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12 – Home

Aw man, I’m still not able to give you a "tour" of my home.  It’s actually neater right now, but I can’t find my rechargeable battery for my camera and I need what little battery life I have for tomorrow.

I did do some "improvements".  I FINALLY put up the frosted glass stuff on my bathroom windows.  I have curtains in there, but still felt "exposed".  Especially at night when you have to turn the lights on in the bathroom.  Now, I feel cozy.  🙂

I’m still making plans for each room in the house.  Still trying to figure out the best starting point.  I know I should just "jump in" at this point, but I know me and I’ll get PISSED if I don’t pick the best place to start. 

Right now, I’m thinking that’s my walk-in closet.  I need to empty stuff out of there in order to make room for one of the closets from Inny’s room.  Once those are out of her room, I can put some dressers down in her room (considering putting THIS in her room, since she can’t open drawers…but, she doesn’t dress herself anyway, but at least stuff will be neat AND I think it will take the weight of her new (when I finally go pick it up) GIANT TV.  Just need to decide on a color.

I’d give her the one from my room, but I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it or put it in Jake’s room…

UGH

I’ve got several home improvement projects that are PROJECTS.  Unfortunately, those will have to wait until I have more time and money (renovating a bathroom, putting in carpets?, redo-ing insulation, etc.)

12 – Home

I believe, the last time I wrote about this, I was going to come back with a photo tour of my house. 

Um…

Yeah.

Not in the state it’s currently in!

It’s a disaster and I’m really not giving a shit enough to do anything about it.  I *did* clean a few rooms today.  Did tons of laundry, but my house is SO not in the proper state to photograph…

Maybe I should take quick photos of each room, to show how disgusting it really is and then those can be my BEFORE pictures (and my motivation to do something).

Crap…hang on while I take pics…

Ok saved by the battery.  It’s dead.

I will revisit this one in a few days and update iwith pics. 

Promise.

Srsly.

Home

Today is the 12th, therefore my topic today is HOME.

Home.

That could have so many meanings.  I could talk about what *I* think makes my "house" a "home".  I could talk about how I need to clean it and organize it (but there is a 31 Day Topic for that, so I won’t talk about that here).

I guess I could talk about my home life. 

Or the fact that I am a "home"body.

Anyway, you get the idea…

I guess I’ll try to describe the inner workings of my home…

It’s a 1950’s Cape Cod.  Officially, it’s listed as a 1.5 story home, but I have a full second floor, and an attic, so I’d call it a 2 story.  The previous owner finished 3/4’s of the basement, so I have a sizable amount of living space in my little cape cod.  Oh, and I’m on 1/10th of an acre and have a shared driveway.

It’s the first home I’ve ever bought and I fell in love with it the instant I walked in the door (a friend told me I would feel that way when I walked into the right house, but I didn’t believe her)…

I have 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen (that I recently remodeled, but haven’t finished), utility room, craft room, playroom (craft room and playroom are in the finished portion of the basement).  My bedroom has two closets…one reach-in and one very large walk-in.  Back in the day, I’m sure it was meant as a sitting room or a small nursery, but again, the previous owners turned it into a walk-in closet.  It also has "Alice-In-Wonderland-Doors" that access a crawl space and the attic.  There’s also a coat closet and two linen closets.  Each bedroom has one closet.  The Widget’s room has a reach-in, the other room has a reach-in that also goes about 8 feet to the right (sort of a really long rectangle, with the only door on one long end, down by the short end…clear as mud?  LOL)

Believe it or not, I’ve been here close to 6 years and I’ve NEVER been up in the attic.  The guy who did my home inspection said he couldn’t stand up straight up there, there’s no electricity up there, has blown in insulation (whole house is plaster and lathe, with blown-in insulation – that "could be asbestos" *sigh*) and I’m a serious bug-phobe.  Bugs like dark places.  I don’t like bugs, so I don’t go up there.  LOL

Stupid, I know, because it runs the whole length and width of the house and is SERIOUS storage space, but there’s no way in hell I’m doing it.  If someone else wants to go up there for me, I’ll be GLAD to hand you all the boxes to put up there.  😀

I’m still in the process of decorating my home (yes, even after 6 years).  I think I have a grand total of 10 pictures on my walls.

Hmmm…maybe I should give a photo/verbal tour of the house?  I dunno.  MAYBE I could give the tour of the rooms that I haven’t "finished" yet and you all can tell me what you like and don’t like and help me freakin’ decorate the place.  It just seams like a continuous work-in-progress and I hate that, but I’m an engineer.  That means I’m analytical.  I can tell you what furniture will fit into the room, the best placements (by dimension), but color?  fabric?  aesthetic?  Not a freakin clue.

Well, that’s not entirely true.  I can "decorate" on a small scale.  I can choose colors that I think will work in the room or what colors I WANT in the room, but pulling it all together and making a cohesive statement is NOT my forte.  LOL

So, so sad for a "creative" person.

Ok, I’ve given you a verbal tour of the house.  Next time, I’ll give you a photo tour.  And hopefully not show how much of an effin slob i am – i HATE housework.  And just for the record, my house isn’t dirty, it’s poorly arranged and cluttered.  I don’t have "bugs".  I think there are spiders in my attic and utility room, but no cockroaches or other "vermin". 

I know what I like, but I can’t make it look like it does in a magazine.  Even if I did everything, exactly the way the picture shows, it’s still…"off"…

Whatever, there’s my entry for the day.

Welcome to my chaotic, cluttered, comfy home!

Thursday Update

Work was long and boring, not much to really update there, EXCEPT…

remember http://dragonwillow.livejournal.com/384567.html? Well, doing what I was “ordered” to do, I explored other avenues of getting this signal to a system that can’t handle it.

Well, the BRANCH HEAD of another department went to bat for me, and put an end to the whole thing. In less than 2 hours people! I was quite happy and even told the guy he was now my hero. I think I want to work for him now. It looks like he would support his people.

Anyway, that was work.

Home was an “interesting” story…

Last night was Back To School Night at Jake’s school. I took Nat over with me as this would be her first time at the school and attending one of their meetings. Her son has a different teacher, but they’re still in the same grade/wing, AND we had a lovely, lovely little tour guide (our other neighbor’s oldest daughter) get us to the right area, so all was good.

Jacob’s teacher is fabulous and I’m looking forward to hearing many wonderful stories about her and the class this year.

Nat and I came home in a pretty good mood.

When we got home, I noticed the boys had made a huge mess in the back yard with some boxes and paper. No big, Nat helped me clean it all up (did I mention she’s fab?) and get it away so it wouldn’t get rained on or fly through the neighborhood.

Well, while we were out there, Jacob comes flying out pretty much yelling at me for not coming in right away. I explained we were cleaning up the mess I told the kids to earlier. Well, he came flying over to me, gave me a huge hug and started crying! I thought he’d either gotten into trouble, had a fight with N or had a fight with his dad. He kept telling me that none of that had happened, he just missed me.

Yeah, right.

I missed him too, but I’ve been gone for longer periods of time with less “fanfare” upon my return. Something was up.

Well…turns out 4 car loads of rowdy, rude little fuckers teenagers were flying around the circle, causing mayhem and terrorizing the boys. They flicked them off and were yelling out the windows.

Well, N’s step-father is a police officer. He made his presence known and had a talk with some of them, apparently. And that was the end of it. He did give lisence plate numbers and descriptions to our local police department, but he did what any good cop (and FATHER) would do, he protected his kids.

Well, Jacob was terrified. He didn’t feel safe being with Inny, because when you’re scared, you want your Mommy (or PARENT) and his wasn’t home to protect him.

When Nat and I got the whole story out of Jake and Bill we reassured our boys that they would always be protected. Nat and Bill would protect Jacob like he was theirs and I’d protect N & K like they were mine. As parents, that’s what we do. OUR community is close and as I kept telling Jacob, “We love our kids on *** Circle”. All of them. ALL those kids are mine. Maybe not biologically, but I still feel a certain responsibility in keeping them safe…and I’m positive the other parents on that street feel the same way. And I consider myself lucky to live in a neighborhood like that.

Anyway…Jacob somehow had heard that there were unruly, muderous teenagers on the loose from Minnesota and he was terrified that they were gonna be on our street and break into our house.

We had to go around the entire first floor securing all the doors and windows. I re-explained the whole alarm system and other security measures, but he still felt the need to sleep with me.

I mean, he was so freaked, he didn’t want me to take a shower because I wouldn’t be RIGHT THERE with him.

I emailed his teacher this morning to give her a head’s up because he woke up in a miserable mood. After meeting her last night and her response to my email this morning, I know my boy’s in good hands, even when he’s not on our circle 🙂

I can’t wait until HE knows it too…

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