Sunday, November 15, 2009

House Pictures

Several people have expressed the desire for pictures of the house, so here is what I have now.

David and I the day we moved in. Officially ours.

Our bedroom. Not moved in yet, but the floor is done and the walls have the first coat of paint on them.

The kitchen. It's still in shambles, in my opinion. I finally put up temporary shelves for the pantry (you can't see them) and took all the wheels off the cart since I was unable to fix the two broken ones. So now I have room to put stuff away. I'm still having problems with the fact that our sink drain is apparently a weird size, so no (I say NO) stoppers fit it. Even the white, flat, all-purpose suction stopper doesn't work. Whenever I want to do dishes I have to take the dirty dishes out of the white container you see to the left of the sink and fill it with water. It's getting really annoying. So a new sink is on my list. However, you can see the color I'm painting the walls.

I'll post more and better pictures when I have them.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Completed Bucket List

I figure if I'm going to have a bucket list I should also have a list of the things I've done already that qualify. It may actually take some thought, it's easier to think of things I want to do than discern what parts of my life are interesting enough to be included. But here we go.

  • Visit New Zealand
  • Visit Australia
  • Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit Paris
  • Visit London
  • Visit the London Museum
  • Walk up the Eiffel Tower. Lot of steps. Had someone take my picture, but it was my grandparents camera and they never sent me any of them. Yes, still a bit mad about that.
  • Pray at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Or contemplate. I don't pray.
  • Ride on a double decker boat.
  • Feed a kangaroo.
  • Hold a koala.
  • Visited 29 US states, plus DC.
  • Been to Disney World. Twice.
  • Never been in handcuffs (I don't know if this really counts, but seems good to me).
  • Stood up for something I believe in
  • Learned it's ok to be on my own
  • Learned that I can survive anything, and pain won't kill me, even when I want it to.
  • Defended my rights to a police officer who was violating them.
  • Figured out don't need anyone else to be happy. I make myself happy, mostly.
  • Feed a dolphin, in the wild, in the water. And yes. It was really, really, really cool.
  • Visited Niagra Falls, twice.
  • Been on four National Wildlife Federation summits, two to Colorado, one to Alaska, and one to New York.
  • Was interviewed by the news

Monday, November 9, 2009

Just an update

I've actually been fairly productive today. Finished the second coat, made a bunch of phone calls, went through the mail, etc. Now I'm going to get in the shower and do a little more shopping. It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.

Feeling Ancy

So...I took off a lot when I was a teenager and could drive, and had a lot of trips as a kid. Moved to Georgia, stayed there for 17 months, then lived in Illinois for 6 months, now I've been in Colorado for 17 months and I guess my internal moving meter is full. I'm ready for a long trip somewhere new.

And I need to get a life so I can stop day dreaming. What I would give for the impossible.

I need a journal. A pen and paper journal. I'm going to get up, and put another coat of varethane down, and then go to Borders. Ok motivation, I am mustering you.

And the phone rings. Crap.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Some days...

I kinda want to pick up and drive to a beach somewhere. It'd be really nice. I suppose I could. Stock the kitties up and pack the dogs into the back of the car, and go. Woohoo. But there's too much to do here. The real world has taken over.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Election Day

Well, I'm eating and taking pain pills, so I'll be able to start sanding soon. I put more air in the air mattress and slept more in the middle, and I'm not nearly as sore. And sometimes before seven I have to go drop off my ballot. Woot woot for voting. Anyway, I'm hoping to be done with the bedroom by the time I go to bed. I can let the stain sit over night and put down verathane coats tomorrow while we sand the other rooms. And then I'll finally be able to move furniture in and sleep in a real bed. I really wish I had the iPod. Instead there's just the laptop, and I doubt I'll be able to hear it over the sander. I realize this blog was pointless, I'm just writing while my dilaudid kicks in.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Today was a do-nothing day. I hurt all over, my joints and muscle pretty equally torturing me. I think it's this air mattress, as nothing else explains why my hands hurt. Yes, my hands. I don't get it either.

However, as far as things go, I have it pretty great. Whenever I think of Anika my heart breaks a little more. I have a husband who loves me, and a family who loves me. I have my life. Sometimes I don't know how much it's really worth, but it's better than nothing. Life is real. Sadness can be unfathomable.

I'm trying to find the happy medium between living the simple life and making an impact. I'm not sure how to do either of those things at the moment, but I feel like I should be doing everything I can to help other people. There are various charities I'd like to volunteer for, but until my pain is taken care of I don't feel comfortable making commitments I may not be able to keep. But hopefully that will be taken care of the not too distant future, and I'll be able to make something of myself.

I'm going to do some planning. That's what I'm good at. And rub on a bunch of Icy Hot.