I believe I had shared earlier that there was a possibility my brother might come live with us for awhile. Well, it has come to pass! He secured himself a full-time job only a few minutes from our house, and he starts in three weeks! So he’s moving down here in two weeks, and we are all excited.
He’ll be staying in the spare bedroom we have on our lower level, which has an adjoining full bathroom. Comfy enough, I think, for cheap digs. We still need to paint the room before he moves in; it is in SORE need of a coat of paint.
I have a leftover can of off-white and was going to use that.
But my brother just called me a loser in a message board.
I am tempted to exact revenge a la paint color. Pink perhaps? Chartreuse? Neon orange? A dingy, depressing gray?
Alas, I am too cheap to spend $30 on a new gallon of paint for such a purpose, so he will get his off-white anyway.
The fact that he’s calling me a loser and that I’m contemplating revenge for it shows we often act like bratty little kids with each other, rather than the grown-ups we are. That’s one thing I am worried about with him living here, that we will end up being stupid and jerky with each other. Hopefully we can both make a conscious effort to act like adults and avoid the name-calling and shouting matches that have occasionally plagued our ‘adult’ interactions. I theorize it’s because I haven’t lived at home since going away to college and we don’t really have much practice being adults together, so when a little conflict arises we both revert to how we acted ten, fifteen years ago.
It’s been a whirlwind few days!
As I mentioned previously, Lane went to Buffalo on Monday. My dad was here visiting for one night with his fiancee from Sunday to Monday, and as they were preparing to leave, Lane started saying she REALLLLY wanted to go to Buffalo with Grandpa Jerry. Well, he’s retired, and she wouldn’t miss anything more than a few days of preschool and a dance class. So she went. By all reports they had a blast. Tuesday was an off weather day in Buffalo so they hung out at home and watched movies, and Wednesday they went to the Buffalo Zoo. (I am happy to report no polar bears died while they were visiting.)
Then, Jake and I drove up there on Wednesday afternoon and got there about 9:00 p.m. Thursday was general hanging-out-with-relatives, and my dad took Jake to see choo-choos (my dad used to work on the railroad).
I also had a very sweet, very frank conversation with my brother about life stuff and relationship stuff of which I will not violate his confidence by divulging the details here, but it make my heart sigh, in that good way. He’s a good egg who just needs to sort out his priorities a little and really realize he’s more grown-up and mature than he gives himself credit for.
Then, Friday, the kids and I headed for the Albany area, where we visited with my friend Amanda and her new, perfect little baby, and where Frank rendez-vous’ed with us. We stayed there last night, and then went to my friend Cari’s daughter’s first birthday party, where we also saw other friends we hadn’t seen in awhile, being caught up in the whole moving-into-our-house-and-getting-it-spiffied-up whirlwind, as we are. But there are tentative plans to get together with the other friends in the next couple weeks, and for Amanda to visit at some point in November, so we’re getting caught up, socially, which feels good.
And now we are home, and I’m sitting on my own couch, and I’m relishing that we don’t have to travel anywhere until Christmas (unless we choose to do so otherwise, before then). Not that we won’t be busy – we have a dining room that needs wallpaper stripped and a coat of the “tomato bisque” paint I bought before Thanksgiving, among a couple other rooms that need painting. But after our last two busy weekends… bring on the paint. 🙂
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Things are getting done around our new abode, which is encouraging.
Our living room is all painted — three walls are the same warm beige (“oat cake” says Behr) as our bedroom with one accent wall of Ladybug Red. And Frank likes it. Yay! I’m fairly confident in my color choices and I like to go out on a limb sometimes. Nothing that a can of primer can’t fix, right? I figured he’d be wishy-washy on the red at best, and he’s actually digging it. Cool! Our next color challenge is to pick a color for our dining room. I was, and still am somewhat, leaning toward a muted, darkish orange color for the dining room… but just now I started playing with some warm browns and ooooooohh. I’ve never painted a room a dark brown before. I’ve done navy blue in a half-bath, but never a whole room of something so dark. It might be fun.
Frank and his dad tackled a bunch of clearing out the overgrown landscaping this weekend, and I conquered more of it this afternoon. Then I dug a two-foot hole and set up our new roadside mailbox at the behest of the postal service (with a bit of help from my father in-law — but I did dig the whole hole myself with a post hole digger).
Frank and I just finished changing out all the switches and outlets in the living room to shiny new stuff and adding dimmers and all that fun stuff. I gotta say, nothing makes me feel more like I’m a cool, confident adult than installing a dimmer switch, and I say that without a hint of sarcasm. Just gotta shampoo the rug in there, and put in our furniture. The cable company is coming next Tuesday to install cable for us, and our own internet service (right now my only internet is off of the in-laws’ router, for which we can only get a signal against the outside wall of our dining room, which is why I’m sitting here on a cushion from our couch instead of the dozen or so infinitely more comfortable spots in our house.)
The last couple days have felt quite productive. Tomorrow, I’m spending a day with just Lane, while Jake gets to hang out with his grandparents for the day. I figure since she’s starting pre-K next week, we should do some sort of send-off, to kind of celebrate her last days before she becomes SCHOOL AGED. Ack! So, she and I are going to drive down to Sesame Place for some kickin’ mom-and-daughter time.
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Tagged dimmer switch, DIY, electrical, grown-up, home, landscaping, new house, paint, progress, school, sesame place, sprucing up