more good times

we got a chance to play pool last night; it had been a while as the tables weren’t available at all last weekend.

the week has flown by; unsure if that’s because our regularly scheduled programming was modified by the baseball game, or if life really is just getting that fast.

i forgot to mention that the washer stopped working, so i’m going to attempt to take it apart and unclog the drain pump on saturday? i’ll take pictures so i know how it goes back together; will post them here if anything interesting happens.

also, saturday is our 3-month anniversary and we’re going to have dinner at the tornado. i haven’t been there since a million years ago with matt. i got some fancy wedge shoes and a matching purse/shoulder bag to wear with the hippy dress that i wore to bridgette and durrell’s wedding. it doesn’t quite fit me anymore (i think i’ve lost 20 lbs since january) so i had to get some french safety pins to make some darts in the top; otherwise it won’t be very lady-like.

i’m hoping to hit up the paradise after dinner to play some pool. i think the last time i was *there* was either when the protests were happening or when we biked downtown for my birthday and it was freezing rain.

also, it’s august already. wtf?

and just like that

lance came over again last night to keep working on the deck. he’s expressed many times that “whoever built that thing shouldn’t have”. like matt suggested, it’s the bane of my existence.

he’s going to come over tonight to finish up the railing over yonder. i’m hoping the labor cost will be reasonable, but i have no idea how much he charges per hour.

pleasant surprise

i got home last night (after what may have been the most stressful start to a wordpress meetup to date–more on that later) and lance’s truck was parked in front of the house. we hadn’t talked about when he could come over to work on the deck, so i was happy to see him there.

he made so much progress in just a short amount of time! he replaced the middle support (on the left) and the three cross beams at the far end, and the post.

weird dreams again

i had combo stress dreams about having to learn a new CMS and playing super mario world but everything was in japanese. rodney didn’t sleep well last night, either. maybe there’s something in the air.

we’ve been having a good time of life and things continue to be pretty amazing.

hopefully, this weekend, lance can come over and help me with the material list for the deck and a plan of attack for fixing it.

separation anxiety

i’ve gotten used to preparing for the times when r gets to hang out with his daughter, i plan ahead, and make sure i can occupy myself with a chore, task, or a crossword (last sunday, i mowed the lawn during softball practice).

i had forgotten to remind him that i had my monthly geek meeting last night (i founded the local wordpress meetup last year) and had to leave him for ~3 hours (which meant no pool). while i thought for 2.5 minutes about skipping and asking a co-worker to handle the setup and intro, i determined that wasn’t a responsible decision, and biked downtown—through concerts on the square traffic—to get to the meetup.

turns out that he, whether he meant to or not, has the same reaction to time away; he vacuumed. and apparently, jones didn’t have much of a problem with it.

he’s a keeper.

finally

r picked up some paint chips to choose from for the bathroom. as much as he makes fun of how i fret about everything, i think i make pretty quick work of the decision on colors. pictures will come later.

also, it’s nice to be excited about weekends again.

internal screams

i started handing out invites for the party.

and i’ve started scrutinizing every inch of the house for imperfections that i want to remedy beforehand.

in particular, the bathroom door is pissing me off.

i go back and forth between taking all the doors to get dipped and just painting over the peeling mess. except, i don’t like the color swatches that i’ve been staring at for two years; i guess it’s a good thing i hadn’t bought the paint yet.

i have a slow start to the menu items, so need to focus on that as i’d like to start picking up ingredients over the next three weekends instead of doing it in one haul if i can.

 

adulting is overrated

only somewhat regretfully, i didn’t get around to vacuuming this weekend, but i did take care of some brush and burdock in the yard with a fire.

the rest of the day was spent among friends, in the sun, or at a pub playing cribbage. i’d say it went well.

while i was making the fire, though, i wondered if i should host a memorial day weekend party myself. i do like making all the food and having friends over, but i would then also need to be the entertaining hostess and for sure wouldn’t be able to stay in the kitchen all afternoon.

i guess i have a week or so to make that decision.

a relaxing start

yesterday, it started raining at the exact moment that i wanted to head out so that i could be among humans with whom i don’t work. since i didn’t want to suit up in rain gear or sit at the pub in wet jeans, i opted to stay home. it was a good choice as the batch of pumpkin ball treats were very nearly depleted (i only had enough left for one walk), so i turned on the oven and started mixing up ingredients.

then the sun came out.

i briefly considered throwing the dough in the fridge and making a break for it, but i had already told the dogs we were staying in for the night. and, unlike some people, i’m a man of my word.

one batch of the biscuit dough does three cookie trays’ worth, so that took over an hour for the baking time. after that was all done, it was time for hair dying.

i alternate between special effects napalm orange and overtone’s deep orange color while the bleached part grows out and then bleach roughly every six months. my last bleach was the first week of november; i remember this because i had to wait until after halloween so people wouldn’t think it was part of a costume.

i don’t really love the stark contrast when i bleach/dye, i think it looks a lot better when the roots start nearing 1/2″, but, without paying someone else way too much to get that result, i have to go this route.

last bleach time, i used a yellow manic panic to mix up the hues and i think it turned out well, so i did it again.

the lighting in the house at night is a little warm, but you get the idea.

typically, i’ve been meeting josh for cribbage brunch on the weekends, but i decided last night that i didn’t want to make an appointment for 9 am, so i actually slept in (til 8) and took the dogs on a nice walk, worked on my bujo spread for next week, and decided that i ought to meet peyton and maureen for lunch. so i’m headed downtown to the tipsy cow soon; hopefully, the farmer’s market crowd doesn’t overtake the restaurant.

maybe i’ll pop into mickey’s on my way back home, just to put in an appearance.

nearly there

i finished up the painting, let it dry, and placed the carpet treads down to see how they look and i think it looks okay. i haven’t taped them down yet cuz i want to make sure jones is okay with using them (merle always shimmied up the outside of the plastic treads, so unsure what she’ll do now). it definitely makes walking on the steps a lot quieter.

now i need to clean up the wood trim (or should i paint it?), but i’ll save that for another snowy day.