Friday, August 22, 2008
This is after the first coat of "Fiery Fuchsia" on the boys' floor. I did 2 more coats yesterday, and now we just have to leave it alone until we move in. Sebastian wanted a magenta room, so a magenta floor was our compromise.
And on the school front, Sebastian did get into 1st grade (good) but they want him to go to the school across town (bad). I'm sure that school is fine, but either I would have to drive him twice a day and waste a lot of gas, or send him on a bus so he can waste an hour or so a day riding around with a bunch of hooligans. The principal said to think about it, and he is looking into whether any of their 1st graders are definitely not coming back, and then we talk on Monday. We're going to tell him we want our neighborhood school or nothing. Sebastian really wants to walk to school. So, whether it's a 4 block walk to a school building or a 4 second walk to our living room, he will be walking.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Me: I would prefer that he start in the 1st grade. What is your opinion?
Kindergarten teacher: My gut says he should start in K. We get a lot of fluent readers in K.* Because, really, if you miss out on that social component, it can never be made up. But the other kids always catch up academically.
*Exactly the opposite of what I was told in February.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I was back at the new house at 7:30 this morning. Yes, folks, I have an obsession. I realized that between the sleep deprivation and the paint fumes that I was really starting to lose my mind when I found myself thinking that it would be really cute if the house had a mouse hole. Someone needs to save me from myself.
Now, having accomplished a little more than 11 hours work in a 22 hour period, it is time to work on the other project: getting Sebastian into school. Kindergarten registration for stragglers is tomorrow morning. This is what they are making me bring him to despite my refusal to register him for anything other than 1s grade. The negative woman I have been dealing with told Jeremy on the phone that I will not be able to talk to anyone about Sebastian's abilities and needs, but she is going to be wrong. We'll see what happens. Considering Sebastian changed his mind again this evening and now doesn't want to go to school, anything is possible.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Which Nathan finished off because he is far more fantastic at demolition work than I could ever hope to be. (Lucky him.) Then, when all the really dirty work was done, Stephen waltzed in to help slap up a new ceiling. And here it is:Meanwhile, I was learning how to cut sheetrock to repair a big hole where the refrigerator will go and painting the the pantry. Voila! I still need to do a second coat and paint the shelves white. The top has 2 coats already.
And this is what the boys' room looks like after priming. It should be a smidgen darker blue when it's all done tomorrow night. That's when the kitchen will also be painted. I can't wait!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Anyway, the roofer did call at 7:30am, and I did run right over. That is true. But if you can get a roofer, you take him. The good news is that everything has been tightened up, and it will be pretty easy to tear down the chimney. Have I told you about the chimney? It's in "imminent danger" of falling down and is also shifting some of the interior walls. Just a smidge. So, it needs to go. Hence, the power vent I talked to the other nice worker man about yesterday. But I was too afraid to tear down and roof over the chimney and then have the power vent not work out. So I will have to hope for another 7:30 phone call in a few weeks. At least then I will already be at the correct location and not have to scramble madly for some random clothing and a pair of flip-flops and run 2 blocks without eating any breakfast.
And while the roofers did their do, I got a lot done. The boys' room is ready to prime. I knocked down a shelf where the refrigerator will go, pulled out approx. 100 of the 1 million hooks lining the pantry walls and shelves, removed a few nails and screws, and took down the wall mounted can opener, pencil sharpener, paper towel rack and over-the-sink mirror (this should only happen in a bathroom) and the wood behind it. Then I spackled the place. Prompting me to wonder yet again if there weren't more holes than wall.
Then I took the kids to rent more of their crack (DVDs) and bought a toilet seat to replace the horrifyingly moldy padded one that they so generously left for us. And I did the grocery shopping since our diet has been about 33% decent breakfasts, 33% take out, 33% pasta and 1% chewing gum.
So, I lied. I didn't do anything fun with the kids today. And I broke my promise not to take them to the new house until Daddy came home. So hold out hope that Daddy is a better parent than I tomorrow when I clear out for the IKEA roadtrip!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This is about all I managed. The light brown edging was some sort of paint that, instead of sanding away, got all gummy and ruined the sandpaper. It was expensive sandpaper. So, I avoided that paint and then gave up completely.
At which point, I turned around to discover this apparition on the wall. That door had always been open previously, so I never noticed it until today. Creepy!
And as for the boys' room, it is almost done thanks to Amanda (and to Di for watching the kids). I thought Amanda was just going to stop by and take a peek, but then she hustled me with the old "I've never stripped wallpaper before; is it hard?" and then did a whole wall by herself in record time. She's terrific like that.
I drastically underestimated the amount of spackle I would need, using half the container on just the long wall (at right). But this whole thing is a learning experience and I'm loving every filthy, dusty minute of it. After 7+ hours of work today, though, I am beat.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Done and done. It arrives Tuesday.
The kids had fun at the lake, which they deserved after being dragged around on endless errands and being forced to watch DVDs while we work. And work we did. Jeremy and I spent 2.5 hours stripping more wallpaper and spackling. Now 1.67 walls are totally ready to paint. We're getting there.
Tomorrow is floor sanding day. I'm not overly excited about this task. Especially now that I think we will just repaint the floors instead of trying to get them back to wood. I also get to meet with a man about converting our furnace to a power vent instead of using the leaky, tipping chimney which will kill us all with carbon monoxide.
We will soon be penniless. Remember when we were debt-free? Boy, those were the days, huh?
Thank you all for your support and offers of help. Don't be surprised if I take you up on them!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
First, I almost had a freak out during the walk through when I realized for the umpteenth time just how much work I had to do. But, we still went downtown and signed the papers anyway. Then we came home and rounded up Christine and the crazy kids so she could see our new abode. And I realized for the umpteenth time that I actually like the house, despite how sloppy it is. It's like Britney Spears-- it could be cute if you cleaned it up a little. And I also realized the house is sturdier than I feared. The kids were running headlong into walls (prompting the admonition "watch out so the ceiling doesn't fall on your head!")-- and the walls stayed up! That is way better than I expected.
We went out for a celebratory pizza and then went to the new house (third time today, for those keeping score) to start ripping down wallpaper. The kids watched a DVD while we tore up their new room to prepare for "Utah Sky", their color choice.
Jeremy left for a concert, and the kids and I went to the farm to get our CSA share. Here comes the insanity. They had organic peaches for only 40 cents/pound. They were so cheap because they were canning quality, ie. starting to rot. Luckily, I only had $2 with me, so I didn't get into too much trouble, but as I turned on the car and looked over at my box of rotting peaches and realized I had to go home and immediately start canning them, I knew that not only am I an official homeowner, I am also an official crackpot. A very tired official crackpot.
So, I went home, canned a quart of peaches and 2 half-pints of peach butter, fed the children dinner, and then took them over to the new house (trip #4) so I could strip more wallpaper. One wall is (almost) finished. It is the longest wall. It only took about 4 man hours. Somehow, I don't think I'll be finishing the room tomorrow like I hoped.... Oh, and I forgot to feed myself in the midst of all this.
On tomorrow's docket, I will be:
- calling a roofer.
- calling about window replacement.
- calling to switch the phone.
- buying a refrigerator.
- going to the lake if the weather is nice.
- stripping wallpaper until I fall asleep standing up.
I am living the dream!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Here's a little slideshow of our recent trip to the NH seacoast. There are periwinkles, interesting rocks, children, and even a rainbow, among other things. There are not hairy moles, blurry landscapes, or thumbs. So, I think it's reasonably watchable.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
You are proof that cowboys humped buffalo
I'm only speeding because I have to poop
Then on the way home today I spotted my new favorite. My old favorite was:
Who would Jesus bomb?
My new favorite is:
Jesus is coming-- Look busy
The weather for our trip left a little to be desired, but we made the best of it and had a really good time. My sore elbows are finally better (who knew boogie boarding was so tough on the joints?) and I'm gearing up for 2 weeks of home renovation starting Tuesday. Well, 2 weeks before we move in. Then, at least 2 years after that. I'm so optimistic it borders on insanity.
Our closing is first thing Tuesday morning, so by lunch time Jeremy and I will be homeowners! At least his business trip for this week was cancelled. That gives me more opportunity to get some work done. I have my calendar all worked out and I'm going to do my best to stick to it. I've got some terrific friends all lined up to help me and I guarantee to return the favor at the earliest opportunity.
I'll do my level best to keep you all updated, but the rest of the month is going to be nutty getting the house ready and possibly sending Sebastian to school. Keep your fingers crossed (Kathrin, hold your thumb) that I don't pull down the wall with the wallpaper!