Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Always Tired

I feel badly that I haven't been blogging as much as I usually would

It's hot, I'm tired, and I'm spending an inordinate amount of time driving around. That is, when I wasn't hanging out at the Borders Books watching grown adults buried in HP.

I am the only person I know who hasn't finished it.

It finally occurred to me as I was driving home from The Bakken in Minneapolis, where Max is attending invention camp this week, in my fourth round trip (out of 10 this week), during RUSH HOUR (which - no matter how bad Twin City folks think it is, has NOTHING on Rt. 10 in NJ at ANY time...) that it would probably be a good idea to cozy up to some of the other parents and see if we could carpool.

So tomorrow I'll chat with some of them and see if they live on the 'other' side of the river and would like to share a ride. If they'll admit it. The Bakken is in a very chi-chi area...

It's quite a thrill, though, to drive across the Mississippi every day. Cool. The only cool thing in town today. Tomorrow is supposed to be hotter, so we're taking a family trip to see Hairspray (Hannah saw it this weekend, she'll see it again...) so we can be cool in the heat of the late afternoon. And bond.

We're also going to see Circus Juvenitas this weekend - it was recommended by a few friends - then Hannah leaves the next day for camp. I'll be gone later in the week teaching in Michigan, and I get home one day before our trek to the Maoy.

This week, then, is our last chance to really make some pre-BMT memories. Dad with hair... Ah, memories!

So in lieu of blogging, I've been working. I've been planning and organizing and moving and shaking. Lots of stuff.

We met with the kitchen cabinet folks - lovely (and they talked us INTO the lower priced, faster-arriving cabinets - yay!) And it dawned on me that everything must be moved out of the kitchen. Hmmm, why didn't I think of that before? It's like reliving our move in Jan, but this time I won't be pissed off at Gerry for not helping me! I am still feeling a bit guilty about that.
The contractor guys are moving the big, heavy stuff - but all the dishes, food, books, etc., must be moved by yours truly (plus a couple of eager kiddies) I'm going to set up a wire rack in the dining room to keep everything organized, and set up another one down in the basement to act as our short-term pantry.

We've arranged to board Atticus with a Vet down near Rochester for the first few weeks, while Gerry's getting testing, cells are harvesting and he goes through the high-dose chemo.

Atticus will be back with us when Gerry's not quite so open to infection. We'll also board the cat, because we just can't stand the thought that she could get out while the contractors are here and get hurt or get away. We were going to have a friend look after her, but we'd rather be safe. She, too, may join us in our hotel suite - gotta love that Noah's Ark Inn.

We bought lighting fixtures today for the kitchen and bathroom.

Actually, we bought the parts to assemble the fixtures, as the ones that we saw online at Rejuvination (BEAUTIFUL!) were just too pricey.

So stopping by Mohn electric on Lake Street in Minneapolis we discovered all the parts we need to create our kitchen fixtures at about half the price.

I ask you, though, is NOT this light absolutely gorgeous?

I swear I'll replicate that with the materials we bought or I'll turn in my MFA in set design! More later!

Speaking of replicating, I am trying to recreate the Roman baths in our new tiny addition. I think of it as our Roman Powder Room.

So I've broken up the big yellow bowl, plus another blue plate just for fun (blue plate special!) and tossed in a few small slate tiles that pick up the tiles from our floor, plus some beads & other wacky things.

Everything is glued down with the adhesive / grout. After it cures for 24 hours I'll grout it, then I'll add the edging pieces I bought. THEN I'll add the bar-pour for that elegant poly-eurethane finish (SO Roman!) And it's waterproof!

The contractor will cut out the space for the sink, the plumber will drop it in and hook it up, and when I get back from France I'll do any touch up I need to do. Yeah, that's the plan.

We're thinking of taking the top of the hutch and mounting it behind the toilet as a linen shelf. I'd like to take the door off of it and use it as a frame for a mirror over the vanity. But that's stuff that can be done MUCH later!

We need to pack up Hannah's camp stuff this week and get Max's stuff together for NJ. I figure we'll just launder Hannah's camp stuff for NJ & toss in some hair care product and lip gloss.

Packing for me and Gerry's trickier, but we have the out that if we forget something we CANNOT live without, we can drive home and get it. For Atticus and the cat we have to pack up food, their favorite toys and blankets that make them think of us. I hate that we'll all be separated. Labor day will be great - we'll all be together for that weekend!

I've started the alpaca mitered project - and here are the bottom squares to prove it! It's going on a back burner, though, until all the other stuff is taken care of. Fun must wait!

And now, to bed. With 5 fans on me. The kids are sleeping in the air conditioned office, because we love our kids. The animals are in there, too. Geeze, I'm sure when I go upstairs Gerry will be in there.


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Auntly H said...

Circus Juventus is great! I've been 2 years in a row and we're putting together a crew to go this year, too.

If you need help with the chauffeuring, let me know. I've still got free time.

July 24, 2007 11:21 PM  
dragon knitter said...

honey, you make me tired just reading it! i like the bath vanity, i can't wait to see it completed.

good luck getting it all done!

July 25, 2007 12:23 AM  
Rabbitch said...

I have no idea how you manage to do all of this. I have about half of what you do going on, and I consider my day a success if I'm actually wearing pants when I leave the house. (yes, usually, why do you ask?)

You're amazing.

July 25, 2007 7:11 AM  
Michele with one "L" said...

You give me so much inspiration. You have the best creative ideas and organization skills. And as we always say in Minnesota "It's not the heat, it's the humidity" and "winter will be here soon enough". Hang in there.

July 25, 2007 7:17 AM  
knitting chaos said...

Did you know that the only place in the world with the same temperture extremes as MN is Siberia? Welcome! I have lived here all my life and I HATE summer. Way to stinking hot. Good luck on your kitchen. We did our kitchen last year and it sucked. The remodeling, not the kitchen, which is truely awesome. I love those mitered squares. I have your Men Who Knit book and you have started me on the whole mitered thing. It is a lot of fun.

July 25, 2007 8:37 AM  
Anonymous said...

I do agree with you, traffic in MN is nothing like Rt 10! You are amazing! Hang in there, it will all get done. Rememeber to try and do a little something for yourself too (I know, easier said than done).

July 25, 2007 9:10 AM  
Marseille said...

Annie, one word of possible advice on the kitchen thing--my parents are having their kitchen totally gutted and redone at the moment, and have found their mistake was not getting some kind of firm end date from the contractor. Meanwhile, the kitchen has been in limbo for months, and workers only come once or twice a week at most.

Best of luck with everything.... :)

July 25, 2007 9:29 AM  
Marin said...

If it makes you feel any better, I haven't even STARTED Harry Potter. You're not the only one who doesn't know how it ends.

July 25, 2007 9:40 AM  
Wannietta said...

You're not the only one who hasn't finished it - I haven't even started it. I have a bit of a "thing" about buying hard cover books new - they're just too much. With very, very few exceptions, I will wait 'til the book comes out in paperback, wait my turn on the library's waiting list (this is a rare occurrence as well) or borrow it from a friend. If I'm lucky I'll find it at one of my fav used book stores.
While I've really enjoyed the HP books to date, I'm content to wait to read the 7th. A few spoilers won't ruin it for me - I still really enjoy finding out all of the things that lead up to the plot climax(es).

July 25, 2007 10:29 AM  
Karen said...

I too haven't finished HP. I'm only on page 13 or so. Knitting and work have been taking precedence.

I'm tired just reading your post - I don't know h ow you do it all - you are simply amazing!

sending much love and prayers :-)

July 25, 2007 10:33 AM  
Julie said...

We're still working on Harry Potter too. My husband and I have read every book in the series aloud to each other, to avoid the problem of "Who gets to read it first?" We're a little over halfway through... I do most of the reading, and can only do it for so long before my voice gives out. And anyway, it's the last book--why not savor it?

July 25, 2007 11:10 AM  
Kathy Wajerski said...

I'm not done with HP either, Annie. I've only managed a couple of chapters a day because like many of the other ladies, work and knitting take precedence. Plus, I am savoring the last book. I did a marathon on HBP and didn't enjoy the experience at all.

July 25, 2007 11:26 AM  
knitintensity said...

We are also reading Harry Potter out loud as a family and are just a little over half way through it. I'm both suprised and grateful we haven't been exposed to any spoilers.

I read Eat Pray Love last year and really enjoyed it. She's a wonderful storyteller. I loved it so much I've given it as a gift several times already.

I too don't know how you manage to get everything done! You are truly amazing.

July 25, 2007 11:27 AM  
kmkat said...

Moen Electric rocks! Especially for those of us, like you, with a house built before WWII. Our Mpls house is 1937 vintage. Oh, and the Bakken may be in a chi-chi area, but people come there from [Mpls] neighborhoods just like yours.

I haven't started HP yet -- my copy will be at the library tomorrow to be picked up.

Take care, all of you!

July 25, 2007 11:27 AM  
Lissa said...

That mosaic counter top is gorgetabulous!

July 25, 2007 9:28 PM  
Gina said...

I haven't finished HP either. No rush, except I fear a spoiler is lurking around the corner waiting to jump out at me and ruin the ending for me. Humph.

July 25, 2007 9:51 PM  
Amy said...

I haven't even started HP7 yet, so don't worry that you're the only one who hasn't finished it!

Good luck getting all your "to do" list taken car of.

Can't wait to see the finished bathroom sink/countertop.

July 25, 2007 10:33 PM  
Blogless Jean said...

My HP is waiting the completion of new puppy house breaking (can't seem to read for more than a few secs), the knitting ain't getting done (puppy likes to chew), but I AM looking forward to your classes in Lansing!!! Love the mosaic stuff -- wanna do my bathroom? LOL

July 26, 2007 3:17 PM  
Kay said...

The countertop is pure genius and will be beautiful!

July 26, 2007 8:51 PM  
Anonymous said...

Sounds like you won't be around for most of the construction, but in case you haven't pored over gardenweb.com, think about saving a wall cabinet for some extra food storage. Also, try to find some way of setting up some temporary counter space or work surface, next to a coffee pot / microwave / toaster (better yet, toaster oven). If you can have running water and a refrigerator within reach of this area, you should be all set for a chunk of the construction time. When it's too hot to cook, anyway.

July 26, 2007 10:24 PM  
Shannon said...

Add me to the list of non-finished Harry Potter readers. I'm on around page 300 right now and LOVING and savoring every page since it's the final {sob} book.

On a good news front, though, I just found out that a spot has opened up in the combination knitting class you're teaching in Lansing next week. I CAN'T wait to finally meet you in person!!! So excited.

July 27, 2007 9:31 AM  
cathyannhenry said...

Ashamed to admit that I haven't read a single one of the HP books--I feel so out of the loop!

Annie, I sent you a separate (long) email on pets and patients undergoing chemo. There is not much evidence that pets are a problem as long as they are healthy and the ill person isn't manning the pooper-scooper. Pets are actually beneficial in recovery for most people.

You are amazingly organized; Gerry is so lucky to have you in his life while you are all going through this together.

Hugs from Cleveland,


July 27, 2007 9:56 AM  
Tora: said...

I can't believe you energy and indurance! Can you bottle it and if so I'll pay anthing!

Tora in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

July 27, 2007 12:05 PM  
Tora: said...

I love the color combinations in the mitered alpaca project.....just gorgeous!

July 27, 2007 12:19 PM  
HeadKnitwit said...

Annie-the countertop is phenomenal and the bowl will be so gorgeous. Gerry will get a lift everytime he uses it. This sink is a great example of your artistic creativity being unsuppressable,regardless of the circumstances. Ask your contractor if he will sign a promise note to finish by a certain date and build in a payment penalty or a handknit incentive...peace and prayers busy lady

July 27, 2007 2:59 PM  

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