Friday, December 31, 2010

Pictures of the new place.

So, as you may recall, I moved over Thanksgiving. I had grand plans to make a fun little video of what the place looked like empty, and then moving in etc. That may or may not happen. In the meantime...
This is what you see

Sure, my original plan was to have you see the place looking great, but that's hard when you have a sick dog. Especially a sick dog that has recently eaten tamales. Please note the mattress pad: best idea ever. It has plastic backing, so I have two that I flip out on the chair that Sabrina calls her own.

Have I mentioned the kitchen? I thought that I was in the house with the smallest kitchen, and then I saw this place and said, Eureka! THIS is the smallest kitchen ever. Once I realized just HOW small it is. I started reading everything I could on organization and small spaces. Please note: if I gain weight, I won't actually be able to stand at the kitchen sink. Kidding. Kind of.

I painted the door to the garage
in the magnetic paint. I was supposed to paint white on top of it, but I am a slacker, so I never did the second step. But look at that! It rocks. I have my grocery store list etc. On the pantry door, (I snort as I say that, bit of a euphemism if you ask me) I have a shoe storage unit. I have labeled everything, and it is really easy to find what I am after. If I remember that stuff is there.

Beyond the black door, is a wave of chaos and cleanliness. The garage was packed to the gills, and then I got more organized, then I started to go through everything to get rid of stuff, and then I spread out to work on projects. Right now we are doing pretty well.

So, I have moved things around a bunch in an effort to figure out what should stay and what should go. The dining room, yes, I laugh as I say that, is now just two stools on the kitchen counter which isn't actually fat enough for place settings, but it works. I have a chandelier from the Dumont house that I have spray painted a fun green to go with the maroon curtains and the gold accents.

In addition, the curtains which were long enough for Dumont and for Summit are NOT long enough here. So, I have extra material and I am going to add length to them, but in the meantime, I hung them to try to keep the cold out. I think they will look great once they are finished. I found the energy efficient curtains for $12.00. Power. Buy. Bam. There is also no coat closet which is a bit of a pain. However, I found a hook bar at Target and hung it right behind the front door. I also traded my parents a side table for the chest. Now I have a place for my blankets to keep me warm and for my gloves and hats and such. Please note on the bathroom door hangs the animal print snuggy. Very soft and cozy!

Since I currently spend about 95% of my time downstairs, this is all you get for now.

Goodbye 2010

Since I haven't blogged since Dec 2, I think we can safely say...I've been busy? Nothing noteworthy has been going on? My life is a total grind? Yes, yes, yes.

I made an attempt to blog midway through the month, but it never made it past the draft phase and it is very obvious that I was in a funk.

In the meantime, a friend brought some tamales for me to eat which Sabrina decided she had to eat. So she did. Last Monday. Thursday at about 11am it started working its way out of her body. Not pretty.

Today, Friday, 1pm...they are STILL working their way through her body. I would say it serves her right, but I am suffering right along with her courtesy of the cleanup required.
She looks soooo sad.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Oh, Craig's List how you lure me...

My BFF has had an affair with Craig's list for quite some time. She is very good at finding the deals AND selling things that need to move out of her home. In fact, last year when I moved she posted free boxes for me which disappeared immediately.

This year when I began my "I must sell things" campaign, BFF was there to help me again, posting things for me so I only had to deal with the "where to meet" portion of the deal.

Then I got independent and started posting my own stuff. It is great. I am a selling maniac.

Including these shoes -

They are cute. I thought they would go lickety split.

Today, I got this email: "Are they still available? I would pay you a $100 if I could rub and kiss your feet, also. Let me know."

That's two laser therapies for Sabrina...I'm thinking about it.

But beyond the weirdness of this particular message, I have to say. I love selling all sorts of stuff without the pain of a garage sale. It is awesome.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


My BF and I were discussing how children really can messing up ones ability to plan, a day, a week, an evening. Those with children know how kids get sick, hurt themselves, whatever and suddenly your plans are scrapped.

She paused a moment and said, well, you know what I mean.

Yes, I do.

I was nodding as I watched Sabrina eat her breakfast. Let me amend that. I watched over her food as I kept calling her back to eat breakfast. If I wandered off, Buddy would eat her breakfast. I don't need him to eat a can of pumpkin in the morning. I need her to. And, I need her to FREAKING EAT. Sigh. So, I knew I was about to be late for school. I had told the girls I would be there at 7:15. And I would have been if Sabrina had been cooperating.

Then, about 15 minutes later, I looked down and realized that I had pumpkin across the bottom of my skirt. (I know what you are thinking, no, it was actual pumpkin.) Sabrina eats like a two year old and she gets food all over the stinkin' place, including as it turns out my skirt when she decides to rub against me instead of finishing her food. Sigh.

Welcome December

On NaBloPoMo the theme for December is ZEITGEIST. The instructions include: You have 31 days to try to capture the mood of your culture and your life as they exist right now. Use every tool in your blog box: words, photos, music.. Wikipedia says it is a "guardian spirit" of a culture or time.

Today, on the first day of my analysis of my world I say gratitude has to be my personal over riding theme. I am so grateful for so many things right now. I'm not saying my life is roses. No sirree Joe Bob. I am, however, saying that I have a lot for which I would like to thank the Lord.

However, beyond that. I am shockingly tired. My eyelids are droopy. I'm having a hard time staying vertical. I took yesterday off and ran around like a mad fool trying to get stuff done. By 3 I was sitting on the big comfy chair with Sabrina and Buddy smooshed up against me in a daze.

I have engagements tonight and tomorrow night. I am going to go in an effort to get some semblance of a life back. Besides, if I don't go I'll get itchy looking around the house at everything I need to be doing.