cifarelli: (Ember)
I totally fell off the National Blog Posting Month bandwagon. I keep thinking about writing a long catch-up post, but now I can't remember what all I even wanted to write. *sigh*

I am trying to get a handle on cleaning my house, but somehow there is never enough time and when I do get a little while to work on it, I do nothing more than scratch the surface. And then the kids come home and mess up what little progress I made. I got a reasonable amount of vacuuming done yesterday, but tomorrow I'm volunteering at the library at the elementary school again for a couple of hours before I pick up Ian from preschool, so I won't have much time to make any more progress. I vacuumed the living room (main floor anyway; I didn't move all the toys to do that area) but didn't have time to dust under the couch where the dust bunnies collect -- so now there are dust bunnies all in the middle of the floor again. Something about the way the kids play blows them out from underneath. And as usual, I do dishes and laundry. Some days, I feel like dishes, laundry, meals, and driving are all I get done. And then I do it all again the next day.

Since I can't think of what all I wanted to ramble about any more, I'm gonna go make the boys' lunches for tomorrow and get to bed. Should have done that a while ago. Instead, I was watching the mid-season finale of Revolution -- I'm all caught up on that one now. Only another FOUR MONTHS until March for it to pick back up again! I'm sure I'll have forgotten all about the helicopters by then. :P

I wish the TV I was interested in was more kid-friendly, so I wouldn't have to save it all 'til after the kids are in bed. Ultimately, though, it's better this way -- less tv-watching for them. And me, too.


Jul. 5th, 2009 09:37 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Apparently I am not yet recovered from the stress of the rest of my weekend. I don't think I would have won any mommy awards today, though I think my frustration can be mitigated slightly be the fact that I am parenting a 2-year-old who hasn't gotten enough sleep lately and may be slightly sick to boot, and whose behavior was generally difficult today, as attested to by Andrew. Today is one of those days when I am REALLY REALLY glad I'm not a single parent. It was very nice to just let Andrew deal with him when I had reached my limit.

That said, no car pictures got taken today. Sorry to anyone who is dying of curiosity.

I did get a fair number of things done today, though:

-grocery shopped; a very SHORT list since we're trying to use up food we have in the house before our move next weekend

-washed the bedsheets on our bed and remade the bed

-put away 2 1/2 loads of laundry (the 1/2 was leftover from last night)

-made tea

-did dishes

-cut the last several weeks' worth of coupons from the newspaper and took newspapers outside to go to recycling sometime this week

-went through 3/4 of the clothes in my closet and tried them on and divided up the ones that either didn't fit (too small, *sigh*) or I never wear into boxes to go to storage or bags to be donated. Need to finish off the last 1/4 tomorrow if I can manage it.

Tonight I need to order the washing machine we want at our new apartment; we've decided to just rent a dryer while we're in the apartment (they only have connections for electric ones) so that we can buy a gas one once we have our new house. [EDIT: Check! Washing machine ordered. Delivery will be Wednesday, July 15, as that is the first day one of us (me) can be in the apartment at whatever time is needed.] I also need to see if I can transfer any of our utilities online or else figure out who I need to call tomorrow.

Tomorrow I need to call our insurance agent to get the new car onto our insurance and the old one off, as well as get our renters' policy finalized for when we move.
cifarelli: (Ember)
I haven't taken the time to make a post in a while. Since I need to be getting to bed soon, here's the quickie update version:

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cifarelli: (Ember)
Today was Corwin's first day of Mother's Day Out. It sounds like it went pretty well overall. Problem areas seem to be going potty and nap time. Their nap time is scheduled to start at noon and go to 1:30. Corwin's normal nap time is more like 1:30-3:00 or later. So, he didn't sleep today, though his teachers did say he wasn't disruptive about it...just every time he heard a noise he would perk up to see what it was. With regard to going potty -- This part is cut 'cause I know some of my friends aren't interested ) Having him nap at home after MDO works fine for me, but I'm not sure what to do to work with their earlier nap time. I LIKE the schedule we've gotten into at home, and don't really want to adjust it, especially as that would likely involve a consistently earlier wake-up time for me.

As for my kid-free morning, I spent it doing errands and enjoying the freedom to get in/out of the car without also having to get Corwin in/out of his carseat every single time. Oh, was that nice...but weird. I kept thinking I was forgetting something, and it was odd not having someone in the car to talk to. But I got my state inspection done and an oil change for my car, both things I hate doing with him in tow. Then I stopped by Williams Sonoma to check whether the gravy separator I got for Christmas was defective (it wasn't; just for some reason they ALL look different in reality than they do on their packaging materials), went by Corwin's doctor's office to pick up his health form for MDO, and went by the post office to mail some checks I have been holding for nearly a week (that's a rant for another day, unless you are [ profile] destroyerj who facebook chatted me at just the wrong time, or my husband). Then I came home and had lunch and a brief break, and then got to work cleaning out Corwin's closet further and vacuuming/cleaning in his room. Sadly, I ran out of time before I got completely finished. Oh well.

On Monday, I think I'm going to get my car washed (see a theme here?) and drop a shirt off at the dry cleaners, and then spend the rest of the time cleaning/organizing here at home. Have to get the house ship-shape for Corwin's family birthday party on Saturday the 21st and continue getting it ready to go on the market. I have a vague mental goal of the beginning of March for that, but somehow I doubt it will happen. If nothing else, I suspect getting the glass replaced in our master shower will be a holdup.

And now, I should go get ready for bed as I am back to full-time child-care tomorrow.
cifarelli: (Ember)
We had a productive weekend!

I already posted about getting stuff moved to a storage unit on Saturday. Sunday we bought new hoses and a hose storage reel to try to see if we like, and acquired more file folders and printer paper. I started the process of excavating my desk, and got the guest bedroom vacuumed, the closet organized, and the bed made. And I vacuumed the second floor library as well. It was in dire need.

On the down side, Corwin got sick. He just has a cold (runny nose, congestion, etc.) but for some reason it has resulted in him not going to sleep at night. Last night he was awake until 10:30, mostly talking but occasionally building to crying. I had to go in his room twice, once to take him to the bathroom and the second time I just held him on my shoulder for 20 minutes. He went to sleep after the being held for 20 minutes. Tonight he went to bed about 8:20 and has been talking in some variety ever since. I think Andrew may have just gotten him up. Not sure what he's going to do with him.

Today I had my dentist appointment for a cleaning with the new dentist I originally went to back in July (after the dentist I'd seen a few months prior disregarded my comfort completely, barely said two words to me, and declared I had a cavity that must be filled as soon as possible). I have to say I was very pleased. The part of teeth-cleaning that I really hate is the polishing, because I really hate the taste/feel of the grit it spews all over my mouth. Well, it turns out there is a new polish they can use that doesn't result in any of the grit -- apparently the polish is contained in the little "head" that they use to apply it, so they're not having to get lots of extra on the tool in the process of applying it from the little container. At any rate, no grit was involved and I was very happy. :) And the cavity that's being watched hasn't changed and thus still doesn't need to be filled.

Corwin was supposed to go stay with [ profile] scarlett_sage and [ profile] asharperfocus during my appointment today, but since he's sick and had such a hard time getting to sleep last night and is generally being a mama's boy (not necessarily physically clingy, but wanting mama around more than is normal for him) we decided that he'd probably be much happier staying at home. So Andrew took the afternoon off work so he could be here with Corwin while I went to my appointment. Turned out Corwin took an excellent nap and Andrew was able to work from home pretty successfully. Dunno why he's having so much more trouble going to sleep at night. :(

I think Andrew just took him to the bathroom, and now he's screaming/crying about having been left in his bed again. *sigh* I hope he calms down soon so Andrew and I can get to sleep. I'm off to consult with Andrew as to whether I should get in the shower, or if I need to stay out to potentially go hold Corwin for 20 minutes until he can finally go to sleep. Sick children are such joys. :(
cifarelli: (Ember)
Today was "stuff moving day." We moved a LOT of boxes of stuff into a 5x10 storage unit, with generous help from [ profile] kaerukami, [ profile] echnalava, and [ profile] sirbobsalot. I knew the 5x10 would be fine when I rented it, so was vastly amused when Andrew first saw it and got this "uh-oh" kinda look on his face. It was fun to see his amazement once we started getting stuff in there and how much would actually fit in that space. Tim turned out to be excellent at packing stuff in, so I didn't have to supervise the 2nd trip (which turned out to be a good thing as my going along would have required driving a 3rd vehicle as there were only three seats available between the two SUVs). Instead I stayed home and played with Corwin with Jamie.

I thought getting stuff moved into a storage unit would make getting the rest of the house cleaned up and organized feel less overwhelming, but I was wrong about that. It still feels pretty overwhelming. I think it is the fact that I have to have the WHOLE HOUSE cleaned and organized and ready to be shown, not just some small section of it. Andrew keeps telling me I need to compartmentalize better, but I have trouble shutting out the fact that the rest of the house is looming while I am focused on getting one part of it taken care of. My goal for tomorrow is to get the guest bedroom vacuumed, the bed made, and the closet as cleaned out/organized as possible. My sister is coming next weekend to babysit for us so we can go to Andrew's company party Friday night, so I need to have that room ready for her. Anything else I get done in addition to that will be gravy.

I'm also really tired tonight from the labor of packing/organizing and moving stuff. I'm hoping after I've had a good night's sleep maybe things will feel less overwhelming to me. For now, I'm going to go enter codes that I have been saving up for months into the Pampers web site (enter enough codes from diaper packages and we can get free stuff) and then I'm gonna go read for a while to unwind and then go to sleep.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Today I am happy because Corwin took a good 2-hour nap for the first time in a week. And I got a lot of stuff done while he was sleeping (3 loads of laundry, dishes handwashed, cleaned most of the burned-on gunk off my stovetop, put away some of the downstairs clutter).

Unfortunately, the long nap did not lead to lessened whininess in the afternoon (I suspect he's still not feeling wonderful), and I've had a drainy, vaguely scratchy throat all day. So we'll see what I can find for Day of Happy tomorrow. :)


Dec. 12th, 2008 09:18 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
This is one of those days where I feel the need to post about my accomplishments. It'll probably be boring for most of you.

Today, I:
-put away a load of laundry that was in the dryer from yesterday
-did a complete load of laundry (all except for the putting away of Corwin's clothes, as I folded them after he was in bed)
-took Corwin to Target where I bought miscellaneous stuff we needed
-went to Randalls to pick up baby wipes (and stood in the Express checkout line behind a woman buying $100+ worth of groceries -- and WAY more than 15 items. *grump*)
-found the bike shop and ordered Corwin's tricycle for Christmas
-baked Spritz cookies for tomorrow and cleaned up the kitchen afterwards
-cooked dinner
-got Christmas stockings hung and the banisters decorated to my satisfaction
-updated my Christmas card address list with all the folks who have so far responded to my request for updates. I think about a 3rd of my list must have moved in the last year. Y'all stay put, y'hear!!!

Now I am wasting time because I am TIRED, when really I should be trying to make a little more progress of some variety before it's time to shower and head to bed. I have to be at work at 9:00 tomorrow morning. Stuff I wanted to get done today but haven't yet (and may not): pay bills, vacuum the kitchen (after I spilled little candy cookie decors while baking), clean off the bar, buffet, and mantel, put up Christmas decorations on the mantel and buffet, and wrap Christmas presents.

I think my list is just too long.


Oct. 28th, 2008 10:50 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
We have been so busy lately that I haven't had time to make any posts of any substance. I really don't have time to write one now, either, as I should be getting to bed. In a nutshell, here's what we've been up to lately:

Grandma's funeral )

Monday )

My birthday! )

Cruxshadows! )

Sunday morning I slept in, and then when I got up Andrew went back to bed for a nap. We had my birthday/halloween boardgame party that afternoon, and got to see Dan & Erin who were in town from Lafayette, along with Indraneel who I don't see enough of these days. I had fun!

This Monday, I took advantage of my sister's presence to partially clean my guest bathroom, which was starting to really need it. Then she went home around lunch time. Still need to find an opportunity to vacuum in there and scrub the tub, since I don't like to work in there while Corwin is sleeping right across the hall.

This week, I am trying to get back in the swing of normal daily life. I'm trying to get caught up on all the financial organization tasks I need to do (things like filing for FSA reimbursement, laddering some of our emergency fund into CDs, reconciling old credit card bills, etc.), as well as acquire a Halloween costume for Corwin, shop for belated baby shower gifts for friends who recently adopted a baby, and voting! Whee, busy!

I think this will be all for now, as I need to go sleep!
cifarelli: (Ember)
I won mortal kombat with my shower today. It is no longer pink!

I still have a ways to go to get it up to "showing my house" standards, but at least I'm no longer embarrassed to have ordinary mortals other than Andrew and I see it. This means I might actually get around to calling to have people come look at it and give me estimates on what it will take to accomplish the necessary repairs to get it into "showing my house" shape. On the not-so-good front, in the course of cleaning I discovered that there is a long crack across several of the shower tiles on the same "wall" as the cracked piece of glass that needs replacing. I'm beginning to suspect we may have to drop a fair chunk of change to get this fixed properly. :( I still need to attempt to scrub hard water deposits off the glass in the shower door, so I can determine if that piece of glass will clean up all right, or if it will need to be replaced also.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Here's a quick update to make up for my lack of posting recently. I haven't been doing anything very exciting, and nothing really noteworthy has happened to me either.

I've spent a lot of time over the past couple of weeks since I got back from Austin reading books. I finished Ken Follett's 1000+ page World Without End, and enjoyed it greatly. The epic romance in the story really dragged me in, and I found the book very hard to put down. After that, I also finished Susanna Gregory's thirteenth Matthew Bartholomew mystery (To Kill or Cure) and the tenth book in Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mysteries, Murder on Bank Street. I didn't really get all that into To Kill or Cure, but I can't really say why. I suspect it may partly have to do with the fact that the author has dispensed with Bartholomew's love interest, and the lack of romance somehow makes the book less interesting to me. On the other hand....she can't really have her college physician in minor religious orders run off and get married because if he did so, he'd lose his college position and thus the means by which he investigates murders. So it's kind of a catch-22. I loved Murder on Bank Street as much as I have all the previous books in that series, though, and am now eagerly awaiting the next one.

I need to order some more books so I'll have some to take to the beach with me when we go in another 2 weeks. Even with Corwin-wrangling, there'll be enough down time and other people around that I ought to be able to get some good reading time in. But that requires books that I haven't read yet! :)

Since finishing Murder on Bank Street, I haven't allowed myself to start another book yet (which hasn't been too difficult as I don't have anything else lying around that I'm just dying to read at the moment) because I'd been sorely neglecting my housework in favor of curling up with my book during Corwin's naptimes and such. So yesterday and today I've been doing housework of various sorts -- cleaned the floor of the master shower and vacuumed the living room/breakfast room/kitchen areas downstairs and mopped the kitchen yesterday, and did some pruning of the plants in the front bed and cleared off the breakfast table today. As well as the usual laundry and dishes. And I went to work today also. I'm back into the weekend work routine now, though it is nice because for the summer I only work 1-5 on Saturdays.

One of these days I need to vacuum the dining room and stairs, but it's not going to be tonight 'cause I'm tired and want to go to bed, and I doubt it will be tomorrow as we need to go grocery shopping in the morning and are having people over for gaminess in the afternoon. I believe a couple of folks that Andrew and [ profile] sirbobsalot raid with in WoW and who live in Houston are coming over tomorrow afternoon in addition to the usual group, so that'll be something new and different.


Mar. 9th, 2008 01:31 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Corwin and I made it back to Houston on Friday without too much trouble. He got a bit whiny about an hour and a half or so into the drive, but fell asleep around the two hour mark and I was able to get us the rest of the way home without incident. We were on Richmond when he woke up from his doze, so really close to home.

There was one really cute incident at my parents' house before we headed home. He's not allowed in the kitchen at our house, but he was at my parents'. He discovered the fridge magnets, and was absolutely fascinated by them. At one point, he grabbed his favorite magnet off the fridge and started going around the kitchen attempting to make it stick to other things -- the oven, the door to the hallway, etc. It was really neat to watch him go around testing what the magnet would or wouldn't stick to, and nifty to see the thought process of "if this sticks to the fridge, it should stick to other things, too!" even if it wasn't an accurate idea.

I've been working this weekend, as per usual. I got quite a bit done this morning at home before coming to work, also, so I'm feeling accomplished this afternoon. I slept in 'til 10:00 or so (yay Andrew for getting up with Corwin!), had a shower, had breakfast, unloaded/reloaded dishwasher and handwashed dishes, made tea, put away some odds and ends, and worked in the flower bed out front for half an hour before it was time for me to have lunch and head out the door for work. In that half hour, I pruned back most of the Mexican Heather to close to the ground and pulled out all the weeds in that area. I still have a couple of Mexican Heather plants to do, though, and LOTS more weeding and pruning in general. But I made a start. And I'll probably have a sore butt and thighs tomorrow from all the squatting -- as I was avoiding sitting or kneeling so as not to get my pants dirty before work.

Nothing else really to report.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Andrew and I both still have the hacking crud. Mine seems to be more hacking; Andrew's seems to be more sore throat and drainage. Corwin seems pretty much better, and to have escaped the hacking cough altogether. Yay!

Corwin's taking his afternoon nap right now, which means I need to finish up here on LJ and get to work. I need to get as much cleaning done as possible, because we're meeting with Realtor #1 again tomorrow afternoon, to discuss more nitty gritty stuff and possibly signing a contract with her (at the very least, we're going to go over the contract). I'd like the house to be at least vaguely presentable for the realtor. Getting the Christmas tree taken down and the remaining decorations put away would be good as well. :) It's so hard to keep a clean house with a small child running around. Definitely hiring a maid service once the house goes on the market; I don't see any other way of keeping it clean enough for viewing on short notice.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Andrew has the family cold now also, so ended up staying home from work today being sick with the rest of us. That said, I'm actually feeling reasonably decent -- pretty much functional, except for frequent stopping to blow my nose. :P I can only hope this lasts (or improves!).

For no good reason I can explain, I feel compelled to record what I got done today:

-slept in (with interruptions) 'til 11:30 while my hubby wrangled the baby
-went to Target and bought two humidifiers (one for Corwin's room; one for our room) and some Robitussin (guaifenesin 100mg) for Corwin to try (haven't given it to him yet; probably tomorrow).
-set up both humidifiers; so far Corwin does seem to be sleeping better with that.
-vacuumed the living room rug, breakfast room, and kitchen
-mopped the kitchen
-two loads of laundry
-unloaded/reloaded/am now running dishwasher
-made oatmeal for Corwin

And now I am off to bed, since if Andrew is going to work tomorrow, I'll likely have to be up at 6:30, if not earlier.


Dec. 2nd, 2007 09:53 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Corwin went to bed fairly soon after I got home from work this evening, and compared to last night went to sleep pretty easily. So, I have now vacuumed!

Well, I vacuumed the living room, breakfast room, kitchen, and part of the dining room before I ran out of steam. I finally moved his old car seat out to the garage, and moved the former phone stand (phone and answering machine have been on the bar for a while now) into the dining room. Now we just need to find a place to store his bouncer and we'll be all set.

I'm thinking that the closet under the stairs, where we have lots and lots of boxes shoved in, will need to be cleared out, and we'll use that space to store things we don't want to put in storage, but don't want to have out when people are looking at the house. Like hopefully the purple chairs will fit in there, and the box that Corwin's booster seat came in. I don't want to get rid of that box just yet as he actually enjoys playing with it. But it hardly needs to permanently live in the middle of the living room, either.

Okie, need to go get ready for bed now. I R TI-RED.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Life lately has been fairly mundane -- thus, my lack of much posting over the last few weeks. But there are a few things I'd like to update about.

Last week on Friday we had professional pictures taken, both of us as a family and of Corwin by himself. Thursday morning Corwin and I went back to see the proofs, and we'll be placing our order on Monday. We got some good pictures.

My birthday was last Sunday. Andrew threw me a small party on Saturday afternoon/evening, during which I had a blast. Folks stayed around after Corwin went to bed, so I actually got to play games and socialize with adults for a while without having to devote 3/4 of my attention to baby-wrangling. I SOOO needed that. I love being a parent, but once in a while I just need a break. My actually birthday itself was kinda anticlimactic, since I had to work all afternoon, and we had the usual grocery shopping to do in the morning. Andrew got me a nice necklace, and I got a few birthday cards (we'd skipped getting the mail on Friday and Saturday, so the cards were there on Sunday) and phone calls from family which were nice also.

I have been working on cleaning the house and getting the front beds outside whipped into shape during Corwin's naps this week. On Monday, I finally got outside to chop back the Mexican Heather that was overgrowing the neighbor's yard. It was chilly and drizzly and generally an icky afternoon to be working outside, but Corwin was taking a good nap and since it wasn't pouring, I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity, especially since I'd been looking for one for close to two weeks. I spent enough time out there that the backs of my thighs were excruciatingly sore for the next two days. Yay for gardening workout! :P Yesterday I got back outside during Corwin's nap and pulled a substantial number of weeds. This week's goal is going to be to work on chopping back/removing the really ugly mystery plant that is trying to take over the entire front bed. Ultimately, I'd like to plant something else there...but just having the ugly thing gone will be nice.

Thursday afternoon, Andrew unexpectedly got to come home from work early (it was "teambuilding" day, and their activities finished up earlier than expected). He played with Corwin for a few hours while I did some badly needed vacuuming downstairs and mopped the kitchen floor. Unfortunately, I think the self-propel belt on the vacuum cleaner is loose or otherwise non-functional, as the vacuum was REALLY hard to push on the rug, and by the time I finished vacuuming the rug, there was a strong burnt-rubber smell in the air. The vacuum cleaner worked fine on the hard floor, though, so I'm pretty sure it's the self-propel that's the problem and not the motor itself. Unfortunately, that needs to be fixed before I can do any more vacuuming of the rug or the carpet on the upper floors. So that's on my agenda for the coming week also. Hopefully it's a simple belt replacement issue, and not something that will require me to take the vacuum somewhere for servicing or buy a new one. :P

It may be mundane, but I do feel satisified that I'm starting to be able to get my house back to some semblance of order again!
cifarelli: (Ember)
This part is probably only exciting if you're also a parent, or you're one of Corwin's relatives. )

Sunday (yesterday) wasn't terribly exciting. Nothing really to report. We hung around the house, and cleaned up a little.

This afternoon we had the usual gang (minus [ profile] staticeel and plus [ profile] kaerukami's wife Jamie) over for board games and pizza. Corwin actually took a half-hour nap around 4:30, which I found impressive. We put him in bed around 1:30 also, and he stayed there for about an hour, but it was storming at the time and I'm not sure he really slept -- there were stretches when he was quiet, but he was also making noise and fussing periodically, so no way to tell if he was asleep or just laying quietly during those times. It was nice to see folks, and I had fun with the games. :)

I don't know what it is with our pizza delivery places around here, though. We have pretty much quit ordering from Sarpino's, in spite of their pizza being excellent, because there is always some problem with our order -- either they can't find our house in spite of having the directions in their computer, they screw up the credit card payment (once they denied all my cards when the problem was really that their card machine wasn't working, and once they doubled the tip), or they deliver us a pizza with green peppers on it instead of beef (and this happened more than once!). Pizza Hut is the fall-back option, and we had gotten decent service from them up until recently. A few weeks back when my cousins + gf were visiting we ordered from them and it took them over an hour to deliver. Tonight, it took them an hour to deliver (when we'd been quoted a 35 minute delivery time) and got two of the four pizzas we ordered wrong. Basically, we got two each of two of the pizzas we ordered, and none of the other two. It's very frustrating.

Tomorrow I need to call the university and figure out when I need to go in to get my keys, pay for parking, and do any other administrivia that's required for starting work in theory this coming weekend. This was probably my last free weekend for a while. My current plan is to stick it out through this semester and see how it goes; if Andrew and I hate it, I'll consider resigning again at that point; if it turns out to be not a big deal, then I'll probably keep at it indefinitely.

I'm off to take a shower now. Might hop on WoW after that.

I'm sad that we missed DragonCon this weekend. :(


Feb. 10th, 2007 09:55 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
So I finally got to do some nesting today. Not as much as I would have liked, but isn't that always the case? At any rate, more progress has been made.

Bob came over last night and did our taxes. We owe $$ this year, so we won't be mailing off the return for a while yet. On top of that, one of the forms we require wasn't due to be "released in its final form" until today, so we'll have to pick up our return from Bob the next time we see him. But, the actual work of doing taxes is done and out of the way. Yay!

Today, we had [ profile] moonsinger and [ profile] dbroussa and their kiddos over this afternoon. I did a quick once-over cleaning job on the first floor before they arrived, so aside from the breakfast room table and our master bathroom, I'm actually feeling pretty good about the state of cleanliness in the house in general. They brought us baby gifts and a whole boatload of Alastair's clothes that he's outgrown. I think between what they brought and the stuff we've been given, we have all the 0-3 and 3-6 month clothes our son will ever need. :) I washed and sorted and put away all of that this evening, and picked out a couple of 0-3 month outfits to take to the hospital with us (one short-sleeve legless onesie and one footed onesie, since we don't know what the temp might be like when we go home). I still need to pick out a couple of the newborn outfits that [ profile] onefishclappin sent to take to the hospital also, since we don't know what size he'll end up being.

We also set up the pack and play in the baby's room, for multiple reasons. So we could figure out how it works, so it can have time to do any off-gassing it's gonna do before Baby sleeps in it, and so I could see if the playyard mattress pad we got fits on the "mattress" that came with it, or if it was intended for a slightly thicker, separately purchased mattress. I suspect it was intended for the thicker mattress, since it seems rather loose on the pack-and-play's standard mattress. I contemplated registering for a playyard mattress, but when I tested the one available at Babies R Us, it didn't fit snugly in the pack and play, and a non-snug-fitting mattress is a safety-hazard. So I'm thinking about returning the playyard mattress pad, and buying some of the quilted sheets (made by the manufacturer of the pack and play we have) to see if they fit better and will serve the same purpose. We'll move the pack and play to our room when Baby arrives, as we're intending to use it as his bassinet for the first few months, and we want him to sleep in the room with us. But it doesn't need to be taking up space in there right now.

I wrote all the thank-you notes from my baby shower at work yesterday.

I also made some more progress on the closet shuffling, but it seems to be a never-finished project. Hopefully I'll get it done eventually. :)

Tomorrow, we will grocery shop, try to pick up the last few things I need for my hospital bag, and go to Babies R Us to get the rest of the things we need before baby gets here (changing pad and covers, pack and play sheets, diaper wipes, a few sidesnap t-shirts, and a second car seat base are the big things that come to mind at the moment). We also need to frame the art for the baby's room and hang that up, along with hanging a few of our existing pieces that I pulled out of the closet in the course of shifting (our Rice diplomas are in this category!). We may also hit Best Buy to spend a Christmas gift card, but we're gonna save that trip for last after we see how I'm holding up. I'd rather not spend Sunday evening in pain again like I did last week. :)


Feb. 4th, 2007 09:22 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
I hurt, just about everywhere from my butt on down to my feet. *sigh* All I did today was go shopping with Andrew, but that much time on my feet seems to have done me in. We hit the grocery store first, and then came home and took a lunch/laundry/strategic planning break. Then we headed back out: to Borders, where we used some of our gift/discount cards; to Michaels, where we bought frames and archival glass for 6 of the 7 prints we have for the baby's room, and dropped off the 7th for a custom framing job; to Wal-Mart, where we found some but not all of what we were looking for; and then to Target, where we found some more, but still not all, of what we were looking for.

Here I ramble about shopping )

Yesterday, I had intended to spend the afternoon working on finishing off the closet organization/consolidation and writing the thank-you notes from the baby shower last weekend. But I realized on Friday that my car inspection is due in February (rather than March as I had in my head; turns out it's my registration that comes up in March), and I figured I better get that taken care of now, just in case of an early baby arrival or other complications that could come up between now and the beginning of March. So I ended up spending the afternoon getting my car inspected (it took the place over an hour 'cause they were incredibly busy and only had one tech who was certified to do inspections working), getting a birthday present for Erin, and getting my car washed. I had time to make some minute progress on the closet stuff, and I started writing the thank-you notes, but neither project is yet finished.

We met a group of folks at Blue Nile, an Ethiopian restaurant, last night for dinner for Erin's birthday. For those of you who know me well enough to be familiar with my lack of adventuresomeness when it comes to food, you know this is a big deal for me. I had a lamb dish which wasn't bad, but I ended up eating mainly meat and bread. It's now on the list of places I CAN eat if a group outing is proposed, but I wouldn't choose it on my own.

We had a couple of options for things to do last night -- a party at [ profile] bindusara's, or adjourning with the birthday group to someone's house after dinner. Unfortunately, both options involved freely flowing alcohol, and I ended up opting out just because it's really not all that fun for me to be around lots of drunk people when I can't partake myself. I was also tired (it was after 10:00 by the time we finished dinner). I've never been a heavy or frequent drinker, and honestly I haven't really missed it since I've been pregnant...up until the last month or so. It seems like in the last month or so opportunities for such keep throwing themselves in my path, and it's driving me crazy that I have to keep turning them down. I think the craving may be being made worse by the fact that I can't do (or can't do without serious effort/contortions) several things I enjoy right now due to my body being a completely different shape, feeling unwieldy, and feeling tired a good chunk of the time due to not sleeping well. I'm ready for the baby to come out; wonder when he will agree with me? ;)

I have the first of my weekly appointments tomorrow afternoon (the doc is on vacation Weds-Friday this week, so my appointment isn't on a Wednesday for once). I still need to pack my bag for the hospital, and we still have some shopping we need to finish to be ready for the baby. We picked up a few of the things I want but don't already have for my hospital bag today, but failed to find a couple of them. Guess we'll end up getting them next weekend, when we do the rest of the baby shopping as well. We also need to install the car seat.

Even though I've tried really hard to plan ahead and have stuff done ahead of time, I feel like I'm getting down to the wire and there's still a ton to do. I just keep telling myself that the house doesn't have to be in tip-top shape before the baby arrives; we will all live if parts of it start out being messy or unorganized. Now I just have to convince myself to believe it! ;)

Rough week

Jan. 9th, 2007 12:08 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Sunday was much better than Saturday. I made significant progress on the closet re-organization, though I still have a fair bit to go. My back and round ligaments started complaining at me before I was finished, and I thought it best to stop and not push too hard.

Unfortunately, Sunday night was not so good, as I was awake nearly all night due to what I assume was acid reflux discomfort. It wasn't painful, just uncomfortable, but it was enough so that it kept me from falling asleep. Not a fun way to pass the night. (I've never had this before, so I'm still assuming that's what it was as opposed to KNOWING, and we didnt have any antacids on hand to take since neither of us is prone to such.) I thought about just getting up and reading or something several times, but the thought that if I got up then I DEFINITELY wasn't going to fall asleep kept me abed. I ended up calling in sick to work yesterday, because I felt like I'd gotten 2-3 hours of sleep max....basically a lot like I used to feel during final exams week in college. I did some research online, and the basic suggestions were not to eat within about 3 hours of bedtime, and to prop up the head of the bed a few inches. We're not sure about this propping up the head of the bed thing -- seems to me it would lead to structural unsoundness of the bedframe after some period of time -- but I was good and didn't snack after dinner last night, and slept much better as a result.

So I'm working today, and planning to stay an hour or two late tonight as well. Andrew and I want to go the The Cruxshadows' show at HaVoK at Numbers on Thursday night, so we're trying to bank a few hours so we can go in to work late on Friday. Unfortunately, I have a 10:00 desk shift Friday morning, so I have to be in by then, which is only gonna let me sleep an hour or so later than usual. But I'm even more inclined to try to make this show since The Cruxshadows have announced that Rachel is leaving the band later this year (DragonCon 2007, which we aren't going to be able to make due to having a very young son, will be her last live performance), and she's one of the ones I really like seeing. I don't really know what I'm going to wear for the show, though, as none of the usual things I'd wear fit at the moment. I'll probably end up just throwing together something in black, and telling myself that I'm NOT going to be seen, I'm just going to hear a band I really like. I probably won't be able to do much in the way of dancing either...but oh well. Such is life. ;)

I tried again to order pants from The Gap yesterday, and they still don't have what I want in my size. At least they have removed the jeans I wanted from the listing of things available in my size, so they're not taunting me by letting me order them and then removing them from my shopping cart when I try to check out. But in the meantime, I still have no real prospect of getting any pants that fit better. :(


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