Monday, November 29, 2010

It Never Ends

Dan and Eli both got sick last week, so I finished up as much as I could on my own.  I'm hoping I can sneak back over this week and get as much as I can from the yard, but it looked like Mr. Landlord's truck was parked in front of the house today so I just drove on by. 

I have given up on passing my Trig final.  With all the work this move has required, I can't see how I can possibly catch up now.  I'll try to talk with my professor tomorrow and see what my best option is - I would like to be able to re-take the class, maybe next fall.   I have consistently been an A student, so this is a little bit painful for me.

I am slowly getting unpacked, but I really (REALLY) need some better bookcase options.  I am not at all sure I can build them myself, but the off-the-shelf options I've found are disappointing and I'm not finding much on Craigslist besides junky laminate bookcases with saggy shelves.  It's going to take a lot of work to get the sunniest part of the yard prepped for gardening - It's covered in that horrible "landscaping" gravel that seems quite popular with mobile home owners.  I can get most of it off fairly easily (it's on top of heavy-duty landscaping fabric), but there is a fair amount embedded in the dirt underneath so I will have to build a sifting screen to get more of the rocks out.  THEN I have to figure out what on earth I'm going to do with all of that gravel.  Maybe I'll make a "free rocks" sign and cross my fingers.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Farewell My Tomato Vine

We are almost done.  We still need to swap out the refrigerators, move the only patio furniture I'm keeping, and get the last dregs of garage stuff.  I've dug up a few plants that I have no intention of leaving, and I may dig up a few more today.  Even if I just give them away, leaving them to be neglected is not acceptable.  I'm going to donate quite a few to the boys' school - the PTA is trying to beautify the grounds.  Maybe they'd like my California natives; I'm worried that if I leave them there the next residents will kill them by watering them at the wrong time.  I dug up the yams I'd planted in the front yard, and I have enough to fill a gallon plant pot - not bad for planting four sad little sprouty yams.  The tomato vines are all pulled out and trashed, the anaheim chiles are pulled up and I may try to hang them somewhere to ripen them and start drying them.  My pasilla bajio chiles refuse to turn brown and I am losing patience! 

Thank goodness other people will be feeding us for Thanksgiving.  Although I am tempted to make some yams...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I'm Still Here

But somehow endless boxing, packing, fixing, cleaning and perpetual fatigue just doesn't seem like scintillating blog material.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

O Frabjous Day

It is only frabjous because last week is over.  Good heavens. 

I have been moving 2-3 Suburban-fulls over to the new place every day, plus vacuuming mice poo out of the kitchen drawers & cabinets, then disinfecting them.  It was so hot last week I ended up with migraines more than once.  Plus I'm still on penicillin for a lovely infection I was lucky enough to develop.  And D was home exactly one night.  It was a crap, crap, crap week.

BUT yesterday we (well, mostly D) pretty much got the living room floor fixed.  The floor is two different colors (we couldn't get a perfect match that would also click in correctly) but it doesn't look terrible and what's much more important is that we got it done way under budget because the new windows are almost certainly going to go way OVER budget.  Yuck.  Dan wants to get as much as possible done before we move in, but I can't see how we can do that without getting ripped off by contractors, who can always sense when you're in a hurry.  I can be patient. 

Once the floor is fixed, we can start moving in furniture.  Tomorrow I'll be building a queen sized bed frame that we can store more stuff underneath.  I want to build loft beds for the boys, but D isn't confident that the walls can support them.  I will ask around and figure out how the interior walls are constructed - if they're framed up like normal house walls then I'm going forward with the loft bed plans. 

The boys are ridiculous monkeys and E has made it very clear to me that he loves Daddy about 10 times more than he loves me - he put it into quantities, even.  P, ever my loving little comforter, assures me that he loves me just as much as he loves Daddy, then whispers to me that at times he does not love E very much.  I told him that sometimes E is very difficult to love, but we have to do it anyway. 

E, who claims he barely loves me, has just climbed into my lap and asked me to cuddle with him.  I was feeling flattered and loved, until I found out that he just finished fighting with Daddy and expects me to be nicer to him.  Sigh.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Dear God in Heaven

I am not taking your name in vain, I am serious.

How is it possible to be this tired and still have so much more to do? 

Monday, November 01, 2010

It's Blitz

Get the keys today.  I biked over yesterday morning and measured my dirt - I have close to 400 square feet of usable dirt that gets sunlight.  I'll try to stick to a tightly planned layout a la Square Foot Gardening. 

I have heard absolutely nothing from our landlord.  The rent is due today, but with no evidence that our deposit exists I'm not sure what to do.  I may pedal over to our bank and deposit the rent into an escrow-type account to hold in his name until we see that the deposit exists.

Lots of work to do.  Boring blogging ahead!