Our phone service (and, therefore internet -- and I have no smart device) has been down since Sunday and the robot who answered my service call said we won't be back up and running till Thursday. Can you believe that? This is the second time we've lost service for 5 days in the last few months. Ask me if I'll be choosing AT&T for my new home. Go ahead. Ask. ;)
So . . . I have no photos to upload and I'm in a coffee shop. I'm going to have to make this quick because I'm using Kiddo's laptop and he doesn't really feel like sharing.
Last week's reading . . .
Sucked eggs. I finished one book: Dreaming in English. I enjoyed it. More on that, later.
Right now, I'm reading . . .
Shadow Show, ed. by Weller and Castle - A book of short stories written in tribute to Ray Bradbury. I'm on p. 262 and finding the stories are stellar. Definitely loving this one.
The Aleppo Codex by Matti Friedman - Still enjoying this one, although I did take a break from it for a couple days. I hope to finish this one tonight, but I can't bank on that.
On days that the guys are around to move furniture, the poor kitties get a little frantic. But, otherwise, they're adapting just fine. They're still playing in boxes, climbing new spaces, checking out empty cabinets. As long as I spend a little time with them, they seem pretty happy.
Men should just stay out of the way and let their women decide how to do their own freaking packing jobs. Just saying the spouse could stand to leave his manager title at work, thankyouverymuch.
Worst news of the week:
My best friend and neighbor is now a widow. I'm bummed. I considered Mike a great guy, a friend and a man I respected and admired. The funeral was really uplifting and wonderful, though, so it turned something awful into a beautiful time of hope and reflection.
Update on the house:
We have a date on our mattress arrival and all that's left of the bedroom painting is a little trim work, then I can put the outlet plates back on and we can move on to the living area, our final paint job! Woot! We're getting pretty decent at this painting business, now. The bed frame has been put together and we've moved in quite a bit of furniture. We still haven't found a couch we agree on, so we sit on our one area rug, our IKEA chair (still just one comfy chair in the house) or a dining chair when we need breaks. The cats won't move into the new house till we do.
I'll mention book arrivals when my home internet is functioning. Wow, Kiddo is REALLY TWITCHY when you borrow his computer. Gotta run. Happy Last Day of July!
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Thanks for the update. I'm glad the kitties are ok. Sorry about the internet. I hate that!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jenny! Kind of a boring update. Still waiting on the internet. We're at McDonald's. This time, I asked for time on Kiddo's laptop, thank goodness!ReplyDelete
Hang in there!! We all get a tad cranky when our natural habitat is in turmoil - men and kitties both!ReplyDelete
I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel also...painting is done, cleaning - check, now to make curtains to keep the hubby happy. Gosh he seems bummed that he can't walk around in front of the uncovered windows in his underwear I guess! (Like he ever did it before. Argh!)
This too shall pass! In the meantime, keep smilin'. Your blogging buddies are sending you good wishes.
So true! I had a talk with the husband and he's improved. The cats are really doing great. I'm impressed with how well they've handled the chaos. We've still got a lot of stuff to move but I think we'll be able to move into the new house pretty soon. That should be interesting for them. :)Delete
Yay for the light at the end of the tunnel! We're almost done with the bedroom. I did some trim work, tonight (painting splotches -- most of which were green, so I was pretty happy to see we were a bit neater on this room). A couple more tiny touch-ups and we're done! Then, on to the living room . . . which is going to be a bear to paint because the ceiling is 12 feet high.
LOL about walking around in underwear! We've got blinds, everywhere, and plenty of privacy greenery in the back, so we're going curtainless.
Thanks! Right back at ya!
Hopefully the coffee was good? Yikes--hopefully things will kind of calm down a little bit for you. And I know just what you mean about the home management. Either back off or do it the way I want to get it done. ;) Good luck!ReplyDelete
The coffee was . . . actually, I guess it was forgettable. LOL Oh, wait, no. I had a smoothie. No wonder. The coffee shop actually does great fruit smoothies. Yeah, husband has a tendency to get bossy and hyper. We had a chat. He knows it's a problem and often doesn't recognize when he's getting on everyone's nerves. So, he was fine with being told he needs to slow down and stop being such a nuisance.Delete
Thank goodness we communicate. I can see how moving could easily wreck a marriage! :)
I'm sorry to hear about your friend's husband. I know it can be terrible to lose someone. I am glad though, that the kitties are ok too!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Heather. It truly sucks. He needed a liver transplant but they didn't have the money for a down-payment, so he didn't even manage to get on a transplant list. Such a bummer. He was a great guy.Delete
The kitties are really doing fantastic! I make a point of spending time on the floor with them, reading a little if I can (so they can hang out with me when I'm not moving) and playing a little when there's room. I have to periodically tidy the packing mess to make space for a little bird-on-a-stick play. :)
It is such a bummer when the internet goes out. Ours went out for about 12 hours last week and made me realize just how addicted I am. I hope the move continues to go well!ReplyDelete
It was awful, Alyce! We just got our internet service back, tonight. One day early! So relieved! I am totally addicted.Delete
Thanks! The move is going great, so far. It's a slow process, since we're just taking loads by car and a borrowed truck (have to give that back on Saturday) but that's fine since we have one more room to paint. We just take a load whenever we work on the house. It's a pleasant way to move, really. :)
Such a fun, and informative post except, of course, about your neighbor. I'm so sorry.ReplyDelete
Thanks! And, thank you for the condolences. He was such a great guy -- and only 53!! I will miss him.Delete
So sorry to hear about your widow :( That's such a bummer :( *hugs to you * I'm also sorry to hear about what a PAIN you're having with at&t! I've heard a lot of nightmares with them. We had the option of going with them or Charter and we went through Charter and they've been fantastic. the few problems that we have had, they've been great with helping us! Can't wait til you can get all settled in your place :DReplyDelete
Thanks, Chris. We finally got our phone/internet back - a day early! Woot! They *have* been a bit of a nightmare. I've never heard of Charter. We were thinking about cable for the new house but Comcast also has a bad reputation for bad service so I guess we'll just have to research what's available. One more room, then we can do the big move! Husband wants to move in right away. I want to stay here so I can wake up and pack but have the option of spending the night at the other house if I get worn out. Will probably alternate between houses, for a while. Either way, I'll be having fun. :)Delete
That is entirely unacceptable! How can you be expected to live happily without internet service?! :-)ReplyDelete
LOL Exactly! Hope we find better service for the new house.Delete
I'm totally behind, but thanks for sharing your progress! It sounds like y'all are moving right along. But BOO on losing that Internet service for 5 days. I would curl up and turn into a puddle on the floor!ReplyDelete
I was prepared to curl up and turn into a puddle, but the coffee shop and McDonald's saved me. LOL Yep, moving right along. Still have a long way to go, though. I need to get over my cold quickly!!! Just came down with a cold, yesterday. Blecch. I don't have time to be sick!!!Delete
I am so sorry about your neighbor. It's so sad that someone has to die because he can't afford the necessary medical treatment. This isn't a political statement, just an expression of sadness. 53 is too young. I hope your friend/neighbor is getting along ok...ReplyDelete
Thanks, Les. I agree. He was way, way too young. Ironically, I talked about the concept of socialized healthcare with my friends just 3 weeks ago (when they were talking about their hope that they could raise the $50,000 down-payment on a transplant by Christmas) and they were both dead-set against it. That surprised me. Their insurance refused to pay a penny so they were waiting to hear from Medicare but obviously that didn't come through in time. It's truly sad. I need to go talk to my friend. I've been so busy with the move that I haven't spoken to her since the funeral. I think she'll be okay. But, it was apparent to me that she was still in the shock stage at the time of the funeral. She's got a long, hard road ahead.Delete