Tuesday, June 05, 2007

And The Next Chapter Begins

Today I got back on the wagon and cruised some blogs of my favorite writers. And everyone seems to have been keeping just as busy as I have been over my short hiatus from blogging. We are finally completely moved in. However, I use the term “completely” very loosely, as my living and dining rooms are disaster areas and my basement looks like someone vomited toys all over the floor. I haven’t hung any of my curtains yet or done any of the painting, or unpacked all the gazillion boxes, but believe me, as soon as my body allows me to walk upright again, I’ll let you know. And then the decorating can begin. I think I must have moved about 100 boxes, climbed up and down 2 sets of stairs about 200 times, moved a curious toddler away from the top and bottom of the stairs about 300 times, and have already screwed up 2 do-it-yourself projects. Can someone tell me the following: how do you screw a gate into the wall at the top of the stairs where there are no studs? And I’m not referring to male assistance.

And since when did doorknobs become such a pain in the ass to take off? I got into a serious fight with the doorknob of my powder room and it won. Now it looks even worse than it did before, since not only is it ugly, but it’s now dangling by a final screw that won’t budge.

I might be saved by my Uncle Tom who is coming in from out of town this weekend to assess the damage. The whole house is move-in ready, it just needs a good scrub down and good paint job on both the walls and the trim, as well as some serious updating. But serious updating will have to come once I receive either a serious raise or a serious bonus at work.

The deck also needs to be power washed, painted and sealed. And all the doors need new doorknobs. Other than that, we just need to actually unpack all the boxes that are stacked around the house, and slowly do project by project. My total wish list is the following: paint the kids’ rooms and their bathroom, paint my bathroom, replace the living room and dining room curtains, paint all the trim and the walls in the living room, dining room and family rooms, add a porch rail to the front porch, replace the banister leading up the stairs, add a chair rail and wainscoting to the living room/dining room, add a chair rail to the family room, replace the flooring in the foyer, kitchen and powder room, and replace the carpet in the family room. Phew, that is quite a list. Who knows when all of that will get done. Like I said, serious raise or serious bonus.

And my husband doesn’t seem to be able to take care of children and unpack at the same time during the day (much to my irritation I’m still waiting for him to get the oil changed on one car and replace the donut tire on the other), and his mood this past week has been a little annoying. Everytime we move he gets into a funk about the transition. He has issues transitioning from one thing to the next. In other words, his threshold for stress is much lower than mine, and frankly it gets a little old. I don’t have the capacity to carry both the financial and emotional load of the family. He’s a very good nurturer and caregiver to the kids, but when it comes to multi-tasking and just simply “getting things done”, his behavior is not exemplary. I remember when I applied for the job I have right now the description of the ideal candidate included someone who has a “get it done” attitude. We are opposites in that category. Good thing or else I’d be out of a job, right? Perhaps instead of his art class he’s taking, he needs a class on domestic due diligence. He already knows how to draw!

But enough about him. I’m glad I just got that off my chest. Someone at work told me I’m annoyed with him because I just spent way too much time with him all week while I was off work. And that could be true. It’s just there’s one thing about my marriage that I have learned: my husband and I deal with stress in 2 very distinctly opposite ways. I move and he does not. In my experience, he eventually comes around after some very consistent and explosive nagging, but frankly, I don’t have the energy for nagging anymore. That was so 2006.

But in the all important and good news, the kids seem to have adapted quite well to the move. Andrew only had a few nights in our bed, and I don’t think CJ has removed his bicycle helmet once since we moved in. In fact he might be making permanent trail marks on the sidewalk as I write. He’s made some friends up the street with the fellow neighborhood urchins and already bugged the 12 year old boy to death next door to play basketball with him on a daily basis. I’m certain sooner or later that poor kid next door is not going to want to come out of his house ever for fear of the five year old who will pounce on him as soon as his foot hits the blacktop in conjunction with the dreaded words: “Oh, Phil is outside!”

As for my world, today I’m more concerned about paying for this newly acquired home. We are fine financially right now, but it will be extremely tight. Of course I haven’t had to pay that first mortgage payment yet, so the sticker shock will be frightening, I’m sure. More posts on that to come I’m sure on July 1st after I wipe myself up off the floor.

Well, now that I’m officially back online thanks to my local internet provider, I’ll be trying to get back into the blogging swing of things. And pictures of the house to come soon. You see I haven’t yet graduated to the age of digital photography yet and have issues about giving up film. I’m like my husband when it comes to photography: an old stick in the mud with transitional issues.


Blogger Kathy McC said...

Congrats on moving in! It sucks, eh? As far as dh being helpful and taking care of kids at once...I hear ya. If you figure out a way to teach him both at once, let me know.

The gate...we screwed a piece of wood to the wall with molly-bolts and then screwed the gate into the wood. That's the best I can offer...it's better than nothing. :-)

4:23 PM

Anonymous mayberry said...

Yikes - so much on your plate! I hope your uncle kicks some butt during his visit. I have one of those uncles too - it is awesome.

Welcome back!

8:42 PM

Blogger Heather said...

Congrats on the move-in! Moving is sooo stressful I think even couples who NEVER fight and think one another's flatulence smells like roses would be ready to kill one another...so I think you're doing well!!

11:24 PM

Blogger karla said...

That is one heck of a big to do list, but you're so in the right frame of mind I think with tackling everything one project and one step at a time.

Congrats on surviving the move. Looking forward to the pictures now :)

6:54 PM

Blogger soccer mom in denial said...

I. Am. So. Glad. You're. Back.

And I hope you get through it all.

7:42 PM

Blogger Alex Elliot said...

I was so excited to see that you're back!

8:48 PM

Anonymous L.A. Daddy said...

Glad you're finally getting settled in. Take your time. Deep breaths. Count to ten.

All is good...

10:19 PM

Blogger Jenn in Holland said...

Hi ya Kate,
Came by way of Soccer Mom today. We were just discussing the potential of moving the other day (our lease is about to end in this place) and whether it was a good idea to look for another place or renegotiate the terms on this one. The idea of MOVING put such a rock in my gut, I said "nah, let's stay". More space be damned! I just don't want to put anything in boxes, only to have to take it out of boxes again...
Ah, me.
Love your writing.

3:13 AM

Blogger Birdsword said...

congrats on the move. I am glad you are back. It is difficult doing all of >THIS< isn't it?????

8:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi kate!
Hope you are getting settled in!
Hope to see you at Mommy's night!

7:20 AM

Blogger soccer mom in denial said...

Ummm.... is the pillow unpacked yet? I miss you.

7:34 PM


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