I can't begin to tell you how long I have waiting to take down some wallpaper. We have three rooms that have nasty wallpaper so my options are endless. Yesterday, during the Browns game I decided to start with the master bedroom bathroom. We barely ever use this room because it is so small and also really cold. It has blue and pink granny wallpaper that is already starting to peel off. I mixed the three parts water, one part vinegar solution into a spray bottle and started spraying away. It did a pretty decent job considering I still need to buy one of those scoring tools to cut grooves into the wallpaper. Jeff deicded to help me after the game and my are about halfway through it. During the whole wallpaper removal process, we noticed an airvent above the cabinet had all sorts of fuzz coming out of it. I stepped up onto the toilet to get a better look and sure enough, it was a nasty mouse nest on the other side of the vent!!!! Ugh! Who knows how long this airvent has been a home to these little critters. It used to a bathroom fan several years ago, but we haven't used it since Jeff moved in five years ago. So Jeff proceeded to unscrew the vent from the wall and remove the old fan and remnents of a mouse nest. We set a trap and screwed the vent back into the wall. It was so helarious, as we were laying in bed last night watching the news, sure enough, snap!!!! We both started rolling. Apparently we got our intruder. Jeff checked the trap when we got home from work and sure enough, we got our mouse. I have a feeling he has few other friends up in there so we set another trap. Yuck!
After a crazy week, I am finally catching up on my blogging. Thank you so much for all of your kind words and prayers. My father in law is still at the Cleveland Clinic, however, he is doing much better. He is still under going tests and trying to get his blood levels up before he can go home. Please keep him in your prayers, although he is out of the woods, he still has a long road ahead of him. Work has actually not been as hectic this week. Since it is considered a five week accounting month at my company, us accountants have had an extra week this month to get our work done. It has been kind of nice!!! I have been using the extra time to research home listings on the internet. We have decided to consider other options as far as a new home goes. We are now leaning towards not building. After a lot of discussion, we are thinking of purchasing something that is a few years old that already has things like a deck, landscaping, and other things that would all be extras with new home construction. We are not ruling out the building option completely, but considering other options as well. So needless to say, I have been getting wrapped up in some house hunting! Unfortunately, we will not be thinking of purchasing until Summer of 2007, but I am trying to get to know every neighborhood around here. We live in what is considered the "East side" of Cleveland. I always grew up on the "West Side", so honestly, I have no clue what is outside a square mile of our home right now. My husband grew up on this side of town and we work only 15 minutes away, so it seems to make sense to stay in this area. He bought our current home five years ago, we are hoping to fix it up a little more over the winter and sell it this summer. I have a lot of wallpaper to rip down until then!!!! Things have been going well so far this month as far as TTC. I got my smiley face earlier this week (positive OPK) so we have been sticking to the every other day thing. I am impressed that we are still on track after visiting the hospital every night since last Thursday. I try hard not to think about it and try not get ahead of myself by reading too much about pregnancy and babies. I guess I just don't want to jinx it. I was like that when we were dating too, I would never pick up a wedding magazine in fear of getting ahead of myself!! The sooner the better though would be nice!!! :)
My father in law is currently in the hospital after experiencing a heart attack late Thursday. After several complications from the medications they gave him at the local hospital, he was transported by life flight to the Cleveland Clinic on Friday. Needless to say, it's been a rough few days for us and the rest of the family. It is amazing how life precious is and how events like this really open your eyes and remind us of what is important. For now we believe he is out of the woods and recovering. Hopefully things will only improve from here.
I ran home on my lunch hour to get away from work. I am so lucky to live 15 minutes away from the office, I know I have pretty much gone from one computer to the next, but there is nothing like my home surroundings to de-stress from the daily grind. I can catch an hour of my soaps, TLC, and catch up on The Nest message boards. My works is so strict when it comes to monitoring your internet time, I have to catch up on all of my "nesting" and "blogging" at home. OK, random side note, I am sitting at home, watching the Tyra show. She is literally yelling and screaming about giving her audience a bedazzled bottle of vaseline?!? Am I missing something? Just had to comment on that, so bizarre.... Anyway, I am happy to be home, even if it is only for an hour. It definetly helps make the day a little more bareable. Now if I can only think of something to make for dinner....
I came home from work today with great news waiting for us on our answering machine. Our sales rep from the development that we have picked to build in called to let us know that the phase that we wanted has been delayed even longer and do we want to buy one of thier current lots...Why is this great news? Because this has bought us more time now to save and fix up our current house. Not to mention the housing market is not the greatest right now and is pretty tough to try and sell at this time. I have been noticing real estate signs all over the place lately and no one seems to be selling. Our goal is to build spring of 2008 and it looks to be like we are on schedule. I was nervious that we were going to lose out on the lot we wanted but it appears the slow housing market is only helping our cause. The scavenger hunt was a blast, I swear we are like little kids running arund the city trying to find the items on our list. I think the highlight of the hunt was that the boys team was able to pose with the whole Medina High School Marching Band in full uniform. One of the objects of the hunt is to take as many pictures as you can of willing people, needless to say, the boys won with over 150 band members posing for them. It was a great time, it is so nice that we are able to still get together and have a great time. Most of them now have little ones so it is so great to see them growing up into little versions of my friends. I finally took a picture of my new Hallowwen/fall deocrations. You gotta love the Witch and Frankenstein. Have a great day!
Apparently the smiley faces that I bought had nothing to smile about after all!! AF came today so it's on to month four. I am remaining positive knowing this has only been our third month. It's hard to believe it is Wednesday night already. Work has been chaos, as usual, and I have been trying to keep my head above water as much as possible. Sometimes I think I would enjoy a less demanding job, but it pays the bills for now. We are trying to save up to build a new home in the next year or so. For now it works for us. This weekend is my friend's annual scavenger hunt party. We did this last year and it was so much fun. The teams are split up husbands vs wifes and we all drive around the city like crazy people collecting items from our respected list, or we take pictures with our digital camera proving we found the items on our list. After we are done and back at the party, we put the pictures on thier TV to prove what we found. It makes for some pretty good laughs!!!! I am really looking forward to seeing everyone.
You couldn't order a more perfect fall weekend. I finally was able to buy mum's for my planters and buy our pumpkins. I will have to take a picture when I get a chance. For now, here are our first pumpkins carved as newlyweds from last year. On Sunday, we took a drive out to Patterson Fruit Farm. We tasted apple cider and all of the different kinds of apples. I bought a big bag hoping to make an apple pie in a few weeks. If you have babies or toddlers, this is a perfect place to spend the afternoon. Talk about adorable pictures, there were new parents all over the place posing thier children against the beautiful fall scenery. Hopefully we will be that lucky and return next year with a little one of our own. Seeing all of the young families really made me excited for what will hopefully be in our future. I really enjoyed our low key weekend. It was nice for once not have an agenda and just got caught up on our favorite couple things to do. On Friday day, we went to dinner at Olive Garden and went to the movies to see "The Departed." What an awesome movie, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I highly recommend going to see this movie when you get a chance. On Saturday, we ordered in a pizza and I made chocolate chip muffins. I just love relaxing weekends!
I have been procrastinating working out to The Firm all night. I have even given in to clean bathrooms which are probably my least favorite activity in the world. We are fortunate enough to have a gym at work, but when I can't make it or have lunch plans, The Firm really is a great alternative. I love the aerobic and strength training intervals. It really does work. Unfortunately women in their thirties start to lose muscle tone, I am hoping to get a head start and beat that statistic!!!I also love that The Firm will hopefully be a fitness alternative for me when I am not able to get to the gym because of a little one. OK, I am off to workout. No more procrastinating!
I am just now catching my breath from our busy weekend! We got a call Friday afternoon to meet our friends downtown Cleveland for dinner. We ate at Brasa Grill which is owned by the same family who owns Mallorca. The concept of this restaurant was so new to us. The waiters walk around with huge skewers of meat, they had prime rib, roast beef, filet mignon, rack of lamb, etc. I have never eaten so much meat in my life. It was delicious though so I highly recommend it. On Saturday I met my friend's Beth and Lisa out for lunch at The Cheesecake Factory in Legacy Village. It was so great to catch up with them. I was finally able to meet Beth's 3 months old, Samantha. She is precious, such a good baby. I can only hope that we are as blessed. Saturday night we went over my friend Gina's to watch the OSU vs. Iowa game. Go Buckeyes!!!! On Sunday we celebrated my Dad's birthday at my brother and his new wife's apartment. They have the place decorated so adorable, I am really happy for them. They really are settling into married life. I actual got home at a decent hour today to cook chicken and broccoli casserole and get a jump start on my never ending laundry pile. I am also hoping to catch as episode of "How I Met Your Mother" this evening.
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