Sunday the power went out at work, so we were pressed into removing all of the perishable goods from the grocery section and placing them in bins which were loaded onto refrigerator and freezer trucks. Whee. Imagine working in pitch black, no air conditioning, hauling around pallets of stuff and trying not to run over anyone's toes while navigating with the use of a very dim flashlight. Can you say OSHA violations? I knew you could.
Today, we went to the zoo. I got to pet a behbeh donkeh (only 3 days old!) and had most of my fun petting/feeding/being chewed on by the dwarf Nubian goats at the petting zoo. Boe, bless him, recognizes that I am insane for the goats and so we make it a point to hit the petting zoo part both at the beginning of the zoo visit and at the end. Himself gets bored to tears but he puts up with me making a fuss over the goats and giggling like an idiot.
My mom came by the house after I got off of work today and helped me set up electronic bill payment.
The mortgage is going to be paid automatically, every single month. I am never going to have to worry about forgetting it ever again.
This is SO AWESOME.
(We also picked up replacement underwear and socks. It is amazing how much one's day can be made by being able to buy necessary clothing. I haven't had a new pair of underwear in a couple of years. Boe was even worse off. Every single pair was worn nearly to rags.)
In other news, I splurged just a tiny bit on a pair of Historic Enterprise's reproduction towels/napkins in the zigzag design. They are SO. PRETTY. I plan a little purchase here and a little purchase there to get our household kit up to snuff. We can manage a little purchase every now and again. So next on the list are a couple of fauldstools, then more table linens, then a trestle table...the list goes on but I am thumb typing :-)
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Let's face it: Is it possible to have brand-new stick built construction anywhere else in the entire flipping United States for less than $90,000? Yeah, didn't think so. Besides, it is just the architecture that Boe and I really like and he fell in love with the place as soon as he walked in the door.
This house (and its companion house at 2412 Gay St.) have sat empty for the past 4 years; they were originally closer to $130,000 but then the housing market went to crap and basically everyone lost interest in buying real estate. So the nonprofit group that owns these properties is making down payment assistance available as well as very favorable lending terms through a partnership with the Urban League.
So we've applied to be considered for the house at 2416 Gay. We'll see if they approve us; the worst they can say is "no".
Took Awesome!Neice to Fox Island for swimming yesterday; the entire family (Awesome!Niece, Boe, Mel, and myself) went and made it an official Day At The Park with a cooler full of lunch stuff. We all pigged out, swam a lot, pigged out some more, kept slathering ourselves in sunscreen, swam a bit more, and finally called it a day after everyone was tired, sun-pinked, and the worst of the heat had passed. The breeze didn't even feel like a breeze -- more like opening the door of a blast furnace. So I was grateful for the swimming and getting to spend time with Awesome!Niece. She's a total hoot. Now, this kid is 8. She sings in a local band. She plays piano, clarinet, flute, piccolo, and guitar (both my sister and my brother in law are musically talented). Her local band even cut a CD (Awesome!Niece graciously signed my copy). Most kids that age, especially if they have exposure to the music industry/entertainment biz, will tell you that they want to be a rock star, actor, etc. Not Awesome!Niece.
She wants to be a geneticist. (Cue "She Blinded Me With Science")
Seriously. She is deeply interested in DNA, cloning, all that stuff and when I sent her one of those microscope kits that you can get at educational stores a couple of years ago, you would have thought that she had died and gone to heaven. When I drove her from my mom's house in Columbus OH to my dad's house in New Haven IN (a 3 hour drive), we didn't even bother turning on the radio -- we talked about science the entire drive. Discussed everything from Henrietta Lacks and HeLa cells to CC the cloned kitten and even how tortoiseshell cats can't be cloned to have the same coat pattern. I love that kid.
After dropping Awesome!Niece off at my dad's, we went home, showered, took naps, and once the temperatures started to drop, had fighter practice in the back yard. That was lovely...a houseful of friends again, and a couple of people who are interested in joining Adria. Boe's decided that 2 years is a long enough hiatus to garner enthusiasm again, so once he's working, we'll be rejoining Adria. I won't be able to participate as much as I'd like because I'm in school, but it's good to Boe enthusiastic again.
Now onto my nursing final for the quarter -- I should wind up with a B in this class. Not my favorite grade, but the instructor Has Issues. Oh well. Won't be my problem after today.
I still have the urge to sew but no one has touched the Tornado Room although I have asked...In retrospect, I probably should have had my sister get a couple of N95 (ultra-super-HEPA particulate-proof) masks from her workplace so I could just go ahead and do it myself. Maybe those would be effective against whatever I'm allergic to in the dust there.
In other news, our garden yield is going to be low, but adequate for our household. We've been behind getting everything into the ground in a timely fashion...and Boe managed to mow down my new lilac, raspberry, and blackberry bushes. He says he "didn't notice" them. Yeah, I don't know how one "doesn't notice" knee-high plants either, especially when the grass is only ankle-height. And he wonders why I want him on ADD/ADHD medication.
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In other news, my sister Mel is driving up from Florida on a quick visit to drop my neice off with my parents for a portion of the summer. Let's see if Bitz can learn to share Lennie this season. Unfortunately, Mel is driving up on the weekend with the highest volume of cake sales for the year...Graduation Weekend for FWCS. I tried to find a replacement (there's a coworker who doesn't normally work weekends), but apparently the only family that matters is the one this cow-irker has, not anyone else's. Even after I explained that I haven't seen my sister in a couple of years. I was delighted, let me tell you. >:-/ So I'm going to have to call off one of the busiest sales days of the year and leave my coworker H screwed with no help. H and I talked it over and we mutually decided that if I have to call off to see my sister, then Sunday would be the better day. So that's the game plan. At least 1 coworker is understanding.
Uh, other than that, school is going well. One instructor has publicly stated on numerous occasions that she doesn't give A's ever...well guess what lady, you're going to have to change that stance. *cracks knuckles*
I keep motivating myself by looking at real estate listings and home builders' websites. Also looking at vehicles, since my poor Lumina will probably last me until I'm out of school (I hope!) but not much longer than that. I'm kinda leaning in this direction, since that allows for some flexibility as far as cargo and stuff goes but is more fuel-efficient than an SUV or truck. Or I'd like a Prius. I'd like 40-odd mpg, you know?
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It dawned on me, though, that I really don't have friends I hang out with or go and see on any regular basis...not since cubsfan57 and her husband Brian-sans-LJ moved to Kansas. To be honest, it doesn't freak me out the way that it freaks Boe out. Bless him, he worries that he's just up and leaving me all by my lonesome, in which I will pine away in sheer loneliness. But I'm far more comfortable being alone than he can imagine -- remember, he has Massive Hangups Indeed when it comes to being by himself, and it is difficult for him to imagine any circumstances in which he is comfortable being by himself for any length of time. I mean that. When we were first married, he used to follow me around a ~500 square foot 1 bedroom apartment. Mercifully, I broke him of that habit about the time we moved into our house.
So anyway. Being by myself isn't the awful fate for me that Boe seems to think it is. I'm a bit of an introvert (although a very social one) and being by myself gives me an opportunity to function without being "on". It's something that I do with every single person -- including Boe. I am constantly "on", and Friday evenings give me the chance to drop the personae* just a hair. It's quite refreshing. Besides which, I DON'T have friends I can just randomly visit, or invite myself over for a cup of coffee, or invite over to our place to
Can't convince Boe of that, though. He worries for my mental health...but him getting that job was the best thing to happen to my mental health since I was put on Wellbutrin.
*I have several. At school, I am The Pendantic Wunderkind, at work, the Helpful Bakery Associate, at home, the Practical and Sacrificing Spouse, and on the internet, the Occasionally Witty, Often Bitchy Costumer Who Likes To Talk About Herself. Hence this post.
Sunday was a little better. On a suggestion from a gardener on my f-list, I read up on lasagna gardening. Well, yesterday I dragged Boe out of the house and back to my store, where we got a car-trunk-full of cardboard boxes and expired newspapers. Today I am making a run to Starbucks and asking for their spent coffee grounds to spread on my garden-to-be. We have fall's leaves on top of the cardboard on a 15' x 20' area up against our backyard's levee wall; this will eventually be our garden. Last year the weeds and random-seeded plants grew out of control, and our dickbag neighbors called neighborhood code enforcement as their first line of action instead of coming over and talking to us. We got it mowed down, well, kind of, but we'd rather not deal with those neighbors again. So the garden will help with that. Sure, it might not be the prettiest thing ever, but it's something the city can't ding us for, it will be a food source for us, and frankly, I plan to can our extras in my spare time this summer in order to give some away as Christmas gifts. I have sweet corn, popcorn, tomatoes, hot peppers, watermelon, and cucumbers planned; if I have room I'd like to add some sunflowers and some lavender (sunflowers for the birdies, lavender for me). I might need to make an additional plot for those. I can get compost for free through Allen County Solid Waste Management (fees only apply to folks dropping off compostable materials).
My aunt has repeatedly told me that I can have as many lilac starts as I want, and Bitz has offered me her volunteer roses of sharon. I figure if we plant alternating lilacs and roses of sharon in the direction of the dickbag neighbors, it will grow to become a living hedge. Between the free composting materials, free plant starts, seeds I already have on hand, and stuff acquired through Freecycle and Craigslist, this year's landscaping should run me less than $20 total.
Dang. If this turns out to be a success, once we're financially stable we might need to purchase a pickup truck, lol.
Good God these are amazing.
I can hardly wait to see how the almonds turn out! <3 <3 <3