The Nestor

IMAG0800 Yep, that guy.

He is the one doing about 93% of the nesting in our home.  That’s a fact, it is most definitely Not A Complaint.

Incidentally, he’s also the one with the weird cravings… mustard on peanut butter and crackers anyone?  How about peanut butter on bacon?  Blah!

You’ll notice lots of blue painter’s tape in the background above.  That was my doing actually to help keep arrant paint messes at bay and to mark what needed patching before painting ever began.

We gave away our couch and loveseat because, according to B, “We have to have a new couch NOW.”  And so we bought a new couch that lived in our garage for over a week while we worked out paint colors and got things done in the living room.

After all the taping was done, Mom and I made a trip to Arkansas for Granny’s 89th birthday.  While we were gone The Nestor recruited some friends and they got busy painting our downstairs.  I wish they’d taken some “during” photos, but I forgot to ask for those so we’ll skip right to the accent wall that is behind our couch.

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Please excuse the sheet and towel coverings – the dogs needed baths and we didn’t want them getting on the new couch being so dirty.

Your eye may have been drawn more to the hat on B’s head.  That was one of our baby shower gifts from Jenny and her daughter.  B was thrilled about someone buying an item that he picked out and scanned all by himself. He loves that hat and if they came in his size, I would buy him one to match his girl this winter.

The rest of the living room, the dining room, and the downstairs bathroom are the beige color you see in these photos:

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Our new couch, complete with tag attached, and the painter’s tape still on the ceiling.

 

IMAG0819In the next week or so the kitchen will be that color too with a blue accent wall.  Currently, it is the gold color from the first picture. And then we’ll move on to the stairwell, hallway and hall bathroom. Once all those surfaces are freshened up and the trim is painted – we are done with the brushes and rollers for a while.

Meanwhile we’re also searching for a new rug for the living room, cleaning out the garage, trying to get ready for a yard sale, battling weeds, and trying to keep up with the everyday housework and life commitments.

Who knew nesting was a full-time job?

Friday Funny #64: This is why I must keep the Otterbox

Two Saturdays ago I was up and out of bed super early in preparation for our first baby shower.  The shower was held at The Glitz restaurant at Irish Acres Antiques – a lovely little place with delicious food.  Since the location was an hour away from our home base, I volunteered to drive my mom, B’s mom, and Tracy.  Being that I seldom have more than one person in the car with me and most often my only passengers are of the canine persuasion, I had some serious car cleaning to do.  Like most things, this task took much longer than anticipated.

I was outside cleaning the car before the sun came up.  B called to say he was at work and I placed my phone on top of the car for safe keeping.  I took a break for breakfast and went back out to work.  That little car was practically sparkling on the inside, but the outside was still covered in salt solution from all our winter weather road treatments.  Clearly this would need attention.

I went back inside for some water and to grab my purse and keys.  On my way out, I nearly brought the dogs with me – DUH I had just vacuumed a dog-worth of fur out of the backseat and off the ceiling.  I hopped in and pulled out driving to our nearest, if not our best, car wash.

Did I mention that I needed to leave my house by 9:10 to pick up my mom and at this time it was 8:30 and I had not showered?  Yeah, time management is not my strong suit these days.  I zipped to the car wash, selected my option, fed my money, and slowly pulled in for the undercarriage cleaning.  Get that salt and mud off!

And then, like a lightening bolt it hit me.  My Phone.  MY PHONE!!!  Literally, I smacked both hands to my head.  Gah – it must be in the street outside my house.  CRAP IT’S BEEN RUN OVER!!!  Well, maybe it’s still on top of the car?  What are the odds of that though, after driving more than three miles with several turns? 

But throwing caution to the wind and acknowledging that the car wash sprayers had finished their pre-soak and were just about to start the power washing, I rolled down my window and peered on top of the car.  There the phone was, sitting just where I left it.  I whipped my arm out and grabbed that sucker, quickly getting back inside and rolling up the window.  I still needed to get a shower, but not from the power washers.

My phone was completely fine.  A little damp, but all I had to do was pull off the rubber cover and wipe it dry. Thank goodness for the grippy Otterbox.

Then it was off to the gas station – because Heaven forbid I do any proper planning and have enough gas in the tank to drive us all up and back.

By the time I got home, got the dogs out for their last potty break and got myself out of the shower, I had 17 minutes to get dressed, my makeup on, my hair fixed, and out the door.  And that is what I did.  Well, my hair was sort of dry and I had a ponytail holder handy, but otherwise I was ready for my very first baby shower and running right on time.  Whew.

Painting!

The nursery was the first room we painted.  B, T, and I were all involved and we were able to get it done over a long weekend.  The weather was so bad then that even I got a snow day – a rarity to be sure.

Here’s the before paint color…IMAG0749 with a green drop cloth in the frame. Lovely.

And now, here’s the after:

IMAG0755Complete with dogs, a vacuum, and the blue painter’s tape on the carpet.  Yes, I tape the carpet to prevent painting it white when I’m doing the trim work.  I’m a bit messy when I paint.

Here’s another shot without all that mess.

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33 1/2 weeks along for those interested

We do realize we are having a girl and we still chose blue walls for her nursery.  We also chose pale pink curtains, but it appears they are a little short:

IMAG0810I’ve ordered new ones and plan to return these once I know the others will work.  It was that or sew a strip of fabric on the bottom as an accent piece (thanks for the idea, Dana!) because rehanging the curtain rod with all the wall patching and paint touch-up work necessary just seemed like too much for my soul.

 

 

Week 35 Bumpdate

Food:  I want nothing.  Absolutely nothing sounds good.  Of course I’m eating a fairly balanced diet because food is necessary, but I have zero cravings.  I must confess, this is a little disappointing.  I was hoping to send B out in the middle of the night for all sorts of random Must Have Right This Second cravings.  Instead I prefer to sleep than eat.  Drats.

Weight:  I’ve gained a total of 24 pounds thus far.

Sleep:  The nightmares are still gone and the back pain has been sorted out thanks to proper pillow placement.  I have to sleep on an incline and stuff a little extra under my belly.

Exercise:  My last run was on March 15 and I went a total of 1.1 miles.  I had to walk so much and add up my feet to get my total mileage it was frustrating.  I didn’t mean for that to be my last run, but I’ve not run since so I think it’s safe to say I’m done until after baby girl gets here. I am still working out, but my last day for that until after our girl’s arrival is April 9th. I am still walking the dogs though. I plan to do that, fitness walk for myself, and do my prenatal DVDs as I have time and energy.

Movement:  Still having constant movement and still loving it!  B played with her the other night.  She was moving around and he would drum his fingers on my belly, then lay his hand flat, and she would push back at him.  They did this several times and it was fun to watch their interaction even though she’s still in my belly.  A daddy’s girl for sure.

How I’m Feeling:  Baby brain – I’m over it.  I’m tired a lot more now than ever in this pregnancy and I’m still dealing with the numbness in my hands and arms.  My belly button is a half-filled bowl now.  Apparently the Gemini personality extends to belly buttons as well.  Haha!

Nesting:  This is mostly B’s department.  There are things here and there that I insist must be done, but really he is the driving force.  More on that in another post.

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Week 33 – March 14, 2014

And then we have week 35 in our newly painted living room…

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Week 35 1/2 – March 31, 2014 I was on my way out the door to exercise with Kyle and Dana.

Hollee – these poses were for you!

Friday Funnies #62 and 63: Yep, getting harder to keep up

Just one for two weeks worth of missed funnies.

From the Bloggess, my go-to Friday Funny webpage…

It might just be me.

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And Victor looked at me strangely for a second and then he got it and laughed and then the clerk was like “I don’t get it.  What’s so funny?” and I explained that it was funny that there was a metal tube with a snipping hole in it called “The Bobbet” and that the slogan was “Just a turn and there’s your worm.”  And she still didn’t get it so I said “You know.  For cutting penises off?” And then she asked us to leave.

Is it just me?  Am I too old?  Do average people not know penis-severing stories?

Friday Funny #61: Oops.

Always, always, always check to see what is in your oven before you turn it on….

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Plastic cake carriers do not do well against 350° and your cakes, pies and cupcakes won’t travel well.

The silicon lids for Pyrex pans have no trouble though.

To make matters worse, I’ve used the over about five times since this tragedy and it still smells like melting plastic and not any of the baked goodies I made.

Happy Friday, y’all!

P.S.  Sorry B!

Critter Pics

I seem to be mildly obsessed with taking pictures of my sleeping critters.   These are what I’ve taken in recent weeks.  A riveting post, I know…

Sleeping on the dirty blankets next to the washer.  Her new favorite spot.

Sleeping on the dirty blankets next to the washer. Her new favorite spot.

And this is her other new favorite spot:

Curled up with B's legs.

Curled up with B’s legs.

And then we have the actual dogs in the house.

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Puppies love sunshine.

A all snuggled up to the snoogle pillow:

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T crashed on our couch the night of the ice/snow storm.  After he got up the next morning, the dogs commandeered the couch for their post-breakfast nap.

Yes, she was asleep with her head hanging off of the couch.

Yes, she was asleep with her head hanging off of the couch.

And last but not least…

G loves to use couch cushions.

G loves to use couch cushions for pillows.