not any pollen from all the dreadful trees. It’s quickly becoming a highlight of my week. Once it gets more busy at the beach, and the pollen settles back down, we’ll probably swap to running on a trail in the woods that we used to go running on when we lived in town.
  • This past Friday, it started raining heavily when we were running on the beach. It had been going really well up until then, but I don’t like running in the rain because I don’t like getting water in my eyes (I’d have been better if I’d brought my hat) and I don’t like getting chilled, and it was a chilly rain. And, weirdly, as soon as the rain started, Justin’s allergies kicked up. So we headed back home, and got stuck in traffic when a crash on the only bridge off the island reduced progress to a single lane during the home-going rush. It took us an hour to go what should have taken us 15 minutes.
  • I have not made any progress on the craft I want to make for the kids, for a variety of reasons, none of which are terribly good. I hope to have them done before Mom & Dad get here, though, so they can deliver them when they drive around. Of course, we’ll have to mail the ones to the TN Fritz kids.
  • I’m excited for Mom & Dad to visit! I have to figure out if there’s anything exciting happening in town that day.
  • Tomorrow is our seven year anniversary. We have no idea what we’d like to do to celebrate.
  • We finally bought the part that’s been missing from the bread maker for about 2 years. The little paddle attachment at the bottom got tossed out with a bad loaf of bread. Turns out, they’re only about $10 on Amazon. We’ve had a lot of bread in the last couple weeks. Deliciousness! And since our grocery budget is having to stretch pretty thin, it’s been a cheap way to do some meals.
  • I’ve donated platelets three times now and I’m scheduled to back again on April 18th. It turns out my platelets count is very high and they love having me come in. This last time, I asked to do whole blood at the end, since I’m O neg, and they actually said no. That they’d rather I just do platelets, since my count is so high and I can come in more frequently if I don’t do whole blood. They said they have enough people coming in to donate blood, but not enough for platelets.
  • I actually got an email from the Red Cross regarding my donation on the 27th of February saying that after finding out that there was enough supply locally, my donation was sent up to hospitals in Atlanta. I thought it was cool that they let me know that it had been sent out.
  • After my last donation, last Saturday (21 March), I ended up sleeping most of the day after getting home. It’s not the same type of tired after donating whole blood, but apparently I needed some sleep afterward. I felt fine the next day. As long as that’s the only side effect I get, and my platelets count doesn’t go down below 300k/mcL or something, I’ll keep doing platelets every three weeks or so.
  • There’s a Tractor Supply Co. on our way into Bluffon that opened a few months ago, I think. It’s like a smaller Farm ‘n’ Fleet, if I remember correctly — it’s been a long time since I’ve been in Farm ‘n’ Fleet. I’d heard that they had inexpensive rain boots and I wanted to check if I could find some that were either ankle-high or wide enough to fit over my calves. (Did I ever tell the story about getting stuck in a garden boot at Lowe’s?) They didn’t end up having any that fit great and were in our price range, but they did have a lot of fun other things that reminded us, once again, that we really wish we were country-living folk instead of apartment dwellers. They had a lot of tools and some cute shirts and things. And then they also had chicks. And baby ducks. And Justin just stood there by the ducks while I wandered around the store. It was like when he took me to the San Diego Safari Park and left me at the elephants for a while. Happiest I’ve seen him in ages.

I should go get dinner started. I’ve babbled on enough to make you all bored, I’m sure. :) Justin and Kay are both on their computers, playing games online with people, but not each other. I’m the only true introvert in the house and I’m waiting for my Nook to charge up enough that I can keep on reading everything ever written by Robert Asprin — I’m on book 12 of the M.Y.T.H. Inc. series. But they’re only about 100 – 150 pages each, so that isn’t much of an accomplishment, really.

And I’m babbling again instead of making rice. And dinner’s getting later and later. Time to go! Have a great day!

Our new roommate

I’ve been quiet for almost 2 1/2 weeks because there was a LOT going on and I didn’t have the energy to write about it. But tonight I’ve got some time so I’m going to try to catch up on some of that.

The primary news is that we are continuing the long tradition in our family of helping out people in need. A friend of ours was in a bad situation in Indiana and needed a way out. So Justin drove up there a few days before the 14th and collected her. We’ve worked it out with the apartment complex and she’s living in the other bedroom in our apartment for a little while, until she can get back up on her feet. I’m not going to go into what Kay’s story is because it’s her story and she’s very private about it. She’s also not fond of having her picture taken, so you might not ever see a photo of her. But she’s moved in here now, with the few things she brought with her from Indiana, and feeling so much relieved that for a few days there, she’d just start laughing or crying, just because she was so relieved to be out from where she had been living.

So we’re all getting used to having each other as roommates. Learning just how much water that water heater can hold. Taking turns making dinner because she also really loves to cook. Learning how we handle different emotions spilling over.

We shuffled all the furniture around in the house so she’d have a bedroom for herself. Our bed went into what had been the office. The office moved to the dining room and the living room, the dining room table actually went into Kay’s room for a while because one of the things she did manage to bring was an enormous computer and 2 monitors, but since we didn’t have an extra desk or, really, space to set up the dining room table, that’s currently living as her desk. We’ve been eating dinner around the coffee table in the living room.

So it’s taking some adjusting, for all of us. But she desperately needed somewhere to go, and we had space. She has the freedom to consider even having a future again, and we’re happy to help her get there.

And that’s the biggest thing that’s been happening! I’ll write more again soon.

More reasons why I’m glad to have a garage

Because my garage looks like this right now.

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And my dining room looks like this.

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And my living room looks like this.

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And it doesn’t look like this.

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Now, granted, there are more pieces of wood in that photo than there are out in my garage right now. This has some of the pieces for the bed that we made and not just the bookshelves.

I’m adding a coat of polyurethane to the bookshelves that we built before Grandma Rose came to visit us last Christmas. We ran out of time and we weren’t really sure we wanted to coat them. But mostly, we really ran out of time. And we decided the next time we had them apart, we’d figure out if we wanted to poly them. Well, after trying to dust them for a while not coated, I decided that I wanted to coat them because they’d be MUCH easier to keep tidy that way. Plus, I think the wood would stay nicer. And hey! We had to take them apart. So I’m trying to get that done before I head out of town.

Most of the pieces in the recent photos have polyurethane on one side, but some have a coat on both. I need to finish coating the ones that are only halfway done and sand all of them with a fine grit sandpaper. I’m not sure yet if I can do that with the electric sander — it might be TOO powerful for this. So I’ll probably have to do all the sanding by hand, which is ANNOYING. And I have to make sure I have a good mask so I don’t inhale all sorts of polyurethane dust. And then I’ll coat them again, hopefully before I go to California, so they have a full week to sit before we put them back together again and put books on them.

Although, we might hold off a little longer before putting them together again because when we made them last year, we didn’t put ALL the shelves in. We left the top two off because they were going to go further, overhanging the guest bed in the room, and we couldn’t afford all that wood at that time. Now, the shelves would be smaller, the same size as all the rest of them, but we would still need to buy the wood, sand it three times, condition it, stain it, poly coat it, sand it again, and poly coat it one more time. And if the weather is nice and dry, we might be able to get all that done in a couple days. But we’ll talk it through once he’s back home again.

This is what those shelves look like when they’re all put together, by the way.

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Isn’t the paint on the walls in that room just AWFUL? She said it was supposed to be faux leather. Ugh. More reasons why I’m glad we moved! Did you see the beautiful red in the living room and dining room?

Also, if you were wondering, it’s been almost 30 days since we did our walk through with our landlady and we have NOT YET received our security deposit back or any letter saying anything about it. It’ll be 30 days on Monday. Anybody else NOT surprised?

 

Saturday = Sun room Storage Cleaning!

I don’t currently have the ability to type with the letter s. It won’t type on my keyboard. I’m going to type this and correct what I can via spell check and cutting and pasting the letter in question, but forgive me if I seem to be typing with a key gone. Because it is.

I haven’t posted in a few days, but I have been busy.

Wednesday, I came home and decided that I definitely was going to get some work done, so I made a list and worked my way through it. I got the guest bed fixed up with all the pillows and everything. I got the house tidied and bills paid and the checking account balanced. And I made some good progress on the filing cabinet situation. It’s still a mess, but it’s getting better.

Thursday, we had a game online with friends, starting at 7:00, so I got off work, grabbed dinner from a place in town, and got home in time to get set up for the game and that was my whole evening.

Friday, though. I decided to take the day off from work and get work done on the house — I had enough hours in at work and had enough done in order to not come in, so I wasn’t playing hookie, I swear. I ended up sleeping in later than expected, but I’m pretty sure that did me some good. And then I worked on putting all the contents from the bedroom closet back inside the closet. It still isn’t done, but I’m making progress there, too.

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Still really full of stuff

At least I can find things now. I need to figure out how I want to organize the bedding, mostly. And then there are two boxes of things that I need to sort through to figure out what is worth keeping and what in’t. But I haven’t felt like taking the time for that yet, so they’re just sitting in there on the floor.

So much of where I’m at with this place right now is just being able to find the things I want when I want them. Today, I was looking for envelopes. I still don’t know where I put the dang box of them, but I found one so I was able to do what I was trying to do. But it is driving me absolutely bonkers that I can’t find the things that I know I have SOMEWHERE in this mess. So, like with the bedroom closet, I know it’s still a mess. But I can tell you that the blue box in that picture above, has stuff for the bathroom that I wasn’t sure yet what to do with. Now that I’m thinking about it, I actually found the perfect place for the things in that box in another box of stuff in another closet. But the point is, I know what’s in that box.

The blue box in the garage, by the way? Gardening stuff — gloves, a couple small pots, things that I’d need if I have something that’s growing in dirt.

Anyway, I’m working on a solution for the mountain of guest towels that we have (and we need to sort through and decide if we’re keeping ALL of them) and I’ve got to go back and work on the bedding and the boxes of my random stuff that needs to get sorted. But this closet is doing better.

My Friday also had a massage and a chiropractor appointment and some grocery shopping and laundry. And I feel like there was something else in there, but I can’t remember it right now.

Today, I got up and worked on the storage closet in the sun room.

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Outside the front storage closet

This is the stuff that I wanted to put in there but already couldn’t fit inside the door.

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Inside the front storage closet

This is what it looked like inside the closet. This is holding all the things that we don’t use on a regular basis — like Christmas decorations and clothes that I want to wear again and don’t right now and lots and lots of video game systems and games and things.

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EMPTY!

So I took everything out of the closet first. Eventually we’re going to put in shelving in here, I hope. Because it’s really hard to get to stuff in here without shelving.

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Oh, right. Now to put it all back in.

That is a lot of stuff, really. It’s kind of impressive, in it’s own way. I think about my friend Becky, who lives in a camper trailer about the size of my sun room and wonder how she manages to live with so few things. And that I really should learn how to live with less things.

And then I look at my stuff and go “Oh! I like that thing. Let’s keep that.”

Anyway, the purple and green totes sitting outside of the closet were new ones that I got from Craigslist in order to consolidate some of the decorations and stuff. And I was able to do that. I had two paper boxes for Halloween decoration that I got into one tote and several small boxes of Christmas decoration that I got into two totes. Not everything fit, so I still have a few loose boxes for Christmas stuff, but it’s much better than it was.

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It is better, I promise.

Not that it looks that much better, though. It still looks like an enormous mess. But the pile of white boxes up at the front are going up on eBay when Justin gets back. And behind that, most of the stuff on the right-hand half of the closet are boxes of gaming systems and video games and things that I need Justin to tell me if they’re going to get set up somewhere or if they’re staying in storage.

The left-hand side is stacked up 5 totes high, with some other stuff on the top so it’s all the way up to the ceiling.

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I got to use my label maker

I had to put shims underneath the inside-edges of the totes because they all started to list toward the right, but they seem to be doing okay  now. And I know what’s in all those boxes and I’m good with them. And even though it’s messy looking, it’ll still be easier to get the decorations out than they were last year, when they were up in the attic.

And, most importantly, I could close the door and there wasn’t a bunch of stuff sitting out in the sun room.

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So much more tidy!

That looks like a much more inviting place to sit and read a book. Now, if only all the bookshelves were up and the books weren’t sitting under a shower curtain on the other side of the sun room.

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Lots of books. So many books.

But there they sit. With the packing paper I need to return to Raymonde at work and my yoga stuff propped up beside it and the fountain I really need to get polished up and running again. More work to do on yet another day.

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I’m getting so sick of boxes

These are all the boxes I was able to take out from that closet and get the contents either removed to somewhere else or put into totes instead of boxes. I kept looking at the closet and going “Did I actually accomplish ANYTHING here?” And looking at the boxes reminded me that, yes, I have actually at least done SOMETHING. I got more cardboard OUT OF THE HOUSE.

That was my main project of the day. I had to get the sun room tidied up because people are coming over tomorrow and those boxes couldn’t be sitting there when they arrived. And there was other tidying to do and vacuuming and laundry and stuff. Our mop broke, so I had to go pick up a new one this evening. Tomorrow I’ll mop and wipe down surfaces and get all ready for the party. And most of the house looks decent. The office — not so much. I’ll just close that door and hope people ignore it. :) But most of the house looks good. I’ll try to get more pictures of the cleaned up place up here soon.

For now it’s late, and it’s been a long day, so I’m heading to bed.

 

Monday and Tuesday were not very productive at home

Not much to post today. It’s been a not very productive couple days at home. Work has been good and I’ve nearly got a big thing completed that’s been in the works for a while and I’m happy that it’s almost done.

But as far as home stuff? I stopped by yesterday at lunch and there was a maintenance guy emptying out my water heater so he could remove it. He told me there was a clog in the drain and it was causing water to pool and that was what was causing the mold. He’d know more after he could actually get back there. When I got home in the evening, the water heater was back in, a dehumidifier was sitting outside that closet, and the mold was washed off the walls in both closets. And the lights were on and the thermostat was set to 68* — I didn’t appreciate the implications to my electric bill. Anyway. I went to use the water and the toilet made really awful *glub* *glub* noises and then the hot water faucets started spitting air and hissing. Which freaked me right out and I called Mom and Dad to see what I should do. Turns out that there’s air in the pipes after they empty and refill a water heater and they really should have bled out all that air before they left, but they didn’t. Dad had me leave the tub running for a while until it was all just water instead of air and that took care of the problem.

And looking at the note from the maintenance guy, he says that the meter was leaking causing the problem. I wonder what my water bill is going to be . . . .

Anyway, after dealing with all of that and doing calming, stretching yoga for an hour and a half, there really wasn’t much left in my evening. I chatted with Justin online and then I went to bed.

Today, worked again. Had a lovely lunch with some of the ladies. And invited several ladies to the Pampered Chef party I’m hosting on Sunday (anybody need anything?) and kept working on this Excel worksheet I’m trying to get cleaned up. After work, came home, ate quickly, went to Bluffton for my chiropractor appointment, and then came back home. It’s currently about 8:30 and I’m going to see what cleaning I can get done before it’s time to get ready for bed.

The dehumidifier that the maintenance people left behind yesterday was moved into the bedroom closet when I got home today. And they left a light on again.

Justin’s not feeling well the last couple days. He has about 150 ant bites all over and he is, of course, allergic. So he’s been run down the last couple days. It’s a good time for it, actually, because his grandpa had to head out of town for a few days. They’ve been working together on stuff, since Dennis has the know-how and Justin has the strength. They’d been roofing up until yesterday. Justin is starting to feel better, I think, so hopefully he’ll be fully recovered by the end of the week when his grandpa returns.

And that’s it from me!