Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The week ahead

Here are all the things we have to do this week (before Sunday)...some have to be done before we take listing pictures on Friday, others (like school work ) are due during the week:
  • Paint upstairs bathroom
  • Clean upstairs blinds (4 sets...already did 8)
  • Fix laundry room floor (glue & caulk)
  • Touch up downstairs bathroom paing & caulk
  • Fix wood trip around downstairs toilet
  • Paint trim in master bedroom
  • Finish installing master closet fixtures & baseboards
  • Fix base of wood around posts
  • Replace patio fan
  • Replace/fix electricity in logan's fan
  • Paint trim in 3 bedrooms
  • Patch living room celing
  • powerwash back patio
  • Powerwash exterior (front, sides)
  • Mow, hedge, trim outside
  • Pull weeds in the front flower beds
  • Paint trim around windows
  • Wash extrenal windows
  • Clean air vents
  • Touch up frontroom paint
  • Clean fireplace screen
  • Fix fireplace transition piece
  • Finish painting TV wall
  • Trim up the stairs
  • Clean the carpets
  • Organize closets
  • Replace scents
  • Recaulk master baths
  • Fix Undersink Cabinet
  • Finish reading 40 pages of the textbook & take the test
  • Start two final projects
  • Pack for a 2week vacation (and do laundry for it!)
  • Fill out seller paperwork
  • Finish financing for the new home
  • Wash the cars
  • Clean the garage
  • Trim backyard flowers
  • Fix serpentine belt on the car
  • "Stage" the house...put things away/pack things up
  • Watch a friend's baby for a day
  • Turn in last piece of adoption paperwork
  • Do homework for Wednesday's class
  • Iron curtains


This is only a little more busy than normal...mind you I have three more days to work this week, one evening in school, and J has three more nights to work.


Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Comical Title Changes

When we joined our ABF, we had to pull a question in front of the class...mine was "What makes you laugh"...I have a strange, usually innocent, sense of humor and I seem to find it in such little things. But, I couldn't come up with an example at the time and to this day I remember how lame my answer was. Here's an example:

If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll notice I have had a few blog links that were all named the same thing...something about unable to sign in...these are my password protected friends and when I set them up it didn't give me the chance to rename them. Today when I went in to add new friends (Hello Chambers family!) I saw I could rename them...unfortunately, I didn't know which was which...I did my best job testing links and trying to match, but this is what I ended up with...didn't even get one right...

Should be: ------------ What I renamed it:

Pure Pandamonium -----Ferguson Family
Aggie Widmers ---------Pure Pandamonium
Dusek Family -----------Celebrating the Chaos
Hello Newmans ---------Dusek Family
Ferguson Family -------The Calames
Celebrating the Chaos ---Aggie Widmers
The Calames -----------Hello Newmans

You'd think by chance I would have gotten one right! Argh....here I go to fix them again :)

Monday, November 02, 2009

And the saga continues...

Ah well it has been entirely to long since the last post. Not for lack of things to post about, I assure you. Here are the two most recent:

1) We are thinking about selling our house. Not so much because we don't want our house anymore but because we REALLY want another house we found when we weren't really looking. Unfortunately, because we weren't really looking we weren't really ready to put our house on the market either, at least to my standards and the house needs a ton of sprucing up which we couldn't realistically get done soon, at least it would take a couple weeks on the G household time, but throw a slightly poorly timed vacation in the mix and we won't be able to list, we think, until mid-December. This throws a wrench in our plans and frowns on our faces. Oh well...we said from the beginning we'd be happy either way.

2) We are continuing to progress through the maze of foster/adopt licensing. We have spent the last 5 Saturdays in a tiny room in South Dallas with some funny folks learning a few of the ins & outs of fostering, and, a little bit about adopting, but mostly fostering. This is all only to find out that this past week those in charge have decided to stop focusing on fostering and instead focus on straight adoption. We are hoping to finish our last class and paperwork before our instructor is officially axed and we have no one left to finish our licensing. This should, without other complications, see us licensed around the first of the year sometime. It could take shorter, but because of our vacation, these crazy changes in the system, and then Christmas & New Years I'm trying to be realistic. And trying not to focus on the fact that I'm already planning my schedule into the new year. In any case, what we are thinking is that this change will a) slow down the process for us, b) limit us to older children through straight adoption despite their insistance that we stick with younger kids because we already have one in the home, and/or c) require us to go to a private agency afterall which would also require us to start over, at least at some point, in the process. WOOHOO! Par-tay! not.

Anyway...we are crusing along in this crazy, crazy time. Anyone feeling like throwing up some prayers on our behalf we'll take it. And if you have someone that might be interested in buying our house, we'll take that too.