Still tired

I don’t foresee this changing any time soon. I had a long day at work and then came home to a busy time before the girls left with their dad, then more busy-ness while The Chosen One and I tried to finish putting together the pantry. But when we put the doors on the drawers won’t open. Oops!

Today I’m feeling very grateful for my relative good health and that of my girls.

I’m also feeling strong promptings to pray for my brother & sister-in-law and their baby today. I hope everything is ok with them.

In other news I’m tired.

Hufflepuff not speaking until the end of school went well. She had a rainbow ribbon and a rainbow bracelet that says something about everyone having a voice. One boy tried to hassle her and make her talk. He did it right in front of a teacher and got sent straight to the office! I’m very impressed with her school right now. And with her. I hope she keeps learning to advocate for herself in general, but this was one specific type of advocacy that is important to her, and I’m proud of her for that.

We watched HGTV’s smart house show tonight. So cool! There are definitely things we want to integrate into our house, but other things that we didn’t like. The rooms felt really small, and I don’t understand using white upholstery on chairs in the dining room. Hunh? And they said people don’t use dining rooms. Really? Everyone I know does. But, I know Mormons. And people who cook all the time. Maybe that’s the difference?

It also annoyed me that there was a TV in every room. Including the shower. WTF? Can’t we have screen-free zones?

So tired now. Must sleep. And we kept The Chosen One up past his bedtime. Oops.

Tomorrow is Gryffindor’s scholarship interview. Ravenclaw is going to a friend’s house because The Chosen One is at the office, and she’d rather not be home alone with Hufflepuff. :)


I am very tired

Today in bullet points:

  • The Chosen One and I got 4 out of 10 drawers installed in the pantry
  • There are 2 drawers put together and ready to go once the rails are installed
  • I made cookies. They are good.
  • Ravenclaw and her friend M made muffins without supervision. They are good.
  • The muffins have fluff and chocolate chips, so I don’t know how they could be bad.
  • Tomorrow Hufflepuff is having a day of silence for LGBTQ youth
  • B is sleeping here tonight
  • Dinner was enchiladas, rice, and beans, and was very good.
  • Gryffindor misremembered how much homework she had. Note to self- double check her memory
  • Hufflepuff threw a fit about going to YW tonight, but had fun once she got there. Score 1 for me.
  • Gryffindor had a good time, too. And came home with extra pancakes.
  • I have no idea what Ravenclaw did at Achievement Night.
  • I am jealous that The Chosen One can go to bed whenever he wants. Only 8 more years ’til the girls are gone and I can do that!
  • I am sleepy now.

That is all


Kindness and irritation

General Conference – irritably parenting while listening to messages of peace and kindness twice a year. For 8 hours each time.

Yesterday’s highlights (since I have my notepad upstairs):

  • Defending your faith requires courage and courtesy
  • The road leading to the promised land is rough
  • We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth (so do service)
  • May we all find joy in bearing one another’s burdens
  • You are infinitely more precious to Heavenly Father than a tree
  • Spiritual whirlwinds will try to uproot you. The worst whirlwinds are the temptations of the adversary.
  • Families are the treasures of heaven
  • Everyone deserves our kindness and compassion
  • Let the Lord be the leader of your family

Great messages today. We watched the Saturday afternoon session recording, then watched the Sunday morning session somewhat live (we were about 20 minutes behind reality), and finally watched the Sunday afternoon session as it was being broadcast. Note to self – playing it as Airplay from the BYUtv app on the iPad works *beautifully*! So much better than the session we watched on the computer while working on the girls’ rooms.

Great quotes I have in my notes:

  • 50 Million People Can Be Wrong
  • Loving people is a powerful influence (and if Elder Scott can become an Apostle with a non-member father and a less-active mother, then we all have opportunities available to us)
  • Be careful who you follow
  • We must be compassionate even when we disagree
  • Don’t wait for the rainbow to be grateful for the rain
  • There are no true endings, but everlasting beginnings
  • Our mortal life is like the 4 minutes of an Olympic performance – we worked towards it before and will have eternity afterwards. Steer your course
  • It’s never too late for repentance.
  • Share your burdens and they will be made light
  • Blame keeps wounds open, only forgiveness heals
  • Parenting is a sacred blessing
  • Live true to the faith
  • Heaven is being surrounded by family
  • Obedience is a choice between our limited knowledge and God’s unlimited omniscience
  • The family is the pattern of heaven
  • Where your treasure is, your heart is
  • Faith gives you hope in tragedy and calamity
  • One should not roam through garbage

The prophet left us with the thought “May our homes be filled with love and courtesy”. He also reminded us to be kind to others who do not share our faith, and to put our faith and trust in the Lord.

After that the kids went nuts a little, I made dinner (Taco Sunday doesn’t have the same ring to it as Taco Tuesday), and then we all watched Frozen. I think The Chosen One really liked it! We loved it. Hufflepuff and then Gryffindor ditched us after “Let it go”, but Ravenclaw and I loved watching it again. I’m glad we bought it.

The Chosen One really accomplished a lot in organizing the mudroom until we can get the pantries set up. I put up a skinny bookshelf in the family room and put the DVDs on it. It looks good. Hufflepuff put up her bookshelf. I hung curtains in both girls’ rooms. I tried to hang the other shelves, but we need help for that. We did put up the giant My Little Pony decals, though, and they look great! So fun!


It’s General Conference Time Again!

Which means stress and arguments, plus the very real joy and inspiration of the words from our Prophet and his counselors.

Today started with sleeping in (yay!) and The Chosen One and I working on our mudroom furniture. We got a lot accomplished, and there was much rejoicing. The FedEx truck came with the feet for the pantries right at the right time, too!

I had to run out to get Hufflepuff and her friend P from the stable where they had been mucking out stalls and riding horses. It’s about an hour each way, which meant podcasts on the way there and conversation on the way back. Plus it’s My Little Pony Happy Meal Toy time, so I went in and bought just the toy for the two younger girls, plus buying shakes for the teens in the car.

The Chosen One and I got more done in the mudroom upon my return, and then we realized that one thing wasn’t possible. We need more strong bodies. I suggested the missionaries, so we’ll see if they can come soon, after General Conference.

When the girls got home from their dad’s house we had dinner (polenta & marinara, with meatballs or tofu, depending on your preference) and watched the Saturday morning session of General Conference. I had set the TiVo up to record it, but didn’t realize that we don’t get BYUtv. Grrrr… But, we can Airplay the BYUtv app to the Apple TV, which worked really well. I was totally anxious and stressed while trying to figure out how to make it work, but I calmed down a little after getting git to Airplay. And after “having words” with Hufflepuff about my expectations of her.

It was a good session. A lot of words for bingo, and some good talks for me to take notes on. Some great quotes, too, though my notes are downstairs so I can’t type them up right now. And a good time for Gryffindor to draw characters from Fairy Tail.

Hufflepuff only wigged out on one talk, which is good. The Chosen One retreated to the bedroom to play poker, which only amuses me a lot. We all have our ways to relax. Or he was relaxing while I vacillated between relaxing and stressing. Hufflepuff is a lovely girl, but she freaks out when something she disagrees with is said, which causes me anxiety while watching with her. Plus she had an attitude problem the whole time, which stresses me out. Bah. It’ll, honestly, be nice to watch with her sisters and without her tomorrow morning while she’s at her other church (we’re watching the Saturday afternoon session early Sunday, then going on through the Sunday sessions).

I feel so refreshed after showering, now to finish refreshing myself with sleep before getting up and starting a whole new day.


An historic evening

First, there was the non-historic day. I got to sleep in (yay!), then we started putting together the pantry. Only to find out, once it was almost completely put together, that we didn’t have the feet for it. Grr. So, either someone messed up in shipping it to us, or someone messed up when placing our order. Because we needed the feet.

This might require another trip to Ikea. Which wasn’t really in the plan.

On the other hand, this could get Hufflepuff her nightstand and bookcase without spending 3x the price by getting it elsewhere. Which is good.

So, after we couldn’t complete the pantry, The Chosen One and I went to The Container Store. For 2 hours. We were successful in finding several solutions to problems we had already defined (yay!), but then we found more solutions for problems that had not been defiled. Which is less yay, because that’s just spending more money. :)

The historic evening was at church. I brought all 3 girls to the General Women’s Broadcast. We had a ward get-together where we brought desserts (peanut butter balls and chocolate chip peanut butter cookies) and chatted before the broadcast. It was the first time the 8-adult females have gathered around the world to listen together. We heard some lovely talks, mainly about keeping the covenants from baptism through the temple. The temple was mentioned a lot. It was a very nice meeting. Hufflepuff ditched me to sit with her friends, and so did Gryffindor. Ravenclaw stayed with me because I had the colored pencils.

And, because I’m the most awesome parent ever, we went to Sonic for dinner after having had dessert. Brilliant.

Tomorrow is Fast Sunday, and we’re praying for my brother & sister-in-law’s baby to grow strong and healthy.

But now we sleep.


The new normal

For over 4 years I would take the bus and the train to The Chosen One’s house on Fridays after the girls went to their dad’s house.

Now I stay home and The Chosen One comes home from work to our house.

And, now Hufflepuff stays home with me rather than going to her dad’s house.

It’s something new to get used to.

I was used to the hour and a half of alone time on the bus/train with books and podcasts to decompress.

The Chosen One was used to time alone in his house to decompress.

Now he has an hour’s commute rather than a 10 minute commute.

It’s the new normal.


The apathy is strong in this one

I didn’t want to get up this morning. At all. I felt horrible. But, I was teaching, so I got up anyhow. It was fine. Except that I dozed off in Sacrament meeting and then again in Primary. Yeesh.

We were supposed to go to two church meetings tonight, but I was too tired. It really wasn’t safe for me to drive into Boston when I am that tired.

I did meet the people to take away the loft bed and the table, so there was success there.

Otherwise I took meds and slept for much of the day. I felt wretched and couldn’t motivate myself.

After 4 I felt a little better and we were able to move some furniture upstairs. I’m hoping to put some of my clothes into the dresser tomorrow. That would be useful. Much better than in piles in boxes.

Ravenclaw and Gryffindor got a lot of their stuff put away and boxes emptied, too, which is very good. They wasted a fair amount of the day watching TV, but that was when I was feeling horrible, so I can’t really complain.

Here’s hoping tomorrow is a better day! Blerg.

On the plus side, even crummy days are better now. The Chosen One was an adult in charge when I was passed out. It was really helpful to know I didn’t have to worry.

Tip for the day – regular gluten-free Annie’s mac & cheese is yummy. The instant microwavable type, tho? NASTY.


Birthdayified

It was a lovely day. I woke up to my husband wishing me a happy birthday. And then we went and packed up stuff from his house. He was trying to save money and use Budget rather than Uhaul, but the Budget rental place was actually closed. Yeesh!

I, rather honestly, would’ve preferred to go to my niece’s party, but we did what was necessary rather than what was fun. I did get sushi and a Limonata soda out of it, so it wasn’t all bad.

Came home and my cousins got me a gift (wind chimes) and ordered me a cake! So nice! And so yummy. So unnecessary, but so lovely.

We had dinner at the 99, and everyone was happy. The Chosen One had steak, Hufflepuff had steak tips, Gryffindor had a salad and a loaded baked potato (hold the bacon), Ravenclaw had a bacon cheese burger, and I had a special – buttered lobster roll! (without the roll). It was good.

Then we saw Muppets Most Wanted at the local theater, and that was both good and fun. There was much happiness.

It was a good day. Oh, and I got a lovely new ice cream maker from my parents. And flowers! A good birthday for sure.


Ta Da!

The Little Purple House has been vacated! All of our stuff is out. And I’ve done a basic cleaning. Phew! I totally crashed at the end of the day.

I listed a table and a loft bed on Craigslist. Haven’t heard anything about the table but 2 people emailed me about the bed. Here’s hoping someone takes it. If not, I’ll list it for free this weekend.

In other news, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw had the MCAS long composition today, and they came home grouchy. Ravenclaw brought a friend home and was pretty good until the friend left. Hufflepuff was a bear the whole afternoon and evening.

I’m exhausted. I crashed around 7 tonight, after pushing myself hard for a few weeks. I can’t do any more. Blerg. Now to put together Ikea stuff, buy Hufflepuff’s bed in a bag, and and and and … the list never ends.

On the plus side, now The Chosen One really understands why I’m tired every weekend! I go back to work tomorrow, and it sounds relaxing.


Out with the old…

Today was all about clearing out the old to make room for the new. We got 420lbs of trash from the old house dumped at the dump. And then we kept cleaning. I think we only have 3 more trash bags for trash day tomorrow, at least. Plus a goodly amount of recycling.

Gryffindor complained that her sisters had each gotten a day off school to help pack, but she hadn’t. So, she got a day off school to clean. I don’t quite understand her desire to do this – I’d have happily gone to school to avoid this! But, she rocks and she worked her butt off today helping me clear out the old house.

We put the mattress & box spring, little dresser, and antique hoosier on Freecycle. The first two have been picked up, and the final one will be picked up tomorrow afternoon. Then someone was looking for chairs, so I am dumping 2 mismatched dining room chairs tomorrow morning, too. I posted the loft beds and dining room table on Craigslist, and here’s hoping I can get someone to buy them this week. If not, they’re going on Freecycle.

I only have a few things left to do at the old house, and then we’re done! A few things to cart away, and then a few things to clean, a decal to take down, and then I will bid a fond farewell. I’ll miss that house! I loved living there. It’s in a great location, has a great feel to it, and worked really well for our family most of the time. It will always have a special place in my heart.

On the other hand, It’s really nice to have the extra space in the new house!!! Sound carries more here, though, I think.

We had a good St. Patrick’s day today, too. Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw wore shamrock decorations, and everyone wore green. I even got a couple nice shamrock/St. Pat’s lunches made.

And now it’s late and I’m exhausted. Tomorrow should be easier. I hope.