untitled because I’m out of words

Today I was supposed to have a biopsy on my toe. The schedule person  apparently booked me for an “office visit” so it could not be done today. After I waited two freaking months and made an appointment nowhere convenient for me because it was the soonest opening that had the proper surgeon! The doctor was very apologetic that she didn’t have time to do it today because I had only been scheduled for a short visit and she wouldn’t want to hurriedly rush through the procedure. I respect that but I’m still VERY PISSED OFF that I waited 2 months to get the biopsy that I now must wait 2 more weeks for. When scheduled they asked specifically what did I need and I told them what Dr referred me and why. I clearly didn’t need another consultation, I was just coming from a different office (SAME PRACTICE) that didn’t have this specific type of surgeon. There was nothing new the Dr could say today, just sorry and let’s schedule the soonest available. So on 9/09, which is also the day I see the neurologist, I go back to the dermatologist and have my entire toenail removed. I’m really stressed out about this and the discomfort for weeks/months but it’s necessary for proper testing and healing. If it’s all gone then there is no chance of it returning.. or so they say.

I did not go into work after the appointment I could have. I had planned on being out and unable to walk for a day or two so no way was I going in while angry and nonfunctional. I came home and painted part of the dining room. That got out some excess stress!

Diy: closet system

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This gorgeous piece of work took us the entire day to install! We bought it on clearance at The Home Depot and thought it’d be wonderful for us. The install was a pain in the ass due to our weird ceiling height and the toggle bolts (fancy handyman word) required. But, we kept at it and it looks great and is functional.

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This is before we stuffed our items in it. The blue beam in the center is the color the entire room will be soon (not yellow).

We have zero bathroom storage or extra room besides the closet so we made the most of it.

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Hanging racks for belts, watches, and necklaces.

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We bought a hanging cube for our towels and bathroom supplies. A great idea!

I’m loving our organization at the house. It feels like a great start when your bedroom isn’t a disaster.

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Diy: painting stripes

Today we took on a closet renovation. We bought a closet organizing system and wanted the back wall to have something interesting. Today we settled on stripes. Our bedroom will be Behr’s Prairie Sky so we used that as the accent stripe color. For the main closet color we used Glidden’s Silver Reflection. I followed another blog’s stripe painting instructions to the letter and had a great result.

You’ll need frog tape, a level, pencil, paint of your choice and a steady hand.

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Before: Typical white closet with warped shelf and wood planks holding it all together.

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Measure how big you want your lines. I did 5 inches for the blue and left 7 inches of the gray.

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Real women wear pink? Whatever, they are comfortable. Ha ha. Drawing my perfectly level lines.

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Tape off the base color of your lines to give room for painting the accent. Paint along the tape in your accent color in case it decides to bleed. My blue paint looks white but oh well. You get the idea.

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All of my accent stripes are painted with 2 coats.

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Pull tape off immediately, do not let it dry because it could pull paint off if it gets too dry.

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My beautiful striped closet.
Tomorrow we install the closet organizer, look for more photos then!

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It’s time

Tomorrow the movers come and our apartment is in shambles. We have moved so much ourselves but it just isn’t enough. We have the kitchen completely together at the house and some of my mother-in-laws belongings are in.

She was weird about movers so we had to move her bed, dressers, and valuables today. That wouldn’t have been an issue except C was doing it alone because I had to work. He left his tools at the house so he couldn’t take her bed frame apart and somehow managed to get it down a flight of stairs and into the moving van on his own. He-Man! He also prematurely moved her remote for the sleep number bed so he couldn’t deflate it to move. Another item that he managed to not break while moving. He could have asked our nice neighbors to assist but he is shy. If I were here I’d have borrowed the damn wrench and wrangled helpers. Just saying. I’m really impressed that he got her moved by himself.

I’m at the apartment packing up things while he is at the house putting her bedroom together. I feel like I’m making progress but my back hurts so much right now that I am feeling defeated. I haven’t had that feeling this whole month of home improvement and moving but all of a sudden I feel broken. I suppose that means I’m really ready for the movers. If only they were also packers!

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Thistle update

It’s gone! We pulled as much as we could but still have to dig up roots once we have more time.

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You’ll also note the weird tree blocking the right window is gone. Our arborist friend came, and with C’s help, chopped the tree down. I’m so sad to kill a beautiful weeping cherry tree but it is much better for the house that it not continue to push on the shingles and roof.

So, mission yard project is basically complete! We still have painting to do inside and we move in one week. Eek!

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baby fever has broken

In packing for the move in ten days I cleared out all of the maybe-baby items. I’m not storing it, I donated it all to the community donation pile in the apartment. I don’t need books by Mayo about healthy pregnancy or Bringing Up Baby. I don’t need the kind little “good luck” gifts that people gave us over the years. I shredded or threw out all of the IVF material from our fertility clinic.

The other day C and I read a friend’s blog where she wrote about when people ask her about living “child-free.” One thing that stands out is her feeling that if they had kids it would have been ok but they never got pregnant and that’s ok too. Side note: These people are heterosexual and have never actively tried to get pregnant or used birth control. It just hasn’t happened. They are happy! We are happy!

I think it’s okay, finally. I wanted it and we were going to try ivf but I don’t want any more medical crap. I say that all the time because something is always wrong with me! I’ve subtly come to stop daydreaming and hoping for a miracle baby. We are happy and lucky to have such a good life. I’m paying more attention to the blessings in my life and less to the “What could have been.”

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