Topics in my brain
Feast or famine over here with ideas. Sometimes I have to give thought to what is important and interesting enough to post, sometimes I have so many things vying for attention in my brain that they get in a massive brain scrum and only one ever gets out… Just in case I don’t get around to complete posts on these things here are the brain scrum contestants;
House building! Massively fast. Now we have exterior walls and wrapping and the floor of the second story is done. We also have a list of homework that includes making appointments at 2 places and going to 2 others. I think we picked siding… I’m not sure, it starts to blur. Did you know that garage doors come in colors?
House Selling – did I mention we have moved back to the selling side of things? We figure we can fall back on rent to own but the market is good and one of our townhouses will be available in June so we could interim move there if the buyer can’t wait.
House logistics – that plan in the point above is just one of many many things we have figured out ‘just in case’. Plans range from staying here to the kids and I going to NY and Lars moving in with a friend. And about 45 combinations and permutations of where our bodies, pets, and stuff would go in every situation.
House renting – this is technically lower on the list of worries but keeping my ‘house’ category full. If we don’t move there we must rent it, if we do move there we must fit into it. Either way we need to help our friends who are moving out into their new place but I’m not much factored into that equation, I may be short one strong husband on their moving day but that is peanuts in the circus I’m running.
Painting – new listing needs new paint. I panted both bathrooms, our painter friend is painting the Green room. Our bedroom also needs paint but we have about 10 days to get it done. I have an internal rant that painting ones perfectly reasonably colored house simply to sell is a paint store racket similar to the hallmark compulsion to give candy on Valentine’s day. The buyer is going to paint ANYWAY, this is double dipping!
Easter – guess what? there is a holiday coming up. I’ve collected a few things for baskets but our actual baskets and all the other things are deeeeep in storage. I got new eggs in a salute to defeat but I have to do something about baskets. Being April Fools day I think I can get creative but the top idea of Halloween buckets won’t work because they too are in storage. I should also bake the traditional Fagoli and dye eggs and figure out dinner all while making a minimum mess because house pictures are the Monday after Easter and it goes live sale on Wednesday.
Niamh’s Birthday – Good thing we had basically planned this one and Niamh really really wants it so she has been great at getting me to actually make the plans. We are going to a puzzle room, one where you have to figure out the clues to get out in time to win. After we will go out to eat. Thank goodness for Vacation Mom who is taking the other 2 so Lars and I and our team of 10 year olds have a chance of winning. Birthday parties are hard for my shy girl. She does not have too many school friends (all the better to avoid drama in my opinion) but hard for parties when her BFF#1 has an ever-changing hockey tournament to plan around. BFF#2 has been pressed into service by her family, rightly so, her grandma had an epic leg break so her mom is taking care of her and she is holding down the fort for her siblings w her dad. (10 year olds are actually really good at things). I hope our little group is festive, 10 is too young to feel like your not important enough for people to show up for.
Future Birthday’s – Niamh’s party out of the house was originally planned that way because we were supposed to be in our new house in mid-May so I figured it would be a different type of chaos. Being 3 days after our listing the plan still holds well – we are out of the way for a day that people should hopefully be looking at the place. My two May babies were up in the air party wise because I had hoped we could do them in the new place but now we are in selling limbo. Will we be packing for the interim move? Will we still be showing? Will we be breathing easy with a buyer and an Aug close? Who knows… Zoe is looking for a party at a place so I think that might be the plan but I’m holding that lion of planning from pouncing on me until we get through the next 2 weeks.
Pending travel – last but certainly not least, Lars may need to get out to the east coast. Yet another thing with no actual date but things with his brother turned from bad yet managed to ‘making him comfortable’. This is his story, I’m in the role of supportive wife, but I might have said constant prayers the entire time I was rolling paint this weekend. Repetitive work is built for praying anyway, but, hard to even know what I’m praying for because nobody should dwell in earthly limbo, but, nobody should have to go so young.
Writing it out didn’t do much for the brain scrum but at least no new players emerged. There are plenty of other thing going on with School Board, PTO, and contract work but I think I can handle what is going on now with them. 15 minutes until the day starts here so I’m going to let this go and gear up for tackling today; putting bathrooms back together, more painting, a supply run, printing party invites and my perpetual Monday fav – Laundry. Hey, at least they actually go to school today.