packed up the scroms yesterday to make our weekly trip to the grocery store. and it’s mostly all right. the boys behave and if they don’t they are consigned to holding onto the cart. i still get pittying looks as i’m walking around with three of them in tow, along with occasional pats on the back. it’s not as bad as they think, really. the hardest part is just brainstorming 14 meals when i haven’t got around to planning a menu. that, and when gideon decides he has to pee when we couldn’t be farther from the restrooms and still in the building. jael did wonderfully though. that is until checkout, when she carried on like she was being murdered. brought grandma’s from all sections of the store to bag my groceries and coo at her. and then she pooped all over my shirt. i ended up changing her on the hood of the car, triggering yet another grandma radar. apparently she likes it when strange old ladies talk baby to her. meanwhile i packed the food and tied down the boys. i didn’t do a very good job though, because the trunk popped up on the way out of the parking lot. had to get out and give it a good bang. except i forgot my “electrocute my butt on the side of the car” tactic before touching anything. i got shocked something fierce (it is an evil car). if i were an albertson’s fan, i would just point and click and have someone drop them off.
Archive for April, 2008
my husband, the architect, who hates anything that has to do with houses. you should have seen him grin and bear it all weekend. what a nice hubby. and i am positively thrilled with my new french doors.
so the boys pulled off the deck along with some house and a door, etc, and dug out all the rotten bits. the deck was put on wrong so water pooled against the house.
the 2×8 that sits on top of the concrete (that the joists sit on) was all rotted out. so they had to shave it off some, butt the new one up against it and hammer it in, sliding the old one out the back. or something like that. they also had to pull up some of the sub floor in the kitchen and then piece it all back together. then they put the door up. and someday, someday i tell you, someone will put down my kitchen floor. and if you want to check how rednecks get things done, you can see all the pictures here and here.
why do we have to pull the deck off to put in my kitchen floor?
but it’s true. there was just that little tell tale, rotten spot (to the right of my foot) that compelled marc to check it out on one of his lunch breaks. when i opened the door to check on him, he was busy tearing apart the house. i can see daylight in the basement now. i asked, “um, at which point in this progression of events do i actually get my floor?”. it wasn’t good.
so i called my dad. my brother and him are driving 7 hours and will be here today. so we are going to have a knock out, drag out weekend. with maybe pink, bubblegum vct at the end of it. and new french doors.
gideon found a 1000 piece tractor puzzle in the move. he’s been dying to get into it. i promised him that when we were moved into the new house he could play with it. well, it was neither the time, nor the place but i finally got it out for him this week. i’ve had a thousand puzzle pieces kicking around my dirty, barren living room ever since. daddy tries to work on it on his lunch breaks, but the boys help too much, rendering the process futile. marc has threatened to scrap the project several times, but eventually he relents.
last night he was back to toiling away when mr. jehu walked up, stark naked, and peed in the cookie sheet, all over the pieces. marc had the dumbest look on his face, he couldn’t react at all. he just sat there and stared while jehu emptied his entire bladder and walked off.
this is how i found him. and amazingly enough, no one else had dibs, so i snatched him right up. but that’s another story.
and sad to say, i don’t have time for stories. i have to go scrape up the mush that is embedded in my particle board floor and wash all the window frames. but i thought i would put up something, was feeling guilty.
they are disgusting and smell like cat piss. i spent all day rooting through one. found all kinds of exciting things.
(she’s missing her leg, by the way. so we decided to let her go even though she was kind of hot.) you can check my picasa for our two week progress. boy got the yard tilled and seeded. i picked a bazillion rocks out of the front yard, painted, and did some grocery shopping. all three kids fell asleep in the car on the way to winco. boy sat out in the parking lot with them and ended up watching ducks duke it out. a bereaved male duck was fending off some sicko, hot-shot ducks. they were trying to peck out his dead girlfriends eyes while she was all laid out in the middle of the sidewalk. meanwhile a gimpy, one-legged duck flopped around the perimeter, cheering them on. i thought it was a very sad story.
and this is how i begin my day. every day.
so on the agenda, i need to comb out the nests and pack them up in the car to go to the grocery store. make lunch, dinner, etc., remedy resulting disasters, throw in a few spankings, change a few diapers, and hopefully start on a set of roman shades for the bedroom. oh yes, and take a bath.
we were sitting at the table last night when blood started running out of jehu’s nose. he picks it so much that we didn’t think much of it.
that was, until he sneezed 5 inches of fettuccine out his right nostril.
naturally, he tried to eat it. i screamed so he stopped.
(as dinner progressed he sneezed again and out flew another noodle. i can just imagine him in an eighth grade lunch room with a pack of ramen. amazing things could happen.)
one room in my house is finally clean. and even close to done. except we still need to paint it, do some fiberglass repair on the jetted tub, replace the window, replace the faucet and shower head, wire in an outlet, put up some towel racks and find a new door.
but we did plumb in a new sink, find a shower rod and shower curtain, install a new light fixture, and put on a new toilet handle.
just think, only nine more rooms to go. we’re focusing on the kitchen next, but i found out it will be two weeks until i get my flooring. meanwhile hubby is going to till and seed the new lawn and i am going to paint lots of moulding and wonder at the triviality of life.
we’ve finally moved into our new house. it’s an absolute pile, i must say. so unless you want pictures of my breathtaking laundry heap, there won’t be much to blog.
but i think we’re finally getting on top of it. when we started out on monday the fridge, stove, dishwasher, phone, internet, shower, washer and dryer weren’t hooked up. and if it weren’t for the neighborhood burrito bus we’d have all starved. (and if it weren’t for starvation, i frankly would have never gone near the burrito bus.)