Back up and running!

So, we were out of commission for the two weeks prior to this one.  It’s been dreadful.  Seriously.  But, good things have come!  Here’s a recap:

Patrick’s excuse:
Working late a lot lately.  (Good thing … because his promotion is coming up and showing that extra effort right before the bosses decide on the important things is always an awesome opportunity!).  Also, he’s been taking care of me.

Marissa’s excuse:
I’ve had some tooth pain from a thing my dentist has been calling ‘bite issues’ for close to 8 months now.  So, I go to the dentist for pain & a scheduled cleaning.  I need a root canal – but, the kicker is that the tooth is already infected, have to take antibiotics for a few days before they can do anything about it.  (side note about actually needing a root canal – it is the most excruciating pain you will ever feel.  It totally knocked me down and out for 3 days – to the point of just sitting in bed crying because there was nothing anyone could do for me and all the Advil and Vicodin just dulled the enormous amount of pain – it did not numb it.)  On Monday afternoon … I got the procedure done.  It’s unbelievable, but I was SO happy when the endodontist came in to actually start the procedure.  (side note about actually having a root canal when you need one – it is the worst.  I was crying in the chair and he pumped me up with 3 full shots of Novocaine, and gave me a booster part way through; again … just dulled the pain.  And, just so ya’all know – I can tolerate some pain, usually.  This was too much.) 

Needless to say, I won’t be returning to that dentist office.

Other news … and on the brighter side of things … my sister had her babies!  Everyone is healthy and happy and doing well!  Agatha Jane (AJ) and Emerson Richard (Rich) were both born on Friday, November 5, 2010.  Both babies are doing well.  They were premies and spent some time in the NICU, but AJ is home now, and Rich should be home sometime soon.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Libby & Rich (6 lb, 2 oz)

(My) Mom, Frankie, & Joey with Agatha Jane (5 lb, 5 oz)

On another super exciting note … we got our furniture last week!  Oh, I am so excited because we have been sitting in 2 green chairs for months now, and with everything that has been going on, it would have been nice to have a couch to lay on!   Plus, we had company over the weekend, and it was SO very nice to be able to have places for everyone to sit without hauling in dining room chairs or camping chairs!

So, the pictures say it all (well, the beginning of it all, anyway), and we just love this furniture.  I love the way it looks, the way it feels, the way it fits in the room; it was well worth it (and we knew it would be, but it’s just so awesome!)  It is the first time that Pat or myself have actually purchased our own furniture – we picked out the frames, styles, fabric, everything.  Before this, we’ve always had hand-me-downs … from garage sales, to neighbors, to parent’s old furniture … and it was great and we really thank everyone for being so generous with their used-up furniture, but this, THIS is exciting!   And, I really think that things are finally going to start pulling together. We’ve already starting picking out curtains, rugs, lamps, end tables etc. … all that stuff that we haven’t gotten yet because I just don’t know if I should buy it without seeing the furniture in the house first!

And, this is to come at a later date (and I don’t think I’ll be able to wait very long for it … so probably soon!)

I’m looking at these pictures as I post them … and we need to get some stuff up on these walls!! 

We also bought a new dishwasher finally … but the delivery guys weren’t able to install it, so we still have no dishwasher.  Boo.  We pretty much hate the people who used to live here because they didn’t take care of anything.  I think I’ve mentioned before in this blog that at first we just joked about how dirty they were, and how they skimped on everything, and only ever did anything that absolutely needed to be done – and even then, just that and no more.  Well, they’ve done it again, and we hate them even more now.  The dishwaser has a corroded, copper water line running to it, and it is just a bent piece of piping – now elbows or fittings … ‘just bend it in there to fit, and shove a kickplate in front of it’ = best solution.  ALSO, the dishwasher doesn’t come out of the cabinets.  I’m sure you’re all thinking: “What, how is that possible … how can it be absolutely built into the cabinet?  Do you guys need some help with this home renovation thing?  Let me see that.”  Well, the dishwasher is older than the shitty flooring … and wait for it … yes, they just built up the floor in front of the dishwasher.  So, luckily for us, we were ripping that floor out eventually anyway, but it now looks like we’ll be ripping it up this week. (At least we’ll find out if we have more hardwoods under the 3 layers of laminite there).  Worst. People. Ever.

And, I’m going to start to paint the kitchen.  I don’t want to do this project, but I can’t pay someone to do it for me, and I really want it done … so there is no choice but for me to do the project that I don’t want to do.  Ugh.  It’ll be put on the list of things that ‘I won’t remember how horrible the actual doing of the project was once I get to enjoy the finished project’, but I swear I don’t want to have to do anything about this project twice, so it’s going to have to be carefully planned and thought out.  Details to come.

(Also, just noticed that I put finally at the end of the dishwasher statement above.  Funny, how I had one, then I didn’t have one; and I only had it for 2 weeks, and it’s only been broken for 2 weeks … but finally certainly describes how I’m feeling.  Interesting how quickly we slip into the conveniences!)

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