I love my blog enough to pay $13 whole dollars for an upgraded membership. I realized some of the reasons I was not blogging was because I was nearly out of space and pictures really do make the story. So, after the 3million and third targeted add with discounts and ‘last chance’ notes from WordPress I did it. I have no idea what all will change but I have more space and that is what I was looking for.
What about the daily post? Well, that didn’t work out this year. I’m as disappointed as you are (btw I’m assuming nobody was all that disappointed). When last we talked I was suffering from a truly annoying mouth issue that actually persisted for a full 7 days and now I have the creepy crud of congestion. These are not conditions conducive to happy chatting online. Beyond those minor annoiances, the week was really great and super full.
Thanksgiving felt like the end of a marathon. One that started so long ago when we first decided to put the house on the market and then escalated when we were prepping, then selling and building then moving and homeless, then traveling, then moving in and figuring out where things go and a truly giant list of things to do. No sooner were we in the house the kids were to school and the election tasks started, Halloween, and a rather full social calendar of weekend events culminating last week with the first big house party and 8 out of town guests and then Thanksgiving with more guests. No wonder I feel tired and out of planning energy! Sunday I sat there and realized that I have nothing major on the immediate horizon.
Does that mean I am doing nothing? No way, just nothing like building a house or moving. I have a vague hope that I’ll be catching up on the active to-do list to the point where I can get back to a normal week that includes meal planning and working out and generally not just chasing the ball down hill constantly.
So how was your thanksgiving?
here are some pictures because I have space now
Blog every day in November is going to be extra challenging this year since I’ve fallen down to once a week recently… I occasionally reflect on the fashion of webpages/blog/online journals that have come and gone and feel like they are maybe coming back again. Oh well, I’ll keep doing what I’m doing here in my corner.
Today you join me on the day I celebrate the lives of the people who have left this earthly coil. A little All Saints day, a little Dia de Muerta, a little bit all my own. The point is to remember the people and teach our kids about those they never met or those that died when they were young. Sure, as a memory comes up in the year I share it with the kids but this is the day we make it a point to go through the book.
Speaking of the book. I was worried I would not find it in time… Last week was the push to get the book shelving up and over the past few days, I worked on clearing all the ‘house stuff’ boxes that were hanging out in the room. Today I went and got the top 5 boxes in the ‘book’ pile in the garage and it is luck or fate but the 3rd box opened had my album for today. I added my grandmother, the first addition in years, and now I’m thinking about what to get to celebrate her.
I usually try and bring in a special food for the person to share with the kids. My Grandmother though was on a perpetual diet most of my life with her, with a memorable highlight of a liquid shake diet that looked (and smelled) like chocolate cement. She uniquely liked to eat maza bread but I know that isn’t exactly something she enjoyed for the taste, and, isn’t really available in our area. When I lived with her in Malta she cooked a bunch of things that blur together in my memory except for when they were super spicy. My grandmother was absolutely not a baker (to me at least)… When I give it real thought most of what I remember is that she enjoyed what was put in front of her and my grandfather making her toast and tea so to honor them both I think that toast and tea might be what we do today.
I’m excited about the challenge this month, good timing since it will be a crazy and fun month to document. The election next Tuesday, a giant group of house guests coming mid-month and our first official party at the house. Most of my family will visit for Thanksgiving so it will be plenty of running around, family events, and getting the house ready.
I’m about 17 different places. I think I’m developing ADD because I do a little bit on a project then run to the next thing and do something and off to the next.
Yesterday I laid out all the Halloween costumes to make sure I had all the bits and pieces and I didn’t so I had a crafty afternoon. Still a bit to do but nothing too major. When I post daily in November I’ll have DIY Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Supergirl posts. I’m already too late for this year, might as well do them right instead of rushing.
I’m mid-major library wall project. We would be further along but we got all the shells up and decided the center unit was too small so we had to go back to the store and that is a trip all on its own.
Campaigning is an on and off thing. I’m not a ‘major candidate’ but I still feel like I need to attend everything and keep an eye on issues on Facebook. This grabs chunks of time and attention at unexpected times.
I have an entire post in my head about how we have entered the ‘taxi’ phase of parenthood. A quarter of my brain is dedicated to the logistics of getting 3 other humans to the places they need/want/have to be. It is fun overall and the things I hear in the car are priceless, especially when I have an extra kid in there.
Random house projects are still chugging along. The garage has quite a bit of shelving now and we can, most importantly, park in there now. I have acquired curtain hardware for the entire house, and fabric for upstairs, and we are working through getting that done. Given we live in a giant field, privacy isn’t that much of an issue and now that the sun isn’t rising until past 7am I think we actually waited out the situation. Curtains might be waiting until spring when I get a 5am face full of sunrise.
Family and friend dynamics, like always, are ever in need of attention. Happily given but those who feel maintaining kids, marriages, friends and family and hobby relationships take no effort might look around one day and have very few. Same with the poor neglected blog; I feel guilty that I can’t do more with everyone, the house is like a newborn! Thankfully I hope everyone who matters understands.
And that is all I have time for today. I need to get back to all the things before they get worse and spawn dangerous things for the neglect…
Current status; We have a roof that is nearly all done, we have (I’ve been told) something called “foam and grade” going on. We also have evidence of plumbing in the places plumbing is expected and also some odd holes.
Next; I don’t have to guess because we got something appearing to be like a schedule with dates and actions and next up really really is the floor on or around 4/23. Between now and then is more floor prep and laying the in-floor heat.
Status; 300 of 1000 <- I gave a big bump because now I have a list of what will be done
Holes… to hide things inside?
All the plumbing parts! I can id a few, some have name tags, some are mysterious but I’m sure there is a plan.
All this was done in and around and despite a massive blizzard. We got 18 inches of snow over 2 days in a crazy storm. I’m not sure if it was ‘fortunately’ but we left town on Friday and driving back on Saturday night it was not a pleasant drive but we actually missed all the really bad snow. Reports of the storm before we got to MN were whiteout conditions but by the time we got there around 9pm it was not snowing at all. We actually got lucky with that because it was merely a pause and by the next day we were in blizzard part 2 and the driving was 10x worse from where we were. People thought we were crazy not spending the night but we got lucky.
The snow was so bad we had a snow day for school on Monday. I had a series of meetings in our state government to try and get better/rational school funding and these meetings don’t come together easily so I was NOT going to miss it. Therefore, kids got to go too. They got tons of positive comments about being good so it worked out and I hope we were heard.
For anyone counting, this is the 8th Monday they have had off since Jan 1…
My life otherwise centers around cleaning my house and then sitting quietly until I need to leave because there is a showing. I have possibly never cleaned it so much, I am getting pretty efficient at it, and, I’ve finished 3 books over the past 2 weeks. When people ask me if the house sold yet it feels a lot like when people would ask if we were pregnant yet – both situations where I’ve done all I can and I’m not really able to affect the results much more, and, saying ‘no’ somehow feels like a personal failure. Today is the 2 week mark and I’m as sick of it as anyone but sometime soon the right person will make the right decision. Telling me about how your aunt’s cousin sold her house the day it was listed is a lot like telling someone in the throws of infertility about how someone got pregnant by walking past their husband. Sure, tell me those things when I’m under contract, we can swap war stories, but right now I’m not in a place to hear that. Same goes for horror stories like when a house took 6 months to sell or how buyers fall through at the last second… Trust me, I won’t keep it a secret, when we have an offer worth talking about I will tell everyone!
So that is pretty much it. I am in a limbo that includes a lot of dusting and vacuuming on this house and watching and picking things on the new house. I feel like a broken record over here.
Any positive thoughts you can spare for this process are appreciated! I would love to just move on to the next phase where I can *just* worry about moving and building and summer and not SELLING.
3 and done, just like my kids. See my Monday post for more background, and, here is my final installment (although I might make a quote a weekly thing, sooo many good ones out there)
Rules; Thank the person who challenged you, post a quote, tag 3 others, for 3 days in a row.
Thank you, Fancy Paper – you are right, these are fun to post
I didn’t come this far to only go this far
I found this quote last year and have found dozens of uses for it over time but today I tried to find if it had an original author. I’m going to say the origin is unclear but it has been said by plenty of big names including Tom Brady (a pro football star) and Mick Kremlen (fitness guru) but I can’t imagine that they were the originals. Either way, it is a great ‘stick with it’ phrase.
The funny thing about quotes as I have noticed over time is that sometimes the opposite is equally true. The one I often use is “don’t throw good money after bad” meaning that just because you invested so far if it is not worth doing; just stop. Also, a good one, and a favorite of my mom “the first rule of getting out of a hole is to stop digging” . It depends on the situation whether you need to just finish the thing, or, recognize that it is time to stop. Personally, I tend to hold onto certain things like friends and hobbies for ages, I place real value in the persistence of a long-term relationship, or, experience gained over a long-term hobby. One can come and go but never quits. This is probably why I’m still acquainted with friends from elementary school, and, I’m still blogging way way after the peek of popularity.
Tagging – Please please, if you are reading this and you want to do it, consider yourself tagged. I know the ‘left out’ feeling of not being picked and seriously, I’m giving thought to my picks but also consider my brain addled by lack of sleep and focus in 55 other directions at all times. If you do it, put a link in the comments and I will be overjoyed to read your quotes. Seriously, I actually subscribe to a quote a day blog, I like them.
Miss Zoot – This is one of the first blogs I started reading ever, we are often on the same page about what is going on in our lives and I always enjoy reading her. I tag her now not with any real hope she will do this because she tends not to, but, because I recommend reading her thoughts.
Unbound Roots – In contrast, this is a blog I just started reading because it was tagged in a Fancy Paper post and found that she is from 2 towns away. Her style is fun and well written and she even edits her work (unlike me. I edit for work, here I write fast and between projects)
Amanda’s Plate – a cooking blog I found while researching how to make a Muslim girl my daughter is friends with comfortable in our home a year ago. While Amanda is Muslim, she mostly just talks about great looking food. Again, finding another person who is more the same than different is one of the great things about the internet.
This concludes my 3 quote posts for this challenge. I look forward to reading other people entries if they feel so inclined. I also am looking forward to getting my life back and with that, more time for things I enjoy like blogging.