lookin’ forward

i’m excited for this weekend; probably because we have nothing specific planned. i kinda need a few things at costco but not really, so i may postpone the trip until next weekend. 

a wilson’s friend gifted us about 30 bluegill filets which i am more than excited to turn into fish tacos. we’d like to have him over for them for dinner as a thank-you, but he’s old school, so he may not appreciate the taco aspect of fish tacos. i said i could serve them “deconstructed” (and then i laughed) because it would sorta be like a fish fry except the slaw would be pickled red onions and the dinner roll would be a couple tortillas. we’ll see what he says about it. 

i need to put vacuum to the couch because it’s still covered in cat hair and we’ve had the windows open the last few days and i’ve been unable to breathe through both nostrils at the same time. thankfully, i bought an 8-pack of kleenex from costco the last time i was there.

since merle gets a lot of photo love, i thought i’d share some pics of jones with his turkey toy.

jones playing with “robert”
robert, a.k.a. “bob the gobbler”

homeownership

i’m not 100% sure i would have signed up for being a homeowner if i knew i would be doing it all by myself eleven years later.

yesterday, the appliance repair guy came over to investigate the issue with the washing machine; it needed a new door lock mechanism. the service call, labor, and parts came to about $230. after the guy left, i noticed the basement floor drain was backing up (this had previously happened during the memorial day party prep), so i donned some rubber gloves and sent all 25′ of my hand auger down the hole, only to retrieve little more than a mouse-sized ball of hair.

then i came back upstairs and started freaking out. i think it was the closest i’d been to a panic attack in probably six years.

you see, my brain immediately goes to places like “i’m gunna need to pay someone another thousand dollars to tear apart the basement to find the 90-year-old offending pipe.”

thankfully, the plumber who tore up the basement two years ago is still plumbing. i texted him and he called me back right away and is currently downstairs with an electric auger and is making a lot of banging noises. 

i hope he is able to solve the issue without having to chase pipes around the basement again.

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.