To make it easy, here's a list of everything I can think of that's happened since I last wrote. It's in chronological order as best I can remember and I've included pictures when available.
1. After one full day of being unemployed, Seth, Three and I headed up to Black Mountain, NC to my great uncle's mountain cabin for several days of R&R. My parents came up for a few of those days as well. We went to Asheville, shopped in Black Mountain, but mostly just lazed around and did nothing. I put together the Barack Obama puzzle that my MIL gave me for my birthday and another puzzle that was already in the house. We took our bikes up with the intention of finding a trail to ride, but laziness got the best of us so we did no bike riding. It was a good trip and a good way to ease the shock of suddenly being at home and not at work. This pic of Three sums up the feeling of our vacay quite well.
2. During my first full week of unemployment, I was a slug. I laid around the house, watched the entire Sex & The City series on DVD followed by the movie and did absolutely nothing aside from running the occasional errand, laundry, and keeping the dishwasher in rotation. It was hard. I felt trapped since I could think of no reason to leave the house other than for doing something that I'd have to spend money on and I felt guilty spending money. After about 2 weeks of this...I found some things to do.
3. Also for my birthday, I had gotten a gift card from my BIL to Target and a gift card to Lowe's from my in-laws. I was at Target one day and found a runner that I loved and decided to use my gift card to get it. From that one runner, I found inspiration to start painting my house. Finally - after one year of being here - I felt I had the pieces ready to start a color palette. I used my Lowe's gift card to load up on paint (3 colors and primer) and I got started. I tackled the living room first, then the foyer, then the hallway, and finally the dining room. Since our living room is 2 stories tall, I had to get creative to connect the walls receiving full color to the ones that would be impossible to paint completely. I came up with the wide horizontal band idea and so far it's working. I think it needs a little something more, but not sure yet. I'm most proud of my foyer, whose design I concocted as I went, but I think it looks great and really sets it apart from the living room and says "I'm the foyer...and you are?" Below are some pics.
[caption id="attachment_469" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Living Room"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_468" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Peek at the horizontal banding (and I moved my office downstairs!)"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_467" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Foyer"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_471" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Hallway (with lovely IKEA pics and the inspiration runner)"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_470" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Dining room (whew)"][/caption]
4. After I finished the dining room, I finally got it fully "dressed" as best as I could (the table is probably not our final table), and was excited that I got the dining room and foyer to coordinate. It was all in my plan - but plans are great to see come alive! The dining room was a challenge - I had to tape and prime everything first (including the ceiling) and originally, I painted it a nice, bright, turquoise, but it turned out not so great. So I took the left over paint from the hallway and went rusty red on the walls and the greenish-yellow on the ceiling. Works great.
5. I put down my paintbrush for a few weeks and picked up (again) cross-stitching. I've had this bag of projects for years that I pick up every one in a while and work on, but I really got into it again. Some days, I'd sit in bed with Three and work on a project all day. Sheesh.
6. This is probably out of order, but who cares. Seth and I joined his parents for a trip to Pennsylvania at the end of April. We stayed for 3 nights and my mom kept Three. We had a great trip, stayed with the Carson's and visited with Seth's grandparents at "The Home." Of course, we hit up IKEA (my favorite store ever) and got a few things with yet another gift card we had gotten back in December when we were in PA for Christmas. We got this gift card from IKEA for spending so much money. No, really, it's true.
7. Meanwhile, since I'd been at home, Three had been barfing fairly regularly - maybe once a day. She was just puking up yellow bile so we took her to the vet. Their first guess was bilious vomitus syndrome, but after another week she wasn't any better and I took her in the day before we were to go to PA. They still thought it was some sort of digestive issue, but we wasn't eating or drinking much of anything. They gave her a few shots and sent me home with yet another type of food for her to try.
My mom kept her while we were gone and took her back to the vet again and still wasn't really helped. She had had some blood work done and things looked OK, but her markers for having a parasite were high so they were treating her for that. Still wouldn't really eat or drink much. Not making leaps and bounds to getting better.
By the time we got back, she was worse. She was eating a tiny bit for my mom and keeping it down, but when we got back we couldn't get her to eat or drink PERIOD. It was awful. We called in on Monday (as instructed), and were told by one doctor to "wait another 24 hours." GRR. We did that - skeptical - and the next morning took her in at 9am. By the time we got to the vet, Seth literally had to drag Three from her crate. She couldn't move or walk or anything. We both thought she was about to die. She was limp in his arms and they took her from him as soon as we walked in and got her hooked up to fluids. She was SERVERLY dehydrated but they got her perked up a tiny bit before we left.
After a $700 3-night stay at the vet, they determined she has Addison's Disease. We have to give her prednisone everyday for the rest of her life, but she's finally back to the dog we knew and missed, she's eating and drinking like a champ and we're so glad they got our baby figured out.
[caption id="attachment_476" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Post 3-day hospital stay...All better!"][/caption]
8. I finished the 4 books in the Twilight series. 1, 2 & 3 = good, #4 = weird!
9. Job prospects came and went. Right now, 2 possibilities are coming up. One to be a Legislative Assistant at the NCGA or the other...wait for it....to work in the same job I got right out of college in Redistricting at the NCGA. We'll see!
10. This week I've started a new painting project and am tackling our master bedroom. It's a big room and has a tray ceiling so I've been putting it off for a while now. I got new bedding from Target as a part of my new "there's no need to buy everything from Restoration Hardware" way of life and once again, got totally inspired to paint our room. Pics below. I will probably be repainting our bathroom soon as well.
[caption id="attachment_477" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Excuse the mess...it's a work in progress"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_478" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Closet hall between master bedroom and bath (ceiling will be the same color in the master bedroom)"][/caption]
11. In other worlds, John and Shelly finally sold their townhouse and will get to buy the house they had a contingency offer on! They are very excited and sold their house just in time to close on the new house in the 90 days allotted in their offer. Their house is in Holly Springs and will be closer to their office at UNC-CH.
12. Seth and George are writing a game for the iPhone/iPod Touch!
13. I on the other hand, have fallen in love with a new house. While I love our house, it's true what they say about living and learning. I (not speaking for Seth) have learned that I don't want this much yard (we have 0.46 acres) and we aren't yard people. We wanted a fenced-in yard for Three to run free in, but we still don't have that and certainly didn't need this much to get the job done. Our neighbors probably hate us for our yard, but they can't say we don't have a green thumb for weeds! Those suckers grow fast and furious!
I also don't think we need 2500 square feet of living space. One of our spare bedrooms is used for storage and still looks like we just moved in. I think 3 bedrooms is essential, but I am constantly overwhelmed with having to clean this place. The house I'm in love with is a tiny bit over 2100 square feet and it's a ranch-style home. I remind myself that part of living green, is not only recycling, but economy of space, too! 2100 square feet should be plenty!
The house I've fallen in love with is my dream Craftsman-style home. It's in Apex and we both would really like to get back to Apex. I thought I'd be able to get used to a new side of town, but it hasn't happened in a year's time and that makes me sad. We go to Apex every Sunday and I feel homesick for the shopping and convenience I got used to while living there. I feel like a poop for wanting to move back already, but those are my honest feelings. We certainly won't move until we can get some money back on our current house which means the market will have to shape up (but do it soon, please!!).
I just adore Craftsman and Arts & Crafts style, and this house is everything I'd put into a home if I were to build my own from scratch. It's a goal I think I'm wiling to wait for if it means we could get into my dream home. Sheesh. Seth says he just wants me to be happy. This is a new neighborhood so hopefully, if things go well, maybe we'll be able to set up shop back in Apex in my dream home in due time. :)
14. I've become a fan of Jon & Kate Plus 8. I watch it and Tivo it and am cheering for them to make it.
15. Patrick and Courtney had a baby! Eli looks just like Seth! hehe
That's all I can think of for now. If I've left anything out, hopefully I can cover it in future posts.
Please say hi if you're still out there! I want to know I've still got readers! :)