figment: A treewoman, a dryad, her arms are branches (treewoman)
We worked on our house on Saturday, and Marc & Rose's house on Sunday. And that was the weekend.

Hey, we have a nursery, and it even has big ol' silver stars that I spray paint/stenciled up near the top of the walls. And we ordered and paid for our kitchen counters! Very exciting. Also, Joe put together the changing table for the bathroom, hacked it to make it tall enough to go over the radiator, and I made a changing pad for it. A bunch of other stuff got done too. It really was a productive weekend.

And it was good to put a bit back into the giant karmic pool we've been withdrawing from so heavily to help other people who are also remodeling + having a baby -- only their remodeling is significantly more extensive than ours. It's also kind of nice to have that perspective.

It'd be nice to be social, too, but that is not happening so much right now.

One way or another, this is my last week of work. If the baby doesn't come by/on his due date (the 9th) I will be taking off work anyway. My mom gets here on the 8th, and it sounds like a good idea to take the time off.

Woah. Baby due any old time now. Where did the time go?
figment: Photo of me looking exasperated (now-what)
We still don't have a toilet at the house. Joe and his dad tried to install it last night but the wax ring didn't seal. With some google-education, I now suspect that the flange is below the floor level by about a quarter of an inch due to the new floor we laid, and that made it hard for the wax to seal. I think we'll try one of these puppies instead of a wax ring, they're supposed to be "no fail" and man I could use some no fail.

Every single thing about this bathroom renovation project has taken significantly longer and more work than I would have expected. I know I was probably naive about it, but still.

Joe and I are both really tired of sleeping on a futon on the floor at the Lofts. It's bad for our sleep, it's bad for Bagheera to be in an empty loft with us gone all the time, it's stressful for everyone. We're both crabby and feeling down. We've had a lot of other crap going on too - not just house - but this makes me feel like my basic needs are not being met and so everything upward of that is suffering too. We're both kind of phoning it in at work. I'm not really winning at fighting off a cold. We haven't eaten a home-cooked meal in several days; we've even been getting our breakfast coffee etc. at a coffeeshop. Suck, suck, suck.

And tonight, when we might be able to try again with the damn toilet because Joe's dad is free? Tonight we have to go to the final Fire Collective rehearsal.

I am considering being brave/stupid and trying to do the toilet myself this evening before the rehearsal. With one of those Fernco things I might stand a chance. And dammit I really want to sleep in my own bed in my house. We've owned the place for almost two months!!

(Please don't tell me that eventually all will be well, I already know that. But this part is hard.)
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Saturday, we went to Home Depot and BOUGHT ALL THE THINGS. We spent six hours there. It was exhausting. )

Sunday, we had a wonderful group of people show up and help us work on the house.
Sunday's crew
Thanks, guys! (Click on the picture above for more pictures from Sunday.)
What we got done )

We will likely be doing this, or something like it, every Sunday until we get moved. We don't anticipate having such a sizable crew be able to make it again, but we do appreciate any and all help we get - and will pay it forward!
figment: Photo of me, smiling, in a sari (Default)
This is only a partial tour - I got distracted. More pictures soon, of the bedrooms, bathroom, upstairs, & backyard. pictures here )
figment: Photo of me, smiling, in a sari (Default)
We bought a house today!

...and within three hours of walking in the door to our house for the first time, we were ripping wallpaper down. Six layers of wallpaper. It's like wallpaper archaeology.

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