I'm so sorry constant readers. I know, I know. I have been out there in the wide world, buying Christmas presents and wood stain, packing up boxes and boxes and boxes (and a few bags) of my CRAP, and pulling up carpet, and thinking about blogging. But I have not actually been blogging, and I apologize. I WOULD go out and buy each and every one of you a nice bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates, but I am too nice. I know you would then have to go out and buy me a thank you card, and you would have it on your list of things to do for weeks, and then you would think it was too late to send a thank you card, and you would start to think maybe you ought to send a gift in reply, but then THAT would be on your list of things to do for weeks, and THEN you would realize that I had sent you a nice bouquet of flowers and you hadn't even had the decency to say thank you and you should probably just start avoiding me altogether and it would ruin our friendship (blogship?) and you would feel just terrible. So do not worry, I am gracious enough to send you nothing. I am such a good friend.
What have I been doing? Well, we've been to the house a bunch. Not as often as I would like, but about as often as I can make it without losing significant sanity, so it is enough. I had one very frustrating day trying to buy SOMETHING decorative for the house. I have biological evidence that I am a girl. However, it seems I am missing some key girl-genes, and for the life of me, I cannot figure out what color paint/curtains/area rugs/shower curtains might be appropriate. I suppose, looking back on my seven hour shopping extravaganza, wherein I purchased two shower curtains and some cabinet liners, I was too scattered in my objectives. I went to store after store, attempting to find a shower curtain that would compliment my somewhat hideous baby blue tile, and my undeniably hideous pastel purple tile. But inevitably, I would be sidetracked by the curtain section and the area rug section. Also, I HATED EVERYTHING.
Now, I continue to go into stores with different objectives, such as finding a gift for my 89-year old grandmother. (Seriously, she has had 90 Christmases. How many blankets and knickknacks can one person use?) In every store, I find shower curtains that would have been WAY better than the ones I bought. I still hate all the curtains, and most of the area rugs. And I have not found the perfect gift for my grandmother.
As for the actual work, it is going fairly smoothly, but waaaaay slooooower than I thought. I successfully pulled carpet in the two bedrooms and the dining room. I have been convinced that we can at least save the ugly stuff for potential reuse in the unfinished basement. Actually reusing it? It is a battle for a different day. When it came time to drag the rolls down the stair, it became apparent that I am, truly, a girl. I despise the movies where the girl stands around helplessly while her man fights to the near death to save her, and I have never been a proponent of the men doing the heavy lifting while the women bake the bread. But goddammit, carpet is heavy and hard to grip with itty bitty girly hands. I am so ashamed.
I hope I have bored you long enough, but not too much. I hope you want to read more and have not abandoned my little ole' blog. I think of it all the time, and I PROMISE to update more regularly. I may tell you about our lesson in "why the band aids should have been packed first" and maybe even our first plumbing incident. And, if you don't hear from me - expect some chocolates.