Friday Free-For-All – 10/12/18

Friday Free-For-All

I am now the proud owner of a treadmill! I put a call out on my local Front Porch Forum, and actually received a ton of offers of used treadmills. Not only did I find one in good shape, the seller delivered it straight to our house, yay! While I fully intend for most of my runs to be out on the rail trail, the days are about to get a lot darker, colder, and snowier, so having a treadmill means that I will be able to keep up with running this winter.

We have a leak in our roof. Joy. We’ve had a few really rainy days lately, and on one particularly rainy day I noticed a dripping sound in our laundry room. I looked up and saw a hole in the sheet rock, dripping water. Blerg. Gonna have to get that fixed before winter.

Postpartum hair loss has kicked in. Double joy. For those who don’t know, it’s pretty normal for a woman to start losing clumps of hair around three months postpartum. Pregnancy hormones cause you not to shed hair as you normally would, and once your hormones return to normal, all of the hair you should have shed during pregnancy all starts to come out at once. It’s alarming, and gross, and just another part of that oh-so-magical pregnancy journey.

Homeowners, have you ever had a leaky roof?

 

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Friday Free-For-All – 09/28/18

Friday Free-For-All

We ordered hardwood flooring! Our living room and both bedrooms currently have old, ugly, stained carpet. We were originally going to wait a year or two, but we decided we couldn’t live with the carpets anymore, especially with a baby who will be crawling before we know it. We got a great deal on some red oak, and we will be installing it sometime in October. I can’t wait!

I changed out my nose stud for a ring. I wanted to get a ring to start with, but the place I went for the piercing does studs standard, so I had to wait six weeks for the piercing to heal. I got a nice little rose gold-plated ring on Etsy to match my ear piercing, and I’m very happy!

Baby yoga is so much fun! Our class on Mondays is truly delightful. We sing, we move, and we learn massage techniques to help with gassy, fussy babies. I also met another new mom who lives in my town and we exchanged contact info, so I’m hopeful for future play dates. I’m just sad the class series is only six weeks long.

What’s one home improvement project you’re dying to tackle?

Friday Free-For-All – 03/23/18

Friday Free-For-All

My sister and mom are throwing me a baby shower. At first I was sort of “meh” about the whole shower thing, but then my sister sent me a picture of the invites that she had a friend CUSTOM DESIGN and they are so effing cute I cried and now I’m all “YES, SHOWER ME WITH ATTENTION AND BABY STUFF I’M READY!”. Pregnancy hormones are crazy, ya’ll.

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Raccoons are my favorite

We FINALLY submitted our sample to get our well retested. The deadline to get repaid for the test and any follow up work through escrow is March 25. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh? And of course, our water failed. FML. Our well water is “bacteriologically unacceptable for human consumption” and we now have to have our well company to come dump chlorine in our well, then retest it again once all the chlorine has been flushed through the system. We really shot ourselves in the foot on this one by waiting so long to do the re-test. If we had done it a month ago, we could have gotten the chlorine treatment and third test paid for through the escrow account before the deadline. Ah well, live and learn. In the meantime, this means continuing to buy bottled water for drinking, which really sucks.

I have to go take my glucose tolerance test this afternoon. For those who don’t know what this means, I basically have to drink sugar water, sit around for an hour, then have my blood tested to see how well my body processes sugar. If I fail, I will have to go for another round, and if I fail again, I’ll be diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which is a royal pain in the butt. It usually goes away after the baby is born, but it raises your risk level, and involves dietary changes and monitoring your blood sugar for the remainder of the pregnancy. My family has a crazy history of Type 2 Diabetes, so I’m pretty nervous. Wish me luck!

My pregnant bestie is coming to visit this weekend!  Mandy is exactly one month ahead of me in pregnancy, and she and her hubs are coming up from Jersey for our housewarming party tomorrow night. I’m so excited to see them! It’s been really, really cool for us to be pregnant at the same time. We were super close before, but it seems like now, not a day goes by without a flurry of text messages exchanged, checking in on symptoms and how “glamorous” pregnancy can be. I feel so lucky that we’ve been able to rely on each other during this crazy time.

Any fun plans for the weekend?

Friday Free-For-All – 03/09/18

Friday Free-For-All

We finally had our oil tanks inspected this week. As we suspected, the current configuration is NOT up to code, and will cost about $800 to fix. Thankfully, we still have money set aside in escrow for this work, but we are also rapidly coming up against our deadline. We’re really going to have to push to get the work done in time to be reimbursed.

The huge snow storm that was supposed to happen this week was kind of a bust. I know that my friends in other areas (hey, Jersey!) got absolutely dumped on, but we got barely three inches at our house, and we basically live on the side of a mountain. It was very disappointing.

Having a garage is my new favorite thing. Growing up, we always had garages. And said garages were always full of STUFF rather than CARS. But our new garage is blissfully free of junk, meaning we can park our cars in there and NOT HAVE TO CLEAR THEM OFF AFTER EVERY SNOWFALL. Which has been a huge blessing with the snow this week. I’m obsessed with my garage and vow never to fill it with so much crap that I can’t park in there.

Do you have a garage? Do you actually park your car(s) in it?

Friday Free-For-All – 03/02/18

Friday Free-For-All

Hellooooo, March! I know I’m not alone in thinking that February is one of the toughest months. It’s dark. It’s cold. It’s dreary. But it’s also mercifully short. Once March hits, it feels like spring is just around the corner. Especially once Daylight Savings Time kicks in. Woo!

I’ve probably said this before, but cold-brewed iced coffee is the best. I got a new French Press for Christmas, and I’ve been using it to make cold-brewed decaf iced coffee this week. Basically you just soak coffee grounds in cold water overnight, and it makes the smoothest, most delicious coffee you will ever taste. I used decaf so that I can drink more than one serving each morning because I love it so much (now that I’m pregnant I try really hard to only have one serving or less of caffeine per day). Having that smooth cup of joe every morning has made this week a lot better.

Adventures in home ownership have already begun. There were a few items left unfinished at closing, so some money was put into escrow for us to deal with them. One of which was that the well was open to the elements and had tested positive for coliform bacteria. Thus, we’ve been drinking bottled or boiled water since we moved in. We had our well company come by this week to seal up the well and inspect the system, and were told that our pressure tank is “shot.” So we’ll need to replace that, and we’re waiting on a quote to see how much that will cost. And we still have to submit a water sample to see whether or not our well water is potable after a bleach shock treatment.  Fun fun! Oh, and we still need to have our oil tank setup inspected, but the company who has been servicing our address is being weirdly cagey about setting up an appointment. So we may have to switch oil companies. Oy!

Homeowners out there–how quickly did you have to start replacing/repairing stuff after moving in?

Weekend Update – Haircuts & Settling In

Happy Monday, friends! Things are slowly but surely coming together at the house. We did a TON of work this weekend, and we’re really starting to settle in, which feels great.

Friday
After work I headed straight home. Ben had a broom ball game, but not until 9, so we hung out for a while and did a few little cleaning/unpacking projects.

Once he left, I got started on the second coat of paint in the kitchen/living/dining rooms. We got zero-VOC, low fume paint, and the nurses at my practice said it was safe for me to paint, so paint I did. I got a major jump start on the kitchen, and then spent the rest of the evening curled up on our futon watching a movie.

Saturday
We were both out of bed relatively early on Saturday, and after a quick breakfast we got right to work on painting. I did the cutting in while Ben rolled away, and by the time Emily arrived to help out around 10 am, we were mostly done! We set her to work painting the closet in our guest/baby room while we started replacing outlet covers and removing painter’s tape.

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My in-laws arrived shortly after with a few leftover items from their house, and my father-in-law helped Ben install the cat door in our basement door. We plan to put the kitty litter box in the basement so we don’t have to see/smell it all the time.

Everybody was gone by about 1:30, so Ben and I continued to unpack the multitude of boxes still scattered around the house. Eventually we had to shower and get ready to go over to Nick and Nikki’s house, because we had plans for both of us to get haircuts, me to get my balayage freshened up, and then to have dinner and watch a movie.

My hair looks great now. Not really different than before, just fresh highlights and a trim, but it looks and feels a lot healthier, which is wonderful. We had ham, Caesar salad, roasted potatoes, and Parmesan bread for supper, with a cookie smorgasbord for dessert, and we finally saw Get Out. Ben doesn’t like scary/suspenseful movies, so he was kind of irritated for most of the movie, but when it was over agreed that it was really good and he was glad he saw it.

Sunday
Sunday morning was much more leisurely. We slept in, made coffee and breakfast, then meal planned out our week so we could get grocery shopping done early. After the grocery store, we hit up our local hardware store to grab a few more things for projects around the house. It’s starting to feel like the hardware store is our second home, we’re there so often!

We were done with errands and home before 1 pm, then spent the rest of the day doing ALL THE THINGS. Ben made bread, I hard boiled eggs for snacks, I made a delicious cheesy crock pot chili for dinner, I cleaned the toilets, we did three loads of laundry, hung up pictures, my medal holder, and our giant spider plant, hung clothesline and vacuumed the basement, unpacked the rest of the boxes that had been cluttering our kitchen, made chicken stock, and a dozen other things that I can’t remember right now. AND, we had time to watch a movie together after dinner, which was a relaxing end to a busy weekend.

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Today will likely be a short day at work due to the holiday and the fact that both our corporate offices and the US Stock Exchange are closed. If I’m released early, I’m going to hit up Home Depot (yes, again!) and Walmart to grab a few more thing. It’s a damn good thing we’ve been saving for over a year for this, because setting up a new house is EXPENSIVE!

Do you have Presidents’ Day off?