Saturday, July 22, 2017

I woke this morning with a desire to get out and about, and ended up out the door at 8:30 - arriving in Upper St Clair just as the stores I wanted to hit during my limited time were opening (in reverse order... Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Burlington, and Toys R Us).  I'm still on the hunt for curtains for the kitchen and living room to no avail.  I did get a few things for the kid that I totally didn't need - other than a soft, pretty dress, that was on clearance that will work for baptism and a few items that remained on the Target wish list w/ that completion discount.

From there I headed south of home to pick up my farm goodies... more kale, yay; more cukes, one tomato, more zucchini and squash, more peppers (green and hot ones), more corn.  I need to get eating!  I stopped and picked up supplies to make some freezer meals this weekend, so maybe I'll get in gear after I sit for a little while and get on top of that.

I then headed to get a pedi.  My feet and calves so loved that massage.  Finally, I stopped at Sarris to get some chocolate for my Favorite Egg's Mom and Sister as a light thank you - and some to take with when the time comes for the nurses!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I am so ready for a nap, but a mid-afternoon resurgence of heartburn tells me if I lay down after work I'll be even more miserable.  My Favorite Egg messaged we're going out for dinner, so I guess a nap isn't very feasible anyhow.  Where to go where to go.
All I wanted for my birthday was a good night's sleep, which I did NOT get last night.  At least the night started out well, but then my eyes popped open at 4 (with a little bit of heartburn to boot). When I still hadn't fallen back asleep by 6 I decided to come downstairs.  I watched one episode of a show on Netflix and was ready to close my eyes again, so I dozed on the couch from 6:50 or so to 8:25.

I'm up and at my desk, but I feel like I was up all night.  I know, I know, get used to it, right?  I just want to sleep while I still can, that's not too much to ask.

Monday, July 17, 2017

We were up and out of the house for a photoshoot at Mingo Creek Park on Saturday morning.  I'm hopeful to have some nice shots.  After a bite to eat we headed back to my house to continue preparations.

My small bursts earlier in the week still left plenty to do in the afternoon before everyone arrived - those last minute things that would need re-done if completed too soon (sweeping up dog fur for example).  Friday I prepped some of the food items too - brownies, and a couple of salady things (broccoli salad and cuke salad), so at least that was out of the way and I could clean up the dishes.

Smartest move was pulling out the paper plates and plastic silverware as well as making meatballs in the crockpot - very little clean up as a result.

Either way I enjoyed my evening and I think everyone else did as well.  It was a long day and I was exhausted, but it was worth it.  I could have lounged about like a sloth all day Saturday but we both felt like sitting around was a bad move - so we at least tried to leave the house, making a couple of stops including trying out a new brewery here in Canonsburg (Rusty Gold).  As we were finishing up there another couple of my Favorite Egg's friends reached out looking for something to do.  Since the house was already clean we invited them over and had a second, smaller game night.  It was also very nice to get together.

This morning I did NOT wake before the alarm, which is rare anymore, that should tell you something.  When do I get to take a nap?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

I've been a bit of a bum for a few days - I hadn't left the house since church on Sunday until lunch time yesterday, so I haven't had much to say.  I've gotten sucked in on a few shows on Netflix (13 Reasons Why which I just finished and Grey's Anatomy which gained my interest after my sister/niece's last visit).  I'm partially blaming the weather as of late, it seems we've reached the monsoon season.  I guess now is when I should chill a bit and relax, while I still can.  It'll take a while to get through all 13 seasons of Grey's though!

I spotted two ladies when I stepped out for lunch yesterday wearing shirts for a landscaping company and spoke with them for a minute.  I need to make another call - we'll see if maybe I can get them out here to give me an estimate.

I'm not a complete slacker, I am trying to get some things in order in small bursts.  We have some folks coming for a game night on Saturday (my Favorite Egg's friends) so there is lots of prep work to get done.  He was here last night helping me get the basement in even better order which gives me a sigh of relief.  It also gave me the space to set up the last shelf and get a few more totes downstairs and out of the way.  Then there's all of the regular cleaning... bathrooms, floors, etc etc.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The fence finishing did occur on Saturday, as promised.  Turns out they didn't attach the one corner to the house and instead dropped a hole w/ concrete for another post.  That made me feel better about a lot of it.  The girls are happy with it and more importantly Saffy hasn't even given a glance upward, so I think we're good to go.

For now I will continue to go outside with them for now to watch their behavior and patterns with regard to the fence.  The past few days this has been especially appropriate with all of the fireworks going off.  They upset Safyre so very much and she is running straight back for the door, often without using the facilities first.  At least with the holiday past we're on the down tick for those disturbances.

I did get some major quality time with friends on Sunday back in the Jingle.  It was a great trip, I just wish I could have spent more time talking with each and every one of them.  In the mean time, family was gathering in Toona-town in my name, which I am sorry I couldn't also attend.  It was a big day that left me tired and wound up.  It also resulted in a HUGE pile of goodies that consumed a good chunk of our fourth of July, but at least everything is back in order.

I tried calling that landscaper again and was able to leave a message, but alas, no return call yet.  *sigh*

Friday, June 30, 2017

It's been a while since I've felt some anxiety welling up.  I'm not sure what is causing it really.

Maybe it's topics that came up in the past few days stirring old pots.

Maybe it's the fence.  The fence is mostly in, with finishing work to be done tomorrow (attaching the gates, putting the tops on the posts, and securing the one end to the house... because they couldn't drop down in the ground there at the one corner due to something being down there *sigh*).  This side where they couldn't go down in is at the corner, vs further forward, which is what was originally marked during the first two measurements.  I'm trying to not fret, but seriously, with each contractor there is always something that is less than what was planned.

I tried calling another landscaper, their voicemail said it was full and I couldn't even leave a message.  What point is a fenced yard if it's all dirt and the least bit of rain means an unusable mud pit?  I just want it all done.  I'm so done.

One thing I do NOT think it is is the looming finish line, which is officially less than two months away.  But it should be.  I cannot get the things done I need to get done.  I'm up and moving for a little while but the swollen ankles hurt and frankly I'm just tired.

Hopefully this weekend will provide a little therapy, time with my Favorite Egg and time with friends is what I need.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Yesterday afternoon was a struggle... it seemed like everything I tried to tackle was NOT going right, both with work and after work.  I needed to mow out front.  We had pulled the mower back out and plugged it in the other day and it seemed ok, so I gave it a go.  I got maybe 1/3 of the way through the front yard before it went to half power and started smoking again.  Yeah, I think it's done done, sadly.

Either way, the front needed trimmed, so out came the weed eater.  Boom, out of line within 5 minutes.  Restring the line, which always takes me a couple of tries to get it right because it doesn't need done often.  Within 2 minutes the battery was dying and the second battery was sitting already dead.  Super.  When I pulled out the corded weed eater all I could think was if this stopped working too I might lose it.  My 21 year old, $25, weed eater held it down and the front lawn is much shorter, uneven, but shorter.

On other household news the fence guys came yesterday.  They weren't here super long, but at least they're back already this morning.  The girls and I are eager for the fence.  I'm still in limbo land on what to do for getting grass back there though.

Monday, June 26, 2017

This weekend my Favorite Egg and I gathered with some of his family for a picnic as an out of town family member was in.  It was nice to get together for a picnic and be able to sit outside on the deck instead of hiding inside as we normally do for get togethers (Thanksgiving/Christmas) and to see everyone.

He stayed and Sunday, despite me being so incredibly tired again, motivated me to get a few things done.  A few more pictures are up on the wall, he hung hooks on the new deck roof and hung my wind chimes, and he was moving some dirt out back in preparation for the fence (they called and are planning to come start tomorrow).

I have to say this much... I'm not used to allowing people to do "my" work for me, especially when I have to sit it out because it is simply too much for me right now.  With an ex, there was always a bit of anger directed toward me when I'd go outside to start this type of work (raking/planting/digging) because he felt obligated to then come help, pulling him away from personal entertainment activities.  Yard work beyond mowing wasn't something he seemed very willing to do and that was when it was _his_ house too.  To have someone in my life that is stepping up and saying "I'm going to go do this" at a place that isn't his responsibility means the world to me.  I'm so grateful that he is willing to do things for me, for us, for the fuzzy girls, and for our family to be.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sunday marked the selected date we called our anniversary - happy three years with my Favorite Egg!  I had done some grocery shopping and mowed part of the yard before he came in with plans on going out for dinner and a beautiful violet in tow.

Monday he had to head back here after work as well for an appointment we had to meet someone we are hiring as a doula.  So that was another meal out.  He finished up my mowing (the areas that are a bit steeper and harder for me to do without being in pain at this point and the side that I couldn't finish before the fat rain drops started to fall on Sunday... but not without coming in and saying my mower was smoking.  I love you babe, but go figure it died when you were using it for the first time after you've told me how much you hate the corded electric mower.

Last night Lor-Lor came to visit!  So I finally got to cook up some of the groceries I bought on Sunday.  I had found a slow cooker recipe for a pork roast I wanted to try, so I modified it to do pork chops on the stove and it was delightful.  I used 1/2 a can of cranberry sauce w/ whole berries, some honey, chopped onions, and seasoning and yes yes yes!  She will be visiting for a few days and both of us working from here.  I had a bit of a scare though as last night after work my internet was out and I feared we'd be headed to Starbucks this morning, but it was back up before bedtime.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Today after some running for classes (last night and today) with my Favorite Egg, we threw together some macaroni salad and walked down the hill to attend a block party here in my new neighborhood.  I'm glad we went as I got to meet and talk to several folks that live nearby and got some handyman referrals, but it was awfully warm.

The rain that has pushed through in the past few days has been pretty heavy.  From what I can see here at a distance it's REALLY been heavy in Johnstown.  So many news stories there lately keep me thinking I got out just in time.  Sink holes in Moxham?  Flooding?  Shootings at the Scalp McDs?  Yeesh.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Just a quick update.  My sister and niece came in on the 8th for a few days as they return from checking out what will be my niece's new local and finding digs for her internship with the Binghamton Devils!

We haven't done much in the way of fun, for which I feel guilty.  My sister however has been working her tail off trying to pretty up my rocky-fill front area with a few pretty flowers and ironing baby things and curtains, for which I feel even more guilty.  But it's been nice to just visit a bit too.  The rest of their summer will be quite active so I doubt I'll be seeing either again before the kiddo arrives.

Good news here at the house as my permit for the fence has been approved.  They may get started on that this week.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

My bacon game at this house is weak, and it is making me die a little inside.  I am an in the oven bacon cooker.  In the past it was put the bacon in on a cookie sheet as you turn on the oven set to 425 degrees and it would take about 20 minutes, sometimes needing more if you were doing a full pack.

Over the course of the past four months I've attempted to make bacon quite a few times, each one reducing the time in the oven and/or the temperature.  Today I am down to 375 and 15 minutes and it was even MORE burnt than the last time (which was at a higher temp).  What the hot hell magic is going on in this oven that has some vehement issue against my bacon!

One constant between the houses is that making bacon means the smoke detector goes off.  *sigh*  Of course in this house, it isn't as easy as pulling one down off of the wall, you have to get up on a stool and disconnect it ... or you get to hear it the whole way through the house.

A girl and her bacon will not be parted.  Love will find a way.