Friday, December 24, 2010

Merriest Christmas

Plastic sheeting is stapled to the roof - Iris, who has saved me before, brought over her extra-tall ladder and helped me staple it down.  The leak has stopped.

The leaky toilet is repaired, and with a nifty dual-flush mechanism added for fun.  The dishwasher now drains completely.  Dan did both of these repairs, and had to take both the boys to Home Despot with him to get the parts (he wanted sympathy, but I shop with the boys far too often to have much pity).

We're going to the mountains today to search for good snowshoeing fun.  So all in all it's a wonderful time and will hopefully be a bright and clear Christmas, for which I will be grateful. 

Merry, merry, merry Christmas to all of you.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Homeownership Rocks!

Dan spent all day Saturday trying to fix a leaky toilet, all to no avail. 

The new dishwasher won't drain completely.  The cause is probably a plumbing problem under the kitchen sink.  I'll have to try to solve it by using a DIY plumbing book, because...

We now have a roof leak over the master bathroom.  WE had to puncture the ceiling and drain it - two stockpots' worth of water.  I can't get up on the roof myself and spread out plastic sheeting, so we're going to have to spring for a roofing contractor.  Sigh. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Another One Bites the Dust

Trig is over - an unbelievable 92% on the final exam kept me at 90% for the class. I am wiped out.

Now on to getting the house in order.  I've rebuilt the raised beds in my wee little yard and filled them with 22 bags of homemade compost and store-bought topsoil.  They are not even halfway full, so I'll have to see where I can source some herbicide-free straw bales to fill them in with.  But first and foremost is getting the dining room/office set up to be useable.

The singing gig is going well so far.  I'm learning the songs and we're starting to gel together and determine a course.  These guys have been playing for years - Dave (the guitarist and male singer) was a professional at one point, but I don;t know about Dan (our bassist) .  They've had a casual cover band going for years, but they wanted to start doing original songs and their current singer isn't interested in pursuing original stuff, so that's why they were shopping for a new singer.  They've also found a drummer who wants to commit and rehearse regularly, so he's getting up to speed now as well. They are shooting for our first gig to be at the end of February, at a local wine bar.  Not too shabby.  I'll let you all know.

I am taking Fundamentals of Music for the spring - an easy refresher class that will allow me some breathing room while we settle in and I focus on the singing for a while.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010


The house is still mostly all in boxes. Aside from planting peas, I have put nothing else into the ground. December 14th, the final exam, looms.  I am trying to even dream about half-angle identities, but alas no such luck, I only have my waking hours to spend on it.  "Things will be better after December 14th" is my mantra, even though I know that isn't true.  After that comes Christmas, which will draw on every secret thing I've been squirreling away for the boys over the last year.  Thank heavens the boys are already pretty non-materialistic.