Sunday, November 2, 2008

After a Long Weekend

Well! We've worked hard this weekend, and I'm happy to say that our house is very nearly COMPLETELY in order! And after close to two years, I'd say it's about time.

Okay, I said we worked hard this weekend, but that's not exactly true. Yesterday we literally sat around all day. I don't even remember what we did, it was that boring. I think we took a nap. Oh yeah! We did! We went somewhere... obviously nowhere important, since I can't remember where it was... and when we got home our neighbor Doug was talking to some young Obama supporters who were walking through the neighborhood dispensing their literature to stupid poor people in the ghetto. Ha! They chose the wrong house when they chose the Cooks'! We watched through the window and Doug looked like he was really getting into it. Hand gestures and everything. And you could tell that these poor Obama suckers were sooooo not expecting anything like that. The girl looked like she would rather have been dead, and the boy just looked extremely uncomfortable, though he kept his smile whereas the girl looked a little bit... well, to be honest, she looked a little scared. (She didn't need to worry. Doug is not a big man, nor a violent one. He's just opinionated!) Well, we really didn't want to deal with these people [again] (they come through our neighborhood about every weekend. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but the come by a lot) so Martin put a Post-It note on the door that read "GO AWAY" and we went upstairs to take a nap. And wouldn't you know it, they didn't even knock!

So that was yesterday. We all slept until about 6:30, then woke up and went to dinner at Chipotle. I don't really like Chipotle all that much, but this was a completely free dinner, a value of just under $18. FREE! After RiverFest, my dad had a whole load of Chipotle cards to give away--free burritos, free dinners, all sorts of stuff--so we ended up with a good pile of them. The one we used last night was "Burritos for Two" and it was the entire dinner. Two burritos, two drinks, plus chips and guacamole (AWESOME guacamole that Anja adored as much as I did, and the salt they use on the chips is amazing as well) all for nothing! It was pretty great. Especially since we were all sleepy and hungry and ready to get out of the house.

This morning we went to 7:30 mass (and thanks to my dad, we got there at 7:30 instead of 6:30!) and afterward went to Vienna, where we spent a $5 gift certificate we had leftover from a couple that Dan and Laura gave us! I think they gave them to us when Anja was born, so we've had them for a long time. So our two-coffees-and-one-scone-for-Anja breakfast cost us all of seventy-three cents. What a deal! But the funny part was that as we pulled up, so did our friend Matt, and so we all had coffee together and it was nice. That's the second time that's happened in recent weeks. Very strange.

We took a drive up to the cottage straight from there, intending to just pick something up, but Martin's mom was there and Anja fell asleep, so we didn't really stay, but we also didn't pick up the piece of wood he wanted. Oh well. It was a really nice day for a drive, and it gave Anja a great nap.

When we got home, we hit it hard upstairs in our bedroom, and in just a couple of hours it was completely done, which also means that Anja's room was emptied out, since all of her crib pieces were still down there until the crib could be fixed (minor breakage) and put back together. The room looks great. BOTH rooms look great, in fact! I even tied back the curtains into storybook pigtails with some white satin ribbon I had. Everything looks really nice, and everything is clean, and even if Anja never starts sleeping in the crib, at least it's up there for the new baby right away. I think I'll go ahead and take the bassinet up tomorrow too. I told Martin today, when I was pregnant with Anja my whole idea of preparing her room and the house was "Meh. We have plenty of time." (And when she was born, nothing was ready, surprise, surprise!) This time, all I can think about is what limited daily work time I have and how much we have to do to prepare, and even though we still have five months left, can we really get it all done in that amount of time?!? So today felt VERY good to get two rooms completely in order. Now the only addition to Anja's room will be a cover for the footstool that I've been working on up at my mom's, and is definitely no emergency except the footstool it's being made to cover is incredibly ugly.

The above picture is Anja, unable to decide what to make for dinner. (One of her favorite things to do is to play with my cookbooks and take all the recipes out of them and scatter them, or carry them around. No big deal until today when the dog drooled water all over them. Oops.)

And now... Halloween:

That's the three bears chasing Goldilox out of their woods. Martin's costume was especially good this time since he didn't have to bundle up, and therefore could show off his chest hair and leg hair. And for some reason he wore his slippers instead of regular shoes. Hm.

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