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Things and Stuff

This blog has gotten boring or maybe I just feel uninspired these days.

The wallpaper stripping continues. Now we have moved onto Littlest’s room.

His goal is to transform his room from little kid to teen. Good bye, nice coordinated PB Kids furniture and bedding. Hello, LED lights and slick furniture. Ugh. I’m not sure that I can handle all of these changes.

While we were redecorating, I came upon Littlest’s Piglets.

When Littlest was littler, he was very attached to a stuffed Piglet. We did what good parents do and bought a backup Piglet just in case something should happen to Original Piglet. That plan backfired, however, when Littlest spotted Backup Piglet while in the presence of Original Piglet. He then insisted on carrying both Piglets at all times. Thus, Backup Piglet became Piglet 2.

I think this was Original Piglet. Gah! The binky days!

But enough of this trip down Memory Lane, in current news…

Tom and Biggest went to the beach and had quite a catch!

I appears that Charlie may be part cyborg.

I’ve been obsessed with Downton Abbey (I know… a million years late on this one). But can we discuss? Can Carson and Mrs. Hughes just marry and live happily ever after? Mr. Bates is nothing but trouble! Anna can do better! How annoying is Lady Grantham’s accent? I want a Mrs. Patmore in my life!

Hope that you had a great week! TGIF!

Pipe Dreams

Friday 5PM… Tom and I go out for a date night! Sushi (yay!) and a visit to a cool new art supply store near us. I buy stuff to do some linoleum block printing. All is well.

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Friday 9PM… Tom discovers that the utility sink in the basement has overflowed and flooded the basement. The new rugs that I just showed off in my last post are destroyed.

Saturday 8AM… Plumber 1 comes and says there’s a block in our sewer line which he can’t snake. Plumber 2 comes to camera it and only sees black water. They tell us that we have to dig through the foundation and replace the sewer pipes. It will cost thousands of dollars. We can’t use any water in the house until at least Wednesday.

Saturday 3PM… We decide to go stay at the beach house which has working toilets and sinks. Toilet flushing feels luxurious.

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Sunday all day… We try not to think about plumbing woes, go for long walks, and recreate bitmojis in real life after we find this sign in an old fashioned 5&10 store. Die laughing.

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I see this, but am able to exercise control and not buy it.

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Monday 6AM… The sun rises

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Monday 8AM… I cross stitch.

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Monday 2PM… Head back home. Charlie pees in the car.

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Monday 8PM… Go to dance class and learn the cha-cha. Giggle hysterically during the move where you “chase” your partner across the dance floor. Take turns chasing each other.

Tuesday 8AM… Insurance adjuster 1 comes to look at the basement. Plumber 3 comes to give us another opinion. He says we need to dig up the yard, not the basement. Draws lines for the digging. It will still cost thousands of dollars and the work can’t start until at least Friday.

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Tuesday all day… At work, thinking about how many months of work it will take to pay for plumbing and try to pee as much as I can at the office so that I can hold it all night.

Tuesday 9PM… Bedtime finally! Yay!

Tuesday 9:30PM… Tom hears running water in the basement as he’s locking up for the evening.

Tuesday 9:35PM… Discover the utility sink is SPEWING SEWER WATER everywhere and WON’T STOP! Floors are FILLING WITH SEWAGE!!!

Tuesday 9:45-midnight… Chaos. The township sends an emergency crew with huge trucks and lights. They find that it is the main sewer line in front of our house that has major blockage, not our line. They are able to stop it. On a bright note, our plumbing now works fine! I celebrate by flushing a toilet.

Wednesday 12:30AM… I go online to file a new insurance claim.

Wednesday 8:30AM… Clean up and restoration company comes to clean out the basement.  I hide in the bedroom alternating between crying about the mess and feeling thankful that we no longer have to do a major dig.

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I call this photo “Blooming Dogwood Against Township Sewer Truck.” So artistic, right?

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Wednesday 9AM-3PM… Talk to insurance people on the phone, including one person who can’t figure out how to fax OR email me a document.

Wednesday 3PM… Insurance adjustor #1 comes back.

Wednesday 8PM… Go to bed.

Around here

Hi Blog!

We currently have house guests. While it is always nice to see the people who come to visit, house guests make me so angsty and stressed. I am truly a creature of habit and solitude, best when surrounded with only my routines and people (and cat).

What has been going on around here? Let me tell you.

There was a big storm and our basement flooded. It sucked.

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My Littlest celebrated his 9th birthday. Guess he’s not so little anymore. I sure do love that chatty, funny, spirited, thoughtful kid.

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We have fully embraced the Zoodle. They are so good! From this…

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To this! Ta-daaa! You almost forget that you’re eating something healthy (ick!).

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Tom and I went to see Billy Joel in concert.

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We had terrible seats, but have fun no matter what.

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Charlie discovered OUTSIDE and he really likes it. I was surprised when I was going about my business and spotted this Peeping Tom (Charlie) in the window.

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Hope that you’re enjoying these last days of Summer!


Hello Monday.

I’m running out of things to blog about since I:

1. barely cross stitch these days,

2. am cranky,

3. talk incessantly about my cat.

Stephanie and I did finally make it to dinner and it was FUN!

Drinks on the water = YAY!

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This weekend it RAINED so I stayed inside and worked on hemming curtains for our bedroom. Yes, it only took me 3 years to hang curtains. I like them, but the hems are crooked. How hard is it to sew even lines? (angry face emoticon)

Man hanging things = SEXY!

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The boys turned their room into a private billiards club complete with comfy lounge chairs.

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The eye masks were a nice touch. That’s one classy lounge.

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Luckily they said that we could be members of their club. We spent an evening hanging out and it was indeed quite relaxing and comfortable. They look like first class passengers on a transatlantic flight.

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But the excitement doesn’t stop there. Charlie discovered his shadow! Hilarity ensued.

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The End.

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